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Oct 24

Blake Shelton Takes Over At No. 1 With “Neon Light” on Top 20


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After an impressive run at No. 1, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad” has been retired. On this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown, Blake Shelton takes over the top spot with his latest, “Neon Light.” Several new videos make their countdown debuts this week, including clips from Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, which both debut in the Top 10. Videos from Big & Rich and Thomas Rhett also appear on the chart this week.

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Oct 24

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Caramel Chunk No-Bake Cookies

One of the first recipes I remember making with my mom is no-bake cookies. They were always my favorite. I have known and used my Great-Great-Grandmother’s recipe all my life and have so many memories of standing at the kitchen cabinet on a bar-stool where my chin just barely came over the edge. I must have been 3- or 4-years-old, but I was doing my part and trying to be a good helper. Those cookies were my sister Shelley’s favorite. I wanted to share the recipe with you, but I kicked it up a notch! I found these great little caramel bits at the grocery store and thought about how many recipes I could come up with that would be great with them. In my opinion, caramel makes everything better. That holds true with this revamped recipe as well! When you bite into these sweet chocolatey bites of perfection, you will find little chewy chunks of caramel. What more could a girl ask for?


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Caramel Chunk No-Bake Cookies

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Oct 23

Taylor Swift Reveals 1989 Track Listing

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Taylor Swift fans are eagerly awaiting her new album, 1989, due out October 27. Swift recently Instagramed lyrics from unreleased songs on the album, followed by a post on Wednesday night containing the complete track listing.

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1989 will feature 13 tracks, including Swift’s smash hit “Shake It Off.” Swift also released “Out of the Woods” and the album opener, “Welcome to New York.” Target’s latest commercial promoting 1989 features Polaroids of Swift while her song “Style” plays in the background. Continue Reading


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Oct 22

Chris Young Announces 2015 A.M. Worldwide Tour

Chris Young Announces 2015 Tour

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Chris Young will kick off his 2015 A.M. Worldwide Tour in March, making stops in Australia, Germany, London, Switzerland and other locations in the United Kingdom.

The tour marks Young’s first time playing in Germany, his second trip to Australia, and a third visit to London and the UK.  On his way Down Under, Young plans to stop at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Concert Hall for his first Hawaii show.

He will then play shows in Melbourne and Sydney before heading to CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival in Ipswich, a small town in Queensland, Australia. Continue Reading


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Oct 22

Brantley Gilbert Shares Details About His Engagement

Brantley Gilbert Performing at CMA Fest

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Brantley Gilbert is engaged! He made the announcement on Tuesday, October 21 when he called in to the Bobby Bones Show. His future wife is “the one that got away.” He has known her for most of the last decade, and the pair dated on and off over the course of several years.

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“I met this little girl 10 years ago,” he said. “You’ll hear her in most of my songs. She was the one who got away for about five years. I can honestly say I’ve never been happier.” Continue Reading


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Oct 21

Sam Hunt Has Perfect Timing With New Album


Sam Hunt's Montevallo Album

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Sam Hunt has pretty good timing. His debut single, “Leave the Night On,” has climbed into the Top 3 at country radio and is on track to top the charts, just as he prepares to release his new album, Montevallo, on October 27. Hunt says “Leave the Night On” is a good idea of what fans can expect from the album.

“‘Leave the Night On’ is a song that sort of represents the album as a whole,” he said. “I feel like it captures all of the elements in one song. As far as a song that could represent what the whole album is about, I think that’s just a good choice.”

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Oct 21

Jason Aldean Announces Second Leg of Burn It Down Tour

Jason Aldean's Burnin' It Down Tour

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Jason Aldean will keep “burning it down” into 2015. He has announced the second leg of his Burn It Down Tour, which will kick off February 12, 2015 in Greenville, S.C. The tour will hit 23 cities and feature special guests Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr.

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“We are coming off a big album release week, and we wanted to keep the momentum rolling and get this next leg of the tour announced,” Aldean said. “Cole and Tyler are two of the hottest up-and-coming artists out right now, and I really dig what they do in their live shows. They are also just great friends, so it’ll be cool to have them out and see what kind of trouble we can get into together.” Continue Reading


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Oct 20

Florida Georgia Line on Why They Gave Jason Aldean “Burnin’ It Down”

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Jason Aldean recently reached No. 1 for the 12th time with “Burnin’ It Down.” The song, featured on his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, was cowritten by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, along with Chris Tompkins and Rodney Clawson. The song was supposed to be a hit for the duo, but the pair knew they would not be able to release it for at least another year.

“The timing was tough on it,” Tyler Hubbard told ABC News Radio. “We were listening to it one day, and I think it was B.K. that said, ‘Hey dude, I think Jason would kill this song. We should try to give it to him, and at least let him hear it.’ And next thing we know, he’s cutting it.” Continue Reading


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Oct 20

Miranda Lambert to Participate in Great American Dog-a-Thon

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It’s no secret that Miranda Lambert’s loves animals, particularly dogs. This Thanksgiving, she will join a number of celebrities as part of the Great American Dog-a-Thon on FOX to promote dog adoption. Hosted and executive produced by actress Hilary Swank, the two-hour show will feature dogs looking for their forever homes.

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“I have long been an advocate for animal adoption and know first-hand the immense joy a shelter animal brings to our lives,” Swank said. “Yet every year, more than four million animals are euthanized because of overcrowding in shelters.” Continue Reading


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Oct 18

Little Big Town Prepares to Release Pain Killer

Little Big Town

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Little Big Town will release their highly anticipated new album, Pain Killer, on October 21. The band is proud of the project and hopes fans will love their new music as much as they do.

“I love this record so much,” Karen Fairchild said. “It is more than I could have ever hoped or dreamed. When we started, it was a painful process this time. I don’t know why…. it was a good process. It just wasn’t as easy as the other one.” Continue Reading


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