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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Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney Cherishes His New Year’s Eve Vacations with Wife, Tiffany

Image Courtesy CMAJoe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts always goes away for a little vacation with his wife, Tiffany, to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The trip offers the couple a much-needed chance to reconnect without the stress of work and kids.

“It’s important, I think, for a couple to find the time to spend together when they can,” Joe Don explains, “especially in this crazy business when you travel so much, you’re gone so much.”

Joe Don expects they’ll bring the kids along on these New Year’s trips once they get older. For now, Joe and Tiffany are looking forward to getting some alone time this week.

He says, “It’s somethin’ I definitely love to do, is be with my wife and love all over her into the New Year.”

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Justin Moore Explains Why He Doesn’t Play New Year’s Eve Shows

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore would make an ideal headliner on New Year’s Eve with his high-energy live show. So, why doesn’t he go cash in and perform a big show on December 31?

“It’s because I like being home with the girls,” Justin explains. “You know, especially now having three [daughters]. We kind of reserve that time for just our time.”

Being home over the holidays is one of the perks of Justin’s success on the road.

He says, “We haven’t played [in] a while on New Year’s. It’s been a long time. It’s been probably back in the bar days since we played New Year’s.”

Justin returns to the road January 15 opening for Miranda Lambert in Evansville, Indiana.

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The Year in Country 2014 — Carrie Underwood Prepares for Motherhood

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood nearly broke the Internet with her pregnancy announcement via Twitter, which was appropriately made on Labor Day. She posted a photograph of herself with her dogs, Ace and Penny, wearing “I’m going to be a big brother” and “I’m going to be a big sister” shirts. Carrie kept news of the baby’s sex a secret until the CMA Awards, where she let her co-host Brad Paisley reveal she’s having a boy.

Carrie continued her hot streak on country radio with the Miranda Lambert duet, “Something Bad.” She scored a hit toward the end of the year with “Something in the Water,” the lead single from her first-ever compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, released in December. The album marks the 10th anniversary of Carrie’s American Idol audition in 2004. She went on to win the Idol crown in 2005.

Carrie made several high-profile concert appearances in 2014, including the Global Citizens Festival in Manhattan along with Beyoncé, Jay Z, Sting, No Doubt, and Alicia Keys. She also performed at World AIDS Day in New York City on December 1 on a bill with Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, and Coldplay‘s Chris Martin. All members of U2 were there too, except for Bono, who was recovering from injuries he suffered in a bike accident.

Carrie capped off the year by announcing her new line of women’s active wear, CALIA by Carrie Underwood, coming to Dick’s Sporting Goods in March 2015.

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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Place Second on Most Desirable Celebrity Neighbors Survey

Image Courtesy CMAYou might see a real estate boom in Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton‘s hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma in the next year. The country couple came in second only to Jimmy Fallon on real estate site Zillow’s eighth annual Celebrity Neighbor Survey.

Blake and Miranda got nine percent of the votes next to Jimmy’s 10 percent. Breaking it down by sex, 12 percent of women surveyed wanted to go live next door to Blake and Miranda, while only six percent of men chose the couple.

Justin Bieber easily won Worst Neighbor honors, with 34 percent of the vote. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got 22 percent on the Worst Neighbor survey for a second-place finish.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockEric Church named his sophomore album Carolina. What is the name of Eric’s hometown in North Carolina? ANSWER: Granite Falls.

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