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Dolly Parton receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Country music icon Dolly Parton received her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and shared her experience in a video posted to social media. Parton previously said that despite being eligible due to her age, she would wait to get vaccinated to give others more in need a chance to get their doses first. Dolly wrote on Twitter that she had gotten “a dose of her own medicine” — a reference to the fact that she previously donated $1 million toward vaccine development at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University.

Luke Bryan earns his 26th No.1 single with ‘Down To One’

Luke Bryan has earned his 26th No.1 on the country charts with his single “Down To One.”  The song tops both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts and is the fourth consecutive No. 1 from Bryan’s latest album, Born Here Live Here Die Here. The song follows the chart-topping success of “One Margarita,” “What She Wants Tonight” and “Knockin’ Boots.”

Country Music Association cancels 2021 CMA Fest; announces new dates to return in 2022

For the second year in a row, the Country Music Association has canceled CMA Fest, its annual June four-day event, due to the ongoing pandemic. CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said in a statement issued Tuesday, March 2:  “After thoughtful deliberation, we are saddened to share that CMA Fest will not take place in 2021. We know our fans near and far have hoped that the festival could safely return this summer, and while we are encouraged to see COVID-19 vaccines becoming more widely available, we still face several challenges that prevent us from bringing our fans around the world the CMA Fest experience they have come to expect. But rest assured, we have already started planning what will be the most epic celebration of country music next summer. Mark your calendars for CMA Fest June 9-12, 2022!”