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Comstock/ThinkstockKnown for her hit “Ode to Billie Joe,” she was also the host of the first CMA Awards in 1967, along with Sonny James. Can you name her? ANSWER: Bobbie Gentry.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThis weekend, Lee Brice played the last of three South Carolina Disaster Relief shows in his home state, donating the proceeds to the Red Cross to help rebuild after the devastation caused by flooding earlier this year.

A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Cam, Canaan Smith, Chase Bryant, Chris Janson, Dan & Shay, Granger Smith, Kelsea Ballerini, LoCash, Michael Ray, Old Dominion and Raelynn are in the running to play next year’s New Faces of Country Music Show. The five acts who get the most votes from radio station employees will play the prestigious show February …read more

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Saam Gabbay Courtesy of Yahoo MusicFrankie Ballard already has three number ones in a row to his credit, and judging from the response to his new single, it looks like “It All Started with a Beer” just may continue his streak. The debut song from his third album was the most added at radio on its first day out.

“It’s a song about how some of the biggest things in life can have very small, humble beginnings,” he says of the tune co-written by Jaren Johnston from The Cadillac Three, who also helped pen Frankie’s …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAWhen Kenny Chesney announced he would bring his Spread the Love Tour to Boston’s Gillette Stadium on Friday, August 26, he confesses he was hoping it would sell well enough to add a second show, especially since he bested his own record there this past summer, filling more than 120,000 seats over two days. Now his dreams have come true. Kenny and tour mates Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion will now stick around and play on Saturday, August 27 as well.

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Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks is one of five celebrities being honored this week with Entertainment Tonight‘s first Icon Awards, as the show marks its 35th season. Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, and Ellen DeGeneres are the other ET Icons, as well as former host Mary Hart, who was honored in a special show last month.

This week, you’ll start to see new interviews, as well as archival footage, focusing on each celebrity’s individual accomplishments. “Each one has a unique story to tell: Oprah Winfrey is about intention; Jennifer Lopez, passion; Ellen, truth; Garth Brooks, gratitude …read more

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PMK•BNC“Just when you thought you were safe, America– we’re back!” Natalie Maines teased Monday, announcing the Dixie Chicks‘ most extensive tour in a decade, in a video posted on the group’s Facebook page.

“There’s no telling what will happen this time,” Emily Robison added, making a sly reference to Natalie’s 2003 comments about President George W. Bush and the Iraq War that continue to make the trio somewhat controversial.

The North American leg of the DCX MMXVI World Tour kicks off June 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio, immediately following more than a dozen European dates. Tickets for the …read more

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Capitol RecordsMerle Haggard is the Greatest Country Artist of the Modern Era, according to Billboard‘s new Greatest of All Time ranking. The Man in Black, Johnny Cash, comes in second, with Willie Nelson and Hank Williams checking in at third and fourth, respectively. Dolly Parton is the highest-ranking female on the list at number five, finishing just ahead of George Jones at number 6.

George Strait occupies the #8 spot, finishing just ahead of Loretta Lynn at #9 and Garth Brooks at #10. Other highlights of the list include Reba at 12, in front of Kenny Chesney at 13. …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country star has daughters named Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret? ANSWER: Keith Urban.

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ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton continues to capitalize on his success at the CMA Awards.

His CMA-winning album, Traveller, is number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the second week in a row. It sold 97 thousand copies and 124 thousand equivalent album units — which takes into account digital sales and streams — for the week ending Thursday.

The previous week, Traveller became the first debut album by a country artist in four years to go to number one on the all-genre chart.

Stapleton won three awards and performed with Justin Timberlake at the CMAs earlier …read more

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Photo Credit: James MinchinBrantley Gilbert is postponing his remaining shows overseas after Friday’s violence in Paris. The “Stone Cold Sober” singer made the announcement Saturday on social media.

“Out of respect for the lives lost in yesterday’s terrorist attacks, we have decided to postpone the rest of our European dates,” he shared on his Facebook page. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France at this tragic time. WE WILL BE BACK.”

The concerts kicked off Wednesday in Amsterdam, with Brantley and tourmates Michael Ray and Canaan Smith continuing on to play for …read more

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