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Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks has sold more than a million tickets since he launched his World Tour in September, and quite a few superstars have been in the audience. Lady Gaga attended one of the shows in Chicago, and Justin Timberlake sat in the front row at one of Garth’s concerts in St. Louis last week. Both stars completely freaked out as Garth performed his hits.

Garth tells ABC News Radio, “Lady Gaga. I didn’t think I was gonna keep her off the stage. She was so fired up. Her security was getting …read more

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Image Courtesy McClister/UMGSam Hunt has been added to the lineup for the CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live from the College Football Playoff National Championship special. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are also on the show, airing live from Dallas Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. ET.

The concert event is part of the festivities leading up to the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. That’s set for January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes has added a second show at Nashville’s Bluebird Café to raise money for Alive Hospice. The organization provides end-of-life care and support for families. The new show is set for Tuesday, January 6, with special guest Eric Paslay. Tickets for Hunter’s original show at the Bluebird on January 2 are sold out.

Go to Tickets.WarnerMusic.com/HunterHayes for ticket information.

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Comstock?ThinkstockLee Brice is a co-writer on which one of Garth Brooks‘ #1 hits? ANSWER: “More than a Memory.”

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleKip Moore is a big Shania Twain fan, but he couldn’t find a girl to take to her concert back when he was in high school. That’s why he recruited a guy friend to go with him to the show.

Kip tells People, “I once attended a Shania twain concert with just one other dude — my buddy — which is probably a no-no, but we were both crazy about Shania in my high school years and we wanted to get a close-up look at her!”

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Image Courtesy Bob D’Amico/ABCNashville’s winter season finale was full of high drama with Rayna Jaymes breaking off her engagement to fellow country superstar Luke Wheeler just hours before the ceremony. She just can’t shake her feelings for old flame Deacon Claybourne, but he may not be around much longer. After passing out in his hotel room, Deacon was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver from his years of drinking. The doctors also suspect Deacon has cancer.

While Luke and Rayna didn’t get married, Avery Barkley and Juliette Barnes did tie the knot. …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Brice and Thompson Square will perform at the NRA Country concert at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, February 14.

Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum has been named the best country album of 2014 by Rolling Stone.

Dustin Lynch raised more than $15,000 for the Karing for Kids charity at his Tuesday night benefit concert in his hometown of Tullahoma, Tennessee. The organization provides coats, sweaters and shoes for needy families in the area. Jerrod Niemann joined Dustin on the bill.

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Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban was devastated when Nicole Kidman‘s father, Antony, died suddenly in September after suffering a fall.

“I can’t even describe what that moment was like for our family,” Keith says. “I was very, very close to Nic’s dad. It’s very fresh. It’s very recent.”

Keith was scheduled to go to New York City for American Idol auditions at the time of Antony’s death, but Fox allowed him to skip the auditions.

Says Keith, “It was an amazing thing that a TV network would step in and say, ‘Don’t you worry. You be with your family. …read more

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Chris HolloCarrie Underwood was in New York City Wednesday to promote the recently-announced fitness lifestyle apparel brand she’ll launch with Dick’s Sporting Goods next year.

CALIA by Carrie Underwood is billed for women who embrace an active lifestyle and demand “more versatility from her wardrobe.”

Carrie said working with Dick’s Sporting Goods on the design process has been a rewarding experience. She added, “The inspiration for this line came from my desire to have clothes that seamlessly take me from workouts, to errands, to rehearsals and beyond.”

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Image Courtesy Greenroom PRKix Brooks, Brandy Clark and Nashville star Sam Palladio are taking the CMA Songwriters Series overseas to ingio at The O2 in London on Friday, March 6, 2015. The show is part the annual C2C country music festival at The O2 that weekend. Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore are on the bill for that festival.

Hit songwriters Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall are also performing. Tickets go on sale Friday at AXS.com.

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