*TIM McGRAW's latest movie The Blind Side is showing some incredible staying power at the box office. Over the Thanksgiving day weekend, Tim's flick with SANDRA BULLOCK was up 18 percent, pulling in 40.1 million bucks for a close second-place finish behind The Twlight Saga: New Moon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Blind Side has taken in more than 100 million dollars since its November 20th release, and it even beat out New Moon on Thanksgiving Day.
Tim's fragrance McGraw is also doing big business. The Los Angeles Times reports that the fragrance has notched sales of nearly six million dollars since it hit stores in August 2008. McGraw is now the sixth-best selling men's scent among mass-mket fragrances, according to research firm Information Resources, Incorporated.
*JUSTIN MOORE is busy out on the road with a show in Idaho tomorrow, but his wife KATE is back home shopping up a storm for Christmas gifts. Even though he's scored a number-one hit with "Small Town U.S.A.," Justin says, quote, "Everything in our life has changed, and our bank account keeps going in the wrong direction. It's because [Kate] loves to Christmas shop."
In the time that they've been together, Justin has learned that whatever Kate says something costs, it usually costs more. He says, quote, "If something's a hundred dollars, she'll tell me it's just 70 dollars. So, I know to round up." Justin's keeping busy on the road all through December, and he's even got a New Year's Eve show lined up in Little Rock, Arkansas. Justin and Kate are also expecting their first child, named ELLA KOLE, this February.
*RASCAL FLATTS have lined up their first tour dates for 2010. They'll kick things off with a two-night stand in Uncasville, Connecticut. A total of 10 shows have been announced so far. Here's the 2010 tour itinerary so far:
1/15 - 1/16 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
1/22 -- University Park, PA, Bryce Jordan Center
1/23 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
1/28 -- London, ON (CAN), John Labatt Centre
1/29 -- Kanata, ON (CAN), Scotiabank Place
1/30 -- Hamilton, ON (CAN) Copps Coliseum
2/4 -- Evansville, IN, Roberts Stadium
2/5 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/18 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
In other Flatts news, their four-song holiday EP Unwrapped is now available at all digital outlets.
*Millions of American are flying home for the holidays this year, and CHRIS YOUNG considers himself an expert on airline travel since he does so much of it these days. When it comes to packing, Chris prefers to put everything in a bag he can carry on the place since he hates checking luggage. Chris says, quote, "If I have to [check a bag], I always carry on my guitar and a hat...I can play a show with those two things." In the case of a delayed flight, Chris heads off looking for a snack. He says, quote, "I find somewhere to sit down and order a Coke and some chips and salsa...just sit there and munch on something." Chris is headed off for a show in Omaha, Nebraska Tuesday night.
*If you've got a little money left over after those Black Friday sales, you night want to head over to the online Grammy Charity auction. Autographed guitars and memorabilia from KENNY CHESNEY, DAVE MATTHEWS and DOLLY PARTON are among the items up for bids now through December 7th at ebay.com/Grammy. Proceeds from the sale benefit MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation. WDEZ Club bonus is ebay.