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Scotty McCreey was surprised on Sunday night when he was invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry by Garth Brooks!  Garth presented Scotty with a wrapped gift as if for it to be an early Christmas present but sharing that he had to wait to open it because what was inside hasn't arrived yet and "it is merely an invitation".  "I probably won't be sleeping tonight" was all Scotty could share about the invitation.
Sara Evans is celebrating the engagement of her middle child, Olivia. She shared several pictures of her daughter and her fiance, Blake Irwin, including the moment he got down on one knee as the sun set behind them. Both sides of the family were present for the engagement. Sara has three children, Avery Jack, 24, Olivia Margaret, 20, and Audrey Elizabeth, 19. The older two have toured with their mom as part of her band. Avery is currently a member of Thomas Rhett's band and Olivia released solo music in 2021.
According to Billboard Boxscore, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, George Strait, Shania Twain and Eric Church have the top country tours of 2023. Morgan Wallen had the number one tour with 44 shows and 1,325,792 people in attendance. He ended up grossing $260,355, 870, which is almost twice as much as Luke Combs who lands at number 2 on the list. He earned $133,512,495 and played 42 shows. George Strait sits at number three. He performed 11 shows and set attendance records on his "most extensive stadium run in 9 years" with Chris Stapleton. George brought in $107,521,440 in gross earnings and had 788,408 people in attendance. Shania Twain is number four with her Queen of Me Tour. She played the most shows on the chart at 52. She earned a gross revenue of $84,988,073 and had 788,408 fans at her shows. Rounding out the top 5 concerts is Eric Church. His earnings totaled $50,485,002. His attendance was 587,069 people over 36 shows.

Four artists make up the majority of the Top 10 of Billboard's 2023 Top Country Albums chart. Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs each have three albums making an appearance on the year-end list, including new and old projects. Here's a look at the Top 10 Country Albums:

Number 10 - Luke Combs, What You See Is What You Get

Number 9 - Taylor Swift, Fearless (Taylor's Version)

Number 8 - Morgan Wallen - If You Know Me (released in 2018)

Number 7 - Luke Combs - This One's For You (released in 2017)

Number 6 - Luke Combs - Gettin' Old

Number 5 - Taylor Swift - Red (Taylor's Version)

Number 4 - Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Taylor's Version)

Number 3 - Zach Bryan - American Heartbreak

Number 2 - Morgan Wallen - Dangerous: The Double Album

Number 1 - Morgan Wallen - One Thing At A Time

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed John Lennon's "Imagine" during the memorial service for former First Lady Rosalyn Carter in Atlanta on Tuesday. Trisha sang lead vocals, while Garth played an acoustic guitar and sang backing vocals. They became friends with former President Jimmy Carter and his wife over their mutual passion and support for Habitat for Humanity. Garth and Trisha stepped in as the official hosts for the 2023 Carter Work Project, which focused on building affordable homes in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Kelsea Ballerini, Brooks & Dunn, Riley Green and Mickey Guyton are just some of the stars who will be performing at the annual All for the Hall charity benefit show in December. Hardy, the War and Treaty, Patty Loveless and Trisha Yearwood will also be part of the evening. This year's theme is "The Song Remembers When." Artists will play a song that defines a powerful memory from their personal life, in addition to performing a fan-favourite. Over the years, the All for the Hall event has raised $4.3 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame and its affiliated education programs. Keith Urban and Vince Gill will co-host the benefit show on December 5th at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Blake Shelton is the executive producer on a new Hallmark movie, Time For Her To Come Home For Christmas. The collection dates back to 2018, beginning with Time For Me To Come Home For Christmas, followed by Time For Us To Come Home For Christmas, Time For You To Come Home For Christmas and Time For Him To Come Home For Christmas. The movies are all based on Blake's song "Time For Me To Come Home," from his 2012 album Cheers, It's Christmas, which featured a cameo from his mom, Dorothy Shackleford. The movie focuses on Carly, a young musician who heads to a small town to work with a church choir for the holiday season. But the holidays take on a different meaning when she meets a young Army veteran with a talent for singing. The movie premieres on November 30th.
Dolly Parton's Rockstar debuted at number one on several Billboard charts, including Top Rock and Alternative Albums, Top Country Albums, Top Album Sales, Top Current Album Sales and Independent Albums charts. "Wow, this is a big thrill! I owe a thank you to the fans who have always been there for me," says Dolly. "Their support made this achievement possible. I'd also like to thank my producer Kent Wells, all the wonderful artists, musicians, and engineers who brought their talents to this project."


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