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Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits Package Debuts at No. 1

If it’s not one Oklahoman, it’s another. This week, Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart, thereby dislodging fellow Okie Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine, which had held that eminence for four consecutive weeks. Meanwhile, Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” glides to the top of the country airplay... Read more »


Dig Into Lyrics on Genius

Country music fans, meet Genius. No, it’s not a new band but a novel way to view and interpret song lyrics and other forms of the written word. Created in 2009 as Rap Genius, the website quickly expanded into everything from the collected works of Shakespeare and the speeches of Abraham Lincoln to TV and... Read more »


CMT Announces All Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice Marathon

CMT Hot 20 Countdown will wrap up its year-long celebration of country music’s greatest influences with a special five-hour marathon on Dec. 27. The CMT All-Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice Marathon will highlight some of the series’ most memorable moments. The journey began earlier this year with a weekly countdown of artist-voted, all-genre recipients including... Read more »


Luke Bryan Shakes It for CMT Hot 20 Countdown

On this week’s special episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown, fans can relive all the best moments of 2014, including some never-before-seen and utterly hilarious Luke Bryan outtakes. Or the time Garth Brooks admitted what he expected before taking the stage for his first tour in almost 15 years. “Yeah, I’m gonna get winded. Yeah,... Read more »


Kelly Clarkson Prepares for a Miracle on Broadway

It pays to have friends in high places. Just ask Kelly Clarkson, who didn’t hesitate to call in more than a few favors for her inaugural Miracle on Broadway benefit concert taking place Saturday night (Dec. 20) in Nashville. “Honestly? With these artists, I just called my friends and was like, ‘Hey, do this for... Read more »


Why Dierks Bentley Can’t Look His Fans in the Eyes

Dierks Bentley knows he has a job to do. “You can’t forget what you’re there to do on a Friday, Saturday night,” Bentley told Radio.com. “People have worked hard all week. They’re spending money for your show. You’re there to have a good time and not get too inside yourself.” Then again, he also has... Read more »


Blake Shelton: All He Cares About Is Country Music

The producers of The Voice may not want to hear this, but Blake Shelton does not make the reality show his everything. His everything, it sounds like, is just country music. “Country music is literally my life. My life is not this show,” he told reporters backstage right after his contestant Craig Wayne Boyd won.... Read more »


How to Nurse a Hangover Down South

Hangovers can happen to the best of us. Whether it’s a few glasses of wine or a night of barhopping and house parties, the elusive hangover can creep up on anyone. Even professional partiers like the Party Down South 2 crew battle with hangovers after wild nights in Biloxi, Mississippi. This week, we left off... Read more »


Kacey Musgraves Kisses Bucket List Goodbye

Bucket list be gone! Grammy and CMA-winning Kacey Musgraves is just “along for the ride,” y’all. And even when that road gets a little bit rocky, it’s still one heck of ride and reward for the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter. She spent much of 2014 defying the country music odds with her sound and message, and something... Read more »


Say “Bah! Humbug!” to Predictable Holiday Music

(Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by CMT.com managing editor Calvin Gilbert.) When I made the confession to one of my colleagues at CMT, he grinned and retorted, “You don’t like holiday music? What a surprise!” Aside from getting the wake-up call that I need to make an effort to show a bit... Read more »


Party Down South Sneak Peek: Christmas Hangover

It’s a Christmas miracle! The Party Down South family is back for their Christmas Hangover special airing Thursday (Dec. 18) at 8 p.m. ET/PT. And trust me, they are getting real country for Christmas with skeet shooting, Daddy funneling family dinner, Murray spiking the eggnog and much more. You’ll even meet their families and a... Read more »


Music From Redneck Island: Season 4, Episode 3

Redneck Island Good Man Down, “Welcome To The Party” Watch Redneck Island on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT – part of Thirsty Thursday. And follow along for exclusive news and video, photo galleries and more on CMT.com, the CMT App, the official Redneck Island Facebook page and on Twitter using #RedneckIsland.


Luke Bryan’s #TBT Advice From Blake Shelton

You have to go back six years to find it. But once you do, you will praise the Internet, video cameras and the entire concept of Throwback Thursday. This is Luke Bryan’s very first LBTV episode. It takes place at a Wisconsin fair in the summer of 2008. There are bumpers cars and fishing games.... Read more »


Funniest Country Music Moments on The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert can make fun of just about anything without coming across as mean. Sadly, his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report comes to an end Thursday (Dec. 18) as he gets ready to take over for David Letterman on The Late Show. Mostly, The Colbert Report was a satire show taking on the 24-hour... Read more »


“Wind Beneath My Wings” Songwriter Larry Henley Dies

Larry Henley, co-writer of the international Grammy-winning hit, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” died Thursday morning (Dec. 18) in Nashville at the age of 77. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Now a standard at weddings, funerals, piano bars and half-time ceremonies, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” which Henley co-wrote with Jeff Silbar, has... Read more »


Broken Skull Challenge: Steve Austin Returns to Kick Some Ass

There’s no easy day at the Broken Skull ranch. Steve Austin returns with his trademark tough love for a second season of Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, premiering Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Each week, men and women from across the nation battle it out in a physically and mentally grueling challenge until only... Read more »


American Idol Judges Could Use a Drink

When I picture Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. at the American Idol judges’ table in January, it’s hard to do without those big red cups of Coke. No one has more fun than our judges! Hang out with @HarryConnickJR, @KeithUrban & @JLo in 3 WEEKS from today: http://t.co/DYTiJJ2dgw #idol — American Idol... Read more »


Yes, Carrie Underwood Has Maternity Jeans

Every time Carrie Underwood appears on TV lately, her baby bump gets a little bit bigger. And that is a beautiful thing because it means she is finally out of that second-trimester style purgatory. So much talent tonight at the @opry The ladies were bringing it! @KaceyMusgraves @kreeharrison @ClaraHenningsen pic.twitter.com/AH6xSPHo1E — Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) December... Read more »


Tyler Hubbard: This Was How He Rolled

For Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard, one of the best Christmas gifts his dad ever gave him was the art of keeping expectations low. Seriously. That’s a real gift. Hubbard’s father Roy, who died in February 2007, used to tell him not to expect much for Christmas. “Dad would always act like, ‘You’re not gonna... Read more »


Redneck Island: The Plot Thickens

Before Thursday’s (Dec. 18) episode of Redneck Island airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT, get ahead of the game and watch this sneak peek. The house goes bananas immediately after “Hot Riley” is eliminated. Everyone’s mind is blown simply because Riley was such a tough competitor. Allow Cody to explain in the above video. But bear... Read more »


Country Music’s College Football Connection

CMT’s college football celebration just got more jam-packed with the help of Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae and Thomas Rhett. The artists have been added to the star-studded list of performers for CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live From the College Football Playoff National Championship set for Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CMT, CMT.com... Read more »


The Best and Worst of Reba’s Holidays

When Reba McEntire reflects — on Christmas, New Year’s Eve or anything else, for that matter — I listen. So during a recent radio interview, when she talked about the best parts and then some of the not-so-great parts of the upcoming holiday season, I took notes. The Good: “When I was growing up in... Read more »


Do Celebrities Wait in Concert Lines Like the Rest of Us?

When I see a celebrity at a concert, I always wonder the same things: How’d they get their tickets? Did they wait in front of their computer until the very second they went on sale and then wait in that torturous virtual queue? Or did they call someone … who called someone who called someone?... Read more »


The Voice Win Goes to Team Blake’s Craig Wayne Boyd

The fourth time proved to be yet another charm for Blake Shelton. The megastar’s team member Craig Wayne Boyd was crowned the winner of The Voice during Tuesday’s (Dec. 16) season finale, making it the fourth win for Team Blake in seven seasons of the series. In USA Today’s report from a post-show press conference,... Read more »


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