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When Nashville found itself literally under water in early May due to record area flooding, musicians rallied to raise funds and help those in need. And, not just country musicians--pop and rock artists such as Jack White and Ke$ha also donated their time and proceeds to rebuilding Music City. Now, yet another very well-known non-country artist can add his name to the "I Heart Nashville" files.

Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber, who played to a sold-out crowd at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena August 11, announced before his show that he planned to donate $1.06 per ticket sold to flood relief efforts. (The unusual amount was due to his partnership with Nashville's top 40 station i106 to publicize the cause.)

Now, I don't know if you have any preteen girls in your life to illustrate firsthand Bieber's popularity, but I can tell you with fair validity that Bieber was banking on a lotta tickets being sold. And a nice big payout for charity. Needless to say, he got it--according to local news, concert promoter AEG Live matched the amount Bieber raised, and together they handed over a check for more than $32,000 to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

"I'm really glad to be here and to help out something that's really important to me," the 16-year-old star said. "Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and you know Nashville, there's so much music history here."

In a further gesture of love for Nashville, Bieber tweeted his congratulations to country's reigning queen Taylor Swift, whose new single "Mine" debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Aw, Justin, you've officially become "somebody to love" in my book!

Are you a Bieber fan, by any chance? Interested in how many country fans out there also dig pop--or have been dragged to one of his shows by a smitten young gal in their life! Be sure to let me know.

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