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Dec 20

Lady Antebellum: Real or Fake Christmas Trees?

When Christmastime rolls around, there is just one question to be answered – real tree or fake tree? The members of Lady Antebellum agree that they love a real Christmas tree, but a fake tree is much easier, especially as their trees are up for more than a month.

“I would love to have a real tree, and we used to have it, and I always wondered why I couldn’t breathe,” Charles Kelley said. “Dave and I share, we’re allergic to everything in this world, so we have to have fake trees.”

“Most people can handle the cleanup and the smell, but for me it’s just a little too much maintenance at Christmastime,” Dave Haywood agreed. “I’d rather focus on presents, family, food, so then the tree just pops in the attic for good.”

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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

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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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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Nov 27

Country Stars Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes


Food takes center stage on Thanksgiving, and like us, country stars have their favorite dishes. For Dierks Bentley, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without turkey. For years, turkey duty fell to his father. Now that he has passed on, Bentley has stepped up to the carving plate.

“Thanksgiving is not possible without a turkey,” he said. “My dad’s always been the one to cook and carve it, but in years here recently, I’ve been taking over those duties. Big responsibility.”

Dierks and his family go the traditional route of roasting the turkey in the oven but a few years ago, they decided to drop the bird into a deep fryer. Deep-fried turkey earned the Dierks Bentley stamp of approval, but he’s happy to eat turkey any way it’s served.

“You really can’t cook a turkey wrong,” he said. “I’m gonna eat it any way, and I have over the years. Trust me, I’ve played a lot of county and state fairs, where I’ve seen gigantic turkey legs. I’ve had the flat meat. I’ve done turkey every way you could do it. I’m pretty good any way you want to cook it up, but you’ve got to have a turkey for Thanksgiving.”

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Nov 25

Eric Church, Keith Urban and More Give Thanks

Eric Church

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

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the people and things that matter most. Several of your favorite country stars are sharing what they’re most thankful for this year and their answers have a common theme: family. Eric Church might come across as a tough guy on stage, but he’s a family man at the end of the day, grateful for the people who surround him.

“I’m thankful for my family, my son, my wife and great health,” he said. “From a career standpoint, I’m very thankful for the success we’ve had lately. I’m thankful for what the fans have done. I’m thankful that we’re starting to have some hit songs on the radio. There’s a lot of stuff to be thankful for in that regard.”

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Nov 6

Top 10 Moments of the 2014 CMA Awards

CMA Awards 2014 Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley

The 48th Annual CMA Awards is dubbed as “country music’s biggest night” and this year’s show lived up to the hype, with cross-genre collaborations, first-time winners, a heartfelt acceptance speech from a country legend, and, of course, hilarious co-hosts. In no particular order, here our Top 10 Moments from this year’s CMA Awards:

1. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Hosts Extraordinaire

In their seventh year of co-hosting the CMA Awards, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood once again brought the funny. They opened by acknowledging George Strait’s retirement and the fact that he was in attendance and scheduled to perform, with Paisley saying “I’m pretty sure when someone rides away, they go somewhere.” Underwood piped up, asking “Do you need one of us to give you a ride?” Paisley and Underwood also covered current events, including Underwood’s pregnancy – Paisley revealed it’s a boy! – Ebola, and, of course, Taylor Swift’s departure form country, also known as “Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder.” The pair said country music would simply need to “Shake It Off.”

Luke Bryan CMA Awards 2014

2. Luke Bryan Wins Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks made his triumphant return to the CMA Awards stage to present Entertainer of the Year to Luke Bryan. His first win in the category, Bryan was emotional as he accepted the award. “First of all, I’ve never met Garth,” he said. “Can I hug you again?” After giving Brooks one more hug, he returned to the mic. “I hope I can have enough time to say everything on my mind,” he said. “I have some angels in Heaven. My brother and sister are up there making this night happen for me.” After thanking his family, friends, and the team that supports him, he added, “We’re gonna have a good time tonight.”

Miranda Lamber all about that bass

3. Miranda Lambert and Meghan Trainor’s Delightful Duet

Miranda Lambert teamed up with pop star Meghan Trainor to open the show. The pair performed a memorable, countrified rendition of Trainor’s smash hit “All About That Bass.” Later, Paisley told Trainor she had a place in country music – she just had to wear a pair of cutoffs and change the words to “All About That Bass” to “All About That Bass” – as in a bass fish.

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Nov 5

Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and More Share Best CMA Awards Memories

1984 CMA Award for Best Female Vocalist: REba McEntire

Reba McEntire at the 1984 CMA Awards, after winning her first Best Female Vocalist of the Year award

The CMA Awards are billed as “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Part of that moniker comes from the memorable moments on stage during the show. Country stars attend not only as nominees, but also as fans. The ladies of Little Big Town share their favorite memories from years gone by.

“Seeing Reba win Female Vocalist for the first time, Vince Gill performing for the first time and wondering who he was – voice of an angel,” Karen Fairchild said. “All these great moments of discovery for us, as fans of country music watching that show, and that’s still what it is for so many people.”

“I remember as a kid just really paying so much attention to the audience, those first few rows and who’s on there and who are they sitting with and what did they have on,” Kimberly Schlapman added. “It was so glamorous, so glamorous, especially back then. I don’t know if it comes off nearly as glamorous now, but back then it felt so much bigger than life.” Continue Reading


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Nov 3

Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Brothers Hold Benefit Concert

Kelley Brothers & Friends 2014 Concert Benefit

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Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and his brothers, Josh and John, recently joined together for a charity golf tournament and concert. The tournament took place at Champion’s Retreat in Evans, Ga., outside of Kelley’s hometown of Augusta.

Kelley’s Lady Antebellum bandmates, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, offered their assistance for the event while Jake OwenKip Moore, the Swon Brothers, retired NFL player Sterling Sharpe and golfers Jim Furyk and Kevin Kisnerwere also on hand.

“One of our first shows we’ve ever played was in Augusta at this really small venue,” Scott told “This has been a part of our story all along. We’ve tried to play in Augusta and in the state of Georgia throughout our career.”

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Oct 17

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Remain at No. 1 on Top 20

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Top 20 music video
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood remain at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown again this week with “Somethin’ Bad,” edging out “Neon Light” from Blake Shelton, which moved up to No.2. New videos from Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, and Brett Eldredge make their countdown debuts this week, plus Dustin Lynch fills in as this week’s host!

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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. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  3. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  4. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  5. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
  6. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  7. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  8. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  9. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
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Oct 11

Country Stars Featured on The Best of Me Soundtrack

Lady Antebellum Contributed to The Best of Me Movie Soundtrack

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A number of country stars are featured on the soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me. The soundtrack includes new, original music from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Kacey Musgraves, Colbie Caillat, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Thompson Square, Thomas Rhett, Phoebe Hoffman and newcomers SHEL and Gareth Dunlop. The soundtrack hits stores October 9, ahead of the film’s October 17 release.

Lady Antebellum’s “I Did With You,” which will play during the movie’s credits, was cowritten by the band along with Monty Powell. Based on the movie’s premises, they penned the songs with specific scenes in mind.

“All the women and their husbands or families that come to see the movie are going to be really thinking about what they just watched,” Hillary Scott said. “It’s like we wanted to put specific things in the song, in the lyrics, that will make you go back straight to that scene in your head that you just watched. There’s one line in the first verse of the song about ‘dancing in the headlights.’ You see them do that in the movie and all these different lines that we were really purposeful with, wanting them to relive that in their head.” Continue Reading


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Oct 10

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Top Top 20 Again

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert Perform for Fans

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood continue their No. 1 streak, topping the charts with “Somethin’ Bad” yet again this week on Top 20 Country Countdown. Scotty McCreery comes in at No. 2 with “Feelin’ It,” while Blake Shelton, who had a big debut last week with “Neon Light,” moves up two spots into the No. 3 position. Plus, Brantley Gilbert’s “Small Town Throwdown” featuring Thomas Rhett and Justin Mooremakes it countdown debut this week.

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In addition to counting down this week’s Top 20 music videos chosen by you, host Nan Kelley also sat down with hot country duo Florida Georgia Line. The pair were in the studio to talk about their new album, Anything Goes, which hits stores October 14, and their latest hit single, “Dirt.”

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. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  6. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  7. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  8. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  9. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  10. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song” Continue Reading


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