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In The Studio With Dolly In Today’s Nashville Roundup

Blake Shelton tells Men’s Journal that Hollywood is different than his home state of Oklahoma. “I like California, but I’m dyed-in-the-wool Oklahoma. I see a deer in L.A., and everybody’s standing around it taking pictures. Back home, that’s the enemy!”

Sounds Like Nashville claims Kelsea Ballerini is going to perform on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve special. She and The Chainsmokers will sing their song ”This Feeling.”

Kip Moore tells Rolling Stone magazine that he would rather be authentic than popular. “I try to be authentic in everything I do because I never want to put on another hat … people will say, ‘If you do a collaboration with this pop or R&B act, you’ll get to play on this show.’ No. It’s not like I dislike what that other artist does; it just doesn’t fit with what I do. I don’t want to go up there and do some song and dance and play some character just to get a couple million people to see me on TV. I’ll just do it the hard way.”

Dustin Lynch tells Fox News that he has a crush on Reba McEntire. “Reba McEntire has always been somebody I’ve had a crush on, ever since I was a little guy. She’s been around ever since I’ve been alive and doing this, and still is killing it. She’s a great performer, a great artist, a great singer, a great actress, she’s got a clothing line, she can even cook pretty good. So I’m sold. What’s up, Reba?”

Chris Young tells Parade magazine that he loves giving Christmas gifts.“Everybody stays over at my parents’ house for Christmas Eve going into Christmas Day. It’s fun for me because over the years I’ve gotten to surprise everyone with some pretty cool gifts. I always try to find one person in my family and give them a really big gift. That’s fun for me. And we always decorate multiple trees. There’s a tree at my house and at my parents’ house. Christmas has always been a really big thing for me and my family, and it will continue to be forever.”

Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney tells Billboard magazine that he enjoys breakup songs. “I love breakup songs and I’m not in a bad relationship — we’re both very happy with our ladies — but I think just tapping into that emotion every once in a while as songwriters and as people is a good thing. That’s why country music was built on heartbreak a lot of times — there’s something cool about country music being able to tell a story of heartbreak, and I feel like everybody can relate to that.”

You can go into the studio with Dolly Parton as she records the soundtrack for the new movie “Dumplin’,” in a new CMT special that premieres Thursday. Dolly’s collaborators Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss, Mavis Staples, Elle King, Rhonda Vincent, and Macy Gray join her for the hour-long event, as well as her producer and co-writer on the project, Linda Perry. “Dolly & Friends: Making of a Soundtrack” airs Thursday at 9 p.m. [ET[ on CMT, before the full album becomes available on Friday. The “Dumplin’” movie, which stars Jennifer Aniston, arrives a week later via Netflix.