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Apr 20

Miranda and Luke Win Big at ACM Awards

50th Annual ACM Awards

Everything is bigger in Texas, so the Academy of Country Music headed to the Lone Star State to celebrate the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The evening kicked off with Keith Urban and Eric Church taking the stage to perform Church’s “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” and the pair’s current duet, “Raise ‘Em Up.” Continue Reading

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Mar 20

Blake Shelton Moves Into No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton, Ashley Monroe

Everything is new on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe return to No. 1, knocking Carrie Underwood down to No. 2 with “Little Toy Guns.” Besides a new number one, there are also a number of brand-new videos on this week’s countdown, including the latest clips from The Swon Brothers, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton and Eric Paslay.

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  3. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  4. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”
  5. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  6. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class”
  7. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started”
  8. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  9. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  10. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You” Continue Reading

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Feb 23

7 Celebrity Outdoorsmen and Women

“Outdoorsy” probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of most celebrities. Between recording albums, starring in films and strutting down the red carpet in designer clothes, it seems like their lives are nothing but glitz and glamour. But even the biggest stars like to leave the bright lights of Hollywood every once in a while for a good outdoor adventure. With the help of Outdoor Life magazine, we’ve rounded up a list of celebrities who love to hunt and fish.

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It probably comes as no surprise that this country boy is also an avid outdoorsman. Bryan told Wonders of Wildlife that his outdoor hobbies make him “more relatable to [his] fans.” Remember the song “Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin’ Bullets?” It turns out he meant it.

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Dec 15

Luke Bryan Shares Christmas Memories, Traditions

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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 12

Luke Bryan Is 2014′s Most Played Artist on TouchTunes

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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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Nov 10

Luke Bryan Reflects on Winning CMA Entertainer of the Year

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Luke Bryan wins Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 CMA Awards.

Luke Bryan won his first-ever CMA Award last week, and it just so happened to be a big one – Entertainer of the Year. He received the award from four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks, whom Bryan thanked for paving the way for artists like himself  to follow their dreams – after he asked Brooks for another hug.

“The fact that I had never met Garth, and Garth handed me the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award, y’all, that is just like, that is just crazy to me,” Bryan said. “You know, as a kid, he was somebody that when you saw how he put on a show, it was undeniable, just put on a show like Garth. I don’t know, just a lot of work, a lot of beautiful, amazing people getting me here right now.”

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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.”

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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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Oct 29

Luke Bryan and David Nail Know “Good” Halloween Candy

Luke Bryan at CMA Awards and David Nail at ACM Honors

Luke Bryan photo courtesy of CMA; David Nail photo courtesy of ACM.

If you happen to live in Luke Bryan’s neighborhood, be prepared to hand out the “good candy” when he brings his two boys to your door to trick-or-treat. He uses the opportunity to take sons Bo and Tate door-to-door to learn more about his neighbors.

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“We’re looking forward to trick-or-treating, and doing it in our neighborhood,” he said. “You can find out a lot about your neighbors by what kind of candy they put out. “Like full bars of Snickers bars and Reese’s cups. But the old chocolate popcorn ball of stuff, that’s no good either, like Dots – you get Dots one time of year and they pull your teeth.” Continue Reading

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Oct 8

Luke Bryan Reaches No. 1 with “Roller Coaster”

Luke Bryan's 2014 Farm Tour

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Luke Bryan has topped the charts once more. His latest single, “Roller Coaster,” reached No. 1 on both the Country Aircheck and Billboard Country singles chart this week. This marks the fifth No. 1 from Bryan’s most recent album, Crash My Party.

“‘Roller coaster’ is what I feel like is just … a masterpiece from front to back,” Bryan said of the song. “Man it’s powerful! The second I heard it, I knew I was going to cut it. I drove right over to my producer’s house, I said, ‘This is one for the album.’” Continue Reading

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