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Luke Bryan locks in his 19th #1, pays tribute to Lionel Richie

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ABC/Paula LoboLuke Bryan brings home the 19th #1 of his career this week, as “Light It Up” ascends to the top of the country chart.

“Light It Up” is the lead single from the Georgia native’s new What Makes You Country album. He’ll perform the track “Most People Are Good” Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated show airs in your area.

Last week, Luke also recorded another high-profile TV appearance, this time in Washington, D.C. He’ll pay tribute to his fellow American Idol judge Lionel Richie during this year’s 40th Annual Kennedy Center …read more

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Chris Stapleton takes “Volume 2” to #1, as the second “From A Room” set debuts

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ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton captures the top spot on Billboard‘s country albums chart this week, with the second volume of his recordings From A Room.

The CMA Male Vocalist of the Year sold 116,000 copies of From A Room: Volume 2, with a total that increases to 125,000 units when you account for album-equivalent units. By comparison, May’s first set moved 219,000 in its initial week.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, Chris couldn’t quite make it to #1, thanks to a little rock band named U2 and their latest effort, Songs of Experience. …read more

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Come to the compound: Florida Georgia Line envisions new headquarters in Music City

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ABC/Image Group LANext up for Florida Georgia Line, the duo will build their own creative compound not far from Nashville’s Music Row.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley envision a garden-sanctuary environment that will be made up primarily of three ventures: FGL’s publishing company Tree Vibez Music; Brian’s wife Brittney‘s clothing brand, Tribe Kelley; and a new meeting and event space called meet + greet. The new location is at 1910 21st Avenue South, in the Hillsboro Village neighborhood.

“Passionate people inspire other passionate people,” Brian says. “We thrive on letting our imaginations run wild and can’t …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockIn 1989, Travis Tritt scored a top-10 hit with his debut single. Can you name the barroom anthem that put the Georgia native on the map? ANSWER: “Country Club.”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWalker Hayes has a busy week ahead of him following the release of his debut album, boom. The country singer will perform his current single, “You Broke Up with Me,” on NBC’s TODAY Show on Dec. 11 and on CBS’ The Talk on Dec. 12. Check your guide for local listings.

Country duo Walker McGuire, composed of Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire, will release their self-titled debut EP on Jan. 12. Their forthcoming single, “Lost,” will hit radio on Jan. 16 and is currently available for streaming on all digital platforms.

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) announced that its 26th …read more

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“My Christmas dreams were broken”: The part of the holiday that didn’t make Brett Eldredge “Glow”

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ABC/Mark LevineLike so many of us these days, Christmas-lover Brett Eldredge is busy decking the halls. But “The Long Way” hitmaker admits he does have some help.

“I deck out my house with Christmas stuff. Do I do it myself one-hundred percent? No, my mom is the mastermind of all the décor,” he says. “If it was something like really awful-looking, I would tell her. But other than that, I’m like, ‘Let’s go crazy. I’ll help you set it up. You tell me where to put stuff.’ And we decorate the tree.”

For Brett, it was especially sweet to get to play …read more

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Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church & more to play Cheyenne Frontier Days 2018

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ABC/Image Group LACheyenne Frontier Days, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration, has announced its 2018 lineup. In addition to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo and the Championship Bull Riding World Finals, several country acts have been added to the bill.

Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Charlie Daniels Band, Tracy Lawrence, Eric Church and Dierks Bentley are set to play the event, with more acts to be announced.

“We are excited about the lineup for 2018,” Contract Acts chairman Scott Fleming said in a statement. “We are working on securing the remaining performances and will have a follow-up announcement at …read more

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Brett Young’s “Like I Loved You” goes gold

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Credit: Shy BlakemanBrett Young‘s year keeps getting better. In the midst of his first-ever headlining tour, the singer received news that his latest single, “Like I Loved You,” has been certified gold.

Thursday evening, during a performance at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas, Brett was surprised with the announcement of his achievement. BMLG Records President/EVP Big Machine Label Group Jimmy Harnen joined the singer on stage to present him a plaque in celebration of his gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Brett’s third single, “Like I Loved You” follows the success of his previous number-one hits, “Sleep …read more

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Gwen Stefani defends Blake Shelton’s title as “People”‘s Sexiest Man Alive

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCFor all the haters who didn’t think Blake Shelton deserved People‘s Sexiest Man Alive title, Gwen Stefani is here to defend why he did.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, Gwen confirmed she was the one who convinced her country singer beau to accept the magazine’s honor.

“I feel totally responsible because he’s so not that person,” she said. “He doesn’t even like to do a photo shoot. You can never convince him to do it.”

But Gwen did manage to convince him, and that’s when she says “chaos” …read more

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What Makes Him Country: Luke Bryan rocks NYC with “Good Morning America” performance at Opry City Stage

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ABC/Paula LoboLuke Bryan took New York City by storm Friday morning, performing on ABC’s Good Morning America live from the brand-new Opry City Stage, a country music venue and eatery in the heart of Times Square. And Luke says he’s always found that country fans in New York are just as dedicated as those outside the big city.

“People are always amazed when you’re doing country music certainly in the heart of Manhattan, but the fans are the fans,” he tells ABC Radio. “They love the music and they show up …read more

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