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Thompson Square Step Away From BBR Music Group

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GRAMMY-nominated, award-winning country music duo Thompson Square have decided to step away from BBR Music Group’s imprint, Stoney Creek Records, their label home since 2009.

Since breaking into the country music scene, the multi-platinum selling duo have achieved international success scoring three #1 hits and five Top 20 hits, with streaming numbers surpassing 600 million and a social media following of nearly 2 million. “It’s bittersweet leaving our Stoney Creek Records family,” says Shawna Thompson, “So many memories have been made and so many goals have been achieved.  We will be forever grateful to Benny and Carolyn Brown for their faith in our artistry.  It has changed our lives forever.”

Thompson Square have appeared on multiple major media franchises including NBC’s The Today Show, Fox & Friends, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, The Queen Latifah Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, CBS This Morning, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Glamour, Elle, USA Today and much more.

“All good things must come to an end but we look forward to the future and to new beginnings,” Keifer Thompson shares, “We are extremely excited about this new chapter of our life and what it means for our music and our fans.”

The three-time “Vocal Duo of the Year” (ACM/CMA) have received top honors in music including two GRAMMY nominations for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” and “Best Country Song,” seven mainstream industry awards and over 25 additional award nominations.

Thompson Square continue to be represented by Shawn Pennington at Pennington Entertainment and William Morris Endeavor’s Greg Oswald and Abby Wells Bass. The duo is currently in the studio recording their forthcoming album with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum).

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Pitbull Invites Fans To Get Wild At After Dark Party 2018

Vacation pre-sale signups now open at PitbullCruise.com

Enter to win “Cruise To The Front” giveaway

International music superstar Pitbull and Sixthman, the industry leader in music festivals at sea, are at it again — presenting Pitbull After Dark Party 2018, an epic Caribbean cruisin’ bash where fans will party day and night alongside Mr. Worldwide himself!

It’s all going down from March 2-5, 2018, between Miami, FL and Nassau, Bahamas, when over 2,200 guests will join Pitbull in turning Norwegian Jade into a nonstop Latin-infused dance jam with hot singles like “Messin’ Around” and “Greenlight” from his new album, Climate Change.  Mr. 305 is currently on a co-headlining North American tour alongside Enrique Iglesias with dates heating up the summer through July 6.

Fans can “Cruise To The Front” and enter a dream getaway with Pitbull, joining him on the high seas for his second Caribbean cruise. Visit PitbullCruise.com to enter by August 6 and while you’re there join the pre-sale.  Any guest who books during the pre-sale will be entered for a chance to win exclusive experiences with Pitbull on board, including a photo with Mr. 305, a Teppanyaki dinner party with a toast by Pitbull, invitation to a Voli cocktail hour with Mr. Worldwide, and the chance to introduce Pitbull on stage before his Motivational Conversation.

The party won’t stop, as Miami hit-maker Flo Rida, and  “sexy, sassy, and classy” dancers The Most Bad Ones, along with DJ Laz, DJ Soulman and more artists to be announced join in on the fun.  Adding to the floating music festival is an onboard schedule that features two unique pool deck sets from Mr. Worldwide, a “Motivational Conversation” and Q&A with Pitbull, and a smokin’ hot dance boot camp with The Most Bad Ones.

A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility to enjoy 11 onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, and a full menu of spa treatments. Pitbull After Dark Party cruisers will enjoy duty-free shopping and awe-inspiring architecture in beautiful Nassau. Explore your adventurous side diving into the crystal blue water with dolphins and colorful fish, or tempt lady luck in a casino.

Pitbull After Dark Party 2018 staterooms begin at $760 per person for double occupancy, plus taxes and fees. For more information about booking your vacation, visit us online at pitbullcruise.com or call Sixthman directly at 877-379-9187 between the hours of 10am ET and 6pm ET.

Connect with Pitbull After Dark Party cruisers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @pitbullcruise #pitbullcruise.

ABOUT SIXTHMAN: Since 2001, Sixthman has pioneered themed cruise experiences, creating intimate shared encounters for bands, brands, and their fan communities. We are proud to be celebrating our 16th year and the accomplishment of executing 104 festivals, hosting over 230,000 guests for 940,000 days on vacation at sea with world class artists such as KISS, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Zac Brown Band, Train, Pitbull, Paramore, Florida Georgia Line, Diplo, Joe Bonamassa, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 311, Lyle Lovett, Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel and for brand partners such as Turner Classic Movies, VH1, SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country, Walker Stalker Con, truTV and others along with Sixthman curated festivals, The Rock Boat and Cayamo! Our festivals at sea bring non-stop performances, artist collaborations and a truly immersive vacation experience with fan/band interactions throughout the voyage and in port. Our home ports of call include Miami, Tampa and New Orleans to dream destinations such as the Virgin Islands, Belize, Honduras, Mexico and the Bahamas. For more information, visit sixthman.net and connect with us @SXMLiveLoud.  LIVE LOUD.

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Inaugural Southern Rock Cruise Sells Out Six Months In Advance

Fans of southern rock will take to the high seas in fine style with the sailing of the sold out, Southern Rock Cruise! The Ultimate Tailgate at Sea will feature live performances by superstar southern rock artists as well as interactive fan events such as bourbon tasting, guitar seminars, artist panels, and Q&A sessions from many of the artists that were there when it started and are still entertaining audiences all over the world.

“I can’t wait for the lights to go down and hear these bands I grew up with delivering their uniquely American blend of blues based rock to a crowd that’ll be on their feet from the first to last note. This cruise will be great music and a non-stop party like no other,” said Mike Jason of StarVista LIVE.

The highly anticipated Southern Rock Cruise departs from Tampa, Florida on January 20, 2018 and travels to Jamaica and Grand Cayman before returning to Tampa on January 25th. Fans will enjoy a special onboard performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd in Jamaica and more than 40 other live performances by artists such as: 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Wet Willie, Louisiana’s Leroux, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Black Stone Cherry, The Curt Towne Band, Preacher Stone, Live at the Fillmore: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers, The Cowboy Poets and MORE!

For more information and to be the first to hear about future Southern Rock Cruises sign up for the mailing list at www.SouthernRockCruise.com or click here.

To catch waves on other Star Vista LIVE cruises, call 844-677-6884 or visit starvistalive.com.

About StarVista LIVE:
StarVista LIVE creates unique entertainment experiences that bring fans together to relive their favorite moments, create new memories, and enjoy unparalleled access to the superstars they love. StarVista LIVE cruise events include the Malt Shop Memories Cruise, the Soul Train Cruise, The Country Music Cruise, the Flower Power Cruise, the 70s Rock and Romance Cruise, the Southern Rock Cruise and Abbey Road on the River festival. StarVista LIVE is a division of Direct Holdings Global. Direct Holdings Global is a leading multi-channel marketer with a broad portfolio of products and services, most notably associated with the success of the StarVista / Time Life brand, delivered with a commitment to excellence and integrity. Additional information about StarVista LIVE can be found at:

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Benji Harris’ Debut, Self-Titled, Solo Project At Online Retailers Now

The first solo release from Benji Harris has hit iTunes and other online retailers this week, etching a career benchmark for the celebrated vocalist and guitarist that has toured with headliners and scored a top hit on CMT and Music Row with his previous trio, Scarletta.  Kick starting his summer with the announcement of the project on Cumulus’ NASH FM morning show Ty, Kelly and Chuck, Benji performed at the Wildhorse Saloon and greeted fans at the RFD-TV booth in the Exhibit Hall during the 2017 CMA Fest and was most recently on the Hard Rock Café Stage at WSMV NBC’s show “Today in Nashville.” 
 
“I played this new record for the first time with a full band at the album release show in Nashville on Tuesday,” says Benji.  “Man did it feel good to see the crowd enjoying the new songs and to get all the positive responses from the live stream that Center Stage Magazine hosted.  I’ve watched some of the best in the business perform and grow while I was out on the road with them and I finally feel ready to share my own music with country fans.”
 
Fans can download the project on iTunes by clicking here. Benji premiered the record to his Nashville area fans and industry professionals before a packed house at The Country on Tuesday. Among those in attendance was Cassadee Pope, the 2012 winner of NBC’s The Voice that would go on to chart a #1 Billboard Country album (Frame by Frame) and #1 Billboard Country Airplay single Think of You with Chris Young. Benji, who also serves as a guitarist and vocalist on Cassadee’s tour, joins her on the stage each night performing the Chris Young portion of the #1 hit.
  A photo recap of his recent activity is below. 
 

Center Stage Magazine‘s Tommy Lemon, Benji Harris, Cassadee Pope & Center Stage Magazine‘s Missy Wolf after the album release show at The Country

Benji cooking up stir fry for Battered and Brewed‘s “Music In The Kitchen”

 

Ty, Kelly and Chuck‘s Ty Bentli, Benji Harris and Ty, Kelly and Chuck‘s Chuck Wicks

Benji Harris & Ty, Kelly and Chuck‘s Chuck Wicks

 

Benji joining WSMV NBC’s Today In Nashville wall of fame.

Today In Nashville‘s Carole Sullivan, Benji Harris and Today In Nashville‘s Kelly Sutton

Benji will be making a return appearance on Ty, Kelly and Chuck on July 17 and will be sharing his latest music with the patients at The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt via Seacrest Studios on July 21.
 
To stay updated on Benji, visit the following:
 
 
About Benji Harris
 
Since moving to Nashville in 2009, this Dallas native has found a welcomed home on Music Row. His country/rock trio Scarletta (2009-2014) had a Top 30 radio hit in 2012, and a popular music video in high rotation on CMT.  They gained critical acclaim from Billboard and the Country Music Association as a top act to watch. He even found viral success and salutes from country headliner Jake Owen with a trio of parodies celebrating his daughter’s birth.  Since leaving the band in 2014, Benji has lent his instrumental and vocal talents to projects and tours for stars like Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer, Cassadee Pope, and Carly Pearce.  Pope’s fans see Benji in the spotlight every night on tour when they perform the Chris Young duet Think of You. This father of two beautiful daughters is excited for the opportunity to finally share a project of his own. Benji co-wrote five of the six songs on the EP that is available now via iTunes and all major online retailers.
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Beyond The 615: New Addition To The Site About Travel

Kayaking in Orlando by the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes a few years ago. Day excursion available through the hotel. Photo credit: Patrice Majors

Well, I figured since I have also worked in travel as a travel agent for many years and have had the opportunity to travel to many different places around the world, it just seems only fitting to include travel with this site about entertainment.  They definitely go hand & hand.

Room at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando. Photo credit: Patrice Majors

Travel is definitely a passion of mine, too.   I love the opportunity to experience new cultures, food, and immerse myself into the surroundings.   Thought I might share some travel tips and favorite spots I’ve traveled to, plus futuring travel adventures I’m planning along with photos I shoot.

Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando. Photo credit: Patrice Majors

Stay tuned for much more!! First up, as you might’ve guessed I will be writing about one of my favorite places to visit domestically: Orlando, Florida.

Part of the grounds outside of the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando. Photo credit: Patrice Majors

 

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Shania Twain: Rock This Country Opens June 30 Through July 2018 At Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will examine the life and career of five-time Grammy winner Shania Twain in its newest exhibit, Shania Twain: Rock This Country, opening June 30.

The exhibit will follow the evolution of Twain’s career from her early days performing in Canadian bars to her recent appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in California. Twain has sold more albums than any other female country artist in history.  Successful titles include her platinum-selling debut, Shania Twain; her Grammy-winning, double diamond-selling (RIAA certification for 20 million units) The Woman in Me; the top-selling album in history by a female country artist, Come on Over, and Twain’s third consecutive diamond-selling album release, UP! Twain is set to release NOW, her fifth full-length album on Mercury Nashville and her first album since 2002, on September 29. The album’s lead single, “Life’s About to Get Good”, premiered yesterday on country radio platforms around the globe.

“Shania Twain’s impact on country music is undeniable,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “Her message of female empowerment and dynamic pop sound electrified country music. Her continued influence is evidenced by artists like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Kelsea Ballerini. We are pleased to feature Ms. Twain in this career-spanning exhibit.”

Shania Twain: Rock This Country exhibition highlights include:
  • Hooded leather coat with fur trim and fringe, and fur-trimmed boots with Native American beadwork, worn onthe cover of her self-titled 1993 debut album
  • Complete ensemble, including top hat, from 1999 music video for “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
  • Marc Bouwer leopard-print crop top and matching pants worn during Come On Over Tour (1998–99)
  • Marc Bouwer futuristic princess outfit, with faux-leather coat; diamond and rhinestone earrings; velvet bra and skirt embellished with diamonds and rhinestones; belt with rhinestones and beads; and patent leather and suede boots, worn for her Super Bowl XXXVII halftime performance (2003)
  • Outfit worn by Twain for her Stagecoach performance, including black top with multiple tiers of fringe, a body suit with fringe, crochet-pattern pants, and pumps, April 2017
  • Grammys for Best Country Song, “You’re Still the One” (1998); Best Country Song, “Come One Over” (1999); Best Female Country Vocal Performance, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” (1999)

With an unduplicated collection of more than 2.5 million artifacts, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2017. Twain’s exhibition follows the opening of an exhibit on contemporary superstar Jason Aldean. Upcoming subjects include Loretta Lynn and country music couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Follow the museum on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Snapchat, and join the conversation using #CMHOF50 and #ShaniaTwainExhibit. For more information, visit countrymusichalloffame.org.

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Big Machine Celebrates The 100th Episode Of “Nashville”

Maddie Conrad (Lennon Stella) and Clayton Carter (Joseph David-Jones)

Merely hours until the highly-anticipated 100th episode of “Nashville” airs, Big Machine Records has released three brand new tracks on iTunes. The cast celebrates tonight’s significant milestone the only way they know how: performing even more fresh tunes for loyal viewers. In the midst of Highway 65 drama, Deacon (Charles Esten) gathers with a few longtime friends for a writer’s round at the famed Bluebird Café. The lineup features Music City’s potentially future leading lady, Jessie (Kaitlin Doubleday) who performs the Lucinda Williams-penned “When I Look At The World.” Meanwhile, Deacon’s daughter Maddie (Lennon Stella) test drives love song for her boyfriend Clay (Joseph David-Jones) called “Beautiful Dream.” Crafted by real-life tunesmiths Ben Caver and Erin McCarley, both the Ballad Version and Clayton Remix are available now.

Preview tonight’s episode here. “Nashville” airs Thursdays at 9:00P ET/PT only on CMT.

Since the show’s 2012 debut, Big Machine Records has released ten “Nashville” soundtracks including the most recent release THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE: SEASON 5 VOLUME 2. The music has collectively sold more than five million single-track downloads and garnered over 200 million streams to date.

Follow “Nashville” on CMT:
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Website: www.CMT.com/Shows/Nashville

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Bumble And Lady Antebellum Bring The “You Look Good” Beetique To Nashville

Lady Antebellum performing at Bumble event. Photo credit: Getty Images

WHO: Bumble and Multi-Platinum Trio Lady Antebellum Teamed up to Celebrate and Empower Women at CMA Music Fest

WHAT: Social discovery app Bumble and Grammy award-winning trio Lady Antebellum came together on Saturday, June 10th, to launch the first ever “You Look Good” Beetique at CMA Music Fest. The Beetique featured a beautiful indoor aesthetic that complemented both Bumble’s mission of empowering women and the meaning behind Lady A’s new single- the lighthearted spirit of feeling good.  Bumble users were invited to attend and enjoy a beauty bar powered by Sephora and styling studio from The Dry House, as well as a BFF Lounge, photo booths, a custom menu of bites, and refreshments provided by Brancott Estate Wines, and more, all curated by Cassie Kelley, Founder of Womanista.

Kimberly & Karen from Little Big Town. Photo credit: Getty Images

A number of artists stopped by throughout the day including Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town, Kelsea Ballerini, Sara Evans, Lauren Alaina, RaeLynn, Danielle Bradbery, Post Monroe, Kelleigh Bannen, Lauren Akins, Megan & Liz, Stephanie Quayle, influencers Caroline Hobby, and Brooke Webb of KBStyled.  Music was provided throughout the day from The Bachelorette Season 11 star Kaitlyn Bristowe, who DJ’d the event. Hundreds of festival goers stopped by for a one-of-a-kind experience to cool off, chill out, and see some of their favorite artists.

Select attendees of the Beetique won the chance to attend the evening’s private event “Hottest Date Night Ever,” which featured a special performance by Lady Antebellum with new music from their recently released sixth studio album HEART BREAK (Capitol Records Nashville), including their Top 15 single “You Look Good.”  Brett Young and Walker Hayes also took the stage and performed the intimate event. To see everything that happened at the Beetique and Hottest Date Night Ever, check out hashtags #BumbleBeetique and #YouLookGood, and see highlights at @Bumble on Instagram or blog.bumble.com.

Kelsey Ballerini at Bumble event. Photo credit: Getty Images

About BUMBLE:

BUMBLE is a social discovery app that empowers women to make the first move in every aspect of life: dating, friendship, and business. With over 17 million global users and growing, Bumble has created a selective and meaningful environment to make true, quality connections. The brand highlights women as beautiful, unique, independent, and worthy, and knows there is nothing more compelling than the power of women.

About Lady Antebellum:

With a new sense of history and possibilities, Lady Antebellum’s sixth studio album HEART BREAK had the group on a new mission — setting aside time to put themselves in new surroundings, and concentrate on writing and exploring musical endeavors with no distractions. With busbee in the producer’s chair, the trio had a hand in writing eleven songs on HEART BREAK, resulting in their most intimate and heartfelt work to date. HEART BREAK follows more than 18 million units, nine No. One hits, ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row, and countless other honors including Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. With “big production and sound” (OC Register) along with “a fresh twist with the addition of a live horn section” (CMT) the seven-time Grammy award winning trio is in the midst of their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR, featuring special guests Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young. For more information about new music and upcoming tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

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Lady Antebellum Releases Cinematic Heart Break Hotel Video

With the release of their sixth studio album HEART BREAK (Capitol Records Nashville), multi-PLATINUM trio Lady Antebellum has woven the album’s 13 tracks into a cinematic video experience for fans. Lady A enlisted director Hodges Usry to visually share the album, where behind each door at the Madonna Inn on California’s Central Coast, a different story unfolds. To watch HEART BREAK come to life, in each different and unique room of the hotel, click here: http://bit.ly/2rwC60T
With a new sense of history and possibilities, Lady Antebellum’s sixth studio album HEART BREAK that “bursts with refreshed energy” (Entertainment Weekly) had the group on a new mission — setting aside time to put themselves in new surroundings, and concentrate on writing and exploring musical endeavors with no distractions. With busbee in the producer’s chair, the trio had a hand in writing eleven songs on HEART BREAK, resulting in their most intimate and heartfelt work to date. HEART BREAK follows more than 18 million units, nine No. One hits, ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row, and countless other honors including Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. With “big production and sound” (OC Register) along with “a fresh twist with the addition of a live horn section” (CMT) the seven-time Grammy award winning trio is in the midst of their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR, featuring special guests Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young. For more information about new music and upcoming tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
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Global Superstar Shania Twain Reveals New Album NOW – Available Sept. 29

International superstar Shania Twain is set to release her brand new album NOW on Sept. 29. Three decades into her storied career as the “top-selling female country artist of all-time,” Shania confidently embraces the moment on her triumphant fifth full-length album on Mercury Nashville and her first album since 2002. Assuming the role of sole songwriter for the first time and overseeing production as a co-producer, this is the woman the world knows and loves at her brightest, boldest and best.NOW, offered as both a 12-track standardand a 16-track deluxe, is available for preorder now and includes an instant download of the album’s lead single “Life’s About to Get Good.” The joyful new tune premieres today on country radio platforms around the globe.

 

Shania is set to rock New York City tomorrow morning as part of NBC’s TODAY Show Summer Concert Series. Fans can expect to hear new music including her latest single along with a few of her most-popular hits. While fans got a taste of the highly-anticipated new song in an exciting NBC Winter Olympics ad, the TODAY Show appearance will only be the second time Shania has performed “Life’s About to Get Good” for a live audience. The first came recently when she performed to a high-spirited crowd of over 75,000 fans as one of the three headliners of this year’s Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Calif.

 

In addition to the upcoming new album, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. opens its Shania exhibit later this month as part of the museum’s 50th anniversary celebration. Scheduled to run through mid-2018, the exhibit will feature some of Shania’s iconic outfits from the “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” music video (including her top hat, top coat, corset, shirt, necktie, gloves, and skirt), as well as her memorable 2003 Super Bowl halftime performance outfit — the Marc Bouwer-designed black pleather-duster coat and velvet skirt with rhinestone embellishments and many more.

 

Shania is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Shania’s albums include her Platinum-selling 1993 debut, Shania Twain; the GRAMMY Award-winning, Double Diamond-selling 1995 release, The Woman in Me; Come On Over, the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with over 40 million units sold worldwide; and UP!, Shania’s third consecutive Diamond-selling album release.

 

Recognizing her indelible impact and achievements in music, Shania is the first and only female artist to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award. She was also honored with the Icon Award atBillboard’s Women in Music ceremony. Shania’s hits include “Any Man of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One,” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”.

 

NOW album preorder packages are available now at Shania’s official store. Fans can find exclusive items only available through preorder including a sequin leopard print bomber jacket and a vinyl record with a personalized voice greeting from Shania. Fans can also hear Shania’s NOW playlist HERE. For more information, please visit ShaniaTwain.com.

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