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Elle King, Dierks Bentley Reunite On New Single 'Worth A Shot'

Elle King, Dierks Bentley Reunite On New Single 'Worth A Shot'

A new song featuring Elle King and Dierks Bentley, "Worth a Shot," was released on Friday, May 13.

"Worth a Shot," which chronicles the story of two lovers who've been drifting apart and find themselves contemplating an emotional reconnection over several adult beverages, was written by Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Ross Copperman.

"Dierks took a chance and brought me into the country world. I couldn't make my own country record - which is my favorite album I've ever made - without including the person who gave me a seat at the table," King said in a statement. "To be honest, Dierks and I just have fun no matter what we do, especially singing and performing great songs."

She added, "This song is all about trying to get back to the beginning of something, and so it's only right that we go back to where it all started for me."

King and Bentley reunited six year after their first duet "Different for Girls," off Bentley's 2016 album Black, became a No. 1 hit and won a CMA Award.

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Carrie Underwood To Help Grand Ole Opry Kick Off CMA Fest Week

Carrie Underwood To Help Grand Ole Opry Kick Off CMA Fest Week

Grand Ole Opry members Carrie Underwood and the Oak Ridge Boys are set to help kick off the upcoming CMA Fest week on June 7.

Underwood and the Oak Ridge Boys will be assisted by Jon Pardi, Henry Cho and upcoming June Opry NextStage artist Morgan Wade.

Highlights of the special "unofficial kick-off to CMA Fest" Tuesday Night Opry including Oak Ridge Boys, Pardi, and Underwood will air on Saturday, June 11 as the Saturday night Opry Live on the Opry's television broadcast home, Circle Network, Circle All Access Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

A free Opry Plaza Party will also return with the "Opry Loves the 90s" Plaza Party, set to begin earlier in the afternoon on June 7 as well as on June 10-11 with music and activities. The Plaza Party will include food trucks, vendors, multiple photo opportunities and feature performances by Hannah Ellis (June 7), Ray Fulcher (June 11), and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Among others scheduled for upcoming Opry and Opry Country Classics shows are Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Del McCoury Band, The Isaacs, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan, Carly Pearce, Maggie Rose, Jeannie Seely, Elvie Shane, Rhonda Vincent, The War and Treaty, Charlie Worsham, and more.

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Garth Brooks Stadium Tour Coming To Buffalo

Garth Brooks Stadium Tour Coming To Buffalo

Garth Brooks' Stadium Tour is coming to Buffalo. Brooks will perform at Highmark Stadium on July 23 at 7 p.m.

The show will be the country music artist's first time at the home of the Buffalo Bills and his first appearance in Buffalo in seven years.

This will be the last Stadium Tour appearance in New York, Ontario, and Pennsylvania. It's the second to last Stadium Tour on-sale ever.

Tickets will be on sale on May 20, at 10 a.m. ET.

The concert will feature in-the-round seating. There will be an eight-ticket limit per purchase.

Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks; on the Garth Brooks line at Ticketmaster, 1-877-654-2784; or through the Ticketmaster app on mobile phone.

There will be no ticket sales at the venue box office on May 20.

Tickets will cost $98.95, all inclusive.

The biggest American music tour in the world, the Brooks Stadium Tour was launched in March 2019.

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Life Of Johnny Cash To Be Explored In New Musical

Life Of Johnny Cash To Be Explored In New Musical

A new musical exploring the life of the late country giant Johnny Cash is expected to come to Broadway.

Titled "Johnny & June," in reference to Cash's longtime partner and musical collaborator June Carter Cash, the musical is being directed by Des McAnuff. Media mogul and former Sony music boss Tommy Mottola is producing the musical with Dodgers Theatricals.

McAnuff and Robert Cary are writing the musical's narrative. The production has yet to announce who will take on the role of Cash.

McAnuff previously collaborated with Mottola on musicals including Bob Dylan's "Girl From the North Country," "Groundhog Day," "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" and "A Bronx Tale: The Musical."

A previous musical based on Cash's songs, "Ring of Fire," opened on Broadway in 2006.

"Man in Black," "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," "Ring of Fire," "A Boy Named Sue," and "Get Rhythm," are some of the most famous signature tunes by Grammy winner Johnny Cash, who sold more than 90 million records. He passed away on September 12, 2003. June Carter Cash died a few months earlier, on May 15, 2003.

Cash was previously the subject of the highly successful motion picture, Walk The Line, which was released in 2005. The movie charted his early life, rise to fame, and relationship with June Carter.

Reese Witherspoon, who portrayed June in that movie, won an Oscar for Best Actress, while Joaquin Phoenix, as Johnny, was nominated for Best Actor.

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Brantley Gilbert, Jelly Roll Teaming Up For 'Son Of The Dirty South' Summer Tour

Brantley Gilbert, Jelly Roll Teaming Up For 'Son Of The Dirty South' Summer Tour

Brantley Gilbert is teaming up with Jelly Roll for the "Summer 2022 Son of the Dirty South Tour."

The trek will kick off on June 30 at Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida, and will conclude on August 27 at Brandon Amphitheater in Brandon, Mississippi. Pillbox Patti will join the trek as an opening act.

"I always look forward to being on the road and getting together with BG Nation, but I can say I'm especially excited to be heading out with my good friend Jelly Roll," Gilbert says in a press release. "We've got an incredible show in the works, and we're looking forward to seeing you this summer!"

"Touring with Brantley has been on my dream list forever! He's one of my favorite artists, humans and fathers in the business. I expect these shows to be rowdy!" Roll adds.

Tickets for the tour are on sale now at BrantleyGilbert.com.

Brantley Gilbert + Jelly Roll's 2022 Son of the Dirty South Tour Dates:

June 30 -- Jacksonville, Fla. @ Daily's PlaceJuly 1 -- Panama City Beach, Fla. @ Aaron Bessant AmphitheaterAug. 25 -- Bossier City, La. @ Brooshire Grocery ArenaAug. 26 -- Tupelo, Miss. @ BancorpSouth ArenaAug. 27 -- Brandon, Miss. @ Brandon Amphitheater

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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2022 Reveals Star-Studded Lineup

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2022 Reveals Star-Studded Lineup

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2022 has revealed its star-studded lineup, which includes headliners Paramore, Lil Nas X, P!nk, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chicks, SZA, Kacey Musgraves and Flume.

This year's event is scheduled to take place over two weekends at Austin's Zilker Park, with bands playing across 9 stages on October 7-9 and October 14-16.

The festival will also feature performances from Diplo, ZHU, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Billy Strings, Wallows, Jazmine Sullivan, Tobe Nwigwe, The War on Drugs, Spoon, Conan Gray, Goose, Oliver Tree, Lil Durk, James Blake and Phoenix.

Last year's ACL fest was headlined by George Strait, Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Rüfüs Du Sol, DaBaby and Erykah Badu.

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MGK, Dan + Shay Join Lineup Of Performers At BBMAs, Red Hot Chili Peppers Drop Out

MGK, Dan + Shay Join Lineup Of Performers At BBMAs, Red Hot Chili Peppers Drop Out

Machine Gun Kelly and Dan + Shay have joined the lineup of performers at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, while Red Hot Chili Peppers have dropped off.

It will be MGK's performance debut at the BBMAs. The rapper-turned-rocker entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 last month with his sixth album, Mainstream Sellout.

Meanwhile, the Billboard Music Awards announced on social media, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will not be able to perform at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. They look forward to seeing you on the road this summer!"

The show will broadcast live coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC and will stream live on Peacock.

The awards show will be hosted by two-time BBMA winner Sean "Diddy" Combs. A total of 16 artists will perform on the show, including Ed Sheeran, Raux Alejandro, Silk Sonic, Morgan Wallen and Miranda Lambert.

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Brothers Osborne To Play On-Track Concert Before Ally 400

Brothers Osborne To Play On-Track Concert Before Ally 400

Country music duo Brothers Osborne, who won their first Grammy Award last month, will hit the stage and entertain fans at Nashville Superspeedway prior to the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on June 26.

Brothers Osborne siblings John and TJ Osborne will perform at approximately 2 p.m. from the pre-race concert stage located on pit road.

Fans purchasing a "Track Access Pass" for $72 will get stage-front access for the concert and driver introductions, views down pit road, and the opportunity to view the race from within the infield. The Track Access Pass must be accompanied by a race day ticket.

"As the home for NASCAR Cup Series racing in Middle Tennessee, we understand the importance of infusing the heart of Music City into our events," said Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway's president.

He added, "We're excited to have the Brothers Osborne turn up the heat on our #NASHCAR weekend and know the fans in attendance from across the country, will enjoy this award-winning superstar duo before America's best drivers take the track for the Ally 400."

Tickets for the June 24-26 NASCAR weekend start at $35. Kids 12 and under get in free for Friday and Saturday races and for $10 (all with a paying adult) for the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday.

Track Access Passes can be purchased at the same time as race day tickets. For Nashville Superspeedway ticket information, visit NashvilleSuperspeedway.com or call 866-RACE-TIX for details.

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Sam Hunt's Pregnant Wife Reportedly Calls Off Divorce

Sam Hunt's Pregnant Wife Reportedly Calls Off Divorce

Country star Sam Hunt and his pregnant wife have reportedly called off their divorce.

According to TMZ, Sam's wife, Hannah Lee Fowler, asked the court to dismiss the divorce case last month.

It seems that the couple is giving their marriage another chance. TMZ says that Hunt and his wife have been spotted together walking their dog, and at Hunt's recent shows, he's been wearing his wedding ring again, after taking it off during the divorce proceedings.

In February, Hannah had filed divorce papers but quickly withdrew them. However, she later re-filed again in a different county. She had alleged that Hunt was "guilty of inappropriate marital conduct" and "guilty of adultery."

The court documents stated, "The husband is guilty of such cruel and inhuman treatment or conduct toward the spouse as renders cohabitation unsafe or improper."

In the divorce filing, Fowler had demanded child support and primary custody of their unborn child. She also sought "respective separate property" and three different kinds of alimony, including "transitional alimony, rehabilitative alimony, and alimony in future," per the documents.

The documents indicated that Fowler is pregnant with the couple's first child, and that her due date is in May.

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Dylan Scott, Jimmie Allen Join Forces On 'In Our Blood'

Dylan Scott, Jimmie Allen Join Forces On 'In Our Blood'

Dylan Scott and Jimmie Allen have teamed up for an emotional new song, "In Our Blood."

The song was co-written by Matt McGinn, David Fanning, and Brad Rempel. "In Our Blood" will feature on Scott's upcoming sophomore album, Livin' My Best Life, which is due August 5.

The 16-track LP includes previously released songs "Can't Have Mine (Find You A Girl)," "Static," and "New Truck."

"We all get born / Then we all get a name / Then we all get raised / Might not be the same / But we all got hearts and we all feel pain / Don't we? / We might do things In a different way / But we all want love / And we all need grace / Everybody bleeds red at the end of the day / Don't we?" Scott sings in the opening lines.

"From the moment I heard this song, I was in love and knew it was something special. I'm honored to deliver such a powerful message with my buddy Jimmie Allen," Scott says about the song.

Allen joins on the chorus, "It's stronger than the Mississippi / Thicker than water / Runnin' through the veins of / The sons and the daughters / Passed down from our mothers and our fathers' blood / Yeah / Sins got washed by the Man on the cross / With it wars got fought, got won, got lost with it / We are who we are and we are / Because it's in our blood."

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Kelly Clarkson Covers The Smiths' 'How Soon Is Now?'

Kelly Clarkson Covers The Smiths' 'How Soon Is Now?'

Kelly Clarkson performed a cover of English rock band The Smith's "How Soon Is Now" during the "Kellyoke" segment of Monday, May 9's episode of "The Kelly Clarkson Show."

"I am the son and the heir/ Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar/ I am the son and heir of nothing in particular/ You shut your mouth/ How can you say I go about things the wrong way?/ I am human and I need to be loved/ Just like everybody else does," the talk-show host crooned, backed by her band's Y'all.

"How Soon Is Now?" was written by singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. The song was originally a B-side of the 1984 single "William, It Was Really Nothing", but it later featured on the compilation album Hatful of Hollow and on U.S., Canadian, Australian, and Warner U.K. editions of Meat Is Murder.

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Ashley Judd Reveals Mother Naomi Judd Died From Self-Inflicted Firearm Wound

Ashley Judd Reveals Mother Naomi Judd Died From Self-Inflicted Firearm Wound

Naomi Judd, the legendary country music star and one half of The Judds, died of a self-inflicted firearm wound, her daughter Ashley Judd revealed.

Naomi breathed her last on April 30, just one day before her scheduled induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with her other daughter Wynona Judd.

Ashley disclosed the cause of her mother's death in an interview aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday.

"She used a weapon . mother used a firearm," Judd told Diane Sawyer. "So that's the piece of information that we are very uncomfortable sharing."

"Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness," Ashley and her sister Wynonna announced in a joint statement on April 30, without specifying the reason.

Naomi and Wynonna formed the country music duo The Judds in 1983. They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 1, the day after her death.

In Ashley's opinion, Naomi "couldn't hang on until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers."

"That is the level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her. Because the barrier between the regard in which they held her couldn't penetrate into her heart and the lie the disease told her was so convincing," she added.

As country music's most famous mother-daughter team, The Judds scored twenty top ten hits and went undefeated for eight consecutive years at all three major country music awards shows. They won five Grammy Awards. Naomi won a Country Song of the Year Grammy for writing "Love Can Build a Bridge."

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Gabby Barrett Reveals She's Pregnant With Second Child

Gabby Barrett Reveals She's Pregnant With Second Child

Gabby Barrett took to social media on Mother's Day (May 8) to share that she's pregnant with her second child and also reveal the baby's gender.

"My son," she captioned her post on Instagram, along with an emoji of a blue heart. "Another LIFE we get to love and cherish," the singer continued. "Happy Mother's Day!"

Barrett did not provide more details about the baby's due date or any name ideas but shared video footage of a sonogram, accompanied by inspirational orchestra music.

Barrett's husband Cade Foehner also shared the news, along with a Mother's Day tribute to his country star wife.

"Happy Mother's Day to my amazing, strong, and fruitful Bride! @gabbybarrett_ She is currently carrying another precious life made in the image of God," he wrote. "A son to bear our name into the next generation. Our children will rise up and call her blessed, this husband also, praises her. Proverbs 31:28."

He added, "Praise God from whom all blessings flow!"

Barrett and Foehner, who met as contestants on "American Idol," got married in October 2019. They already have a daughter, Baylah May, who was born in January 2021.

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Craig Morgan Announces Fall 'God, Family, Country' Tour

Craig Morgan Announces Fall 'God, Family, Country' Tour

Country singer-songwriter Craig Morgan has announced the dates for his upcoming U.S. tour this Fall.

The tour, organized in collaboration with non-profit organization Operation Finally Home, is titled "Operation Finally Home Welcomes the 'God, Family, Country Tour' With Craig Morgan."

The tour is in support of Morgan's 2020 album, God, Family, Country.

It features 11 theater and auditorium dates in October and November, including a special Veterans Day Show at the Ryman Auditorium.

Ray Fulcher will join the tour as an opening act.

"I feel like this tour has been a lifetime in the making," Morgan said. "Musically and personally, God, family, and country are the most important things to me and I'm excited to share this in my upcoming memoir and in my tour as me and the band play some fan-favorite songs, some album cuts, and some new songs you've not even heard yet."

Tour Dates:

October 19 @ Meyer Theatre in Green Bay, WIOctober 20 @ North Iowa Community Auditorium in Mason City, IAOctober 21 @ Crystal Grand Music Theatre in Wisconsin Dells, WIOctober 22 @ The Des Plaines Theater in Des Plaines, ILOctober 27 @ Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park, FLOctober 28 @ Harbison Theater in Irmo, SCOctober 29 @ Cameo Theatre in Bristol, TNNovember 3 @ Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, IANovember 4 @ Jackson Community College in Jackson, MINovember 5 @ Ritz Theater in Tiffin, OHNovember 11@ Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN

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Garth Brooks Announces Second Stadium Tour Show In Edmonton

Garth Brooks Announces Second Stadium Tour Show In Edmonton

Country music legend Garth Brooks has announced a second Stadium Tour show in Edmonton.

The new opening night concert at the Canadian Commonwealth Stadium will be held on June 24, at 7 p.m. The second night will be held the next day, at the same time.

The June 25 concert sold out in 45 minutes. This will be Garth's first time at Commonwealth Stadium and the only Stadium Tour appearance in Canada.

Tickets for the June 24 concert will go on sale on May 12, at 10 a.m. MT.

The concert will feature in-the-round seating. There will be an eight-ticket limit per purchase.

Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.ca/garthbrooks; on the Garth Brooks line at Ticketmaster, 1-877-654-2784; or through the Ticketmaster app on mobile phone. There will be no ticket sales at the venue box office on May 12.

Tickets will cost $104.95, all inclusive.

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Midland, Jon Pardi Team Up For New Drinking Song 'Longneck Way To Go'

Midland, Jon Pardi Team Up For New Drinking Song 'Longneck Way To Go'

Midland have teamed up with Jon Pardi for their new drinking song, "Longneck Way to Go."

"I got a long, longneck way to go / Well, these heartbreak beers, they go down fast / But this getting over you's sure going down slow / And it's closing in on closing time and I ain't even close / I've got a long, longneck way to go," they sing in the chorus.

"Longneck Way to Go" comes from Midland's new album The Last Resort: Greetings From, which dropped on May 6.

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Morgan Wallen Shares Personal New Song 'Thought You Should Know'

Morgan Wallen Shares Personal New Song 'Thought You Should Know'

Morgan Wallen has dropped a personal new song, "Thought You Should Know," which the country singer dedicated to his mom, Lesli.

Wallen co-wrote the song with Miranda Lambert and Nicolle Galyon. The song is a thank you letter to his mom for her selfless love and care.

"What's goin' on, Mama? / Something just dawned on me / I ain't been home in some months / Been chasin' songs and women / Makin' some bad decisions / God knows I'm drinkin' too much / Yeah, I know you've been worrying 'bout me / You've been losin' sleep since '93," Wallen sings in the opening verse.

"This one's for you mama. I know it didn't always seem like those prayers were getting through. I hope this song is a testament to the fact that they did," Wallen wrote on social media, before signing off with the song's lyrics, "Still your only damn son, Morgan."

"Thought You Should Know" is a follow-up to Wallen's "Don't Think Jesus," which dropped in April.

Wallen is currently on the road on his ongoing Dangerous Tour. The huge tour will conclude on September 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Travis Scott, Ed Sheeran, Miranda Lambert & More To Perform At 2022 BBMAs

Travis Scott, Ed Sheeran, Miranda Lambert & More To Perform At 2022 BBMAs

Additional artists in the lineup of performers for the 2022 Billboard Music Awards have been unveiled.

They include Travis Scott, Ed Sheeran, Becky G and the collaboration of Elle King and Miranda Lambert.

This will be Scott's first awards show appearance since the Astroworld Music Festival tragedy, in which 10 people were killed and dozens of others were injured in a stampede during his performance.

Scott's remix of his song "Goosebumps" is nominated for the top dance/electronic song award.

Sheeran, who is currently on a stadium tour in Northern Ireland, will perform virtually, according to Billboard.

King and Lambert's chart topper "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)" is nominated for top rock song.

For Becky G, this will mark her debut performance at the BBMAs.

This year's BBMAs will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 15 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Kane Brown Shares New Single 'Like I Love Country Music'

Kane Brown Shares New Single 'Like I Love Country Music'

Kane Brown recently dropped a new radio single, "Like I Love Country Music," as a tribute to 90's country music icons.

Before the release, Kane had teased that the new song would feature a sample of Brooks & Dunn's "Brand New Man." However, the song also gives shout outs to Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, George Jones, June Carter and Johnny Cash in the verses.

"I wrote this song in 2019," Brown says. "I remember it was a little writer's retreat thing on the on the road. So we had two different songs going, one in the back of the bus and one in the front of the bus. And I was in the back."

"And as I came up front, they, the writers had this great idea. And they already had some of the first verse and I just remember thinking, this could be a smash," he adds. "And I jumped on it and right after that we all fell in love with it and been waiting to put it out. But the song just wasn't ready and now it is."

"Like I Love Country Music" is a follow-up to Kane's latest No. 1 hit, "One Mississippi." Both songs will be included on Kane's upcoming album, which is due out later this year.

Meanwhile, Kane's is set to embark on a headlining world tour, called the "Drunk or Dreaming Tour," which kicks off on September 17 in Melbourne, Australia. He will be joined by Blanco Brown, Chris Lane, Jesse James Decker, and Restless Road on select dates.

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Record Store Day Drives Gains On Billboard's Top Album Sales Chart

Record Store Day Drives Gains On Billboard's Top Album Sales Chart

Record Store Day 2022 on Saturday, April 23 provided a major boost to a number of albums on Billboard's Top Album Sales chart dated May 7.

Childish Gambino's Kauai EP re-entered the Top Album Sales Chart at No. 1, benefiting from its first-ever release on vinyl for Record Store Day.

Kauai, which was originally released as a digital download in 2014, sold 17,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending April 28, according to Luminate, with nearly all of the sales from the vinyl edition.

Bonnie Raitt's new studio album Just Like That. debuted at No. 2 on the chart with 14,000 copies sold, earning the singer/blues guitar legend her best performance on the tally since Longing In Their Hearts hit No. 1 in 1994.

Country star Jason Aldean's Georgia, which is the second part of his double album Macon, George, bowed at No. 3 on the Top Album Sales Chart with 13,000 copies sold.

Unlimited Love, the latest album from Red Hot Chili Peppers, remained at No. 4 on the chart but saw a 42 percent spike in copies sold amid the release of a new silver-colored vinyl edition for Record Store Day.

Stevie Nicks' Bella Donna, which was reissued as a double-vinyl set for Record Store Day, debuted at No. 5 on the Top Album Sales Chart.

Billboard said Bella Donna sold 12,000 copies, with nearly all coming from vinyl sales of its new Record Store Day pressing.

Kirk Hammett's debut solo album, Portals, Wallows' Record Store Day-exclusive Wallows Singles Collection 2017-2020, Anne Wilson's My Jesus, Jack White's Fear of the Dawn and The Cure's Pornography round out the top 10.

Pornography, which was originally released in 1982, sold 9,000 copies compared to essentially none in the previous week thanks to sales generated by its Record Store Day-exclusive picture disc vinyl pressing, Billboard said.

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