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Country News Digest, December 2017

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December 12, 2017 - Chris Stapleton debuted atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "From A Room: Volume 2." Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line remain first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 23 with "Meant to Be." On the albums chart, Garth Brooks was second with "The Anthology:... »»»
December 11, 2017 - Florida Georgia Line unveiled plans for a multi-purposes development in Nashville today. Envisioned as a combination of retail, creative and business space, the compound will include three main components: the Tribe Kely Trading Post, Tree Vibez Music and a private meeting/event space concept called Meet + Greet.... »»»
December 11, 2017 - Chase Rice, whose new album "Lambs & Lions" was released in November, completed his first ever tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, playing to sellout crowds in Glasgow, Scotland, Manchester, Birmingham and London, England and Dublin, Ireland earlier this month, according to his label.... »»»
December 10, 2017 - Chris Stapleton has the top selling country CD in the U.S. and second on the overall Billboard list with "From a Room, Vol. 2." The disc moved 125,000 units with 116,000 in pure album sales. "From a Room: Volume 1," which came out in May, also debuted in second with 219,000 units.... »»»
December 10, 2017 - Sugarland will release a new song, "Still the Same," on Dec. 21, the band revealed on Friday. That's in addition to a new tour launch in 2018. The duo, comprised of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian bush, are also in the studio recording a new album. "We said new music before the end of the year and we... »»»
December 8, 2017 - Brett Young has gone the Xmas route with the release of the "O Holy Night" video today of the Christmas standard. Young released the song as a single on Oct. 13 and is not part of an overall holiday release. Young who has enjoyed much success with his debut, uses a 10-piece string section on the song.... »»»
December 8, 2017 - Luke Bryan releases his sixth studio album, "What Makes You Country," a 15-song collection. Bryan had a hand in writing seven songs. Jeff and Jody Stevens produced the album. The lead single "Light It Up," written by Bryan and Old Dominion member Brad Tursi, is the follow up to his 18th career number 1... »»»
December 7, 2017 - Charlie Daniels announced a new version of the Volunteer Jam for March 2018. "Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie," an all-star concert at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville will be held on March 7. Since its inception in 1974 with a show at the Veterans War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville,... »»»
December 7, 2017 - Trace Adkins dropped a video for his single "Still A Soldier" today. Director Mike Stryker and producer Shanah helped Adkins create a tribute to veterans and their loved ones for the music video. The powerful video features the life of Army Specialist Bryan Gerwitz., "We recorded this song well over... »»»
December 5, 2017 - American pop singer Bebe Rexha teamed with Florida Georgia Line to debut at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Meant to Be" for the week ending Dec. 16. Garth Brooks was first on the albums chart with "The Anthology: Part I, The First Five Years," which includes alternative takes of... »»»
December 5, 2017 - Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans tied the knot on Saturday in a wedding on the beach of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico before family and friends. The singers, who were engaged almost one year ago, told People of their feelings for each other. "With our careers, we get to do what we love, then we get to find... »»»
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December 5, 2017 - Days before his album is released, Walker Hayes said today he would launch a 13-city headlining tour in February. Music veteran Hayes finally releases his debut "boom." on Friday on Friday. The disc contains his top 15 hit "You Broke Up With Me." The Good as Gold Tour (the tour title comes from some... »»»
December 5, 2017 - Morgan Wallen will hit the road in 2018 for his first headlining tour, he announced today. The Up Down Tour starts Feb. 2 in Indianapolis and concludes April 28 in Las Vegas. Wallen will be joined by opener Ray Fulcher. "I can't wait to get on the road and play some new music for people across the... »»»
December 4, 2017 - Eddie Montgomery is taking Montgomery Gentry on the road in 2018 despite the death of his band mate, Troy Gentry, he announced today. The duo recorded a new disc, "Here's To You," which comes out Feb. 2, 2017 on Average Joe's. Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash in September while on the way to a... »»»
December 4, 2017 - John Prine will release his first album of new material in 13 years next year, he announced today. Prine, 71, also plans a series of shows. He will co-headline a show at New York's Radio City Music Hall on April 13 with Sturgill Simpson (solo) as well as dates at Philadelphia's Merriam Theatre on April... »»»
December 4, 2017 - Video of Randy Travis' 2012 arrest in Texas was released today, showing him naked and cursing at the police officer, who arrested him. Travis issued a statement apologizing for his behavior, but also saying that a civil rights suit against the state of Texas would continue. TMZ released a portion of... »»»
December 3, 2017 - Garth Brooks will have the only country CD in the Billboard top 10 when the charts are out on Tuesday. Brooks' box set, "The Anthology: Part I, The First Five Years," remained in fourth for the second week with 57,000 equivalent album units, up 7 percent. The box set contains never before heard music,... »»»
December 1, 2017 - LANCO scored its first number one as "Greatest Love Story" tops the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 9. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill debuted in first with "The Rest of Our Life," their first joint disc. LANCO took over for Luke Combs' "When It Rains It Pours," which fell to second.... »»»
December 1, 2017 - As promised, Chris Stapleton is back with his second release this year. "From a Room, Vol. 2," is a nine-song collection of vintage Stapleton, meaning he covers blues, country, soul and more. The set includes mainly originals plus a take on Kevin Welch's "Millionaire" and Pops Staples'-identified... »»»