Taylor Swift Makes Extremely Brief Appearance in New Trailer for “The Giver”

The Weinstein CompanyTaylor Swift makes a very brief appearance in the new trailer for the film The Giver, hitting theaters August 15. Fans looking for a glimpse of Taylor as Rosemary, the Giver’s daughter, should fast-forward to the 44-second mark on the trailer and hit pause immediately.

Taylor filmed her part in South Africa last year. Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites star in The Giver, based on the futuristic, young-adult novel by Lois Lowry.

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Superstar Lineup Announced for CMA Music Festival Nightly Concerts

Greenroom PRThe nightly concerts at this year’s CMA Music Festival were sold out before any artist was announced, but the fans who scored tickets are in for a stellar show.

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Hunter Hayes are set to perform during the four-day festival, June 5 through 8 at LP Field in Nashville.

Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band are also on the bill.

The CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for an ABC concert special, airing later this year.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Luke Bryan‘s youngest son’s name? ANSWER: Tate.

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Kip Moore Writings Songs with Lady Antebellum’s Charles and Dave on Take Me Downtown Tour

MCA NashvilleKip Moore‘s gig opening Lady Antebellum‘s Take Me Downtown tour has led to some backstage writing sessions with the group’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. He’s not sure if any of those songs will be included on future projects, though.

Kip tells the Phoenix New Times, “We’re going to write a little more out here so we’ll see if any of them end up making it out at some point.”

As for being on the road with Lady A, Kip has nothing but great things to say about their touring organization.  “Lady A are really gracious hosts and they’ve been super kind to us,” he says. ” It’s a very different fan base than our fan base so that’s a good thing. It’s been great to get in front of fans I might not get the chance to get in front of.”

Kip’s new single, “Young Love,” will be included on his upcoming sophomore album, due out later this year.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCole Swindell taped a performance for ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday. Look for it to air on March 27.

Jerrod Niemann is set to perform his top 10 hit, “Drink to That All Night,” on NBC’s Today on Monday, March 24, the day before his new album, High Noon, hits stores. He’ll perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on the actual release date, Tuesday, March 25. 

Kip Moore is offering a $4,000 shopping spree and a chance to meet him at an upcoming concert to the fraternity or sorority house with the most votes at MooreforYourHouse.com. Voting is open through April.

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Frankie Ballard Enjoying a “Helluva Life” with Concert Dates Booked Through September

Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard‘s breakthrough hit, “Helluva Life,” has struck a chord with country fans everywhere, and now those fans are checking out the other songs on his latest album, Sunshine & Whiskey.

Frankie tells ABC News Radio, “I’m so thankful for that that it’s such a powerful, moving, emotional tune that it’s naturally created so much interest in the rest of the project. So, that’s really cool.”

Frankie will be performing songs from Sunshine & Whiskey on the road all year long.

“I’m always touring,” Frankie says. “I told my agent a long time ago to keep me out there working, ’cause I get in trouble if I’ve got too many days off. Idle hands, you know, that old saying.”

Go to FrankieBallard.com to see where he’s playing next.

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Luke Bryan on Doggie Duty with His New Bus Dog, Pap

Luke Bryan via TwitterLuke Bryan performs for thousands of screaming, adoring fans every night on the road, but he’s not above picking up after his new puppy, Pap. Luke and his crew have taken on the task of potty training the dog on Luke’s tour bus.

“It’s a whole ordeal,” Luke admits. “Pap, he has his little accidents, but we’re forgiving him. We’re working on it. He’s still little though, so we’re cutting him some slack.”

The road can be a lonely place sometimes, so Luke is glad to have Pap’s company as he travels from city to city.

He says, “With all his barking and all his accidents and all his chewing up of shoes, it’s still worth having a bus dog on the bus. We love it.”

Luke is limiting his touring schedule this month as he prepares to co-host the 49th Annual ACM Awards with Blake Shelton. The show airs live from Las Vegas Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Brad Paisley Offers to Help Justin Bieber Turn His Personal Woes into Country Songs

Arista NashvilleJustin Bieber has had a lot of personal and professional turmoil lately, so Brad Paisley is offering his services to help turn those troubles into country songs. In a recent interview with the press in London, Brad explained that country legends Johnny Cash and George Jones sang about drug abuse and adultery decades ago, so Bieber’s latest exploits are nothing new to the country format.

Brad tells Metro UK, “We were way ahead of the game! Have you watched Justin Bieber lately? He is living a George Jones song! If he needed a soundtrack for what’s going on with him, or Miley [Cyrus] let me know!’”

Brad was in London and Dublin, Ireland to play the Country to Country festivals. The event will return for a third year in 2015.

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Hunter Hayes Headlining ACM Week Kick Off Party April 3 in Las Vegas

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes is set to headline the ACM Week Kick Off Party at The LINQ in Las Vegas Thursday, April 3. Cole Swindell and David Nail are also on the bill for the show, which is free and open to the public. The 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival begins the next day with Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban headlining that two-day event.

All of these events lead up to the 49th Annual ACM Awards, broadcasting live Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Blake Shelton‘s ACM Awards co-host before Luke Bryan came on board last year? ANSWER: Reba.

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