Taylor Swift Performs for Six-Year-Old Leukemia Patient at Boston Hospital

ABC/Richard HarbaughTaylor Swift delivered a performance on Sunday that will make your heart melt.

Taylor performed an acoustic version of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” for six-year-old Jordan Nickerson at Boston Children’s Hospital. According to Jordan’s Brave Page, a Facebook page dedicated to the boy, Jordan was recently diagnosed with leukemia. When he was younger, he was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that has caused him physical and developmental disabilities, and battled a severe heart condition.

In a video that’s been posted on YouTube, Taylor is seen performing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and dancing around, as Jordan sings along with the chorus.

During her visit, which is documented on Jordan’s Brave Page, Taylor also played air hockey with the boy and chatted with him about his favorite superhero, Spider-Man.


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Jake Owen Taking Over Your TV Tuesday Night with Three Different Appearances

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleLook for Jake Owen to premiere his brand-new single, “What We Ain’t Got,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. He’ll also sing “Beachin’” on ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock special Tuesday night. Look for Jake to appear on E!’s Chelsea Lately Tuesday night, too.

“Beachin’” and “What We Ain’t Got” are both included on Jake’s current album, Days of Gold.


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Brantley Gilbert Teams with “Hell on Wheels” for New Sweepstakes

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co. Brantley Gilbert has teamed up with AMC’s Hell on Wheels to offer fans a chance to win passes to see him in Nashville.

Brantley and his pals are performing a private acoustic show and meet-and-greet, and the grand prize includes tickets to that show, along with airfare and hotel accommodations in Music City.

Go to AMCTV.com to register for the sweepstakes. Hell on Wheels airs Saturday nights at 8 ET on AMC.


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Lady Antebellum Performing at Grand Ole Opry Birthday Bash Kickoff October 10

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum will help the Grand Ole Opry kick off their Birthday Bash Weekend with a performance Friday, October 10. The party continues all weekend long with Opry stars Craig Morgan and Trace Adkins also slated to perform.

Go to Opry.com for tickets to the Birthday Bash shows.


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Jason Aldean Named Most Downloaded Male Country Artist in History

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean has been named the Top Male Country Artist in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America’s Digital Gold and Platinum Awards, with 21.5 million song downloads and on-demand streams.  He was presented with a plaque recognizing the milestone at a recent tour stop on his Burn It Down tour.

Jason says, “This is such a huge honor, and one that everyone on my team earned together. I love country music, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else…there was never a Plan B for me. I can’t thank the RIAA or country music fans enough for helping us get to this level. It’s unbelievable!”

Jason’s latest single, “Burnin’ It Down,” is already shaping up to be a big seller. Look for a new album from Jason later this year.



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Frankie Ballard Launching Light ‘Em Up Tour October 16

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard heads out on his Light ‘Em Up tour starting October 16 in Minneapolis. New band A Thousand Horses joins Frankie on the bill.  David Nail will co-headline a few dates with Frankie, too.

“So pumped to be taking my full show on the road this fall,” Frankie says. “Killer venues, all my buddies and no rules … I feel like somebody gave me the keys to the castle!”

Frankie’s tour continues through a December 13 show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

Here are Frankie’s tour dates:

10/16 — Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater
10/17 — St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
10/23 — Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
10/24 — Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
10/25 — Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room (with David Nail)
10/30 — Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
11/1 — Detroit, MI, Fillmore
11/8 — Boston, MA, House of Blues (with David Nail)
11/13 — Philadelphia, PA, Theater of the Living Arts
11/14 — Charlotte, NC, Fillmore
11/15 — Washington, D.C., Fillmore
11/19 — Houston, TX, House of Blues
11/20 — New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
11/22 — Dallas, TX, House of Blues
11/28 — Orlando, FL, House of Blues
12/6 — Seattle, WA, Neptune
12/11 — San Diego, CA, House of Blues
12/12 — Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
12/13 — Los Angeles, CA, House of Blues


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Taylor Swift Posting Cryptic Videos on Instagram; New Music on the Way?

Image Courtesy Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has posted the first of several cryptic posts on Instagram, and some fans are speculating it could all point to a new music from the superstar.

In that first clip, Taylor’s finger is repeatedly pressing an elevator button for the 18th floor, but the button won’t stay lit. The caption reads, “So, here’s your first clue.”

We’ll keep you posted on what becomes of Taylor’s Instagram guessing game.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Miranda Lambert‘s hometown in Texas? ANSWER: Lindale.


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Joe Nichols Hangs His Hat Away from Nashville in Tyler, TX

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsTyler, Texas may not be a hotbed of country music, but Joe Nichols feels right at home since moving there in 2009. The city is about halfway between Shreveport and Dallas, and Joe is a big fan of the way of life in Tyler.

He tells ABC News Radio, “They’re all, for the most part, good people down there. It’s a good way of life. The cost of living’s pretty good. Nothing to complain about. Like, I said, it’s a pretty awesome place.”

Once he’s done with a run of concerts, Joe’s tour bus takes him straight to Tyler for a little rest and relaxation with his wife, Heather, and their daughters.

“I travel so much anyway, going somewhere to relax doesn’t feel near as relaxing as just going to my house, my home, my couch, my bed, my yard,” Joe explains. “Those are things that kinda relax me and make me feel like, ‘OK, I can go [tour] some more after a few more days of this.’”

Joe is playing several shows with Lady Antebellum later this month. Go to JoeNichols.com for a full list of tour dates.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChase Rice will perform a benefit concert at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on August 19 to celebrate the release of his album, Ignite the Night, that same day. Proceeds go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night fundraising campaign in honor of Chase’s late father.

Florida Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” has been certified eight-times platinum.  Their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times, has also been certified four-times platinum for sales of four million copies.

Congratulations to Kacey Musgraves on the gold certification of her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. Her debut hit, “Merry Go Round,” also has been certified platinum.


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