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Country Rising raises more than $4 million to help victims of the hurricanes and the Las Vegas tragedy

Rick Diamond/Country Rising/Getty ImagesSunday night’s Country Rising benefit in Nashville raised more than $4 million to help the victims of both the recent hurricanes and the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Jason Aldean, who had just started his set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history broke out, was among the many stars who took the stage at the Bridgestone Arena this weekend.

“It’s been a rough couple months for us up here,” the two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year told the crowd, “and it’s a lot …read more

Garth Brooks can’t stop adding dates in Nashville

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ABC/Image Group LAEven after announcing the final city on the North American leg of his World Tour, there’s still no stopping Garth Brooks.

The six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year is adding a sixth show to his run at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena next month. That means Garth will play Music City for three weekends this December, starting with the first show on Saturday the ninth.

Tickets for the new Friday, December 22 date go on sale this Thursday at 10 a.m. CT.

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Florida Georgia Line showcases their non-country collaborations this week on TV

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ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line will be both a little bit country and a little bit rock-and-roll in the coming week.

Thursday night, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley will join Bebe Rexha to debut the track “Meant to Be” on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The tune is featured on the singer/songwriter’s latest EP, All Your Fault: Pt. 2. You can watch for their performance starting at 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS.

Then Sunday night, FGL vies for five American Music Awards during the 2017 show, which airs live from LA’s Microsoft Theater starting at 8 p.m. …read more

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“Here’s to You”: The final Montgomery Gentry album is coming early next year

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Average Joes EntertainmentHere’s to You, the album that’s likely to be the final one from Montgomery Gentry, is set to be released on February 2.

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry were working on their eighth studio effort when Troy was killed in a helicopter crash on September 8.

“I know it’s been a while but it has been a very emotional time…you will be hearing from me soon,” Eddie said in a statement announcing the album’s release. “Our new music is coming out and I hope you’ll give it a listen. Me and T-Roy were very proud of …read more

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“Every Little Thing” was worth it, as Carly Pearce hits #1

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ABC/Image Group LACarly Pearce accomplishes an almost-unheard-of feat this week, as she reaches #1 with her very first single, “Every Little Thing.”

That makes Carly the only woman to make it to #1 with her debut single in 2017, and only the twelfth woman to do so since the beginning of Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, according to her label.

It also puts Carly in the same class as Kelsea Ballerini, who managed a trip to #1 with her first outing, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” in June of 2015.

“I’ve worked and prayed for this moment,” Carly says. “To …read more

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Blake Shelton sails to #1 with “Texoma Shore”

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Warner Music Nashville Nearly two decades since the release of his self-titled debut, Blake Shelton‘s new record, Texoma Shore, arrives at the top of Billboard‘s country albums chart.

“I can’t believe that 17 years into making records… my fans are still so supportive,” the star of The Voice says. “I mean a #1 album? When I think it can’t get any better, it does — thanks to them. I love you all!”

Texoma Shore is Blake’s sixth record to debut at the top of Billboard‘s country albums tally, and his eleventh to emerge in the top-ten of the all-genre chart. …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis 1994 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year has the distinction of being the only winner whose father is in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Can you name her? ANSWER: Pam Tillis, whose father is legendary singer/songwriter Mel Tillis.

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Brantley Gilbert’s a new dad

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Getty Images/Michael LoccisanoCongratulations to Brantley Gilbert and wife Amber on the birth of their first child.

Son Barrett Hardy-Clay Gilbert was born Saturday in Athens, Georgia, according to People, which also has the exclusive first photo of mom and dad with their newborn. The name Hardy comes from Amber’s father’s side of the family, while Clay was Brantley’s grandfather’s middle name.

The baby was actually due this coming Friday, but Brantley tells People Amber woke up Saturday with “a little pain… And the nurse said, ‘You’re ready.’ It was 30 minutes, and we had …read more

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In troubled times, Luke Bryan still believes “Most People Are Good”

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ABC/Image Group LAIn the wake of multiple hurricanes, the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the wave of political controversy that continually dominates the news cycle these days, Luke Bryan‘s new album offers a dose of comfort with the new song, “Most People Are Good.”

“I believe this world ain’t half as bad as it looks. I believe most people are good,” the two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year sings on his new record, What Makes You Country, which comes out December 8.

In fact, Luke says he can’t wait to release “Most People Are Good” as …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSam Hunt‘s smash hit, “Body Like a Back Road,” was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA during the month of October.

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw‘s exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, “Mississippi Woman, Lousiana Man,” opens this Friday and runs through June 10 of next year.

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