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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Cole Swindell‘s self-titled debut album has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Lee Brice played for a sold-out crowd Monday night at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.

Tim McGraw will play a free album release party November 11 in New York City, celebrating the November 6 launch of Damn Country Music. Fans can RSVP for admission online.

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UMG NashvilleIt’s been exactly a year and one day since Sam Hunt‘s debut album, Montevallo, was released. In that time, he’s seen three of his singles scale to the top of the charts and he’s racked up three CMA nominations, as well as three nods from the American Music Awards. So Sam’s celebrating with a free Nashville street party tonight and the surprise release of the collection that was the blueprint for his success.

Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape boasts his version of his first number one as a writer, “Come Over.” As he prepares to go on tour with …read more

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Jill Trunnell/EB Media PRKenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Eric Church are among the finalists for this year’s Billboard Touring Awards.

Country acts dominate the Top Package category, with Florida Georgia Line’s outing competing against Kenny’s Big Revival Tour and Luke Bryan’s Kick the Dust Up dates. Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull featuring J. Balvin are the only non-country acts in the running. Kenny is also up for the Top Draw title, against Taylor Swift and One Direction. That one is based on attendance.

Eric Church vies for the Breakthrough title, against British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran and …read more

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CMAEarlier this month, Luke Bryan was forced to wrap his 2015 Farm Tour with one show outstanding. He’d had to cancel his October 3 date in Columbia, South Carolina because of the massive flooding in the area. Now the show is back on, and he’s using it to help those affected by the devastation.

The show this Sunday at Colt Creek Farm in Pelion, South Carolina also will be accompanied by a drive to buy food and supplies for those working to pick up the pieces. Sponsor Red Gold Tomatoes has pledged to give $20,000 worth of tomatoes, with Luke’s other …read more

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Donn Jones/CMAYou can now add Luke Bryan to your Thanksgiving Day schedule of TV watching. The CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year will kick off the Salvation Army’s 125th Red Kettle Campaign with a live performance from AT&T Stadium during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys game.

“As a football fan, I’m especially excited to be performing on Thanksgiving Day,” Luke says. “It’s also an honor to spotlight two great organizations like Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army and raise awareness for all the great work they do.” Running from Thanksgiving to Christmas …read more

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MCA NashvilleOne year after the release of the album that made him a star, Sam Hunt is uncovering the much talked about Acoustic Mixtape that was the blueprint for his debut, Montevallo.

In addition to stripped down versions of his chart-topping hits “House Party” and “Leave the Night On,” Between the Pines showcases Sam’s version of songs that were hits for other people. There are two number ones, including his first Nashville cut, Kenny Chesney‘s “Come Over,” as well as Billy Currington‘s “We Are Tonight.” You also get to hear Sam’s take on the Keith Urban top-ten hit “Cop Car.”

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CMAKeith Urban‘s eighth studio album will be titled Ripcord. The project’s first single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” already topped the charts, becoming the Aussie superstar’s 19th number one. Its second release, “Break on Me,” was the most-added single at country radio last week.

Next week, Keith is set to perform on the 49th Annual CMA Awards alongside John Mellencamp, though it’s not known if he’ll sing on the chart-topping tune that namechecks him. You can see the show live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though she’s better known for pop hits like “Physical,” she also happens to be the CMA’s 1974 Female Vocalist of the Year. Who is she? ANSWER: Olivia Newton-John.

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Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.This past weekend, Garth Brooks played until close to 2 a.m. each night for sell-out crowds in Phoenix. Then Sunday, he and wife Trisha Yearwood were back in Nashville in time to sing for the Oak Ridge Boys‘ induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Maybe that’s what put the CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee in a philosophical mood.

“You know, I don’t think it matters what you do. You can be a plumber, electrician, entertainer, athlete — it’s how you affect people,” he reflects. “That’s it. That’s what separates the great ones from the rest …read more

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Jessie Schmidt/Schmidt RelationsCarrie Underwood will kick off an arena tour in January, and for the first time, she’ll be playing “in the round.”

During the Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round, the stage will be in the middle of the arena floor, allowing a more intimate feel, and affording every fan a great view.

Special guests joining Carrie for the trek include Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 6 at 10 a.m. local time via AEGLive.com. If you buy Carrie’s new album Storyteller via her online store, though, …read more

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