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Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleMiranda Lambert got some love from Us Weekly‘s Best of 2014 list. Her latest project, Platinum is included among the year’s best albums along with offerings from Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith, among others.

Luke Bryan also earned a mention among the Best Songs of the Year for “Play It Again.” Beyoncé, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Tove Lo and Sia were also singled out on that list.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockGeorge Strait‘s son often co-writes songs with him. What is the son’s name? ANSWER: Bubba Strait.

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleWhen it came to ticket sales on the secondary-market site StubHub, George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Away tour was eclipsed only by pop sensation One Direction‘s trek in 2014. The ticketing company revealed their year-end statistics to AdWeek, and Luke Bryan holds the #3 spot for the year when it comes to StubHub sales.

Of note, if you combine Luke’s StubHub sales this year with sales from the #4 tour, Justin Timberlake, they still don’t match George’s sales numbers. His final tour stop in Texas on June 7 was the #1-grossing country show of …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett says his latest hit, “Make Me Wanna,” is a hint of what fans can expect on his upcoming sophomore album.

Thomas tells The Tennessean, “We have those songs that are just undeniable, make your heart smile. Then we have songs that make you want to party and dance.”

“Make Me Wanna” is the final single from Thomas’s debut album, It Goes Like This. He has most of the next album recorded for a likely 2015 release.

“It’s been a lot of fun to make,” Thomas says of the new project. “I just hope it translate …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge was on babysitting duty over the Christmas holiday with his infant cousin, Olivia. He posted an Instagram video of his conversation with the little one in “baby language.”

When it comes to holiday exchanges and returns, Martina McBride swears by online shoe retailer Zappos. She tweeted Christmas Eve, “I gotta tell ya…I love @zappos Best customer service hands down. Just the best.”

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery isn’t a big coffee drinker, but he turns to the beverage when he finds himself at the airport in the early-morning hours.

Scotty tells ABC News Radio, “For some reason, when I have an early flight, I decide to stay up as late as possible, and then it just doesn’t work out. So, coffee is a savior for that.”

Since he doesn’t drink coffee that often, Scotty doesn’t have a preference on what kind of coffee beans are used to make his drink.

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood hasn’t made a full-length Christmas album yet, but she’d probably choose to record classic Christmas songs on any holiday project.

Carrie explains, “I am such a sucker for standard Christmas music. I love the church Christmas music. The ‘O Holy Night,’ and you learn ‘Silent Night’ when you’re three years old.”

Carrie has recorded a few Christmas songs over the years, including “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Her newest holiday offering is a duet with Christian artist Michael W. Smith on the song …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell looks forward to relaxing with his family back home in his tiny hometown near Albany, Georgia, this Christmas, but he’s also prepared to do some explaining to his family members about the crazy year he’s had as a rising country star. The highlights include playing arenas and stadiums with Luke Bryan, scoring #1 hits and performing on the CMA Awards, which is pretty heady stuff for a boy from a town with a population of 225.

Cole says, “We’re from a very small town. This is beyond my wildest dreams, …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleMost kids love receiving shiny, new toys at Christmas, but Brett Eldredge‘s favorite gift ever was an old john boat his grandmother got him when he was young. He grew up on a lake in Paris, Illinois, so Brett was out in the boat all the time.

“I’m a huge fisherman. I love to fish, and I never had any kind of boat or vehicle of my own,” Brett recalls. “And she gave me this old, just kind of old rusted-out john boat, and I thought it was the coolest thing. …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat does the “GS” on Cole Swindell‘s signature baseball hat stand for? ANSWER: His alma mater, Georgia Southern University.

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