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Here’s to the 2010s: Florida Georgia Line dominates ‘Billboard”s decade-ending rankings

ABC/Randy HolmesAs the second decade of the 21st century comes to a close, Billboard's looking back at the biggest songs and albums of the past ten years. And there's one name that seems to be coming up a lot: Florida Georgia Line.

FGL has three of the top five hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs of the Decade chart, which takes streaming, airplay, and sales into account. “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha is number one, while “Cruise” and “H.O.L.Y.” follow at #3 and #5, respectively.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley's 2012 debut, Here's to the Good Times, ...read more

Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks featured in “Bluebird” documentary trailer

Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboA trailer for the new documentary Bluebird has been released and features a series of superstars who are connected to the iconic venue.

Bluebird chronicles the history of the Bluebird Cafe, the esteemed singer-songwriter venue in Nashville that's played an influential role in the careers of Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and more. In the new trailer, Taylor is seen performing "Better Man," the #1 hit she wrote for Little Big Town, during a surprise appearance in 2018 with songwriter Craig Wiseman. There's also a clip of Garth singing "The Dance."

Bluebird also features interviews with Vince ...read more

New Artist nominee Carly Pearce is ready to hit the red carpet with her...

ABC Audio

At the CMA Awards on Wednesday, Carly Pearce is celebrating a lot of firsts: Her first CMA nod -- for New Artist of the Year -- and her first red carpet as a married woman.

Carly and Michael Ray tied the knot just over a month ago, and the couple will be making their red carpet debut as husband and wife on Wednesday.

"He says he's my arm candy, which he is," Carly laughed on Tuesday. "He's got a designer suit. I'm proud of him! It's got some stuff on it -- it's cool. ...read more

Crocs never broke my heart: Get your Luke Combs clogs now

ABC/Randy HolmesRemember the Luke-Combs-themed Crocs that were available exclusively at CMA Fest in Nashville last summer? Well, they're back for a limited time, and you can order 'em online..

Officially named the “Luke Combs X Crocs Classic Realtree Clog,” the comfy foam shoes feature a green and brown camo pattern, complete with Jibbitz of Luke's face, deer antlers, and more. Jibbitz are those small charms you can poke into the holes on the top of the shoes.

If that's not country enough for you, you can even open a beer with the orange strap on the back of ...read more

Luke Combs scores first career ‘Billboard’ 200 chart-topping album

River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleLuke Combs had much to celebrate this weekend. On top of walking away with three CMA awards last Wednesday, the "Beautiful Crazy" singer now sits atop the Billboard 200 chart.

Billboard reports that Combs' What You See Is What You Get is his first all-genre chart topper. In addition, the album logged the biggest streaming week for a country album and scored the largest week for any country album in over a year -- the last being Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty.

What You See Is What You Get, which dropped November 8, moved ...read more

Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers says his four dogs are “a constant form of...

ABC/Image Group LADan Smyers of Dan + Shay has found himself in People's 2019 Sexiest Man Alive issue, alongside his four furry friends.

The country singer is part of the special feature that features sexy guys and their pets, with Dan posing alongside his and wife Abby's four dogs, Chief, Macaroni, Joy and Ghost. A longtime advocate for animals, Dan has been a supporter of Nashville-based nonprofit Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, and he and Abby have fostered and found homes for nearly 40 dogs.

“They're always making us laugh. It is like a constant form of entertainment. We no longer ...read more

Brantley Gilbert reflects on late dog Alley in People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue

ABC/Image Group LABrantley Gilbert may have a rugged persona, but he has a soft spot for his late dog, Alley.

In People's 2019 Sexiest Man Alive issue, the "Bottoms Up" singer shares the story of the night he met Alley, a pitbull mix, who was wandering around in the parking lot of a Georgia bar in which he was performing more than a decade ago. In fact, the singer saved her from a man who was throwing bottles at her.

“After that she ran right up to me in the alley, so that's what I named her, ...read more

Video: Co-write “God’s Country,” make a new BFF: Hardy talks hanging with Blake &...

ABC Audio

Hardy, alias Michael Hardy, has had success as an artist with songs like "Rednecker," and as a songwriter, writing hits like "Up Down," "Simple" and "I Don't Know About You." But co-writing Blake Shelton's #1 hit "God's Country" has now earned him a nomination for CMA Song of the Year, which he says is a very big deal.

"I was a songwriter for so many years, and there's a few really high honors that you can have as a songwriter," he told ABC Audio on Monday. "Song of the Year is obviously, if not ...read more

The women of country win the night as the CMA Awards finish on top

ABC/Image Group LAThe 53rd Annual CMA Awards was a solid winner in the TV ratings.

Eleven-point-three million viewers tuned in to see Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, and Reba McEntire host the female-centric show on Wednesday night.

That's enough to make it the number one program of the night, while also delivering ABC's largest Wednesday night audience of the TV season so far. The show also grew from last year, when 10.1 million tuned in to watch.

If you missed the show or would just like to see it again, you can watch it in its entirety for a limited time on demand via ...read more

CMA Belle of the Ball Maren Morris talks about her special “good luck” wave

ABC Audio

Maren Morris is the leading nominee going into Wednesday's CMA Awards with six nominations, and she says she got a very special sign of encouragement from an unexpected source.

Tuesday on her socials, Maren, who's expecting a baby boy with husband Ryan Hurd, posted a sonogram video which showed her fetus waving with its little hand. She told ABC Audio that it was not Photoshopped.

"I'm halfway to my due date this week, so we had our ultrasound, the anatomy one, where they measure everything," she explained. "And they showed the profile ...read more