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Why Dierks Bentley Is Letting Hot Country Knights Have Their "Big Moment." Dierks Bentley is ready to light Hot Country Knights on fire! After making more than a few appearances on Dierks' tours over the years, the "top selling '90s cover band in the history of the world" is ready to take a giant step. Oh yes, they're preparing for a massive tour and the release of a brand-new album titled The K Is Silent. "It has been a big year for them. They've kind of been following us around the past couple of years and I can't get rid of them. They're like a stray dog that always sticks around. I decided to lean in and make an album with these guys and give them a chance to break out of their little bubble," Dierks shared with E! News exclusively before the track list and album cover reveal. "It's kind of a charity act. I took them on and helped write this record and produce it and it just kind of snowballed." Snowballed into a big hit. The band, which includes Dierks' alter-ego Doug Douglason, already has a hit on their hands thanks to a Travis Tritt collaboration called "Pick Her Up." In fact, Saved by the Bell star Tiffani Thiessen appeared in the music video that has already received close to 700,000 views on YouTube. "Tiffani was a big fan back in the day and when she heard they were getting back together, she asked to play a part in the resurgence of the '90s and be in the video. She's a big fan of Doug. Her and Doug might have had something back in the day but I don't know. It was nice to have one person on the set that was professional," Dierks joked. "She kind of helped the Knights get their act together and save the day of the video shoot." For those unfamiliar, this is the group who jumps on stage with mullet hairstyles, denim on denim fashion and sunglasses you wouldn't exactly see at Fashion Week. "Everyone is trying to grab onto that mullet and ride it for as long as it's worth," Dierks shared when talking about the band members. "They're a lot to deal with and it reminds me why I never want to get in a band. It's just a lot of shenanigans and having police officers show up at the studio... Hopefully this is their big moment right now." Those big moments could happen at the 2020 ACM Awards where Hot Country Knights is rumored to be making an appearance. Soon after, they will hit the road for a tour you have to see to believe. "The show will start probably whatever time it starts and will go well on into the night. Wherever they wind up, hopefully they don't end up in jail," Dierks shared. "It's going to be original songs, cover songs and special guests here and there." As much as these guys drive Dierks crazy, it's safe to say he wouldn't have it any other way. "Their life kind of reminds me of a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode where something terrible always happens and we see it on stage and they pull those regulars up tight and dust off their boot buckles and get it done for an hour and a half every night. Afterwards you know I turn loose and hope they show up at the next gig but they always have fun and bring the party on stage and I think the album represents that." And while Dierks has his hands full with Hot Country Knights, he has an update for fans on new music from him and only him. The 2020 ACM Awards Male Artist of the Year nominee says he's taking a break from a headlining tour. In fact, this pause may allow Dierks to be more creative than ever before. "I have a blank slate and nothing planned. I'm going to go write a few songs but really fall into writing and need to get a theme and some sort of inspiration," he teased. "Right now, I'm just knee-deep in mullets and viper sunglasses and high-waisted Wranglers and line dancing and stage twirls and thrusts so I gotta get past this particular moment and see what happens." (Eonline)

Harry Styles Recounts How He Was Mugged at Knifepoint on Valentine's Day. Harry Styles performs onstage during Citi Concert Series on Today Presents Harry Styles at Rockefeller Plaza on Feb. 26, 2020 in New York City. Valentine's Day is that time of year when romantics give out chocolates, flowers, cards. On Valentine's Day this year, Harry Styles nearly got knifed. The "Sign Of The Times" singer dropped by The Howard Stern Show earlier in the week for a chat about music, love, and a particularly nasty moment last month that could have been so much worse. The Brit was mugged at knifepoint, close to his home in London. "It was on Valentine's Day," he told Stern. "That's what you get for being single these days, I guess. I should have had other plans," he quipped. Styles recounted how he spotted a group of guys in hoods with their faces covered. He crossed the road, they followed. He did it again, same result. Bad news. "And I'm like, 'Oh for f---'s sake, I think I'm about to get robbed,'" he said. Harry then tried to reason with his would-be attackers. There's nobody else around, no help. Then it gets heavy. Styles insists the tabloids undersold the story. "It was a bunch of guys," he said. The muggers got away with some cash though the situation escalated when they demanded Harry unlock his phone, and showed him a knife for motivation. Harry spotted an opportunity to run, and he left the thugs in his dust. Later, he filed a police report. It's unclear whether the culprits were apprehended. Robberies aside, Styles should be enjoying life right now. His latest album Fine Line debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., U.K. and around the globe after its release last December. (Billboard)

Lady Gaga's 'Stupid Love' Interrupts a Serious Meeting on Coronavirus in Italy: Music, it has been said, has healing powers. If that's true, Lady Gaga's new song might just be the tonic. In a video doing the rounds of social media, a very serious council meeting in Italy on the coronavirus had a light-hearted moment when someone's phone went off, and the room filled with the unmistakable punchy notes of "Stupid Love." Gaga spotted the clip and retweeted it with the comment, "and this is why I make music." The coronavirus is no laughing matter in Italy, one of the worst hit territories outside of China, with at least 2,260 confirmed cases. Gaga has a particularly strong connection with the European country. Both of her parents have Italian ancestry. "Stupid Love" is the first track lifted from the pop superstar's forthcoming sixth album, Chromatica, executive produced by BloodPop and Gaga. It's due out April 10. (Billboard)

Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul just got hit with his second lawsuit in as many days ... and this time Trippie Redd's caught up in the legal mess over a 'Hit' song. Reginald Boyland, the man behind On The Strength Records, is suing DJ Paul over Trippie Redd's track "Death" ... which dropped last November. Confused? Let us explain. Boyland says, in legal docs obtained by TMZ, "Death" sampled DJ Paul's famous 1997 "Hit a Mutha****a." Big mistake, according to Boyland, because he claims Paul no longer owns the rights to 'Hit.' In the suit, Boyland says he got rights to the song in a 2015 settlement with Paul. He had sued DJP claiming 'Hit' sampled his track, "Pimps In The House." Fast-forward to Trippie Redd's "Death" -- and Boyland's now calling out Trippie for never getting permission from him to sample 'Hit.' Boyland says he'd already informed Paul and Trippie they owe him some "Death" dough but got no response. He's suing for copyright infringement and wants a slice of the profits from Trippie's track. As we first reported ... a group of Memphis-based artists are also suing DJ Paul and Juicy J in a separate lawsuit for allegedly stiffing them on various songs. We've reached out to DJ Paul and Trippie Redd, so far no word back. (TMZ)

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