Garth, Trisha, Reba and More Performing at Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas Concert in Nashville

Image Courtesy Kevin Mazur/WireImage/ABCGarth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba, Kacey Musgraves, Ronnie Dunn and Nashville‘s Charles Esten will join Kelly Clarkson for a special Christmas show in Nashville on December 20. Billed as “Miracle on Broadway,” the concert will take place at the Bridgestone Arena with proceeds going to several charitable organizations in Middle Tennessee.

Hayley Williams of Paramore and “All About that Bass” singer Meghan Trainor will perform, too. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 18. Go to KellyClarkson.com for more details.


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Brett Eldredge on Hanging with Hollywood’s A-List: “You’re Never Cool Enough”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge was honored as one of People magazine’s Ones to Watch at a party in Los Angeles last week, but he admits rubbing shoulders with Hollywood’s elite in-crowd is intimidating.

“You’re never cool enough,” Brett tells People. “You know, it’s like you just keep trying. A lot of people don’t know your name or anything, but it’s all right. You just keep making music and maybe one day everybody will know your name.”

Brett adds that he plans to “keep dreaming” and “having fun” making music. He’s up for New Artist of the Year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards, coming up Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Kenny Chesney Releases Intimate Video for “Til It’s Gone”

Image Courtesy Danny Clinch/Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney has released a live video for his latest single, “Til It’s Gone,” taken from his intimate show at the Georgia Theater in Athens film for CMT Instant Jam. Fewer than 1,000 people were in the audience for that show, so Kenny is glad to share this performance with his fans on a larger scale.

Kenny says, “If you think about what the song says, it’s very much a one-on-one piece of communicating. It’s about hanging on to the one who matters to you.  For me, it’s talking straight to those hardcore fans who’ve been there — and saying ‘no matter where or what, I’m in this as long as you hang on.’”

You can check out the “Til It’s Gone” video now at RollingStoneCountry.com. Look for it to premiere on CMT on Tuesday.


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Jason Aldean Raises Big Bucks for Cancer Research, Hangs with Bob Seger in Detroit

Image Courtesy Loreen Sarkis/Getty ImagesJason Aldean‘s ninth annual Concert for the Cure raised big bucks for Susan G. Komen in their ongoing fight against breast cancer. The Saturday night show in Detroit pulled in more than $660,000 for the cause.  Jason presented the donation check to officials from Susan G. Komen onstage that night.

In addition to raising all that money, Jason welcomed rock legend Bob Seger for a visit backstage Saturday night. He posted a picture of the two of them on Instagram.

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One of my idols came out to the show last nite. The one and only Mr. Bob Seger. #turnthepage #detroit #concertforthecure #bobseger

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Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves Join CMA Awards Performers’ Lineup

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves have joined the performers’ lineup for the 48th Annual CMA Awards. They join Entertainer of the Year nominees Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban on the bill, along with Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, and The Band Perry.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will once again co-host the CMA Awards in addition to turning in performances of their own. The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET.



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Garth Brooks Breaks His Own Ticket Sales Record with Upcoming Minneapolis Shows

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks has set a new personal ticket-selling record with his 11 shows in Minneapolis starting November 6. More than 188,000 tickets have been sold for those shows so far, which beats his previous record for a single city — that was 180,000 tickets sold in Chicago a few weeks back. Prior to that, Garth’s all-time ticket sales record for a single city was set in Minneapolis in 1998, with more than 162,000 tickets sold.

Tickets for Garth’s shows in Minneapolis are still available at AXS.com/Garth.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Pistol Annies‘ 2011 debut album? ANSWER: Hell on Heels.


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Are Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Looking to Expand Their Family Again?

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban and Nicole Kidman may be expanding their family again soon. In a recent Australian radio interview, Nicole revealed she would love to have another child with Keith.

She said, “I mean, I hope every month that I’m pregnant, so there we go. But I never am. I would be jumping for joy if I was. It won’t happen. No! I’m 47, it won’t happen.”

Thinking again, Nicole added, “Well, my grandmother had her last baby at 49. So, you never know.”

Nicole delivered her first child with Keith, Sunday Rose, in 2008. They had a second child, Faith Margaret, in 2010. Nicole has an adopted son and daughter from her previous marriage to Tom Cruise as well.


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Jerrod Niemann Weds in Puerto Rico

Darrin DickersonJerrod Niemann married his longtime partner in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sunday, a rep tells People magazine.

The 35-year-old country singer and Morgan Petek tied the knot at sunset overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from atop the historic Spanish fort Castillo de San Cristóbal, according to the rep.

Niemann tells the magazine, “I’m looking forward to seeing what the world has in store for us as a married couple.”

In lieu of gifts, the couple requested their wedding guests make a donation to charity.

Niemann and Petek got engaged last October in New Orleans.


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Little Big Town’s Mentoring Sessions with Team Blake Start Tonight on “The Voice”

Image Courtesy ABCMonday night is the beginning of the Battle Rounds on NBC’s The Voice, and that means it’s time for each coach to bring on their mentors, who’ll help advise their team members during this next phase of competition. Blake Shelton brought in Little Big Town to mentor his team, and the vocal group ended up learning a lot just watching Blake work with the contestants.

LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman tells ABC News Radio, “He finds out what’s unique about them and helps them exploit that. I noticed that about him, too. He seemed to have something unique to everybody, and that’s hard after you hear that many singers.”

Band mate Karen Fairchild agrees, adding, “He has a way of nurturing, and it’s super-endearing, I think, when you’re up there, and you’re so vulnerable as a singer, and he makes you feel comfortable.”

Of course, Blake’s personality wins him a lot of points on The Voice, too.

Says Karen, “We all know he’s very funny and witty and charming and, of course, sexy. No, I’m just kidding.”

She adds with a laugh, “You are sexy, Blake.”

Catch Little Big Town helping out Team Blake on NBC’s The Voice Monday night at 8 ET.


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