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Chesney, Stapleton, TR, LBT and Lady A included on “2018 Grammy Nominees” album

The Recording AcademyFor a crash course in the top contenders at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, all you need to do is check out the new 2018 GRAMMY Nominees collection.

Five of the album’s 21 tracks are country titles, ranging from number ones by Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett and Kenny Chesney to hits by Chris Stapleton and Lady Antebellum.

You’ll also find cuts from members of country music’s extended family: Kelly Clarkson and Pink, who’ve notched their own country chart-toppers with duets with Jason Aldean and Mr. Chesney, respectively.

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ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan reigns on both the all-genre Billboard 200 this week and the country albums chart as well, as What Makes You Country debuts at #1.

This is Luke’s third record in a row to emerge at the top of the main tally, and his fifth to bow at #1 on the country chart.

“So much thought goes into creating new music,” Luke says, “and I really try to write and find songs that I feel are staying true to me while staying fresh and fun. I try and imagine people singing along in their …read more

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ABC/Mark LevineChris Young‘s holiday album, It Must be Christmas, features a stellar array of guest stars, namely Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and Boyz II Men.

On 2016’s CMA Country Christmas special, Brad teamed up with Chris to sing their version of “The First Noel,” so when Chris was invited back again this year, he knew the stakes were high.

“Last year was my first time getting to perform as a part of this show,” he explains. “It was the first time I’d had a Christmas record out, and I got to get out there with Brad Paisley and then do …read more

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Triple Tigers RecordsAmerican Idol winner Scotty McCreery will release his first album in five years on March 16. Seasons Change features the North Carolina native’s latest top-15 hit, “Five More Minutes.”

For the first time ever, the 24-year-old had a hand in writing all the tracks on the record.

“In the last five years, I have grown from a teenager to a man, moved out on my own, lost my grandfather, proposed to the love of my life, and learned more about myself than I could have imagined,” Scotty reflects. “This all shows up in the 11 songs on Seasons …read more

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Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton heads into the holiday season this year by celebrating the 25th #1 of his career, as “I’ll Name the Dogs” ascends to the top of the country chart.

“What a great way to end 2017…” Blake says. “As I look back over another incredible year, I know that the success has been because of the love and support from my fans. This song and several others on Texoma Shore are little more throwback, traditional country.”

“They take me back to a time when I was growing up in Oklahoma,” Blake adds, “when things were a little less complicated. Thank …read more

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Michael Ray – “Get To You” 103-FXD Song of the Day

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Michael Ray – “Get To You” 103-FXD Song of the Day

Marquette, Michigan – December 18th, 2017 – Michael Ray – “Get To You” is your new music add and song of the day for this Friday on 103-FXD! Michael Ray – “Get To You” is a powerful new song and can be heard today on 103-FXD. #1 in NEW Country – 103-FXD and WFXD.com! Be […]

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ABC/Heidi GutmanDolly Parton, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker will salute Glen Campbell and Hunter Hayes will honor Tom Petty and Chuck Berry on Monday night’s The Year in Memoriam 2017 special on ABC.

The hour-long event will pay tribute to the many beloved celebrities who we’ve lost during the past year. Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel came up with idea for the show, which will be hosted by Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts.

“The In Memoriam segments are always the most moving parts of a major awards show,” notes Kimmel. “Robin and I thought it would be fitting to pay longer-form and …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock The legendary James Taylor duetted with Ricky Skaggs on this Christmas-themed track from the country star’s 1986 album, Love’s Gonna Get Ya! Can you name this tune, that often re-appears during the holidays? ANSWER: “New Star Shining.”

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Triple Tigers RecordsNewcomer Russell Dickerson has the first top-five hit of his career so far with “Yours,” and the Tennessee native says there’s no denying it — it’s pretty sweet.

“It’s the best feeling,” he tells ABC Radio. “I’ve worked so hard, so long, to get to this point, written so many songs. I feel like it’s still just getting started.”

Russell put out his first EP in January of 2011, and he says the success of “Yours” is largely the culmination of a very busy 2017.

“At the beginning of this year, [I] got to tour with Thomas Rhett,” he explains. “So …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Vince Gill will perform his classic “When I Call Your Name” with contestant Red Marlow on Tuesday’s season finale of The Voice. The two-hour show starts at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Zac Brown Band and Lionel Richie will headline the 2018 Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience August 31 – September 2 in Colorado.

You can check out a preview of Thomas Rhett‘s new video for “Marry Me” on Instagram, in advance of the full treatment, which comes out on Monday.

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