“Run, Run Rudolph”: How Chris Janson did some running of his own to be on the CMA Country Christmas

Chris Janson brought his frenetic energy to ABC’s CMA Country Christmas special, turning in a dynamic performance of the Chuck Berry classic, “Run, Run Rudolph.” “I said, ‘Man, I want to do mine like Chuck would do it,'” he tells ABC Audio. “So it’s gonna be rock-and-roll. Loud raucous guitars, and I’m putting my twist on it by bringing the harmonica.” “And it’s just been a lot of fun,” he continues. “I’ve been hearing it my whole life. You just […]

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It won’t be “This Christmas,” but Brett Young promises a holiday album is coming

Last night you heard Brett Young sing the R&B classic “This Christmas” on ABC’s annual CMA Country Christmas special, it may leave you wondering about an entire album of holiday music from the California-born crooner. Brett says that’s something that’s likely to materialize — someday. “We’ve been talking about that for a couple of years now. And the answer is yes,” he tells ABC Audio. “It just comes down to having enough time in the middle of the year […]

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Trisha Yearwood is queen of the quick-change, hosting tonight’s CMA Country Christmas on ABC

Backstage before shooting CMA Country Christmas in September, Trisha Yearwood was feeling confident about singing and hosting, but she was a little worried about her wardrobe. “I have never had a quick-change room in my life,” she admitted, “and I have one tonight! And I’ve never done this before, and that’s the thing I’m most nervous about.” “I’m actually not nervous about the songs or the hosting. I’m nervous about the clothing changes,” she laughed. “But we’re bringing it! […]

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Prepare to see the “hillbilly side” of Carrie Underwood on ABC’s Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special

If you missed seeing Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood together hosting this year’s CMA Awards, you’ll be glad to know that tonight, the dynamic duo reunites on ABC’s Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special. But Brad warns you should be prepared to see a very different side of the “Drinking Alone” hitmaker. “Of all the people that are really surprising in this show, as far as their playful nature, I’ve always known that there’s elements of her that people don’t get […]

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Blake, Brett, Devin and more sing for Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Album

If you can’t get enough of the holiday movies on the various Hallmark Channels this time of year, you’ll be glad to know there’s now a soundtrack to match. Warner Music Nashville has partnered with Hallmark to put out a new collection that features original songs written for the films, as well as some previously-released favorites. The collection includes tunes by Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Devin Dawson, Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler, Chase Bryant and more. Here’s the complete track listing for Hallmark Channel’s […]

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“On a Night Like This,” CMA Country Christmas is pushing Lady A back into the studio

By the next yuletide season, we may be enjoying new holiday music from Lady Antebellum. The trio teased that ABC’s CMA Country Christmas special is the reason, as they prepared to perform at the event’s tenth taping. “Honestly, it’s kind of pushing us to go, ‘We need to kind of revamp and add some more songs to our Christmas record, because it’s been so many years,'” Hillary Scott revealed. “Yeah, we’ve been so lucky, they’ve asked us to be a […]

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CMA Country Christmas goes ‘tacky’ with sweater benefiting CMA Foundation

The 2019 CMA Country Christmas special is adding a philanthropic component.  The Country Music Association has announced that in addition to watching country stars perform holiday classics on screen, fans will also have a way to give back. New this year is the Tacky Country Christmas Sweater that’s designed by several of the performers on the show and is available for purchase on the CMA’s official website. Proceeds from the sales will go to the CMA Foundation, which provides resources to music […]

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani will continue Thanksgiving tradition in Oklahoma: “It’s pretty incredible”

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani will have another country Thanksgiving this year.  In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Gwen shares that she and longtime boyfriend Blake, along with her three sons Kingston, Zuma and Apollo, will head to Blake’s native Oklahoma for the fourth year to celebrate the holiday.  Both Blake and Gwen’s families make their way to Oklahoma, where the country star hosts them all at a hotel, spending the days cooking and enjoying each others’ company.  “We all fly out to Oklahoma, like, […]

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Dolly continues “dreaming herself into a corner,” after tonight’s 50 Years at the Opry special

Even though she’ll be 74 in January, Dolly Parton seems to be everywhere these days. She sat down with Robin Roberts for the ABC special, Here She Comes Again!, co-hosted the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire, rolled out the new eight-part Netflix series Heartstrings she executive-produced and stars in — and made countless TV appearances to promote all of the above. Tonight, she grabs one more major TV moment, as the two-hour Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry special premieres on NBC. Though it was […]

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Lady Antebellum’s Ocean earns the group the biggest first-week streams of their career

It’s been quite the week for Lady Antebellum, following the November 15 release of their seventh studio album, Ocean. Not only has the album debuted to rousing critical acclaim and a host of TV appearances, but it’s officially marked a personal best for the group in first week streams.  Ocean has netted over eight million streams, is the week’s #1 best-selling country album, and has claimed the #2 spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The project is also sitting […]

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