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Image Courtesy Vinyl RecordingsMartina McBride didn’t expect to hear her name called as a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards. She holds the records for most wins in that category with four trophies along with Reba and Miranda Lambert, but Martina’s career took a left turn this year with her new album, Everlasting. The project features a throwback R&B vibe not geared towards country radio, but the CMA voters seemed to love Martina’s new material anyway.

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Image Courtesy Universal Music GroupSam Hunt‘s debut album, Montevallo, lands at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with sales of 70,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The project bows at #3 on the overall Billboard 200 albums chart.

Montevallo includes Sam’s debut hit, “Leave the Night On.”

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge doesn’t expect to be a nervous wreck when his name is called as a nominee for New Artist of the Year at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards.

Imagining himself in that moment, Brett says, “It’s like, at this point, whatever happens happens. Everybody has worked really hard to get to that point, and I know that everybody that I’m sitting next to have all fought and had sleepless nights.”

He adds, “We’ve all been in this fight together.”

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Image Courtesy Becky FlukeMiranda Lambert has begun a partnership with Ram Trucks, starting with the auction of a customized Laramie Longhorn truck to benefit Miranda’s MuttNation Foundation. The bidding is now underway through November 15 at eBay.com/RamMuttNation.

“I have lived my entire life surrounded by trucks even to this day,” Miranda says. “I have also written songs that mention trucks, so I am so happy to be partnering with Ram. And I’m thankful for their generosity in allowing me to auction off a Ram Laramie Longhorn for MuttNation Foundation. It’s a …read more

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Image Courtesy Ida Mae Astute/ABCFaith Hill is returning to the big screen after a decade away in a new independent crime drama, titled Dixieland.

According to Deadline, Faith plays the mother of a young man released from prison in Mississippi. He moves back in with his mom and falls for the troubled girl next year. Magic Mike star Riley Keough and The LefotversChris Zylka have the lead roles.

Faith made her last film appearance in 2004’s Stepford Wives with Nicole Kidman.

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Image Courtesy Pearl Records/SonyGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Tulsa, OK January 15, 16 and 17. It’s the first time he’s performed there in more than 17 years. Trisha Yearwood is also on the bill.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 14 through Ticketmaster.

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Image Courtesy CMAEric Church won CMA Album of the Year for his last project, Chief, and now he’s in that category again this year with The Outsiders. Since he intentionally tried to defy everyone’s expectations while making The Outsiders, Eric wasn’t sure how the new music would go over once he put it out.

“I think that was kinda what we were trying do with this album is try and creatively to go somewhere that people didn’t expect us to go and maybe we didn’t expect us to go,” Eric explains.

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Comstock/ThinkatockWhich duo hosted the CMA Awards before Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley took over in 2008? ANSWER: Brooks & Dunn.

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Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are early winners at the 48th Annual CMA Awards.

Keith and Miranda’s duet on “We Were Us” took the Musical Event of the Year category, and Dierks’ “Drunk on a Plane” won for Video of the Year. The announcement came Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America as Keith performed in the rain for a crowd outside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night at 8:00 ET on ABC.

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19 Recordings Limited/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood fans will have a lot to look forward to on Wednesday night. Not only will she co-host the CMA Awards alongside Brad Paisley, she’ll also premiere the video for her new song, “Something in the Water.”

The clip will debut on her official Twitter account, @CarrieUnderwood, after her performance of “Something in the Water” at the CMA Awards is broadcast in the Eastern and Central Time Zones.

Here’s a sneak peek of #SomethingInTheWater, premiering here tomorrow after Carrie’s #CMAAwards performance!-TeamCU
https://t.co/8Z64Py69uf

— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) November 5, 2014

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