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Tim McGraw, ‘One of Those Nights’ Hits No. 1; Florida Georgia Line ‘Cruise’ to Major Milestone + More: Country Music News Roundup

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The Boot rounds up today’s country music news from around the web.

Tim McGraw has his 33rd career No. 1 song with “One of Those Nights,” which tops the Billboard country singles chart this week. The nostalgic tune is second single from the superstar’s Two Lanes of Freedom album (also a chart-topper). “Country radio has never let me down, and I’m so thankful for those relationships,” says Tim. “It’s going to be a great song for the tour this summer; it sets the perfect tone for an awesome night!”

The Grammy Awards telecast earlier this month gave a few country acts a boost in albums sales. Show opener Taylor Swift returned to the top of Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart, while Best New Artist nominee Hunter Hayes moved 33,428 copies of his self-titeld debut, up from just over 18,500 copies the week before the Grammys. Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town also kicked things up several notches, increasing the already solid sales of Blown Away and Tornado, respectively, thanks no doubt to their performances on the show. [CMT]

Several new songs were released to country radio today: Zac Brown Band‘s “Jump Right In,” Brad Paisley‘s “Beat This Summer,” Justin Moore‘s “Point at You,” the Band Perry‘s “Done” and Sheryl Crow‘s first solo country single, “Easy.”

Country duo Florida Georgia Line has sold out a series of upcoming headlining concerts at a record pace. In addition, their chart-topping debut single “Cruise” has officially been certified double-platinum, with sales in excess of two million copies. “We are completely blown away by all of the support from our fans and country radio,” says Florida native Brian Kelley. “We dreamed about selling one million songs back when we first started playing together and to have now sold two million is so surreal.” The ACM New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year winner’s follow-up single, “Get Your Shine On,” has already sold more than 300,000 copies and is currently in the Top 20 and climbing.

The 4th Annual CountryMusicIsLove Concert Benefiting City of Hope is set for Tuesday (Feb. 26) at 12th & Porter in Nashville. Benefiting one of the nation’s leading research, treatment and education centers for cancer and other life threatening diseases, the event will feature acoustic performances by Greg Bates, Joel Crouse, Rose Falcon, the Henningsens, Chase Rice, Maggie Rose and Charlie Worsham. In addition, the show will also feature a songwriters round which includes Jillian Jacqueline, Corey Crowder and Carly Pearce. [CMIL]

Miranda Lambert is well-known for the numerous dogs she has rescued, but when it comes to other animals she’d like to add to her ever-expanding menagerie, she’s got something a little more exotic (and much, much larger) in mind. The country superstar says her dream pet is “a baby kangaroo, or an elephant. Elephants are really loving. They can do tricks and they like to be loved on and even though they’re huge, they don’t really know it.” Although the singer does travel with her dogs, should her lucky numbers come in one day, she could be keeper of a huge traveling zoo! “If I hit the Powerball, I would bring an entire trailer and set up an arena everyday while I’m on tour. I’d bring the elephant and every animal that I ever wanted on the road with me every day.” [Country Aircheck]

Willie Nelson and Habitat for Horses are reinstating the Willie Signature Horses series, four of which are now up for adoption. The horses are currently living on Willie’s ranch in Luck, Texas. Over the past decade, the iconic entertainer has adopted and fostered more than 75 horses from Habitat for Horses, a nonprofit organization that promotes and secures the safety and well being of all horses. The organization also encourages education concerning the physical and mental health of horses, establishes connections with young adults who can benefit emotionally from involvement with horses and promotes the proper training of horses. The Nelson family has also been working with the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) lobbying group in Washington, D.C., to draw attention to American horses who are being slaughtered for human consumption overseas.

A collection of Elvis Presley‘s personal handwritten notes and poetry will be auctioned off on March 9 in Stockport, England. Among them is Elvis’ copy of the Kahlil Gibran book, “The Prophet.” One poem the King penned is about a bird on his windowsill: “He sang his sweet song so sweetly and paused for a moments lull/I gently raised the window and crushed his f­—ing skull.” In September 2012, the singer’s Bible was auctioned off for $94,600. [Spinner]

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