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Chance the Rapper, Rauner to talk Chicago school funding

Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner plan to meet this week to discuss funding education in Chicago.

The hip-hop performer from Chicago, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, said Monday on Twitter that he'll meet privately with Rauner on Wednesday. He says he's eager to hear Rauner's ideas.

The Republican governor's official Twitter account responded, saying "Looking forward to hearing your ideas, too."

Talk of the meeting started after Rauner congratulated the rapper via Twitter for winning three Grammy Awards earlier this month, saying the state "is proud that you're one of our own." Chance replied that he'd "love" to meet with Rauner.

Chicago Public Schools is suing Rauner and state education officials, saying the way Illinois funds schools violates the civil rights of the district's predominantly minority students.

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This story has been corrected to show that the rapper's first name is Chancelor, not Chancellor.

NASCAR's Emotional Earnhardt Tribute Features Zac Brown Band [Watch]

Zac Brown Band's new single, "My Old Man," is a powerful ballad that has the band looking back on the lessons their fathers have taught them. Ahead of Sunday's (Feb. 26) 2017 Daytona 500, NASCAR released a video that spliced together footage of Dale Earnhardt and his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., over the years, using the song as the soundtrack. Continue reading…

Lauren Alaina Receives Standing Ovation for 'Three' During 2017 CRS [Watch]

It was an emotional day for Lauren Alaina as she took the stage at the Ryman Auditorium during the 2017 Country Radio Seminar.

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Garth Brooks Celebrates 5 Million Tickets Sold on World Tour

Garth Brooks marked a major career milestone on Friday night (Feb. 24) at a gig in Canada. The superstar's wife and tour mate, Trisha Yearwood, interrupted her set to mark the fact that the Garth Brooks World Tour has now officially sold its five millionth ticket.

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Little Big Town, Sam Hunt Sing 'Body Like a Back Road' at the Ryman [WATCH]

Little Big Town and Sam Hunt performed Hunt's newest single, "Body Like a Back Road," during LBT's first residency show at the Ryman Auditorium on Friday (Feb. 24).

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Little Big Town, Sam Hunt Sing 'Body Like a Backroad' at the Ryman [WATCH]

Little Big Town and Sam Hunt performed Hunt's newest single, "Body Like a Backroad," during LBT's first residency show at the Ryman Auditorium on Friday (Feb. 24).

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Justin Moore and Wife Won't Learn Fourth Child's Gender

Justin Moore and his wife Kate have decided not to learn the gender of their fourth child in advance.

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POLL: Who Should Win Single Record of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards?

A readers' poll to predict the winner of Single Record of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards.

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POLL: Who Should Win Song of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards?

A readers' poll to predict the winner of Song of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards.

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Music Review: THEY. promised grunge'n'b, and they delivered

Los Angeles-based duo THEY. call their sound grunge'n'b — a fusion of R&B and hip-hop, mixed with rock. The label might sound a little gimmicky, but what the genre-bending THEY. does on their debut album makes it a highly enjoyable listen.

The 14-track set of "Nu Religion: Hyena" is sonically captivating, with Drew Love — the duo's vocalist — bragging like a rapper while singing in the tone of New Edition's Ralph Tresvant. Love sends his tenor over foreboding piano and grungy guitar on "Deep End," then raps alongside blazing guitar strings on "Say When."

On the standout "Motley Crew," he paints a picture of THEY.'s come-up: "Some might say we're armed and dangerous/Pay the price of a life every night but it ain't enough."

Heads will bop during the mid-tempo, organ-fueled "All" and "U-RITE." And fans of the late 90s TV series "Dawson's Creek" will recognize a brilliant use of Paula Cole's "I Don't Want to Wait" on THEY.'s "Dante's Creek."

Much credit should be given to THEY.'s other half, producer Dante Jones, who's created soundscapes that make "Nu Religion" sound cohesive even with such an eclectic range of musical styles. He's helping THEY. push the limits, and there's no telling where they'll go from here.

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