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Apr 17

Taylor Swift Sells Out Shanghai Show in One Minute

Taylor Swift Sells Out Shanghai Show in One Minute

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Erickson Public Relations.

Taylor Swift has set yet another record. She sold out Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena in one minute, making it the fastest ticket on-sale in Chinese history. After announcing that she will take her RED Tour to Asia this summer to meet fan demand, the seven Asian dates sold out in record speeds.

The RED Tour features two stages, elaborate costumes, dancers, numerous costume changes and changing sets. Taylor moves around the venue to give every audience member a great seat and a chance to see her up close and personal, playing electric guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic guitar. The set list includes Taylor’s biggest hits, songs from her Red album and fan favorites. Continue Reading

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Apr 17

One Pan Nan: Get Nan Kelley’s Recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine Muffins

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley Shares Her Recipes with Great American Country

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

Every week on Top 20 Country Countdown our host Nan Kelley counts down your favorite videos — but when she’s away from the studio she’s likely to be found in her kitchen, creating healthy, delicious meals! Nan likes to keep it simple, cooking entire meals using only one pan. Her husband Charlie lovingly gave her the nickname “One Pan Nan” — and now that’s also the name of her new cookbook [get it HERE!]. We asked Nan to share some of her recipes with us. This week, Nan shares her recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine Muffins. Check back every other week for a new one!

“Charlie and I stopped to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner and I saw something that got my culinary wheels to turning– apple pie moonshine,” says Nan. “Not a likely pairing, but one that intrigued me. I’ve don’t know much about white lightening, but I love apple anything so I grabbed up the jar & put my thinking cap on. My friend Clara gave me a recipe for apple muffins made with ricotta cheese, granny smith apples & walnuts. And while that sounds great by itself, what if I soaked the apples in moonshine first and made a brown sugar glaze with it as well? I now completely understand the pairing. A little bit of apple pie spirits adds a sweet delicious kick to an already great muffin.”

One Pan Nan: Get Nan Kelley's Recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine Muffins

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

Muffin Ingredients:
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 finely chopped, peeled granny smith apples
3/4 cup of buttermilk
1/3 cup of milk
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

Glaze Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

One Pan Nan: Get Nan Kelley's Recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine Muffins

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

Directions:
Soak apples in moonshine overnight. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine the first 6 ingredients in bowl. Drain apples & set aside remaining liquid. Stir in apples into dry ingredients and make a well Continue Reading

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Apr 14

Keith Urban Looking Forward to Hitting the Road

Keith Urban Looking Forward to Hitting the Road

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban is looking forward to kicking off his Raise ‘Em Up Tour in  July. He’s also eager to take his opening acts, Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge, on the road with him.

“I had heard Jerrod’s record as it was being done because Jimmie Lee Sloas is a friend of mine and he’s producing it, and so he sent me some tracks,” Keith said. “Literally, it was when I heard about six tracks off that record, I immediately wanted to see if he would come out and join us. And Brett, we’d already done the tour in Canada together, and he’s just an incredible singer, cool cat, he’s got a great record too, so [I’m] very happy to bring them out with us.” Continue Reading

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Apr 14

Luke Bryan to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

Luke Bryan to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

Luke Bryan photo by Joseph Llanes, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Luke Bryan is in the first group of artists to be announced as performers at the Billboard Music Awards. Other performers include Jason Derulo, Imagine Dragons, John Legend and OneRepublic. The Billboard Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas on May 18 at 8/7c on NBC.

Luke is a finalist in six categories, including the all-genre Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Country Album and Top Country Song twice, once for his hit “Crash My Party,” and again for “That’s My Kind Of Night.” The full list of finalists can be found at www.Billboard.com. Continue Reading

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Apr 11

Carrie Underwood Continues Her Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood Continues Her Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood photo by James White, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Carrie Underwood makes it yet another week at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with her “Blown Away Medley!” Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert round out the Top 3 with their latest videos while Florida Georgia Line moves up to No. 15 with their latest video, “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Luke Bryan.

See photos from the ACM Awards >>

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Plus, host Nan Kelley headed to Las Vegas for the ACM Awards! She caught up with the night’s big winners, including Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore and The Band Perry. She even scored some time with Entertainer of the Year winner George Strait!

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away Medley”
  2. Blake Shelton – “Doin’ What She Likes”
  3. Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
  4. Little Big Town – “Sober”
  5. Chris Young – “Who I Am With You”
  6. Keith  Urban – “Cop Car”
  7. Lady Antebellum – “Compass”
  8. Luke Bryan – “Drink A Beer”
  9. Katie Armiger – “Safe”
  10. Cassadee Pope – “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” Continue Reading

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Apr 11

Top 20 Heads to Las Vegas for the ACM Awards

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This week’s Top 20 Country Countdown comes to you from Las Vegas at the ACM Awards! Host Nan Kelley will go backstage to catch up with some of the night’s big winners, including Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore and The Band Perry. She’ll even get some time with Entertainer of the Year winner George Strait!

See photos from the ACM Awards >>

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Carrie Underwood has made it eight weeks at No. 1 with her “Blown Away Medley.” Can she do it another week, with Little Big Town, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert all knocking on the door of the top spot? Tune in tonight at 8/7c to find out! Check the full schedule » Continue Reading

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Apr 11

Eric Church Announces The Outsiders World Tour

Eric Church Announces The Outsiders World Tour

Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.

Eric Church has announced he will kick off his The Outsiders World Tour on September 11 in Bossier City, Louisiana. Tickets for the tour will go on sale April 18 in select markets with members of Eric’s fan cub, the Church Choir, having access to a pre-sale starting April 15. Dwight Yoakam will join Eric on tour with Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark and rock band Halestorm joining for select dates.

Eric will visit venues including Madison Square Garden, Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Sprint Center in Kansas City, the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, and FedExForum in Memphis, among others, stopping at a total of 31 venues. He will also return to the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina where he sold more than 15,000 tickets in 2012 as part of his The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour. Continue Reading

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Apr 5

Tim McGraw to Release Sundown Heaven Town on September 16

Tim McGraw to Release Sundown Heaven Town on September 16

Tim McGraw photo courtesy of The Green Room.

Tim McGraw will release his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, on September 16. The album will feature his new single, “Lookin’ For That Girl,” which is in the Top 20 and climbing at country radio. Beginning April 6 during Tim’s performance on the ACM Awards, which air live on CBS at 8/7c, he will launch his unique “Countdown To Sundown” program.

When fans Shazam his ACM performance, they can join the Countdown program and automatically have access to exclusive content. They will also be entered to win a season pass for 2 tickets to each of Tim’s summer tour dates, including an all-expenses paid trip to the tour’s opening night. Leading up to the album’s release, Tim will reveal new songs through major primetime television performances and provide fans with free downloads, first listens, contests and more through www.countdowntosundown.com.    Continue Reading

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Apr 4

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Carrie Underwood’s trainer proves she puts in time at the gym while Carrie says goodbye to How I Met Your  Mother; Lady Antebellum is honored by the GRAMMYs; Blake Shelton is back to mocking his celebrity and Brad Paisley pulls an April Fools’ joke; Plus, Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore share a birthday phone call. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

Carrie Underwood does a pull-up

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/OpreaFitness.

Oprea Personal FitnessOpreaFitness: Check out @carrieunderwood killin it on her pull-ups today!! Awesome job!

Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: Tonight is the final episode of @HIMYM_CBS. I feel like 5 of my friends are moving away & I’ll never see them again. Been a great 9 seasons!

Brad Paisley – BradPaisley: The name of the new tour is going to be “The Barnacles, Bouys, and Bouncy Castles Tour”

Thomas Rhett Facetimes with Justin Moore

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/ThomasRhett.

Thomas Rhett – ThomasRhett: Fun fact: @JustinColeMoore and I share a birthday. Better fact: it’s today. Happy birthday brother. Continue Reading

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Apr 4

Top 20 Previews the ACM Awards

Top 20 Previews the ACM Awards

Nan Kelley, host of Top 20 Country Countdown.

Top 20 Country Countdown is all set for Sunday’s ACM Awards! Host Nan Kelley is previewing the show, giving fans the rundown on all the night’s nominees and performers while counting down this week’s Top 20 music videos, chosen by you. Make sure you tune in for new videos from Chris Young and Miranda Lambert!

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Besides getting the inside scoop on the ACM Awards, you could win $5,000 in our Top 20 for $20,000 Sweepstakes! Enter daily between now and May 12 for your chance to win the weekly $5,000 cash prize. One grand prize winner will take home $20,000! Enter Now >> Continue Reading

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