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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan‘s Kill the Lights album is approaching platinum status, having sold more than 834,000 copies so far, according to Billboard. Since it came out 20 weeks ago, it’s been a staple in the top 10 of the publication’s Top Country Albums ranking, spending eight weeks at number one.

People praises the winter white Peter Langner gown Miranda Lambert wore to December’s Kennedy Center Honors Artists’ Dinner, in a full-page spread with Eva Longoria and Krysten Ritter in its current issue.

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Thomas Rhett Offers “I Feel Good” as a 2016 Pick-Me-Up

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you’re looking for a song to get you through the first Monday of 2016, Thomas Rhett‘s tune “I Feel Good” just might do the trick for you.

“Every time I hear it I’m like immediately back in Big Willie Style,” Thomas jokes, dropping the name of Will Smith‘s debut album from 1997. “I’m like back in sixth grade and I’m hearing this track that I’m riding in the back of my mom’s Ford Explorer to school, and it’s basically just the lyric of a perfect day. I just envision this dude like walking down …read more

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Miranda Lambert Confirms She’s Seeing Singer Anderson East

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ABC/Image Group LAThis weekend, Miranda Lambert confirmed her relationship with singer Anderson East, sharing a photo on Instagram of the two smiling and cuddling underneath a blanket with the caption, “The snuggle is real…”

Earlier in the week, Us Weekly quoted friends of the two who said the 32-year-old CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and the 27-year-old former session musician and engineer had been dating for about a month.

Miranda’s four-year marriage to Blake Shelton ended unexpectedly in July. In November, we learned he’s seeing his Voice co-star Gwen Stefani.

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What Else Happened in Music in 2015?

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ABC/Image Group LAHere’s a look at some of the other notable country music happenings from 2015:

Country music was hot in Sin City. Reba and Brooks & Dunn kicked off their residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in June and returned in December month for more dates. They’ll be back in May to continue their Together in Vegas shows. Rascal Flatts enjoyed their Vegas Riot! Residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino so much, they re-upped for more shows in 2016. Their Rhythm & Roots run starts February 17. Both George Strait and Garth Brooks …read more

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The Year in Music 2015 — Carrie Underwood Proves She Can Have It All

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Image Group LA/ABC2015 was the year Carrie Underwood proved she can have it all– a baby, a record-breaking album and her best twelve months at country radio in half a decade.

She and husband Mike Fisher started the year by welcoming their firstborn, Isaiah Michael, on February 27. The proud mom introduced her son to the world by posting a picture of his hand on Instagram with the caption, “Tiny hands and tiny feet…God has blessed us with an amazing gift!… Welcome to the world, sweet angel!”

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The Year in Music 2015 — Sam Hunt Catches Mainstream Attention

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ABC/Image Group LAIf there’s one country artist who’s capturing the mainstream’s attention, 2015 proves it’s Sam Hunt. With his fusion of urban rhythms and acoustic country, he walked away with the all-genre New Artist of the Year trophy at the American Music Awards. In 2016, he vies for the equivalent honor at the Grammys.

Proving he’s not afraid to push the boundaries of what a male country artist can do, he added covers of hits by women like Wynonna‘s “No One Else on Earth,” and “Fancy” by Reba, when he set out on his Lipstick Graffiti tour …read more

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The Year in Music 2015 — What a Difference a Year Makes for Kelsea Ballerini

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Brad Lovell – Courtesy of Iconic Entertainment What a difference a year makes. At the 2014 CMA Awards, Kelsi Ballerini was sitting in the audience, in a not-so-great seat her record label had given her. One year later, she had both a coveted performance slot on the show and nominations in two major categories — and a much better spot in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Life forever changed for Kelsea in June, when her debut single from her debut album catapulted to number one. “Love Me Like You Mean It” put Kelsea in the same category …read more

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Why Trisha Yearwood Doesn’t Cook on the Road Anymore

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Randee St. NicholasThese days, two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Trisha Yearwood is almost as well-known for her culinary skills as she is for her singing. But when the best-selling author and Food Network host tried combining the two, it didn’t go quite as well as she’d hoped.

“I used to think I was going to cook on the road and I had a kitchen in the bus. And I ended up, I think I made a fried bologna sandwich and that was the only thing I ever made,” she tells Reba in a new …read more

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Country Takes Over Times Square for New Year’s Eve

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Image Group LA/ABC“If you’re a country fan, Times Square is the place to be.” That’s how co-host Jenny McCarthy describes this year’s edition of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest to Billboard.

Both Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan will take center stage in New York City, with the AMA’s Favorite Female Artist performing a medley of “Smoke Break,” “Heartbeat” and “Before He Cheats.” Her male counterpart will do a mashup of “Move” and “That’s My Kinda Night.”

You’ll also hear Jimmy Buffett‘s “Margaritaville” live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and see Taylor Swift‘s “Out of …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis 1963 release from Skeeter Davis was a #2 hit on both Billboard‘s Country Singles and Hot 100 charts. Can you name it? ANSWER: “The End of the World.”

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