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ERIC CHURCH STORMS HIS WAY TO 5 CMA NOMINATIONS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Eric Church will be angry when he walks out on stage to perform at the Country Music Association Awards tomorrow. He says he has a huge chip on his shoulder from all the times when other artists got things he didn't and when he couldn't get a song played on the radio. He carries that with him when he's on stage, and he believes it makes him a better performer. Church is the lead CMA Awards nominee, and he says no one is more surprised about that than he is.

TWO CMA AWARD WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON 'GMA' TOMORROW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- We don't have to wait until Thursday night to find out some of the CMA Award winners. For the first time, two categories will be announced on "Good Morning America" from Nashville. The categories are musical event and music video of the year. The rest of the awards will be handed out tomorrow night. "Good Morning America" will also feature a performance from Reba McEntire and an appearance by CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley.

TAYLOR SWIFT SELLS 1.2 MILLION ALBUMS IN FIRST WEEK

NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Swift's new album "Red" is now platinum. She sold 1.2 million copies in the first week. That makes it the largest sales week for any album in a decade and her second straight album to sell more than 1 million copies in its first week. Swift tweeted "How is this real life?! You are UNREAL. I love you so much. Thanks a million." Swift is hoping to retain her title as the CMA entertainer of the year on Thursday. She will also be performing.

LUKE BRYAN: TAYLOR SWIFT DESERVES HER SUCCESS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Luke Bryan says Taylor Swift is one of the most creative and innovative artists of our time. He thinks her astonishing album sales lift the music industry as a whole. Bryan says "anytime you see a country music star start in country and then grow to a worldwide, Garth-like situation it's always pretty amazing."

"THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The yodeling country singer doesn't make it on "The Voice." Gracia Harrison had impressed Blake Shelton, but not enough to keep her. Team Blake sticks with Liz Davis. She happened to do "Gunpowder and Lead," a song by Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert. Last night's show was the last of the knockout rounds. The live shows begin Monday night.

TIM MCGRAW ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM RELEASE DATE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tim McGraw is finally free to record new music, and he's releasing a new album on February 5th. It's appropriately called "Two Lanes of Freedom." This is his first album since his battle with Curb Records over contract obligations. McGraw will perform his new single "One of Those Nights" during the CMA Awards on Thursday.

DARIUS RUCKER TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM JAN. 22

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Next year brings new music from Darius Rucker. He's releasing his third country album on January 22nd. It's called "True Believers" and features twelve tracks. Rucker says he really paid attention to what friends and fans were saying on the road and the result is an album he's "so proud of." Rucker says his fans "really have been the true believers" since he released his first single to country radio. The album's title track is currently in the top 20 and climbing.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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