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Darius Rucker Has Raised Over $1 Million for St. Jude

After nine years of supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and their mission, Darius Rucker and his friends have passed the $1 million fundraising mark for the cause. The milestone mark was reached after Rucker held his eighth annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert on Monday night (6/5) in Nashville, which, along with this year’s auction and golf tournament, raised $402,000 for St. Jude.

 

  • The benefit show was held at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and featured performances from Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Michael Ray, John Oates of Hall & Oates, KISS guitarist Tommy Thay, as well as a surprise appearance from Brooks & Dunn.
  • Darius says, “I’m so grateful to all our friends who came out and donated their time to be on the show– and Brooks & Dunn for surprising me onstage! Just wow!”
  • The $402,000 raised breaks last year’s record and brings the cumulative total raised for all years to $1.2 million.

Luke Combs Will Make National TV Debut

Luke Combs will be in New York City on Monday (6/5) to make his national TV debut on NBC’s Today Show, performing during both the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM hours of the show. While on the show, Luke will perform his multi-week chart-topper “Hurricane” and will also join hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda for a performance of the fan-favorite track, “When It Rains It Pours.”

 

  • Comb’s latest milestone comes on the heels of “Hurricane” topping the charts for two straight weeks and the release his debut studio album, This One’s For You, today (6/2).

Luke Combs “Hurricane” Holds the #1 Spot

Luke Combs’ single “Hurricane” holds the top spot on the country charts for a second consecutive week, making Luke the first debut country artist with a multi-week chart-topper since Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise.” Combs also becomes the first debut solo male to accomplish the feat since Darius Rucker did so with his 2008 single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Last week, Luke earned another milestone when he became the fastest debut artist to get a #1 at Country radio in two years.

Luke Combs “Hurricane” Storms The Top of The Charts

Luke Combs’ single “Hurricane” has hit the top of country charts this week, giving Combs his first career #1 song. After reaching the chart’s summit in only 24 weeks on Mediabase and 30 weeks on Billboard, Combs also becomes the fastest debut artist to earn a #1 at Country radio since 2015. This news comes as Luke prepares for the release of his debut studio album, This One’s For You, on June 2.

 

  • Combs found out that “Hurricane” had gone #1 while he was performing at BMI’s Songwriters Festival in Key West, Florida, over the weekend. Luke says the annual festival made for the perfect setting to receive the momentous news. He says, “It’s surreal to celebrate my first #1 down here at the BMI Songwriter’s Festival surrounded by my very own songwriting heroes and friends. Songs carried me here and today is a wild dream come true.”

Luke Combs Covers “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Luke Combs may have a Top 5 single on the charts with “Hurricane” right now, but it’s his soulful cover of Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” that’s been turning heads this week. Luke recently shared his rendition of Urban’s latest chart-topper on Facebook, with his video garnering more than 650,000 views in less than 24 hours. The video can be seen here.

RaeLynn Is An “Artist To Watch” In 2017

With her marriage to Josh Davis and a record deal signed with Warner Music Nashville, RaeLynn certainly had a big 2016, but many expect the singer to have an ever bigger 2017. In addition to having her single “Love Triangle” make many “year-end” lists, including Rolling Stone Country’s “25 Best Country Songs of 2016,” the streaming service Pandora has now named RaeLynn to their “Artists to Watch 2017” list. RaeLynn is one of only two country artists to make Pandora’s influential all-genre list, with the other being Luke Combs.

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