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Dec 18

Miranda Lambert Releases “Little Red Wagon”

Miranda Lambert's Little Red Wagon Single

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Miranda Lambert is following up her hit song “Somethin’ Bad,” which featured Carrie Underwood, with “Little Red Wagon.” The song was co-written by Joe Ginsberg and Audra Mae, the niece of Judy Garland. Mae originally included the song on her 2012 album, Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound. Lambert may have never heard the tune if not for one of her musician friends.

“John Eddie is an artist who has come out on the road with us before and opened a few times,” Lambert told NewsOK.com. “He called my tour manager three or four years ago and said, ‘Hey, tell Miranda about this girl Audra Mae, specifically her song ‘Little Red Wagon.’ I think she could rock it.’”

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Dec 18

Christmas Is All About Family for Justin Moore, RaeLynn

Justin Moore

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Christmas is a time for family, and that sentiment holds true for Justin Moore and RaeLynn. Having three little girls at home makes the day extra special for Moore and his wife, Kate. Christmas is all about their daughters, and their oldest, Ella, provided the couple with one of their favorite memories on her first Christmas.

“She actually got her first tooth on Christmas morning,” he said. “That was pretty neat to see and something we’ll always remember.” Justin’s middle daughter, Kennedy, just turned three in November, and Rebecca, is five months old. “Of course I’m gonna spoil them rotten,” he said. “That’s my job as a daddy, especially to little girls.”

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For RaeLynn, Christmas is the one time of the year she will get to see all of her family, especially now that she is so busy traveling the country to promote her debut single, “God Made Girls.” Continue Reading

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Dec 17

Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves Extend Tours Into 2015

Fans of Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves are in for a pleasant surprise. Both acts announced they will extend their headlining tours into 2015. They also plan to release new music.

The spring leg of Little Big Town’s Pain Killer tour will kick off on March 5, 2015 in Savannah, Ga. The new leg will feature Chris Stapleton as a special guest and stops in 12 more cities. The band will also continue to offer a unique VIP experience for fans, allowing them to choose from two limited packages.

After celebrating their latest single, “Day Drinking,” reaching No. 1, Little Big Town released their new single, “Girl Crush,” to country radio. For tour dates and ticket information, visit littlebigtown.com.

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Dec 17

Kip Moore Talks Christmas Traditions, Future Family

Kip Moore

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Kip Moore is enjoying some downtime after finalizing his 2015 tour dates last week. He plans to do some surfing, taking a break from the waves only to celebrate Christmas. One of Moore’s favorite traditions was going fishing with his brothers and their father, until his father passed away a couple of years ago. Another favorite ritual was watching Christmas movies as a family.

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“The night before Christmas.” Moore said, “my dad would take us to the store, the video store, and we would rent a bunch of movies, and we’d watch them all through the night. That was always a thing that we’d look forward to was all hanging out together and laughing until 3 or 4 or 5 in the morning, then waking up two hours later for the presents.”

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Dec 16

Maddie & Tae Make History

Maddie & Tae

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Maddie & Tae may still be teenagers, but their youth hasn’t stopped them from making history. They are closing out 2014 by celebrating their first No.1 single and Gold certification for “Girl In A Country Song.” The pair is only the second female duo to debut at No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS charts, with The Wreckers being the first, in 2006 for “Leave The Pieces.”

Maddie & Tae are also only the third female duo to reach No. 1 on “Billboard’s” Country Singles chart. The Davis Sisters were the first, with their No. 1 hits “I Forgot More About Love Than You’ll Ever Know” and “Jealous Love.”

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Dec 15

Luke Bryan Shares Christmas Memories, Traditions

Luke Bryan

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2014 has been the best year of Luke Bryan’s career to date, bringing with it sold-out tours and stadium shows, several No. 1 songs, and a slew of awards, including the trophy for CMA Entertainer of the Year. He also has a loving wife and two healthy boys at home.

After such a great year, the only thing he wants this Christmas season is a little bit of down time before kicking off a busy 2015. He’s especially looking forward to Christmas morning.

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“With having two young boys, Christmas morning, watching them grow older and starting to understand Christmas and understand the excitement of Christmas, it’s just fun watching them tear into toys and sitting on Santa Claus’ lap at the mall, watching them pick what they want Santa Claus to bring,” he said. “And honestly, teaching them what the real reason for Christmas is and the reason for the season. It’s just great having them around, and certainly, Christmas isn’t anything without kids.”

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Dec 14

Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crow Holiday Duet Inspiration

Darius Rucker

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Darius Rucker found inspiration for his new Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, in a blockbuster film. The project features a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Sheryl Crow, and while most duets are recorded separately, Rucker and Crow recorded the song together in the studio.

“When we got Sheryl to come and do it, and after sitting there with her in the studio right next to each other singing it over and over and laughing and having a great time, I knew it was a great choice,” Rucker said.

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Dec 13

Kenny Chesney Reflects on GRAMMY Nomination

Kenny Chesney: American Kids

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Kenny Chesney’s latest hit, “American Kids,” has earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Song. The track, featured on his new album, The Big Revival, was cowritten by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Rodney Clawson. Chesney knew it was a special tune, but wasn’t prepared for the impact the song would have.

“I knew the second I heard it that I was going to cut ‘American Kids,’” he said. “With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay I’ve ever heard, this song’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard. It feels good. It says something about the heart and the passion people in small towns have — and it makes you smile every time you hear it.

“The fact that the GRAMMY voters heard it, too, that they recognized how truly special and innovative this song is, makes me so proud for Shane, Luke and Rodney,” he continued. “This really is a song that breaks a lot of rules, does things you don’t expect and offers a picture of how it is that isn’t cliché or expected. What a cool thing to have happen to some very talented guys! I’m just glad I got to be the one who cut it.”

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Dec 12

Brett Eldredge Stops By Top 20, Carrie Underwood Remains At No. 1

Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge’s “Mean to Me” comes in at No. 16 on this week’s chart. Photo courtesy of twitter.com/bretteldredge.

It was a jam-packed Top 20 Country Countdown this week! Host Nan Kelley sat down with Brett Eldredge to talk about the big year he has had as one of country’s hottest new stars.

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On the countdown, Carrie Underwood makes it three weeks at No. 1 with her new video, “Something In the Water,” while Blake Shelton, with Ashley Monroe, and Brad Paisley round out the top 3. New videos from Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, Sara Evans, Josh Turner and Toby Keith also debut on the Top 20 Country Countdown.

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also 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 – “Something In the Water”
  2. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  3. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  4. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  5. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  6. Lady Antebellum – “Freestyle”
  7. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  8. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  9. Jake Owen – “What We Ain’t Got”
  10. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
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Dec 12

Luke Bryan Is 2014′s Most Played Artist on TouchTunes

Luke Bryan

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If you were in a venue with a jukebox in 2014, chances are, you heard a Luke Bryan song. According to TouchTunes, the largest in-venue interactive entertainment platform in North America, Bryan was the Top Played Artist in 2014, based on songs played across its network of over 60,000 jukeboxes.

“Since I started my career playing bars across this country, it makes me proud to be TouchTunes’ Top Played Artist this year,” Bryan said. “I hope I can continue to make music that makes people want to have fun.”

AC/DC came in at No. 2 on the list, followed by Eric Church, Jason Aldean and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Kid Rock, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, George Strait, and Metallica round out the top 10.

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