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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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Oct 10

Growing Up Gator to Premiere on Great American Country

Growing Up Gator Premiere

Rescuing wandering alligators is a dirty, difficult job, but somebody’s gotta do it. Why not three twentysomething girls from Christmas, Florida? Great American Country’s new series Growing Up Gator follows Britney, Kasey and Chelsea Brooks as they balance life as third-generation alligator rescuers and young adults with busy social lives.

Tune in for the series premiere on Friday, Oct. 24 at 10/9c!

Watch a Sneak Peek of Growing Up Gator Here »

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Oct 10

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Ultimate BBQ Nachos

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Ultimate BBQ Nachos

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This time of year my life revolves around football. Every single person in my life plans his and her weekend around watch parties and tailgates, so I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite watch-party recipes. This is not an everyday pile of nachos. In fact, these are actually “potachos,” if you really want to get into it. This is eveyone’s top pick for a BBQ dinner platter piled onto a stack of crispy potato chips. I’m telling you, you’re going to freak. Try them out this weekend when my Oklahoma Sooners take on our rival Texas Longhorns, or my Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Cleveland Browns and I assure you, regardless of the score, everyone will be a super fan of these Ultimate BBQ Nachos. Continue Reading


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Oct 9

Scotty McCreery’s Special 21st Birthday Request

Scotty McCreery

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Happy Birthday to Scotty McCreery! The singer asked fans to help him celebrate his 21st birthday by making a donation to the 12.14 Foundation. The non-profit organization plans to build a multipurpose performing arts and education center for the residents of Newtown, Connecticut, site of the tragic 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. McCreery serves as a National Goodwill Ambassador for the 12.14 Foundation and has made multiple visits to Newtown to meet with families impacted by the tragedy.

“I’ve got such wonderful, generous fans, and they have been e-mailing my fan club asking what they could send me to celebrate my birthday,” he said.  “They’ve already given me far more than I could ever have imagined by letting me live out my dreams, so I would like to encourage the fans to donate to the 12.14 Foundation. Together we can support a great organization doing positive things in a town that is still recovering. Let’s help them reach their goal of building a state-of-the art performing arts and education center. That would be the best birthday gift I could receive.”  Continue Reading


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Oct 9

Florida Georgia Line Announces Anything Goes Tour

Florida Georgia Line

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Florida Georgia Line will kick off 2015 with a headlining tour. The duo announced the first leg of their Anything Goes Tour, which kicks off on January 15 in Toledo, Ohio. Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard will join Florida Georgia Line as special guests.

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The tour is in support of the band’s new album, Anything Goes, which hits stores on October 14. “We’re really excited about what we’ve learned on this journey and can’t wait to give our fans new music they can crank up just as loud as the tunes they sing back to us every night,” Tyler Hubbard said. “‘Anything Goes’ is a natural progression of where we’re at and what we’ve learned getting here.”

Anything Goes will feature the band’s hit single “Dirt.” For tour dates and ticket information, visit Watch Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” music video »


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Oct 9

Chasin’ Crazy Debuts New Series on Great American Country

Chasin' Crazy Band

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The hot new band Chasin’ Crazy is turning heads and Great American Country is going along for the ride. The series premieres Saturday, October 11 with back-to-back episodes starting at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The show follows the band – comprised of roommates Landon Parker, Travis Fincher, Jimmy James Hunter, Creigh Riepe and Forest Miller – from their home in Nashville to performances on the road.

“Everyone involved with the show was so supportive, passionate and professional,” the band said. “They made filming not only fun, but a crazy, memorable experience for us.  We never thought in a million years that we’d be able to combine what we love to do – make music – with our own television show, but now that we are, we can’t wait for our fans to see it!”

Sneak Peek:

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The band first took shape in 2012 when Hunter and Miller met in Nashville. That meeting led the pair to Fincher. 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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Oct 7

Tim McGraw’s Daughters Could Follow in His Footsteps

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s three daughters seem to have their famous parents’ talent genes. While McGraw says all three girls are good singers, their youngest, Audrey, recently wowed him by asking to take the stage during a pre-show acoustic set in Rogers, Arkansas, to perform for the crowd.

“I was pretty awestruck that she decided to actually go through with it ‘cause she’s really never done anything like that before,” McGraw said. “And for her to follow through, I thought she’d back out at the last minute and not do it.” Continue Reading


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Oct 6

Shania Twain Opens “Shania Kids Can Clubhouse”

Shania Twain Opens Kids Clubhouse

Shania Twain has a lot going on. Professionally, she has a new album and tour in the works. But outside of her career, she has launched the Shania Kids Can Clubhouse in her native Ontario, Canada. The program will provide $100,000 a year for four years to the Sir Winston Churchill Public School in Brampton, Ontario, for enrichment programs for at-risk students.

“I used to feel insecure and inadequate because I wasn’t prepared for the school day — maybe I didn’t have money to participate in a field trip, or sometimes I didn’t have the right clothing — so I’d love to eliminate that experience for any child,” she told Toronto Star. “I did not look forward to primary school, maybe because I sometimes was wearing rubber boots in winter and I was cold, or my mother didn’t have enough money for groceries and I didn’t have lunch — I was often hungry all day.” Continue Reading


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