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October 31, 2014 - Blake Shelton will be the focus of a "60 Minutes" feature this Sunday. He sat down to talk to Norah O'Donnell to talk about his music, his life and the country music genre. Shelton, whose new album, "Bringing Back the Sunshine," says the reason the music is so popular is because its listeners and... »»»
October 31, 2014 - , Cole Swindell, gearing up to launch his "Down Home Tour" next month, will put out a five-song EP, "Down Home Sessions" on Nov. 17. “I'm always writing and I have lots of songs that I want my fans to hear. As a songwriter, that's what you want, but everything can't always make it onto your... »»»
October 30, 2014 - Garth Brooks is giving fans a sneak peak at his disc "Man Against Machine," today only at Ghosttunes. Brooks speaks over a portion of the track, talking abo8ut each cut. Brooks sent out an email Thursday, saying, "a friend of mine at GhostTunes asked if we would take a different look at sampling... »»»
October 30, 2014 - Jason Aldean celebrates yet another week at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Burnin' It Down." The song has been first on the charts since Aug. 9. Florida Georgia Line holds the number one post on the Country Albums chart for the week ending Nov. 1 with "Anything Goes," which... »»»
October 30, 2014 - Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban appear on ABC News' "Good Morning America" Wednesday, Nov. 5 ina prelude to the 48th Country Music Association Awards that night. Urban will perform live and then fans can tune in that same night for Lambert and Urban's performances at the CMAs.... »»»
October 30, 2014 - Keith Urban was added as a headliner for the 24th Annual Country Jam festival near Grand Junction, Col. in June 2015. The festival will be held June 18-21, 2015 with Tim McGraw and The Band Perry already in the line-up. "We're so excited to add Keith Urban to this year's lineup at Country Jam,"... »»»
October 29, 2014 - Florida Georgia Line no longer owns the best selling CD in the U.S., but "Anything Goes" sold well enough to be first on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Oct. 26. Slipknot tops the chart with ".5 The Gray Chapter," selling 132,000 units. FGL fell to fifth on the overall chart... »»»
October 29, 2014 - Brantley Gilbert will open 15 stadium shows this summer on the Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean tour, it was announced Wednesday. "When you co-headline a tour with Jason Aldean, you've gotta get someone who can hold their own to go in front," Chesney said. "When I looked around, for those stadium shows... »»»
October 29, 2014 - Kansas country singer Logan Mize signed with Sony Nashville, it was announced today. His first single, "Can't Get Away from a Good Time," co-written by Mize, Blake Chaffin, and Kelly Archer, ships to radio Nov. 17 with an add date of Jan. 19, 2015. The digital single has sold more than 75,000 copies.... »»»
October 29, 2014 - The first-ever country music festival in New York City, Farmborough, will be held in June 32015 with Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley playing. FarmBorough is set to take place on Randall's Island June 26-28, 2015. Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will launch the festival.... »»»
October 28, 2014 - Little Big Town, the Killer and a few holiday CDs are out today. Little Big Town is out with "Pain Killer." Comprised of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook, the foursome co-wrote 8 of the 13 tracks, including the hit "Day Drinking." Jay Joyce, who produced the... »»»
October 27, 2014 - Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney announced that their tours, The Burn It Down Tour and The Big Revival Tour will mash up for 10 stadium shows next summer. The first shows to go on sale at New England's Gillette Stadium on Aug. 28, 2015 and San Francisco's Levi's Stadium on May 2, 2015.... »»»
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October 27, 2014 - George Strait will make his 24th career performance at the 48th annual Country Music Association awards - more than any other artist - it was announced Monday. Strait is an Entertainer of the Year nominee again in 2014 and retains his status as the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 83.... »»»
October 27, 2014 - Sam Hunt is best known for his current hit "Leave the Night On." That is 1 of 10 songs on his debut disc, "Montevallo," out today. Hunt released an EP containing the song earlier this year. He has sold more than 500,000 units of the single. Stoney LaRue, a fixture on the Texas music circuit, is out with "Aviator.... »»»
October 26, 2014 - Aaron Lewis will sing the National Anthem before Game 5 of the World Series tonight. Lewis will perform anthem during the pre-game ceremony at AT&T Park in San Francisco before the San Francisco Giants take on the Kansas City Royals. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. eastern on FOX.... »»»
October 23, 2014 - ,P>Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry announced that his wife is fighting breast cancer. Gentry posted on Facebook, ""As you know, we launched this Check Your Headlights campaign for breast cancer awareness in early October. What you didn't know is that right before we launched, my beautiful Angie got... »»»
October 23, 2014 - Florida Georgia Line's number one selling disc in the U.S., "Anything Goes," means, of course, that disc is first on the Top Country Albums chart as well for the week ending Nov. 1. Jason Aldean continues his domination of the Hot Country Songs chart with "Burnin' It Down" still reigning at the top.... »»»
October 22, 2014 - "CMA Country Christmas," a two-hour special hosted for the fifth year by Jennifer Nettles, will be taped in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena with the likes of Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler helping out. The show airs on Monday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. on ABC. The special, which tapes... »»»
October 22, 2014 - Florida Georgia Line is number 1 on the Billboard chart for the week ending Oct. 19 with "Anything Goes." The bro-country duo sold 197,000 units of the disc, their second. This marks the third straight week a country disc has hit the top. Blake Shelton was first last week with "Bringing Back the... »»»
October 21, 2014 - After debuting at atop The Billboard 200 Album Chart last week with his new album "Bringing Back the Sunshine," Blake Shelton made history as the first country music artist to hit number 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 with "Neon Light." The chart, which factors in album and digital song sales, plus... »»»
October 21, 2014 - Chris Young announced he would make his initial tour to Germany along with a second visit to Australia and third trip to London and Great Britain on his 2015 A.M. World Tour. Young heads to Australia, with headlining shows set for Melbourne on March 11, Sydney March 13 and a return visit to CMC Rocks... »»»

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