Jason Aldean Lands First Platinum Country Album of 2014 with “Old Boots, New Dirt”

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsCongratulations to Jason Aldean for scoring the first platinum country album of 2014 with his latest offering, Old Boots, New Dirt. The album came out just eight weeks ago and topped the Billboard 200 chart with more than 280,000 copies sold in the first week.

“We put so much time and passion into choosing the best songs for this album, and this brings a lot of hard work full circle for me,” Jason says. "It’s like Christmas came early! I couldn’t do it without the best country music fans in the world."

Jason is climbing the country charts with the latest single from Old Boots, New Dirt, titled "Just Getting' Started."

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Miranda Lambert Opens Up on Marriage, Weight Loss in “Marie Claire”; Reacts to Grammy Nominations

Image Courtesy Boe Marion/Marie ClaireMiranda Lambert graces the cover of Marie Claire's January issue, and she opens up about a lot -- including her marriage to Blake Shelton -- in the cover story. His sunny disposition balances her darker personality.

Miranda says, "I'm not sunshine and roses. Blake's the happiest person on the planet. He pulls me out of my darkness … Literally, everything is the best about being married."

Miranda has learned to lighten up in the last few years when it comes to the details of her career. "I'm always anxious," Miranda admits.  "I will worry myself into oblivion. I was trying to make everything regimented, and it caused too much stress. I learned everything doesn't have to be perfect."

She also opens up about her 20-pound weight loss, saying she feels better being onstage when she's not jiggling everywhere. Still, Miranda did appreciate paparazzi circulating a picture of her in a bikini on the beach in Hawaii a few weeks back.

She explains, "I’m just like anybody else, insecure and scared of looking bad or being criticized. But everybody’s making this big, giant thing about it. It’s way too much focus on women’s bikini photos, and I hate it. Why do we care? I want women to love themselves whatever they’ve got going on.”

Read more with Miranda when her Marie Claire issue hits stands December 16.

The Miranda cover story comes on the heels of her four Grammy nominations, which were announced Friday. She's up for Best Country Album for Platinum, Best Country Performance and Best Country Song for "Automatic," and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Somethin' Bad," with Carrie Underwood.

Miranda says, "Getting recognized by the music industry as a whole is so humbling and much appreciated by not only me, but the amazing team of people that make my world turn."  She adds, "Congrats to all my fellow musicians and artists who are nominated. See y’all at the Grammys!!!"

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live on CBS February 8.

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Ashley Monroe Loved Her New Duet with Blake Shelton, “Lonely Tonight,” on First Listen

Image Courtesy CMAAshley Monroe teamed up with Blake Shelton for a duet on her last album, Like a Rose, and now she's returning the favor by singing on his latest single, "Lonely Tonight." Of course, Ashley has recorded with Blake's wife, Miranda Lambert, as a member of Pistol Annies, but Blake didn't just assume Ashley would say yes to the duet.

"He goes, 'If you don't love it, you can't sing it,'" Ashley says of Blake's duet pitch. "And I go, 'Send it to me right now!' I was thinking, 'Please let me love it.' But I did, instantly."

Ashley feels like everyone can relate to the longing for an old love she and Blake sing about in the song.

She adds, "I couldn't be more honored to do it."

As for her own music, Ashley plans to release a new album in spring 2015. She's been working with Vince Gill on the project.

Says Ashley, "I wrote all of 'em again. Me and Miranda wrote one. I've got a bunch of friends I've collaborated with on, so I'm really, really proud of it as well."

Look for Ashley and Blake to perform "Lonely Tonight" on NBC's The Voice on Monday and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! later in the week.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood appears on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday.

Garth Brooks' World Tour has sold more than one million tickets since he launched it in Chicago in September.

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