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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s latest album, Pain Killer, made a big splash on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart this week. The set bowed at #3 on that tally with 42,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pain Killer features the lead single, “Day Drinking.”

Florida Georgia Line‘s Anything Goes holds on to the #1 spot on the Country Albums chart with Jason Aldean‘s Old Boots, New Dirt following at #2.

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley will be the guest picker on ESPN’s College GameDay this Saturday at West Virginia University in Morgantown. He’ll join host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Berbstreit and Desmond Howard on the set for the winning picks segment. The show runs Saturday morning from 9 to noon ET.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will take on Texas Christian University Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET in a game that will air on ABC.

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Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban will kick off CMA Awards day in Nashville Wednesday with a performance on ABC’s Good Morning America. Keith is up for multiple trophies that night, including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Fuse. Miranda Lambert will also appear on GMA that day, and the winners of two CMA categories will be announced that morning, too. GMA meteorologist Ginger Zee and contributor Tim Tebow will be in Nashville for the broadcast as well.

Look for Keith and Miranda to perform on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Gretchen Wilson‘s debut hit from 2004? ANSWER: “Redneck Woman.”

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Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleBilly Currington‘s new single, “Don’t It,” is the lead release from his upcoming sixth studio album, due out in 2015. The new track follows his back-to-back #1 hitd, “Hey Girl” and “We Are Tonight.” Billy thinks the “sultry groove” of “Don’t It” is the perfect introduction to his new music.

Says Billy, “I’m excited to give fans a taste of my new album with ‘Don’t It.’ This song was one of the first I cut and the sound really guides the direction of the new project.”

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Image Courtesy Bob D’Amico/ABCOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Avery Barkley rushed to be by his ex-girlfriend Juliette Barnes‘ side after she collapsed at a concert. Juliette is carrying Avery’s baby and suffers from a previously-unknown medical condition that causes blood clots. This disorder, which led to her collapse, forced Juliette to cancel her tour and bump up the shooting schedule on her Patsy Cline biopic.

As for Avery, Juliette told him he’d have to be her boyfriend again if he wanted to see the baby. Ultimately, Avery forgave Juliette for the infidelity that ended their relationship, …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGretchen Wilson will co-host ABC’s The View on November 10.

According to The Oklahoman, Vince Gill was honored Wednesday with the unveiling of a life-size statue of himself outside his Oklahoma alma mater, Northwest Classen High School.

Lady Antebellum has released a very off-the-wall video featuring viral video star Keith Apicary for their latest single, “Freestyle.”

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum turned their event celebrating the #1 hit “Bartender” into a Halloween costume party Wednesday afternoon in Nashville. The group’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood dressed as whiskey barrels with Dave wearing a crazy wig and glasses. Charles had a fake beer mug on his head, and Hillary Scott was decked out like the glittery disco ball she sings about in the song.

Hillary says, “We thought with the number one party being so close to Halloween, we might as well keep it loose and fun. You know, we’ve been known to …read more

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John Russell/CMAGarth Brooks‘ new album, Man Against Machine, isn’t due for official release for another two weeks, but he’s giving fans the chance to hear it now — though only for 24 hours.

Starting at midnight tonight and lasting through the entire 24 hours of Halloween, Garth will make what he’s calling a “sneak peek” of his new album available exclusively on his new music distribution website, GhostTunes.

There’s no word on exactly what that sneak peek will entail, but in an email message to fans, sent in the wee hours Thursday morning, …read more

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Image Courtesy Lyle Waisman/Schmidt RelationsLuke Bryan performed for 1.7 million fans this year, playing a mix of headlining dates on his That’s My Kind of Night tour and fair and festival dates. His Spring Break concerts in Panama City Beach, FL and his Farm Tour dates in small, rural communities helped round out that huge attendance number.

“We’ve played all types of shows this year,” Luke says. “It’s just as exciting to play for smaller capacity crowds during a two-day run in the very northern point of Canada as it is to 60,000 screaming …read more

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