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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat did Brett Eldredge do to celebrate his first #1 single, “Don’t Ya?” ANSWER: Went skydiving.

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Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge may the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year, but he isn’t letting his rising star status go to his head.

“That is so weird to even think about being a celebrity now,” Brett says. “My buddies will be like, ‘Dude, you’re famous. Is that weird?’ I’ll be like, ‘I don’t feel any different than I ever did.'”

Brett is so down-to-earth, he still likes to go hang out with the bar patrons and visitors on Nashville’s Lower Broadway. While he doesn’t get hammered down there like he did on his …read more

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CMAAs one of country’s hottest rising stars, Thomas Rhett has started to play his own headlining shows here and there. He’s spent most of this year on the road opening for his pals Florida Georgia Line, and Thomas sees advantages to both approaches to touring at this point in his career.

“They’re just different,” Thomas explains. “You know, when we do our own shows, we play longer. You don’t really have to start at a certain amount of time, and you don’t have to really end at a certain amount of time. So, I would say, when …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKelsea Ballerini has been added to the lineup for the annual New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway in downtown Nashville. She joins previously announced headliners Kings of Leon on the bill.

Congratulations to Gloriana‘s Tom Gossin, who is expecting his first child with his wife, Jamie, in February 2016.

Craig Morgan will host his second annual Billy’s Place 5K August 22 at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, Tennessee. Proceeds go to the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation to help foster children in Middle Tennessee. Go to CraigMorgan.com for details.

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Eric Adkins/Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery will premiere his new single, “Southern Belle,” on Fox News’s Fox & Friends Friday morning. Scotty is performing on the show’s All-American Summer Concert Series during the 8 a.m. ET hour. The full concert and additional interview footage will stream live on FoxandFriends.com/Concert.

“Southern Belle” is the lead single from Scotty’s upcoming third studio album, due out in early 2016. The song will go to country radio in late August.

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Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks tops this year’s Forbes Country Cash Kings: 2015: The Top 15 Earners list with an estimated $90 million in earnings, thanks in large part to his current World Tour. That total is the biggest single-year amount Forbes has ever recorded for a country act.

Toby Keith is second with $53 million coming in from his shows and various business interests. Jason Aldean is third with an estimated $43.5 million payday.

Forbes‘ Country Cash Kings list is compiled using data from Pollstar, Nielsen, industry insiders and artists themselves to estimate income from concert tickets, merchandise, …read more

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Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes teamed up with 10 campers from the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp Tuesday night to perform at a special event at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The performance took place at the Family’s Picnic in the Park at Grand Park LA, a private event for Special Olympics athletes and their families.

“It was an honor to support such a fantastic cause and get to perform for all of these athletes and their families,” Hunter says. “I had the opportunity to meet the ACM Lifting Lives music …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Brantley Gilbert‘s first #1 hit as an artist? ANSWER: “Country Must Be Country Wide.”

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Republic NashvilleA Thousand Horses guitarist Zach Brown is heavily influenced by rock acts The Rolling Stones and The Smashing Pumpkins. He might not have found his way to country music if it weren’t for Tim McGraw‘s 1999 album, A Place in the Sun, which includes the hits “My Best Friend,” “Please Remember Me,” “Something Like That,” and “My Next Thirty Years.”

“It was the first country album I ever bought,” Zach tells Country Aircheck. “I was in high school and I came late to country music, because I grew up with all my parents’ classic rock records. But …read more

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EB Media PREric Church will be featured in a new cameo exhibit opening at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on September 18. It’s called Eric Church: Inside the Outsider and will feature stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts and other items from Eric’s personal collection.

Eric Church: Inside the Outsider will be open through February 2016.

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