Maddie & Tae Is the First Female Duo in Eight Years to Score a Debut #1 Hit

Image Courtesy Kevin White/DotMaddie & Tae is the first female duo in eight years to score a #1 hit with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song.” The track hit the top of the country chart this week, and the girls couldn’t stop screaming when they got the good news.

Tae Dye says, “It humbles us even more to know this is something people wanted to hear. We didn’t want to get our hopes up when our incredible team told us it looked good for the #1 spot because we just got here.”

The video for “Girl in a Country Song” has racked up more than 14 million views on Vevo as well.

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Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” Is a Big Seller at iTunes This Year

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleEric Church‘s The Outsiders is the best-selling country album at iTunes for 2014. It’s at #9 on the overall tally followed by Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party at #12 and Jason Aldean‘s Old Boots, New Dirt at #14. The Frozen soundtrack topped the tally.

Little Big Town‘s Pain Killer is the iTunes staff’s pick for Best Country Album of 2014.

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Florida Georgia Line Encourages Fans to Give a Dollar to a Worthy Cause This Holiday Season

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are encouraging their fans to give $1 to their church’s Dollar Club this holiday season. The campaign was founded in January through Cross Point Church in Music City to raise money for organizations helping those in need around Nashville. So far, Dollar Club has funded a new roof for a church, a playground for underprivileged children, and physical therapy for a boy learning to walk again.

Brian says, “The Dollar Club is one of our favorite ways we get to see all of these moments come to life. We love how giving just one dollar can make a difference in someone’s life.”

For more information on The Dollar Club, go to or Florida Georgia Line’s Facebook page.

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Jason Aldean Lands First Platinum Country Album of 2014 with “Old Boots, New Dirt”

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsCongratulations to Jason Aldean for scoring the first platinum country album of 2014 with his latest offering, Old Boots, New Dirt. The album came out just eight weeks ago and topped the Billboard 200 chart with more than 280,000 copies sold in the first week.

“We put so much time and passion into choosing the best songs for this album, and this brings a lot of hard work full circle for me,” Jason says. “It’s like Christmas came early! I couldn’t do it without the best country music fans in the world.”

Jason is climbing the country charts with the latest single from Old Boots, New Dirt, titled “Just Getting’ Started.”

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Miranda Lambert Opens Up on Marriage, Weight Loss in “Marie Claire”; Reacts to Grammy Nominations

Image Courtesy Boe Marion/Marie ClaireMiranda Lambert graces the cover of Marie Claire’s January issue, and she opens up about a lot — including her marriage to Blake Shelton – in the cover story. His sunny disposition balances her darker personality.

Miranda says, “I’m not sunshine and roses. Blake’s the happiest person on the planet. He pulls me out of my darkness … Literally, everything is the best about being married.”

Miranda has learned to lighten up in the last few years when it comes to the details of her career. “I’m always anxious,” Miranda admits.  “I will worry myself into oblivion. I was trying to make everything regimented, and it caused too much stress. I learned everything doesn’t have to be perfect.”

She also opens up about her 20-pound weight loss, saying she feels better being onstage when she’s not jiggling everywhere. Still, Miranda did appreciate paparazzi circulating a picture of her in a bikini on the beach in Hawaii a few weeks back.

She explains, “I’m just like anybody else, insecure and scared of looking bad or being criticized. But everybody’s making this big, giant thing about it. It’s way too much focus on women’s bikini photos, and I hate it. Why do we care? I want women to love themselves whatever they’ve got going on.”

Read more with Miranda when her Marie Claire issue hits stands December 16.

The Miranda cover story comes on the heels of her four Grammy nominations, which were announced Friday. She’s up for Best Country Album for Platinum, Best Country Performance and Best Country Song for “Automatic,” and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Somethin’ Bad,” with Carrie Underwood.

Miranda says, “Getting recognized by the music industry as a whole is so humbling and much appreciated by not only me, but the amazing team of people that make my world turn.”  She adds, “Congrats to all my fellow musicians and artists who are nominated. See y’all at the Grammys!!!”

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live on CBS February 8.

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Ashley Monroe Loved Her New Duet with Blake Shelton, “Lonely Tonight,” on First Listen

Image Courtesy CMAAshley Monroe teamed up with Blake Shelton for a duet on her last album, Like a Rose, and now she’s returning the favor by singing on his latest single, “Lonely Tonight.” Of course, Ashley has recorded with Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, as a member of Pistol Annies, but Blake didn’t just assume Ashley would say yes to the duet.

“He goes, ‘If you don’t love it, you can’t sing it,’” Ashley says of Blake’s duet pitch. “And I go, ‘Send it to me right now!’ I was thinking, ‘Please let me love it.’ But I did, instantly.”

Ashley feels like everyone can relate to the longing for an old love she and Blake sing about in the song.

She adds, “I couldn’t be more honored to do it.”

As for her own music, Ashley plans to release a new album in spring 2015. She’s been working with Vince Gill on the project.

Says Ashley, “I wrote all of ‘em again. Me and Miranda wrote one. I’ve got a bunch of friends I’ve collaborated with on, so I’m really, really proud of it as well.”

Look for Ashley and Blake to perform “Lonely Tonight” on NBC’s The Voice on Monday and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! later in the week.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich rapper joined Florida Georgia Line on the “Cruise (Remix)”? ANSWER: Nelly.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood appears on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday.

Garth Brooks‘ World Tour has sold more than one million tickets since he launched it in Chicago in September.

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Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Leaving the Wedding Details to His Fiancée, Hayley

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleWedding bells will be ringing for Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and his fiancée, Hayley, in the new year. For now, the couple looks forward to savoring their engagement over the holiday season.

Tyler tells ABC News Radio, “We’re just enjoying every minute of it, man. It’s been awesome.”

While Tyler has a few suggestions for the wedding, he’s leaving most of the planning up to Hayley.

“I got an amazing fiancée that has amazing taste,” Taylor says. “So, I kind of let her do her thing. We got a wedding planner helping us out, too. So, it’s taken a little bit of the stress off.”

Florida Georgia Line is also planning for some fun in the sun down in Mexico as part of Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Playa concert event running January 23 through 27, 2015.

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Scotty McCreery Concert Raises $60,000 for 12.14 Foundation

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery‘s Thursday night concert in Connecticut raised $60,000 for the 12.14 Foundation in Newtown, Connecticut. The organization seeks to bring healing to the town and the nation through the arts in memory of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Scotty says, “Music has always been a positive force in my life, whether as a fan or now as an entertainer.  It feels great to bring people together with my music and help such a worthwhile cause as the 12.14 Foundation.”

The 12.14 Foundation has a long-term goal of building a performing arts and education center in Newtown.

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