The Nov. 6 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, broadcast on ABC-TV, invigorate Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, where Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert bring the first male/female duet to the summit in more than two years. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift and Eric Church each surge into the top 10 and Luke Bryan matches his career-high debut.
There has been a big buzz going on around Nashville as of late concerning Heidi Feek and her new album, "The One." Feek is the daughter of country duo Joey+Rory, and she admits that her R&B / Blues edge might take some by surprise given the traditional lean of her parents.
Since she first gained attention for her portrayal of Patsy Cline in the Ryman Auditorium's production of "Always… Patsy Cline" in 1994, Mandy Barnett has always demonstrated a love and appreciation of classic songs – as well as classic singers.
Onscreen, he's known as Avery Barkley, the bad-boy rocker on the hit ABC musical drama "Nashville." Offscreen, he's Jonathan Jackson, and he just might be infiltrating the airwaves with more than just his "Nashville" songs soon enough.
For only the third time in the 22-year Nielsen SoundScan era, three titles debut in the top three of Top Country Albums, led by the Robertsons' "Duck Dynasty"-spawned "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas," which opens with 69,000 sold.