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Chris Stapleton’s 2019 tour brings his all-time total to 2 million tickets sold

ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton has notched a new career milestone. Billboard reports the country superstar's most recent batch of live shows have pushed him to a whopping 2,041,783 tickets sold over the course of his career.

Chris tops the Hot Tours chart listed for December 7, beating out Luke Bryan, Post Malone and even Elton John. He brought in these record numbers while on the most recent leg of his 2019 All American Road Show, a jaunt that began in early October and wrapped on November 2 in Louisville, KY.

According to Billboard Boxscore, that run sold ...read more

Chris Stapleton and more country stars getting their own Country Music Hall of Fame...

ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton, Martina McBride and “Whisperin'” Bill Anderson will each get their own exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville in 2020.

The museum revealed that their year ahead will include a spotlight on each of the three diverse country icons.

“Each of these artists achieved country music stardom in a different era, and each has a compelling story to tell about early exposure to music, about the decision to pursue music as a career and about the struggle to overcome the challenges created by such a decision,” explained Museum CEO Kyle Young in a ...read more

“Run, Run Rudolph”: How Chris Janson did some running of his own to be...

ABC/Mark LevineTonight, Chris Janson brings his frenetic energy to ABC's CMA Country Christmas special, turning in a dynamic performance of the Chuck Berry classic, "Run, Run Rudolph."

"I said, 'Man, I want to do mine like Chuck would do it,'" he tells ABC Audio. "So it's gonna be rock-and-roll. Loud raucous guitars, and I'm putting my twist on it by bringing the harmonica."

"And it's just been a lot of fun," he continues. "I've been hearing it my whole life. You just never really know exactly what the lyrics are saying, particularly until you dive in. So I hope I can serve ...read more

‘Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special,’ and his sons Huck and Jasper do, too

ABC/Mark LevineTonight, Brad Paisley's one-hour variety outing, Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special, premieres on ABC. And the musician with a gift for comedy's already managed to tickle the funny bones of two of his biggest fans, his sons Huck and Jasper, who are twelve and ten.

"They've been around since the inception of this," Brad tells ABC Audio. "They saw me sort of talking to people and discussing what it could be and going over the ideas for what we were gonna do."

"And they were there... that night," he adds. "You know, I think they're impressed. I think more than that, ...read more

It won’t be “This Christmas,” but Brett Young promises a holiday album is coming

ABC/Mark Levine Tonight after you hear Brett Young sing the R&B classic "This Christmas" on ABC's annual CMA Country Christmas special, it may leave you wondering about an entire album of holiday music from the California-born crooner.

Brett says that's something that's likely to materialize -- someday.

"We've been talking about that for a couple of years now. And the answer is yes," he tells ABC Audio. "It just comes down to having enough time in the middle of the year to make a whole record to put out around Christmas time. So I'm sure it will happen."

"But every year something comes ...read more

‘Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special,’ that Darius Rucker is “two different people,” and that...

ABC/Mark LevineFor his first prime time variety special, Brad Paisley enlists two big-name acts from the pop world, with whom he goes way back: Darius Rucker and Jonas Brothers.

Brad took Darius out on his first major tour once he stepped away from Hootie & the Blowfish to pursue his country career.

"Darius is two different people. It's very strange," Brad jokes. "He's Darius... this country boy from the Carolinas. And then there's Hootie & the Blowfish, which is this rock-and-roller that's on top of the world, too."

"So it's nice that... his band sort of reunited this year and they're tearing it ...read more

Blake, Brett, Devin and more sing for ‘Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Album’

Warner Music Nashville/Hallmark ChannelIf you can't get enough of the holiday movies on the various Hallmark Channels this time of year, you'll be glad to know there's now a soundtrack to match.

Warner Music Nashville has partnered with Hallmark to put out a new collection that features original songs written for the films, as well as some previously-released favorites.

The collection includes tunes by Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Devin Dawson, Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler, Chase Bryant and more.

Here's the complete track listing for Hallmark Channel's Christmas Album, which is available to stream now:

“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow” ...read more

‘9’ is #1 for Jason Aldean

Macon Music/Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean brings home his sixth consecutive number-one album this week, as 9 debuts at the top of Billboard's country albums chart.

The Georgia native sold 83,000 album equivalent units of his ninth album in its first seven days, enough to also finish at number two on the all-genre Billboard 200.

This Friday, Jason kicks off a three-night run in Sin City, with his Ride All Night Vegas run at Park Theater at Park MGM.

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Brad Paisley issues a dodgeball challenge to his famous friends to raise money for...

ABC/Mark LevineBrad Paisley and a bunch of his big-name friends will hit the dodgeball court early next year to raise money for his new Nashville nonprofit, known as The Store.

Brad Paisley's Celebrity Dodgeball Tournament will be held Thursday, February 20 from 6-9 p.m. CT at Curb Event Center on the campus of Music City's Belmont University. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

In addition to the eight-team tournament, the night will also feature musical performances from Brad and his friends, along with even more surprises. Look for the list of celebs involved to be revealed in the ...read more

Kane Brown unveils the “First Dance Version” of “Homesick” tonight on ‘The Voice’

ABC/Image Group LAIf you tune in to The Voice tonight, you'll get to hear a new take on Kane Brown's top-fifteen hit, “Homesick.”

Kane will perform the “First Dance Version” of the Experiment track, which seems tailor-made for a trip down the aisle. You can also stream or download the new incarnation of “Homesick” now.

We're a little more than a week away from the December 10 finale of The Voice. Tonight, the top ten artists will sing live for coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. The show starts at 8 p.m. ET on ...read more