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The Year in Country 2017: “Honey, I’m Home” — The return of Shania

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Mercury NashvillePromotion leading up to the release of Shania Twain‘s first studio album since 2002’s Up! promised 2017 would usher in the “Summer of Shania.” By the time NOW arrived at the end of September, the Canadian superstar had lived up to the hype.

NOW‘s lead single, “Life’s About to Get Good,” proved the country/pop icon could still make music in the classic Shania vein. It even boasted a singing, dancing, beachside video that lived up to the iconic clips that helped cement Shania’s legacy in the ’90s.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis 1998 #1 by Faith Hill was featured in the Nicole Kidman/Sandra Bullock movie Practical Magic. Can you name it? ANSWER: “This Kiss.”

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Old Dominion takes on the world in 2018, as their latest top-ten seems “Written in the Sand”

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ABC/Image Group LA Old Dominion is on track to grab their second top-ten from their Happy Endings album with “Written in the Sand,” which currently sits at #11.

Lead singer Matthew Ramsey says the band simply went with their instincts when it came time to pick the follow-up to the chart-topping “There’s No Such Thing as a Broken Heart.”

“It’s one of my favorite songs on the album,” he tells ABC Radio, “and actually was one of the last ones that we wrote before we recorded it and it’s just kind of a gut feeling. We felt like we had a moment …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Keith Urban‘s better half, Nicole Kidman, is one of the 10 Best Actors of the Year, according to the New York Times‘ magazine’s Great Performers issue.

The Nashville Scene‘s most popular cover story of 2017 was the May article featuring Eric Church.

Dierks Bentley unveiled the new tune “Burning Man” during his recent performance at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. You can check it out thanks to fan video on YouTube.

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“Still the Same”: Sugarland launches their plan of attack for 2018

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ABC/Image Group LA 2018 may very well turn out to be the year of Sugarland.

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have already visited the top of the iTunes country songs chart with their reunion single, “Still the Same,” and their first major public appearance together is just days away.

“The title of the song is so meaningful to us,” the two said in a newsletter to their fans. “We always knew we were going to make music again, so this has been the best of both worlds. We were able to take time to feed our personal passions, and we’re excited to …read more

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Thomas Rhett sums up his “Life Changes” with a snapshot

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ABC/Mark Levine2017 was a year of Life Changes for Thomas Rhett: he and wife Lauren adopted now-2-year-old Willa Gray from a Ugandan orphanage in May, before their first biological child — Ada James — came on the scene in August.

As the clock counts down toward 2018, TR is taking stock of all that’s happened.

“Feeling very blessed this holiday season,” he shared on his socials Wednesday, along with an adorable photo of Ada and Willa all snuggled up with their mommy.

“These 3 make life incredible,” he added. “Hope everyone had a great Christmas with family and …read more

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Kelsea Ballerini ends 2017 “Unapologetically” in the top ten

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ABC/Image Group LA Kelsea Ballerini finishes 2017 with “Legends” — the lead single from her sophomore album — firmly seated in country’s top ten. Unapologetically also claims a spot on Billboard‘s year-end rundown of the 10 Best Country Albums as well.

“A beautiful reminder that following your heart and trusting in your path is what leads you to success,” Kelsea tweeted.

Here’s a look at the full list:

1. The Project — Lindsay Ell
2. On the Rocks — Midland
3. When Was the Last Time — Darius Rucker
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Midland comes out on top: “The Washington Post” likes 2017 served “On the Rocks”

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ABC/Randy HolmesWhat was the best country album of 2017? According to The Washington Post, it was Midland‘s debut, On the Rocks.

Saying “this Texas trio’s flawless neo-honky-tonk album felt so perfect for this inside-out year,” The Post not only ranked On the Rocks as the best country album of the year, but the best album, period, of the past 12 months.

“Very surreal to see #OnTheRocks named the best album of 2017 by the @WashingtonPost,” the trio tweeted.

Lee Ann Womack‘s “The Lonesome, the Lonely, and the Gone” and Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back …read more

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Dierks Bentley – “What the Hell Did I Say” 103-FXD Song of the Day

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Marquette, Michigan – December 27th, 2017 – Dierks Bentley – “What the Hell Did I Say” is your new music add and song of the day for this Friday on 103-FXD! Dierks Bentley – “What the Hell Did I Say” is a powerful new song and can be heard today on 103-FXD. #1 in NEW […]

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockTen years ago this month, Taylor Swift notched her first chart-topper on the Billboard country ranking. Can you name this tune, which stayed at #1 for six weeks? ANSWER: “Our Song.”

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