One year after she pledged to bring teenage leukemia survivor Kevin McGuire to the ACM Awards, Taylor Swift has finally had a chance to make good on her promise. (Kevin couldn’t attend the 2012 ceremony due to a chemo-induced fever, though Swift did give him a heartfelt shout-out in her Entertainer of the Year acceptance speech.) McGuire and his family attended the show in Las Vegas yesterday, after enjoying a private pre-telecast meeting with Swift. No word on whether the singer and her “date” planned their complementary outfits, though. READ FULL STORY
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Did Blake and Miranda maintain their reign as the king and queen of country? Did Taylor Swift take home a third Entertainer of the Year trophy? And did newly engaged Best New Artist nominees Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert beat out Florida Georgia Line? Check out all the country stars taking home trophies at tonight’s 48th Annual ACM Awards: READ FULL STORY
Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber will hit the stage at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 19.
Billboard announced Wednesday that Bruno Mars and R&B singer Miguel will also perform at the awards show. Those acts are finalists for the milestone award, a new honor presented to an act who has achieved a landmark on the Billboard charts in the last year.
Other nominees include The Band Perry and Pitbull.Nominations for other categories haven’t been announced.
Prince will receive the icon award at the show, to air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Online voting is open for the milestone award and will be narrowed to three finalists later this month.
Taylor Swift takes on critics during Newark concert: 'They're building you up just to knock you down. But they haven't yet.'
It was a sea of red as Taylor Swift kicked off the first of three shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ last night as part of her Red tour — red spotlights, giant red flags, sparkly red dress, sparkly red microphone, sparkly red guitar, even a sparkly red violin bow…you get the point.
The concert featured most of Swift’s new album, a soulful new arrangement of one of her biggest hits, one technical gaffe on a duet with opening act Ed Sheeran, and several references to the media’s treatment of her song topics and personal life.
After opening the concert with “State of Grace” and “Holy Ground,” Swift addressed the screaming masses before launching into the title track from her recent Red album: “I write about my feelings. I’m told I have a lot of feelings,” she said with a smile. “But 13,000 of you opted into hearing about my feelings for the next two hours.” And she wasn’t kidding. READ FULL STORY
Technically, as of three months ago today, she is an old and wizened 23.
But this morning, Taylor Swift released the video for her latest single, “22,” on Good Morning America. The video, in typical T-Swift tradition, is a heavily encoded tribute to the greatness of awesome Sisterhood Parties, partially done like an Instagram photo.
Luckily, it also has the good fortune to be accompanying one of the best songs off of Red — watching Swift and her posse dance around in fedoras and shoot confetti guns to that delightful stompity-stomp melody is almost hypnotic:
Good ol’ Taylor Swift graces the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair, and the 23-year-old “22” singer had a lot of things to get off her chest.
One of those things was Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Golden Globes jokes. If you recall, the pair made a crack about Swift’s dating history, with Fey telling the singer to “stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son.”
Here’s what Swift had to say about all that: “You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’”
So, um, maybe don’t gift Swift a copy of Bossypants for Christmas? (The quote, if you’re wondering, is from Madeleine Albright.)
It’s no secret that the music industry has not had the greatest 21st century. Back in 1999, labels collected over $28 billion in sales, the biggest peak in history. (That’s a lot of copies of …Baby One More Time.) When the calendar turned over, the deluge began, and the combination of widespread broadband Internet access, innovations in file sharing technology, and a general devaluation of the product led to steady declines in sales. Pirates were partially to blame, but so were music executives who were slow to adapt to the brave new world.
But perhaps the industry has found bottom. According to a report put out by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, music sales were up 0.3 percent in 2012. That’s not much of a gain from the year before, but it’s better than losing more blood. All told, the industry brought in $16.5 billion in sales.
Most of that increase, unsurprisingly, comes from the steady increase in people willing to pay for digital music. Download sales were up nine percent over 2011 and accounted for 34 percent of the overall pie. More and more income is also coming in care of streaming services, whose subscription fees now make up 10 percent of all music sales internationally.
Of course, when you dive deeper into the numbers, there’s some obvious top-heaviness. READ FULL STORY
They don’t call him Chief for nothing: Eric Church is the top nominee at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.
The rising country music star has seven nominations for the April 7 awards show in Las Vegas. Hunter Hayes is next with six, followed by Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert at five apiece.
Swift and Lambert are up for the academy’s top honor — entertainer of the year — with Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Swift is going for her third straight win in that category.
Shelton and Bryan will co-host the broadcast, to air live on CBS from the MGM Grand. READ FULL STORY
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