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Carrie Underwood's debut album, Some Hearts, has been certified nine-times platinum, and hit song, "Before He Cheats," has been certified seven-times platinum by the RIAA. The singer was surprised with plaques commemorating the accomplishments during a recent appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. 

Garth Brooks was at the National Museum of African American Music yesterday in Nashville to present Charley Pride's son, Dio Pride, with an RIAA Lifetime Achievement Award for his late dad. "One of the greatest American Icons is Charley Pride, Charley Pride is love," Garth said during the event. 

Gabby Barrett is performing her latest single, "Footprints on the Moon," on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight. It airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS. 

Walker Hayes will be appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tomorrow night, airing at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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"You’re so strong": Kane Brown shows support for young fan with cancer

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Kane Brown shared a heartwarming moment with a young fan battling illness. 

Following a recent show, Kane dedicated an Instagram post to Mia, a young girl who has cancer. The post shows a series of photos of Mia onstage with the country superstar, one with his back to the camera and his arm wrapped around her with two spotlights shining upon them. Another shows him signing the back of a handmade poster that reads, "Sorry for being Xtra. Help me get my cancer fighter meet Kane?"  

"This post is dedicated to this sweet little girl Mia. You’re so strong and I know everyone in this crowd prayed for u that night. Hope you see this!!!!" Kane wrote in the caption. 

The sweet gesture came days before Kane twisted his ankle during a show in Memphis over the weekend. He's in the midst of his Blessed & Free Tour, which continues through February.

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"Lazy or genius?": Kelsea Ballerini dishes out some humorous holiday advice

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Kelsea Ballerini is ready for all the holiday seasons -- and she has some special hacks to prove it.

The country hitmaker turned to TikTok to share some of her foolproof tips to prepare for the upcoming holidays, including Halloween and Christmas. 

"Here are some perks from being an occasional lazy piece of s***," she jokes, pointing to a shriveled, decayed pumpkin that's been sitting on her porch since last year. "Still here," she affirms. "So I don't in fact have to get new pumpkins this year." 

Kelsea then leads viewers upstairs to reveal a fully decorated Christmas tree standing in the corner, where it's sat since 2020.

"Couldn't be the Christmas tree from last year still up. But it is. And see, the thing here is it's decorated, it has the lights on, it's still ready to go," she points out, turning on the lights to transform the tree from a dormant decoration into a sparkling holiday display. 

"You tell me, lazy or genius?" she declares at video's end, with a laugh. 

While Kelsea gets into the holiday spirit, she's also wrapping up an opening stint on the Jonas Brothers' Remember This Tour, which ends on October 27 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Her current single, "Half of My Hometown" featuring Kenny Chesney, is in the top 20 on country radio.

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Scotty McCreery's "Five More Minutes" to become Hallmark movie

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Scotty McCreery's chart-topping hit, "Five More Minutes," is getting a Christmas makeover.

The singer's #1 single, originally released in 2017, is the inspiration behind an upcoming Hallmark holiday movie of the same name that follows a young woman as she finds her grandfather's old journal and learns of a secret romance.

The song was inspired by Scotty's own relationship with his grandfather and was written after he passed away in 2015. Scotty is an executive producer on the film. 

The American Idol winner debuted the song at the Grand Ole Opry in 2016. It later became the lead single off his 2018 album, Seasons Change, and his first #1 hit. 

Five More Minutes is slated to premiere on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel on November 20 at 10 p.m. ET. 

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"What Makes You Country": Luke Bryan helps change fan's tire on the side of the road

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It's not every day that Luke Bryan fixes your tire, but for one lucky fan, that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity became reality. 

Courtney Potts, a resident of Columbia, Tennessee just outside of Nashville, revealed she was driving down a Tennessee backroad with her young children when her tire blew out. Luke happened to be driving by at the same time and saw Potts parked on the side of the road and jumped into action to help. 

Potts shared a video on TikTok that shows the country star lying down on the road, replacing the tire with the help of another bystander. Potts also posted a video on Instagram of the singer on his hands and knees, using a tire iron to detach the faulty tire from the vehicle.

"When my tire blew in small town Tennessee, who stopped to help? LUKE BRYAN He deserves all the praise!" Potts captions the TikTok video that has amassed more than three million views. 

"Thank you again @lukebryan I cannot thank you enough for helping me and my kids! It really made our day so much better!" the mother of two writes in the Instagram caption alongside the post, that's set to the tune of Luke's hit "What Makes You Country" and includes a photo of her and her infant daughter, Ellie, posing with the superstar.

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Jimmie Allen delivers passionate 'Dancing with the Stars' performance in honor of his children

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Jimmie Allen came out on top on Dancing with the Stars Monday night, earning his highest score of the season. 

Embracing the theme of Horror Night, Jimmie and his pro partner, Emma Slater, performed a contemporary routine set to the tune of "Say Something." In honor of the horror film A Quiet Place, which inspired their dance, Jimmie and Emma incorporated American Sign Language into the performance, which is how the characters communicate in the film. The passionate performance had the country star in tears at the end. 

Before the performance, Jimmie shared that he was dancing for his children: seven-year-old Aadyn, one-year-old Naomi and one-week-old Zara. "I would sacrifice anything for my kids, my career, my wife, anything," he professed

Jimmie and Emma ended up with a score of 38 out of 40, their highest marks yet and landing them in 2nd place. 

Dancing with the Stars airs Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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"If I Didn't Love You": Jason Aldean teases the first live performance of his fastest-rising #1

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Jason Aldean grabs his 26th career #1 this week, as he and Carrie Underwood claim the top spot with their duet, "If I Didn't Love You."

"As cliche as it sounds, it really never gets old..." he reflects, "I feel really fortunate. I mean, I've been around since 2005. It means a lot to me. I think this song is the fastest song that I've ever had to reach #1."

"We've put out a lot of songs over the years," he adds, "and every time we get one, if anything, it probably means more to me now than it did in the earlier days."

Now, it's just a matter of time before Jason and Carrie get to share the stage.

"We haven't had a chance to do this live," he explains. "We kind of acted like we played it live about 100 times when we shot the video."

"We've got some award shows... coming up here in the next couple of months," he teases, "and looks like we're gonna be doing the song together on some of those."

Jason goes on to compare singing with Carrie to collaborating with Kelly Clarkson on 2010's chart-topping "Don't You Wanna Stay."

"My biggest fear with people like that is, I kind of set myself up for failure," he admits. "I keep doing these songs with these great female vocalists and then I have to go and try to match 'em every time we do it live."

Ultimately, Jason credits Carrie with elevating an already-great song.

"Having her get onboard with it just took it to a different place for sure," he says.

"If I Didn't Love You" is the lead single from Jason's tenth album, Macon, which arrives November 12. 

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Nashville notes

Carrie Underwood and CeCe Winans' collaboration on "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" took home the award for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year at the 2021 Dove Awards. It's featured on Carrie's debut gospel album, My Savior. 

Tickets for May We All, the country music-themed musical produced by Brian Kelley and his production company, CuzBro Productions, in partnership with Lively McCabe Entertainment, go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. ET. May We All will premiere at Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville on June 7, 2022 and run through July 17. 

Maddie & Tae will headline the 2022 CMT Next Women of Country TourCallista Clark and Sacha join as opening acts on the 16-city tour that kicks off on January 6 in Oklahoma City and concludes on February 12 in Atlanta. Tickets go on sale Friday.   

Ashley McBryde has added new dates to her This Town Talks Tour in 2022. Ashland Craft will serve as the opening act. Tickets go on sale Friday.

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"Fired up": Scotty McCreery unveils 2022 Same Truck Tour dates

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Scotty McCreery is packing up his "Same Truck" and hitting the road next year.  

The American Idol winner said he's "fired up" to be embarking on the 2022 Same Truck Tour that kicks off in his home state of North Carolina on January 20 and continues through February 19 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Along the way, the hitmaker will make stops in Detroit, Denver, Sioux Falls and other cities.

"Somebody Like That" singer Tenille Arts, plus Callista Clark, who is climbing the top 30 on country radio with "'Cause I Am," as well as country supergroup King Calaway and former The Voice contestant Kameron Marlowe will join the trek as supporting acts.

The Same Truck tour takes its name from Scotty's new album, which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in September. It features the singer's latest #1 hit, "You Time," and current single, "Damn Strait." 

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time.

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LoCash head into the 'Woods & Water' with new EP

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LoCash are ready to take fans into the Woods & Water. 

The chart-topping duo of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas channel their backwoods upbringing into the new EP, out on November 5. The five-song project reflects their passion for the outdoors with titles including "In the Woods," "Sippin' Sunsets" and "Beach Boys," the latter of which was co-written byBrian Wilson, co-founder of the Beach Boys.

“We can’t wait to share this music! We kept it all on a positive note like we do best, and we collaborated with some bucket list voices and writers. We wanted Woods & Water – EP to be a mini vacation – a getaway,” the duo shares in a statement. “Relatable and easy to sing along to, this project hits every feel-good tempo. It’s us. These are the anthems the world needs right now.”  

Woods & Water is LoCash's latest project since their 2019 album, Brothers, which included the #1 hit, "One Big Country Song."

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Luke Bryan's Las Vegas residency will focus on "just the music"

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Luke Bryan's upcoming Las Vegas residency originally had a very different name when he began conceptualizing the show.

Luke reminisced with fellow American Idol judge Katy Perry, who is filling in as host on The Ellen DeGeneres Showabout brainstorming ideas for their upcoming residences at the Theatre at Resorts World in Las Vegas. While the pop superstar is opting for all the glitz and glam in her show, the country star's approach is a bit more understated.

"I don't know if we have lions, tigers and bears coming out," Luke says."Just music, that's all you need right?" Katy remarks.

"Just music," Luke affirms.

Luke also recalls talking to Katy a year ago talking about the concepts for their individual shows, but Luke admittedly wasn't as far then into the planning process.

"You were like 'what would encapsulate mine? I guess I could call it 'Try Not to Puke with Luke,'" Katy reminisces, drawing a hearty laugh out of Luke.

"The beauty of it is most people probably won't even remember our shows, they'll have to buy another ticket," the country hitmaker jokes. "Repeat customers. It's the best policy."

Luke's residency takes over the Theatre at Resorts World for nine shows in February 2022. He and Katy are in the midst of production on American Idol season 20, airing on ABC in 2022.

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Garth, The Opry House & You: Garth Brooks adds show at Grand Ole Opry

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Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets to his concerts at the Ryman Auditorium next month, Garth Brooks has added a show at the Grand Ole Opry. 

Last week, Garth broke the internet when a whopping 22,000 people were waiting virtually to purchase tickets to his upcoming limited-capacity shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. In response, the superstar has added a show at the Grand Ole Opry on November 18. 

"The Opry and the Ryman are a very close family, they helped us out by giving us a new opening night. I feel very lucky to play BOTH of these very iconic venues," Garth shares in a statement. 

Garth, The Opry House & You will also have limited seating. Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. ET. 

The "Friends in Low Places" hitmaker will perform two intimate shows at the Ryman on November 19 and 20. Tickets are $250 each, all inclusive. Attendees will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event.

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Kane Brown twists ankle on stage, keeps performing

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They say the show must go on, and that's exactly what Kane Brown did, despite twisting his ankle on stage. 

While performing in Tennessee on Friday night, the country singer appeared to badly injure his ankle, but instead of leaving fans hanging, he continued his set. 

A video posted to Twitter, shows that Brown injured himself while jumping down from the main stage onto a lower level. During the landing his ankle twisted, prompting him to hop down to the floor level with the help of security, who then tended to him. Meanwhile, the band continued to play for almost a full minute before realizing the singer was going to need a moment. 

Despite the misstep, according to TMZ, the "Be Like That" singer returned to the stage and finished out his set.

Brown later took to social media to show off his swollen ankle, which had ballooned, and joked, "Memphis it looks normal, it's fine." 

Not only did Brown continue Friday night's performance while hurt, he went full steam ahead on Saturday's show as well. 

When one fan questioned whether he would perform after hearing of the injury, Brown replied, "Of course it’s still on!"  

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Oh, the horror: Things get scary tonight for Jimmie Allen on 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Heading into Halloween weekend, it's "Horror Night" this evening on Dancing with the Stars.

Jimmie Allen, however, is still laughing about being mistaken for an NFL player back when he had to wear a face shield to conceal his identity, prior to the cast reveal.

"Oh, yeah, it's pretty funny. I loved it," he tells ABC Audio. "They could not figure it out. First, they thought I was Matt James from The Bachelor. And I was like, 'Matt James is six-five!'"

"And then they thought I was a football player for the longest, because I guess people weren't thinking country music, you know what I mean? They see a black guy, looks like he got one or two muscles, they're like 'Oh he's got to be a football player,'" he laughs.

Meanwhile, Jimmie remains a die-hard aficionado of all things Disney, so he's thrilled to be part of the Disney family, since ABC's owned by The Walt Disney Company. It's something he shares with his  seven-year-old son Aadyn.

"Listen, anything that gets him in Disney World," Jimmie smiles, "and he loves JoJo Siwa, so I had to take a couple of selfies with her for him."  

Tonight, tune in at 8 p.m. ET to see Jimmie and his partner Emma Slater dancing Contemporary to “Say Something” by Daniel Jang, inspired by the movie, A Quiet Place.

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Nashville notes

Jimmie Allen is featured on one of the songs from Elton John’s new collaborations project, The Lockdown Sessions. Elton and Jimmie’s duet is called “Beauty in the Bones.”

Tickets went on sale today for Garth Brooks’ upcoming two nights of shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. After just over an hour, they’d sold out, but Garth hopped on Twitter to say that he is working on a plan to increase ticket-buying opportunities for fans who haven’t been able to grab their seats yet.

The Miranda Lambert-led trio Pistol Annies dropped their Christmas album, Hell of a Holiday, today. The project includes a selection of original tracks, as well as a cover of Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December.”

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