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Luke Bryan’s ready to “Shake It Off,” taking on his haters with “What Makes You Country”

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ABC/Image Group LAWith his new album, What Makes You Country, Luke Bryan does something he’s never done before: he takes on his haters with a song — the title track, in fact.

“I would be foolish to say that I don’t get frustrated with people picking me apart about not being country, when I know I’m country,” he admits. “But I’m also smart enough to not put the same dated, country-kinda-sounding music out. I mean, I can’t continue to put out the I’ll Stay Me album or the Tailgates & Tanlines album,” he explains.

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“Hubs is a photographer:” Marriage looks good on Kelsea Ballerini

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ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini is enjoying married life. The singer, who wed fellow artist Morgan Evans on Saturday on a Mexican beach, is currently relaxing on her tropical honeymoon. Kelsea now shared a series of photos taken by Morgan showing their time together in paradise.

“Hubs is a photographer,” she captioned the photos on Instagram.

The four pictures show a glowing Kelsea lounging by the beach and in the pool in a sleek white, low-back, one-piece bathing suit.

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Blake Shelton is Gwen Stefani’s Christmas present this year

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton and Gwen Stefani aren’t shy about their love for each other. As the holidays near, the couple has already released a romantic duet titled “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” — and now Gwen has revealed that she considers Blake her gift this year.

Gwen recently posted a photo on Instagram of the “World’s Sexiest Man” sporting his Ole Red t-shirt and baseball cap while staring intensely into the camera. “Got my Christmas present already,” she captioned the shot, alongside the hashtags #youmakeitfeellikechristmas and #yum.

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Country Music Hall of Fame announces 2018 exhibits with Little Big Town, The Judds and more

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ABC/Image Group LAThe Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has revealed its 2018 exhibits, and they include Little Big Town, the Judds, Ralph Stanley and Emmylou Harris.

“Having an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is something we wouldn’t have ever known to dream of for ourselves, it is beyond a dream come true,” said Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild of their exhibit, which opens June 29. “We are honored to be a part of Country music, and are so thankful to all our fans, the music community here in Nashville and the museum for this …read more

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Garth Brooks releases additional tickets to Nashville shows

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ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks is set to kick off the final dates of the North American leg of his World Tour in Nashville this week. If you’re hoping to get tickets to the sold-out performances, you’re in luck: tickets have been made available for the first five shows in Music City.

Beginning at noon CST today (Dec. 6), tickets will be released for Garth’s shows at Bridgestone Arena on Dec. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. You can purchase yours via Ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or by calling 866-448-7849.

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Darius Rucker concert special to air on December 8

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ABC/Image Group LADarius Rucker will be the subject of a one-hour concert special with AT&T Audience Network. The special, which was filmed from the Apollo Theater in New York City, airs on Dec. 8.

“If you were to tell me when I started this that I’d have eight out of my ten singles go to number-one, I would have told you you were crazy,” Darius says in a trailer for the concert. “Here we are with the success. I just want to keep going.”

You can tune into AT&T Audience Network via DIRECTV channel 239 and U-VERSE channel 1114 at 9 p.m. …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty-five years ago, this “Hillbilly Rock”-er was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, becoming the first person to join since the death of legendary statesman Roy Acuff. Can you name him? ANSWER: Marty Stuart.

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Holidays in the “it” city: Wynonna, Emmylou Harris and Pam Tillis star in “A Nashville Christmas”

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Courtesy of getTV/SonyA who’s-who of the most legendary female vocalists in Music City come together for this week’s premiere of getTV’s very first original special. Wynonna, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan all star in Thursday night’s A Nashville Christmas.

With Music City on the rise, Emmylou says it’s no wonder the network traveled to Nashville for some of its first original programming.

“We’re the ‘it’ city, don’t you know?” she laughs. “I don’t know when that happened, but all of the sudden, we are the ‘it ‘ city. But we are Music City USA, before we were the ‘it’ …read more

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Nashville notes

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Colt Ford has announced his DYNAMITE Tour. The singer kicks off the trek on Dec. 15 and the dates run through June of 2018.

Kane Brown will appear on Good Morning America on Dec. 6 for the national TV premiere of his new single, “Heaven.”

Old Crow Medicine Show join Grammy-nominated pop star Kesha for a new episode of CMT Crossroads, airing Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and wife pose topless in maternity photo

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ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and his wife, Hayley, will be a family of two for only a short while longer. To celebrate Hayley’s impending motherhood, the couple has posed for a series of maternity photos together.

Tyler posted one photo on Instagram to share with fans. Shot by photographer Lola Melani, the picture shows both he and Hayley topless, as they gaze down on Hayley’s baby bump. Hayley is, of course, covering her chest in the photo.

“Three more weeks until we get to meet our little angel,” Tyler captions.

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