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Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and Steven Tyler Added to "CMA Country Christmas" Lineup


Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler have been added to the lineup for this year's CMA Country Christmas special. The show airs Monday, December 1 on ABC. Alan Jackson is also joining the bill along with previously announced performers Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Sara Evans, Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes.

Tickets to attend the CMA Country Christmas taping on Friday, November 7 are still available through Ticketmaster. The show takes place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

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Florida Georgia Line Earns Their First #1 on "Billboard" 200 Albums Chart with "Anything Goes"


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line earns their first #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with their sophomore project, Anything Goes. The set sold 197,000 copies, according to NielsenSoundscan. Their debut album, Here's to the Good Times, has sold 2.1 million copies.

It's a great time for country music on the Billboard 200. Jason Aldean debuted at #1 last week with Old Boots, New Dirt, while Blake Shelton was #1 two weeks ago with his new project, Bringing Back the Sunshine.

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Jason Aldean Teaming Up with Bob Seger for CMT "Crossroads" Special November 28


Image Courtesy CMABob Seger recently showed up backstage at Jason Aldean's concert in Detroit. Apparently, they got along just fine: the two stars will team up for a new CMT Crossroads installment premiering on Black Friday, November 28 at 10 p.m. ET. Look for them to trade vocals on both of their biggest hits, including selections from Jason's latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt.

Jason and Seger will film the special next week, just outside of Nashville.

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Sara Evans Releasing Her First Holiday Album, "At Christmas," November 17


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans will release her firs holiday album, At Christmas, on November 17. The project features Sara's modern take on Christmas classics like "Silent Night," "Oh Holy Night" and "Winter Wonderland." Her daughters Olivia, age 12, and Audrey, age 10, are also featured on Sara's version of "12 Days of Christmas."

The album's title track, "At Christmas," is described as an "upbeat original." Sara's Christmas album is now available for pre-order at Walmart.com. Look for Sara to perform a song from the project on the CMA Country Christmas special, airing December 1 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Country Star Trivia


Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the radio-friendly title of Reba's most recent #1 hit from 2010? ANSWER: "Turn on the Radio."

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Dustin Lynch's Grandmother Was Onstage When He Got Hit by a Flying Beer Can


Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch was hit in the face by a full beer can thrown by an unruly fan during a show in Florida last week, and his grandmother was there to see it all.

"She was sitting in a chair onstage and we had just finished singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her -- myself and all the fans," Dustin says. "So it was a special night because she was there.  And also the crowd was electric.  It was, as a whole, one of the most electric crowds we’ve had in a while."

Even though he was bleeding quite heavily as a result of the beer can hitting his face, Dustin kept on singing until the show ended. He was then taken to a local hospital to get stitches.

Says Dustin, "I didn’t want this one clown to ruin a great night and a great memory for me and all the fans that came out to support us and, of course, my grandmother.  So I just decided to continue on with the show without missing a beat -- bleeding or not bleeding.”

Dustin is currently supporting his latest album, Where It's At, with a full slate of tour dates. Go to DustinLynch.com to see where he's playing next.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Lady Antebellum to perform their brand-new single, "Freestyle," on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday.

Little Big Town will perform the national anthem prior to game three of the World Series Friday night in California.

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Chris Young Taking His A.M. World Tour to Australia and Europe in 2015


Image Courtesy Ben Enos/Monarch PublicityChris Young is hitting Europe and Australia on his 2015 A.M. World Tour, starting with a headlining show in Melbourne, Australia March 11. He'll continue on to Sydney and the CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival in Ipswich, Australia in the following days.

In fall 2015, Chris will headline a European trek starting with a September 14 show in London. He'll also play the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland this fall, but that date hasn't been announced yet. Look for more tour dates to be announced soon.

Here are Chris's 2015 A.M. World Tour dates so far:

3/11 -- Melbourne, Australia
3/13 -- Sydney, Australia
3/14 -- Ipswich, Australia, CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival
9/14 -- London, UK
9/17 -- Dublin, Ireland
9/19 -- Munich, Germany
9/20 -- Cologne, Germany
9/22 -- Berlin, Germany

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Jake Owen Hosting Annual Hometown Charity Concert Saturday in Vero Beach, FL


Image Courtesy Nick Rau/Sweet Talk PublicityJake Owen will close out his Days of Gold tour with his annual charity concert this Saturday in his hometown of Vero Beach, FL.

The annual event supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as well as charities in Indian River County, FL, including Autism Speaks, Hibiscus Children's Center, the Mardy Fish Children's Foundation, and Boys & Girls Club of Indian River County.

Jake has been hosting the charity concert for several years now. Last year's event brought in $125,000.

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Reba Almost Finished with a Brand-New Album, Due Out Next Year


Image Courtesy CMAReba is on the home stretch of recording a brand-new album, expected to come out in 2015. She announced plans for the project Tuesday morning in Nashville, saying fans can expect to hear her interpreting songs from Nashville's best songwriters on the new project.

"It's just a huge thrill for me to have this outlet to get these songwriters' stories out to the public," Reba says. "I’m always kind of like the water hose. I'm the conduit from the songwriters' heart and soul, what they write and conceive, and then to get it out to the fans. I love that part."

Though any songwriter would tailor-make a song for Reba, she took some chances on recording a few songs written from a male perspective. She pulled that off on her 1995 covers album, Starting Over, taking on material originally recorded by Glen Campbell, Ray Price, and Michael McDonald, among others. Still, Reba's husband and manager, Narvel Blackstock, was hesitant about some of the new songs at first.

Reba explains, "I'd play him this demo, and I'd say, 'What do you think?' He'd say, 'Uh huh. That's a guy song. I don't know how it's going to sound with you singing it.' I get in the studio, and he said, "OK. You made it your own.'"

The new album will feature a variety of moods and sounds, though. Says Reba, "We've got happy, sad, slow, fast. Got a drinking song in there. And for the first time in a long time, I've got a love song. A true, to the heart and soul love song."

The best part of this new project for Reba is giving her fans her first new album since 2010's All the Women I Am.

"They're gonna be very excited to have new music coming out," Reba explains. "They've been with me through thick and thin, Broadway, television, movies, back to music. They're my team. Glad to be a part of theirs."

We'll keep you posted when Reba announces more details about the new album release.

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Brantley Gilbert Engaged to Old Love Who Inspired Some of His Biggest Hits


Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is engaged to his old love who inspired his hit songs "More Than Miles" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." The couple parted ways a few years ago, but it looks like their love story will have a happy ending. Brantley hasn't revealed his fiancee's name, though.

Brantley recently moved back home to Georgia. He was engaged to fellow country star Jana Kramer, but they called it off in August 2013.

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2014 CMT Artists of the Year Honorees Announced; Ceremony Broadcasting Live December 2


Image Courtesy CMTJason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will be honored as the 2014 CMT Artists of the Year. They'll be saluted on a live broadcast from Nashville coming up Tuesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

This is Keith's first time getting the CMT Artists of the Year honor. The other four acts are previous honorees. The artists are selected based on the impact they've had in country music throughout the year.

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The Band Perry Taking Their Time Making Upcoming Third Album


Image Courtesy CMAFans of The Band Perry can expect a new album from the trio in 2015, but they can't tell you exactly when they'll release the album next year.

Lead singer Kimberly Perry tells ABC News Radio, "We've actually taken timeline pressures away just to make sure we are creating with the pure sensibilities. So, that's an exciting thing."

The Band Perry didn't have the luxury of unlimited time while making their sophomore album, Pioneer, but it worked out nicely for them. The lead single from that project, "Better Dig Two," was just certified double platinum, recognizing two million streams and downloads of the song.

In the meantime, The Band Perry is now climbing the country chart with their cover of Glen Campbell's "Gentle on My Mind." It's featured in the new Glen Campbell documentary, I'll Be Me, in theaters Friday.

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Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the profession of Kimberly Perry's husband, J.P. Arencibia? ANSWER: Professional baseball player.

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Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley Shows Off His New "Jagdeer" Tattoo on Instagram


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley got a rather interesting piece of body art on his right forearm this week. It's a drawing of a jaguar with deer antlers, or as Brian calls it a "jagdeer."

 

Thanks @adamthekid for this new addition on my right forearm ???? #jagdeer @bcole429 @tribekelley

A photo posted by playbkplay (@playbkplay) on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:16pm PDT

 

The tattoo was done by Adam "The Kid" Wakitsch at Kustom Thrills in Nashville. Fans can check out Brian's new tattoo on his Instagram account, @playbkplay.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTrisha Yearwood will be in Kansas City Tuesday night to perform the national anthem at the first game of the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants, a Fox spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.  Little Big Town will perform the national anthem before Game Three in San Francisco.  The World Series is being broadcast on Fox.

The Swon Brothers have released "Pray for You" as the follow-up to their debut hit, "Later On."

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley stop by NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday, October 27.

Kristian Bush fights off zombies in his new video for "Trailer Hitch," now posted at CMT.com.

 

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Little Big Town Refused to Play It Safe Making Their New Album, "Pain Killer," in Stores Now


Image Courtesy Capitol Records NashvilleLittle Big Town's new album, Pain Killer, is now in stores featuring their funky hit, "Day Drinking." While there are a few tender moments on the album, Little Big Town didn't play it safe when it came to turning up their guitars and rocking out in the studio.

LBT's Kimberly Schlapman tells ABC News Radio, "It felt good, and it felt sassy. The whole record felt sassy."

The band members and their producer, Jay Joyce, didn't set any boundaries on how they wanted the album to sound, so there was a sense of freedom during the recording process. Band member Jimi Westbrook says there was a rebellious spirit in the studio, though they weren't rebelling against anything in particular.

Describing their approach in the studio, Jimi says, "Let's not put boundaries, and let's just make some music and not be afraid to take it to a different place and to push it and go further and see what happens."

Some of Little Big Town's musical experiments got a little bizarre, but the group's Karen Fairchild explains those detours were essential to finding the right sounds for the album.

Karen says, "It's fun to be in there and expressing ourselves. And yeah, sometimes we take it too far in the studio, and the moments that go too far, you don't hear."

That creative approach led to the distinct whistling and marching band sounds on "Day Drinking," which is an indication of how much fun LBT still have creating music together.

"There are moments that are full of tension," Jimi admits, "and you're trying to figure out things, and you've got a lot of people in the room that care, and have different opinions, so it can be tension, but I love that part of it. And that is fun to me."

It looks like all that hard work paid off for Little Big Town according to some of their famous friends who got an advance listen to Pain Killer. Martina McBride called the album "absolutely brilliant" while David Nail tweeted it "sounds like one of the coolest records I've heard." Blake Shelton weighed in saying, "I just heard some what WILL be one of the most important albums in county music history… Congratulations and thank you @littlebigtown!!!"

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Jason Aldean Announces 2015 Burn It Down Tour Cities


Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean has announced the tour cities for the 2015 leg of his Burn It Down tour. The trek kicks off February 12 with special guests Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr.

Says Jason, "Cole and Tyler are two of the hottest up-and-coming artists out right now, and I really dig what they do in their live shows. They are also just great friends, so it'll be cool to have them out and see what kind of trouble we can get into together.”

The tour announcement comes just days after Jason's new album, Burnin' It Down, topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart with more than 280,000 copies sold.

Here are Jason's 2015 tour cities:

Greenville, SC
Greensboro, NC
N. Charleston, SC
Bossier City, LA
Tupelo, MS
Nashville, TN
Toledo, OH
Peoria, IL
Cedar Falls, IA
Wichita, KS
Tulsa, OK
Little Rock, Ar
Bozeman, WA
Spokane, WA
Eugene, OR
Grand Rapids, MI
Louisville, KY
Ft. Wayne, IN
Corpus Christi, TX
Beaumont, TX
Charleston, WV
Hartford, CT
Hershey, PA

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Garth Brooks Hosting Basketball Camp for Kids in Kentucky November 1


Credit: Mark TuckerGarth Brooks and his charity organization Teammates for Kids will host a Basketball Pro-Camp for 100 youth in Lexington, Kentucky, on November 1.

The camp coincides with Garth's run of concerts at Rupp Arena in Lexington. He's lined up University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari to lead the camp, and Garth will meet with the basketball campers, too.

Garth's Teammates for Kids and Pro-Camps are hosting these sports clinics in each city on Garth's World Tour.

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Miranda Lambert Performing with "All About That Bass" Singer Meghan Trainor on CMA Awards


Image Courtesy CMA"All About That Bass" singer Meghan Trainor will sing that song as a duet with Miranda Lambert on the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing live November 5 on ABC. As previously reported, pop star Ariana Grande will perform on the show with Little Big Town. Pretty Little Liars actress-turned-country singer Lucy Hale will present an award on the broadcast, too.

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban are among the other stars performing on the CMA Awards. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts.

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