Kenny Chesney Scores Big Debut Chart Debut with Latest Album, “The Big Revival”

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney scores his 13th #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with his latest offering, The Big Revival. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the project sold 130,000 for a #2 arrival on the overall Billboard 200 chart just behind Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s new album, Cheek to Cheek. The Big Revival is Kenny’s 12th top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Look for Kenny to continue promoting The Big Revival with his Live from the Flora-Bama concert special premiering November 14 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Lady Antebellum Surprises 9-Year-Old Girl in NYC as Part of 7FOR7 Campaign

Jim Wright/Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum surprised a nine-year-old New Jersey girl Wednesday as part of the band’s ongoing 7FOR7 campaign.

The members of Lady A surprised Kate Koval inside the American Girl Store in New York City, and presented her with her own special doll. The trio also informed Kate that she will receive a year’s worth of groceries, with the help of Crock-Pot Slow Cookers, and a trip to Walt Disney World.

Kate was taken in by her grandparents as a baby after her parents died. She was later adopted by her aunt after the death of her grandmother. Soon afterward, she and her aunt lost their home during Superstorm Sandy.

Lady A’s 7FOR7 campaign will surprise a total of seven people with seven fulfilled wishes in celebration of their new album, 747.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney appears on CBS’s The Talk Thursday.

Look for Big & Rich to perform on The Queen Latifah Show Thursday.

Here’s a random joke from Jake Owen via Twitter: “Why did the Banana go to the Doctor? He wasn’t peeling well.”

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“Nashville” Recap: “How Far Down Can I Go”

Image Courtesy ABCThe drama continued on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night as Rayna Jaymes reluctantly gave up details on her engagement to fellow country superstar Luke Wheeler during an appearance on Good Morning America. Real-life country star Luke Bryan even appeared as himself on Good Morning America within Nashville to congratulate Rayna on her engagement. Luke also admitted he had ring envy over the huge rock Wheeler gave Rayna for their engagement.

Back at home, Deacon Claybourne admitted to his and Rayna’s daughter, Maddie, that Rayna had turned down his wedding proposal. Deacon was surprised to learn Luke Wheeler still wanted him as an opening act after their altercation over Rayna in last week’s episode. This development means Deacon and Rayna will be both be leaving Maddie behind to go on tour.

Layla Grant vowed to make her closeted gay husband Will Lexington‘s life a living hell if he didn’t take her out on the road with him. Layla is forced to play the part of a happy newlywed on their new reality show, so she’s using Will’s secret as leverage against him to launch her own music career.

 Juliette Barnes went in to end her pregnancy thinking the child was a result of her tryst with underhanded record label president, Jeff Fordham, four weeks ago. When the doctor told her she was actually eight weeks along, she realized her ex-boyfriend, Avery Barkley, is the baby’s father. Of course, Avery and Juliette aren’t speaking right now since he found out she cheated with Jeff. Also, Juliette will have to hide her pregnancy if she gets the role of Patsy Cline in a new biopic.

Old loves Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott ended up writing a song together at his new studio in East Nashville. Their chemistry is still undeniable, but Gunnar’s girlfriend, Zoey, is growing suspicious of the time they’re spending together.  Scarlett told Gunnar she didn’t even want credit on the new song they’d written, “When You Open Your Eyes.”

Sam Palladio plays Gunnar on Nashville, and he thinks we’ll see a lot more interaction between Scarlett and Gunnar in the coming weeks.

Sam tells ABC News Radio, “The two of them, Scarlett and Gunnar, have always had this chemistry — musical chemistry, romantic chemistry — a lot of different chemistry. A lot of different chemistries. And that’s something that’s really hard to shake off for the two of them.”

Popular demand from viewers is another big factor in keeping Scarlett and Gunnar’s attraction alive.

“That was one thing that the fans love as well, are the Scarlett and Gunnar duets,” Sam explains. “And I love them. I love singing them, and we have some fantastic writers that compose these haunting songs.”

“When You Open Your Eyes” is now available for download at iTunes. Nashville returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.

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Maddie & Tae Want Women to Step Out of Playing Supporting Roles in Country Songs

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsCountry radio is filled with men singing the praises of the women in their lives these days, but we have no idea what those women are doing when they’re not dancing on tailgates, wearing short-shorts or opening a beer for their man. New duo Maddie & Tae have made a splash turning that supporting female role on its head with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song.”

Though the two 19-year-olds are stunningly beautiful, Maddie and Tae think it’s important for country fans to acknowledge women as three-dimensional human beings with brains and hearts.

Maddie Marlow tells ABC News Radio, “Tae and I don’t want to be that perfect Barbie doll girl, ’cause we’re not. You know, some days our hair looks a hot mess or sometimes your makeup is crazy. And both of us, we’re fairly short, so we don’t have the long, beautiful, tan legs.”

As they worked to land a record deal in Nashville, the duo grew tired of hearing an endless stream of male acts on country radio singing about the same prototype woman.

“We were like, ‘Man, I would hate to be that girl in the country songs, because all you have to wear is cutoff jeans; you have to have long, tan legs; and you have to dance on tailgates,'” Maddie says. “All you do is play a part and look beautiful. That’s all you get to do. You don’t get to talk. You don’t get to have a personality. Nothing.”

Instead of just getting upset about it, they wrote “Girl in a Country Song” with their co-writer Aaron Scherz. He has a four-year-old daughter and is concerned about how she’ll see herself portrayed in country songs, too.

Tae Dye explains, “He was like, ‘Well, this is perfect, because I don’t want her growing up thinking she has to look a certain way or do certain things to be beautiful.’ So, we all pulled from our own experiences.”

As you can see from the video for “Girl in a Country Song,” Maddie & Tae are having fun poking holes in that country stereotype. The single is now available for download at all digital outlets.

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Rascal Flatts Flipping the Switch for Annual Opry Goes Pink Show Later This Month

Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloRascal Flatts will flip the switch turning the Grand Ole Opry’s famous red barn backdrop pink later this month for the show’s annual Opry Goes Pink event. Danielle Bradbery, Montgomery Gentry, Sara Evans and Nashville star Will Chase are also on the bill for the show set for Tuesday, October 28. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Women Rock for the Cure to aid in its fight against breast cancer. Tickets are available at

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Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and Wife, Tiffany Fallon, Welcome Their Third Child

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsCongratulations to Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney and his wife, Tiffany Fallon, on the arrival of their third child. The baby girl is named Devon Olivia, and she came into the world Monday night in Nashville weighing six pounds, 11 ounces. She joins the couple’s older children, six-year-old Jagger and four-year-old Raquel.

“We are so thrilled to finally become a party of five,” Joe Don tells People. “Jagger and Raquel are so happy to be her big brother & big sister.”

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Jason Aldean’s New Album, “Old Boots, New Dirt,” Now Streaming Online Prior to Next Week’s Release

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsFans curious to check out Jason Aldean‘s new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, can now stream the whole thing before it comes out next week. The project is now live at and on the CMT Artists app.

Jason has already released a few songs from Old Boots, New Dirt on iTunes, including his latest hit, “Burnin’ It Down.”  That song recently hit the platinum sales and streaming mark faster than any other country single released this year.

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Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel Headlining This Year’s CMA Country Christmas Special

Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, and Dan + Shay are all on the bill for this year’s CMA Country Christmas special taping November 7 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Jennifer Nettles returns as host of the two-hour program, airing this holiday season on ABC.

Broadway and film star Idina Menzel will also appear on the CMA Country Christmas special, along with LeAnn Rimes and gospel star Michael W. Smith. Tickets for the show are now on sale at

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Blake Shelton Explains Why He Plants 10 Acres of Watermelon Every Year

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton plants about 10 acres of watermelon on his Oklahoma property every year, but you won’t find him eating any of them. In fact, Blake hates watermelon.

He tells People, “I don’t know why I do it. It’s random and it’s weird. My step-dad likes them, but Miranda doesn’t even really care for them that much.”

If Blake’s step-dad wants any watermelon, he’ll have to be quick about harvesting them.

Says Blake, “Normally, it never makes it to the point where they even get eaten because deer eat them so fast.”

On the music front, Blake’s new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, is out this week featuring his latest hit, “Neon Light.”

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