Sam Hunt Scores #1 Country Album with Debut Project, “Montevallo”

Image Courtesy Universal Music GroupSam Hunt‘s debut album, Montevallo, lands at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with sales of 70,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The project bows at #3 on the overall Billboard 200 albums chart.

Montevallo includes Sam’s debut hit, “Leave the Night On.”


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Brett Eldredge Imagines What He’ll Feel When His CMA Awards Category Comes Up Tonight

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge doesn’t expect to be a nervous wreck when his name is called as a nominee for New Artist of the Year at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards.

Imagining himself in that moment, Brett says, “It’s like, at this point, whatever happens happens. Everybody has worked really hard to get to that point, and I know that everybody that I’m sitting next to have all fought and had sleepless nights.”

He adds, “We’ve all been in this fight together.”

Brett would love to share a New Artist of the Year win with his fans, family and all the other people who have supported his dreams of country stardom. His parents and brother will be in the audience, too.

Look for Brett to also present a trophy on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC.


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Miranda Lambert’s Partnership with Ram Trucks Kicking Off with MuttNation Foundation Auction

Image Courtesy Becky FlukeMiranda Lambert has begun a partnership with Ram Trucks, starting with the auction of a customized Laramie Longhorn truck to benefit Miranda’s MuttNation Foundation. The bidding is now underway through November 15 at eBay.com/RamMuttNation.

“I have lived my entire life surrounded by trucks even to this day,” Miranda says. “I have also written songs that mention trucks, so I am so happy to be partnering with Ram. And I’m thankful for their generosity in allowing me to auction off a Ram Laramie Longhorn for MuttNation Foundation. It’s a cause so close to my heart!”

You can also bid on Miranda concert tickets and autographed guitars on eBay. Miranda’s partnership with Ram Trucks will continue into 2015.


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Faith Hill Returning to the Movies in Indie Crime Drama, “Dixieland”

Image Courtesy Ida Mae Astute/ABCFaith Hill is returning to the big screen after a decade away in a new independent crime drama, titled Dixieland.

According to Deadline, Faith plays the mother of a young man released from prison in Mississippi. He moves back in with his mom and falls for the troubled girl next year. Magic Mike star Riley Keough and The LefotversChris Zylka have the lead roles.

Faith made her last film appearance in 2004′s Stepford Wives with Nicole Kidman.


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Garth Brooks Announces Tour Dates in Tulsa, OK

Image Courtesy Pearl Records/SonyGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Tulsa, OK January 15, 16 and 17. It’s the first time he’s performed there in more than 17 years. Trisha Yearwood is also on the bill.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 14 through Ticketmaster.


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Eric Church’s Gamble on “The Outsiders” Paid Off with Multiple CMA Awards Nominations

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church won CMA Album of the Year for his last project, Chief, and now he’s in that category again this year with The Outsiders. Since he intentionally tried to defy everyone’s expectations while making The Outsiders, Eric wasn’t sure how the new music would go over once he put it out.

“I think that was kinda what we were trying do with this album is try and creatively to go somewhere that people didn’t expect us to go and maybe we didn’t expect us to go,” Eric explains.

Eric’s gamble paid off with The Outsiders becoming one of 2014′s top-selling country albums. The hit single from the project, “Give Me Back My Hometown” is up for Single and Song of the Year at the CMA Awards as well.

Eric says of The Outsiders‘ success, “It’s really cool. I wasn’t sure when we finished it if it was commercial at all. So, to have some commercial success with it and to get a nomination is really cool.”

Look for Eric to perform with George Strait on the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkatockWhich duo hosted the CMA Awards before Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley took over in 2008? ANSWER: Brooks & Dunn.


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Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley Pick Up Early CMA Awards Wins

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are early winners at the 48th Annual CMA Awards.

Keith and Miranda’s duet on “We Were Us” took the Musical Event of the Year category, and Dierks’ “Drunk on a Plane” won for Video of the Year. The announcement came Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America as Keith performed in the rain for a crowd outside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night at 8:00 ET on ABC.


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Carrie Underwood Debuting “Something in the Water” Video Wednesday Night

19 Recordings Limited/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood fans will have a lot to look forward to on Wednesday night. Not only will she co-host the CMA Awards alongside Brad Paisley, she’ll also premiere the video for her new song, “Something in the Water.”

The clip will debut on her official Twitter account, @CarrieUnderwood, after her performance of “Something in the Water” at the CMA Awards is broadcast in the Eastern and Central Time Zones.

“Something in the Water” is included on Carrie’s upcoming release, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, out December 9.

ABC will air the 48th CMA Awards at 8 p.m. Eastern time.


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Star-Packed CMA Awards Airing Live Tonight on ABC

Image Courtesy CMAMiranda Lambert leads this year’s CMA Awards nominees with nine nods, including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Platinum. Miranda matches the record she set in 2010 for the most nominations of any female artist in CMA history. Alan Jackson holds the record with 10 nods back in 2002.

Miranda will perform twice on Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, including a collaboration with Meghan Trainor on the pop smash, “All About That Bass.” Look for Miranda to team up with Little Big Town to sing her new single, “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” too.

Little Big Town is also collaborating with pop star Ariana Grande, and The Doobie Brothers will take the stage with Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles and Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott to celebrate the release of their new country project, Southbound. George Strait and Eric Church are teaming up for a duet. Five-time nominee Dierks Bentley promises a big performance of “Drunk on a Plane,” and Luke Bryan is set to sing “Roller Coaster.”

Blake Shelton will welcome Ashley Monroe for his performance, and the show’s co-hosts, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, will perform their respective new singles, too.

Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Kacey Musgraves  and Lady Antebellum round out the CMA Awards performers lineup.

Presenters on this year’s show include, Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay, Brandy Clark and supermodel Lilly Aldridge.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcasts live Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC.

Here’s the list of this year’s nominees:
Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

Album of the Year
Crash My Party, Luke Bryan
Fuse, Keith Urban
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Swon Brothers
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Brett Eldredge
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell

Single of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Mine Would Be You,” Blake Shelton

Song of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
“I Hold On,” Dierks Bentley

Music Video of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Bartender,” Lady Antebellum
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Somethin’ Bad,” Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert

Musical Event of the Year
Bakersfield, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
“We Were Us,” Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
“You Can’t Make Old Friends,” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush
Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Mac McAnally


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