Sunday, June 25, 2006

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman get hitched!

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman are finally married.

What started as casual meetings backstage at entertainment events and then led to lunches and shopping dates in Nashville, was climaxed by a catholic wedding ceremony at a cliff-top chapel near Sydney, Australia Sunday (June 25th)...an intimate ceremony attended by close family and a few friends in the entertainment business.

Nicole arrived at the church in a flowing white Balenciaga gown and veil, clutching a bouquet of white roses. Keith wore a black suit and tie with a white rose on his lapel.

Church bells pealed 90 minutes later, indicating the service was over.

Nicole and Keith issued a short statement: "We just want to thank everyone in Australia and around the world who have sent us their warm wishes."


The couple had released and earlier statement: "We are very happy to be back in Australia. We have come home to celebrate our wedding with our family and friends."

And everyone was there: Nicole’s ex-hubby, Tom Cruise had his sister, Cass Mapother, bring Nicole's children Isabella, 13 and Conor, 11, to their mother's nuptials . Isabella was a bridesmaid while Conor was a member of Urban's party at Sunday's wedding service.

Nicole emerged from her waterfront mansion Saturday to tell the media that she had simple plans for the night before her wedding..."I'm going to get some sleep"...adding that she and Keith were "very happy."

Over 200 guests attended, including Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Rupert Murdoch.

The nuptials were exchanged in a gothic-style Catholic church on the campus of International College of Management in the Sydney, Australia, beach suburb of Manly.

Nicole won an Oscar for her role as Virginia Woolf in the 2002 film The Hours.

Keith won a Grammy this year for best male country vocalist and was named top male vocalist for the second year in a row by the Academy of Country Music. Country Weekly magazine reader poll this year named him country music's sexiest man.

Reba McEntire talks with Katie Cook on CMT’s Insider and lets it fly about the Dixie Chicks.

She says, "I've always been huge fans of the Dixie Chicks. I was very proud of their success, I am not proud of them bashing our country, our president, and our music. "
"When somebody talks bad about my music, my family; that does not set well with me, and when you bite the hand that feeds ya, I just don't think that's very nice... it's really sad that the country folks and fans have been treated like this. "

Meanwhile, The Dixie Chicks' CD Taking the Long Way, sold another 130,000 copies to remain at number one on the country albums chart, it has now scanned Platinum with total sales of 1,103,443 units.

Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang ranks at #2 having sold another 73,000 units to bring it's total scans to 1,833,300.

Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts, hangs in at #3 selling 41,700 for the week...that put her over the 3 million scanned mark to 3,051,773.

Alan Jackson is now number 4 with Precious Memories selling just under 40,000.

Blue Collar Comedy rounds out the Top 5 with sales of just 39,500 units.

Willie Nelson tops the Paste Magazine list of the 100 Best Living Songwriters---in the Country Music genre, coming in at Number 15 overall.

Other country songwriters making the list include Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and Lyle Lovett.

Bob Dylan tops the overall list.

Pat Green and wife, Kori, have a new daughter; their second.

Rainey Green was born in Ft. Worth on June 12th.

This year's CMA Music Festival in Nashville set a new attendance record: 161,590 people attended the four-day Festival.

At the festival, Martina McBride, helped raise $145,000 for the Nashville YWCA with her Annual YW Celebrity Auction, at Hilton park in Nashville.

Martina hosted the event where two bidders paid $20,000 each for a chance to record at Martina's very own 'state of the art' recording studio, Blackbird Studios.

A poster from the Martina McBride performance at Radio City Music Hall sold for $5,000.

Keith Urban kicked in a pair of jeans (he was not in them), that were purchased for $4,000.

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and World Famous Chef Emeril Lagasse are hosting a special invitation-only luncheon in New Orleans on July 5 at Emeril's Restaurant.

It is called Feed the Soul and will feature some of Chef’s signature New Orleans dishes.

Monies raised will go to the Neighbor's Keeper Foundation and the Lagasse Foundation to aid hurricane recovery and the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast region.

Attendees will also receive a VIP pass to the acoustic pre-show party and VIP seats to that evening's sold-out Soul2Soul II Tour at the New Orleans Arena, which is also benefiting the Gulf Coast region.

Willie Nelson will once again play Uncle Jesse in another Dukes of Hazzard adventure that is being filmed in California this summer, but he may be the only big star in this film.

This movie is not for the big screen and will go directly to DVD.

Alison Krauss will be the producer on Alan Jackson’s next studio album. ‘Nuf said!

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