Taylor Swift will launch a stadium and arena tour in March 2013 to support her new album, Red. Fifty-eight dates, covering 45 cities in 29 states and three provinces, are now listed on her website, and the first tickets will go on sale Nov. 16. Swift has asked that each show include tickets for under $50. She’ll play nine stadiums including Detroit’s Ford Field, Dallas’s Cowboys Stadium, Toronto’s Rogers Centre, Winnipeg’s Investors’ Group Field, Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, Foxborough, Mass.’s Gillette Stadium, and Chicago’s Soldier Field. See the dates below. READ FULL STORY
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Taylor Swift is on her way to having a pretty great week. Sales of her just-released new album Red are expected to top one million, making her the only woman in the history of SoundScan to unleash two million-plus opening weeks in a row. (Of course, it helps that Red has been almost universally acclaimed by critics and is available just about everywhere, including inside your pizza delivery guy’s oven bag.)
But don’t forget that at the center of all of her success lies a whole lot of heartbreak, and her brand new video for “Begin Again” is another classic bittersweet Swift joint.
Though her boyfriend doesn’t laugh at her jokes and bores her with stories about his family’s Christmas movie-watching traditions, she finds the ultimate salve: Wandering through the streets of Paris, chuckling with handsome dudes in a café (and probably snacking on snails or something). Check it out below. READ FULL STORY
Jason Aldean will be making history at one of baseball’s most historic sites.
Aldean will be the first country music star to play a concert at Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox. The July 13 appearance will be the initial stop on his first stadium tour. Aldean made the announcement Thursday in the shadow of the Green Monster with an assist from Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino and members of the team who made a celebratory clip for the singer that played on Fenway’s video board.
“Being the first country music artist to ever come here and headline a show is amazing,” Aldean said. “It’s going to be a fun night. Over the last several years, my career, especially the touring side of that, has been pretty amazing. It’s been growing. So thank you guys for having us. I can’t wait for July 13.”
The Georgia native released his fifth album, “Night Train,” this week. That title is an apt metaphor for his career, which has been steaming along on a steep trajectory. About the only thing he hadn’t attained yet was a stadium tour, and he’s crossing that goal off the list.
Red Sox David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Jarrod Saltalamacchia welcomed Aldean in a video, and he walked out of the dugout to the sound of songs from his new album and signed the wall inside the Green Monster scoreboard.
Kenny Rogers chats with Stephen Colbert, reveals secrets about Dolly Parton and Charles Barkley in new memoir
Last night on The Colbert Report, country legend Kenny Rogers sat down to discuss his new memoir Luck or Something Like It. At the top of the interview, Colbert ran down Rogers’ resume as a recording artist, and it’s easy to forget how massively successful the guy has been for as long as he has: 120 million albums sold worldwide, a hit in each of the last six decades, and a ranking as the eighth-best-selling male vocal artist of all time (just behind Springsteen, and just in front of Neil Diamond).
Of course, Rogers is an exquisite storyteller, able to get across a range of ideas and emotions in songs like “Lucille” and “The Gambler.” That breezy, conversational tone comes across on the page as well as in conversation with Colbert, which you can check out here.
Here are five other delightful revelations from Luck or Something Like It. READ FULL STORY
Hey Justin Bieber fans in Tennessee, did you have trouble scoring tickets to your boy’s upcoming show? You’re not alone.
According to documents obtained by Nashville’s NewsChannel 5, of the nearly 14,000 tickets available for Bieber’s forthcoming show at the city’s Bridgestone Arena, only 1,001 — or roughly 7% of the total — were actually allocated for sale to the general public.
So where did the rest of the tickets go? That’s where the information gets pretty damning. About 6,000 were held for American Express customers, who had access during a special pre-sale. Another 3,000 were held for members of Bieber’s fan club, who pay a fee for the opportunity to buy those seats. 500 went to Ticketmaster’s “Platinum Exchange” program, and another 900 were chopped up for various VIP packages.
But the smokingest gun is this: An entire block of seats was reserved for Bieber’s tour, and some of those tickets are currently available on resale site TicketsNow for $216 each.
The bottom line is that not only are only seven percent of the available tickets available for actual face value, but the Bieber camp is actually scalping his own ducats.
He’s not alone: READ FULL STORY
Coldplay’s 2005 single “Fix You” has a rich history of television appearances, but Carrie Underwood is ready to give the song a new twist.
For her upcoming VH1 Unplugged special (airing 4 p.m. on VH1’s site next Tuesday and then at 7 p.m. on the network itself), the planet’s fourth American Idol winner offered her own country-fried rendition of the durable Chris Martin tune, which you can watch right now exclusively here.
Other than the Coldplay cover, Underwood’s intimate five-song Unplugged set will also include her own chart monsters “Before He Cheats” and “Good Girl” as well as fan favorites “Blown Away” and “Do You Think About Me.”
“It was a unique way to play a few of the songs,” says the five-time Grammy winner. “And I loved being able to mix things up and perform them in a different way.”
The special doesn’t debut until next week, but you can tide yourself over with our our exclusive clip of Underwood owning “Fix You” in the video below:
While many awards show ceremonies focus on displaying nominated songs from the past year, this year’s MTV VMAs took another route: letting its top artists showcase their newest material.
Standout 2011-2012 singles like Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and fun.’s “We Are Young” fell by the wayside in favor of cuts most people have yet to hear from albums that won’t be hitting the streets for a few weeks, if not months.
There was Alicia Keys performing her new smoking-chorus ballad “Girl on Fire,” which will be on her November-slated album of the same name. Before that, Pink vividly brought to life “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”, taken from Sept. 18’s The Truth About Love.
Resilient punk trio Green Day gave fans a live whiff of the spiky “Let Yourself Go,” the third single from Sept. 24’s trilogy-starting album Uno! And, to close the show, Taylor Swift trotted (and hopped, and twirled) out her wildly catchy, chart-topping “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” READ FULL STORY
Nominations for the 46th Annual CMA Awards (airing live on Nov. 1 on ABC) were announced this morning on Good Morning America. Eric Church led the way with five nods, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, along with Song, Single, and Video of the Year for his hit “Springsteen.” (Not a country music fan? Give that one listen and get back to us.)
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert scored four noms a piece while Taylor Swift, who earned three noms, was the lone female to make the Entertainer of the Year category. Kelly Clarkson’s nom for Female Vocalist of the Year is slightly less of a surprise than Snoop Dogg popping up in Musical Event of the Year (listen to Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” featuring Snoop, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson). The full nominees list: READ FULL STORY
You’re not the only one who can’t get Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” out of your head. The country quartet has released a video of fellow stars — including Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, and Miranda Lambert’s Pistol Annies — singing along to the song, which has been on the charts 15 weeks and counting. The takeaway: We’d like to hear Wynonna Judd and Sara Evans cover the song for real. We’re off to watch another video of Luke Bryan dancing. And okay, we’re not the only ones who get that “motorboatin'” imagery in our head (thanks, Scott Wolf and cousin Josh Wolf). READ FULL STORY
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