Taylor Swift Welcomes New Kitten Named After “Law & Order: SVU” Character

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift's beloved cat Meredith is named after Ellen Pompeo's character, Meredith Grey, on ABC's Grey's Anatomy.  And it seems she's continuing the tradition of naming her pets after characters on TV dramas.

Taylor has posted a photo of herself with a tiny white kitten on her lap.  It's captioned, "Meet Olivia Benson."  That's the name of Mariska Hargitay's character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The kitten appears to be the same breed as Meredith: a Scottish Fold, which has unusually-shaped folded-down ears.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKelly Clarkson's husband, Brandon Blackstock, is a manager for which country superstar? ANSWER: Blake Shelton.


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Eric Paslay Wins Over Brantley Gilbert’s Hard-Rocking Concert Crowds

Universal Music GroupEric Paslay wasn't sure how his music would go over with Brantley Gilbert's fans on the Let It Ride tour earlier this year. While Eric kicks things up a notch with "Friday Night" and "Song About a Girl," he doesn't rock quite as hard as Brantley.

Speaking to his fears of getting a cold shoulder from the crowd, Eric says, "Going out, I was like, 'Man, I don't know with Brantley's [fans] -- they're gonna kill me.'"  

Eric's fears were unfounded, though. The fans welcomed him and the other opening act, Thomas Rhett, with open arms.

"It was really cool just that his fans dug it also," Eric says, "and it was a cool tour to be on."

Unfortunately, Brantley was too busy promoting his new album, Just As I Am, to write any songs this time around, but Eric did get in some songwriting time with Thomas. Overall, Eric learned how major tours like Brantley's operate on a day-to-day basis.

He says, "It was kinda my first big tour like that to where you don't have anything to do until five in the afternoon, and it was cool just to go see the cities that you're in."

Look for Eric Paslay to play clubs, fairs and festivals all this summer as his latest hit, "Song About a Girl," climbs the country chart.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves' new song, "The Trailer Song," is now available for download at iTunes. She performed the song on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week.

The Oak Ridge Boys were presented with a plaque, during their recent appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, commemorating 41 million album sales worldwide.

Miranda Lambert spends a second consecutive week at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart with Platinum.


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The Band Perry’s Neil Perry Looking to Settle the Score with Blake Shelton This Summer

CMAThe Band Perry heads out on Blake Shelton's Ten Times Crazier tour this weekend, and the group's Neil Perry is looking to settle a score on the road this summer. Backstage at the CMT Music Awards earlier this month, Blake kept pestering Neil all night long.

"Every time he'd pass me, he'd give me a wet willie," Neil says. "I'm like, 'What are you doing? We're introducing you. Be nice to us.'"

Don’t feel bad for the youngest Perry sibling, though. Neil adds, "We'll get him back. We're good at pestering."

The Ten Times Crazier plays huge venues like Chicago's Wrigley Field, New York City's Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles this summer. The first show is set for Friday night in Austin, Texas. Dan + Shay and Neal McCoy are also on the bill.


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Little Big Town Praying for Jimi Westbrook’s Nephew, Who Needs a Heart Transplant

Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town's Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild are asking their fans to send prayers to their nephew, Tyler Holsted, who is in need of a heart transplant. All four members of Little Big Town posed in "Prayers for Tyler" t-shirts in a photo posted on social media Wednesday.

Jimi's Instagram post reads, "Sending out prayers for my nephew, Tyler. He needs our strength and prayers right now. We love you, JW."

For further details, go to the Prayers for Tyler Holsted Facebook page or use the hashtag #prayersfortylerholsted.


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Tim McGraw Opens Up About Past Drug and Alcohol Issues in “Men’s Health”

Photo Credit: Ture LillegravenWhen Tim McGraw first started playing club shows at age 19, he'd always have a few drinks to calm his nerves before going onstage. His mother, Betty, warned him it would become a problem if he didn't learn how to perform sober. Even though he went on to country superstardom, Tim admits he rarely hit the stage without something in his system until about seven years ago.

He tells Men's Health, "I drank too much. I partied too much. And did other things too much. Chemically. No needles or that kind of stuff, but…use your imagination."

Tim's drug and alcohol use was fueled by the isolation of being on the road away from his family. It got to the point, his wife, Faith Hill, had to step in.

"When your wife tells you it's gone too far, that's a big wake-up call," Tim says. "It got to the point where my kids were getting older, and it was way past the point that they noticed it. And I noticed that they noticed. That's enough to straighten you out."

Now, Tim is the picture of fitness on the cover of the July/August issue of Men's Health, on stands next week.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Tim McGraw's 2004 pop hit with Nelly? ANSWER: "Over and Over."


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Brad Paisley Compares New “Rising Star” Gig with Hosting the CMA Awards

ABC/Bob D'AmicoBrad Paisley is no stranger to live television thanks to his long-standing gig co-hosting the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood. So, has that experience prepared him for serving as an expert along with Ludacris and Kesha on ABC's new music competition, Rising Star?

"Kesha's not got the foul mouth Carrie does in private," Brad says with a laugh. "I think it's probably prepared me a little bit."

The contestants on Rising Star will find out in real time if they're going forward in the competition as the wall separating the performer from the experts in the studio rises based on viewers' votes. Fans can download the Rising Star app on their mobile devices to get in on the voting action. Brad hopes they find a singer as talented as his pal Carrie Underwood, who got her start winning American Idol back in 2005.

Says Brad, "It's like, 'OK, try to get that person all the way to the end so they get a record deal and America knows their name and buys their albums.'"

Josh Groban hosts ABC's Rising Star premiering Sunday, June 22 at 9 p.m. ET.


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Three Charged with Disorderly Conduct Outside Taylor Swift’s Home

Credit: Sarah BarlowThree people in their twenties were charged with disorderly conduct on Sunday after they threw beer bottles and shouted expletives at security officers outside Taylor Swift's Rhode Island mansion.

The Westerly Sun reports that according to police, the three -- two men and a woman -- gave the finger to the security guards and shouted profanity, and threw the bottles onto Taylor's property in Watch Hill.  When officers arrived, one of them ran away; the others were taken into custody and handcuffed.  The one who ran away, 29-year-old Michael Horrigan, was also caught and arrested, and identified by the guards as the one who specifically flipped off the guards and threw the bottles. 

At the police station, all three were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and given a date for a later court appearance.  They were also ordered not to trespass on Taylor's property.  She wasn't home at the time.

Meanwhile, one of the other men arrested, Tristan Kading, tells TMZ that he, Horrigan and the third person in their party don't have anything against Taylor; they were just drinking and things got out of hand.  Kading also says that they didn't flip off the security guard; rather, he says, they were throwing up the peace sign, like Taylor does in her video for the song "22."


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