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Lee Brice maps out first UK run in 2020

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CurbLee Brice is heading across the pond in 2020 for his first-ever tour of the United Kingdom.

The four-date run kicks off July 7 in London, England, and moves on to Birmingham and Manchester, before wrapping on the 11th in Glasgow, Scotland. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Back in the States, Lee’s latest number one, “Rumor,” finishes the year as the tenth most-played song of 2019, according to Country Aircheck. Meanwhile, his latest hit, “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Carly Pearce, is climbing in the top thirty.

Here’s the complete itinerary for Lee Brice’s 2020 tour of the UK:

7/7 — London, England, Shepherds Bush Empire
7/9 — Birmingham, England, O2 Institute
7/10 — Manchester, England, O2 Ritz
7/11 — Glasgow, Scotland, The Old Fruitmarket

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Eric Church Doubles Down to become country's top touring act of 2019

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ABC/Image Group LAEric Church is country’s top touring artist of 2019, according to Billboard.

The North Carolina native raked in more than $65 million, playing for more than 718,000 fans during 48 shows on his Double Down Tour.

Florida Georgia Line is a close second, grossing nearly $53 million, though they played for more people, with a total crowd that exceeded 750,000. Carrie Underwood’s the only female artist on the list, finishing third with her Cry Pretty trek.

Thomas Rhett and George Strait are fourth and fifth, respectively, though it’s worth noting that King George made $46 million over nine shows, while everyone else worked close to fifty dates.

Here’s the complete rundown of 2019’s Top 5 Country Tours, along with their corresponding total gross, attendance, and number of shows, according to Billboard Boxscore:

  1. Eric Church — $65 million, 718K, 48
    2. Florida Georgia Line — $52.9 million, 750K, 46
    3. Carrie Underwood — $50.2 million, 648K, 58
    4. Thomas Rhett — $46.7 million, 674K, 50
    5. George Strait — $46.2 million, 291K, 9

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Real or fake? Thomas Rhett reveals the one aspect of Christmas where he and wife Lauren don't agree

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ABC/Image Group LAThis year, Thomas Rhett rolled out two holiday tunes, for the first time ever: an original he co-wrote titled “Christmas in the Country” and his cover of the classic, “The Christmas Song.”

He admits it’s something his wife Lauren has wanted him to do “for a long time,” and the time felt right, as the two are busy making yuletide memories with their daughters, four-year-old Willa Gray and two-year-old Ada James.  

TR says some of their traditions are drawn from their individual families, like “opening one gift on Christmas Eve, or always getting new ornaments for the Christmas tree.” But he reveals there’s one thing the couple don’t exactly see eye-to-eye on.

“Making sure the Christmas tree is always real is something that Lauren is dead set on,” he points out. “And I wish we could get a fake one, but, you know, we’re gonna get a real one for forever probably,” he smiles.

Even though Willa and Ada are still fairly small, the family’s already developing their own holiday rituals.

“We always watch The Santa Clause at least a thousand times before Christmas actually gets there,” TR says. “And we still kind of celebrate Christmas five or six days after Christmas as well, because we’re not ready for it to end.”

“And we always decorate our house…” he continues. “We love Christmas. It’s our favorite time of the year, and as our kids get older, hopefully they can help us make some new traditions.”

TR and Lauren are about to get a little MORE help in that department. They’re expecting their third daughter in February.

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'Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special' again, as his show re-airs on ABC

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ABC/Mark LevineIf you missed Brad Paisley’s first-ever network variety show when it premiered last week on ABC, you’ll have another chance to check it out later this month.

Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special is set to re-air on Saturday, December 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. More than six million people tuned in to watch its first airing on December 3, making it the most-watched show on the network that night.

You can check out quite a few segments from the show — specifically the ones starring Carrie UnderwoodTim McGrawJonas Brothers and more — on YouTube now. Kelsea BalleriniDarius Rucker and Hootie & the Blowfish joined Brad on the show as well.  

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Dan + Shay didn't take "10,000 hours" to grab country's fastest-selling platinum single of the year

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ABC/Image Group LADan + Shay are closing out the year by setting another record.

Their hit with Justin Bieber“10,000 Hours,” has just been certified platinum, making it the fastest-selling country single to reach sales of one million units this year.

The collaboration, which just came out in October, is an international sensation as well. It’s already been certified platinum in Canada, and gone gold in Australia, Brazil, Ireland, New Zealand, and The Netherlands as well.

Currently, “10,000 Hours” is in the top ten on the country chart. It’s simultaneously a top fifteen hit on the pop chart.

Dan + Shay will close out the year by performing on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve for the second year in a row December 31 on ABC. They’re also up for two trophies at next month’s Grammys.

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