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Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean scored another platinum album with his latest release, Old Boots, New Dirt, which produced the sexy hit single, “Burnin’ It Down,” co-written by Florida Georgia Line. Jason continued playing for huge crowds on the road and announced his engagement to girlfriend Brittany Kerr in September.

Dierks Bentley had his biggest year ever on the road with the Riser tour. He headlined arenas and amphitheaters on a large scale for the first time thanks to his monster hit, “Drunk on a Plane.” Dierks’ album, Riser, also produced the #1 single, “I Hold On,” and earned him CMA …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAEric Church roared into 2014 with the release of his new album, The Outsiders, in February. The project sold 288,000 copies in its first week, giving Eric the best opening week of any country album in 2014. The Outsiders was certified platinum by year’s end and produced the #1 hit, “Give Me Back My Hometown.” Between that song and the full album, Eric picked up four Grammy nominations in December, including a Best Country Album nod. The trophies will be handed out February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore spent Christmas with his family in Georgia, but now he’s headed out for more exotic locations to indulge in his favorite pastime — surfing.

Kip tells ABC News Radio, “I go surfing in Costa Rica. I go surfing in Maui. So, I’ll take about three weeks off, and just surf.”

Kip spent a few months living in Hawaii before he made it big as a country star, so it makes sense he would head back there for some rest and relaxation. So, how did he decide on Costa Rica as …read more

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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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Nashville Notes

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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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