Everything is bigger in Texas, so the Academy of Country Music headed to the Lone Star State to celebrate the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The evening kicked off with Keith Urban and Eric Church taking the stage to perform Church’s “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” and the pair’s current duet, “Raise ‘Em Up.” Continue Reading
Songwriters looking to have Taylor Swift cut one of their songs should look elsewhere. Swift, who wrote or cowrote all 33 of her singles, plans to keep her name attached to everything she records.
“I wouldn’t be a singer if I weren’t a songwriter,” she told Billboard. “I have no interest in singing someone else’s words. When I’m in a room with a writer for the first time, and I bring in 10-15 nearly finished songs as my ideas, I think they know that I’m not expecting anyone to do the work for me. I’m not going to be one of those artists who walks in and says, ‘I don’t know, what do you want to write about?’ or one of those things where they say, ‘So what’s going on in your life?,’ and I tell them, and then they have to write a song about it.”
Celebrities at the 2014 American Music Awards red carpet donned slinky, fitted gowns that left a lot to the imagination. Kylie Jenner‘s burgundy slip dress with a slit up to “there” attracted plenty of attention, and Rita Ora‘s bright yellow mermaid-style number was unexpected yet modern and fresh. Taylor Swift and her celebrity besties Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss and Lorde put on their own show, dancing and singing along in the crowd. But, enough talk about the awards show; let’s get to the fashion. See our favorite looks from the red carpet below!
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Taylor Swift was honored with the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence during the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday night. The award was presented to Swift by the legendary Diana Ross, who introduced the award before a video tribute to Swift calling her an “artist, innovator and icon.”
“I’m so blown away to have just received an award from Diana Ross,” Swift said. “Dick Clark was a visionary.” And in true Swift form, she also took a moment to thank her fans.
“I love getting to know you, I love talking to you online, and I love having a glimpse into your life, and I’m so unbelievably happy that you want to have a glimpse into mine,” she said. “Thank you so much.” Continue Reading
Fans will be able to “Shake It Off” with Taylor Swift throughout much of 2015. She officially announced her 1989 World Tour on Twitter Monday morning, writing “So yeah, #The1989WorldTour is happening!! Go to TaylorSwift.com for details. I CANNOT WAIT!”
The tour will kick off May 20, 2015 in Bossier City, Louisiana, and travel through North America and Europe before heading to Australia in 2015. Vance Joy will join Swift for North American dates while Shawn Mendes will also be a special guest on select dates. Tickets for the North American leg go on sale November 14.
Taylor Swift fans are eagerly awaiting her new album, 1989, due out October 27. Swift recently Instagramed lyrics from unreleased songs on the album, followed by a post on Wednesday night containing the complete track listing.
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1989 will feature 13 tracks, including Swift’s smash hit “Shake It Off.” Swift also released “Out of the Woods” and the album opener, “Welcome to New York.” Target’s latest commercial promoting 1989 features Polaroids of Swift while her song “Style” plays in the background. Continue Reading
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Taylor Swift has been named Billboard’s 2014 Woman of the Year and is the first artist to receive this honor twice. The award is given to a female artist who “has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation over the past twelve months.”
“As one of the most influential artists of her generation, Taylor Swift has seen incredible success on the Billboard charts,” Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, said. “Over the course of her career, she’s charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 — the most of any female artist since her debut in 2006. We are tremendously excited to be honoring her as the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year for the second time.” Continue Reading
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David Nail has learned from some of the best in the business when it comes to touring. He recently launched his I’m A Fire Tour and is applying the lessons he picked up from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker.
“When we were out with Taylor Swift, I’d watch the show, and all I could think was, ‘Man, there’s so much room for error!’” Nail told People. “How you’re able to put 100 percent into your performance like she does, singing and walking down steps that are two feet wide and have no railing, it seems like there are too many things that could go wrong. She makes it look easy.” Continue Reading
Taylor Swift’s 2014 album, 1989.
Summer is over, but the country music scene is heating up! Several of country’s biggest stars are releasing new music as summer draws to a close. Here are 10 albums you need to hear:
Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival Kenny Chesney took 2014 off from touring to focus on his latest project, The Big Revival, out September 23. The album’s catchy lead single, “American Kids,” is flying up the charts.
Florida Georgia Line – Anything Goes Florida Georgia Line’s sophomore album, Anything Goes, which includes their new single, “Dirt,” is one of the most anticipated releases this year. Anything Goes will be on store shelves October 14.
Taylor Swift – 1989 While technically a pop album, Taylor Swift’s 1989 is sure to be a hot seller. The lead single, “Shake It Off,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Continue Reading
Taylor Swift wrote her hit song “Mean” about a harsh music critic and it became an anthem for anti-bullying. Swift, who has said she was bullied in middle school, recently reached out to a young fan via Instagram, who left a comment expressing apprehension over starting another school year at a school where she is a victim of bullying. Swift’s responses to the girl was powerful.
“It’s okay to wonder how you could try so hard and still get stomped all over,” she wrote. “Just don’t let them change you or stop you from singing or dancing around to your favorite song.” The full message is available below. Continue Reading