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Art Streiber/NBCBlake Shelton and Gwen Stefani were hanging out in Gwen’s hometown this week. According to E! News, the lovebirds were spotted at two restaurants in Anaheim, California, Tuesday evening. They were joined by Gwen’s family members, including her three sons with ex Gavin Rossdale.

The group first dined at Mama Cozza’s Italian Restaurant — a favorite of Gwen’s. “It was a pretty much a family function,” a source tells E! News. “The whole family was here and they were really cool about sitting anywhere… Not demanding at all. They ate pizza …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAThursday night, Florida Georgia Line will welcome the New Year in a much quieter way than they did last year, since they’re not working. Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley finished 2014 by playing the biggest December 31 gig of all, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Bryan admits it’ll be hard to top that one as ways to ring in the new year go.

“Probably my favorite New Year’s ever was last year, we got to play Times Square with Taylor Swift. Ryan Seacrest‘s show, man it was incredible night, like a million people, plus …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThis week, “Home Alone Tonight” becomes Luke Bryan‘s twentieth top 10 hit on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart. That total includes 13 number ones. The duet is also Karen Fairchild‘s first hit without her bandmates in Little Big Town.

You can watch a new performance video of The Voice winner Cassadee Pope singing her latest release “I Am Invincible” on FUSION’s Snapchat Discover Channel.

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EMI Records NashvilleWith a Grammy nomination for their breakthrough hit “Stay a Little Longer” and their debut album Pawn Shop set to be released in just a couple weeks, Brothers Osborne have a lot to look forward to in 2016. But T.J. and John agree how people typically welcome the new year doesn’t really make much sense.

“I think it’s kind of funny how we spend literally the last moment and the very first moment of every year being extremely intoxicated, extremely,” John observes. “Because you don’t want to wait until like 12:30 to get your buzz …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAWhile there are plenty of superstitions surrounding New Year’s Day, particularly in the South, one of the members of Maddie & Tae won’t be participating as we welcome 2016.

Some believe eating black-eyed peas and greens on the first day of year will bring financial prosperity, while others, like Hank Williams, Jr., say you have to eat black-eyed peas and ham or your favorite teams will lose all their games. After a bad experience with the southern staple, Maddie Marlowe says she’s foregoing all the old wives’ tales this year.

“I don’t have any superstitions because the …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the name of Thomas Rhett‘s debut single? ANSWER: “Something to Do with My Hands,” which made it to #15 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2012.

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ABC/Image Group LAWhile many of us will be watching the ball drop in Times Square to ring in 2016, Ronnie Dunn admits he has something more explosive in mind. Several years ago, he developed a new tradition that puts December 25 firmly in the past, while ringing in the New Year with a bang.

“We take our Christmas tree down to the bonfire pit and we tie these mortar fireworks things to the limbs, and light it up, and everybody runs,” he says. “And ya know, it blows up and explodes and catches on fire. Pretty …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAThursday at midnight, Luke Bryan will welcome 2016 by performing on Dick Clark’s New Year’s RockinEve with Ryan Seacrest, along with other heavy hitters like Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Buffett and One Direction. But even though he has what’s arguably the most prestigious gig on the planet, Luke says his favorite New Year’s Eve will always be when he and his then-girlfriend Caroline rekindled their relationship after they met at Georgia Southern University.

“My best New Year’s Eve is definitely when my wife and I started back dating. We started back dating right …read more

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ABC/Image Group LALooking elegant in a black jumpsuit and red heels, Miranda Lambert performed a tribute to the Eagles on Tuesday night’s broadcast of The Kennedy Center Honors on CBS, singing their classic “Desperado.” The country/rock legends were to be among this year’s honorees, but elected to delay the career milestone until 2016 due to the illness of member Glenn Frey, who’s dealing with surgery for intestinal issues.

Honorees this year include Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas, musician Carole King, actress and singer Rita Morena, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson. The show was taped …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJack Ingram, Craig Campbell, Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Niemann, Love and Theft, LOCASH and more will play The Island Time Music and Fishing Fest February 15-20 in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The event raises money for the Little Red School House, which provides free education to the special needs children of the island. Tickets are available now online.

Carrie Underwood‘s husband Mike Fisher returned to the ice Monday night for the Nashville Predators’ 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers. He missed 11 games because of a lower body injury.

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