Garth Brooks is going to be very busy in December.
Brooks sold more than 140,000 tickets Saturday morning and his benefit concert for Nashville flood relief ballooned from one show to nine.
"It's great to be a part of the healing," Brooks said in a news release.
The release says the day's sales set a record for tickets sold in Tennessee, besting a concert held by Michael Jackson at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville that drew more than 72,000 fans.
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Brooks initially retired about a decade ago to spend more time with his family, but demand for the best-selling solo artist in U.S. history remains high. The 48-year-old musician came out of retirement late last year, announcing a series of shows at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas that quickly sold out.
The benefit concerts are his only arena shows this year and will include his wife, Trisha Yearwood, his full band and unnamed guests.
He'll now play six shows in nine days from Dec. 16-22 with two shows on Dec. 16, 21 and 22. Tickets were $25 apiece and he raised $3.5 million for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
May's flood caused more than $2 billion in damage in Nashville alone and 22 people were killed by flooding in middle and west Tennessee.
Nashville's music community was affected when the Grand Ole Opry house closed for five months and thousands of instruments were destroyed when a popular storage and rehearsal space where artists like Brad Paisley and Keith Urban housed their gear was swamped.
Don't sing JLo's songs
Note to contestants hoping to impress American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez: Don't sing her songs.
"It was cute, super entertaining and flattering, but no," the pop diva tells People.com of contestants who failed to make it through auditions by performing one of her hits.
"They know we're not out to cut them down or make a joke of them," she told reporters Thursday at a stop in Los Angeles. "We're trying to mentor them to the next step."
And so far — after visiting seven cities — Lopez says they've found 15 to 20 "real superstars who could be recording artists for sure," adding that the judges have seen "a lot of great country (singers)."
Just like in the show's previous nine seasons, for every potential superstar there are dozens of contestants who have to hear bad news from the judges — which can sometimes be heart-wrenching.
"I've cried," Lopez said. "We get a lot of elation when we put them through and devastation, almost, when they're not. But it's been a ball."
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Singer Patti Page, 83... CBS newsman Morley Safer, 79... singer-actress Bonnie Bramlett, 66... singer Bonnie Raitt, 61... TV personality Mary Hart, 60... actress Alfre Woodard, 58... singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones, 56... singer-actor Leif Garrett, 49... actress Parker Posey, 42... actress Gretchen Mol, 37... actor Matthew Rhys, 36... actress Tara Reid, 35... actress Azura Skye, 29... actor Chris Rankin, 27... TV personality Jack Osbourne, 25... actress Jessica Lowndes (TV: "90210"), 22