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CMT Pledges Complete Parity Between Male And Female Artists

CMT has declared it will institute parity between male and female artists appearing on the country music channel.

"Effective immediately, all music video hours on CMT and CMT Music channels will have complete parity between male and female artists. That means 50/50," CMT said on Twitter, as their #CMTEqualPlay initiative was launched.

From now on, female artists are guaranteed to account for half the videos played on CMT's platforms. That's an increase from the 40/60 (female/male) ratio previously used.

In country radio, female singers currently account for only 13 percent of airplay.

CMT said the artists are in full support of this initiative.

Singers such as Darius Rucker, Cassadee Pope, Brandi Carlile and Jake Owen took to social media displaying their solidarity.

"We, as the men of country music are ALL FOR 'equal play,'" Owen wrote on Twitter. "I have many artists friends that are women and I have two little girls. Also, one of my fave artists is Kacey Musgraves. I even bought a sweatshirt at her show."

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Taylor Swift Reveals Mother Diagnosed With Brain Tumor

Pop superstar Taylor Swift has revealed that her mother, Andrea, has been diagnosed with brain tumor.

In a recent interview with Variety, the 30-year-old shared that "it's just been a really hard time for us as a family" ever since doctors discovered a tumor in her mother's brain while she was going through chemotherapy to treat the breast cancer with which she was diagnosed in early 2015.

"The symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we've ever been through with her cancer before," she added.

"Ooh-ah, you'll get better soon/'Cause you have to" Swift croons in the song "Soon You'll Get Better," which was inspired by her family's battle against her mother's illness and was included in her most recent album, Lover.

"There's a song called 'Soon You'll Get Better' that was really, really hard to write. And it was a family decision to even put on the album, and I think songs like that that are really hard for you to write emotionally, maybe they're hard to write and hard to sing because they're really true. We as a family decided to put this on the album," she said of the intensely personal song in a YouTube Live broadcast on the day of the album's release last year.

Swift, who opted not to take the album on a traditional, multi-year, worldwide tour in order to spend more time with her family, will be performing on select dates across the U.S and Europe, including several music festivals.

"I wanted to be able to perform in places that I hadn't performed in as much, and to do things I hadn't done before, like Glastonbury. I feel like I haven't done festivals, really, since early in my career - they're fun and bring people together in a really cool way," she said in the interview.

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George Strait Announces Shows In Minneapolis, Las Vegas

George Strait has announced concerts in Minneapolis and Las Vegas later this year.

The King of Country Music is heading to Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium on August 22 with special guests Chris Stapleton, and Little Big Town and.

Tickets are available on January 31 at 10 a.m. CT at ticketmaster.com.

Strait's shows in Las Vegas, titled "Strait to Vegas," are scheduled to be held at T-Mobile Arena on August 28 and 29.

There, George will be joined by special guest - Monument recording artist Caitlyn Smith, whose highly anticipated second studio album, Supernova, will be released in March.

Tickets for these shows will be available on January 31 at 10 a.m. PT via straittovegas.com.

Strait had performed at a sold-out "Strait to Vegas" show in December.

Strait is scheduled to appear at three shows later this week with sold-out performances at INTRUST Bank Arena for "Visit Wichita Presents Strait to Oz" on Friday, and for "Strait to the Heartland" at Kansas City's Sprint Center on Saturday and Sunday.

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