*KEITH URBAN and NICOLE KIDMAN's daughter SUNDAY ROSE will be 17 months old next week, and Keith is loving this stage of her life. He says, quote, "[She's] just really sort of coming alive and [she's] communicative." In a recent exchange with pal KIX BROOKS, Kix asked Keith if Sunday is in her "raccoon phase" -- which means she's pulling on drawers, pulling everything out and making a big mess. Keith replied saying, quote, "Yeah, she's in the raccoon phase."
Keith and Nicole are looking forward to spending Christmas in their native Australia with Sunday Rose. Keith kicks off the Australian leg of his Escape Together World Tour on December 12th in Melbourne.
*REBA is on track to score another number-one hit in the coming weeks with "Consider Me Gone." She says she was attracted to the song because it portrays a strong woman standing up for herself, but Reba says, quote, "A lot of people don't like confrontation, and I'm one of 'em. It takes me a while to build up to know that I gotta do it, and it'll be better when it's over."
*BILLY CURRINGTON has established the Global South Relief organization to help deliver supplies to impoverished areas of Central America. After previously visiting the region, Billy was inspired by the people he met and realized he could make a difference. He says, quote, "They survive on very little, and it serves as a reminder that I am very blessed and can provide assistance." The first countries to benefit from Global South Relief will be Guatemala and Costa Rica, and Billy hopes to make an annual trip to help deliver the supplies. Visit GlobalSouthRelief.org for further details on how to give.
Also, Billy is set to play a free show in Key West, Florida this Saturday night at Sloppy Joe's to raise awareness of the new Global South Relief organization.
*JOHN RICH is opening up his big new house in Nashville for a political fundraiser this Saturday. The event will focus on ZACH WAMP, who is a Republican candidate for Tennessee governor. GRETCHEN WILSON is also scheduled to attend.
*TAYLOR SWIFT and CARRIE UNDERWOOD's latest albums enjoyed healthy sales boosts, thanks to their exposure on the American Music Awards broadcast and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. Taylor's Fearless is back at number one on Billboard's Country Albums chart with nearly 125 thousand copies sold -- an uptick of 48 percent. Carrie's sales for Play On are up 44 percent over last week, with nearly 124 thousand copies sold.
The current projects from LADY ANTEBELLUM, TIM McGRAW and SUGARLAND's holiday album Gold and Green round out the top five. Taylor's self-titled debut album also enjoyed a 75 percent sales increase to come in at number seven. WDEZ Club Bonus is Albums.