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ABC/Paula LoboMake way for Luke Bryan at the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart!

Forecasters expect the four-time Entertainer of the Year to sell around 110,000 copies of What Makes You Country, his new album that came out last Friday. That would put Luke on track to notch his fourth career #1 on the all-genre ranking, following 2015’s Kill the Lights, which moved 345,000 units in its first week.

That would also make the Georgia native only the fourth act to achieve that feat this year, following in the footsteps of Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes, Shania Twain’s NOW, and Kenny Chesney’s Live in No Shoes Nation.  

We’ll find out how Luke fares when the new Billboard charts come out Sunday, December 17.

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ABC/Image Group LASince Kelsea Ballerini will be a newlywed this Christmas, you might think it’d be hard to squeeze in some holiday shopping amid all the festivities with new husband Morgan Evans. But the “Legends” hitmaker confesses for her, it’s not a problem.

“I love online shopping. Um, it's also an issue for me,” she admits, “because it's very easy to just get things that you don't need -- quickly.”

When it comes to the most memorable item Kelsea’s found under the tree over the years, the Knoxville, Tennessee native has a stand-out favorite.

“My mom got me my first nice guitar,” she recalls. “It was my first Christmas when I moved [to Nashville], so… I was 15. And I had a guitar, it was like a $300 Yamaha, and I still have it. But she got me a Taylor. It was my first really nice guitar that sounded really beautiful and had a plug-in so I could play it, you know, at Puckett's [Grocery & Restaurant] and all the places that I was first starting to play. So that's the most special, probably.”

As Christmas approaches, Kelsea’s lead single from Unapologetically also seems headed for country’s top ten. “Legends” is at #11 this week.

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis #1 hit was the lead single from the 1973 album, Merle Haggard's Christmas Present, as well as the title track of the Hag's next non-holiday album, which came out four months later. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "If We Make It Through December."

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Academy of Country MusicAfter a year at nearby T-Mobile Arena, the ACM Awards are returning to their longtime home at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in 2018.

The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards will be Sunday, April 15, with the telecast airing live on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday at 10 a.m. PT.

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Curb RecordsDylan Scott could become a daddy most anytime now, as he and his wife Blair await the arrival of their first little one.

Even though his first #1, “My Girl,” was inspired by his high school sweetheart, who became his bride, the Louisiana native is, in fact, expecting a boy.

“We'll have a baby at Christmas, which is going to be crazy…” Dylan tells ABC Radio. “We've got a name picked out, not a middle name. [We’re] still working on that.”

“I had the perfect name,” Dylan adds. “I wanted to name him Beaux. B-E-A-U-X. I just thought that'd be awesome.”

Blair, however, didn’t share Dylan’s enthusiasm.

“She said it was too country,” he laughs. “I was like, 'Babe, do you realize where we're from? Like, that's the way we grew up. We're country. This is how it is.' But she won. There's no battling her on a name, you know. So, she gets what she wants.” 

Dylan’s first holiday EP, Merry Christmas, is new this season. “Hooked,” his follow-up to “My Girl,” just broke into the top 40.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge performs Tuesday morning on Good Morning America. You can watch for him starting at 7 a.m. on ABC.

Chase Rice just wrapped his first trip to the United Kingdom and Ireland this week, with sold-out shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Dublin. His latest single, “Three Chords and the Truth,” just broke into the top-35 in the States.

If you missed Walker Hayes Monday on Today, you can watch “You Broke Up with Me” online now. Walker also guests on The Talk on Tuesday, which starts at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Universal Kids, NBCUniversalYou can spend A Day with Dolly starting on Tuesday, as the entertainment icon stars in a new Sprout House special that premieres at 11:05 a.m. ET on Universal Kids.

Dolly will perform songs like “A Friend Like You,” “You Can Do It” and “Together Forever,” all from her first-ever children’s album, I Believe in You. She’ll also be joined by the show’s host, Carly, as well as the loveable puppy puppet, Snug.

A Day with Dolly will re-air both Wednesday and Thursday at 9:55 a.m. ET, before also premiering on the Sprout YouTube channel on Thursday.

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ABC/Paula LoboLuke Bryan brings home the 19th #1 of his career this week, as “Light It Up” ascends to the top of the country chart.

“Light It Up” is the lead single from the Georgia native’s new What Makes You Country album. He’ll perform the track “Most People Are Good” Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated show airs in your area.

Last week, Luke also recorded another high-profile TV appearance, this time in Washington, D.C. He’ll pay tribute to his fellow American Idol judge Lionel Richie during this year’s 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. You can catch his performance Tuesday, December 26, when the show airs at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton captures the top spot on Billboard’s country albums chart this week, with the second volume of his recordings From A Room.

The CMA Male Vocalist of the Year sold 116,000 copies of From A Room:  Volume 2, with a total that increases to 125,000 units when you account for album-equivalent units. By comparison, May’s first set moved 219,000 in its initial week.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, Chris couldn’t quite make it to #1, thanks to a little rock band named U2 and their latest effort, Songs of Experience.  From A Room:  Volume 2 comes in at #2, just ahead of Taylor Swift, who drops to #3 with Reputation after three weeks at the top.

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ABC/Image Group LANext up for Florida Georgia Line, the duo will build their own creative compound not far from Nashville’s Music Row.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley envision a garden-sanctuary environment that will be made up primarily of three ventures: FGL’s publishing company Tree Vibez Music; Brian’s wife Brittney’s clothing brand, Tribe Kelley; and a new meeting and event space called meet greet. The new location is at 1910 21st Avenue South, in the Hillsboro Village neighborhood.

“Passionate people inspire other passionate people,” Brian says. “We thrive on letting our imaginations run wild and can’t wait to see what this city dreams up together.”

Earlier this year, Brian and Tyler opened their own bar and restaurant, FGL House, in downtown Nashville. They’re currently working on their fourth studio album as their duet with pop star Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be,” climbs the chart.

You can find out more about FGL's new venture at MeetGreetNashville.com.

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Comstock/ThinkstockIn 1989, Travis Tritt scored a top-10 hit with his debut single. Can you name the barroom anthem that put the Georgia native on the map? ANSWER: "Country Club."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWalker Hayes has a busy week ahead of him following the release of his debut album, boom. The country singer will perform his current single, "You Broke Up with Me," on NBC's TODAY Show on Dec. 11 and on CBS' The Talk on Dec. 12. Check your guide for local listings.

Country duo Walker McGuire, composed of Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire, will release their self-titled debut EP on Jan. 12. Their forthcoming single, "Lost," will hit radio on Jan. 16 and is currently available for streaming on all digital platforms.

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) announced that its 26th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival will be held April 3 - April 7, 2018 in Nashville. The yearly festival highlights hit songwriters performing throughout Music City's venues over the span of five days.

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ABC/Mark LevineLike so many of us these days, Christmas-lover Brett Eldredge is busy decking the halls. But “The Long Way” hitmaker admits he does have some help.

“I deck out my house with Christmas stuff. Do I do it myself one-hundred percent? No, my mom is the mastermind of all the décor,” he says. “If it was something like really awful-looking, I would tell her. But other than that, I'm like, 'Let's go crazy. I'll help you set it up. You tell me where to put stuff.' And we decorate the tree.”

For Brett, it was especially sweet to get to play his own holiday record, Glow, while trimming the tree last year.

“We always talked about, like one day we're gonna listen to my own Christmas album together,” he recalls, “after all these years of listening to all these classics that inspired me to make that album. So it was special.”

Some other parts of Brett’s yuletide plans didn’t go quite so well, however.

“Last year, I got a full-blown, giant, Fraser Fir Christmas tree,” he explains. “Then I got allergic to it. Two days after hauling it into the place, and I'm sneezing, I got a sore throat. I'm like, 'What in the world?' And lo and behold, it was the Christmas tree, and I was so heartbroken, because I always wanted to have my own Christmas tree, like a real one, in my house.”

Brett goes on: “My Christmas dreams were broken and I went and I got a really, really cool fake one. But that's fine. I'll just get candles that smell like Christmas trees, I guess.”

For 2017, Brett’s Christmas album, Glow, is available on vinyl for the very first time.

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ABC/Image Group LACheyenne Frontier Days, the world's largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration, has announced its 2018 lineup. In addition to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo and the Championship Bull Riding World Finals, several country acts have been added to the bill.

Florida Georgia LineCole SwindellCharlie Daniels BandTracy LawrenceEric Church and Dierks Bentley are set to play the event, with more acts to be announced.

“We are excited about the lineup for 2018,” Contract Acts chairman Scott Fleming said in a statement. “We are working on securing the remaining performances and will have a follow-up announcement at that time.”

The celebration will take place from June 20 - 29, 2018 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Tickets go on sale Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. MTS at CFDRodeo.com, through the Cheyenne Frontier Days Ticket Office, and by calling (307) 778-7222.

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Credit: Shy BlakemanBrett Young's year keeps getting better. In the midst of his first-ever headlining tour, the singer received news that his latest single, "Like I Loved You," has been certified gold.

Thursday evening, during a performance at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas, Brett was surprised with the announcement of his achievement. BMLG Records President/EVP Big Machine Label Group Jimmy Harnen joined the singer on stage to present him a plaque in celebration of his gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Brett's third single, "Like I Loved You" follows the success of his previous number-one hits, "Sleep Without You" and "In Case You Didn't Know." Brett's currently headlining his Caliville Tour, which wraps Dec. 16.

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCFor all the haters who didn’t think Blake Shelton deserved People’s Sexiest Man Alive title, Gwen Stefani is here to defend why he did.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, Gwen confirmed she was the one who convinced her country singer beau to accept the magazine’s honor.

"I feel totally responsible because he's so not that person," she said. "He doesn't even like to do a photo shoot. You can never convince him to do it."

But Gwen did manage to convince him, and that’s when she says “chaos” and “craziness” ensued. People took to social media to criticize the magazine’s decision, but Gwen says Blake’s “sexy” factor is more than just skin deep.

"If you think about it, what defines sexy?” she says. “It really is so personal, you know what I mean? For me, it's just that big ol' heart and that sense of humor. He doesn't even take himself seriously, and he's just such an incredible person. And that's sexy to me."

Gwen and Blake currently have a duet together, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” the title track on Gwen’s holiday album. They’ll be performing it on Gwen’s NBC Christmas special, airing December 12.

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ABC/Paula LoboLuke Bryan took New York City by storm Friday morning, performing on ABC's Good Morning America live from the brand-new Opry City Stage, a country music venue and eatery in the heart of Times Square.  And Luke says he's always found that country fans in New York are just as dedicated as those outside the big city.

"People are always amazed when you're doing country music certainly in the heart of Manhattan, but the fans are the fans," he tells ABC Radio. "They love the music and they show up in droves."

Luke says he's happy that there's now a country music venue right in the middle of New York City where fans can get their fix.

"I think when you get tired of the crazy life in the city and you want a little slice of country here in the Big Apple, just swing on in and it's almost like you go to Nashville for a little bit," he notes.

While Luke spent Friday performing live on TV for millions of fans to mark the release of his new album, What Makes You Country, he was also marking something else: his 11th wedding anniversary.  So how is he going to make it up to his wife Caroline for putting their special day on the back burner for his album launch?

"She's flying to L.A. tonight, and she'll have roses waiting on her," Luke laughs. "And, you know, we've got a couple of days in L.A. to kinda go shopping. So we're gonna have some fun, but she was a great...she is a great sport!"

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Shervin Lainez for Big Machine Records / UMG NashvilleThe wait is over. Sugarland are set to release new music and reunite for a very special performance on New Year's Eve.

The country duo, who took a five-year break to pursue other passions, will release "Still the Same" on Dec. 21. This marks their first single in five years.

“We are thrilled for fans to hear our new music, especially this new single,” Jennifer Nettles said in a statement. “The title of the song is so meaningful to us as we want fans to know, we are still the same, we are still the same Sugarland they’ve known and loved.”

Nettles and bandmate Kristian Bush will also team up as part of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 live from New York City's Times Square on Dec. 31. Sugarland will join Camila Cabello and Nick Jonas on stage to perform from the center of Times Square, with additional acts to be announced soon. The five-and-a-half-hour show will air live starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Sugarland is currently back in the studio working on their new album. The duo's also expected to announce tour plans for 2018 in the coming months.

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ABC/Image Group LAKip Moore and Chris Stapleton are two of three country artists to land on Entertainment Weekly's 25 Best Albums of 2017 list. An impressive feat for the country singers, EW raves about both Kip's third studio album, Slowheart, and Chris' joint effort of From A Room: Volume 1 and From A Room: Volume 2.

Kip lands at #24 on the list, with EW noting that his album includes "thirteen heartland-rock tracks that make up the most thrilling set of his career."

Meanwhile, Chris is ranked at #9 for his two album releases this year.

"Though he’s long been one of Nashville’s favorite songwriters, Stapleton didn’t pen a single new tune for its follow-up," writes EW. "Instead, he looked to the vault and culled his finest drafts from the last decade...for two epic LPs this year."

Country/Americana music darling Margo Price also makes an appearance on the list at #5 with her critically acclaimed album, All American Made. For the complete list, visit Entertainment Weekly.

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Brad Barket/Getty ImagesTrace Adkins has released a powerful video that pays homage to those who fight tirelessly for our freedom. The four-minute video for "Still a Soldier," which premiered on CMT, follows a typical day in the life of Army Specialist Bryan Gerwitz.  

"We recorded this song well over a year ago, and my intent was always to release it as a tip of my hat to those who have served," Trace says in a statement.

Trace has long been an advocate for our troops. He's currently a spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project, has done 12 overseas USO trips and is a regular participant in fundraising events for active and inactive members of the military. He ends his video with a message to those who serve our country.

"To SPC. Bryan Gerwitz and all those who have crawled from the battlefield but still stand for the Anthem...This is for you," he writes.

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