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Don’t rock the jukebox: America wants Chris Stapleton

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ABC/Image Group LAMost people recognize the day after Thanksgiving as the shopping bonanza known as Black Friday, but did you know the Wednesday before Turkey Day is National Jukebox Day?

For the first time, the maker of the modern-day jukebox, TouchTunes, made the new holiday a reality in 2016. To celebrate this year, they’ve tallied the top-10 jukebox songs of 2017 so far.

It turns out country is king when America pays money to play a tune. Country titles make up more than half of the list, with both Garth Brooks‘ classic “Friends in Low …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockRicky Van Shelton scored a #1 country hit in 1987 with this song that made it to #11 in 1967 for Mel Tillis. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Life Turned Her That Way.”

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A North Carolina Thanksgiving with Chris Lane and Scotty McCreery: Why you have to watch Scotty’s mom

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ABC/Image Group LAThis Thursday, Chris Young and Scotty McCreery will have quite a few things in common: Both are headed home to North Carolina for the holidays, and both are planning huge Turkey Day feasts.

“Thanksgiving Day, we do a huge lunch,” Chris says. “Big family, like 60 people, we get together. Everybody brings a covered dish, everybody brings a dessert and we go all out.”

For Scotty, it will be much the same — except he warns that sometimes you need to keep an eye out on his mother.

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One for the history books: LANCO lands at #1 with “Greatest Love Story”

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ABC/Image Group LALANCO not only arrives at #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay ranking this week — they’re also making a little history with their debut single.

“Greatest Love Story” marks the first time in more than a decade that a new artist has written their debut single alone and then taken that tune all the way to the top of the chart. Lead singer Brandon Lancaster can claim bragging rights for that feat.

“It’s absolutely incredible to write a song that our entire band has believed in since day one… and for our years of hard …read more

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The Eagles not takin’ it easy, announce North American tour

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Myriam SantosIf you’ve been dying to see the new lineup of The Eagles, you’re not only going to get your chance, but lots more besides.

The band’s just announced a North American tour next year on which they’ll share the stage with some of the biggest names in music: legends Jimmy Buffett and James Taylor, and Grammy-winning country star Chris Stapleton.

The bad news is there are only twelve dates in all, beginning March 14 in Chicago. That show, as will four others on the trek, will be arena shows with The Eagles alone — Don Henley, …read more

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“I’d never seen so much food in my life”: Keith Urban remembers his first Thanksgiving in America

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ABC/Image Group LAWhile they don’t typically celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, Keith Urban says he’ll never forget his first one in America, which took place close to 25 years ago.

“The first one I ever had, I remember going to this family’s home, they invited me to Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t believe the volume of food,” the Aussie superstar recalls. “It was insane. I’ve never seen so much food in my life. Then after the food, there was like twelve desserts. I was like, ‘Why are there so many desserts?’ They said, ‘Well, because every aunt …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWatch for Kelsea Ballerini Tuesday on both Live with Kelly and Ryan and the season finale of Dancing with the Stars. Live typically airs after Good Morning America on most ABC stations, while DWTS starts at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Texas native RaeLynn plays Houston’s 68th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. On Sunday, she performed at Macy’s 70th Annual Great Tree Lighting in Atlanta.

Eighties’ hitmaker Lacy J. Dalton is introducing “Carl the Christmas Dog” in time for the upcoming holiday season. You can sample the yuletide track on YouTube.

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Chris Janson can “Fix a Drink” to celebrate his latest #1

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Warner Music NashvilleFor Chris Janson, it’s time to “Fix a Drink” and celebrate: this week, the lead single from his Everybody album, “Fix a Drink,” becomes his second career #1.

“Having a hit on country radio is a huge blessing,” the Missouri native says. “It’s Thanksgiving week, and I’m extremely thankful. Reaching my country fans through radio has always been a dream of mine. Thanks for allowing me to make my dreams come true.”

Chris scored his very first #1 back in September of 2015, when “Buy Me a Boat” hit the top of the chart.

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Listen closely, and you’ll hear Nicole Kidman singing on Keith Urban’s “Female”

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you’ve seen Nicole Kidman‘s 2001 movie musical, Moulin Rouge!, you’ve heard the vocal talents of Keith Urban‘s Academy Award-winning better half. Now, thanks to a little convincing from her superstar husband, you can hear the Australian actress singing on Keith’s new single, “Female,” as well.

“I have a studio at the house, and that’s where we recorded this song,” Keith explained to Entertainment Tonight. “And Nic was home, so I just went upstairs and said, ‘Can you come sing on it as well?'”

“Nicolle Galyon, who’s one of the writers was singing …read more

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There’s “Something More” on the way from Sugarland, and they’re #StillTheSame

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ABC/Image Group LAGet ready for the first new music from Sugarland since 2010’s The Incredible Machine album.

Speculation about the reunion of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush started when the two took the stage together to present the Vocal Duo trophy earlier this month at the CMA Awards, and then showed up to perform together at the Big Machine Records afterparty.

Jennifer and Kristian have finally confirmed that fans will soon be able to hear “Something More” from the pair, as they shared a video on social media during a recent photo session in New …read more

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