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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... »»»
October 21, 2014 - Reba McEntire was signed as the inaugural artist on new joint venture label between Big Machine Records and Cumulus. The announcement was made this morning with America's Morning Show host Blair Garner. "I am so excited to be the first artist to sign up with this new joint venture," McEntire said.... »»»
October 20, 2014 - Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor will bring the bass and more to The 48th Annual CMA Awards. Grande will perform with Little Big Town, while Trainor sings with Miranda Lambert. "Pretty Little Liars" actress and DMG Nashville recording artist Lucy Hale will be a presenter live at the show on Nov.... »»»
October 20, 2014 - Broken Bow Records, the home of Jason Aldean, signed fellow Georgian Jordan Rager, it was announced today. Rager will be on Justin Moore's Off The Beaten Path Tour, which starts Oct. 23 in Columbia, Mo. Jeremy Stover, who produces Moore, will produce Rager, 20, as well. "The first time I saw... »»»
October 20, 2014 - Alan Jackson will launch his 25th Anniversary Keepin' It Country Tour starting in January. Sponsored by Kubota Tractor, the tour kicks off in Estero Fla. on Jan. 8 and will culminate at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver on May 17. Joining Jackson will be Capitol Records Nashville's new artist Jon... »»»
October 20, 2014 - Nashville songwriter and recent Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Paul Craft, who wrote such hits as "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life," and 'Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through The Goalposts Of Life)," died Saturday at 76 after suffering from deteriorating health for several years.... »»»
October 20, 2014 - Jason Aldean's previously sold out Burn It Down Tour will continue into 2015. Aldean will kick off the next leg's 23-city run presented by Live Nation on Feb. 12 in Greenville, S.C. with special guests Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr. "We are coming off a big album release week, and we wanted to keep... »»»
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October 15, 2014 - Michael Cleveland has one less Flamekeeper in his band. Banjo player Glenn Gibson is leaving after three years with the band. His final gig will be Oct. 16 at the Festival of the Riverboats in Louisville, Ky. "Making a living as a performer is a challenge in any genre of music," said Gibson.... »»»
October 15, 2014 - Jason Aldean dominated the Billboard charts this week as "Old Boots, New Dirt" is first with 278,000 units sold for the week ending Oct. 12. That is the third largest sales week this year behind Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" at 383,000 and Eric Church's "The Outsiders" at 288,000 units.... »»»
October 14, 2014 - Florida Georgia Line is out with its second-full length CD, "Anything Goes," which follows the similar line of subject matter as its mega-selling debut, "Here's to the Good Times," with songs about girls and drinking. The first single, "Dirt," was a bit more country sounding than the duo's usual fare.... »»»
October 14, 2014 - Radio jocks sure would have been thrilled to hear from Luke Bryan on Tuesday because that meant they would have won a 2014 CMA Broadcast Award. Lon Helton of Country Countdown USA won the National Award for Broadcast Personality of the Year. "CMA recognizes the influence that country radio stations... »»»
October 14, 2014 - Wynnona Judd announced Wednesday she is going on tour in 2015 with a show devoted to her songs and stories. "Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song" launches Jan. 14 in Durham, N.C. with a stop in her Ashland, KY hometown. Wynonna will be joined by her trio including her husband and producer Cactus Moser.... »»»
October 14, 2014 - Toby Keith released a new single, "Drunk Americans," today. Written by Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero and Shane McAnally, Keith sings, "We ain't east, we ain't west. We ain't left, we ain't right. Ain't black, we ain't white ... we just came here to drink" who "all sing it wrong ... but we all sing along.... »»»
October 13, 2014 - The 48th Annual CMA Awards added Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves on Monday to the list of live performers. The awards will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and broadcast on ABC. Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie... »»»
October 13, 2014 - Cole Swindell made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage last week. His three song set included his two consecutive number one singles "“Chillin’ It”" and “"Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," plus his latest, "Ain'’t Worth The Whiskey." The songs were from his self-titled debut... »»»
October 8, 2014 - Blake Shelton will enjoy a lot of sunshine this week because he has scored his second number one album with "Bringing Back the Sunshine." The disc sold 101,000 since its Sept. 30 release. This is his second number one. "Red River Blue," from 2011, started with 116,000 units sold. "Based On a True Story...... »»»