Taylor Swift Ends The RED Tour Tonight in Singapore; New Music Coming Soon

Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift ends The RED Tour with a final show in Singapore on Thursday. She launched the trek back in March 2013 and has since played sold-out shows in North America and Europe before becoming the first woman in 20 years to headline stadiums in Australia late last year. The final string of Asian shows began June 4 in Jakarta. The RED Tour is Taylor's third major outing following her Fearless and Speak Now treks.

Now that The RED tour is behind her, Taylor can turn her full attention to launching her fifth studio album later this year. Her record label president, Scott Borchetta, tells Rolling Stone she's working with pop producer Max Martin on most of the new project, which promises to continue the pop leanings of RED. Taylor will still keep a foothold in the country market though.

Scott says, "Taylor fans are going to love it. Will country stations play a complete pop song just because it's her? No. But when she comes to town, her friends at country radio will come and see her."

As she did with the first single from RED, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor is expected to announce the lead track from her fifth album before summer's end.


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The Band Perry Chops Down Trees Responsibly for “Chainsaw” Video

Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry was up for 24 hours straight shooting the video for their latest single, "Chainsaw," in the Pacific Northwest.

The group's Reid Perry says, "[It was] one of the longest shoots we did, but it was a great time."

In the clip, the Perry siblings are on call to chop down the trees where heartbroken people have carved their initials with their former lovers.

"We're actually musicians by night in the video and, you know, I guess, avengers of unrequited love by day," Reid explains, "and so we go out, and yeah, we'll find the trees with the hearts carved in it and take 'em down."

Lead singer Kimberly Perry is quick to point out they didn't just go out into the woods and cut down random trees.

She says, "It was also important for us that we cut trees from a lumber yard. So, those trees are literally making houses as we speak."

"Chainsaw" is the latest single from The Band Perry's sophomore album, Pioneer.

 


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves co-wrote which one of Miranda Lambert's #1 hits? ANSWER: "Mama's Broken Heart."


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Justin Moore and Wife, Kate, Beyond Ready for Third Child’s Arrival Next Month

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore and his wife, Kate, will welcome their third child next month, and the family is beyond ready for the baby's arrival.

Justin says, "I know my wife is. She's so miserable. She's just like, 'Oh, get this thing get out of me, please!'"

When they had their first daughter, Ella, Justin and Kate spent months getting the baby's room together and planning for the birth. That's all changed now that their expecting baby #3.

"You're like, 'Ah, if we don't have it, we'll get it,'" Justin says. "You know, the first time, the first baby you have, you're going, 'Oh, we need this. We need that, and we're doing that.' Then you get to the point where you're like, 'Ah, they'll be all right."

Justin is taking July 12 through 23 off the road to be with Kate for the baby's birth. Go to JustinMooreMusic.com for a full list of dates.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves performs "The Trailer Song" on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno Thursday.

Jon Pardi received a gold single certification for his top ten hit, "Up All Night," Sunday before taking the stage at CMA Music Festival.

Miranda Lambert performs on CBS's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Thursday.

Martina McBride appears on Live with Kelly & Michael Thursday.


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Blake Shelton and Pizza Hut Launch Father’s Day Experience Contest

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton and Pizza Hut are making this Father's Day extra special for one lucky dad with their Father's Day Experience contest. The grand prize is a trip to Dallas later this month to meet Blake and see him perform in addition to touring the Pizza Hut headquarters in Plano, Texas.

Now through Sunday, fans can enter by sharing photos and videos or sending message to @PizzaHut via Twitter or Instagram explaining why their dad should win the trip. The grand-prize winner will be revealed on Father's Day.

In the meantime, Blake's line of barbecue pizzas are now available at Pizza Hut.


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Report: Jason Aldean’s Daughters Having Trouble Accepting His Girlfriend, Brittney

Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean walked the red carpet with girlfriend Brittney Kerr at last week's CMT Music Awards, and now Us Weekly claims Jason's two daughters are having a tough time accepting his new relationship.

A source tells the magazine, "Jason is working Brittany into Kendyl and Keeley's lives, yet they see her as the other woman. It's hard. They're important to him."

Of course, Jason was photographed getting intimate with Brittney in September 2012, and he has since filed for divorce from his wife of 12 years, Jessica. It should also be noted Us Weekly reported the CMT Music Awards happened in Las Vegas, when in fact they were held in Nashville on June 4.


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Miranda Lambert Earns First #1 on “Billboard” 200 Albums Chart with “Platinum”

RCA NashvilleMiranda Lambert has earned her first #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with her fifth release, Platinum.

The set sold 180,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to become Miranda's fifth #1 album on Billboard's Country Albums chart. It's also Miranda's best sales week ever, and the biggest for a female country act since Taylor Swift sold 241,000 copies of her album, Red, for the week ending December 30, 2012, nine weeks after it came out.

Miranda says to her fans, "THANK YOU to the music lovers who believe in albums and spent your hard-earned money on 16 songs! 16 songs that all say something important to me. I hope that they also speak to you, and I hope you enjoy listening to Platinum."


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Justin Moore's duet with Miranda Lambert on his latest album, Off the Beaten Path? ANSWER: "Old Habits."


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Lee Brice Headlining Pre-Race Concert at Daytona International Speedway July 5

Photo Credit: Joseph LanesLee Brice heads to the Daytona International Speedway to headline a pre-race concert Saturday, July 5 prior to the 56th Annual Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. A special VIP ticket is available allowing fans special access to Lee's show and the race, too. Go to DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com for details.

Lee's set will include his hits "I Drive Your Truck," "Hard to Love" and the new single, "I Don't Dance," which is the title track from Lee's new album, due out September 9.


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