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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Country Music Association presented 18-time CMA-winner and Hall-of-Famer Vince Gill with the CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award Wednesday at a reception in the Hall’s CMA Theater.

Naomi Judd will guest on NBC’s Today show on Tuesday, promoting the paperback release of her book, River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope.

If you missed Old Dominion performing their latest single, “Written in the Sand,” Thursday on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, you can watch it online.

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Watch now: Hunter Hayes teams up with alt-pop trio Echosmith for “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” video

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ABC/Image Group LAThere’s a new holiday track from Hunter Hayes this yuletide season, as the Louisiana native teams up with alt-pop trio Echosmith to remake the John Lennon Christmas classic, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”

Hunter and Echosmith even made a music video that features behind-the-scenes footage of the two acts recording the song. They all get into the spirit by wearing reindeer antlers, sharing candy canes and playing around with Christmas tree decorations.

The track appears on the band’s recently-released holiday EP, An Echosmith Christmas.

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It all started with a “Scarecrow”: The second volume of Chris Stapleton’s “From A Room” recordings arrives

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ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton‘s From A Room: Volume 1 has already won the CMA for Album of the Year and been nominated for the equivalent honor at the Grammys next year. Today, the second album in the set arrives.

Though the records have come out almost seven months apart, they actually were recorded at the same time — without much thought as to which tracks would go on each album, until the recording process was finished.

In fact, Chris says the song that really started it all, “Scarecrow in the Garden,” happens to be on the …read more

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Fake news: Blake Shelton blasts people spreading the rumor that he had a secret meeting with Paul Ryan

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David Becker/Getty Images via ABCIf you think there’s a possibility that Blake Shelton had a secret meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan at his Ole Red restaurant in Tishomingo, Oklahoma — well, the “I’ll Name the Dogs” singer wants you to know you’re just plain wrong.

Blake took to Twitter to set the record straight Thursday afternoon, after a photo of him with the politician sparked the rumor, as well as some criticism.

“I can’t even fathom the gossip I read about myself anymore,” Blake starts. “Seriously.. Literally walked into a restaurant WITH MY …read more

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The insomnia continues: Chris Young extends his Losing Sleep World Tour

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ABC/Image Group LAAs his single with the same name ascends into country’s top ten, Chris Young is extending his Losing Sleep World Tour that kicks off January 11 in Indianapolis.

The Murfreesboro, Tennessee native is adding a dozen dates in April and May, with Kane Brown, Morgan Evans and Dee Jay Silver joining him for the shows.

Pre-sales for the new dates start on Wednesday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday.

Here’s a rundown of the new dates on Chris Young’s Losing Sleep World Tour:

4/19 — Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
4/20 — Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf
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Gwen Stefani and Danielle Bradbery to visit Blake Shelton on “The Voice” next week

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Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton‘s main squeeze, Gwen Stefani, will be stopping by to spread a little Christmas cheer on Monday’s live edition of The Voice.

The pair will sing “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” the title song they co-wrote for Gwen’s new holiday album. Blake will also guest on her holiday special, which airs December 12 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Then on Tuesday, season four winner Danielle Bradbery will return to The Voice to perform the track “Worth It,” from her sophomore album, I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, which comes out on Friday.

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Have a cup of cheer: Trisha Yearwood crafts a Christmas cocktail concoction

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you’re looking to spread a little Christmas cheer this holiday season, Trisha Yearwood is here to help you out.

While both she and her husband Garth Brooks are hinting that 2018 will likely be the year for new music for the two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Trisha’s currently focusing on her culinary empire and finishing up the North American leg of her World Tour with Garth.

Last summer, the host of Food Network’s Trisha’s Southern Kitchen launched a new partnership with high-end culinary retailer, Williams-Sonoma.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockLinda Rondstadt recorded this song with Emmylou Harris on her 1975 album, Prisoner in Disguise. Then in 1994, Trisha Yearwood and her sister Beth covered it, making it the title track of Trisha’s Christmas album. Can you name the song? ANSWER: “The Sweetest Gift.”

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A collaboration that was “Meant to Be”: How Florida Georgia Line “hit gold” with Bebe Rexha

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ABC/Image Group LAEarlier this year, Florida Georgia Line scored a #1 hit by teaming up with Backstreet Boys on “God, Your Mama, and Me.”

Now, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are poised to have another smash on both the pop and the country charts with a new collaboration, this time with pop singer/songwriter Bebe [Bee-bee] Rexha.

“Man, it was pretty organic,” Tyler says of the way “Meant to Be” came together. “We ended up, last-minute, kinda out of the blue, getting together with her in L.A. when we were [there] writing, and wrote it kind of on …read more

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Brett Eldredge and Jennifer Nettles kick off Christmas season at Rockefeller Center tree lighting

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Eric Liebowitz/NBCIn one of the surest signs that the holiday season is in full swing, on Wednesday NBC held its annual lighting of the iconic Christmas tree in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

Brett Eldredge, who is making quite a specialty of Christmas, was on hand to deliver the rousing, R&B-tinged version of “Blue Christmas” he cut for Glow. He also crooned his way through his swinging, Sinatra-esque version of “Winter Wonderland.”

Also performing was Jennifer Nettles, who delivered the gutsy arrangement of the gospel standard “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” that she debuted …read more

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