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Little Bit of Country Singer, Taylor Swift goes a Lil Bit of Pop Sugar..? – VIDEO

By Dorothy Frazier

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The album – named after Swift’s birth year – will be in stores Oct. 27 and is available for “pre-buy” now at www.taylorswift.com.

The cover of Taylor Swift's new album, '1989.'(Photo: Submitted)

Country singer Taylor Swifthas gone bonkers for POP music and it seems fans loves this bit of news as much as she does. The diva has skills and plans on creating a new type of star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Yes, friends and its all coming your way as her fifth installment, 1989, which debuts October 27th. The latest music is her very “first, official pop album,” according to the singer…. who gushed the news to a small crowd of her fans, which just happened to be — at the TOP of New York’s Empire State Building. How epic is that?

Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 56th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.(Photo: Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images)

She said she discovered it was a time of “limitless potential and the idea that you can do what you want, be who you want, wear what you want and love who you want, and you get to decide where your life is going.”

The goal for leadoff single Shake It Off was to create a song that sounded like “nothing I had done.” Produced by Max Martin and Shellback (the team behind other enormous Swift hits I Knew You Were Trouble and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together), the unabashedly poppy anthem is inspired by a lesson that Swift learned in the two years since her last album, 2012′s Red. “People can say whatever they want about us, at any time,” she said. “The only thing we can control is our reaction to that.”

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Shake It Off is accompanied by an equally chirpy music video directed by Mark Romanek (Johnny Cash’s Hurt, Michael and Janet Jackson’s Scream videos). In it, the 24-year-old singer is flanked by ballerinas, gymnasts and twerking women.

Whether any of that will appeal to the country fans who made her a superstar remains to be seen.

“Does anyone still think of Taylor Swift as a country artist anymore?” says Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis. “She’s very career-savvy, and I’m sure she and her handlers are convinced she can withstand any potential blowback. And I would agree.”

Says Jason Lipshutz, associate editor at Billboard, “I don’t think it’s Taylor Swift deserting the genre as much as it’s Taylor Swift trying something new.

“Her last album was based in country music, but it had a lot of bubblegum pop in it,” he says. “She’s always been a great storyteller, but she’s been trying her hand at pop music more and more.

“It’s kind of a complete transition that if you’ve been paying attention, you could see coming.”

But Gregg Swedberg, program director of K102 in Minneapolis, doesn’t believe country radio “will pay Taylor much attention this time.”

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“I’m sure there will be some stations who will play it a couple of times, as she makes high-quality music no matter the genre,” he adds. “Taylor fans will love the new music, and it’s well known that her fans come from all formats.

 

What do you think about the switch? Sound off in the comments below.

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‘Cowboy Song’ singer Garth Brooks announce New Music and World tour!

By Cain Cawthon

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Country music star Garth Brooks is back! The singer, 52, announced the news today that he is planning on kicking off a three-year world tour with the first date to be announced Monday.

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Brooks retired back in 2001 to raise his two young daughters.

“I want to thank God and everyone who is giving me a chance to actually look at a second half of a career. I don’t know many artists who get this chance,” Brooks said.

A new double album is set to drop around Black Friday, with new music set for release sometime in the next two months, the country superstar said during a much-anticipated live stream news conference. “The new record is gong to be a double album because we have a lot to say.

For the first time, Brooks’ fans will be able to buy some of the singles through his site, garthbrooks.com.

“His big change is making his music available to download,” says Lon Helton, publisher of Country Aircheck, an industry trade publication. “And he’s not giving it to iTunes.”

Brooks, the top-selling artist in the USA since 1991, has been one of the last major holdouts in the digital realm. Some people might think “I’m giving it away, but I’m not,” he says. But it will be offered “at a stupid price.”

“I guarantee you it’s something where you buy the whole catalog,” says Kris Rochester, co-host of the syndicated radio show Tony and Kris in the Morning. “He’ll sell millions.”

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Brooks has signed with Sony Music Nashville, and his new album will bear the RCA imprint. That album “is what we would traditionally think of as a double album, just because there’s a lot to say,” he says. One of the album’s songs “might very well have taken the place of The Dance as my favorite song ever.”

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When his wife, singer Trisha Yearwood, asked if he was sure he wanted to stay on the road, he says he told her, “I’ve never been more sure of anything, because the kids are healthy, and I’m touring with you.”

 

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill dismiss divorce rumors

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill won’t be singing any sad country love songs any time soon. The couple, who have been rumored to be heading for divorce, have confirmed they’re happier than ever.

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“[Rumors] seem to be running like crazy right now for some reason. It’s perplexing,” Hill told People magazine when asked about the reports after the couple’s show in Las Vegas on Friday night (Nov. 15). “I don’t know why ‘happy’ can’t be a story.”

The 46-year-old singer insists the couple is “absolutely not” divorcing, a sentiment which was echoed by McGraw.

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“We’ve been married 17 years, and since the first week we were married those things were out,” McGraw told the magazine. “We don’t even think about it. The only time we ever think about it is [when we] worry about the kids. But they’ve been around it, too, so they laugh it off.”

Reps for the couple brushed off the Enquirer’s report as “totally false and ridiculous,” and in an interview with The Huffington Post in August, McGraw even offered up what he thinks is the secret to a long, happy marriage.

“The easy answer is just to shut up and not say anything, that’s easy,” he said. “But really it’s a lot of give and take and it’s a lot of no ultimatums.”

 

Randy Travis Suffers a Stroke While in the Hospital

June 7, 2013: In this file photo, Randy Travis performs on day 2 of the 2013 CMA Music festival at the LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. (AP/Invision)

Randy Travis Suffers a Stroke While in the Hospital (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook The music world was shocked to hear that country legend Randy Travis was rushed to the hospital because of a heart issue. Now, worse news hit the Travis family as Randy had a stroke while in the hospital.

 

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Blake Shelton Opens Up on Marriage Trouble With Miranda Lambert

Blake Shelton Opens Up on Marriage Trouble With Miranda Lambert (via NewsLook)

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have been subjected to rumors about marital strife, but now Shelton is opening up about their marriage and insisting he has nothing to hide.

 

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Country Singer Mindy McCready Dead at 37

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It’s a very sad day in the world of country music, singer Mindy McCready has died. According to a police report from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas, deputies responded to a report of gun shots fired on Sunday afternoon. Upon arriving, officers reportedly found Mindy McCready’s body on the front porch and pronounced her dead at the scene from what appeared to be “a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

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McCready’s body will undergo an autopsy as the matter is being fully investigated, the report continues.

McCready had attempted suicide before, having been hospitalized in 2008 after she cut her wrists and took several pills. Her passing follows the shooting death of boyfriend David Wilson on January 13.

Wilson, a record producer, was initially rushed to the hospital after suffering a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound that did not immediately kill him. McCready recalled how she discovered him after the shooting in an interview on NBC’s Today. “I just started screaming, calling 911. I laid down next to him and just pleaded with him not to die.” The singer said Wilson “was responding” after the shooting, but only making sounds, not words. McCready was admitted to an in-patient facility weeks later.

After she was admitted, a rep for the star gave ET this statement: “While taking appropriate, much needed and deserved time to grieve, [McCready's] sons have been placed in foster homes where they are comfortable and cared for. We have no further statement at this time.”

McCready had several successful country albums in the ’90s, but her career was later overshadowed by domestic abuse issues and drug and DUI arrests.
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In 2011, McCready was reported to have gone missing with her oldest child, who was under the custody of McCready’s mother at the time. During the episode, McCready posted a Facebook message, writing, “FB Friends I know it has been a long time since you have heard from me… I have been fighting the Florida court system to protect my son, and bring him home. Wink TV has once again reported nothing but lies and they are most likely being supported by the attorney for DCF child services. There is NO AMBER ALERT and my son is not missing! Detectives from the Cape Coral Police department established that this afternoon via Skype. Please do not worry or support anything they continue to lie about!! Thanks Always…. Mindy”

McCready is survived by her two sons: 6-year-old Zander (fathered by ex Billy McKnight) and 9-month-old Zayne (who she had with now-deceased boyfriend David Wilson).

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Michael J. Fox to Taylor Swift: “Stay away from my son”

No — you are never…ever…ever..ever dating my son

 

Actor Michael J. Fox half jokingly warned  country crooner Taylor Swift, whom has created a name for herself not only in music but serial dating as well.

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“No. No … Just back off,” he told Vulture.com at a book party Wednesday night. “I don’t keep up with it all, but Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right?
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“What a way to build a career.” Fox warned Swift to stay away from his 23-year-old son, Sam Michael.

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The 51-year-old actor was spouting fun hosts Tina Fey and Amy Peohler during Sunday’s Golden Globes.

Swift recently split from One Direction’s Harry Styles after dating for a couple months so she is technically on the market. [straight face].

 

2012 American Country Awards: Luke Bryan! Carrie Underwood! And More Best and Worst Moments

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(E!)  Country music fans—tonight was your night.

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The biggest names in country music gathered in Las Vegas for the 2012 American Country Music Awards, hosted by none other than the adorable (and tiny) Kristin Chenoweth, and much taller Trace Adkins.

Here are some highlights from the show and complete winner’s list!

Best Show Open: Welcome to the ACAs, and say hello to the handsome and talented Luke Bryan (and his charming smile and swaying hips). Do we really have to say it? Swoon.

Size Really Does Matter: The massive difference in height between Chenoweth and Adkins proved to be an entertaining factor. Especially when the duo walked out with Trace carrying his cohost in a pink baby sling. Yup, that happened.

Coolest Award: Each winner got a guitar! Yes, a guitar.

Flirt Machine: OK, Kristin Chenoweth, we see you. The li’l lady was flirtin’ up a storm with any single guy in the audience. Hey, she told us, she’s single and loving it (despite thoseJake Pavelka dating rumors).

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Worst Assumption: Guessing who would snag the New Artist of the Year award reminded us you should never assume. Unless your guess is Lauren Alaina. The newbie andAmerican Idol runner-up beat out Miranda Lambert‘s group, Pistol Annies and cutieHunter Hayes.

 

 

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Collabo of the Night: Adkins took the stage alongside Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd!

Best Outfit: Chenoweth had about a million wardrobe changes throughout the night, but herHoney Boo Boo getup (and impersonation) was the best by far.

Worst Let Down: Unfortunately, Carrie Underwood didn’t give Rodney Carrington the big smooch he was expecting when he presented her with the Female Artist of the Year award, just a peck on the cheek. So much for those flowers and chocolates.

Random Appearance: Why, hello Carmen Electra. Didn’t think we’d see you presenting here, but OK. And it’s ACAs, not “ACEs,” but that’s OK, too.

It’s Magic! Although Miranda Lambert would have won Single of the Year by a Female Artist, regardless, it was still cool to see Penn Teller announce her win through a magic trick.

Best (Almost) Spill: Chenoweth was able to (kinda) play off almost falling on stage (a couple times) while performing “What Would Dolly Do.” She was just too excited.

New Friends: American Idol judge Keith Urban invited young musicians from his Grammy Camp to perform with him onstage, which was both sweet and entertaining.

Holiday Spirit: The show left us with Lady Antebellum singing one of their Christmas jingles, Trace Adkins in an elf costume and Kristin Chenoweth looking like a “holiday hooker.” Gotta love this time of year.

Here’s the complete winner’s list from the 2012 American Country Awards:

Artist of the Year: Luke Bryan
Artist of the Year: Male: Luke Bryan
Artist of the Year: Female: Carrie Underwood
Artist of the Year: Group: Lady  Antebellum
Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist: Jake Owen
Artist of the Year: New Artist: Lauren Alaina
Album of the Year: Luke Bryan, Tailgates and Tanlines
Single of the Year: Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night to End”
Single of the Year: Male: Luke Bryan, ”I Don’t Want This Night to End”
Single of the Year: Female: Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Single of the Year: Group: Lady Antebellum, “We Owned the Night”
Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “Remind Me”
Music Video of the Year: Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night to End”
Music Video of the Year: Male: Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End”
Music Video of the Year: Female: Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration: Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Touring Artist of the Year: Jason Aldean

 

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Randy Travis’ Truck Found Wrecked and Abandoned in Texas field

Nearly three weeks after Randy Travis was arrested for drunk driving, a truck owned by the country singer was found wrecked and abandoned in a field in Texas, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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A pickup truck was found wrecked and abandoned behind a Walmart store near Dallas, but the singer’s attorney says, “He hasn’t been in that truck or seen that truck in about three months.” In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Larry Friedman said an employee on Travis’ ranch had been using the truck and that the singer will determine the circumstances that led to the vehicle being abandoned in a field in Frisco, Texas.

The truck was on its side with a dented roof and shattered windshield. No charges have been filed in connection with the truck, but it follows three high-profile incidents Travis has been involved with this year. Police said Saturday night that they are investigating the circumstances leading to how the Chevrolet ended up on its side in a field. The vehicle was also found with a shattered window, dented roof and broken taillight.

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In February, he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of suspicion of public intoxication after he was found with an open bottle of wine outside a Baptist church in Sanger, Texas. Earlier this month, he was arrested for alleged drunk driving and threatening law enforcement officers after wrecking his car in a construction area near his ranch. On Thursday (Aug. 23), he was issued a citation for simple assault following an altercation with a man on the parking lot of another Baptist church in Plano, Texas.