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Dolly Goes Head-to-Head with Cookie Lyon and Comes Out on Top

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NBCUniversalAfter going head-to-head with Cookie Wednesday night, Dolly Parton officially comes out on top. Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love was number-one for the night, drawing nearly 12 million viewers for NBC, compared to nearly eight million for Fox’s hip-hop drama Empire, according to Variety.

The holiday-themed sequel to last year’s Coat of Many Colors was down about a million-and-a-half viewers compared to its record-setting predecessor, which was the most-watched made-for-TV movie in some time.

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New Faces 2017: Prestigious Show Predicts the Superstars of Tomorrow

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ABC/Image Group LA William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Granger Smith and Drake White are set to play next year’s prestigious New Faces of Country Music show. Held every year during Country Radio Seminar, it’s seen as a significant indicator of who’s likely to be around for a long time, as well as who has a shot at super-stardom.

The performers are voted on by members of the radio industry attending the convention. Last year, both Kelsea Ballerini and Old Dominion took the stage, following in the footsteps of Reba, George Strait, and Thomas Rhett, who were also chosen early …read more

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If You Think Jason Aldean’s Not Country Enough, Just Listen to His New Single

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ABC/Image Group LA Even though Jason Aldean is known for his arena anthems like “Lights Come On,” the ACM Entertainer of the Year also enjoys reminding his fans — and his critics — of his true country roots.

“You know, I love to go out and have these songs that are fun and kind of rock, and uptempo things,” he tells ABC Radio. “But I also love to prove to people that I’m also a country act, and I grew up on country music and I can sing that as well as I do the other stuff, because I like it. …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton stops by the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday.

Vince Gill will be the official ambassador for the Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and will perform at its grand opening on March 9.

CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks will play five shows in Cincinnati over two weekends in January, during what’s set to be his last World Tour stop in the Ohio/Kentucky area. So far, he’s sold more than 70,000 tickets to the concerts that kick off January 21.

Lorrie Morgan has four more dates on her Grits & Glamour Christmas Tour with Pam Tillis, …read more

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Luke Bryan Responds After Altercation with Heckler at Nashville Show

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ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan is speaking out after video on social media and YouTube captured an altercation with a concert-goer at Wednesday night’s Volunteer Jam in Nashville.

“A man in [the] front row was making crude hand gestures toward Luke during his performance,” Bryan’s publicist explained in a statement. “It was insulting not only to him, but more importantly to the men, women and families sitting around him who were there to support Charlie Daniels and the efforts of raising money for military veterans — some of who were in the audience. The concert security personnel saw …read more

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Miranda Lambert to Showcase “The Weight of These Wings” on “A Home for the Holidays”

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ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert is set to headline this year’s A Home for the Holidays special on CBS. Now in its 18th year, the annual event highlights families whose lives have been changed through adoption.

The ACM Female Vocalist of the Year will perform songs from her new double album, The Weight of These Wings, alongside Canadian singer/songwriter Alessia Cara and pop star Rachel Platten.

A Home for the Holidays airs Friday December 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Thomas Rhett Will Ring in 2017 on “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”

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ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett will finish up 2016 by performing for more than a million people expected to turn out for the annual ball drop in New York City’s Times Square. He’ll join Mariah Carey, Joe Jonas‘s band DNCE and Gloria Estefan, along with the cast of her Broadway musical On Your Feet!, for this year’s edition of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy will host from the Big Apple, with Fergie joining them from Hollywood. They’ll kick off five-and-a-half hours of music starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Steamy New “Seein’ Red” Video Leaves Dustin Lynch Drenched

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ABC/Image Group LA Dustin Lynch has been promising a steamy new video for his top-15 hit, “Seein’ Red,” and now, he’s ready to deliver. In the clip, he and his band play the new single on an all-white set, as they literally are seeing red images of the 31-year-old making out with model Yoli Lara, as they’re projected on the wall in front of them.

While getting intimate with a gorgeous girl may sound like fun, Dustin admits it was actually a little awkward.

“I introduced myself and within seconds [the director] was like ‘Okay, Yoli, jump in his lap and …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockForty-two years ago this week, John Denver scored his first #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart with this self-penned tune. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Back Home Again.”

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Dolly Parton Announces Fund to Help with Smoky Mountains Fire Relief

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Courtesy Webster Public RelationsDolly Parton‘s never been one to forget where she’s from. In response to the fires still burning in her native Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dolly’s established a fund to help folks who have lost everything to the blazes.

Dubbed the My People Fund, the joint effort by The Dollywood Company and the Dollywood Foundation will donate $1,000 each month to families in Sevier County, TN, who lost their homes.

“I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special,” Dolly says in a video message announcing …read more

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