COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
TOP OF THE CHARTS: Blake Scores With Six-Pack
Congratulations to Blake Shelton -- who scores a number-one debut on the country album chart with his newest six-pack collection, All About Tonight. That bumps Lady Antebellum's Need You Now to number two. Zac Brown Band's The Foundation, in third, and Miranda Lambert's Revolution, in fourth, are the only two projects in the Top 5 showing sales increases. And Jerrod Niemann caps things off at number five with Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury.
Having the number-one country album this week assures Blake Shelton that he got it right with All About Tonight. He says, "I've been telling people in interviews that if someone had never heard my music before and asked me what album they should buy of mine, I would recommend this one because it truly is the best work I have done. It's a validation for me to know that fans feel the same way about this album."
Julianne Hough will reportedly begin shooting the role of "Ariel" in the remake of Footloose next month in Georgia. The direction of the movie has also changed. Julianne says the movie, which was to be a musical, will now follow the 1984 original, which starred Kevin Bacon.
DARIUS RUCKER: Hootie Who?
Darius Rucker doesn't care if you keep calling him Hootie. He tells Iowa's Des Moines Register, "I'm just glad people know who I am." But he admits that people don't call him Hootie as much anymore -- "When someone calls me Hootie now, I know it's because they want to."
Even a big star like Keith Urban isn't afraid to look a little silly for the sake of a laugh. During his performance at the Indiana State Fair last weekend, Keith donned a pair of sparkly bunny ears for a portion of his performance of "Better Life." He even altered the lyrics to say, "There's a place for you and me where we can dream as big as these bunny ears."