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Alan Jackson, Keith Urban Visit Top 20

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Two guys with new albums and fresh Grammy nominations — Keith Urban and Alan Jackson — will join host Nan Kelley this weekend for the latest edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown.

Keith released his Get Closer album two weeks ago, picking up great reviews in the process and winning over fans with his energetic lead single, “Put You In A Song.” He picked up a Grammy nomination Wednesday for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, recognizing his work on “‘Til Summer Comes Around.” Keith has also put his 2011 calendar up for sale on his website. It’s $15, and all the money goes to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Alan got a Top 10 debut on the country album chart with a new compilation, 34 Number Ones, which features a few bonus cuts, including a remake of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire” and his duet with the Zac Brown Band, “As She’s Walking Away.” That song brought Alan his latest Grammy nomination this week, for Best Country Collaboration.

It puts a nice little coda on the end of 2010, which has been a pretty good year for Alan. Not only did he release a new studio album, Freight Train, he also sold his house in Franklin, Tenn., for a whopping $28 million. He and his wife, Denise, are living elsewhere in Franklin while they build yet another house. They never anticipated they’d be in the middle of construction again.

“And we will be done!” Denise insists. “When this is complete, this will be it.”

“We’re tired,” Alan admits, “but it’s really workin’ out nice, and I think we’re gonna be very happy.”

Top 20 Country Countdown counts down the week’s top country videos from No. 20 to No. 1 as voted by viewers on each week on A new countdown premieres every Friday at 8 p.m. ET on GAC and airs again Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET; Sundays at 1 p.m. ET; and Mondays at 10 a.m. ET. Viewers can vote for their favorite videos, as well as purchase Top 20 artists’ albums and ringtones at


1. Carrie Underwood “Mama’s Song”
2. Bo Bice “You Take Yourself With You”
3. Blake Shelton “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”
4. Jason Aldean “My Kinda Party”
5. Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson “As She’s Walking Away”
6. Sara Evans “A Little Bit Stronger”
7. Keith Urban “Put You In A Song”
8. Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow & Miranda Lambert “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
9. Taylor Swift “Mine”
10. Lady Antebellum “Hello World”
11. Miranda Lambert “Only Prettier”
12. Reba McEntire “Turn On The Radio”
13. Chris Young “Voices”
14. The Band Perry “If I Die Young”
15. Toby Keith “Bullets In The Gun”
16. Frankie Ballard “Tell Me You Get Lonely”
17. Joey + Rory “That’s Important To Me”
18. Trace Adkins “This Ain’t No Love Song”
19. Sugarland “Stuck Like Glue”
20. Tim McGraw “Felt Good On My Lips”


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