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Blake Shelton said all along that he was in charge of the music at his upcoming wedding to Miranda Lambert. Now we know that he has asked Neal McCoy to do the honors. Neal tells Country Weekly "Blake reminds me of myself, he's a little goofy -- he's a lot goofy -- actually, and he's really funny. He and Miranda pulled up chairs to the side of the stage in Oregon, and I guess they were kind of blown away by the spontaneity and goofiness of my show, so they asked me to play their wedding reception. They wanted to pay me, and I told them, of course you don't have to pay me, that'll be an honor to play it, and I'm sure it will be really fun and a who's-who kind of thing with all the people attending."
Garth Brooks' nine sold-out shows in Music City, raised money for Nashville's ongoing recovery efforts following the flood. And, the city of Nashville also gained a ton of cash.
The superstar's week of shows raised an estimated $3 million for flood relief and another $10 million in revenue for the city, thanks to 140,000 fans paying for parking, food and other purchases.
Is this someone's idea of a joke? Sources at Big Machine Records have confirmed that Linday Lohan currently in negotiations to record a country album. The deal would be for one album with the possibility of a second dependent upon sales numbers. Would you buy a Lindsay Lohan country album?
Alan Jackson was in a giving mood Wednesday. Jackson gave Zac Brown a 1966 Cadillac El Dorado convertible at a concert Wednesday in Nashville, according to Brian Mansfield of USA Today. Jackson gave the band the car for having him sing on their number one hit As She's Walking Away.
Taylor Swift is battling with Susan Boyle for the top selling disc in the country. This week's round goes to Taylor. "Speak Now" sold 276,000 units the week before Christmas through Sunday, December 26th according to Nielsen SoundScan. That was just barely enough to beat of Susan Boyle's "The Gift," which was in second with 240,000 units sold.
LeAnn Rimes admits her engagement ring is "beautiful" but the "man is better." That is what she tweeted just before the couple boarded a plane to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where they are spending the New Year's holiday. The estimated five-carat oval diamond is set in platinum with a rose-gold fleur-de-lis design. Celebuzz reports that it's worth about $85,000. LeAnn and Eddie designed the ring with the future groom's childhood friend, Brent Polacheck, of Polacheck Jewelers. "The couple wanted an antique feel, but a new ring," People magazine reports.
Diehard football fan, Darius Rucker is really up for his next gig. Darius will do a free concert prior to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 1st, then he will perform the national anthem at the game. But, it's another part of his trip to New Orleans that has Darius excited. "We're going to get about 400 volunteers and go down to the Ninth Ward and just clean up," Darius says of the neighborhood hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina. "That's something I'm really looking forward to being a part of.
The Judds know that people are fascinated with their lives and struggles. That's why they know that a reality TV show of their lives would be a success. So did both VHI and Oprah's new network, OWN. Naomi Judd says VHI offered them "so much money" to do a reality show that would air right after the Osbournes. Wynonna says she would rather "have a lobotomy" then take the VH1 offer. However, when Oprah asked the mother/daughter duo said yes. The Judds say they agreed to doing a show on OWN because of their friendship with and respect for the queen of talk shows. OWN launches on January 1.
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