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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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No "Silent Night(s)" here: Lady A's Dave Haywood prepares for a Christmas birth

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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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Nashville notes

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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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"Alexa, what were the top song lyric requests of 2017?"

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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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Reba returns to the National Finals Rodeo, where her career got started

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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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