Keith Urban Had a “Life-Changing” 2014 Thanks to His Hit Album, “Fuse”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban's latest album, Fuse, has produced multiple #1 hits and helped him secure a CMA Entertainer of the Year nomination in 2014. More than a decade into his career, Keith says this latest project has been "life-changing."

Urban tells ET Canada, "As an artist, you know, you're always wondering what people are going to make of your music. But I made the record that I had in my head and I was very happy with that...But this one's done amazing things.”

Before Keith release Fuse to the public, he ran every note by his wife, Nicole Kidman.

"Nic's always the first person I play everything to and I want to get her reaction," Keith explains. "Particularly because she's not a musician...professionally speaking.... she loves music! So, her reaction to something is really important to me.”

Keith returns to his American Idol judging duties when the show's 14th season premieres January 7 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

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Luke Bryan Has the Top Country Tour of 2014

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleTouring publication Pollstar has released their list of 2014's top 20 tours, and three country stars made the list.

Luke Bryan had the biggest country tour bringing in $62.8 million for a #17 finish. George Strait's The Cowboy Rides Away tour is next at #18, with $61.8 million coming in this year. Jason Aldean closed out the list at #20, with $52.5 million.

Pop boy band One Direction tops the list with a staggering $282.2 million gross for the year. They sold more than 3.4 million tickets in 2014.

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Carrie Underwood Ranked Among Best-Mannered Celebrities of the Past 25 Years

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood is always kind to her fans, and now she's getting formal recognition for those good manners.

The National League of Junior Cotillions releases their list of the Best-Mannered Celebrities at the end of each year. Now, in celebration of the organization's 25th anniversary, it's announced the 25 Best-Mannered People of the Past 25 Years, and Carrie Underwood is placed at #13 -- just behind Mother Theresa and Tom Hanks.

Jimmy Fallon tops the countdown for his courteous nature hosting NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey and Peyton Manning are among the other celebrities listed.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMaddie & Tae will open for Lee Brice at his headlining show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium coming up February 24, 2015.

Craig Morgan was once a deputy in the Dickson County, Tennessee Sheriff's Department, and he put the uniform back on to pull over drivers in the area and surprise them with $100 gift cards in the days leading up to Christmas. A video of Craig's experience is now on YouTube.

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Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney Cherishes His New Year’s Eve Vacations with Wife, Tiffany

Image Courtesy CMAJoe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts always goes away for a little vacation with his wife, Tiffany, to celebrate New Year's Eve. The trip offers the couple a much-needed chance to reconnect without the stress of work and kids.

"It’s important, I think, for a couple to find the time to spend together when they can," Joe Don explains, "especially in this crazy business when you travel so much, you're gone so much."

Joe Don expects they'll bring the kids along on these New Year's trips once they get older. For now, Joe and Tiffany are looking forward to getting some alone time this week.

He says, "It’s somethin’ I definitely love to do, is be with my wife and love all over her into the New Year."

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