The idea of genres in music is becoming increasingly archaic, or at least the idea of keeping the stars from different genres separate is becoming absurd. As the latest example of this soon to be principle is Taylor Swift proves.
Those with Taylor Swift tickets hardly expect the country singer and four-time Nashville Songwriter “Artist of the Year” honor winner to be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Nicki Minaj and B.o.B. Well, she did when she asked them to come on stage and add to the performance while on the Speak Now tour. More recently, she hit up Atlanta on tour and requested the assistance of recently released rapper T.I. He graciously accepted and added his vocal talents to the performance of “Live Your Life”. Guess what? The audience absolutely lost when those hip hop stars appeared on stage.
Swift told MTV that she has enjoyed hip hop since she was a young child and has been blasting the genre in her car for years. This might disappoint those who hoped to keep country music a little more twang than hippity hoppity, but the country genre has been expanding for quite some time and this day has been inevitable.
To begin with, country music has embraced rock since the 1970s. Remember the Eagles? They introduced a soft rock/country hybrid that went platinum several times over. Country has already had its grunge period too. Groups like The National have been categorized as Alternative Western. So, the days of “Is it country or western?” are over. Country is a little bit everything now. A little bit rock and roll, a little but hip hop, and a little bit pop.
In reality, as soon as Kid Rock broke the barrier, this day became a certainty. Now Jason Aldean is doing a little bit of rapping on “Dirt Road Anthem” and the Taste of Country has recognized the five best country-rap collaborations. Nelly has even made an appearance at the CMT Awards.
The idea of music being carefully constrained by genre has dissipated. Perhaps this is the result of the modern audience having more accessibility to music thanks to the Internet or perhaps the demise of the major label has allowed these artists the freedom necessary to explore the musical stratosphere and make hits connection. Perhaps it is a little bit of both. No matter what the cause, the 21st century has undeniably left its mark on country music and there is no going back, so look forward to a Taylor Swift-Bruno Mars sometime soon.
Taylor Swift has decided to take on a new frontier, the e-card industry. American Greetings issued a press release, informing consumers that the Grammy-winning country singer has released a series of 13 e-cards, available at its own page.
For those not quite familiar with the concept of e-cards, this is really just an old concept in a new medium. Fans of the singer can send one of these via email or post it on Facebook when they get the urge to let someone know they are thinking of him or her.
American Greetings has had a relationship with Taylor Swift since the winter of 2009. This announcement comes as a preview, a sort of single to promote a bigger release. There will be a new collection of paper cards and online greetings in preparation for the Christmas season. There will also be a collection of cards released in time for her birthday.
There are also still Taylor Swift tickets available to see her on the Speak Now World Tour. Many of these shows are sold out are all the decent seats are taken. OnlineSeats has the seats for those concerts, so find your concert tickets here.
Taylor Swift made her glorious return to the stage this past week, playing the Bell Centre in Montreal on July 14th and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on back to back nights July 15th and 16th. Those thousands of Canadian country fans were relieved when they heard their Taylor Swift tickets would not be rescheduled as four concerts in the Southern states were.
Those Southern cities that have had their concert dates rescheduled are Louisville, Atlanta (back-to-back nights), and Charlotte. As is common knowledge by now, Seift missed those shows after developing bronchitis in the weeks following her concert in the rain at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. Now Taylor Swift would be remiss if she did not give her fans in those Southern cities a chance to see her at a later date on the Speak Now Tour.
The Louisville show at the KFC Yum! Center has been rescheduled for October 11th, fit in between her Arlington, TX and Lubbock, TX shows. The two concerts in Atlanta at the Philips Arena have been rescheduled for October 1st and 2nd. The lone Charlotte performance at the Time Warner Cable Arena has been rescheduled for November 16th, the night before she pays another North Carolina city, Raleigh.
Certainly the fans that planned to attend the original concert dates are excited that the shows have been rescheduled for later in 2011. They simply have to contain that excitement for a few more months and keep on cursing those damn Yankees for ruining their July nights.
Which major concert tickets are available for shows this week? We have that answer here at OnlineSeats. This week Taylor Swift continues her journey across the South, U2 will be nearby, Sade and John Legend will be on tour up north, and Katy Perry will be in the neighborhood.
Sade and John Legend:
- Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in Auburn Hills, MI at Palace of Auburn Hills
- Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in Toronto, CA at Air Canada Centre
- Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Toronro, CA at Air Canada Centre
- Saturday, July 2, 2011 in Montreal, CA at Centre Bell
This has got to be the funnest couple ever…. Kevin and Jill Heinz had their entire wedding party literally dancing down the aisle to Chris Brown’s, “Forever”. It all started out as any other wedding and now the video that shows them dancing has been viewed by over 8 million people, and they only got married back in June. Out of nowhere the video has become this huge phenomenon when all the groom did was post the video online for their friends and family to see. Then the morning shows both “GMA” and “The Today Show” got involved and this beautiful event turned ugly. Originally the wedding couple was flown to New York and put up in a fancy hotel by ABC so that they could appear on “Good Morning America”. ABC was excited for the couple to appear on the show until they heard they had also agreed to do a pre-taped interview for the “Today Show”, that would have appeared before the live segment on “GMA”. Oh the “GMA” people were not happy when they found out. In addition to that they also found out the NBC was flying the entire weeding party out to recreate the whole dance as we. ABC had the couple’s hotel and flights cancelled and figured they would let NBC pay for them instead. The groom was shocked how ABC handled the situation. He said, “We’ve been kicked out of our room. New York is cut throat. That’s what we have learned. Regardless of all the drama, the video is hysterical, check it out here.
A big break up to share…Kim Kardashian and boy friend, Reggie Bush of the New Orleans Saints, have called it after more than 2 years. A source says the reason for the break up is “just a case of conflicting schedules and their lives going in different directions.” That’s too bad. Just this past December she made this statement when discussing marriage with US magazine. “We are totally happy, and we have a great relationship and it’s definitely where things are heading. But hopefully it will be a surprise!” We may have lost one Jonas Brother to married life but another one is back on the market, girls. Joe Jonas has broken up with his girlfriend, actress Camilla Belle. First Taylor Swift and now Camilla Belle, Joe has this to say in a song he sang in concert in Detroit this weekend…”Get a rep for breakin’ hearts, now I’m done with movie stars.” He changed the lines which had said “superstars.” Poor Joe, he needs an average Joe instead.
Kelly Clarkson is not happy about the release of her new single, “Already Gone” which she realizes sounds very similar to Beyonce’s song “Halo”. Kelly insisted that once she realized it she fought to keep the song from being released but unfortunately it was too late and the situation was out of her control. In a Canadian interview over the weekend, Kelly says, “I fought and fought to stop it but in the end, they’re releasing it without my consent.”
An honest to goodness proposal on the season finale of “The Bachelorette”. Jillian chose Ed Swiderski from Chicago. Hopefully it is true love and these two will actually make it to the altar. Ed originally left the show on week 5 after feeling stress and pressure from work but then returned because he couldn’t stop thinking about Jillian. In another twist, Reid came back, after beings sent home the previous week. He came back claiming his love for Jillian and even got down on bended knee to propose. Still Jillian sent him home and claims her heart belongs to Ed. In Ed’s proposal he told Jillian, “I want to be with you forever. I want to have a family with you. I want you to give me a hard time when we’re 80 years old. Jillian will you marry me?” Awwww…..and Jillian said , “Absolutely!” I love a happy ending!
What is the obsession with Kendra Wilkinson from “The Girls Next Door”? She has been on 2 reality TV shows one she is currently starring in and now she has a memoir that is going to be published. I mean she is 24 years old, how much can she have to say? The book which is scheduled to be released next summer is said to talk about her childhood, as well as her time in the Playboy mansion and the time she spent with Hugh Hefner. She will talk about her new life with Hank Baskett and the impending birth of her new baby. She is definitely the “it girl” of the moment. She also made a statement the other day about how she is no longer going to be watching “Jon and Kate Plus 8” anymore. She liked it better in the old days when they were just a happy regular family and not all Hollywood and drama like now. She says, “I feel bad for the kids.” Ironically she says that “she would never allow her new baby to appear on her hit E! show ‘Kendra’. That will all be private.” Funny on that same day she signed on for another season of her show with 12 new episodes. We will see how long that sentiment lasts.
Ok and while I am on the whole “Jon and Kate Plus 8” story, I have to make mention of the latest news. Yesterday I shared with you that there seems to be a new woman in Jon’s life, a reporter from the Star Magazine. Well this morning she resigned from her position, stating a conflict of interest. Basically she went to do a story on him and ended up dating him instead. The story however is getting more twisted and convoluted each day. Now it seems that Jon has been telling friends that him and Kate Major are not dating or romantically involved. It is being reported that he even told a friend, “Oh my God, I can’t believe she did this to me. What do I do? She’s totally (bleeping) me over.” Hmmm…what the heck is going on here? Then there are others who were with them in the Hamptons saying they are “definitely dating”. Then there is girlfriend #1 Hailey Glassman, who told People Magazine, “That’s news to me”, when told about the news about Gosselin and Major. People magazine states that Hailey had known the two were in the Hamptons together but had no idea that the two had become romantically involved. Hailey says, “I still love Jon and Jon loves me.” Wow this stuff is a real life soap opera. I can’t wait to tune in tomorrow.
Good news and bad news for rapper Nas. Yesterday I shared with you the news of the birth of his new baby, with ex wife Kelis, which is the good news. The bad news is that he now has to pay $44,000 a month in child support. Wow, I know newborns are expensive but that seems a bit excessive. Can you even imagine that much money a month for child support? Amazing! On a sweeter note Taylor Swift sent her BFF Selena Gomez the biggest bouquet of flowers for her birthday you could ever imagine. It was so large that Swift called ahead to the Disney Channel to make sure it was ok to send it to the studio where Gomez was shooting her hit show, “The Wizards of Waverly Place”. Two men had to help Gomez get it into her car. Selena turned 17. In addition to the flowers Gomez received cards and gifts from her fans and she sent out a video message to thank all her fans.
This story is really quite bizarre and surprising. Actor Rupert Everett did an interview with “The Mirror” of the UK and had some disturbing things to say about Michael Jackson and the U.S. Here are a few of his statements. He says that “The King of Pop is probably better off dead. He was a freak. He looked like a character from Shrek. He was a black to white minstrel.” He says, “Jackson personified the pain and anxiety of a black man in a slave country. We all watched as he changed from black to white. He was living performance art. I think it was fortuitous that he died.” He then goes on to make some statements about Obama as well. He says, “We have Michael Jackson, a black man who has gone white, and we have President Barack Obama, who is a half- white man gone black. It’s absolutely fascinating to watch.” He was just way out there and awfully inappropriate if you ask me. I have always liked him as an actor but some of his statements really make me rethink that. Just odd things to say, don’t you think?
Conan O’Brien welcomed his first cast from a Broadway musical to perform on his show last night. The cast from “Hair”, all 50 members flew from New York to L.A. to perform on their day off. The performance was choreographed special just for Conan’s shows and new set. They looked like they were having a great time and if you haven’t seen the show, just watching the cast made you want to run out and do so. There is something about all the peace and love of the 60’s that is just magical, not to mention those clothes. “Hair” actually won a Tony Award this year for Best Revival of a Musical. Watch the cast sing the title song, “Hair” and “Let the Sunshine In” from Conan last night.
Kenny Chesney says he is in a relationship, but this time he is with a regular person not a celebrity and that is making a huge difference. He is also keeping this relationship more private, which he says is hard to do. All he will say is that she is a nurse and “levelheaded”. He also says that,” She’s a real normal girl. Which is what I need, because my life isn’t normal.” Chesney is currently on tour and has some pretty crazy stuff going on during the tour. One thing he does is”soar over the audience in a flying chair” which was inspired by Van Halen, who in the day did something similar but on a surfboard. A tiki bar is also a staple backstage and was inspired by Sammy Hagar (formerly with Van Halen) and his Cabo Wabo bar. Life is going just find these days for the superstar. Other country news that should excite many country fans, Big & Rich the country duo are back together for a summer tour. The two promise plenty of their old hits but will also include songs from each of their solo careers as well.
No one knows better than Jon Gosselin how harsh the media and the public can be and his new girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, is finding this out the hard way. After being spotted in France with Jon Gosselin the internet and media immediately went into a frenzy to find out about this new woman in Jon’s life and what they found and had to say was anything but kind. Not only is she being called a wild party girl, there are actually pictures on line to prove it along with a mug shot from 2005 when she was arrested for possession of marijuana, hashish and hashish oil. In 2007 she was also in some trouble for drinking underage. Both cases were dropped and she ended up on probation for the drug charges. IT’s not exactly a pretty picture in general but especially for someone hanging out with the famous father of 8. It is also being said that she is just with Jon to become famous. Hailey was so upset by all the media bashing that she laid low during her last night in France and left Jon to go out partying by himself. Jon also arrived solo at JFK airport today. Can you even imagine what Kate has to say about all this?
It is almost time for the “MTV Video Music Awards”. The show is scheduled for September 13 in New York and the host this year will be comic Russell Brand for the second year in a row. He is a very controversial choice and really stirred things up last year with some comments about the Jonas Brothers, which he even ended up apologizing for afterwards. So as always it should be an interesting evening with a little bit of unexpected to go with it. The show is also starting to line up its talent for the evening and Taylor Swift is the first to sign on to perform during the show. At this point it is being said she will sing a “never before heard version” of her song, “You Belong With Me”.
You just never know where life will take you. Former broken hearted bachelorette, Melissa Rycroft has danced her way to a new job on ABC. Melissa will be a special contributor on “Good Morning America”. Melissa will appear on GMA 8 times throughout the summer “bringing lighthearted, uplifting and fun stories to GMA”. That sounds just perfect for the girl next door who won America’s hearts even if she couldn’t win Jason Mesnick’s from “The Bachelor”.
It seems that its 3 strikes and you’re out for Billy Joel and his third wife, Katie Lee. The two are amicably calling it quits after 5 years of marriage. Katie is 27 and Joel is 60. Katie has been spotted on several occasions with an Israeli fashion designer, Yigal Azrouel who is 36. The final word also seems to be in for T. R. Knight from “Grey’s Anatomy”. His return to the show has been in question and after the shows season finale it looked grim for the doctor who was unrecognizable after being hit by a bus, but anything is possible in TV land. As of this week however, he has been released from his contract. Still unknown though is the fate of Katherine Heigl, and like T.R Knight the finale left her return very questionable as she was unconscious and being resuscitated after her battle with cancer. So we still have to wait and see. I for one will miss George and although I do not love Izzy, she is part of the show and I hate to see her go, and how sad will the show become if everyone is mourning the loss of George and Izzy for the season?
Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift won big at the CMT awards. These awards are based on fan votes and let’s just say they love Brad and 19 year old Taylor. Swift won Video of the Year Award and Female Video of the year for “Love Story” , while Paisley won Male Video of the Year Award, Collaborative Video of the Year award for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban, and CMT Performer of the Year. Rascal Flatts won Group Video of the Year for “Everyday” for the 7th year in a row and Sugarland won Duo Video of the Year for “All I Want To Do” for the 3rd time. Zac Brown Band won the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Chicken Fried” and Kid Rock won Wide Open Country Video of the Year for “All Summer Long”. There were some great performances as you can imagine. Lady Antebellum sang “Lookin’ For A Good Time”, Taylor Swift sang “You Belong With Me”, Brad Paisley sang “Then”, and Dierks Bentley sang “Sideways” and Darius Rucker sang “Alright”. So it was a fun filled night of great music and great winners.
Just wanted to give you and update on the cause of death of Mia Farrow’s brother. The autopsy determined that Patrick Farrow died from a “self inflicted gunshot to the head.” That was quite a shocker to read about. How sad for him and his family.
What is it about Beyonce and her song, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)” and video that the famous boy celebrities just can’t stop spoofing it? First it was Justin Timberlake on SNL, and now Joe Jonas shows his fully uni-tard clad figure along with a pair if stilettos, spoofing the song. The Jonas Brothers are getting the fans all hyped up for the release of their newest album, which drops June 16th, “Lines Vines and Trying Times”. The video is pretty cute, starting out with a very shy Joe hiding behind his brother but then look out, he goes for it. Beyonce just can’t help getting everyone going. Check out the video on YouTube.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are all over the news today. Let’s start with the big news…Angie topped Oprah for the # 1 spot on “Forbes Most Powerful 100 Celebrities” issue. Angie came in #1. Earnings as well as fame decide the ranking. While Angie did earn a whopping $27 million it was nowhere near the $275 million that Oprah grossed in 2008. Oprah did not fall far though, she still is ranked the 2nd most powerful celebrity. Madonna came in 3rd (her most recent tour and income earned her a cool $110 million, 4th was Beyonce, and Tiger Woods came in 5th, which was down from his #2 spot last year. Some newcomers to the list this year were Barack Obama #49, Tobey Keith at #59, Taylor Swift at #69 and Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock came in at #91. Congratulations to all. Back to other Brangelina news…. A rep for the couple has come out denying any break up rumors of the famous couple. The two were just recently seen out together in Cannes at the film festival and are doing fine. The two are very busy with Pitt promoting his new movie, “Inglourious Basterds” and Angie has been working on her new movie, “Salt”. Brad is all starting work on his new movie “Moneyball”, which is based on the book “Moneyball The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”. It’s a baseball movie that is about the Oakland Athletics team. The film is being directed by Steven Soderbergh and the movie will be out sometime in 2011. All good news for the Jolie – Pitt crew. I have to say I am glad the rumors are false because with the whole “Jon and Kate Plus 8” saga, I just don’t think I could take the breakup of Brad and Angie as well.
And speaking of rumors… LeAnn Rimes is being accused of stalking Eddie Cibrian, who it has been alleged that she is having an affair with. The stalking allegations come directly from Cibrians wife. Rimes says the accusation is “incredibly defamatory” and she plans to “take the high road” and she is not going to sink to that level. She is not going to battle this out with the media but rather try and respect theses 2 families and hopefully work it out amongst themselves. She is currently trying to work on her own marriage.
The truth is out in respect to the whole Bruno – Eminem escapade. As many believed the whole incident was completely staged. Eminem said “After the ceremony I went back to my hotel and laughed uncontrollably for about three hours. Especially after I saw it on the air.” Eminem says he is a big fan of Sacha Baron Cohen and when he called him with the idea he was totally on board. He says, “I’m thrilled that we pulled this off better then we rehearsed it.” Nice job guys you definitely had everyone talking with that one!!
Here comes another new reality TV show and this one is being spear headed by Jessica Simpson. After the ordeal she went through personally when she wore those high waited unflattering jeans and the “body bullying” she experienced she has come up with the idea for her new show. At the moment the title is “The Price of Beauty. The plan is that she would travel around the world in order to find out “what people find beautiful and why”. She would take a friend and they would head out on this great road trip and find the answers to these questions. They would also delve into taking a look at some of the outrageous things women go through and do to themselves to look beautiful. Jessica would be taking a very active role in the show and feels that this is a very important topic to learn more about and make people more aware. At this time that is about all the details that are out there.
Big congratulations go out to Mr. George Strait who has been named artist of the decade by the Academy of Country Music. You can watch the show on CBS this Wednesday. It is an all star country music event with performances by all your favorites. Faith Hill and hubby Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Martina McBride are just a few of the greats that you can see perform. This is quite a big award, since only 4 other people have been recipients, including, Marty Robbins, Alabama and Brooks and Loretta Lynn.
Well if you have been waiting to hear first hand from Chris Brown, the time has finally come. Chris who has a new album, “Graffiti”, coming out soon, has made a short video along with his friend Bow Wow. Chris is excited about his album and is ready to get back out there and put all the bad stuff behind him. Chris says “Everybody that’s haters, they just been haters. All my real fans, I love you all. I ain’t a monster.”Hmmm…doesn’t sound like an apology of any kind to me? You can see it for yourself and be the judge. It sounds like he wants to sell some albums and hopes he still has a few fans out there. The investigation to his case with Rihanna is still ongoing and could even be dismissed. That would be a shame, but it seems that police misconduct could have played a role and if that was the case the whole thing could just go away. There is another hearing today so we will just have to wait and hear what comes out of that.
Sad sad news on the story I told you about yesterday that involved Mike Tyson’s 4 year old daughter. After somehow getting tangled up and strangled by a cord on the family’s treadmill, the little girl did pass away after being on life support. In a statement from Tyson, he says”We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love and prayers from all over the world. There are no words to describe this tragic loss or our beloved Exodus. We ask you now to please respect our need at this very difficult time for privacy to grieve and try to help each other heal”. The mother’s name has not been released and she had been doing some house cleaning at the time of the accident.