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Brooks topping 2 charts with latest song

December 7, 2017 GMT

For the first time in a decade, Garth Brooks tops both the Billboard and Mediabase country singles charts this week with “Ask Me How I Know.” This is Brooks’ 19th No. 1 hit and follows the chart-topping success of “More Than A Memory” back in

September of 2007. “Ask Me How I Know” is featured on the superstar’s 2016 album, “Gunslinger.” Brooks also claims the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums with “The Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years.” He and Trisha Yearwood wrap up their North American World Tour this weekend with several shows in Nashville.

SUGARLAND REUNION: Sugarland is officially back together as a duo and working on new music. Jennifer Nettles tells People.com that their four-year separation is over, at least for the time being. She said, “I ... feel like from a timing perspective it’s like, ‘OK, let’s get back together and see what we have to offer to this project now.’ We’ll continue to float in and out of those two realms between Sugarland and in our own stuff at this point.” During their time apart, both Nettles and Kristian Bush pursued

solo careers. Nettles released two albums — “That Girl” and “Playing With Fire” — while Bush released “Southern Gravity,” which featured the hit song “Trailer Hitch” in 2014. But those solo projects won’t influence the familiar sound of Sugarland. The duo has launched a social media campaign that tags everything with #StillTheSame.

TEXAN OF THE YEAR: The Texas Legislative Conference has named George Strait the 2018 Texan of the Year. He will accept the award March 22, 2018, at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, where he will be joined by several past honorees including presidents, U.S. senators, congressmen, governors and business icons. Conference Chair Doug Miller, former Texas state representative, said, “No one has done more than George Strait to raise awareness and funds for the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. He put his wellearned reputation on the line and asked not only his fellow Texans to step up, but all Americans. And they have.”

GOING SOLO: Montgomery Gentry will carry on as a solo act with Eddie Montgomery taking the lead in the wake of Troy Gentry’s untimely death in September. He will hit the road beginning Jan. 19, 2018, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on the Here’s To You tour in support of the duo’s album of the same name, which will be released Feb. 2. “I’m anxious to get back out on the road and play some new music for our friends and fans. Next year marks the 20th anniversary of our band — we’ve got lots to celebrate and look forward to in 2018,” Montgomery said. Montgomery Gentry’s current single “Better Me,” is climbing the charts. It’s the debut release from “Here’s To You.”

Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.