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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood has released a behind-the-scenes clip from her “Something in the Water” video shoot to People.com.

Scotty McCreery has picked up platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America for three of his songs — “See You Tonight, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls.”

Fifteen shows on Sam Hunt‘s Lipstick Graffiti tour sold out within minutes after going on sale last week. He is now considering moving some of those shows to larger venues or adding additional dates in those markets.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell‘s debut album just came out in February, but his fans will be happy to know he’s got a brand-new, five-song EP coming out this week. It’s called the Down Home Sessions, and Cole says his fans have been waiting for some of these songs for a while now.

He explains, “There were a couple [songs] that I saw fans, that they’d heard me play live, and just wondering, you know, ‘Why didn’t that make the album?’ Hey, you can only pick so many.”

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Image Courtesy Sony/Gwendolyn RecordsTrisha Yearwood‘s new album, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit, is out this week, and she recruited her friend, Kelly Clarkson, to sing on the title track. Trisha sang on Kelly’s Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, last year, and they were eager to get back in the studio together.

“We’re both like, ‘Oh, my God! I’m singing with Kelly Clarkson!” She’s like, ‘Oh, my God! I’m singing with Trisha Yearwood!'” Trisha tells ABC News Radio. “You should just slap us because we’re just ridiculous. We really do both genuinely admire each other, and so we have …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes‘ music has a pop sensibility to it, but he won’t be leaving the country format for the pop world any time soon.

Hunter tells Iowa’s Quad-City Times, “My heart’s in country music. I grew up listening to country music and I’m very proud of that. I’m proud of the family that I get to be a part of, and I take the opportunity to be a part of this family incredibly seriously.”

Hunter hopes his live show on the Tattoo (Your Name) tour reflects that commitment to country music.

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Image Courtesy ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift has made it very clear her latest album, 1989, is a pop project, and that’s just fine with the country stars in Nashville. Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum points out Taylor’s strong songwriting skills are still in effect with the new music.

Hillary tells Billboard, “You can tell she takes so much pride in that and that’s what I respect.”

New duo Maddie & Tae also support Taylor’s move to pop, saying, “She’s killing it over at pop, and we’re just really happy for her.”

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Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairKenny Chesney is very protective of his private life, so it’s a little startling to hear him hint at a recent trip to Italy with his girlfriend. Kenny tells Billboard, “We hung out and drank a little too much red wine.”

That’s all the information Kenny is giving up on the girlfriend or the vacation. Even his hideaway on the beach in the Virgin Islands isn’t as private as it once was. Kenny explains that iPhones have made it hard to keep his location private.

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Image Courtesy Sony/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks‘ World Tour continues to surpass his previous attendance numbers, and his latest record has been set in his home state of Oklahoma. Garth has already sold 90,000 tickets for his seven shows at the BOK Center in Tulsa. His previous attendance record in Tulsa was set back in 1997 with more than 79,000 tickets sold.

Garth’s run of shows in Tulsa starts January 9 and runs through January 17. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Justin Moore‘s hometown in Arkansas? ANSWER: Poyen.

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Image Courtesy John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church‘s performance on PBS’s Austin City Limits premieres Saturday night at 9 ET. The show will be available for a limited time at PBS.org as well. Eric calls the show “iconic.”

He says, “I grew up watching Austin City Limits, and it’s really cool to be a part of it. It’ll be something that we try to make sure we do something unique or different that allows that to live forever.”

Eric’s set includes his big hits “Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Springsteen.” Fan favorites “These …read more

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James MinchinWhen Brantley Gilbert announced his engagement last month, he didn’t reveal his fiancée’s name. However, he’s now identified the lucky lady to People magazine.

Her name is Amber Cochran, and she’s a schoolteacher from Gilbert’s Georgia hometown whom he’s known for many years. He tells People, “Amber is an amazing person and has inspired a lot of my songs from ‘More than Miles’ to ‘You Don’t Know Her Like I Do’ for the last 10 years.”

Gilbert adds, “I’m a blessed man to have her back in my life and can’t wait to make her my …read more

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