Darius Rucker Explains How the Comedy “Elf” Inspired Song on His New Christmas Album

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker wanted to include a duet on his new Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, so he went with the classic, "Baby, It's Cold Outside." The reason he chose that song may surprise you, though.

Darius says, "I decided to do that for one reason, for Elf, for that movie and how great they did it when she’s taking a shower in the bathroom, and he comes and sits on the counter and he’s singing along with her. I thought it was just a great song."

When it came to choosing his duet partner, Darius called on his friend Sheryl Crow.

"We got Sheryl to come and do it," Darius says," and after sitting there with her in the studio right next to each other singing it over and over and laughing and having a great time, I knew it was a great choice."

Home for the Holidays is now available in stores and online.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGloriana will sing the national anthem prior to the Tennessee Titans game against the New York Jets this Sunday. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS.

A Twitter message from Blake Shelton: "Hope everyone has a great day! Except the haters.. The haters can enjoy a nice warm mug full of homeless goat balls…"

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGloriana will sing the national anthem prior to the Tennessee Titans game against the New York Jets this Sunday. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS.

A Twitter message from Blake Shelton: "Hope everyone has a great day! Except the haters.. The haters can enjoy a nice warm mug full of homeless goat balls…"

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Garth Brooks Opens Up About Two of His Biggest Fans — Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks has sold more than a million tickets since he launched his World Tour in September, and quite a few superstars have been in the audience. Lady Gaga attended one of the shows in Chicago, and Justin Timberlake sat in the front row at one of Garth's concerts in St. Louis last week. Both stars completely freaked out as Garth performed his hits.

Garth tells ABC News Radio, "Lady Gaga. I didn't think I was gonna keep her off the stage. She was so fired up. Her security was getting mad at her because she kept running, screaming, yelling. She was having a great time."

As for Justin, Garth says he knew every word to every song in the set.

"He filmed the whole thing," Garth says. "He was asking people to film him."

Even though Justin and Gaga regularly sell out arenas on their own, they didn't distract the other fans in the audience from enjoying the show.

Says Garth, "You could not ask for either one of those to be a better fan in the seat than they were. They paid great respect to me as an artist, but blended in with the rest of the fans, which is a big statement for them because they are extraordinary people. They love music. You can tell."

Justin has paid Garth with an even bigger compliment by including a cover of "Friends in Low Places" in his recent live shows. Keep up with Garth's tour dates at GarthBrooks.com.

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Garth Brooks Opens Up About Two of His Biggest Fans — Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks has sold more than a million tickets since he launched his World Tour in September, and quite a few superstars have been in the audience. Lady Gaga attended one of the shows in Chicago, and Justin Timberlake sat in the front row at one of Garth's concerts in St. Louis last week. Both stars completely freaked out as Garth performed his hits.

Garth tells ABC News Radio, "Lady Gaga. I didn't think I was gonna keep her off the stage. She was so fired up. Her security was getting mad at her because she kept running, screaming, yelling. She was having a great time."

As for Justin, Garth says he knew every word to every song in the set.

"He filmed the whole thing," Garth says. "He was asking people to film him."

Even though Justin and Gaga regularly sell out arenas on their own, they didn't distract the other fans in the audience from enjoying the show.

Says Garth, "You could not ask for either one of those to be a better fan in the seat than they were. They paid great respect to me as an artist, but blended in with the rest of the fans, which is a big statement for them because they are extraordinary people. They love music. You can tell."

Justin has paid Garth with an even bigger compliment by including a cover of "Friends in Low Places" in his recent live shows. Keep up with Garth's tour dates at GarthBrooks.com.

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