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One Voice ProductionsBilly Gilman has come out as gay. The 26-year-old singer made the announcement via a YouTube post on Thursday, the same day his friend and fellow country artist, Ty Herndon, revealed he was gay.

“It’s taken me a good many weeks to figure out how I was to approach this video that you’re watching right now,” Gilman begins the video. “But today, actually, a fellow country artist and friend made it easier for me to make this video. And I wanted my fans, who have stuck by me for …read more

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Image Courtesy Becky FlukeMiranda Lambert‘s custom Ram Laramie Longhorn truck helped raise nearly $66,000 for her MuttNation Foundation. The truck itself netted just shy of $55,000 in an online auction, with the remaining $11,000 coming from signed guitars, CD’s and 2015 concert tickets.

“I’m happy to see everyone come together to raise so much money for MuttNation Foundation, which is so close to my heart,” Miranda says. “I appreciate Ram for donating the truck to me to auction off and for making this all possible. So many dogs will have happier holidays and …read more

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Valeisha Kelly-PedigoAfter years of speculation about his sexuality, Ty Herndon officially went on the record, acknowledging that he’s gay in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Thursday. “I went to great lengths to cover up that fact to be a country star,” Ty says, “and today I get to tell the world that I’m an out, proud and happy gay man.”

“I have an awesome relationship that I’ve been in for a good number of years,” he says, “[I] love him very much and he loves me.” Ty even went on to say he hopes …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhen did Kenny Chesney first appear on the Billboard Country Singles chart? ANSWER: Kenny went to #59 with “Whatever It Takes” in 1994.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleIf you’d like to get up close and personal with Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift or The Band Perry, now is your chance. You can bid on one-of-a-kind experiences with the superstars from now through December 10 at CharityBuzz.com.

Carrie will treat the winner of her package to a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry before her concert, while Taylor’s top bidder will be invited to the pre-show party. A one-on-one Skype session with Hunter Hayes is also up for grabs.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney won’t head out on The Big Revival Tour until next year, but he gave fans a foretaste with his free Flora-Bama-Jama show back in August. Two years ago, he did a similar thing, offering his fans a preview of his Brothers of the Sun Tour, with a beachside show on an outdoor stage that turned out to be one of the most memorable of his career.

“The Wildwood, New Jersey show a couple years ago was the most — surprised me a lot,” he recalls. “The connection we …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe CMA Foundation will present Kix Brooks with its first-ever Humanitarian Award at a ceremony in January of next year.

Joe Nichols sings his hit “Hard To Be Cool” live from Murray State University this Saturday at 11 a.m. E.T. on CMT Hot 20 Countdown, celebrating the school’s win in the “Hot County College Town” sweepstakes.

Trisha Yearwood recently performed an improv rendition of “She’s Got Leg Hair Like A Boy” to help a female deejay who resolved not to shave her legs to raise money for No Shave November for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks debuts at number one on the Top Country Albums chart this week, selling 130,000 copies of his first new studio album in 13 years. Man Against Machine is his fourteenth collection to bow atop the country charts. Garth’s last studio effort predates the beginning of the digital age; Scarecrow moved 466,000 units in 2001, enough to also claim bragging rights on the all-genre chart.

This time, Garth wasn’t able to best an impressive third-week showing for Taylor Swift‘s 1989, which more than doubled his numbers with 312,000 buys to land at …read more

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Nashville‘s version of the CMA Awards aired Wednesday night, but the action was mostly in the audience and backstage.

Rayna Jaymes swept the night with six wins, but she didn’t thank her fiancé, Luke Wheeler, whom she beat out in four of those categories. Since they had a small fight about signing a prenuptial agreement on the way to the awards show, Rayna’s slight led Luke to down doubles throughout the night. Those drinks led to a showdown in the bathroom backstage, where Luke told Rayna she wouldn’t have this success if …read more

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Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGBoth Sam Hunt and Chase Rice have Monday night dates with late night in the weeks to come.

Sam performs his new single “Take Your Time,” the follow-up to his chart-topping “Leave the Night On” on the Late Show with David Letterman on November 24. He’s currently looking at adding dates to his Lipstick Graffiti Tour, as the first round of shows sold out in most cities.

The following Monday, December 1, Chase will do two songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live! — his top five hit “Ready Set Roll” plus his new tune “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” He’ll …read more

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