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EMI NashvilleEric Church debuts at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart this week, after Desperate Man sold 116,000 units in its first seven days of release. That’s enough for Eric’s sixth studio album to also bow at #5 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

Eric’s previous record, 2015’s Mr. Misunderstood, debuted at #3 on the country album chart, selling 76,000 copies after its surprise release during that year’s CMA Awards.

Previously, 2014’s The Outsiders and 2011’s Chief both debuted at #1 on the country tally.

This week, Desperate Man’s title track continues its climb in country’s top fifteen.

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Food NetworkMartina McBride not only has a new Christmas album and a new cookbook coming this month -- she also has a new cooking show premiering on Food Network.

The first episode of Martina’s Table is set to air Sunday, November 18 at 12 p.m. ET.

"I've always had a passion for cooking and love to cook for my friends and family," Martina says. "Having a show on Food Network is a dream come true. We've filmed the first season and it's been so fun and exciting to be able to share some of my favorite recipes and stories."

During the first few episodes, you’ll see Martina make a full Thanksgiving menu, prepare a Mexican-themed birthday celebration, and plan a holiday brunch for famous friends like Faith HillSheryl Crow and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman.

Martina’s second cookbook, Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life, arrives October 30, just a couple weeks after her new Christmas album, It’s the Holiday Season, which comes out this Friday.

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GoldenvoiceLuke BryanSam Hunt, and Jason Aldean will headline a who’s who of country music talent next spring at the Stagecoach Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Luke leads the Friday, April 26 lineup, which also includes Cole Swindell and Kane Brown. Sam Hunt returns to play Saturday night, with Luke Combs and Cam also on the bill.

“Stagecoach is hands down one of the best country music festivals around,” Sam says. “We’ve been looking forward to coming back for three years. Can’t wait!”

Jason Aldean will close things out on Sunday night, with Old Dominion and Lauren Alaina taking the stage as well.

“Headlining Stagecoach always feels like a bucket list show for me,” Jason reflects. “You can’t beat looking out at the sea of fans with that California backdrop.”

Tickets go on sale on Friday for the festival’s 13th year. You can find out more at

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ABC/Randy HolmesCole Swindell will be ringing in 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida this New Year’s Eve, as he plays a post-game concert after the Gator Bowl.  

The 74th annual game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on December 31 at TIAA Bank Field, with a team from the Southeastern Conference taking on a rival from the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big Ten, or Notre Dame. You’ll be able to watch the game on ESPN.

Immediately afterwards, a stage on which Cole will play will be built on the field. Fireworks will follow his performance at midnight. Tickets to the game include both the show and the New Year’s Eve festivities.

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CMTDierks Bentley, Martina McBride and Sheryl Crow will pay tribute to Loretta Lynn Wednesday night, as CMT honors the country legend as their Artist of a Lifetime.

Keith Urban, Smokey Robinson, Elle King, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood are also set to present at CMT’s annual Artists of the Year gala, along with Sissy Spacek, who’ll help honor Loretta. Trisha Yearwood will also supply a special introduction.

This is the first year CMT’s ever chosen an all-female roster of Artist of the Year honorees, and all the ladies are set to perform. Carrie Underwood will take the stage with her upcoming tour mates Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, while Miranda Lambert will sing with Pistol Annies.

Kelsea Ballerini will team up with Alison Krauss, as Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman perform with R&B legend Gladys Knight. Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott plans a special performance with singer/songwriter Tori Kelly and gospel music’s Kirk Franklin, while Maren Morris will remember Aretha Franklin with Americana favorite Brandi Carlisle.

You can tune in to hear all the music live from Nashville starting at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifty-eight years ago this week, this Country Music Hall of Famer made her Grand Ole Opry debut. Can you name the legend who'll be honored as CMT's Artist of a Lifetime on Wednesday? ANSWER: Loretta Lynn.

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ZondervanRascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus is writing his memoirs, with his first book due in the spring of 2019.

Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakable Hope will be distributed by Christian publisher Zondervan.

“I’m really looking forward to sharing a pretty personal look at my path so far, as that isn’t something I’ve done yet,” Jay says. “In Shotgun Angels, readers will hear never-before-told stories and get a glimpse into what it was like for me coming from Columbus, Ohio and my journey to Nashville.”

“My ultimate goal,” he adds, “is that the book will encourage people that no matter where they are in their lives, they can find hope, comfort and strength in their faith.”

Shotgun Angels is set to come out on April 30, 2019. Meanwhile, Rascal Flatts' new single, “Back to Life,” is currently making its way up the country chart.

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ABC/Randy HolmesFor most of their careers, Dan Shay have had fairly similar, short haircuts. But that all started to change several months ago, when Dan Smyers decided to grow his out.

"Honesty, I'd never had curly hair as a kid," Dan explains. "I don't know what happened. My mom has curly hair, so maybe that's where it came from. And I've always had it short, so I never really found that out."

"But it's been crazy," he says of the newfound attention he's been getting for his 'do. "And I've come this far... it's like, 'Do I cut it now? It took awhile to get here.' So it's funny, and it's a good conversation piece. You know, something a little bit different."

As for the Mrs.? Well, it turns out she's a fan.

"Abby honestly likes it. She loves it," Dan says. "I mean, people always ask, cause they're like 'You probably don't like the hair, do you?' She's like, 'I actually do.'"

"I couldn't afford a haircut whenever we first met," Dan recalls. "Seriously, I would wear this Boston Red Sox hat... But I had sort of long hair and I think it reminds her of when we met, when I was much younger and much more handsome I guess," he smiles.

Just as Dan's been growing his hair out, the duo's been experiencing the biggest hit of their career so far with "Tequila." Shay Mooney jokes that just like Sampson in the Old Testament, Dan's strength might come from his hair.

"It's good luck... because this has been a good year." Shay says. "So it might be like Sampson. His power is in the hair. So if you cut it and things start going bad, like it's coming back," he jokes. "It's coming back for sure."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The new single from Pistol Annies is "Got My Name Changed Back," from their forthcoming Interstate Gospel album.

The new episode of The Big Interview with Dan Rather that features Toby Keith premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on AXS TV.

Luke Bryan's fourth single from his What Makes You Country album will be the title track. So far, all three previous releases have made it to number one.

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ABC RadioDierks Bentley wrapped up his 2018 Mountain High Tour with a sold-out Saturday night show at the Hollywood Bowl that also included a surprise appearance by Dwight Yoakam.

Openers LANCO and Brothers Osborne joined Dierks and the country legend for an impromptu two-song jam.

“This season of my life has been filled with so much meaning and purpose and this tour played a large role in that,” Dierks says, reflecting on the thirty-city run.

“We launched it with the new album,” he continues, “which was in a lot of ways a reflection of the fans’ stories we’d heard out on the road, combined with my own personal life and career journey. We played and sold out bucket-list rooms like Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl.”

“Most importantly, it was a year the friendships that already existed…were taken to new levels," Dierks adds. "The family atmosphere that existed on this tour is something I strive for every year and this year was no was one of the most fun touring seasons of my life on and off the stage.”

Most of the Mountain High shows featured an appearance by Dierks’ 90’s covers band, Hot Country Knights, as well as a guest spot by LANCO’s Brandon Lancaster singing the John Michael Montgomery classic, “Sold (The Grundy County Auction.)”

John and TJ Osborne also re-appeared during Dierks set to perform their current top twenty hit together, “Burning Man.”

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MCA Nashville Vince Gill’s two holiday albums will be available this year as a double vinyl LP set, exclusively at Cracker Barrel.

1993’s Let There Be Peace on Earth and 1998’s Breath of Heaven will be repackaged as The Christmas Collection for the 2018 season. The new set is available at Cracker Barrel stores now.

Once again this year, Vince and his wife Amy Grant will play a series of holiday shows at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. They kick off a 12-night run November 28 that goes through December 23.  

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BMLGThis week, Florida Georgia Line ascends to #1 with “Simple,” the lead single from their forthcoming fourth record.

While FGL hasn’t revealed exactly when their full project will be out, Tyler Hubbard tells People fans can expect “an album full of hits!”

“We’ve been working on this album for over a year now, so we’ve really, really been digging in and trying to pick the best songs possible,” he continues. “We’ve probably spent more time on this album than any album yet, so we truly feel like this is probably our strongest album to date. We’re just really excited for the world to hear it.”

Tyler and Brian Kelley have previously revealed they’ll have some special guests on the album, with three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean among them.

Tyler promises, “We’ve got some really cool collaborations, some really cool songs that are different for us that kind of continued to evolve, but also some songs that go back to the original FGL -- some good ol’ country party songs -- and just a lot of great content, messages and songs that we’ve poured our heart into.”

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Art Streiber/NBCTonight, Thomas Rhett makes his debut on The Voice as a guest advisor for Kelly Clarkson’s team.

He’s set to appear on the next four episodes of the NBC talent contest, starting tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Keith Urban’s also serving as an advisor, working with Blake Shelton’s contestants.

Thursday night, TR continues his Life Changes Tour in Eugene, Oregon with Brett Young and Midland opening the shows, before continuing on to Boise, Idaho and Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday and Saturday.

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Art Streiber/NBCIf you watch The Voice, you know pretty much anything is fair game when it comes to the coaches, especially with Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

While Blake, Adam, Kelly Clarkson, and Jennifer Hudson may engage in some friendly rivalry with each other, they all agree it's their job to be supportive when it comes to the contestants.

"You know," Blake says, "I think the reason people keep coming back to The Voice season after season to watch is the only real competition -- and the only really cutthroat things that are going on -- are things that are happening between the coaches."

In fact, no matter whose team a contestant is on, Blake says the coaches are always there to help.

"When it comes to the contestants, whether they're on my team or somebody else's team, that's sacred up there," he explains. "And we all pull for these contestants, no matter whose team they're on. And we try to be as supportive as we can. Because that's what it's all about is that talent there up on the stage."

Blake can't resist the urge, however, to throw in one final dig at his rivals.

"Now as far as the other coaches go, you know, they can kiss my butt," he adds. "I don't care. And I think that's what people like about the show."

The blind auditions continue tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Comstock/Thinkstock This #2 hit from 1991 was co-written by Alan Jackson and Randy Travis, and was recorded by the latter on his High Lonesome album. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Better Class of Losers."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Toby Keith's self-titled debut album from 1993 will be re-released November 30 in a special 25th Anniversary Edition. Renamed Should've Been a Cowboy after its breakthrough hit, the new version has been remastered and includes three rare tracks, as well as a new cover and liner notes.

Trace Adkins is set to be a presenter at the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards Tuesday, October 16 at Allen Arena on the campus of Nashville's Lipscomb University. The show will air Sunday, October 21 at 9 p.m. ET on TBN.

"A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega" hit-maker Ashley McBryde wrapped up her recent tour of the United Kingdom with an appearance on Later... with Jools Holland on BBC Two. You can catch her performance of "Girl Goin' Nowhere" on YouTube.

You can check out Jon Pardi's new video for "Night Shift" on YouTube.

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BBR Music Group For newcomer Jimmie Allen, lots of dreams are coming true these days: he's on the verge of having his first top-ten hit with "Best Shot," just as his debut album is out.

Mercury Lane takes its name from the place where Jimmie was raised.

"It's the street I grew up on in Delaware," Jimmie explains, "and the album is full of songs about life, love, and persistence, never giving up, being a good person."

"All those morals were instilled in me on Mercury Lane," he continues. "So Mercury Lane to me is a great place, and every time I think about that place, or when I go back to Delaware, I always go back. I just get chills, man. It's awesome."

Jimmie fought hard for his newfound success, even living out of his car at one point as he pursued his musical dreams. As you might imagine, the folks back home on Mercury Lane are pretty proud of him.

"They're fired up!" he laughs. "They're so excited. You know, to them, I'm still me. I'm still Jimmie. They could care less. But what I love about them is they've said that they're happy to see me finally start to achieve everything that I've worked so hard for, man."

"Because I've missed homecomings, proms, weddings, friends' vacations, so many things that people look forward to," he adds, "like milestones in life that I kinda gave up to chase this dream. And they're so happy that it wasn't in vain."  

Later this month, Jimmie tours the United Kingdom with Chase Rice, before heading out with Scotty McCreery and Kane Brown in the coming months.

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ABC/Image Group LAAt Tuesday night's American Music Awards, Kane Brown told ABC Radio that he was getting married "this week." Well, he wasn't lying: He and girlfriend Katelyn Jae tied the knot on Friday, according to People magazine.

Kane and Katelyn, who got engaged last year, got married at Mint Springs Farm in Franklin, Tennessee in front of about 200 friends and family.  Speaking to People, the couple said, "We wanted something here in Nashville and loved the idea of having it at home and not traveling since we are on the road so much.”

Kane wore a Lanvin suit, while Katelyn, a music management student and singer, opted for a simple, classic gown.  Instead of writing their own vows, the two said, "We decided to exchange letters to each other earlier in the day and keep the actual vows a little more traditional."

On Saturday, according to People, Kane posted a photo on his Instagram story showing a new tattoo on his hand: the word "Katelyn," with the bottom of the "y" turned into the infinity symbol.

The couple is reportedly heading off to a honeymoon at an undisclosed location, but we're sure Kane will be back on the scene in time for the November 9 release of his sophomore album, Experiment.

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Warner Music Nashville“Tonight Girl” is the first new music from William Michael Morgan since his 2016 debut, Vinyl, which contained his breakthrough #1 hit, “I Met a Girl.”

For his new music, William Michael is leaning on his Mississippi roots.

“A lot of the casinos down in Vicksburg, MS get packed out every night with blues music and soul,” he explains. “It’s everywhere, and they play right from the heart, so I wanted to put some of that sound on there.”

“‘Tonight Girl’ is a snapshot of how good it feels to have that one simple moment, that one night with someone special,” he adds.

The new tune is available to stream or download now. “Tonight Girl” is also the first in a series of new videos From the Neon Lounge, which you can check out on YouTube.

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Jim WrightNewcomer Mitchell Tenpenny is set to play this year’s annual Christmas 4 Kids fundraiser at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

The “Drunk Me” hit-maker will take the stage alongside the likes of Restless HeartTG SheppardDarryl WorleyShenandoah and more for the Monday, November 19 show.

“Once again, it will be our honor to be a part of the Christmas 4 Kids show live at the Ryman,” Shenandoah’s Marty Raybon says. “It’s always such a great event to be part of. We’re looking forward to performing and hopefully raising a lot of money for the kids of Middle Tennessee!”

For more than three decades, the non-profit known as Christmas 4 Kids has raised money to send hundreds of worthy kids from Middle Tennessee on a holiday shopping spree.

Tickets for the Christmas 4 Kids concert are on sale now at  

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