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Dec 7

Taylor Swift Takes Kenny Chesney’s Place in New England

Taylor Swift wins Entertainer of the Year at “The 43rd Annual CMA Awards,” on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network. Photographer: John Russell / CMA

Taylor Swift wins Entertainer of the Year at “The 43rd Annual CMA Awards,” on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network. Photographer: John Russell / CMA

When Taylor Swift won Entertainer of the Year at last month’s Country Music Association Awards, she supplanted Kenny Chesney at the top of the organization’s food chain. Now, she’s taking his place in Boston, too, selling out Gillette Stadium Saturday in a mere 20 minutes, according to The Attleboro Sun Chronicle.

Taylor becomes the first female solo artist to top the bill at the home of the New England Patriots’ football team, though she’s hardly the only country artist to do that. Toby Keith sold out the stadium in Foxborough, Mass., at least once, and Kenny’s done it every summer since 2005.

Each of the last three years, Kenny’s headlined Gillette as the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year. With Taylor cruising through on June 5, it will mark the fourth straight year the venue has sold out the house for the CMA champ.

It also marks the first time Taylor, who turns 20 on Sunday, holds top billing at a stadium. She’ll be joined on the bill by Kellie Pickler, 15-year-old pop singer Justin Bieber and Gloriana.

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