Ray Mickshaw/FOXLast week, it was revealed that Abercrombie & Fitch had pulled a tee shirt that mocked Taylor Swift from its shelves after fans protested. Now, a t-shirt printing business in Rhode Island has landed in hot water over a completely different tee that mocks Taylor.
According to GoLocalProv.com, Kevin Adams, the owner of J. Mack Studios t-shirt business, has been asked by Taylor's reps to stop selling a tee he created that pictures the star. The shirt features a photo of Taylor making her "surprised face," along with the slogan, "OMG!!! Watch Hill!?!?" That's a reference to the fact that Taylor recently spent a reported $7 million on a beachfront mansion in the affluent Rhode Island coastal village of Watch Hill.
"It was not supposed to be a big deal," Adams tells the website. "It was supposed to be something fun." Adams explains that he was simply trying to illustrate the thrill the locals felt at the news that Taylor had chosen their community to purchase a home in.
"My intention with this shirt was not to make money. It was simply to have fun and acknowledge her as our neighbor. It’s exciting to have her around here," he explains.
But some folks in the area haven't been too thrilled about Taylor's presence, reports the website. Apparently, her property borders a spot that's popular with surfers and teens, but it's become more difficult to access because of all the increased security.
Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry's Neil, Reid and Kimberly are pretty transparent in interviews, but you have to go to their grandmother, Sue Perry, to get the real scoop on their personalities.
In an interview with The Anniston Star, Sue says, "As the oldest child, Kimberly is the natural leader of the group. Reid is a deep thinker, and Neil adds his own brand of humor to every situation."
Sue goes on to say the Perry siblings' Christian faith has helped them keep their heads on straight despite their growing fame. She adds, "They know where they came from and they’re still the same sweet kids that we’ve always known, so I appreciate that about them. It hasn’t changed them."
The Band Perry opens for Rascal Flatts Thursday night in Detroit.
KellyClarkson.comWho does Kelly Clarkson think she is? She'll find out later this summer, thanks to TLC.
Kelly is just one of the many stars who'll be featured on the new season of the TLC series Who Do You Think You Are?, which allows celebrities to learn previously undiscovered, often surprising things about their ancestors and their family histories. In a promo clip for the new season, Kelly is shown saying delightedly, "Oh my gosh, is that his picture?" when being shown a photo of one of her ancestors, and then wiping away tears, obviously overcome with emotion after learning something about her family.
Trisha Yearwood will also appear on the new season of Who Do You Think You Are? along with Christina Applegate, Jim Parsons, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel and Chris O'Donnell. The season premieres July 23 at 9 p.m. ET.
EB MediaRonnieDunn and Kid Rock are among the stars joining Sammy Hagar on his new album, Sammy Hagar and Friends. Ronnie joins the rocker on the song "Bad on Fords and Chevrolets" while Kid sings with Sammy on "Knockdown Dragout."
Sammy Hagar & Friends will be in stores September 24. More contributors will be announced soon.
Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves was a big winner at the 25th annual MusicRow awards, voted on by the subscribers of MusicRow magazine. Kacey won Breakthrough Artist, Breakthrough Songwriter and Song of the Year for "Merry Go 'Round." Lee Brice's hit "I Drive Your Truck" tied for Song of the Year honors with "Merry Go 'Round."
A full rundown of this year's winners will appear in MusicRow's June/July 2013 print issue.
Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith is really, really rich. If you need proof, just check him out smiling on the cover of Forbes' magazine's Celebrity 100 issue with the caption "Country Music's $500 Million Man."
While most of Toby's money comes from touring, album sales and his restaurant and liquor businesses, a good chunk of it actually comes from Taylor Swift. When Toby launched his own record label, Show Dog, in 2005, he shared backroom operations with another new label, Big Machine Records. Toby also invested $400,000 in Big Machine, the label home of then-newcomer Taylor Swift. Toby maintains a stake in Big Machine, even though his label is now run separately from that company.
As you may imagine, the revenue from Taylor's album sales has had a nice impact on Toby's bottom line. Toby says, "I know there’s an extra comma if you added up all the money I’ve ever made.”
The Big Machine Label Group is also home to Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert and Eli Young Band.
As for Toby, his latest single, "Drinks at Work," is now available for download at iTunes.
Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan's new album will be titled Crash My Party, after the project's lead single. That song title may sound like a party anthem, but "Crash My Party" is actually a sweet love song. Luke tells fans to expect more twists like that on the full-length album, due out August 13.
Says Luke, "I think in the same way fans will definitely hear some surprises on my new album. It still reflects my sound but you will get to hear a little bit deeper, different side to me musically as well.”
Crash My Party is the follow-up to Luke's double platinum album, tailgates & tanlines.
Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington, Kellie Pickler and Randy Houser have been added to the lineup for the First Annual Delta Country Jam in Tunica, MS October 4 and 5. They join previously-announced acts Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Thompson Square and Jerrod Niemann.
The two-day event takes place on the Abbay and Leatherman Plantation next to River Bend Golf Links. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Image courtesy Taylor Swift via TwitterThe legendary Rolling Stones wrapped up the U.S. leg of their 50th Anniversary tour Monday night in Washington, D.C. Taylor Swift, who joined Mick Jagger and the guys onstage as their special guest during one of the shows, says now that she's worked with the iconic group, she admires them even more.
Taylor, who sang the 1964 Stones-penned song "As Tears Go By" with the band in Chicago earlier this month, says, "Performing with the Rolling Stones...it just was everything that you would think it would be, but better. ‘Cause they’ve been on this huge, heroic pedestal for me for so long, and you walk into a situation like that and you don’t know what to expect. And having experienced that, they’re now at an even higher level of hero status for me."
So what was it about working with the Stones, often called the World's Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band, that made Taylor think so much more highly of them? "Mostly because of their attitude. Because of their hospitality," she explains. "Because they hand-write notes, thanking you for being there. Because you get to get pictures with them and hang out with them."
It's nice to know that even a superstar like Taylor is enough of a fan girl to freak out over getting a picture with one of her favorite groups. So what was the most memorable moment of her Stones experience? Taylor says it had to do with the fact that while she and Mick Jagger were singing onstage, they did a little twirling dance move together.
"The musical director and Mick and I were all rehearsing the song, in a dressing room, with a piano and -- we were just kinda goofing around and we started dancing, like waltz -- like over-exaggerated ballet moves," Taylor recalls. "And then we started twirling around the room. And it was hilarious, because we forgot the words and we just started laughing."
She adds, "We ended up incorporating a twirl into the performance, in homage to the hilarious musical rehearsal that we had that day."
Other stars who joined the Stones onstage during this leg of their U.S. tour included Katy Perry, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige and Gwen Stefani. When the band did a limited series of shows in November and December as a warm-up, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine, and Bruce Springsteen were among their special guests.