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RCA NashvilleSeven is Chris Young‘s lucky number, so he made it a point to buy seven copies of his new album I’m Comin’ Over on the day of its release. His purchase in a Muncie, Indiana Walmart apparently paid off, as his fifth project debuts at number one on Billboard‘s country album chart, selling 57,147 copies in its first week out.

He also tallies an impressive fifth-place finish on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, with close to 65,000 equivalent album units, which figures in digital sales and streams. Only Justin Bieber, One Direction, rapper Logic and hip-hop artist …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhere did both Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell go to college? ANSWER: Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.

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Warner Music NashvilleBefore Sam Hunt had his breakout success as a solo artist, he wrote chart-topping hits like “Come Over” for Kenny Chesney and “We Are Tonight” for Billy Currington. Now, he may’ve done it again for new Warner Brothers artist William Michael Morgan. Sam co-wrote his debut single “I Met a Girl.”

“You know, we just fell in love with that song immediately when Sam’s publishing company sent that to us. With the lyrics, the melody, the way it all painted that picture, you know. It doesn’t have to have all those lights and smoke for …read more

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Image Group LA/ABCThe country winners were happy to give back to their fans Sunday night at the American Music Awards.

Florida Georgia Line claimed two awards: favorite duo or group — country and favorite album — country. Backstage, they said they were happy to represent country music.

“The fans got our back,” they continued, noting how “faithful” their followers are.

Similarly, Carrie Underwood, who was named favorite female artist — country, said backstage, “To be able to get up and thank your fans in front of that audience….To be able to declare your love and say thanks on …read more

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Photo Credit: Nash Icon RecordsWhen Hank Williams, Jr. and Eric Church start performing in the new video for “Are You Ready for the Country,” it looks like they’re in a barn with their band and backup singers. But by the time they get about halfway through the song, the barnyard scene starts disappearing, revealing they’re actually in a downtown parking garage.

Hank says that’s not the only surprise associated with this song. Earlier this year when he started performing it on the road, he was shocked to find audiences don’t seem to remember it was …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLeAnn Rimes guests on Home & Family’s Primetime Holiday Special Monday at 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark channel.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s latest Songwriter Session will feature Kristian Bush. You can see the male half of Sugarland December 5 at 11:30 a.m. CT in the Hall’s Ford Theater.

Garth Brooks has broken the previous sales records held by the Beatles and Neil Diamond at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, according to a release from his publicist. He’ll play five Maryland shows starting January 22, his first time in the city.

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Warner Music NashvilleThough she sold out the show all on her own, Ashley Monroe called in the big guns when it came time for her performance Friday night at Nashville’s City Winery.

“I just released a record this year called The Blade, and I’m gonna do that song and I’m gonna have the special guest vocalist that sang on the record with me sing it the first time live really ever,” Ashley teased, “so here’s little Miss Miranda Lambert!” The six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year walked onstage dressed all in black, ready to add …read more

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Dick Clark ProductionsCountry music will be well-represented at Sunday’s American Music Awards, with both Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt competing in the major all-genre categories.

Sam has the most nominations of any country artist — up for three trophies, including New Artist against rapper Fetty Wap, Swedish singer Tove Lo, rockers WALK THE MOON and Canadian singer The Weeknd.

Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan each have two nods, with Luke competing against the likes of One Direction, Maroon 5 and overall top nominee Taylor Swift, who has six total, for Artist of the Year. Luke will sing his new …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAWhile Jason Aldean has been nominated and won quite a few trophies at the CMAs and ACMs, he says being in the running for an American Music Award is a different experience entirely, because it puts you in the room with entertainers from all different kinds of music.

“It’s a cool deal. You got that many artists from all different genres. I mean it’s the biggest artists in the world in one room, basically. I mean that and the Grammys is about the only time that that ever happens. So it’s a …read more

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Jeremy Ryan/Black River EntertainmentIt’s been quite a year for newcomer Kelsea Ballerini. On the heels of her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” going number one, she was nominated for two CMA Awards. Even though she didn’t take home a trophy, it didn’t seem to faze her– because she’s an admitted awards show junkie.

“Yeah, I’m an awards show– like I love awards shows. And I would like DVR them and then watch them over and over again to see like acceptance speeches and who sits with who,” she confesses. “Yeah, I …read more

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