Carrie Underwood Explains Why She Prefers a Fake Christmas Tree

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood's family always had a fake Christmas tree since her sister was allergic to fir trees. Now that she's got her own house, Carrie still puts up a fake tree at Christmas just to keep things simple.

She says, "I don't think there's any kind of tree that's not a pain in the rear to get in and get out and decorate and whatever, but they're pretty."

While she's looking to expand her Christmas decoration collection, Carrie has a pretty good start with her giant fake tree and ornaments. She also has stockings for her two dogs, Ace and Penny, explaining, " They need stockings, too. It's their Christmas, too"

Carrie continues, "[I have] big candle pieces and things like that. Little ceramic Santa things. Pillows. I have lots of pillows that say stuff on 'em. Reindeer-type things. Big, wooden reindeer."

Of course, this will be the last Christmas Carrie and her husband, Mike, spend without their baby boy. He's due in early 2015.

In other Carrie news, her first compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, sold 94,000 copies in its first week to debut at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFrankie Ballard is releasing "Young & Crazy" as the follow up to his #1 hits "Helluva Night" and "Sunshine & Whiskey."

Zac Brown Band performs on Live from the Artists Den, airing on public television starting January 30, 2015. Check local listings for air time.

Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke…The Best of Dolly European release has been certified platinum in the United Kingdom.

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Chase Bryant Staying Humble as Debut Hit, “Take It on Back,” Races Up the Chart

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsNewcomer Chase Bryant is racing up the country chart with his debut single, "Take It on Back." The hit song has established Chase as one of country's most talented and good-looking new acts, but he's taking his newfound success in stride.

Chase tells ABC News Radio, "I'm trying not to get big-headed about it. I got good people around me keeping me humble, and I really appreciate that from all the people and all, from the bottom of my heart."

Chase has enjoyed getting to know his fans as well as the folks at country radio, too.

He adds, "It's just a humbling experience and I've been glad to have had that success, and I just hope it's continued."

Look for Chase to announce his 2015 tour plans very soon.

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Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae Added to CMT’s “Ultimate Kickoff Party” Special January 9

Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleJake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae have been added to the lineup for CMT's Ultimate Kickoff Party special airing January 9 from Dallas. The special is part of the festivities surrounding the first-ever College Football National Championship. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are also confirmed for the 90-minute special airing that night at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Trace Adkins Releasing 20-Song Concert DVD on January 13

Image Courtesy Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins will release a 20-song concert DVD, titled Live Country!, on January 13, 2015. The release includes live versions of his hits "Songs About Me," "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" and "You're Gonna Miss This" among others. Trace filmed the concert in Huntington, New York last August.

Here's the DVD track listing:

"(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing"
"Songs About Me"
"Big Time"
"This Ain't No Love"
"You're Gonna Miss This"
"There's a Girl in Texas"
"Every Light in the House"
"Marry for Money"
"Come to Poppa"
"Hot Mama"
"Heartbreak Song"
"Maintenance Man"
"It All Adds Up to Us"
"Ladies Love Country Boys"
"Rock You Up"
"I Left Something Turned On at Home"
"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"
"Take It from Me"

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