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Sandbox EntertainmentKacey Musgraves can add a new feat to her growing list of accomplishments. “I can’t believe we played a sold out Royal Albert Hall,” she tweeted after Wednesday night’s show. “A crowd as big as my hometown. Thank you so much, London.”

The Grammy winner played her 90-minute set for five thousand fans, becoming only the third country artist to max out the hall in the last dozen years. She set similar records on the U.S. leg of her Country & Western Rhinestone Revue, becoming the first country artist to sell out Harlem’s …read more

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Webster PRIn an introduction taped at Dollywood, Dolly Parton unveils the first footage of her NBC TV movie, Coat of Many Colors.

“The Great Smoky Mountains, my home — I have so many memories of growing up here. This Christmas, I would love to give a gift to you,” she says, seated in a sleigh, with her guitar beside her. “My favorite song that I’ve ever written tells a true story from my childhood about a little coat that my mama made for me.”

The film not only focuses on the now-familiar tale told in her …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country artist is the youngest male ever to have his first album debut at the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart? ANSWER: American Idol champion Scotty McCreery accomplished that feat in 2011.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCraig Morgan will play the halftime show at the Autozone Liberty Bowl January 2 in Memphis. He’ll also be given the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award at a gala on New Year’s Day at the Peabody Hotel.

This year’s Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, Record, Song and Album of the Year will be unveiled December 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS This Morning. The remaining categories for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards will then be posted online. Trophies will be handed out live February 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Kris Connor/Getty ImagesWillie Nelson‘s career was celebrated Wednesday night as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, D.C.

Several musicians were on hand at the event to perform at the tribute, including Neil Young, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash and Alison Krauss.

Nelson closed the show with renditions of several tunes, including “Living in the Promised Land,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” with Cyndi Lauper, and “On the Road Again” with various guests. The previous day, a special presentation was made at the Library of Congress to salute Nelson.

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Randee St. NicholasIt’s been a year and a half since Martina McBride released her album of soul covers, Everlasting, and more than four years since her last country effort, Eleven. But judging from the progress she’s making, it looks like it won’t be too terribly long until we have a new record from the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year.

“Well, it’s coming along. We’ve cut five songs so far, and I love it. So far, it’s looking to be one of my favorite albums I’ve ever made. It’s kind of a little bit of …read more

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ABCWith his opening act, Juliette Barnes, in rehab, his intended-CEO Jeff Fordham now dead, and his teenage son upset with him over how he handled the whole matter, Luke Wheeler tried to cope with his ever-changing world on Wednesday night’s Nashville.

Rayna Jaymes feared her daughter Maddie‘s surprise appearance onstage with Juliette would have consequences, and it did — Sony offered the teen a record deal, one she knew her mother would never let her accept. While Rayna made progress producing Markus Keen‘s record for Highway 65, the long hours took her away from her family and Deacon …read more

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PeopleSoccer star David Beckham may be People‘s Sexiest Man Alive for 2015, but you can rest assured there are plenty of country’s sexiest men on the pages inside. Voice star Blake Shelton claims the title as the magazine’s Sexiest Coach.

“People loved him when he was with Miranda [Lambert] because there was this country dynasty between the two of them,” Deputy Features Editor Kate Hogan says. “Now people want to see what he’s going to do on his own, and I think people are very intrigued with his relationship with Gwen [Stefani]. A lot of women find him really …read more

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Jeremy RyanEven though it won’t be out for close to six months, today Christian publisher Zondervan gave fans a preview of Scotty McCreery‘s first book, releasing the cover of Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream. The memoir follows the 22-year-old from his childhood in North Carolina to his winning turn on season ten of American Idol. You can pre-order the biography now, ahead of its May 3 release.

In the meantime, Scotty is working on finishing his fourth album, which features the first single “Southern Belle.” The full project is expected sometime in …read more

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Photo Credit: Joseph LanesHaving completed his goal to play a show in all of the 50 states in 2015 just this past weekend, Lee Brice is now mapping out his strategy for 2016. He’ll kick off his Life Off My Years tour February 4 in Salisbury, Maryland, with Tyler Farr opening on the 21-city trek. The series of shows takes its name from a track from Lee’s 2012 album Hard 2 Love.

Here are the stops for Lee Brice’s Life Off My Years tour, with the venues to be revealed soon:

2/4– Salisbury, MD
2/5– Rochester, NY
2/6– Kingston, RI
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