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Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumSunday night’s annual Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum boasted big-name performances from Luke BryanBrothers Osborne, and Trisha Yearwood, all paying tribute to new inductees Brooks & Dunn. But there were also some other big moments during the event, held inside the CMA Theater in Nashville.

Nineties duet partners Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart reunited to summon the spirit of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings on “Good Hearted Woman,” which they sang as a tribute to former RCA Nashville head Jerry Bradley. The son of revered producer Owen Bradley was one of the forces behind that number one from 1975, as well as country music's famed Outlaw movement. 

And just moments after officially inducting her pals Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn into the Hall of Fame, Reba McEntire returned to the stage to close out the night -- as is customary -- with the traditional tune “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” She teamed up with respected background vocalists the McCrary Sisters for one of the best versions of the classic tune in recent memory.

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumRicky Skaggs and the McCrary Sisters reminded the audience at Sunday night’s Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame that Ray Stevens is not only one of the genre’s comedy legends, but he has an impressive musical legacy to match.

One of Nashville’s best-kept secrets and busiest background vocalists, the McCrary Sisters, stepped to the forefront to inject some extra soul into Stevens’ number one pop hit from 1970, “Everything Is Beautiful.” It turns out they sang on the original version of the feel-good tune nearly fifty years ago.

Earlier, Country Music Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs put some of his signature bluegrass into Stevens' 1975 hit version of “Misty.” 

When it came time to step up to the podium after his official induction into the Hall of Fame, Stevens called on his trademark humor, which created hits like “The Streak.”

After initially rejecting the idea that his entry into the Hall was overdue, Stevens couldn’t resist.

“If you guys had’ve gotten me in here a little sooner, I could’ve upped my price on booking dates, you know?” he quipped, as the audience of industry insiders roared.

When the laughter subsided, Stevens, who's known for his real estate holdings in Nashville, added, "AND bought the other half of Music Row!"

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ABC/Image Group LAThis week, Chris Janson’s Real Friends have helped send his “Good Vibes” all the way to number one.

His third album, titled Real Friends, just came out Friday, and Monday, he awoke to the news that its lead single, “Good Vibes,” is at the top of the chart.

“I’m very humbled this morning,” Chris reacted. “I couldn’t even go to sleep last night.”

“This being my third number one song has once again changed our world,” he continued. “To my fans -- holy cow!! What an amazing trip we’re taking together! Thank you for consistently having my back and supporting me.”

“Good Vibes” follows the Missouri native’s previous chart toppers, “Buy Me a Boat” and “Fix a Drink.”

On Tuesday, Chris is set to sing “Good Vibes” during the 8 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today show, before returning during the 10 a.m. hour to premiere his new single, “Done.” He’ll also be on the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday.

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Walt Disney Television/Paula Lobo; ABC/Image Group LAEric Church joins Keith Urban on a new version of Keith's current hit "We Were," which The Chief co-wrote.

“I heard that my buddy Eric was a writer on ‘We Were,’ so I thought ‘Hey, what a cool opportunity for people to get to hear a writer singing,’” Keith jokes. “I think this guy could be really big!!!!!”

Keith happens to be the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, while Eric's nominated for the coveted honor at next month's CMA Awards as well. 

"We Were" is Keith's fortieth top ten hit on the Billboard chart. 

This isn't the first time the friends and label mates have collaborated: They made it all the way to number one in 2015 with "Raise 'Em Up." 

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Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge's Glow Live Christmas tour will return for ten dates this holiday season, starting with two shows at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on December 4.

The trek takes its name from Brett's 2016 holiday set Glow, which was re-released in a deluxe edition last year.

“Since I was a kid, I’ve had the Christmas music spirit running heavily through my veins,” Brett says. “It’s my favorite thing in the world. Now taking my own Christmas tour out on the road at this huge level is a dream. I can’t wait to see everyone dressed up, relaxed and ready to sing the Christmas classics with me!”

Comedian Barry Rothbart will open the dates, with pre-sales starting on Tuesday, before tickets become available to the general public on Friday.

Here's a look at the complete itinerary for Brett Eldredge's 2019 Glow Live tour: 

12/4, 5 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
12/8 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theater
12/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Coca-Cola Roxy
12/12 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre
12/14 -- Boston, MA, Both Center Wang Theatre
12/17, 18 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
12/20, 21 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre

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Comstock/Thinkstock One hundred years ago this week, the record label that would be home to Elvis PresleyDolly PartonAlabama and many more was formed. Do you know the full name of the company known as RCA? ANSWER: Radio Corporation of America.

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Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumThe tone was both reverent -- and irreverent -- as Brooks & Dunn were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday night during the annual Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater in Nashville.

Fittingly, the reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year, Brothers Osborne, kicked off the tribute to Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn by playing the song that started the career of the fourteen-time Vocal Duo winners, 1991's "Brand New Man."

Luke Bryan fast-forwarded to 2003's "Red Dirt Road," but couldn't help but remember how Kix reached out to him as a newcomer. At the time, he'd just lost his sister and was on an airplane during a radio tour.

"It was Kix Brooks on the phone," Luke recalled, "just telling me he was sorry about our loss. And I never will forget it."

"What an amazing gesture," he reflected. "Hung the phone up and called my whole family and we were just amazed."

Two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Trisha Yearwood reminded the room of Nashville luminaries she's still one of the most powerful vocalists in the business, bringing everyone to their feet -- including her husband Garth Brooks -- as she sang 2005's "Believe" with soul-stirring conviction.

But then things took a lighter turn as B&D's longtime friend Reba McEntire stepped up to the podium for their induction.

"Oh, paybacks are hell," she taunted, as the crowd roared. "Do you remember when we started touring together in the nineties and y'all were pulling all those pranks? And I said, "NO PRANKS!" And they went, "Uh, huh!" [being] real cute."

Kix walked onstage to accept, continuing the joke.

"I can't believe Reba did this -- she hates us!" he feigned, as the audience laughed. "I mean, people come out to see HER. You know, we share a stage in Las Vegas."

"[And] I say, 'Hey, we're like coleslaw on a barbecue plate,'" he quipped. "'You're gonna get us whether you want us or not!'"

Kix went on to express his heartfelt gratitude for the career-crowning honor, as did Ronnie. But Dunn was content to keep it light as well.

"So I'm feeling my oats last night," Ronnie confessed, "and I walked through the kitchen... As [my wife] Janine usually does... when the trash can gets full in the kitchen, she'll set it out on the end of the counter."

"I walked through the room," he continued. "I said, 'You know, after tomorrow night, I probably won't be doing this anymore,'" he remembered, as the crowd continued to chuckle.

"She hesitated for a minute. She never looked up. She said, 'Yeah, well, when you get through, there's another one over there, underneath the sink,'" he finished, to still more laughter.

Earlier in the evening, Ricky Skaggs helped induct Ray Stevens into the Hall, singing his classic, "Misty," as did The McCrary Sisters, offering "Everything Is Beautiful," the #1 pop hit they'd sung on back in 1970.

Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart also subbed for Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson on "Good Hearted Woman," paying homage to former RCA Nashville head Jerry Bradley, who joined the Hall this year as well.

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Marty's Stuart's classic album from 1999, The Pilgrim, is now available for the first time on vinyl. The 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition features a bonus CD of ten never-before-released tracks, as well as guest appearances from Emmylou Harris, Connie Smith, Ralph Stanley, and Earl Scruggs.

Ricky Skaggs, the Oak Ridge Boys, and John Rich are all featured on a new version of "Jingle Bells" with Dionne Warwick. It's from the R&B legend's new holiday album, Voices of Christmas.

The new EP from newcomer Caroline Jones is out now. It shares its title with her current single, "Chasin' Me."

If you missed Jon Pardi singing "Ain't Always the Cowboy" Friday on ABC's Good Morning America, you can check out his performance online.

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Walt Disney Television/Lorenzo BevilaquaKane Brown not only has a hit on the country chart right now with "Homesick," but you'll also hear him on pop radio with "One Thing Right," his track with producer/DJ Marshmello -- famous for concealing his face with a giant helmet that looks like, well, a marshmallow.

Kane is no stranger to pop collaborations, and he admits it would have been "dumb" for him to turn down the chance to work with the huge star from electronic music.

Prior to working with Marshmello, Kane joined Khalid on a remix of Khalid's song "Saturday Nights," and last year, he appeared on a remix of Camila Cabello's "Never Be the Same."  So what's his criteria for crossing genres to record with pop stars?

"It just depends, you know," he tells ABC Audio. "The last two collabs, with 'Mello and Khalid, they both asked me. And so if it makes sense, y'know, why not do it?" 

He adds, "And 'Mello's huge, so I would've been dumb not to jump on that!"

But the big question is whether, while working on the song, Kane actually got to see Marshmello without his signature helmet.

"Yeah, yeah," admits Kane. "But everybody's pretty secret with him.  They understand that he don't wanna be seen, so nobody tells!"

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ABC RadioYou won’t be having Fun with Garth Brooks this fall as planned. Instead, he’s leaving you with his Legacy for the time being.

Garth had planned to release his new record, Fun, this fall, as his current hit, “Dive Bar,” makes its way up the chart. Instead, the record’s been pushed back to early next year, so it won’t compete with his upcoming Legacy vinyl set.

The seven LP/seven CD box comes out November 1 and includes the new Triple Live -- recorded on tour -- plus the classic albums No FencesThe ChaseIn Pieces, and Fresh Horses.

“I see this as a gift,” Garth tells Billboard. “If I’m a parent and I want my kids to hear the music that I as a kid played, this is a great way to put it on vinyl and play around the house. I know that from my own childhood, the stuff that we listened to as a family probably created my best memories.” 

Since the set took eight months to manufacture, there are only about 500,000 copies available.

You’ll be able to buy Legacy via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bass Pro Shops, Best Buy, Bi-Lo, Cabela’s, Costco, Cracker Barrel, Dollar General, Fry’s Food, FYE, and Winn-Dixie, but not at Target or Walmart, partially because of the limited stock.

The price ranges from about $50 to $75, depending on which version you choose.

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ABC/Image Group LAThey don’t call him King George for nothin’.

This week, George Strait becomes the first artist in history to have placed one hundred songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, as “The Weight of the Badge” debuts at #56.

That’s really only part of the story, though. That total only dates back to the beginning of the Country Airplay tally, which started in January of 1990. If you look at the more comprehensive Hot Country Songs ranking, Strait’s charted 124 tunes in all, dating back to 1981.

“The Weight of the Badge” is the second single from his Honky Tonk Time Machine album.

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Copyright 2018 8TEN, Inc.Garth Brooks' first home-state stop on his Stadium Tour is about to get even bigger. 

Next Friday, he'll release what his camp is calling a "very large number of incredible production seats" for his Saturday, November 16 show at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tickets go for just under $95, including all fees. Garth's show will be the first concert in the venue in sixteen years.  

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ABC/Image Group LAAfter doing two sold-out shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace last month, Keith Urban is headed back to Sin City for a dozen more concerts in 2020.

Kicking off January 10, Keith Urban Live -- Las Vegas will be an all-new show, using the renovated venue's capacity for a general admission area on the main floor.

Pre-sales start on Sunday for fan club members, before tickets officially go on sale next Friday.  Buy them at at ticketmaster.com/keithurbanvegas. 

Here's the rundown of the CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year's Vegas dates for 2020:

January 10, 11, 17, 18
April 24, 25
July 10, 11
August 7, 8
November 20, 21

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/ViacomPerforming in honor of CMT Artist of the Decade Reba McEntire Wednesday night wasn't something Lady Antebellum took lightly, especially since Hillary Scott practically grew up on the road with the country legend.

Hillary's mom, Linda Davis, sang backup for Reba and won a Grammy for their #1 duet, "Does He Love You." So Lady A's been privileged to have a front row seat to learn from the legend.

"She's such a great entertainer. She's so authentic," Dave Haywood reflects. "She's always been so true to herself, where she came from, how she was raised in the Midwest, and who she is...that's always been such an inspiring thing for us."

"We've watched how she tours, how she puts on a show, how she paces a show," he explains. "We've gotten to know her over the years...that's another surreal moment, that we're able to kind of call her friends now. And she is one of the biggest icons in this format."

Hilary admits Reba's immense catalog made it difficult to pick a song to perform during the tribute.

"It's kind of like throwing a dart," Hillary admits. "But we chose 'Is There Life Out There' just because it's one of my personal favorites. I just love the lyric...the melody. It lends itself to three-part harmony beautifully."

Ultimately, Hillary's goal during the tribute was to mirror the love Reba's shown her through the years.

"I am so encouraged by her and her confidence, and have always felt so uplifted...myself by her over the years," Hillary says. "So I just want to make her proud and hope that she feels celebrated and loved."

"You can't find one person who could say 'Reba McEntire' and not say 'I love her' in the next breath. She's just the best."

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Comstock/ThinkstockFifteen years ago this week, Sara Evans "cleaned up" as this song hit number one on Billboard's country chart. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Suds in the Bucket."

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Big MachineFlorida Georgia Line's most recent hit was the double entendre, "Talk You Out of It." But now, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are literally stripping it down -- their songs, that is -- for The Acoustic Sessions, which is out today.

They're also counting their "Blessings" -- the title of their new single -- on the set that takes pretty much every FGL hit there is, and pares it down to the bare bones.

"You know, the acoustic project is pretty cool to listen back and hear and kind of relive our songs in a different way," Brian says. "And we really think our fans are gonna enjoy it."

"Yeah, it's just another little cool look for us," he continues.  "And [we're] very thankful for all the hard work put into that and just excited to really to see about what the fans think about all these songs."

The duo's also thrilled to once again be exceeding fans' expectations.

"I think they thought they were just gonna get one or two," he explains.  "But to do a whole album -- I think 17 songs -- it's fresh for us and keeps the fans excited."

"And, yeah, I think Mom and Dad are gonna be proud, too." he adds. "So, heck yeah!"

Next month, Brian and Tyler return to Sin City for another round of Florida Georgia Line Live from Las Vegas at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood on November 6, 8, and 9.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockYou can start your Friday with some Heartache Medication from Jon Pardi, as he stops by Good Morning America. Watch for him starting at 7 a.m. on ABC. 

"Hold On" is the lead single from the new album by Hootie & the Blowfish, titled Imperfect Circle. The song was co-written by Chris Stapleton.

Opry Entertainment Group will launch its new country music network -- known as Circle -- in early 2020. It'll include a weekly Grand Ole Opry broadcast, and will also be launched as a premium entertainment service in late spring.

Garth Brooks performs a medley of "Hold On, I'm Comin'" and "Soul Man" with Sam Moore on Great Performances' Grammy Salute to Music Legends, which premieres Friday night at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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Catherine Powell"10,000 Hours," the new song from Justin Bieber and Dan Shay, had its live performance debut in an unusual setting: Dan Shay sang it at Justin Bieber's recent wedding celebration.  And as they tell Entertainment Tonight, they had no idea they were going to do it.

“We had never rehearsed it,” Dan Smyers tells ET. We obviously recorded it in the studio, but we never played it live in front of actual human beings. [But] Justin was like, ‘Sing ‘10,000 hours,’ we’re like, ‘OK, we’ll try.’ “

Shay Mooney jokes that he and Dan were just "making up the words," but Dan adds, "It was good though, it was really fun and people were out on the dance floor rocking.”

“It’s awesome to get to attend their wedding and it was a blast,” Dan notes. “It was a really good time.”

As for the collaboration, it came about because Justin and Dan Shay are both managed by Scooter Braun, who put the duo in touch with Justin.

"We’ve always wanted to do some collaboration with [Justin] and we wrote the song and thought it would be perfect and sent it over to him not knowing what would happen,” says Shay. "He loved the song; he’s in a similar place in his life, just got married, and so it was really cool to have that moment all together.”

“The timing of it worked out and we still can’t believe that it happened,” he adds. “I’m waiting to wake up tomorrow and [find out] like, ‘That actually never happened to you guys.’"

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Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/ViacomThomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins walked the red carpet arm-in-arm Wednesday night in Nashville, as TR was honored as one of CMT's Artists of the Year.

"In the beginning...anytime I ever got nominated for anything, me and Lauren were just like, 'How is this even happening?'" TR recalled. "And still to this day...it's really mind-blowing..."

"Because we don't see that part," Rhett explained. "All I see is the songwriting, and being on the bus, and playing shows. And I don't think you understand what you're actually doing out there, and how many people you're playing for, and how [your] songs... resonate with people."

Lauren revealed it was "definitely out of [her] comfort zone" to step onstage to present the honor to her husband.

"I don't know that I was born to do what he was born to do," she reflected, "but I've got a good teacher. I've been able to watch for seven years, and he's the best support system I could ever ask for."

Back home, three-year-old daughter  Willa Gray was staying up past her bedtime.  "She knows we're coming on TV and she does not want to miss it," Lauren smiled.

Looking glamorous as she's expecting their third daughter, Lauren revealed she seems to be getting a break from the sickness that's plagued her during this pregnancy.  And while she and TR have yet to celebrate their recent anniversary since the end of his tour last weekend, Lauren doesn't mind. 

"We wanted to spend some time with our girls because it's been a lot of travel for everybody," she reasoned. "So I think we all just needed a good breath at home."

"Needed a good Halloween movie, Halloween cookies, the whole vibe," TR offered.

Their movie of choice? Hocus Pocus.

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Copyright 8 Ten, Inc.Garth Brooks packed a capacity crowd of more than seven hundred fans into The Barn in Sanford, Florida on Wednesday night, for the fourth stop on his Dive Bar Tour.

It’s the third time Garth has played the venue he clearly loves, the first dating back to May 27, 1989. He even name-checks The Barn in the track “The Old Stuff,” on his Fresh Horses album.

This is the fourth of seven stops Garth plans on his tour that takes its name from his current top-twenty hit, “Dive Bar,” with Blake Shelton. The next will be Monday, October 28 at The Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, Ohio. The only way to get tickets is to win them from country radio stations in the area.

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