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Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert continued their reign as the King and Queen of Country this year. Blake’s continued exposure on NBC’s The Voice kept him in America’s living room two nights a week, and led to big endorsement deals with Pepsi and Pizza Hut. On the music front, Blake extended his streak of consecutive #1 hits to 13, with “Doin’ What She Likes,” “My Eyes” and “Neon Light” all topping the chart this year. “Neon Light” is the lead single from Blake’s latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, which debuted at #1 on …read more

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Image Courtesy Becky FlukeMiranda Lambert has just joined Pinterest with the username Miranda 1506. As you might guess, the singer’s boards revolve mostly around music and rescue animals. Inspired by her recently opened Redemption Ranch no-kill animal shelter in Oklahoma, Miranda has created the Make a Furry Friend Feel at Home Pinterest board with do-it-yourself projects and ideas for dogs.

Miranda and husband Blake Shelton are parents to six rescue dogs. She says, “Every animal has a special place in my heart. Especially my dogs — some of them go everywhere with me. …read more

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Image Courtesy Becky FlukeMiranda Lambert has just joined Pinterest with the username Miranda 1506. As you might guess, the singer’s boards revolve mostly around music and rescue animals. Inspired by her recently opened Redemption Ranch no-kill animal shelter in Oklahoma, Miranda has created the Make a Furry Friend Feel at Home Pinterest board with do-it-yourself projects and ideas for dogs.

Miranda and husband Blake Shelton are parents to six rescue dogs. She says, “Every animal has a special place in my heart. Especially my dogs — some of them go everywhere with me. …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry won CMA Song of the Year for writing which one of the band’s hits? ANSWER: “If I Die Young.”

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is performing on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest Wednesday night. It’s his first performance ever on a multi-genre show, and he’s looking forward to seeing how it all works out.

Brantley tells ABC News Radio, “I’m really excited to see the performances and the interaction between people in other genres as opposed to country, you know, ’cause we’re a really close family. I’m just excited about the whole night. I think it’s gonna be a great experience.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks will appear during all four hours of NBC’s Today on Thursday, January 8.

Cole Swindell is headlining a New Year’s Eve show at Wild Bill’s near Atlanta, Georgia Wednesday night with special guest Kelleigh Bannen.

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Image Courtesy CMAAs Luke Bryan closes the door on his most successful year ever, he’s focusing in just one thing — his beautiful wife, Caroline.

Luke tells ABC News Radio, “My wife’s birthday is always New Year’s Eve. So, I always forgo work to celebrate her birthday.”

Luke and Carolina tied the knot in 2006. They have two young sons named Bo and Tate. Caroline makes an appearance in Luke’ s video for “Crash My Party,” which has racked up more than 24 million views on YouTube.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s latest album, Fuse, has produced multiple #1 hits and helped him secure a CMA Entertainer of the Year nomination in 2014. More than a decade into his career, Keith says this latest project has been “life-changing.”

Urban tells ET Canada, “As an artist, you know, you’re always wondering what people are going to make of your music. But I made the record that I had in my head and I was very happy with that…But this one’s done amazing things.”

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleTouring publication Pollstar has released their list of 2014’s top 20 tours, and three country stars made the list.

Luke Bryan had the biggest country tour bringing in $62.8 million for a #17 finish. George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Away tour is next at #18, with $61.8 million coming in this year. Jason Aldean closed out the list at #20, with $52.5 million.

Pop boy band One Direction tops the list with a staggering $282.2 million gross for the year. They sold more than 3.4 million tickets in 2014.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Rascal Flatts‘ duet partner on the hit single “Easy?” ANSWER: Natasha Bedingfield.

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