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Country Music At Large

The Highwomen's Debut Album Hits No. 1 On Top Country Albums Chart

The Highwomen's eponymous debut album topped Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart.

The album debuted at the top position on the Top Country Albums chart dated September 21 with 34,000 equivalent album units earned, of which 29,000 were in album sales, according to Nielsen Music.

The supergroup, consisting of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires, released their debut album on September 6 via Elektra Records.

The Highwomen is the first Top Country Albums No. 1 for an all-female group since Pistol Annies' Interstate Gospel, which topped the chart dated November 17, 2018.

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Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs Among CMT Artists Of The Year

Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs are among the country music artists to be honored at the 10th annual CMT Artists of the Year, to be held at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center on October 16.

Kane Brown, Dan + Shay and Thomas Rhett are the other artists selected for the honor by CMT for their achievements in country music in 2019.

"These five, stand-out honorees have dominated country music this year and we look forward to paying tribute to each of them at the 10th year anniversary CMT Artists of the Year event," said Leslie Fram, CMT's Senior Vice President of Music Strategy & Talent.

Underwood has been selected as CMT's artist of the year for the fifth time. Rhett has also received the honor previously, while Brown, Combs and Dan + Shay will be receiving the CMT honor for the first time.

The 90-minute event, which will include special performances honoring the awardees, will be aired live.

The previous edition of the ceremony featured an all-female slate of honorees, namely Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman.

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Taylor Swift To Return As Mentor On 'The Voice'

Pop superstar Taylor Swift will return to NBC's "The Voice" as a Mega Mentor during the show's seventeenth season.

The singer, who released her 7th studio album, Lover, earlier this month, will join the show's judges, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, to help with coaching in the lead up to the Knockout Rounds of the competition set to air next month.

Swift played a similar role in the long-running show's seventh season and also performed her hit, "Me!" alongside Panic! At The Disco star Brendon Urie during the finale of season sixteen.

(Photo: Valheria Rocha)

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