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1. Bredesen, Blackburn exchange barbs in final debate -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate on Wednesday, while the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again promising to improve bipartisanship in Congress.

2. Kavanaugh vote a no-win scenario for Bredesen -

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Marsha Blackburn must have been sitting back laughing as she pounded former Gov. Phil Bredesen for postponing his stance on the Kavanaugh nomination.

No matter how he came down, he couldn’t really win.

3. Taylor Swift wins big at AMAs and encourages fans to vote -

Taylor Swift kicked off her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards she continued the conversation by encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

4. Trump says he likes Swift's music less post-endorsement -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he likes superstar Taylor Swift's music "about 25 percent less now" that she's endorsed two Democratic candidates in Tennessee.

5. Taylor Swift breaks political silence, backs Bredesen, Cooper -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Music superstar Taylor Swift announced Sunday she's voting for Tennessee's Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking her long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics.

6. Texas man allegedly sent threatening letters to Taylor Swift -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A 26-year-old Austin, Texas, man has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly sending threatening letters to pop star Taylor Swift and showing up at her record label in Nashville, Tennessee.

7. Filing: Waffle House shooting suspect found unfit for trial -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking a court hearing after the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House was deemed presently incompetent for trial and in need of hospitalization.

8. Waffle House reopens 3 days after fatal shootings -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Waffle House where four people were fatally shot reopened Wednesday amid tears and solemn remembrance of the dead, as the company said it will donate a month of the restaurant's sales to help the wounded survivors and the families of the slain.

9. Waffle House suspect: Erratic behavior years before shooting -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Travis Reinking's erratic behavior began years before police say he showed up without pants at a Waffle House restaurant and killed four people with an assault-style rifle.

The onetime construction crane operator bounced between states and suffered from delusions, sometimes talking about plans to marry singer Taylor Swift, friends and relatives told police. He was arrested outside the White House last year after asking to speak to President Donald Trump, and his bizarre actions seemed to intensify in recent days with a car theft.

10. Waffle House suspect's ex-bosses asked feds to help him -

SALIDA, Colorado (AP) — The co-owner of a Colorado crane company that once employed the Waffle House shooting suspect said they urged the Secret Service to try to help him after he was arrested at the White House last year.

11. Mental health and guns an issue after Waffle House attack -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant.

Alerted to the theft of a BMW from a car dealer last week, officers decided against a risky police chase, knowing the car had a GPS device and could soon be located.

12. Car theft solved too late to prevent Waffle House tragedy -

NASHVILLE (AP) — After Travis Reinking allegedly stole a BMW from a Nashville area car dealer last week, police say they found it outside the apartment where he lived.

Authorities recovered the car but didn't figure out who had stolen it until too late.

13. Waffle House shooter's guns were seized but then returned -

Travis Reinking exhibited multiple warning signs that he was mentally unstable: He talked openly about delusions that he was being stalked by Taylor Swift. He insisted unknown people were making barking noises outside his home. He even went to the White House on a mission to talk to the president.

14. Waffle House slaying suspect arrested after massive manhunt -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The mentally unstable gunman suspected of killing four people in a late-night shooting at a Waffle House restaurant was arrested near his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day, authorities said.

15. Musicians want freelance, contractor harassment protections -

Country music singer Katie Armiger re-emerged in the spotlight Monday to back legislation giving freelancers and contractors protection against sexual harassment.

Some two years after going public with accusations detailing country’s music’s untold story about how women are treated, one of sexual innuendoes, crude comments and unwanted touching by radio programmers and “influential professionals,” the 26-year-old Armiger remains caught up in a legal battle but hopes to keep other performers from falling into the same trap.

16. Trump says some lawmakers too fearful of NRA to act on guns -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting fellow Republicans in the hot seat, President Donald Trump is calling for quick and substantial changes to the nation's gun laws even as he criticizes lawmakers for being too fearful of the National Rifle Association to act.

17. Trump says some lawmakers too fearful of NRA to act on guns -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting fellow Republicans in the hot seat, President Donald Trump is calling for quick and substantial changes to the nation's gun laws even as he criticizes lawmakers for being too fearful of the National Rifle Association to act.

18. Ed Sheeran is world's best-selling recording artist of 2017 -

LONDON (AP) — If you think there's no escape from the songs of Ed Sheeran, you may be right.

A global music industry group says the British singer-songwriter is officially the best-selling recording artist of 2017.

19. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for January 2018 -

Top commercial real estate sales, January 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

20. Female songwriters in Nashville say 'Time's Up' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Female musicians in Nashville have long complained about the lack of representation on country radio, but now a collective of female songwriters are singing "Time's Up."

The Song Suffragettes were formed in 2014 in response to a growing concern that women were being excluded by labels and radio and spurred by comments by a radio consultant that compared women to tomatoes in a salad. Only 18 out of the top 100 country singles of 2017 had a female artist featured, a percentage that has been stagnating in the genre for years.

21. Sharp drop in ratings for Grammy Awards this year -

NEW YORK (AP) — The television audience for Bruno Mars' dominating night at the Grammy Awards was a sparser one than music's big night has seen for nearly a decade, and a steep decline of 24 percent from the program a year earlier.

22. Nashville area sees record 14.5 million visitors in 2017 -

NASHVILLE – The Nashville area saw a record 14.5 million visitors in 2017, a 4.6 percent increase from 2016’s record 13.9 million visitors, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today. The growth is attributed to an uptick in leisure travelers and a stronger than expected second half of the year, which included the solar eclipse in August, seven Garth Brooks concerts in December and a fall calendar filled with weekend events, festivals and football games.

23. Another GOP governor seeks exclusion from drilling proposal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opposition to the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling is mounting as Democrats from coastal states accuse President Donald Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders and a second Republican governor asks to withdraw his state from the plan.

24. Another GOP governor seeks exclusion from drilling proposal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opposition to the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling is mounting as Democrats from coastal states accuse President Donald Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders and a second Republican governor asks to withdraw his state from the plan.

25. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for November 2017 -

Top commercial real estate sales, November 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

26. Hill (College or City?) with a view: Yours for a mere $30 million -

If you are a developer with $30 million to spare for 2.69 acres of prime real estate overlooking downtown Nashville, the Rev. George T. Brooks has a deal for you.

“No one’s going to do that, though,” says the 70-year-old pastor of St. James Missionary Baptist Church on a 28th Avenue North hillside just up from Swett’s Restaurant, the landmark business where Southern cooking is devoured while the worries of the world – including the fate of this neighborhood – are bandied about among the regulars.

27. Garth Brooks wins entertainer of the year at CMA Awards -

Garth Brooks continued his winning streak as entertainer of the year at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards, beating out Luke Bryan and Keith Urban.

Brooks, who has won the top prize six times, also beat Chris Stapleton and Eric Church on Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

28. CMA Awards highlighted by political, emotional moments -

The 2017 Country Music Association Awards marked one of its most political and emotional shows in years, as the night offered powerful moments focused on unifying as a country during a year dominated by gun violence, divisive politics and natural disasters.

29. Carrie Underwood, Paisley celebrating a decade as CMA hosts -

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are celebrating their 10-year anniversary — as hosts of the Country Music Association Awards.

30. Horror and heartbreak: Stars react to Las Vegas shooting -

Country stars and celebrities took to social media to express their sadness after the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival:

— "I am incredibly saddened by tonight's events and while I'm thankful that me and all of my band and crew are alive and unharmed, I can't help but hurt for all the people who weren't as fortunate and the pain their loved ones must feel. Keep Vegas, these fans, and all of the country music community in your thoughts and prayers, we could sure use it tonight. Thank you." — Luke Combs, who performed earlier in the night, in a message posted to Instagram.

31. Lambert leads nominees for country music awards -

NEW YORK (AP) — Miranda Lambert led the pack with five nominations for Country Music Association awards on Monday, with Little Big Town and Keith Urban earning four nods each.

Lambert was nominated for song and single of the year for "Tin Man," and also earned nods for album, female vocalist and best video of the year. Nominations for the 51st annual awards were announced on "Good Morning America." The ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 8 in Nashville.

32. Taylor Swift ends intrigue, announces new album in November -

NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, Taylor Swift fans, Wednesday was a lucky one for you.

The pop star who whipped her army of Swifties into a frenzy with video snippets of slithery snake parts on social media posted the title of her new album, "reputation," and announced on Instagram it will be out Nov. 10.

33. Taylor Swift hopes verdict inspires assault victims -

DENVER (AP) — Immediately after a jury determined that Taylor Swift had been groped by a radio station host before a concert in Denver, the singer-songwriter turned to one of her closest allies — her mother — and later said she hoped the verdict would inspire other victims of sexual assault.

34. Jurors weighing case over Taylor Swift's groping allegation -

DENVER (AP) — Jurors on Monday began weighing dueling lawsuits over Taylor Swift's accusation that a former radio host groped her during a 2013 meet-and-greet after attorneys for both sides pointed to a photo as proof that the alleged assault either did or did not happen.

35. Bodyguard: I saw DJ reach under Taylor Swift's skirt -

DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift's former bodyguard testified Friday that he saw a DJ reach under her skirt a moment before a photographer snapped their picture during a meet-and-greet where the singer says the radio host groped her.

36. Taylor Swift testifies: 'He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt' -

DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift has testified in her trial accusing a radio host of groping her that "he grabbed my ass underneath my skirt" when the two posed for a photo together before her 2013 performance in Denver.

37. Taylor Swift doesn't sugar-coat testimony in groping case -

DENVER (AP) — A defiant and occasionally exasperated Taylor Swift insisted during a whirlwind hour of testimony Thursday that a Denver disc jockey grabbed her bare backside and held on for a long time during a meet-and-greet before a concert.

38. Ex-disc jockey in groping case says Swift photo is awkward -

DENVER (AP) — A former disc jockey accused of groping Taylor Swift while posing for a photograph with her before a concert acknowledged Wednesday that the image is "weird and awkward," but he insisted that he touched Swift in the ribs, not in the rear, as she alleges in a lawsuit.

39. DJ in groping case says he may have touched Swift's ribs -

DENVER (AP) — A former radio disc jockey accused of groping Taylor Swift before a concert testified Tuesday that he may have touched the pop superstar's ribs with a closed hand as he tried to jump into a photo with her but insisted he did not touch her backside as she claims.

40. With Swift in court, jury selection begins in groping case -

DENVER (AP) — With Taylor Swift looking on, potential jurors in her lawsuit against an ex-Denver radio host were asked Monday whether they had ever been inappropriately touched or wrongly accused of groping someone — the issues at the center of the case.

41. Taylor Swift, ex-radio host head to court over groping claim -

DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift and her support team didn't call police after she said she had been groped by a Denver radio host during a photo session before a concert.

42. Forbes crowns Sean 'Diddy' Combs as highest-paid entertainer -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean "Diddy" Combs is the top earner on Forbes' list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities.

The magazine says the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy brought in $130 million from June 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017. Forbes says Diddy's Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, a stake in Ciroc vodka and the $70 million sale of one-third of his Sean John clothing line all contributed to his earnings.

43. Keith Urban wins big at CMT Awards, Underwood makes history -

After walking away empty-handed at the Grammy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year, Keith Urban found redemption at the 2017 CMT Music Awards, picking up four honors including video of the year for "Blue Ain't Your Color."

44. Urban wins big at CMT Awards, Underwood makes history -

After walking away empty-handed at the Grammy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year, Keith Urban found redemption at the 2017 CMT Music Awards, picking up four honors including video of the year for "Blue Ain't Your Color."

45. And in the end, who has to pay for new plumbing? -

I was a big fan of the Beatles, as some may know, for most of my life. Then I had read hundreds of books and wrote a couple about the lads from Liverpool. Now, I am a historian and have a radio show to prove it. The intro to the show identifies me as a historian, so I must be.

46. Cooper shares inside stories of country greats -

The last time I saw Johnny Cash he was dead. Peter Cooper – who just has released a book chronicling what he considers his greatest fortune, that he is able to spend his time with country music’s sometimes erratic geniuses – was standing next to me on that September 15, 2003.

47. Patsy Cline Museum, Madame Tussauds open -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two new attractions opening this month in Nashville will give fans a chance to get closer to some of their favorite country music icons.

The legendary vocalist Patsy Cline gets an overdue honor with a new museum blocks from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. And Madame Tussauds on Friday opens a new music-focused attraction near the Grand Ole Opry House, featuring lifelike figurines of Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and many more.

48. Little Big Town's momentum grows with Ryman residency -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Please excuse singer Phillip Sweet if he gets a little emotional when Little Big Town performs Friday night during the first-ever residency in the 125-year history of the Ryman Auditorium, a venue that helped popularize country music.

49. Super Bowl ads: Some brands score, others fumble -

There is no greater scrutiny that a brand faces for its marketing prowess than during the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year. Courageous brands bet big that their ad will win hearts and minds among consumers, but only 40 percent of Super Bowl ads earned favorable ratings from our team of advertising professionals.

50. Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney donate to wildfire fund -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Artists and organizations in Music City are stepping up to help their neighbors after devastating wildfires damaged about 2,500 buildings and caused 14 deaths in the Gatlinburg area.

51. A special gift for everyone on your list -

2016 has been a wild ride of a year. And, just as you’re taking a deep breath, it’s time for the happy, yet never hassle-free holidays.

We suggest chilling out, taking stock, putting the world to rights, by helping someone else, doing good for yourself by doing good for others who need your help.

52. Volunteering: The perfect holiday gift to the community -

Looking to do good this holiday season, maybe downplay the materialism of it all?

Not a problem. Nashville is filled with tons of opportunities to do good, serve others and still have time to meet all the other obligations that fill this time of year.

53. Kenny Chesney to receive Pinnacle Award at 50th CMA Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Kenny Chesney will receive the Pinnacle Award during the 50th annual Country Music Association Awards, joining Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift as the only recipients.

The award, created in 2005, recognizes an artist who has achieved global prominence through performances and record sales and the highest degree of recognition. Over his career, Chesney has eight CMA awards, including four entertainer of the year awards. His new album, "Cosmic Hallelujah," comes out Friday and features a hit duet "Setting the World on Fire" with Pink.

54. Jason Isbell extends legacy at Americana Honors and Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Singer songwriter Jason Isbell won album of the year and song of the year at the 2016 Americana Honors and Awards show, extending his legacy as the star of Americana music.

55. Jason Isbell extends legacy at Americana Honors and Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Singer songwriter Jason Isbell won album of the year and song of the year at the 2016 Americana Honors and Awards show, extending his legacy as the star of Americana music.

Since launching his solo career after years with the Drive-By Truckers, Isbell has been racking up both critical acclaim as well as Americana and Grammy awards with his Southern rock albums. He won Wednesday night for his album "Something More Than Free," and his song, "24 Frames."

56. Country song mashup celebrates CMA's 50th anniversary -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Music awards shows love to mashup songs and artists together, but the Country Music Association took the mashup to a new level for their upcoming 50th anniversary.

"Forever Country" features 30 country singers in a blend of three of the genre's most beloved tunes and an innovative music video that highlights the breadth and history of country music. The song was released digitally and to radio and a sneak peek of the music video premiered on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday night in advance of the Nov. 2 awards show.

57. Nashville's ultimate holiday to-do list -

Don’t let the fact Halloween is weeks away stop you from planning your Christmas season activities. From live shows to shopping, decide now what you and yours want to do later this winter.

63rd annual Nashville Christmas Parade

December 3

The theme for 2016 is The Musical Mile, so it’s only fitting that Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson has been tapped as the Grand Marshal for the parade sponsored by Piedmont Natural Gas in partnership with Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital and presented by Tootsie’s.

58. Just like us: Taylor Swift reports to jury duty, dismissed -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville judge dismissed pop star Taylor Swift as a potential juror in an aggravated rape and kidnapping case on Monday, Davidson County District Attorney General's Office spokesman Ken Whitehouse said.

59. Marketing Mariota -

As an NFL quarterback, Sunday is show time for Marcus Mariota. That’s when he suits up and does everything in his power to help the Tennessee Titans win football games.

But a recent Sunday morning was a different kind of show time. Mariota spent four hours on the opposite side of the Cumberland River from Nissan Stadium on a commercial shoot. A camera crew captured footage of him jogging in downtown Nashville and posing in front of various landmarks.

60. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for April 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, April 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

61. Adele has best-selling album as global music revenue rises -

LONDON (AP) — Adele had the world's best-selling album last year, a global smash that helped music revenues record their first significant growth since the dawn of the digital age two decades ago.

Figures released Tuesday by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry show that the British singer's chart-topping "25" sold 17.4 million copies — five times more than runners-up Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, whose albums "X'' and "1989" both sold 3.5 million copies.

62. SoundCloud expands into mainstream with paid streaming plan -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — SoundCloud is entering paid music streaming, hoping to turn its huge community of cover singers, dubstep remixers and wannabe stars into a bigger source of revenue.

Since its launch in 2007, the Berlin-based online music service has allowed pretty much any audio to be uploaded to its cloud — from Kanye West outtakes to teenagers singing over canned music. It has slowly introduced tools to earn revenue, introducing paid services for artists in 2008 and ad revenue sharing for invited musicians in 2014.

63. Sony buys Michael Jackson's stake in music catalog for $750M -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's estate has agreed to sell its remaining stake in a lucrative music catalog to Sony Corp. for $750 million, the entities announced Monday.

64. Mac Wiseman: Last of the original CMA board -

“Charley Pride was sitting right there in that same chair as you. We sang ‘Footprints in the Snow,’’’ says Mac Wiseman, the last surviving member of the original CMA board of directors, nodding to where I sit.

65. Want Taylor Swift to perform at your party? It'll cost you $1M -

Pam Tillis has one of the greatest voices in country music, and if you’ve got $20,000 in your entertainment budget, you might be able to hire her for your private party.

That’s a mere song compared to some of the other greats, whose private appearance fees can range as high as $1 million or more.

66. Apple changes tune on royalties after Swift complains -

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Taylor Swift has Apple changing its tune.

Hours after the pop superstar criticized the giant tech company in an open letter posted online, Apple announced Sunday that it will pay royalties to artists and record labels for music played during a free, three-month trial of its new streaming music service.

67. Big band, big stadium, big deal -

Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed our name. Well, hell, Mick, if it’s puzzling you, it’s Nashville. Music City USA.

We’re the national media’s flavor of the day – the “It city,” which has gone from being a secondary concert market – remember The Beatles played Memphis, not Nashville – to one of the country’s prime touring destinations.

68. Downtown business owners love CMA Fest -

It’s the business she’s chosen, and being a multi-bar owner gives Brenda Sanderson a unique perspective on what used to be called Fan Fair, a blue-collar celebration that has gradually been transformed into Nashville’s main culture festival and all-inclusive calling card.

69. CMA Fest a blast for artists, merchants -

The Glimmer Twins wannabe in the white cowboy hat and the 21-year-old blonde who has worked her tail off to climb from the audience to one of the main stages at CMA Music Festival display different but genuine levels of excitement about Music City’s biggest week.

70. Country awards help CBS dominate ratings -

NEW YORK (AP) — With Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift leading the way, country music helped CBS to a dominant week in the television ratings.

71. Miranda Lambert leads ACM Awards with 8 nominations -

NEW YORK (AP) — Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen with eight nominations at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

The ACMs announced Friday that Lambert is the top contender, including a nomination for entertainer of the year, pitting her against top-billing male stars Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line.

72. Borchetta to receive Music Business Association honor -

Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta will receive the Music Business Association’s (Music Biz) Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement during the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon on May 14.

73. INSBANK’s Gupton returns as senior VP, COO -

Green Hills-based INSBANK has named Scott Gupton as its senior vice president and chief operating officer. Gupton, who has nearly two decades of banking experience, will oversee INSBANK’s operations, marketing, human resources, information technology and corporate and regulatory reporting.

74. Ernest Tubb Record Shop: Where the stars really shop on Lower Broadway -

When Bob Dylan drops by, he generally goes right for “a handful” of Hank and Carter Family recordings, although on one Lower Broadway afternoon the old man from the North Country also is reported to have purchased a “Larry the Cable Guy” DVD.

75. Nominees in top categories for the Grammy Awards -

Nominees announced Friday in the top categories for the 57th annual Grammy Awards:

Record of the year: "Fancy," Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; "Chandelier," Sia; "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam Smith; "Shake It Off," Taylor Swift; "All About That Bass," Meghan Trainor.

76. Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor grab Grammys nominations -

NEW YORK (AP) — British newcomer Sam Smith and Beyonce — the most nominated female in Grammy history — are the current leaders at the Grammy Awards with five each.

Smith and Beyonce will likely earn nominations for album of the year, the top award, when The Recording Academy announces the nominees Friday night on "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" (9 p.m., CBS).

77. Spotify CEO bemoans Swift exiting the service -

HELSINKI (AP) — Spotify's Swedish CEO voiced disappointment Tuesday that Taylor Swift pulled her music off the popular music streaming service, denying claims it's making money "on the backs of artists."

78. Miranda Lambert makes history at 2014 CMAs -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Miranda Lambert has reached new heights as a female country performer: The fiery singer is the most decorated female artist in the history of the Country Music Association Awards.

Lambert's four wins Wednesday night give the 30-year-old a total of 11 CMA trophies throughout her career, putting her ahead of any other female act. Lambert's fifth consecutive win for female vocalist of the year Wednesday beat a record set by herself, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride.

79. Miranda Lambert vs. the men at 2014 CMAs -

NASHVILLE (AP) - In one corner you've got the starring members of the country boys' club: The veteran George Strait; the Australian guitar player who rocks the shaggy bangs, Keith Urban; the best-selling party boy Luke Bryan; and the funny, tall guy, Blake Shelton.

80. Singing Mechanic’s life much like the songs he sings -

The Singing Mechanic – “I’ve got that name. Nobody else can use it,” says Billy Devereaux – sits by his worn, 1,200-square-foot, two-room cottage and looks down at Boots, his Dutch Shepherd.

81. Miranda Lambert earns record-tying 9 CMA noms -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Miranda Lambert released the most ambitious album of her career earlier this year and Country Music Association voters responded by giving her a record-tying load of nominations.

Lambert has nine nominations for the 48th annual CMA Awards, tying her own mark for the most nods to a female nominee, and nearly doubling her nearest competitor when the list was announced Wednesday in New York. Dierks Bentley is next with five nominations and Eric Church and Keith Urban have four apiece.

82. Stocks rise as US home construction rebounds -

NEW YORK (AP) — A summer swoon for the stock market appears to be over for now.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed within six points of its all-time high Tuesday, less than two weeks after slumping on concerns about rising tensions in Iraq and Ukraine.

83. Taylor Swift to perform on MTV Video Music Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tune-in alert: Taylor Swift is performing at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Swift made the announcement Wednesday night on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon." It will be the pop star's fourth time performing on the show.

84. The Civil Wars music duo announce formal breakup -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The members of folk duo The Civil Wars have made it official: They're breaking up.

Joy Williams and John Paul White issued a statement on their website Tuesday morning announcing the decision, which comes nearly two years after the duo pulled out of a world tour over irreconcilable differences.

85. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transaction for June 2014 -

Top June 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

86. Demand, talent draw TV, film industry to Middle Tennessee -

Lately, most conversations regarding film and television production in Middle Tennessee have focused on the TV show “Nashville” and the efforts to keep it filming here.

But the area has long been home to a thriving creative production and post-production scene – and is getting even hotter.

87. Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amazon's newly announced music streaming service is yet another attempt by the company to move beyond e-commerce and infuse itself into the daily lives of Americans with an increasing number of offerings —including grocery delivery and streaming TV.

88. Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amazon is launching a music streaming service for its Prime members, adding yet another freebie to its popular free-shipping plan ahead of the expected unveiling of its first smartphone next week.

89. Miranda Lambert leads CMT nominations -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Thanks to her friends in country music, Miranda Lambert leads the Country Music Television nominations by pairing with her husband Blake Shelton, her girl group Pistol Annies and good friend Keith Urban.

90. Strait wins entertainer of the year at ACM Awards -

George Strait won his second entertainer of the year — 25 years after he won his first — and Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban teamed up to earn top honors Sunday night at a jam-packed Academy of Country Music Awards that had a little something for everyone.

91. Prism of modern country on display at ACM Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The new artist of the year category at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards is a primer in Modern Country 101 with three nominees who perfectly capture the genre's 21st century sound.

92. Lambert, McGraw lead ACM nominations with 7 each -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw are the top nominees for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

Lambert and McGraw are up for seven awards apiece at the April 6 awards show. The nominations were announced Wednesday morning in a series of videos via social media.

93. Google's top searches peer into society's mindset -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year.

Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men.

94. CMA Awards, fellow stars salute George Strait -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The entertainer of the year trophy at the Country Music Association Awards is one of the most coveted honors in the genre, but sometimes it's OK to lose — like, say, when George Strait is a nominee.

95. Taylor Swift to receive CMA's Pinnacle Award -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Country Music Association Awards aren't until Wednesday, but Taylor Swift's already a winner.

96. Taylor Swift puts together all-star band for CMA Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Taylor Swift has gathered an all-star band for her appearance on next month's Country Music Association Awards — and she's bit alone.

Swift will be joined by Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer and percussionist Eric Darken for a special version of her hit song "Red."

97. Strait, Jackson to salute Jones on CMA Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) - George Strait and Alan Jackson will team up to pay tribute to George Jones at next month's Country Music Association Awards.

98. Taylor Swift talks next album, CMAs and Ed Sheeran -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Songwriting is the topic of the moment for Taylor Swift.

The 23-year-old pop star was honored for a record sixth time as songwriter-artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, surpassing guys like Vince Gill and Alan Jackson. She earned the award with 14 hits in the top 30 over the last year, a tribute to the popularity of her multiplatinum fourth album, "Red."

99. Swift, Aldean among CMA Awards performers -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and most of the major nominees have signed on to perform at the Country Music Association Awards next month.

100. Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves lead CMA nominees -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Kacey Musgraves knew the Country Music Association Awards nominations were Tuesday morning, but as a newcomer saw no reason to set her alarm and get up. Then her roommate started shouting.