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Alan Jackson Recalls Early Career Competition With Travis Tritt

Posted On November 23, 2014

(Undated) -- Alan Jackson admits he "wasn't trying to be a rival" to Travis Tritt. But the singer tells "Country Weekly" they launched their recording careers at the same time, and early on often faced each other for awards and honors. Jackson also admits "a lot of times" he came out on top -- but…

Keith Urban Calls Music A Lifelong Passion

Posted On November 23, 2014

(Undated) -- Keith Urban says he'd be a musician today even if he didn't find fame and commercial success. The country star tells CMT he started playing at the age of six, and feels "really fortunate" that his parents supported his interest. He recalls that they would drive him to talent shows when he was…

Amy Grant Rides Santa Train

Posted On November 23, 2014

(Undated) -- Amy Grant says riding the Santa Train was an incredible experience. The country star was this year's celebrity participant for the annual holiday event, which this year made 13 stops at communities in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. Amy tells Billboard.com when she got on the train she was amazed by the "unbelievable amount…

Taylor Swift To Receive Inaugural Dick Clark Excellence Award

Posted On November 21, 2014

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The spotlight will be on Taylor Swift this weekend at the 2014 American Music Awards. Swift has been tapped to receive the first ever "Dick Clark Award for Excellence" at Sunday's event. The singer is being recognized for stellar album sales, being the only artist in history to have three albums…

Christmas At Presley’s Graceland Begins With Friday’s Lighting Ceremony

Posted On November 21, 2014

(Memphis, TN) -- The holiday season is officially getting under way this weekend at Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion. And actor John Stamos will help launch the festivities. He's been tapped to flip the switch, and turn on all the holiday lights and decorations Elvis used during his lifetime to give his home a festive Christmas…