BRANTLEY GILBERT GETS ENGAGED!


Brantley Gilbert is engaged! The singer popped the question to his longtime on-again-off-again girlfriend who lives back in his homestate of Georgia. Brantley was engaged to fellow singer and actress Jana Kramer, but they called things off about a year ago.

Brantley visited a nationally syndicated morning show yesterday (Tuesday, October 21st) where he said that he's known his new fiancee for 10 years and that a lot of his hit songs were inspired by her, including "More Than Miles" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do."

He said, "It was one of those things that was on and off for few years – mostly on – and then she was the one that got away for about five years. It came back around and I've never been happier. This little one, she's the one, and I'm a pretty stoked dude. I'm pretty excited to say the least."

Brantley didn't reveal his fiancee's name, but said that she's a teacher at a school very close to his house.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE ADMIT TO SMOKING POT


Florida Georgia Line's new single, "Sun Daze," includes what could be some controversial lyrics with "All I wanna do today is wear my favorite shades and get stoned . . . And all I wanna do is lace my J’s and lace some Jack in my Coke." But apparently the guys know what they're talking about. The duo recently did an interview with Billboard magazine during which the reporter noticed a pipe on the counter in Tyler Hubbard's bus which smelled of marijuana. When asked point blank if he smoked it, Tyler responded, "Oh, yes. We’re professional partiers."

The guys' new album, appropriately titled Anything Goes, is again being labeled "bro-country," with some questioning whether their music is country. Tyler defends the duo's unique sound saying, "It’s a generational thing. In our generation, you can have a CD with six different genres of music on it. For us, it’s all one thing, and if we have shocked people with our music, it’s probably the older generation. Anybody that makes a mark or sets a new standard has a hard time at first, because people don’t understand it." Brian Kelley adds, "The definition of traditional changes every 10 years. The Bakersfield Sound raised a lot of hell at first. Is Garth Brooks traditional? He wasn’t (at first)."

Florida Georgia Line will head out on their first big headlining tour early next year.

DUSTIN LYNCH PERFORMED THROUGH BEER CAN INJURY FOR HIS GRANDMA


Dustin Lynch is clearly a believer in the old adage, "the show must go on." After taking a full can of beer to the face during his concert in Florida over the weekend, the singer opted to finish his performance despite his cut and bleeding face.

Dustin tells us why that show in particular was important to him. "I wanted to finish the show for a couple of reasons. One, my grandmother was on-stage actually. She was sitting in a chair on stage and we had just finished singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her – myself and all the fans. So it was a special night because she was there. And also the crowd was electric. As a whole it was one of the most electric crowds we’ve had in a while and everybody was into all the new songs and I didn’t want this one clown to ruin a great night and a great memory for me and all the fans that came out to support us and, of course, my grandmother. So I decided to continue on with the show without missing a beat – bleeding or not bleeding." .

AUDIO: DUSTIN LYNCH ON FINISHING SHOW AFTER BEING HIT BY BEER CAN

JASON ALDEAN, MIRANDA LAMBERT AMONG CMT'S 'ARTISTS OF THE YEAR'


Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will be celebrated as this year's top country artists in an all-new CMT Artists of the Year, premiering live from Nashville on Tuesday, December 2nd at 8 p.m. ET. The 90-minute special will bring together this year’s five honorees and their peers for an evening filled with star-studded performances and celebration, honoring each artist’s successes over the past year.

Keith is a first-time honoree, joining Jason, Luke, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda, all of whom have been honored in previous years at the annual ceremony. Jason has been named a CMT Artist of the Year since the award’s inception in 2010.

Over the past 12 months, these five honorees have illustrated their impact in country music through massive radio airplay, chart-topping album sales and millions of individual downloads of their current singles. These acts have also sold out concert tours and, collectively, their videos have received hundreds of millions of streams.

KEITH URBAN IMPRESSED WITH NEW TALENT ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'


Keith Urban returns as a judge for his third season of American Idol, which begins airing after the first of the year. He, along with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and show host Ryan Seacrest, are currently crisscrossing the country for the audition process.

Keith says he and his American Idol co-stars have fallen seamlessly back in the groove of things, and they're very impressed by some of the new contenders. "Well, it felt like we never stopped. I think when we first met here in Nashville, and I hadn’t seen Harry or Jen and Ryan for a month, I guess. It felt like no time had passed at all, and boom, we’re back behind the desk and people are singing in front of us, and it was like, ‘Whoa! What the…’ It’s so fluid working with them, working with all of them. And this season, I think we’re finding some really strong talent. So, I think it’s, it’s all (in) the journey. You find these diamonds-in-the-rough, or sometimes you just find straight-out (snaps) diamonds, and I love watching the journey of them, and then looking their audition tapes a few months down the track, going, ‘What the hell was I wearing? What was I thinking?’ Those are great moments."

Keith is nominated for four CMA awards this year, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for Fuse and Musical Event of the Year for "We Were Us" with Miranda Lambert. The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 5th at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

AUDIO: KEITH URBAN ON AMERICAN IDOL 2014 UPDATE

BITS AND PIECES: GARTH BROOKS & JAKE OWEN


Garth Brooks has broken his North Carolina ticket sales record. During March 25th - March 28th, 1998, he sold 56,523 tickets at Winston Salem's Joel Memorial Coliseum. For his upcoming engagement at the Greensboro Coliseum he has surpassed that and is still selling. Tickets are still available for the concerts on November 19th, November 20th and November 23rd, and are available at ticketmaster.com.

Jake Owen will cap off his 75-plus city headline dates on Saturday (October 25th) in his hometown of Vero Beach, Florida with his annual charity concert. All of the proceeds benefit the Jake Owen Foundation, which supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and youth organizations in Indian River County, FL, including Autism Speaks, Hibiscus Children’s Center, the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation and Boys & Girls Club of Indian River County. Last year’s concert raised a record-breaking $125,000.

SARA EVANS TO RELEASE FIRST CHRISTMAS ALBUM


Sara Evans will release a holiday album called At Christmas on November 17th. The 10-track project includes such classics as "Silent Night," "Oh Holy Night," and "Winter Wonderland," as well as a very special rendition of "12 Days of Christmas" that features vocals from two of her daughters 12-year-old Olivia and 10-year-old Audrey. The title track, "At Christmas," is the only original song on the album, and it was written by Shane Stevens and Toby Lightman.

Sara tells us: "It's my first Christmas album. It's hard to believe but I'm so in love with this record. We had to record it really quick. I mean, it was kind of last minute, and it's great. I didn't obsess over it or anything. I didn't really have a lot of time to think about it. We just went in, and then I did my vocals in Birmingham and just recorded 10 songs that I'm in love with, that I've always felt connected to Christmas-wise."

At Christmas is available now for pre-order exclusively through Walmart at http://smarturl.it/walmartatchristmas.

Sara is also set to be a part of the two-hour holiday special, CMA Country Christmas, airing on December 1st at 8 p.m. ET on the ABC Television Network.

AUDIO: SARA EVANS ON FIRST CHRISTMAS ALBUM

REBA READIES NEW MUSIC AS FIRST NASH ICON ARTIST


Reba McEntire has signed a new record deal. She is the flagship artist for the newly-formed Nashville Icon Music, and she will have a new album in the near future. The 59-year-old singer is working on her first new album in five years, with 11 songs already recorded.

Reba told The Tennessean, "I'm feeling very flattered, honored. You get to a point in your career where you think, 'I've been very lucky to get to do what I do, and now it's everybody else's turn.' For them to come back and say, 'We want you to record again, we want new music.' That's pretty big news to me and it made me feel so good that they wanted to hear more of my music. I'm very humbled."

Reba also plans to tour in support of the upcoming project.

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