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Miranda, Martina & Jennifer Nettles Respond to Consultant Calling Them "Tomatoes


David Giesbrecht/NBC(NOTE LANGUAGE) Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Nettles and Martina McBride seem more than ready to match wits with the Texas-based radio consultant who recently compared female country artists to tomatoes.In an article for trade publication Country Aircheck, Keith Hill extolled the virtues of playing fewer women on the radio, going so far as to say “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out.”“Trust me, I play great female records and we’ve got some right now; they’re just not the lettuce in our salad,” he went on to say. “The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females.”Hill’s salad analogy provoked a firestorm of comments on social media.Jennifer Nettles’ Twitter comments threatened to match Hill in the controversy department.“Don't worry babe.  I see an opportunity here. I big ole vagina shaped opportunity. #yesisaidvagina #trynottofaint,” she tweeted.Martina McBride asked her Facebook followers if they agree with an assertion Hills made in the article that female listeners would prefer to listen to male artists.“Wow.....just wow,” she commented. “Do you not like to hear other women singing about what you are going through as women? I'm really curious. Because to me, country music is about relating. Someone relating to what you are really going through on a day to day basis in your life. Did you girls (core female listeners) know you were being 'assessed' in this way? Is this how you really feel? Hmmm....”Perhaps Miranda Lambert came closest to having the final word on the subject, in a series of tweets. “This is the biggest bunch of B*LLSH*T I have ever heard,” adding “I am gonna do everything in my power to support and promote female singer/songwriters in country music. Always.”Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio

Kenny Chesney Has Summer's Hottest Country Tour, According to StubHub


Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairKenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour is summer’s hottest country concert, according to StubHub. The list is based on the site’s ticket sales from Labor Day through Memorial Day, with Kenny ranking ahead of major acts like Rush, Foo Fighters, Billy Joel and Ed Sheeran.  U2, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead and One Direction all finish ahead of Kenny, with country alum Taylor Swift claiming the top spot.This Saturday night, The Big Revival tour pulls into Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, with Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice and Old Dominion joining Kenny for the date. Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio

Thomas Rhett Says Reba Has Had a Huge Impact on His How He Runs His Life and Car


CMAAs the son of '90s country star Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett has grown up knowing country superstars like Reba. As a kid, Thomas remembers dressing up for a few Halloween parties at Reba's house, and his dad toured as her opening act for a few years. That connection between Thomas and Reba continues to this day.Says Thomas, "You know, we're on the same record label now, which is crazy, and dad wrote her latest single that's out, ['Going Out Like That']. So, Reba has, in strange ways, been a part of my life since I was a young kid."Now that Thomas is a country star in his own right, he's come to rely on Reba's advice as he works on his upcoming, sophomore album."She came and saw me in the studio the other day and was hanging out and listening to new songs," Thomas says. "She's always just been great at, like, giving great, knowledgeable advice just about the music business and how to sustain yourself in the music business."On top of her status as a country legend, Thomas says Reba really does have a heart of gold, too.He adds, "She's the sweetest, most down-to-earth, kind human being, and she's played a huge role in me kind of evolving through this."Thomas's as-yet-untitled sophomore album will be out later this year. He's currently climbing the country charts with the new single, "Crash and Burn."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kelsea Ballerini Experiences a Big Career Milestone with One of Her Favorite Act


Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini recently played her first arena concert as an opening act for Lady Antebellum. The gig was even sweeter since Kelsea is a huge Lady A fan and actually stood in line to meet them a few years ago at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Kelsea was thinking about that meeting when she joined Lady A on stage for a joint performance during the band's headlining set.Kelsea tells ABC Radio, "It's like one of those moments where you're just like, 'Life is so cool.' That was a very cool moment for me."Though they've only recently shared the stage, Kelsea and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott have been friends for two years now. They meet through a mutual songwriter friend, Ryan Griffin, and Hillary quickly took Kelsea under her wing."She has just kind of encouraged me," Kelsea says. "So, to be able to do a first [arena] show like that with a friend like that is really cool."Kelsea is riding high on the country radio chart with her debut single, "Love Me Like You Mean It." Her debut album, The First Time, is on sale now.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dierks Bentley Reveals the Origin of His Unique First Name


CMADierks Bentley's decade of success as a country star means most everyone knows how to pronounce his unique first name. That wasn't always the case, though."I’ve seen it spelled and pronounced wrong so many times," Dierks tells Glamour.Though many suspect "Dierks Bentley" is a stage name, Dierks is actually the maiden name of the singer's great-grandmother. Not that anyone would know that when they criticize it, which they apparently do.Says Dierks, "People tell me it’s a horrible name! Like maybe I should have gone by Buck Bentley?"Dierks Bentley's Sounds of Summer tour kicks off June 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brantley Gilbert Scores #1 Country Debut with "Just as I Am Platinum Edition"


Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert's Platinum Edition re-release of his album, Just as I Am, has landed the project at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. The set also hits the top 10 on the overall Billboard 200 tally. The expanded version of the project includes the song "Just as I Am" as well as a remix of Brantley's hit single, "Bottoms Up," with rapper T.I.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Little Big Town Gets Their Team Assignments for the City of Hope Celebrity Softb


Capitol NashvilleThe lineups for the 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game have been announced, with members of Little Big Town on opposing teams. Jimi Westbrook and Kimberly Schlapman are playing for one team, while Phillip Sweet and Karen Fairchild are batting for the other squad. Nashville's Charles Esten, plus Lauren Elaina, Love and Theft and newcomers Lindsay Ell and Doug McCormick are also stepping up to the plate at this year's event.This year's Celebrity Softball Game takes place at Nashville's First Tennessee Park on June 13. Proceeds from the game benefit City of Hope in their fight against cancer.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Country Music Hall of Fame Announces Star-Studded CMA Music Festival Lineup


Dove Wedding Photography/CMHOFThe Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville will present an impressive list of stars performing and signing autographs during the 2015 CMA Music Festival.  The festivities kick off Wednesday, June 10 with appearances from Chase Bryant and Old Dominion. Kelsea Ballerini, Danielle Bradbery and RaeLynn are among the artists performing at the Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 11 for CMT's Next Women of Country showcase.Eric Paslay, Trisha Yearwood and Montgomery Gentry are among the other stars signing autographs at the Country Music Hall of Fame through Saturday, June 13.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Garth Brooks Tour Heading to New Orleans


Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks will bring his Man Against Machine world tour to New Orleans, LA, for two shows in July.  The stop marks Garth's first stop in Louisiana in 18 years.The shows will be Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Smoothie King Center.  Garth's wife Trisha Yearwood will join him for the shows.  Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster Friday, June 5.Garth's next shows take place this Thursday through Sunday at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN.  There are apparently still some tickets available for the Thursday night show -- the others are sold out.As always, you can find more information at GarthBrooks.com.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jake Owen Captures Vibrant, Live Sound on New Single, "Real Life"


RCA NashvilleJake Owen captured a vibrant sound on his new single, "Real Life," that makes it feel like the listener is dropping in on a jam session with Jake and his band. What you hear on the track is exactly what Jake sang in the studio when they recorded it."We just left it as is," Jake tells ABC Radio. "I think that's pretty cool. It adds, like, a live factor to it. "Taking that approach in the studio fits in with the look at small-town life Jake sings about in "Real Life." No matter where you grew up, Jake thinks listeners will be able to find themselves in the lyrics of "Real Life." The song definitely struck a chord with Jake as he's faced several changes in the past few years.He explains, "I've been dealing with a lot of real life circumstances lately: my father's sickness, fatherhood, getting married. These are the things I wanted to sing about, and I know my fans can relate.""Real Life" is now available at iTunes.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Canaan Smith Is Just as Romantic as He Seems Singing the Hit Song, "Love You Lik


Mercury NashvilleCanaan Smith is closing in on the top 10 with his debut hit "Love You Like That," and it turns out Canaan is just as romantic with his wife, Christy, as the song would lead you to believe.He says, "I have no problem buying her flowers and stuff like that, but I’d rather show her I love her just with taking her out on a cool date somewhere, being creative like that."Christy is the inspiration for a lot of Canaan's songs, but he says, "I don’t get cheesy with it, you know what I’m saying? I try to make sure I’m coming home as the man that she needs.”"Love You Like That" is the lead single from Canaan's debut album, Bronco, due out June 23.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Billy Currington Feeling Grateful for 10th #1 Hit of His Career, "Don't It"


Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington has scored his 10th #1 hit with his latest single, "Don't It."Billy says of the milestone, "I'm so appreciative of the support from the fans to everyone it has taken to accomplish this. I wake up every day grateful I still get to chase this dream and can't wait to hit the road this summer to play some new music!"Billy's new album, Summer Forever, comes out Tuesday, June 2, and he's releasing the song "Drinkin' Town with a Football Problem" as the follow up to "Don't It."Look for Billy to perform on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on the album release date. He joins Tim McGraw on the Shotgun Rider tour starting June 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eric Church Performing at Marty Stuart's Annual Late Night Jam June 10


Mike Coppola/Getty Images for EB Media PREric Church will make his second appearance at Marty Stuart's 14th Annual Late Night Jam coming up Wednesday, June 10 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The show takes place the night before the CMA Music Festival officially kicks off June 11.Eric tells Rolling Stone, "I was fortunate enough to play the Late Night Jam early on in my career [in 2007], and enjoyed the whole vibe and experience. I love Marty and his guys and I can't wait to join an already fantastic lineup."Eric joins previously-announced artists Brothers Osborne, Connie Smith, Charley Pride and Jimmy Webb on the bill for the Marty Stuart Late Night Jam. Go to Ryman.com for tickets.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan's Sons, Bo and Tate, Can't Get Enough of Dad's New Single, "Kick the


CMALuke Bryan has some pretty trusty advisers telling him which songs to record for his albums.  He knew his latest single, "Kick the Dust Up," was a hit when his two young sons, Bo and Tate, couldn't enough of the songwriter demo of the track.Luke says, "My boys wanna hear that song over and over and over and over, and they're going, 'Let's tear it up, up!' It's simple as can be, but there's a time and place for just a big, 'ol, fun, simple song."Luke explores some deeper topics on his upcoming album, Kill the Lights, but he agreed with his record label's decision to put out "Kick the Dust Up" first.He says, "The label was like, 'Yeah, we're doing that one.' So, I was like, 'All right, let's do it.'"Luke's new album, Kill the Lights, comes out August 7.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brett Eldredge's Career Is Going Crazy with His New Single, "Lose My Mind"


Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge's New Artist of the Year win at last year's CMA Awards has kicked his career into overdrive. "Lose My Mind," the lead single from Brett's upcoming sophomore album, is shaping up to be a big hit as a result.Brett tells ABC Radio, "'Lose My Mind' is rising faster than any song I've ever had times 10. So, it's good to have that momentum and people having my back out at radio."The song is taking over the airwaves just like the girl in the song is taking over Brett's mind.He explains, "[It's about] the way girls drive you crazy in a way where you can't get 'em out of your mind. Every thought is consumed by that girl and what they do. And I think we've all been there. It just has that crazy feeling."Brett's as-yet-untitled sophomore album will be released later this year.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Reba and Kelly Clarkson Get Ultra-Competitive Playing Board Games at Family Part


Rick Diamond/Getty Images/ACMReba and Kelly Clarkson are together for most holidays since Kelly is married to Reba's stepson, Brandon Blackstock. So, how do these two superstars pass the time during these big family get-togethers?They all love watching movies together, but Kelly and Reba love making everyone play board games, too.As for who wins those epic family board games, Kelly tells Rolling Stone, "Reba and I are both competitive – she'll tell you she's not, but she's a liar. I can win Sequence, but if we play backgammon or Mexican Train dominoes, she kills me. She's like a backgammon magician."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Michael Ray Making Third Grand Ole Opry Appearance in Four Weeks Tuesday Night


Warner Music NashvilleCountry newcomer Michael Ray is becoming a regular at the Grand Ole Opry. He's set to make his third appearance in four weeks on the show this Tuesday night.Michael says, "To be invited back for a third time in such a short time frame is mind-blowing. I was just as nervous the second time I performed and I'm sure I'll be just as overwhelmed.  It's an honor to step inside the circle of the Grand Ole Opry and I'm ready to play anytime they want me.”Michael is currently climbing the country chart with his debut single, "Kiss You in the Morning."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Thomas Rhett Working to Set Himself Apart from the Crowded Male Country Field


Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is working hard to make himself stand out from the crowded field of solo male acts in the country format. That's why he tapped into his soul and R&B influence for the brand-new single, "Crash and Burn."Thomas tells the Indianapolis Star, "If you don't do something that makes you stand out a little bit, I think you're always considered just in a category, rather than people knowing your name."For inspiration, Thomas looks to legendary acts like Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to see how they kept their sound fresh and stayed true to themselves over the course of their respective careers."They never really played it safe," Thomas says. "They were always pushing themselves. Every record had similarities to the previous one, but you could tell they were trying to push what they did to a different level.""Crash and Burn" is the lead single from Thomas's as-yet-untitled sophomore album, due out later this year.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Miranda Lambert Explains Why She Doesn't Just Pack Up and Tour with Hubby Blake


CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert spend a lot of time apart due to their work schedules. It seems the couple would launch a co-headlining tour as a way to spend more time together, but bringing their respective live shows together would take a lot of compromises for both Blake and Miranda.Miranda tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune, "It's interesting being married to an artist because we have two ways of doing everything, him and I. From our management and fans, from the way we write to the songs we pick -- but it's fun to watch because both ways work."As for their relationship, Miranda says spending time apart makes her and Blake work that much harder to stay connected."You have to talk on the phone and text each other and be intimate, but rely on them in a different way," Miranda says. "It works, if you're up for it. It's not for everybody."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jason Aldean Revisits His Blue-Collar Past in "Tonight Looks Good on You" Video


Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean returns to his days punching a clock as a blue-collar worker in the video for his new single, "Tonight Looks Good on You." Jason plays a supporting role in the clip's storyline about a couple as they struggle to make ends meet and support their family.Says Jason, "It wasn’t that long ago that I was a Pepsi delivery guy racing the clock hoping to get home before sundown. So, it was easy to put myself back in those shoes and kinda cheer for the guy who works his *ss off to get home to his girl."The "Tonight Looks Good on You" video premieres Saturday at 9 a.m. ET on CMT's Hot 20 Countdown and CMT.com. Look for the clip everywhere on Monday.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brad Paisley's Probably Not Getting You Free Tickets to The Rolling Stones Conce


Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley's family members have seen a dramatic increase in unwanted phone calls and text messages ever since his son was announced as the opening act for The Rolling Stones' June 17 show at Nashville's LP Field."You wouldn't believe it," Brad says. "There's people I don't know that called my father, that got his number and said, 'Hi, do you remember me? Is there any way?' Honestly, it's never a good indicator when they say, 'Do you remember me?'"Brad wants to go on record as saying anyone not in his immediate family or band probably won't be getting on his guest list for the Stones show.He adds, "How many tickets do you think I get that I'm on the 'Remember me?'  list?"Even Brad's CMA Awards co-host Carrie Underwood hit him up on Twitter asking for a pair of tickets. Brad says her chances of getting into the show are very good if she agrees to join him onstage for their 2011 hit duet, "Remind Me."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tim McGraw Shares the Screen with George Clooney in New Sci-Fi Film, "Tomorrowla


Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw is back on the big screen with a role in the new George Clooney sci-fi film, Tomorrowland, in theaters now. He plays a NASA engineer who's out of work since the NASA program has been shut down.Tim tells ABC Radio, "[In the movie], my daughter's a really curious young lady who gets into all sorts of things and ends up going into the future."If you think that all sounds complicated, you're not alone. Tim says, "I mean, I don't even know how to explain the movie, and I read the script and was in the movie. It's just so much stuff going on."Though the storyline of Tomorrowland is a little complex, Tim had no trouble stepping into the dad role. It's a part he's had a lot of real-life experience getting ready for as a father to his three daughters.Says Tim, "I think as an actor, you bring all the life experience that you have into whatever you do, and it certainly has been a benefit to me."So, can fans expect to see Tim riding a rocket or exploring outer space in Tomorrowland?"Oddly enough, though, my character is never really involved in much of the -- one or two scenes -- but never much involved in the whole other world kinda thing," Tim explains. "So, I was pretty much rooted in reality in my part of the movie."As for working with George Clooney, Tim says the screen heartthrob is a really good guy. Clooney's killer good looks didn't threaten Tim when they shared scenes together either.Tim says with a smile, "The thing about me was not walking on the set and being the ugliest guy around. Since Clooney was there, I felt better about myself."Actress Britt Robertson, who plays Tim's daughter in the movie, admits her family was much more excited about her working with McGraw over Clooney.Britt tells ABC Radio, "We're huge country fans. Not that we don't love George. George is great. But small potatoes in comparison to the great Tim McGraw."On the music front, Tim launches his Shotgun Rider tour June 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Keith Urban Performs, Blake Shelton Parodies "The Voice" on Red Nose Day Event


David Giesbrecht/NBC"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.The star-studded event also included Blake Shelton and a performance from Keith Urban.Urban launched into a version of John Mellencamp's "Pink Houses." He then introduced the rock legend, who took the stage to sing the rest of the song. Urban sang harmony on the choruses and played guitar.Shelton joined his fellow Voice coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Pharrell -- along with host Carson Daly -- in a parody of the show in which Will Ferrell faced off against Parks and Recreation vet Nick Offerman to prove who is the best at convincing people to donate.In addition to Ferrell, the telecast featured other celebrities from film and TV, including Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Gwyneth Paltrow,"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hunter Hayes Commemorates a Milestone Birthday with Brand-New Single, "21"


Ray Burmiston/Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes has dropped his brand-new single, "21," to country radio. The song captures Hunter's excitement and nostalgia about celebrating his 21st birthday.Look for Hunter to perform "21" on ABC's The View on Monday. You'll be able to download the track the next day, May 26.Hunter's currently headlining his sold-out Let's Be Crazy Tour UK in support of the UK release this week of his album, I Want Crazy. He'll continue as a special guest on Lady Antebellum's Wheels Up Tour with Sam Hunt May 29 in Wantagh, New York.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eric Church Breaks Nebraska Arena Attendance Record Set by Elton John


Jill Trunnell/EB MediaEric Church continues to shatter North American ticket sales records with The Outsiders World Tour. His Wednesday night show at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska played to 15,823 fans, breaking the venue's previous attendance record of 14,368 fans, set at a 2014 Elton John concert.Eric's already broken arena attendance records in Chicago, Nashville and North Dakota this year."I'm humbled by the success this tour has had," Eric says. "The records it has set, by some of my muses and heroes, it's [all] very surreal. As an avid music fan, I'm not sure it's deserving in comparison to those I adore musically.  I can only say this happened because, in my opinion, our fans are second to none."On top of his arena gigs, Eric will open Nashville's new Ascend Amphitheater with two back-to-back solo shows July 30 and 31. Tickets for those dates are sold out, too.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

A Thousand Horses, Old Dominion, Canaan Smith and More Playing CMA Music Festiva


CMATickets for the nightly LP Field concerts at next month's CMA Music Festival have been sold out for months now, but many of country's biggest new artists are playing free shows throughout the week in Nashville. A Thousand Horses, Old Dominion, Parmalee, Canaan Smith and newcomers Clare Dunn and Haley Georgia are slated to perform at the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on Wednesday, June 10. The show starts about 10 a.m. CT and will continue throughout the day.The LP Field concerts run June 11 through June 14 with tons of free shows and events throughout downtown Nashville each day. Go to CMAFest.com for details.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Miranda Lambert, Lady A and Keith Urban Playing 2015 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Labor


Gulf Coast JamMiranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban are headlining the 2015 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida, over Labor Day weekend. The festival will run September 4 through 6 with Sam Hunt, Gary Allan, Tyler Farr, Kristian Bush, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Hunter Hayes and The Swon Brothers among the other stars on the bill.For tickets, go to GulfCoastJam.com.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Young Scores His Biggest iTunes Debut Ever with New Single, "I'm Comin' Ov


RCA NashvilleChris Young opted not to play his brand-new single, "I'm Comin' Over," in concert until the track was available for download at iTunes. He knew as soon as he sang the song in public it would be all over YouTube, and Chris didn't want fans to hear the live version of "I'm Comin' Over" first.He tells ABC Radio, "I really wanted people to hear it as we put it down as we did it in the studio. You spend all this time doing all that work [in the studio]. I wanted that to be their first listen."Chris and his team teased the new single nonstop on his social media accounts before it went live at iTunes, and that promotion really paid off. "I'm Comin' Over" sold more than 70,000 downloads in its first week on iTunes, which beats his previous record-best debut week at iTunes by 40,000 downloads."['I'm Comin' Over']  was sitting at #1 country on iTunes for a lot of the week and #3 overall, which was something I've never done before," Chris says with a smile. "I've never had a single be at #1 on iTunes. So, it was pretty awesome. "Chris has added "I'm Comin' Over" to his set lists now that it's a hit. It's the lead single from his as-yet-untitled studio album, due out later this year.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan Sees His Life Story on Display at Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit


Jason Davis/Getty Images for CMHOFLuke Bryan is the subject of a major new exhibit opening Friday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. It's called Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary, and fans will see the story of the country superstar's entire life starting with his childhood in Georgia. Luke's elementary school backpack and kindergarten graduation diploma are on display, along with the first guitar he ever got at age 14. Seeing all those items on display at the private exhibit preview Wednesday night was a big deal for Luke.He says, "That's the thing. How did this guitar make it from leaned up against my bed when I was 14 and 15, how did it make it to the Hall of Fame? So, it's pretty crazy to think about."Other items on display in Luke's exhibit include his ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year trophies, as well as the outfits he's worn at those awards shows over the years. Luke's love of hunting and fishing is represented by some of his fishing tackles and the trophies he's won for hunting deer over the years, too.Luke brought his wife, Caroline, as well as his nephew, Til, and his mom and dad along to see the exhibit with him for the very first time Wednesday at the private preview event.. The experience reminded Luke of going to the Hall of Fame with his father when he first moved to Nashville in 2001."I think at one point Garth [Brooks] was in there doing a real neat audio/video piece where he described stuff -- me and my dad sitting there watching it," Luke recalls.To this day, Luke thinks a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame is essential for any trip to Music City.He adds, "You're showing friends around, you got to take 'em to the Opry and you gotta take 'em by the Hall of Fame. So yeah, I've come in here quite a bit."Luke's Dirt Road Diary exhibit is on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville through November 8.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.