Darius Rucker and his talented friends raised more than $220,000 for childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Monday night in Nashville. The sixth annual Darius And Friends sold-out event featured performances by Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Scotty McCreery and Steve Wariner, in addition to Darius.
On Tuesday Darius, Scotty, and A Thousand Horses members met up with Vince Gill, Eric Paslay, JT Hodges, Jon Pardi, Joe Nichols, Cole Swindell, David Nail, Dustin Lynch, James Otto and Jana Kramer for the Celebrity Tee-Off.
The two-day total is almost two times as much as the record $120,000 Darius earned last year and brings the annual benefit’s total contribution to St. Jude to $660,000.
PIZZA HUT DEBUTING PIZZA WITH HOT DOG CRUST: Because Pizza Hut pizza doesn’t already have enough fat and calories and all the other delicious stuff that’s bad for you, the chain is debuting a new hot dog-stuffed crust pizza next week. The Hot Dog Bites Pizza will come as a large, one-topping pie with bite-sized, dough-wrapped hot dogs instead of a crust, and French mustard on the side.
Kenny Chesney‘s Tuesday night rehearsal for the CMT Music Awards drew thousands of fans to the streets of Nashville. Kenny’s performance during last night’s show took place on a stage set right in the middle of Broadway in downtown Nashville, so when he hit that platform to get ready for the Awards, he had crowds of people lining the sidewalks, streets and restaurant and bar windows just to hear the superstar sing one song.
Kenny said, “I love playing for the people, and to get to come back to Lower Broad where I used to play for tips at the Turf when I first got to town, it really brings me full circle. If you’d told that kid sitting there – long before the tourists came to Lower Broad – one day I’d be up here, doing this like that, I’d’ve probably laughed. It shows – just like the audience singing back to us with so much passion tonight – that music transcends everything! I love making videos, and I think they can really expand what the songs if you do it right. But nothing compares to being out in the streets, playing for the people who’re having the time of their lives!”
Kenny performed “American Girls” during last night’s CMT Music Awards.
Keith Urban‘s brand new single, called “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” heads to radio this week. Keith will also make his national televised debut of the song live during the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night. The show airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Keith said, “It’s a great feeling to be back in the studio shaping a new album. ‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16’ was sent to me a few months ago by one of the songwriters and I loved it immediately – loved it so much that right before I walked out on stage at the Ryman (Auditorium) for CRS a few months back, I thought I’d play the song solo acoustic to see what the audience thought. Flash forward and there’s no doubt that their response that day helped make it the first single from what will be my next album.”
“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” is now available for purchase and streaming.
There is no word yet on when Keith’s new album will be released.
Little Big Town made a surprise appearance at Taylor Swift‘s 1989 tour stop in Pittsburgh on Saturday to perform their hit song “Pontoon.” Also backstage during that show was Kelsea Ballerini who has become fast friends with the superstar, ever since Taylor caught wind of Kelsea’s current hit song, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” and began tweeting about it.
Taylor, Little Big Town and Kelsea all Instagrammed and tweeted pictures and video from Saturday night. Taylor tweeted, “Tonight my friends @littlebigtown surprised the #1989TourPittsburgh crowd with ‘Pontoon’ and it was SO MUCH FUN!!”
As part of the celebrations to mark its 10th anniversary, YouTube asked users to vote for the best ads of the past decade. Coming out on top was Turkish Airlines’ 60-second ad, “Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout,” which has Kobe Bryant and Argentinean soccer star Lionel Messi battling for the best selfie. With over 140 million views, the ad has nearly twice the views of any of the top finishers.
Opening today, is the movie version of the HBO hits series, Entourage, starring Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Scott Caan, Billy Bob Thorton and Debi Mazer. The film follows Vincent Chase, played by Grenier, and his friends as they navigate Hollywood’s cutthroat world.
Tom is headed to the theater immediately! What about you? Are you planning on watching?