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Are There Any $1.2 Million Country Lyrics?

I remember exactly where I was when I finally memorized all eight minutes of Don McLean’s “American Pie.” I mastered all six verses, plus the chorus. And to this day, I still know all the words by heart. Those lyrics were kind of everything to me as a pre-teen, even though I didn’t know what… Read more »

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Nashville Recap: Four Little Words That Changed the TV Series Forever

It started with, “They found a liver.” Those were the most important four words of Wednesday night’s (April 22) episode of Nashville. Because that’s what Deacon said when he took the potentially lifesaving phone call from the hospital while he and Rayna and their biological daughter Maddie were at Teddy’s Note by Note fundraiser. Once… Read more »

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Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer Get Platinum Certifications

Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe hit heavy metal during the month of March, according to gold and platinum certifications released this week by the RIAA. Hayes’ 2013 single, “I Want Crazy,” was certified double platinum for combined sales and streams totaling 2 million… Read more »

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Miranda Lambert: The Yellow Legal Pad Years

Before Miranda Lambert became one of the most awarded and celebrated country artists of her generation, she was just a girl at home in Texas watching awards shows with a pad of paper, a pen and just enough confidence in her ability to pick the winners. In the recent issue of the Academy of Country… Read more »

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Sam Hunt’s Fast Track to Gold and Platinum

Sam Hunt just hit No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay chart with his latest single, “Take Your Time,” but he’s not slowing down as he establishes his presence nationally. “Leave the Night On,” the first single from his album, Montevallo, went all the way to No. 1 and also went platinum. Montevallo also hit No…. Read more »

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Gary Allan to Kick Off CMA Music Festival’s Daytime Concerts

If you’re in Nashville for the 2015 CMA Music Festival, you won’t need an alarm clock to wake up on June 11. Because you’ll have Gary Allan instead. Allan will be kicking off the series of free Chevrolet Riverfront Stage shows bright and early on the first day of the four-day festival that runs through… Read more »

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ACM Winners React to Their Latest Victories

Little Big Town, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan were among those who headed to the pressroom after accepting trophies at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. CMT Hot 20 Countdown was there Sunday night (April 19) to capture the winners’ reactions. Little Big Town’s vocal… Read more »

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ACM Awards Performances Driven by Variety

On a night that had the potential to be dominated by over-the-top spectacle, the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards stayed on the right musical trail Sunday night (April 19) at the cavernous AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. To quote the late Darrell Royal, who coached the University of Texas Longhorns to three national… Read more »

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ACM Awards: The Winners

Updated: April 19, 2015 — 11:30 p.m. ET Here’s a complete list of winners announced at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night (April 19) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan Female Vocalist Miranda Lambert Male Vocalist Jason Aldean Vocal Group Little Big Town Vocal… Read more »

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Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker Continue to Top Country Charts

Are we eyeing an impending song of the year nomination this early in the year? The Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown” is piling up some strong creds for that honor as it spends its third consecutive week at the top of Billboard’s country airplay charts. Also staying strong on the albums rankings is Darius Rucker’s turn… Read more »

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