Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThe Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry won CMA Song of the Year for writing which one of the band’s hits? ANSWER: “If I Die Young.”

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Brantley Gilbert Proud to Represent Country on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is performing on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest Wednesday night. It’s his first performance ever on a multi-genre show, and he’s looking forward to seeing how it all works out.

Brantley tells ABC News Radio, “I’m really excited to see the performances and the interaction between people in other genres as opposed to country, you know, ’cause we’re a really close family. I’m just excited about the whole night. I think it’s gonna be a great experience.”

This isn’t Brantley’s first time performing on New Year’s Eve, though. He’s played a big hometown show in Georgia to ring in New Year’s past. Thanks to his fiancée, Amber, this New Year’s Eve could be Brantley’s best yet.

“I’m gonna go ahead and set the bar high just for a million different reasons,” Brantley says of his New Year’s Eve expectations. “You know, I want a shootin’ star. If I got a choice, and I can make sure this year is the best, I’m gonna make this one the best.”

Look for Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Elton John, One Direction and many more stars to perform on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks will appear during all four hours of NBC’s Today on Thursday, January 8.

Cole Swindell is headlining a New Year’s Eve show at Wild Bill’s near Atlanta, Georgia Wednesday night with special guest Kelleigh Bannen.

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Luke Bryan Spending New Year’s Eve with His Birthday Girl, Wife Caroline

Image Courtesy CMAAs Luke Bryan closes the door on his most successful year ever, he’s focusing in just one thing — his beautiful wife, Caroline.

Luke tells ABC News Radio, “My wife’s birthday is always New Year’s Eve. So, I always forgo work to celebrate her birthday.”

Luke and Carolina tied the knot in 2006. They have two young sons named Bo and Tate. Caroline makes an appearance in Luke’ s video for “Crash My Party,” which has racked up more than 24 million views on YouTube.

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Keith Urban Had a “Life-Changing” 2014 Thanks to His Hit Album, “Fuse”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s latest album, Fuse, has produced multiple #1 hits and helped him secure a CMA Entertainer of the Year nomination in 2014. More than a decade into his career, Keith says this latest project has been “life-changing.”

Urban tells ET Canada, “As an artist, you know, you’re always wondering what people are going to make of your music. But I made the record that I had in my head and I was very happy with that…But this one’s done amazing things.”

Before Keith release Fuse to the public, he ran every note by his wife, Nicole Kidman.

“Nic’s always the first person I play everything to and I want to get her reaction,” Keith explains. “Particularly because she’s not a musician…professionally speaking…. she loves music! So, her reaction to something is really important to me.”

Keith returns to his American Idol judging duties when the show’s 14th season premieres January 7 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

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Luke Bryan Has the Top Country Tour of 2014

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleTouring publication Pollstar has released their list of 2014’s top 20 tours, and three country stars made the list.

Luke Bryan had the biggest country tour bringing in $62.8 million for a #17 finish. George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Away tour is next at #18, with $61.8 million coming in this year. Jason Aldean closed out the list at #20, with $52.5 million.

Pop boy band One Direction tops the list with a staggering $282.2 million gross for the year. They sold more than 3.4 million tickets in 2014.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Rascal Flatts‘ duet partner on the hit single “Easy?” ANSWER: Natasha Bedingfield.

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Carrie Underwood Ranked Among Best-Mannered Celebrities of the Past 25 Years

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood is always kind to her fans, and now she’s getting formal recognition for those good manners.

The National League of Junior Cotillions releases their list of the Best-Mannered Celebrities at the end of each year. Now, in celebration of the organization’s 25th anniversary, it’s announced the 25 Best-Mannered People of the Past 25 Years, and Carrie Underwood is placed at #13 — just behind Mother Theresa and Tom Hanks.

Jimmy Fallon tops the countdown for his courteous nature hosting NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey and Peyton Manning are among the other celebrities listed.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMaddie & Tae will open for Lee Brice at his headlining show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium coming up February 24, 2015.

Craig Morgan was once a deputy in the Dickson County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Department, and he put the uniform back on to pull over drivers in the area and surprise them with $100 gift cards in the days leading up to Christmas. A video of Craig’s experience is now on YouTube.

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Thomas Rhett Resolves to Literally Stretch Himself in 2015

Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett is looking to literally stretch himself in 2015. Since he and wife, Lauren, did a good job of working out and eating right in 2014, Thomas is resolving to expand his workout routine in the New Year.

He says, “I would say that my New Year’s resolution would be to stretch more. To maybe do a little bit more diverse workouts, such as yoga, maybe hot yoga, maybe a sweathouse kinda thing.”

Thomas expects to get some spiritual benefits from his yoga practice on top of achieving a more lean and limber physique.

On the music front, Thomas expects to release a brand-new album in 2015 with the first single coming soon after his latest hit, “Make Me Wanna,” finishes its run towards the top of the country chart.

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