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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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Sugarland returns with new music, New Year’s Eve performance

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Shervin Lainez for Big Machine Records / UMG NashvilleThe wait is over. Sugarland are set to release new music and reunite for a very special performance on New Year’s Eve.

The country duo, who took a five-year break to pursue other passions, will release “Still the Same” on Dec. 21. This marks their first single in five years.

“We are thrilled for fans to hear our new music, especially this new single,” Jennifer Nettles said in a statement. “The title of the song is so meaningful to us as we want fans to know, we are still the same, we are still …read more

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Kip Moore, Chris Stapleton land on Entertainment Weekly’s Best Albums of 2017 list

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ABC/Image Group LAKip Moore and Chris Stapleton are two of three country artists to land on Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Best Albums of 2017 list. An impressive feat for the country singers, EW raves about both Kip’s third studio album, Slowheart, and Chris’ joint effort of From A Room: Volume 1 and From A Room: Volume 2.

Kip lands at #24 on the list, with EW noting that his album includes “thirteen heartland-rock tracks that make up the most thrilling set of his career.”

Meanwhile, Chris is ranked at #9 for his two album releases this year.

“Though he’s long been one of Nashville’s …read more

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Trace Adkins’ “Still a Soldier” video pays tribute to those who serve our country

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Brad Barket/Getty ImagesTrace Adkins has released a powerful video that pays homage to those who fight tirelessly for our freedom. The four-minute video for “Still a Soldier,” which premiered on CMT, follows a typical day in the life of Army Specialist Bryan Gerwitz.

“We recorded this song well over a year ago, and my intent was always to release it as a tip of my hat to those who have served,” Trace says in a statement.

Trace has long been an advocate for our troops. He’s currently a spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project, has done …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockIn 1978, the lead single from the album Moods became Country Music Hall-of-Famer Barbara Mandrell‘s first #1 hit. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed.”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockReba McEntire will serve as guest co-host on The Talk on CBS today at 2 p.m. ET.

Phil Vassar will perform a festive set on the Fox network’s Fox & Friends on December 12 between 6 and 9 a.m. ET.

A Margaritaville-themed hotel is in the planning stages and scheduled to open in Nashville in 2019. The 12-story building reportedly will have 217 rooms, an outdoor pool and roof-top bar. The Jimmy Buffett-inspired hotel began construction this week in Music City.

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“A sweet, movie-kind of ending”: Garth Brooks begins winding down his World Tour in Nashville

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ABC/Image Group LASaturday night in Nashville, Garth Brooks begins the nearly month-long process of closing out the North American leg of his World Tour, with seven shows in Music City.

The six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year says there’s simply no more fitting place for the U.S. finish than Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

“It’d be a lie if I told you it didn’t feel great,” he tells ABC Radio. “It’s very sweet. It’s like getting to come home. To put that mark up in Nashville and get to say thank you for the years of support, to kind of have the guy that …read more

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Luke Bryan helps donate over one million meals to the hungry

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ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan teamed up with Bayer earlier this year with the goal of donating one million meals to hungry families across America with the help of the hashtag #HeresToTheFarmer — and the program has been a rousing success.

Bayer sponsored Luke’s Farm Tour, and donated one meal to Feeding America when someone shared the #HeresToTheFarmer hashtag. In less than four months, the Here’s To The Farmer campaign surpassed its goal of one million meals.

“I come from a farming background so I understand the hard work and passion it takes for farmers to feed America and feed the world,” Bryan …read more

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Reba McEntire to Receive 2018 Horatio Alger Award

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ABC/Image Group LAReba McEntire is the newest recipient of the 2018 Horatio Alger Award.

She, along with 11 other individuals, will be recognized for overcoming challenges to achieve professional and personal success, and will be added to the Member Class of 2018.

“The Horatio Alger Association stands for integrity, honesty and resilience – qualities that Reba certainly exemplifies,” said Matthew Rose, president of Horatio Alger Association in a statement.

He adds: “She has faced numerous challenges in both her early career and personal tragedies, with admirable strength and grace. Reba inspires us all with her tenacity and always upbeat attitude. Her positive outlook …read more

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