Cole Swindell Plays Armchair Coach for the Atlanta Falcons

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleGeorgia native Cole Swindell tells AtlantaFalcons.com he has some ideas about what his favorite team should do when it comes time for this year’s NFL Draft at the end of the month. The ACM New Artist of the Year also throws his support behind new head coach Dan Quinn.

“I like him. Coming from Seattle, I hope he gives our defense the fire we need to start lighting people up. Physically,” he says. Cole remembers watching his favorite Falcon Deion Sanders play when he was just a kid. “My first game getting sideline passes and getting to watch from there was one of the best moments ever,” he remembers.

As for Cole’s draft pick, his money is on Shane Ray from the University of Missouri. He believes Ray would “help get pressure on the quarterback and add to what [the new coach] is trying to build.” The Atlanta Falcons will pick eighth when the NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 30.

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Brett Eldredge Confesses to Making Out to “Toy Story”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFirst, People named Brett Eldredge one of its sexiest men. Now the country heartthrob is opening up to the magazine about his first heavy-duty encounter with the opposite sex.

“I got my first kiss during some sort of animated movie -- it might have been Toy Story. Probably when Buzz Lightyear came to the rescue, because, you know, I like to rescue people,” he jokes. “I was rescuing her heart, I was stealing it away.”

When asked what advice he’d give his 13-year-old self, Brett says “lay a smack on those lips and sing her a song,” admitting that his technique may not have been quite up to par at that age. “You’re so nervous on that first kiss, you know, I don’t think it went too well, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

Brett admits serenading the ladies is still one of his “favorite sports,” name-checking John Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” as a go-to tune. Currently working on his second album, the “Mean to Me” hitmaker made the comments during one of People’s Golf Cart Confessionals taped before Sunday’s ACM Awards. You can watch the entire episode online.

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ACMs Set 17-Year Record, Win the Night for CBS

Academy of Country MusicThe 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast not only delivered a big win for CBS Sunday night, according to Variety, but Nielsen numbers also say the golden anniversary gala from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas garnered the ACM’s largest audience in the last 17 years.

More than 16 million viewers tuned in to see the show, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. That’s a ten percent increase from last year, and about three times the 18 to 49-year-old audience CBS typically draws on a Sunday night. This was the first year the show has gone until 11:30, with the audience dipping just below 16 million its final half hour.

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Little Big Town’s ACM Performance is Number One, According to Shazam

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town’s performance of “Girl Crush” was the most Shazamed moment of Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, according to the music recognition app. Rascal Flatts’ collaboration with Christina Aguilera ("Riot") comes in second, with performances by Garth Brooks (“All American Kid”), Blake Shelton (“Sangria”) and Dierks Bentley (“Riser”) rounding out the top five.

Collaborations dominated the list of “Most Shazamed Artists,” with Rascal Flatts & Christina Aguilera coming out on top, followed by Dan + Shay and Nick Jonas, with Eric Church and Keith Urban at number four. Reba came in third, with Kenny Chesney in fifth place.

Overall, Little Big Town was Shazam’s “Most Explored Artist,” while Dierks Bentley’s “Riser” discussion was the “Most Watched Video” at Shazam.com.

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Hall of Fame Gives ACM Gallery 50th Anniversary Update

Facebook.com/MirandaLambNashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum gives its ACM Gallery a significant update in the week following the Academy of Country Music’s 50th anniversary awards show. Focusing on the year 2014, the exhibit adds both Miranda Lambert’s metallic pink microphone as well as her Colton Fire Arms shotgun mic stand, plus husband Blake Shelton’s latest CMA trophy for Male Vocalist.

Tourists will also be able to glimpse props and clothing from Taylor Swift’s Red trek, alongside the outfits Maddie & Tae wore in their breakout video for “Girl in a Country Song.” Rocker Jack White also contributes the fringed western wear he sported the first time he performed with Loretta Lynn.

Artifacts from Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, David Nail, Hunter Hayes and Brett Eldredge round out the collection, which unveils its additions on Friday.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich song has spent the most time atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart? ANSWER:  Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" logged 24 weeks on top, beginning in December of 2012.

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