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Garth Brooks' New Box Set Tops Charts


Garth Brooks is once again on top.  The country superstar's new box set, "Blame It All On My Roots," is taking the top spot on the Billboard 200.  In its first full week out the eight-disc collection sold 146-thousand copies to capture the number one position.  The set was released as a Walmart exclusive Black Friday special on Thanksgiving Day, and opened on the chart at number three with 164-thousand in sales.  Brooks' disc is the first release of more than two discs to top the chart since Led Zeppelin's "How The West Was Won" opened at number one in 2003.  It's also the first time in 15 years that a set of more than three discs has reached number one.  And it was Garth who did it back then as well, topping the chart with his 1998 six-CD set, "The Limited Series."


Brantley Gilbert "Stoked" About New Single


Brantley Gilbert says he's "stoked" to have a new song on the way.  The country star says "Bottoms Up" sparks fun memories for him.


"Bottoms Up" is Brantley's first single since his 2012 top ten hit "More Than Miles."  The track is from the singer's long-awaited third album.  The still untitled disc is Gilbert's follow up to 2010's "Halfway To Heaven."  The album is expected to arrive in 2014.  "Bottoms Up" will be released to radio on Monday.  The single as well as the video to the song will be available from iTunes on Tuesday.


Dustin Lynch Not Commenting On Collaboration Rumors


Dustin Lynch isn't confirming the rumors that he's collaborating with Hunter Hayes on a new song.  But he's not denying them, either.  Dustin, who's currently working on his sophomore studio effort, tells that he and Hayes have "become great buddies."  He also calls Hunter "a sweet dude" who's "having a lot of success" right now.  But regarding them working together, all Dustin will say is "we'll see."  Dustin is prepping the follow up to his 2012 self-titled debut album, which featured his hit single, "Cowboys and Angels."


LeAnn Rimes Opens Up About ACA Performance Breakdown


LeAnn Rimes says she was "thinking about sex a lot" during her emotional tribute to Patsy Cline at Tuesday night's American Country Awards.  Rimes tells "Entertainment Tonight" her guitarist always tells her to "think about sex when you start to cry" during a performance.  But despite her best efforts, the technique didn't work.  LeAnn says she noticed audience members crying as she sang "Crazy," and by the end of the medley, "it was just such an emotional moment" for her that she couldn't hold back the tears.  Rimes, who was called "the next Patsy Cline" when she launched her career, says Patsy means a great deal to her and has been a big influence.


The American Country Awards tribute recognized the 50th anniversary of Cline's death.  She was killed in a plane crash in March 1963, at the age of 30.

Trace Adkins Praises Drummers From ACA Performance


Trace Adkins is praising the drummers who backed him for his American Country Awards performance.  The country star sang "The Little Drummer Boy" with some accompaniment from the Foothills High School drumline.  Adkins says he was honored to be on stage with the young musicians from the Las Vegas school.


Adkins' rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy" closed out the ceremony.  In addition to performing, Trace teamed up with NASCAR star Danica Patrick to host the event.  The ceremony took place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday night, and aired on Fox.


Deana Carter Considering Nashville Return


Deana Carter might be coming back to Nashville.  The country singer tells "The Tennessean" the time she recently spent in Music City working on her new album has her considering a permanent return.  Nashville is home to Deana, who was born and raised in the Tennessee community.  It's also where she launched her music career nearly 20 years ago.  She's been away for more than a decade.  Carter moved to Los Angeles 13 years ago to pursue other opportunities, including voice-over and soundtrack work.  However, Deana says a return home for her would mean uprooting her nine-year-old son, and she admits he's been less than enthusiastic about the idea.


Carter has been forging her country music comeback.  She released the album "Southern Way of Life" earlier this month.  It's her first disc since 2007's covers project "The Chain," and her first collection of new studio material since 2005's "The Story of My Life."


Cassadee Pope Recalls Getting Her First Guitar


Cassadee Pope says she owes her music career in part to a Christmas gift she received when she was seven years old.  The country newcomer says that's when she got her first guitar.


Cassadee adds that she was thrilled to receive the guitar.  She explains that she'd been wanting one, but because she couldn't really play the instrument she was afraid to ask for it.  And over the years Cassadee has continued honing her songwriting skills.  She co-wrote five of the eleven songs on her debut album, "Frame By Frame."


Taylor Swift Loves Christmas


Taylor Swift says she really enjoys the holiday season.  She attributes her attitude in part to her upbringing.


Taylor adds that "everybody's buying gifts for each other," and she loves the feeling of giving that surrounds the holiday.  But the singer has more than just Christmas to celebrate at this time of the year.  She'll be turning 24 later this week.  Her birthday is on Friday.


Country TV Today And Tonight


THE X FACTOR (FOX) Jennifer Nettles is a guest performer.

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Chris Young is a guest.


Country Birthdays Include


Hank Williams the Third is 41.


Today in Country Music History


Today in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra.  The union sparked controversy, not only because of the bride's age and Lewis' relation to her, but because Lewis hadn't yet divorced his previous wife, Jane Mitcham.  While the next year he officially ended his marriage to Mitcham and remarried Myra to make that marriage legal, it wasn't enough to repair the damage caused by the initial scandal.


Today in 1957, a disc jockey in Portland, Oregon, was fired for playing Elvis Presley's version of "White Christmas."


Today in 1960, Brenda Lee's holiday classic, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," made its first appearance on the charts.


Today in 1970, Dolly Parton's first number one single, "Joshua," entered the charts.


Today in 1996, Clint Black received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He and his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, made a grand entrance in a stagecoach, and he received proclamations from the mayors of Nashville, Los Angeles, and Houston.


Today in 2000, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw wrapped up their 64-city "Soul 2 Soul" tour in Orlando, Florida. named it the year's highest grossing tour.


Today in 2001, Toby Keith's "I Wanna Talk About Me" topped the country singles charts.


Today in 2001, LeAnn Rimes revealed that she planned to marry dancer Dean Sheremet.  The couple met the previous May at the Academy of Country Music Awards.


Today in 2001, Wynonna served as maid of honor when her sister, Ashley Judd, married racecar driver Dario Franchitti in Scotland.


Today in 2002, Carlene Carter was arrested on two charges of identity theft.  She allegedly used someone else's identity to obtain prescription drugs.


Today in 2006, The Dixie Chicks' "The Long Way Around" and Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" were included in "Rolling Stone" magazine's list of the 100 Best Songs of the Year.


Today in 2006, Emerson Drive performed both the U.S. and Canadian national anthems in advance of the Nashville Predators-Edmonton Oilers hockey game in Nashville.


Today in 2007, Sara Evans began a two-day co-hosting stint on ABC's "The View."


Today in 2007, Alan Jackson was featured on the TNT special "Christmas in Washington," along with Andrea Bocelli, R&B singer Ne-Yo, and "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens.  The holiday music concert, which was taped at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, was a benefit the National Children's Medical Center.


Today in 2012, Taylor Swift's "Red" returned to the top of the Billboard 200 to log its fourth nonconsecutive week at number one on the all-genre chart.


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