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“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” Set to Re-Air Christmas Day

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NBCUniversalCoat of Many Colors was so successful its first time out, NBC plans to air it again on Christmas Day. Final numbers show 15.6 million people watched Jennifer Nettles star as Dolly Parton‘s mother in the TV movie based on Dolly’s autobiographical hit from 1971. That makes it the most-watched broadcast TV movie in more than six years.

“I hoped to bring some families together so they could sit and watch a move like this,” Dolly says. “I really wanted to celebrate the people, my whole family, who made me who and what …read more

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Brett Eldredge Sings Sinatra in Top-Secret Final Show of the Year

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ABC/Image Group LABrett Eldredge may’ve played his final date on the Suits & Boots Tour with Thomas Rhett last Friday night in Chicago, but earlier this week, he assumed an entirely different persona to perform his top-secret final show of the year. Tuesday night, Brett took over Skull’s Rainbow Room in Nashville’s Printer’s Alley for his second annual Salute to Sinatra.

“I love big band music,” he reveals. “I grew up singing [Frank] Sinatra and stuff like that. Last year I did a speakeasy kind of an event, very small list… And it was last minute and …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhen did Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee record her holiday classic, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree?” ANSWER: 1958– when she was only 13 years old.

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“Billboard” Ranks Sam Hunt’s “Montevallo” Top Country Album of 2015

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ABC/Image Group LA2015 was the year of Sam Hunt in many ways, according to Billboard Country Update. His debut Montevallo is the year’s Top Country Album, while his hit “Take Your Time” comes in at number one on both the year-end Hot Country Songs and Country Streaming Songs charts.

Sam barely misses out on the Top Country Artist title according to the magazine, coming in just behind CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan. When it comes to radio airplay, Billboard tracks Lee Brice‘s “Drinking Class” as the most-heard song of 2015. …read more

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Country Stars Turn Out to See “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

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LucasfilmWhen Star Wars: The Force Awakens rolls for the first time in theaters tonight, you can bet some of your favorite country stars will be in the audience to check out the most anticipated film of the year, including Dan+Shay.

“I already bought tickets. December 17, 7:20 p.m., first showing in Nashville. I bought tickets I swear! $70, but I bought four of them, so, yeah. It worked. It was awesome,” Dan Smyers says.

Rascal Flatt‘s Jay DeMarcus will be among the first to see the movie too. “I watch the trailers relentlessly. I’m such …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Stapleton performs this evening on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Bruce Springsteen also will be a guest.

The Country Music Association has revealed the names of its 2016 Board of Directors. Personalities on the long list you might recognize — Brett Eldredge, Kix Brooks, Luke Bryan, Rascal FlattsJay DeMarcus, Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild, Darius Rucker and Chris Young.

With his typical twisted sense of humor, Blake Shelton high-fived Dierks Bentley on social media for taking over for him as co-host of the Academy of Country Music Awards. “Hey @DierksBentley congrats on co-hosting the @ACMawards! …read more

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Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley & Kenny Chesney to Headline ACM Party for a Cause

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Image Group LA/ABCCarrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney will headline the fourth annual ACM Party for a Cause April 1-3 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Also on the bill for the three-day build-up to this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards are Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Sam Hunt, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Kellie Pickler, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Maddie & Tae, Old Dominion and more.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster. Carrie is also set to host a special ACM Women of Country Night, with more details to be released soon.

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CMA Music Festival Helps Fund Projects Like Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground

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Michael Tran/FilmMagicIn 2016, the CMA Foundation will give close to three million dollars to 29 non-profits involved in music education– all from money raised during CMA Music Festival. Next year’s $2.68 million is the biggest contribution ever, all thanks to the fact that the artists play each summer’s Nashville stadium shows for free.

One of the grants will help fund Zac Brown‘s Camp Southern Ground. His vision for the state-of-the-art facility in Peachtree City, Georgia grew out of his own experience as a camp counselor. Camp Southern Ground works with kids …read more

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Why Dolly Parton Drives a Gold Cadillac Called the Dolly-Mama

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Webster PRAfter last week’s successful NBC movie Coat of Many Colors, many more people are familiar with Dolly Parton‘s parents, Avie Lee and Robert Parton, thanks to their portrayals by Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder. Because she grew up so poor, Dolly recalls how she couldn’t wait to give back to her family once she started having some success.

“It was always my wish to be able to do something great for my family, and of course, I loved my daddy and my mama,” she tells Billboard. “My daddy always drove a truck, and I bought my daddy a …read more

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Kenny Chesney Closes 2015 As One of the Top 5 Touring Acts in Any Genre

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Credit: Jill TrunnellKenny Chesney finishes 2015 in the company of Taylor Swift, One Direction, The Rolling Stones and U2, ranking as one of Billboard‘s top 5 touring acts of the year. There were 57 dates on his Big Revival Tour, including 23 stadiums, that drew a total audience of 1.3 million. That puts Kenny at number 3, just behind Taylor with 1.9 million tickets sold, and 1-D, who came out on top with 2.3 million screaming fans.

“Every year when we hit the road, I’m trying to figure out how to bring it harder, play …read more

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