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Image Courtesy Bob D’Amico/ABCNashville’s winter season finale was full of high drama with Rayna Jaymes breaking off her engagement to fellow country superstar Luke Wheeler just hours before the ceremony. She just can’t shake her feelings for old flame Deacon Claybourne, but he may not be around much longer. After passing out in his hotel room, Deacon was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver from his years of drinking. The doctors also suspect Deacon has cancer.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Brice and Thompson Square will perform at the NRA Country concert at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, February 14.

Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum has been named the best country album of 2014 by Rolling Stone.

Dustin Lynch raised more than $15,000 for the Karing for Kids charity at his Tuesday night benefit concert in his hometown of Tullahoma, Tennessee. The organization provides coats, sweaters and shoes for needy families in the area. Jerrod Niemann joined Dustin on the bill.

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Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban was devastated when Nicole Kidman‘s father, Antony, died suddenly in September after suffering a fall.

“I can’t even describe what that moment was like for our family,” Keith says. “I was very, very close to Nic’s dad. It’s very fresh. It’s very recent.”

Keith was scheduled to go to New York City for American Idol auditions at the time of Antony’s death, but Fox allowed him to skip the auditions.

Says Keith, “It was an amazing thing that a TV network would step in and say, ‘Don’t you worry. You be with your family. …read more

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Chris HolloCarrie Underwood was in New York City Wednesday to promote the recently-announced fitness lifestyle apparel brand she’ll launch with Dick’s Sporting Goods next year.

CALIA by Carrie Underwood is billed for women who embrace an active lifestyle and demand “more versatility from her wardrobe.”

Carrie said working with Dick’s Sporting Goods on the design process has been a rewarding experience. She added, “The inspiration for this line came from my desire to have clothes that seamlessly take me from workouts, to errands, to rehearsals and beyond.”

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Image Courtesy Greenroom PRKix Brooks, Brandy Clark and Nashville star Sam Palladio are taking the CMA Songwriters Series overseas to ingio at The O2 in London on Friday, March 6, 2015. The show is part the annual C2C country music festival at The O2 that weekend. Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore are on the bill for that festival.

Hit songwriters Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall are also performing. Tickets go on sale Friday at AXS.com.

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Image Courtesy UMGEric Paslay is extending his Make Every Night a Friday Night tour into 2015 starting with a show in Chicago on January 2. The trek runs through April with stops in Charlotte, Minneapolis, Denver and Nashville lined up. The tour announcement comes as Eric wraps up his most successful year ever in the music industry.

He says, “2014 has been such an amazing year for me with ‘Friday Night’ being my first No. 1 as an artist and the release of my debut album. I can’t wait to be back out …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton has signed on to perform on NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly coming up Wednesday, December 31. His fellow judges from The Voice Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams will perform along with Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett and Seth McFarlane.

New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly airs live from Times Square that night starting at 10 p.m. ET.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge won CMA New Artist of the Year on the strength of his #1 hits “Don’t Ya” and “Beat of the Music,” but those mainstream country hits only hint at the crooning Brett did Tuesday night at Nashville club, The Sutler.

In celebration of his CMA win, Brett performed an hour’s worth of Frank Sinatra standards with a jazz combo and a horn section for an invitation-only crowd. The set list included “Fly Me to the Moon,” “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” and the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://instagram.com/p/waebRKAuJy/?modal=true" …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Florida Georgia Line hails from Georgia? ANSWER: Tyler Hubbard.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Florida Georgia Line hails from Georgia? ANSWER: Tyler Hubbard.

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