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Luke Combs: Nicole Is Fine

Luke Combs: Nicole Is Fine

Lon’s co-host this week is Luke Combs, and Lon wasted no time in asking about Luke’s wife Nicole. It had been reported that she had a bout of Covid.  Luke said: “She’s good.  I think what you read was a little hyperbole.  I think she meant the idea of having it was brutal, because she…More

Parker McCollum Celebrates 1st #1

Parker McCollum Celebrates 1st #1

This weekend, Parker McCollum had his first #1 song with “Pretty Heart.” In keeping with our tradition, Lon & his co-hosts called Parker to congratulate him.  When they started talking, Parker realized that Lon’s co-hosts were Dan & Shay!  “Wait, wait, wait. Is this THE Dan & Shay on this call? What? I apologize.  I saw ‘Dan…More

Dan & Shay: Inside Story

Dan & Shay: Inside Story

While doing the Countdown, Dan & Shay were reminded of a moment while recording “I Should Probably Go To Bed.” It’s towards the end of the song when Shay hits all the high notes.  Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton said, “At some point, you’re going to have to sing those notes every night when you…More

Dan & Shay Focus On Family

Dan & Shay Focus On Family

This week’s co-hosts are Dan & Shay, speaking to Lon from their respective home studios.  Shay said, “It feels good to be a new year. I think after 2020, it’s gonna be a good year period.” Dan began by describing what he did after their tour was shut down in March: “I think the first…More

Chris Young Has New Duet

Chris Young Has New Duet

This week’s co-host is Chris Young, who told Lon how he spent the Christmas holidays: “I stayed here, stayed with my immediate family, my mom, dad, and sister. Didn’t get to do the extended family thing, but we spent the time together, so it was great.” Lon then asked Chris about the favorite gift he gave this year:…More

Lady A Co-Host Themselves

Lady A Co-Host Themselves

This week, Lon is off and all three members of Lady A co-host the countdown in his place.  They each co-host from their homes, and begin by saying how they spent the holidays.  Dave said, “We spent the holidays in Nashville, It was a fantastic Christmas, hanging with the kids.” Hillary added, “Same here, my little girls enjoy…More

Morgan Wallen #1 of 2020

Morgan Wallen #1 of 2020

As the year came to a close, and Lon Helton counted down the Top 70 of 2020, it was announced that Morgan Wallen’s “Chasin’ You” was the #1 most played song of the year.  Lon called Morgan with the good news, and also talked about a few recent events in Morgan’s life: The CMA Top…More

2020 Christmas Top 30

2020 Christmas Top 30

Here is a look at this year’s most-played Christmas songs on country radio stations, courtesy of Country Aircheck and Mediabase.  The number on the left is where the song charted last year.  The only new song in our Top 30 is by Dan + Shay. 2019 2020 1 1 VINCE VANCE & THE VALIANTS/All I…More

Jon Pardi’s Safe Wedding

Jon Pardi’s Safe Wedding

This week’s co-host is Jon Pardi. He married Summer on November 21st in Nashville.  He tells Lon all COVID protocols were followed: “Small crowd, it was beautiful, two weeks later nobody got Covid. We did our best to not have that happen, so it’s good.” Lon asked Jon what he learned about holding a wedding during a…More

Chris Lane’s Pandemic Projects

Chris Lane’s Pandemic Projects

This week’s co-host is Chris Lane, who told Lon what he’s been doing while the touring world has been shut down these past 9 months: “It’s given me a chance to spend lot of time with my wife, we just celebrated our one-year anniversary, and also given us time to try to make a baby!  I’ve…More

Eric Church on “Stick That”

Eric Church on “Stick That”

This summer, Eric Church released “Stick That In Your Country Song” as the first single from his forthcoming album.  It was a rare song that Eric did not write.  Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton asked Eric how the song got to him and why he recorded it: “A big part of this new record is…More

Eric Church CMA Awards Shocker

Eric Church CMA Awards Shocker

This week’s co-host is the new CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church.  He told Lon, “It’s been a great week, I don’t know if it’s sunk in totally yet, but it’s been a lot of fun for me and the family.” It looked like you were surprised. “I was shocked.  Surprised is the wrong word.…More

2020 Grammy Nominations

2020 Grammy Nominations

Nominees for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards have been announced.  This year’s ceremony will be held on Sunday January 31, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, broadcast live on CBS-TV.  Host will be Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah.  The event recognizes the best recordings, compositions, and artists released during the eligibility period from September…More

Garth Brooks Hand Injury Story

Garth Brooks Hand Injury Story

Last month, Garth Brooks injured his left hand in what he called a “farming accident.” This week, Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton dug deeper into exactly what happened. So what happened to your hand, and are you OK now? Yeah everything’s great, wearing the wedding ring is tough because the knuckle is still swollen. I’m…More

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