Country duo Florida Georgia Line have scored their first U.S. number one album. Anything Goes has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 countdown with 197,000 first-week sales.
The album is the pair's follow-up to Here's To the Good Times, which was released in 2012 and reached number four on the chart.
It becomes the third consecutive country release to debut at number one following the success of Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean's albums earlier this month (Oct14).
Meanwhile, veteran rocker Bob Seger has landed his highest debut ever as Ride Out enters the chart at three, behind Aldean, and Pink's new project You+Me debut at four with their first album, Rose Ave. The duo comprises of Pink and City & Colour star Dallas Green.
Albums from rappers The Game and Hoodie Allen, U2 and Jessie J also enter the new chart top 10.
Meanwhile, Meghan Trainor extends her run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart to seven weeks.
All About That Bass also leads a record-extending seventh week of girl power - all five of the top five tracks are hits by women - Taylor Swift's Shake It Off stays put at two for a seventh week, while Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's Bang Bang returns to the top three at three and Iggy Azalea's Black Widow and Tove Lo's Habits (Stay High) round out the top tier.
And ailing country star Glen Campbell returns to the Hot 100 for the first time in 33 years with his final single I'm Not Gonna Miss You, which debuts at 90.
The Rhinestone Cowboy singer, who was forced to retire due to the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, last appeared on the countdown in September, 1981 with I Love My Truck.
Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor are bringing a little pop to the 48th annual Country Music Awards after signing on to perform with Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert. The odd couplings will join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Lucy Hale, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host the awards show for a seventh time on 5 November (14).
Country star Sara Evans is set to make her acting debut in an upcoming episode of hit U.S. TV drama Nashville. The You'll Always Be My Baby hitmaker has filmed a guest spot on the country music-oriented series to air in the U.S. later this month (Oct14), but she insists she has no plans to give up her singing career to focus on acting.
She tells Country Weekly magazine, "I've thought about it over the years. I've been sent scripts for different movies and TV shows, but I'm so busy with my career, we've never been able to find the time. But I have so much respect for what these actors do. It is really hard work and a lot of time."
Evans isn't the first country singer to make a cameo on Nashville - Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line have also made recent appearances on the popular TV series, which stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as rival musicians.
Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum have been tapped as the headliners for Europe's upcoming C2C Country to Country Festival. The Drunk on You hitmaker and Need You Now trio are the main attraction at the continent's largest country music festival, which will also features acts including Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore and Brandy Clark.
The C2C Festival will make stops in London, Dublin, Ireland, Oslo in Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden next March (15), with two nights in each city.
Although the festival was only launched in 2012, it has already attracted thousands of country fans from all over Europe.
Earlier this year (14), more than 50,000 were in attendance at London's O2 Arena and Dublin's 3Arena for the event, which starred the Dixie Chicks, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.
Florida Georgia Line star Tyler Hubbard is engaged. The Cruise hitmaker announced the news on Instagram.com on Monday (22Sep14) by sharing a snap of his girlfriend Hayley Stommel wearing an engagement ring while sipping on Champagne inside a helicopter.
The 27 year old writes, "This is what a lucky man looks like right here. Not sure why but I sure am blessed to call this angel my fiancee. #loveisintheair #literally (sic)."
Stommel also shared a picture of the couple taking a 'selfie' in front of the helicopter, adding, "Blessed to call this amazing man my fiance. 9. 22. 14."
Country duo Florida Georgia Line have been tapped to host the first ever American Country Countdown Awards. Cruise hitmakers Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will helm the inaugural prizegiving based on Brooks & Dunn star Kix Brooks' long-running U.S. radio programme American Country Countdown.
The awards replace the now-defunct American Country Awards, which ran from 2010 to 2013. At last year's (13) final ceremony, Florida Georgia Line took home four trophies, including New Artist of the Year.
The American Country Countdown Awards will be aired live from Nashville, Tennessee's Music City Center on 15 December (14).
Florida Georgia Line star Brian Kelley is creating a new clothing line with his wife, Brittney Marie Cole Kelley. The Cruise hitmaker is adding fashion designer to his resume with a venture called Tribe Kelley, which will launch later this year (14).
Details about the collection are scarce, but a post on the brand's official website describes the line as "a way of life", adding, "Being apart of 'the Tribe' encourages uniqueness and individuality in a world of conformity."
Kelley, who married his wife last December (13), also has a clothing line with his bandmate Tyler Hubbard called Can't Afford Not To, which is set to debut in October (14).
Three concertgoers were hospitalised after a man stabbed them with a knife during the 2014 WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota on Thursday (08Aug14). The incident took place at the Hilltop Campground across the street from the annual country music festival, which featured headliners including Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line.
Reports suggest drunk Aaron Williams, 32, was walking around the campground, shocking people using a handheld taser when fellow concertgoers confronted him. He took out a knife and began lashing out at them, according to the Becky County Sheriff's Department.
Three men from Canada who attempted to stop Williams were slashed and taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries. They were later released.
Williams was arrested an arraigned in court on Friday (08Aug14), where he pleaded not guilty to assault charges. He was released on bail and is due back in court for a hearing on 25 August (14).
The incident wasn't the only arrest at the festival - three concertgoers were taken into custody for assault, six for DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) charges, five on disorderly conduct charges and 12 people were arrested on warrant charges.
Florida Georgia Line and their tour manager have been slapped with a $15 million (£8.8 million) lawsuit for allegedly breaching an oral agreement over payment for the duo's headlining performance at the 2014 Country Explosion festival. Event organisers gave the country stars' road manager Troy Johnson a cheque for their $205,000 (£120,588) fee after the Cruise hitmakers closed the final night of the four-day Utah bash on 20 July (14), but asked him to wait three days before cashing it.
In legal papers, the plaintiffs' lawyer, David Drake, writes, "It was also explained that the reason for the delay was that the check would be covered by box office receipts that would clear within the next 72 hours."
However, Country Explosion LLC executives claim Johnson ignored their request and banked the funds the following day, causing the cheque to bounce - and then reportedly blasted festival bosses in an industry email sent to a slew of artists and booking agents in Nashville, Tennessee.
They allege the message caused significant damage to the company's reputation and, as a result, they have struggled to book acts for next year's (15) festival.
Country Explosion LLC officials are demanding at least $15 million in damages and a formal apology from Florida Georgia Line and Johnson, acknowledging the allegations made in the industry email "were incorrect".
The defendants have yet to respond to the suit.