COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
TOP OF THE CHARTS: Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift not only debuted at number-one on both the country and the national album charts with Speak Now, she sold an amazing 1 million copies in her first week! And according to Billboard, that puts her in the company of Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and Norah Jones for women that have an album debut with a million in sales. The only other country artist to pull these numbers? Garth Brooks.
Taylor's big debut bumped Sugarland's Incredible Machine to number two, but they still sold an impressive 89,000 copies. And when the dust finally settled, Darius Rucker's Charleston, SC 1966 landed at three, the Band Perry's self-titled debut came in at four and Kenny Chesney's Hemingway's Whiskey wrapped things up at five.
Tickets for Garth Brooks' December 17th Nashville benefit concert on will go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. [CT] through Ticketmaster.com, or you can call 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express at 1-866-448-7849.
If you're a Middle Tennessee or Southern Kentucky resident, a complete list of rules for obtaining a ticket-line wristband is available at WSMV.com. You don't have to have a wristband to order tickets online or over the phone.
Rascal Flatts was thrilled that David Arquette, Penn and Teller, Carrot Top and Ron White agreed to be in their video for "Why Wait." But they were downright surprised when Wayne Newton showed up. Jay DeMarcus tells us, "I guess he rarely makes appearances other than at his shows." The Flatts boys show off some pretty impressive acting skills, too.
NASCAR officials have announced that Nashville's annual Sound and Speed event has been discontinued. The event brought in both fans of racing and country music for an opportunity to meet with the drivers and stars and to enjoy live performances and exhibits. The organization cites the failing economy and Nashville's flood recovery for the cancellation.