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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSam Hunt‘s smash hit, “Body Like a Back Road,” was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA during the month of October.

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw‘s exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, “Mississippi Woman, Lousiana Man,” opens this Friday and runs through June 10 of next year.

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In troubled times, Luke Bryan still believes "Most People Are Good"

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By Music News Group

ABC/Image Group LAIn the wake of multiple hurricanes, the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the wave of political controversy that continually dominates the news cycle these days, Luke Bryan‘s new album offers a dose of comfort with the new song, “Most People Are Good.”

“I believe this world ain’t half as bad as it looks. I believe most people are good,” the two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year sings on his new record, What Makes You Country, which comes out December 8.

In fact, Luke says he can’t wait to release “Most People Are Good” as a single.

“Man, I’m really proud of that one,” he tells ABC Radio. “[I’m] chomping at the bit for the second that we can get that one out, and I’m really excited for the fans to get the new album, and ‘Most People Are Good’ is definitely one of the best songs I’ve ever had the chance to record.”

The album’s lead single, “Light It Up,” is already in the top ten.

“Most People Are Good” is available to stream or download now, and you can also check out Luke’s acoustic performance of the song on YouTube.

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Source:: Country Music News

      

"Thor" Ragnaroks box office again with $56.6 million second weekend

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By Stephen Iervolino

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Thor: Ragnarok topped the box office for the second week in a row, hammering the competition with an estimated $56.6 million weekend. The film has earned more than $211 million stateside, surpassing the total domestic gross for both Thor and Thor: The Dark World.

Thor: Ragnarok‘s overseas total now stands at $438.5 million, bringing its worldwide take to more than $650 million. It’s now the 12th highest grossing Marvel film. Marvel, like ABC, is owned by Disney.

Daddy’s Home 2 — starring Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson and John Lithgow — won the battle for second place, topping expectations with an estimated $30 million debut.

The second new offering, Murder on the Orient Express — starring Kenneth Brannagh, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp — also performed better than expected, earning an estimated $28.2 million, for a third place finish.

Bowing in fourth place was A Bad Moms Christmas, with an estimated $11.5 million take. Rounding out the top five was Jigsaw, earning and estimated $3.4 million.

Lady Bird, expanding to 37 theaters, raked in a whopping $1.25 million for a 10th place finish.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — starring Francis McDormand and Woody Harrelson — impressed with an estimated $320,000, opening weekend from just four theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. Thor: Ragnarok, $56.6 million
2. Daddy’s Home 2, $30 million
3. Murder on the Orient Express, $28.2 million
4. A Bad Moms Christmas, $11.5 million
5. Jigsaw, $3.4 million
6. Boo 2: A Madea Halloween, $2 million
7. Geostorm, $1.5 million
8. Blade Runner 2049, $1.4 million
9. Happy Death Day, $1.3 million
10. Lady Bird, $1.25 million

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"Star Trek" star George Takei says he's "shocked and bewildered" by sexual assault claim

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — Star Trek actor George Takei is denying allegations that he sexually assaulted a former model and actor in his Los Angeles home back in the 1980s.

Scott R. Brunton told The Hollywood Reporter that when he was 23, he met Takei, who was in his 40s at the time, at a local bar.

One night in 1981, Brunton claimed, after the two men went out, Takei invited Brunton back to his Los Angeles condo for a nightcap. After a second drink Brunton claims he began feeling dizzy and after sitting down, passed out.

Brunton then claims the actor groped him.

ABC News reached out to Brunton, but didn’t immediately hear back. ABC News also reached out to reps for Takei, but didn’t immediately hear back.

Takei, now 80, who is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek series, took to Twitter to deny the allegations.

“I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them,” he wrote Saturday morning. “The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now. I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do.”

Takei said he’s taking Brunton’s claims “seriously,” which is why he wanted to respond.

“Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago,” Takei wrote . “But those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful.”

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Report: Number of Well-Paid, Blue-Collar Jobs Growing in Texas

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By Public News Service Report: Number of Well-Paid, Blue-Collar Jobs Growing in Texas WACO, Texas – A new study just out shows that in Texas and around the country, the number of good paying jobs for workers with less than a bachelor’s degree is growing.

The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that over the past 25 years, nearly half of the states in the U.S. have added jobs that pay well without requiring a four-year degree. …(Read More) …read more

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