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UMeThis year, Reba McEntire re-issued her latest yuletide offering, 2016’s My Kind of Christmas, in a new deluxe edition. But that’s not the only Reba holiday album that’s getting a special treatment in 2017.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Oklahoma native’s first seasonal set, 1987’s Merry Christmas to You, is being re-released on vinyl. The double-platinum album was initially available as a 33 1/3 record with its original cover, featuring a short-haired Reba. The new version opts for the second cover that came out in the nineties, featuring a more glammed-up photo of the country icon, showing off her considerable mane.

Reba hosts this year’s CMA Country Christmas special on ABC, and one of her guests is getting a holiday re-issue as well. Lady Antebellum’s gold 2012 album, On This Winter’s Night, gets its first vinyl incarnation this year. You can see Lady A perform the tracks “This Christmas” and “Silver Bells” when the CMA Christmas special re-airs Thursday, December 21 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Darius Rucker’s 2014 offering, Home for the Holidays, is also available for the first time on vinyl this season. Watch for Darius’s version of “Winter Wonderland” on Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration Christmas morning on ABC.

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ABC/Image Group LA If you’d like to feel like you had a front-row seat to Kelsea Ballerini’s wedding to Morgan Evans earlier this month,  People has that all lined up for you.

In addition to a spread in the magazine's latest edition, you can check out an 11-minute feature shot on the beach December 2 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at PeopleTV.com.

Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley was one of the one hundred guests at the intimate affair, which was organized by the same planner who did Carrie Underwood’s 2010 wedding.

After delivering vows they wrote themselves, Kelsea and Morgan’s ceremony wrapped with a twist: the bride and groom led the crowd in a tequila shot -- a throwback to the pair’s first meeting in March of 2016 at an Australian awards show in Morgan’s homeland.

“He was like, ‘Let’s take a shot,’” Kelsea recalls. “I remember taking that shot and putting it down and looking at him like, ‘Oh…he’s superhot.’ Later that night he leaned over and asked if he could kiss me, like a proper gentleman, and I said yes.”

After a reception that included Mexican food and margaritas, Kelsea and Morgan took their party-goers for an impromptu dip in the pool.

You can read more about the #HappilyEvansAfter wedding in the new edition of People.

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ABCThe New Year’s Eve party in Los Angeles just got a little bit larger.

Florida Georgia Line is joining the West Coast lineup for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018. That’ll give the duo the opportunity to perform both of their current, hit pop collaborations: “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha and “Let Me Go,” with Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso.

Kane Brown and Kelly Clarkson are also on the Hollywood portion of the annual celebration, which marks its 46th incarnation this year. Sugarland will reunite to deliver new music from New York City’s Times Square as well.

The five-and-a-half hours of music and entertainment start at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, December 31 on ABC.

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ABC/Mark LevineWhen dad happens to be a country superstar, it might be easy for your list for Santa to get a little long.  But this year, Luke Bryan says his sons Bo and Tate are keeping it in check.

“You know what? They're doing pretty well,” the award-winning star says. “We haven't currently seen a Christmas list yet, but they're kinda spoiled all the time. So we don't go uber over-the-top during Christmas. We try to do a nice balance.”

The “Light It Up” hitmaker does have his priorities, however. On December 25, he likes to make sure Santa has left behind plenty of packages.

“At the end of the day, I like to look under the tree and make sure we have a lot of presents,” Luke says. “I mean, even if it's, you know, a pack of bubbles --- just something where they have a lot of stuff to unwrap and go crazy about. It's not necessarily...all this crazy, expensive stuff.”

The Georgia native released a new version of “O Holy Night” this holiday season. You can catch him performing it December 21 at 9 p.m. ET, when this year’s CMA Country Christmas special re-airs on ABC.

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty years ago this week, LeAnn Rimes made her acting debut in this ABC movie that co-starred Broadway legend Bernadette Peters. Can you name it? ANSWER:  Holiday in Your Heart.

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ABC/Mark LevineThere’s no denying country music is in the middle of a baby boom right now.

Already this month, both Jason Aldean and Dylan Scott have welcomed their first sons, while Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard is awaiting the birth of a little girl later in December. Also on the list for a yuletide arrival? Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood.

“It's not gonna be a 'Silent Night' this Christmas for us,” he jokes. “We are having a baby the week before Christmas. So, we'll be up all night and it's gonna be a beautiful time....it could be a Christmas baby, you don't know. But we're thrilled and it just makes it that [much] more special this holiday season.”

While Dave’s son Cash will soon be a big brother, Dave says that’s not what the three-year-old is most focused on these days.

“My son loves...presents and candy. He's so hyper-focused on presents and candy. I haven't yet explained the full story -- Santa, Jesus, you know, kinda go through the stories of the holidays. But he's obsessed with presents, so we'll be spending all of our time on that probably,” he laughs.

Dave’s bandmate Hillary Scott is also expecting -- she's having twin girls, though they’re not due until February.

You can catch Lady A doing both “Silver Bells” and “This Christmas” on this year’s CMA Country Christmas special, which re-airs Thursday, December 21 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockYou can catch Vince Gill and Amy Grant in a holiday segment recorded at their Nashville home Thursday morning during the 8 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today show.

Kenny Chesney will stop by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday.  You can catch his appearance starting at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

Taylor Swift’s 2008 album Fearless has received diamond certification from the RIAA, after selling more than ten million copies.

Scotty McCreery has recorded a version of the yuletide classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas as a gift to his fans. You can check out Scotty’s version of the story by Clement Clarke Moore on SoundCloud.

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ABC/Heidi Gutman2017 brought us the magic of Amazon's Alexa, which allowed music fans everywhere to listen to their favorite songs without knowing the song title or the artist name.  All you had to do was say, "Alexa, play the song that goes...." or "Play the song with the lyrics..." and you were good. 

Now, Amazon has released the song lyrics that users quoted the most when asking for songs, and three country titles rank among the top 15, which is otherwise made up of pop and rap tunes.

According to published reports, Brett Eldredge’s “Somethin’ I’m Good At” is tops when it comes to country, coming in at #9, immediately followed by Old Dominion's “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” at #10. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill check in at #12 with “Speak to a Girl.”

Here’s the complete list of the top 15 most-requested lyrics on Alexa:

1. “…I just wanna Roley, Roley, Roley…" ("Roxex," Ayo & Teo)
2. “…I'm a rebel just for kicks…" (“Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man)
3. “…swish, swish, bish…" (“Swish Swish,” Katy Perry)
4. "…push me to the edge, all my friends are dead…" ("Xo Tour Llif3," Lil Uzi Vert)     
5. "…I’m in love with the shape of you…" ("Shape of You," Ed Sheeran)    
6. "…I’m weak, and what’s wrong with that…" ("Weak," AJR)
7. "…I want something just like this…" ("Something Just Like This," The Chainsmokers & Coldplay)
8. "…I’m in love with your body…" ("Shape of You," Ed Sheeran)           
9. "…I finally found something I’m good at…" ("Somethin' I'm Good At," Brett Eldredge)       
10. "…love like there’s no such thing as a broken heart…" ("No Such Thing as a Broken Heart," Old Dominion)
11. "…I don’t wanna be alive…" ("1-800-273-8255," Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)           
12. "…that’s how you speak to a girl…" ("Speak to a Girl," Tim McGraw & Faith Hill)
13. "…that’s what lovers do…" ("What Lovers Do" Maroon 5 feat. SZA)         
14. "…wake up in the morning then I dab…" ("Lean and Dabb," iLoveMemphis)
15. "…if we go down, we go down together…" ("Paris," The Chainsmokers)  

Meanwhile, Amazon Music Unlimited has released a list of this year's most-played tracks on the service, with hits by Sam Hunt, Brett Young, and Luke Combs all making the ranking.

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ABC/Image Group LAReba McEntire will go back to her beginnings on Thursday, as she sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

The Oklahoma native grew up on a ranch led by her father, who was a champion steer roper.  Reba even competed as a barrel racer, though she’s often joked she wasn’t a very good one.

It was Reba’s rendition of the national anthem at the 1974 National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City that set the wheels in motion for the Country Music Hall-of-Famer to land her first recording contract.

You can watch for Reba’s performance starting at 10 p.m. ET Thursday on CBS Sports Network, with a rebroadcast set for 1 a.m. ET.

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you check out RaeLynn’s Instagram feed, you’ll find a sight usually reserved only for primetime network Christmas specials: Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and newcomer Russell Dickerson, along with their wives, all decked out in Dickens-era caroling attire.

A post on Tyler’s wife Hayley’s feed reveals that “Yours” hitmaker Russell may actually be sporting a full-size green velvet onesie as he and the #CountryCarolers embark on their #1stAnnual mission to spread holiday cheer.  One of their initial stops was apparently RaeLynn’s house.

“The Official party crashers,” RaeLynn shared, along with more pictures and front-porch video of the troop singing “Deck the Halls” and “White Christmas.”

“Caroling from some of my favorite humans," she added. "Thank god for security cameras."

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year recorded one of the first versions of the modern Christmas classic "Mary, Did You Know?" on her Grammy-winning 1993 holiday album, Good News. Can you name her? ANSWER:  Kathy Mattea.

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ABC/Image Group LAIn years past, Chris Young has confessed that he loves to deck out his mom and dad’s yard for the holidays with the most outrageous decorations he can find.

The It Must Be Christmas singer admits his December tradition even overshadows his own decorations at home.

“I'm the kind of person that, like I always do a real tree, and my family definitely always does a real tree,” he explains. “And what normally ends up happening is I don't do too much to my house, but it ends up looking like the Griswold family Christmas party in my parents' yard every year.”

And when Chris feels like evoking scenes from the yuletide classic Christmas Vacation on his parents’ lawn, he says bigger is definitely better.

“At least three years, there's been more than a 7-foot inflatable at minimum. And not just one, but I'm saying, like, the biggest one that I can find. So that happens every year. I know where all of those boxes are in their house, they're all numbered. It's a thing!” he laughs.

Chris’s latest single, “Losing Sleep,” is currently in the top ten. If you missed his duet with Alan Jackson on this year’s CMA Country Christmas special, you can catch it Thursday, December 21 when it re-airs at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Curb RecordsThe due date for Dylan Scott and wife Blair’s firstborn was on Monday, and the couple’s son didn’t waste too much time arriving.

“Everyone meet Beckett Scott Robinson!” Dylan -- whose last name is actually Robinson -- shared on Instagram, along with a photo of the newborn with his mom and dad.

“Born [Tuesday] at 5:20 p.m. weighing 8lbs and 21inches long. [Blair] did so good! Thanks everyone for all the prayers. We are now one healthy happy family of 3.”

The Louisiana-born hitmaker added the hashtag #MyBoy, a nod to his first #1 “My Girl,” which was inspired by his high school sweetheart who eventually became his wife.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Nashville's iconic Bluebird Cafe will kick off its 25th Annual Alive at the Bluebird Concert Series on January 2 to raise money for Alive Hospice. Vince Gill and Amy Grant will play January 3, and it's just one of 27 shows that run through February 1. You can find out more at BluebirdCafe.com.

Tracy Lawrence recently donated more than $148,000 to the Nashville Rescue Mission.  The money was raised through his 12th Annual Mission:Possible Turkey Fry and 3rd Annual Concert.

American Idol alum Josh Gracin will release a new single in January. It's called "Nothin' Like Us."

If you missed Brett Eldredge performing "The Long Way" Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America, you can watch it online.

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ABC/Image Group LAAs Maren Morris’s third single from her debut album, Hero, nears the top five, the Texas native reveals she’s already hard at work crafting her sophomore effort.

“I am just telling people because it's true, I am in the midst of rounding out the songs,” she says. “So I am just writing like crazy, taking some time off in the winter to write.”

Maren already has quite a start on the follow-up to her Grammy- and CMA-nominated debut.

“I think we probably have like four songs left that I think we need for the album,” she tells ABC Radio, “so I'm just gonna be writing my butt off the next couple of months and record it at some point next year.”

“I Could Use a Love Song” currently ranks sixth on the country chart, making it Maren's biggest hit so far, save for her #1 collaboration with Thomas Rhett on “Craving You.”

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ABC/Paula LoboKacey MusgravesGolden Hour is coming in early 2018.

The CMA and Grammy winner describes her fourth album as “trippy,” borrowing stylistically from a diverse group of influences ranging from disco gods the Bee Gees, to soul chanteuse Sade, to folk/rock icon Neil Young.

Kacey explains the album’s title to Entertainment Weekly:  “On this record, there’s the lonely girl, the blissful girl, the new wife, the girl that’s missing her mom, the angry girl, the sarcastic girl, the 60’s-sequined Cruella de Vil with the beehive, the shy girl, the life of the party, the winner, the loser -- they’re all characters on this record."

"None of them alone are me, but the golden hour is when they all come together and you see me as a whole,” she adds.

While the project includes mostly new tunes, it also boasts a fan favorite track that Kacey has often performed in concert, but she's keeping it a secret for now.

Kacey adds that we can also expect more love songs on this set, mostly due to the fact that she's now a married woman: she tied the knot with fellow musician Ruston Kelly back in October.

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Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCYou apparently don’t have to follow a strict diet and strenuous exercise routine to be People’s Sexiest Man Alive, according to Blake Shelton’s main squeeze, Gwen Stefani.

Gwen recently told Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis she was fairly horrified when she realized what her boyfriend eats.

“Everything’s fried,” she said in a cooking segment on Facebook Live. “It shocks me, because growing up in California, we are a specific breed. We learn to be healthy. And in Oklahoma, they learn just how to have fun and eat and not worry about it. It’s fun, though.”  

Gwen went on to explain that she and Blake have plenty of fun in their private moments -- even if they do sound a little sugary-sweet.

“We’re like we’re in a musical constantly and we just sing,” she revealed. “We actually don’t talk to each other, we just sing like a musical or everything we sing is like ‘I love you.’ Like it’s pretty much the whole time, like how great we are.”

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ABCKane Brown will be ringing in the New Year at a Hollywood party.

The “What Ifs” hitmaker will kick off 2018 by performing on the West Coast portion of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Kelly Clarkson will also be on the Los-Angeles-based part of the ABC tradition, which will be hosted by Ciara. Fellow pop stars Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Fitz and the Tantrums, Khalid and EDM producer/DJ Marshmello will join them, along with Korean boy band BTS.

Back in New York City, Sugarland will debut new music from Times Square, with Nick Jonas and former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello also on the bill.

The NYE festivities kick off at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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ABC/Paula LoboMake way for Luke Bryan at the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart!

Forecasters expect the four-time Entertainer of the Year to sell around 110,000 copies of What Makes You Country, his new album that came out last Friday. That would put Luke on track to notch his fourth career #1 on the all-genre ranking, following 2015’s Kill the Lights, which moved 345,000 units in its first week.

That would also make the Georgia native only the fourth act to achieve that feat this year, following in the footsteps of Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes, Shania Twain’s NOW, and Kenny Chesney’s Live in No Shoes Nation.  

We’ll find out how Luke fares when the new Billboard charts come out Sunday, December 17.

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ABC/Image Group LASince Kelsea Ballerini will be a newlywed this Christmas, you might think it’d be hard to squeeze in some holiday shopping amid all the festivities with new husband Morgan Evans. But the “Legends” hitmaker confesses for her, it’s not a problem.

“I love online shopping. Um, it's also an issue for me,” she admits, “because it's very easy to just get things that you don't need -- quickly.”

When it comes to the most memorable item Kelsea’s found under the tree over the years, the Knoxville, Tennessee native has a stand-out favorite.

“My mom got me my first nice guitar,” she recalls. “It was my first Christmas when I moved [to Nashville], so… I was 15. And I had a guitar, it was like a $300 Yamaha, and I still have it. But she got me a Taylor. It was my first really nice guitar that sounded really beautiful and had a plug-in so I could play it, you know, at Puckett's [Grocery & Restaurant] and all the places that I was first starting to play. So that's the most special, probably.”

As Christmas approaches, Kelsea’s lead single from Unapologetically also seems headed for country’s top ten. “Legends” is at #11 this week.

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