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Chris Carmack to Release “Pieces of You” Just in Time for Christmas

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The multi-talented star of ABC’s “Nashville” Chris Carmack has set December 11 as the official release date of his debut EP, PIECES OF YOU. In gearing up for the launch, the triple-threat singer, songwriter and guitarist has released two songs from the project – the title track and debut “Being Alone” – and, over the past few months performed at numerous events throughout Nashville including the star-studded Grand Ole Opry 90th Birthday Bash, 2015 CMA Music Festival and CMA Songwriter Series featuring “The Men of ABC’s ‘Nashville’.

Produced by multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winner Ben Fowler (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael McDonald) and Phoenix Mendoza, PIECES OF YOU features five tracks written solely by Carmack that echo his wide range of influences; everything from the jazz and blues he grew up playing on saxophone, to rock, pop and country music. From the smooth, funky groove of “What Has Changed” through the gritty country-blues-soul of “Can’t Do It Again” and the gentler strains of “Always Mine” to “Being Alone” and the title track, the EP offers an impressive sampling of Carmack’s notable guitar playing and gift for turning personal experiences into universal sentiments.

Currently in production on “Nashville,” Carmack has been featured on THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE soundtracks in addition to performing on the 2014 and 2015 “Nashville” concert tours. On December 4, THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, SEASON 4, VOLUME 1 hits retailers (Big Machine Records) and will feature Carmack on two tracks: “Sleep Tonight (A Lullaby)” with Jonathan Jackson and “Run With Me.” The popular show has received nominations for the Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

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Chris Young Performs “I”m Comin’ Over” for the Today Show

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Chris Young celebrated his latest No. 1 single, “I’m Comin’ Over,” the title track to his just released fifth studio album, with an appearance on NBC’s Today Show earlier this morning. The chart-topper is his sixth to hit the top spot on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart and his seventh No. 1 overall. Young was surprised with the news on-air by Today Show anchor Matt Lauer before performing “I’m Comin’ Over,” returning again in the 10am hour to sing fan favorite, “Aw Naw.”

“I’m a numbers guy so it’s hard for anybody to get anything over on me when it comes to the charts…but I had no idea that I would find out from Matt Lauer just before I performed on the Today Show,” declared Young. “Never have I been told that I have a No. 1 song quite like this, and then for it to happen in the same week that my brand new record released, it was absolutely amazing!”

Released by RCA Nashville, I’m Comin’ Over features eleven tracks – nine of which were co-written by Young – including his Gold certified single “I’m Comin’ Over,” which is currently #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.  Also included on the disc is “Sober Saturday Night,” a collaboration with Vince Gill, and “Think Of You,” a duet with Cassadee Pope, the special guest on Young’s 2016 tour. The album marks the first time that Young has co-produced, working alongside Corey Crowder.

Fans can also purchase tickets for Young’s recently announced 2016 “I’m Comin’ Over” Tour, presented by AEG Live, at and A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages are available, which can include premium tickets, access to a Chris Young preshow acoustic event, limited-edition merchandise and much more. Cassadee Pope will join as a special guest, opening thirteen shows beginning January 21.

Kenny Rogers & Chris Stapleton Added to CMT Artists of the Year Honorees

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Today, CMT announced that Kenny Rogers and Chris Stapleton will both be honored during the sixth annual “CMT Artists of the Year,” the definitive year-end party, live from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Wednesday, December 2nd at 8pm ET/PT. Rogers will receive the prestigious “Artist of a Lifetime” award presented by Ram Trucks, is only the second recipient of the award with Merle Haggard receiving the inaugural honor in 2014.

“You go through your life and your career and you try to do the right things and make the right decisions. You don’t always do that, but I have been very lucky. I am grateful for it all. This is a great honor and one I highly treasure. Being in with Merle Haggard on anything is always a thrill. To CMT, the fans, and all who made this incredible award possible, I can’t thank you enough,” said Rogers.

The sixth-annual 90-minute special will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts as the biggest stars of music, film and television gather to celebrate the five artists selected by CMT as the top artists of the year: Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and Little Big Town. These artists collectively dominated the last 12 months ruling CMT’s platforms and country radio, scoring chart-topping album and singles, and selling out arenas around the country. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced at a later date.

The past several years have been some of the most active and rewarding of Country Music Hall of Fame member and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, Kenny Rogers,’ entire career. Having recently announced his retirement from touring on NBC’s Today show, he is gearing up for a worldwide farewell tour bringing his legendary music one last time to fans across the globe. On Nov. 11, Rogers embarked on his 34th Christmas & Hits tour in support of his latest Christmas album, Once Again It’s Christmas (Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville). In 2013, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 47th Annual CMA Awards.

To celebrate Rogers’s lifetime achievement, RAM Trucks and CMT are giving one lucky winner and a guest the chance to attend “CMT Artists of the Year” and experience the presentation live with the “Experience of a Lifetime Contest Presented by RAM Trucks.” To enter, fans can go to, or enter via social on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with custom hashtag #RAMlifetimeContest and submit a photo/video of who inspires them.

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America Does Love Kellie Pickler

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Kellie Pickler might just be America’s next sweetheart as CMT’s premiere night of “I Love Kellie Pickler” on Thursday night charmed more than 2.5 million total viewers. The premiere episode notched an impressive .81 rating with women (18-49) and .53 rating with adults (18-49) according to Nielsen Media Research*, propelling the network to its highest premiere with adults since 2012 and women since 2008. Including encores over the weekend, nearly 4 million viewers have tuned-in. Kellie and Kyle lit up social media that night with the series ranking as the #2 primetime reality series on Twitter, while the premiere drove a staggering 105% week-over-week increase in visitors and 96% week-over-week increase in total visits to New episodes of “I Love Kellie Pickler” premiere on Thursday nights at 10pm ET/PT.

The premiere of “I Love Kellie Pickler” marks another strong showing for a CMT original series, with the network now pacing 34% ahead in primetime this quarter among A18-49 (L+SD). CMT is building a successful block of original programming on Thursday nights as the 10th season of “Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Making the Team” recently concluded its season as the highest rated to date with A 18-49 garnering nearly 3 million total viewers, while “Party Down South,” returning January 7, remains the network’s highest rated series.

Recognized and beloved for her fun-loving personality, uniquely hysterical witticisms and Southern charm, “I Love Kellie Pickler” follows Kellie as she navigates her madcap relationships with friends, family and the unpredictability of couple hood alongside her husband, Kyle Jacobs, her complete opposite.

Kellie Pickler catapulted from small-town obscurity and became a household name thanks to “American Idol” and “Dancing With the Stars,” but has since gone on to become a country music sensation and part of the CMT Family. Her Gold-certified debut album Small Town Girl contained her signature hits “Red High Heels” and “I Wonder,” followed by her self-titled second album which featured her Platinum-certified Top 10 hit “Best Days of Your Life.” Her third album 100 Proof, which showcased both her powerful voice as well as her songwriting prowess, was named by Rolling Stone as the No. 1 Country Album of the Year and was among those named by The Washington Post as the “Best of 2012.” Her most recent album, The Woman I Am, caused Newsday to write “…Pickler shows how the next phase of her career may be bigger than she ever dreamed.” Last year, Pickler voiced the lead character in the animated Veggie Tales movie “Beauty and the Beet” and performed eight songs on the official soundtrack album. Earlier this year she launched her first home goods line, “Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler,” available in the Opry Stores and online at A proud supporter of the men and women in the U.S. military, she has completed eight USO Tours and was presented with the Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award for the acknowledgement of her unwavering and impassioned support and contributions to the United States Armed Forces and their families.

For more information on “I Love Kellie Pickler,” visit, download the CMT App for exclusive footage, like CMT and “I Love Kellie Pickler” on Facebook, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram and use hashtag #ILoveKP.


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