#HotCountrySkinny for November 17

Brett Eldredge is going to be touring with People’s Sexiest Man Alive next year, and he’s pumped about it.

He also understands why Blake Shelton was chosen. “He’s a sexy man,” Eldredge tells us upon learning the news that Shelton is 2017’s man of appeal. “But he’s a big goofball too, which is the new sexy.” BTW…BLAKE SHELTON told “Ellen” that he’s going to embrace being the Sexiest Man Alive.  Quote, “I said this in the magazine [that] I have been fat and ugly my whole life.  And if only for one year I get to be sexy, I am going to milk this for every thing that it’s worth.”

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Expect to hear new Taylor Swift music on country radio soon. The country-turned-pop mega-star is releasing a new song called “New Year’s Day” to country stations. The song marks Swift’s first release to country radio since she left country and went pop with the 2014 release of 1989, but she hasn’t been entirely absent from country radio. Swift wrote “Better Man” for Little Big Town, and recently took home Song of the Year honors for the song at the 2017 CMA Awards.

“What never grows old? The burning desire of youth to reinvent the world” — so says Forbes, who for seven years now has compiled an annual list of impressive, accomplished, and just plain hustlin’ individuals under the age of 30. The list is customized for a variety of different categories, including music, and it’s that very list that two country artists showed up on. Maren Morris, 27, was noted by Forbes for her 2015 major label debut, which hit the top of Billboard’s country albums chart and made it at No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Also lauded was her Grammy nomination for Best New Artist at this year’s ceremony (she lost to Chance the Rapper).

Thomas Rhett, also 27, was duly noted for his money-making skills — a quarter million dollars per night on the road — as well as the performance of his third album, Life Changes, which debuted in September at the top of the Billboard 200 (it was the first country album to do so this year).

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Famous people get recognized all the time, but the best stories seem to happen when they come across someone who has no idea who they are.  Or doesn’t recognize them.  That just happened to SCOTTY MCCREERY.Here’s what he posted yesterday on Twitter:  “Just had a great conversation with my Uber driver about whether Scotty McCreery wants to be called Scotty or Scott now that he’s out of college.

“I told him, ‘Well, I bet he’s good with being called both.’  He said, ‘Yeah, I bet you’re right.’  Dude had no clue.  Pretty funny.”

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Denyse

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