COUNTRY

Carrie Underwood Makes Rare Showing of Flesh in ‘Cry Pretty’ Video (See!)

Carrie Underwood beats herself up, figuratively at least, in a new video for “Cry Pretty,” her ballad about the emotional ups and downs of a country musicians life. It’s her first since her accidental fall that left her with a broken wrist and nearly 50 stitches in her face. It could be called a comeback of sorts. Carrie has been keeping a low profile since her accident. Last night, though, she returned to her roots to release the video on the latest episode of “American Idol.”...
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Keith Urban Kicks Off New Tour at Good Morning America (watch!)

Keith Urban, the Australian country star who is married to Nicole Kidman, took his tour to Central Park in New York City for Good Morning America’s summer concert series. He banged out three songs and talked about the upcoming “American Idol” series. Urban said the reality music contest show is about to hit the road for another round of auditions. Nashville will be the first stop....

Martina McBride Joins Growing List in SeaWorld ‘Blackfish’ Boycott

Martina McBride has joined a growing list of performers who are boycotting SeaWorld shows over the treatment of killer whales highlighted in the documentary film “Blackfish.” Seven other performers have done the same. McBride was scheduled to perform at the “Bands, Blues & BBQ” event in March 2014 in Orlando, Fla., according to her Facebook page....

Taylor Swift May Never Ever, End Up Getting Married; Here’s Why!

Taylor Swift is all about relationships, but it’s possible she may never end up being married because she’s set her standards too high even for a successful songstress. The 23-year-old singer has had serious and not-so-serious relationships with musician Joe Jonas, actor Taylor Lautner, singer-songwriter John Mayer, actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Kennedy scion Conor Kennedy and One Direction band member Harry Styles. Whew!...

LeAnn Rimes' Message for Brandi Glanville: Screw You! (watch!)

LeAnn Rimes went sheer on Jimmy Kimmel last night, wearing a see-through black blouse to talk about her new album “Spitfire.” But the conversation invariably shifted to Brandi Glanville. Rimes had two words “Screw you!” The two have been at each other ever since Glanville’s ex Eddie Cibrian walked out on the 13-year marriage in 2009 after having an affair with Rimes while filming Lifetime movie “Northern Lights.”...

Hayden Panettiere Heats Up Icy Nashville Role in Bikini (photos!)

Hayden Panettiere may play the “cold bitch of the century” on the new television drama “Nashville,” but in real life she likes a good belly laugh like everyone else. She tells a joke to Esquire magazine, although nothing is funny about her hot bikini photos. The 23-year-old actress, singer and model broke into acting on soap operas like her mother, actress Lesley R. Vogel. By 10, she was part of Disney’s stable of child actresses. On her new show, she plays opposite Connie Britton, the seasoned country star that Hayden’s character is gunning to replace. ...

Taylor Swift Rocks KIIS Jingle Ball; Watch Her Sing Two Songs (video!)

Taylor Swift touched off frenzy at the 2012 KIIS FM Jingle Ball at the Nokia Theatre last night (Dec. 1) in Los Angeles. Swift is riding a wave with the release of her new album Red, which soared to the top of the charts in its first week out. The 22-year-old singer gave a pre-show interview with two KIIS FM disc jockeys JoJo and Cisney, whom she kindly thanked for playing all of her singles from her new album on the radio. “You guys are playing all the singles we put out like crazy, thank you for that,” she said....

Taylor Swift Down Under Mingles With Fans in Australia (video)

Taylor Swift was spotted in Australia making the rounds to promote her new album, Red, ahead of her star turn on Aria Awards Thursday night, which is actually tonight by U.S. time standards. The awards show is Australia’s version of the Grammy Awards in the United States, but she’ll only be performing as a special guest. Her new album is not up for any awards. ...

Taylor Swift Debuts Dreamy Paris Video for 'Begin Again' (watch!)

Taylor Swift jetted to Paris, France, to find just the right romantic backdrop for a new video featuring her song “Begin Again,” which was almost certainly inspired by her breakup with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The song was the second released off her new album Red. The haunting ballad is about someone who just doesn't seem to measure up in so many ways to her boyfriend’s expectations....

Taylor Swift Rocks Out Times Square to Support New Album 'Red' (watch!)

Taylor Swift played New York’s Times Square this morning as part of her “Good Morning America” promotional appearances for her new album “Red.” After talking about how she wrote the songs, she sang two of her new hits to a throng of fans. Swift has been previewing songs for the album for the past several weeks in a run up to the album’s release yesterday (Oct. 23). She performed new singles “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “Red,” both of which are controversial because they were reportedly inspired by her breakup with movie actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The two dated last year for about three months....

Taylor Swift Wonders Why Her Music Causes Such a Fuss (video, photos)

Taylor Swift is fast becoming the queen of breakup songs, but her music resonates with her largely female fan base like few artists. Swift is out promoting her next album Red and opening up like never before about her music and her life. She says even she’s often surprised by the fuss caused by her music. Often it’s the message she sends. “I’m excited about telling the beginnings of stories, like the story of this song called “Ours,” where I wrote it about this guy nobody thought I should be with,” she tells MTV....

Taylor Swift Looks at Love's Upside in New Song 'State of Grace' (listen!)

Taylor Swift is best known as the scourge of ex-boyfriends because of all her spiteful breakup songs, but she also sees an upside to love in her latest song “State of Grace.” The song went viral today to coincide with its release on iTunes. Despite the title, the latest tune off her upcoming album Red is up-tempo to the point of being almost a rock anthem. It opens with a driving beat and a guitar riff. Swift, 22, who is happily dating Kennedy clan offspring Conor Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., says the song is about the moment two people fall in love...

Taylor Swift Covers Rolling Stone's Hot List Issue (photo)

Taylor Swift, has landed on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s yearly “hot issue.” Already the queen of country music, she’s fast becoming the queen of heartbreak. Swift spins her own special brand of teen angst over makeups, breakups and finding true love. Her music has catapulted her to the top of the charts and made her today’s biggest cross over artists. Despite the histrionics, fashion flamboyance and cooked up melodrama of other singers like Rihanna and Lady Gaga, Swift’s down-home sexuality and girly girl persona is proving to be just as captivating....

Taylor Swift Full Version of 'I Knew You Were Trouble' Out (Listen!)

Taylor Swift’s full-version of her new single “I Knew You Were Trouble,” has gone viral on the Internet after it was released on iTunes at midnight. It looks like ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal takes another shot in the kisser for doing her wrong. She might as well dedicate her entire upcoming album “Red” to him, or at least give him a co-writing credit. Swift previewed the third single from the album yesterday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” It’s another broken heart song like her two previous releases from the album. ...

Taylor Swift Sees Red in New Song from Upcoming Album (listen)

Taylor Swift is beating up on her ex-boyfriends again in the latest song from her upcoming album “Red.” Released today, the song, aptly titled “Red,” is about getting over a guy who treats you badly. Is this another jab at Jake Gyllenhaal? Taylor sings about the thrill of falling in love and likens it to driving a Maserati down a dead-end street. Ouch! You guessed it; the relationship ends abruptly in a major crack up....

Taylor Swift's 'Begin Again' Laments Another Love Lost (listen!)

Taylor Swift has released the second single “Begin Again,” from her upcoming album. It’s another haunting ballad about love gone bad that has been spawned by one of her soured relationships. The question is, which one? Swift, whose music is often inspired by her real-life relationships, is known for her songs that sting her ex-boyfriends for doing her wrong. Her first single off the album, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” touched off speculation, once again, over the target of her venomous putdown, with ex-flame Jake Gyllenhaal emerging as the odds on favorite....