TAYLOR SWIFT SIMULTANEOUSLY HITS #1 ON THE COUNTRY AND POP CHARTS -- TOPS COUNTRY CHART THIS WEEK WITH “BEGIN AGAIN” AND SPENDS 6TH WEEK AT #1 ON THE POP CHART WITH “I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE.” Nashville, TN – February 27, 2013 –Taylor Swift holds the #1 position at the top of both the Country and Pop radio airplay charts this week -- with two different singles from her 5X-Platinum plus album RED, released on Big Machine Records. “Begin Again,” the second song released to Country radio from RED, scores the #1 position this week atop the Country Aircheck/Mediabase Country chart, reaching a U.S. airplay audience of more than 50 million radio listeners. At Pop radio, Taylor is currently in her 6th consecutive week at #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart and in her 5th consecutive week at #1 on the Mediabase Pop chart with “I Knew You Were Trouble.”, her second global Pop chart-topper from RED. “Begin Again” and “Trouble” have each reached #1 on both the all-genre and country iTunes singles sales charts. Both followed the release of RED’s lead single, the international Pop and Country #1 smash “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Taylor will kick off her highly-anticipated The RED Tour just two weeks from today – March 13th, in Omaha, Nebraska. The North American portion of The RED Tour will include 13 stadium stops, for a total of 66 shows in 47 cities in 29 states and 3 provinces spanning 6 months in 2013. As previously announced, acclaimed singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, whose duet with Taylor from her RED album, “Everything Has Changed,” reached the #1 position atop the iTunes all-genre Top Songs chart, will be a special guest on all of the shows on the tour. In addition, Austin Mahone will perform on each of the tour’s 13 stadium stops. Today, Taylor announced that she has added four new guest artists to The RED Tour: Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, and Casey James. Ø Just 20 years old, Show Dog-Universal Music’s Joel Crouse wrote his first song at the age of 14, started a band when he was 15, graduated from high school at the age of 16 and was signed to his record deal not long after his 19th birthday. Crouse recently released his first single, “If You Want Some,” to country radio—which he co-penned with acclaimed songwriter Luke Laird and his producer Jamie Houston—from his forthcoming yet-to-be-titled summer debut album. www.joelcrouse.com Ø Brett Eldredge has always felt the passion to perform, and with his debut album slated to be released this year on Atlantic Records and his infectious new single “Don’t Ya” making an impact at radio now, this Illinois native is poised for a breakout. Whether impressing audiences with his powerhouse vocals or displaying his unique sense of humor on Twitter, Eldredge’s contagious energy continues to inspire his rapidly-increasing fan base. www.bretteldredge.com Ø Since releasing their multi-week #1, double-Platinum debut single, “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line has exploded on to the country music scene, gaining the attention of fans and superstars alike with their fresh combination of eclectic beats and expressive lyrics. Their Republic Nashville debut album, Here’s To The Good Times, earned the highest debut album sales of 2012 for a new Country artist. www.FloridaGeorgiaLine.com Ø A native of Cool, Texas, Casey James was born into a musical family and has been singing longer than he’s been talking and has been playing in bands since high school. A 3rd place finisher on American Idol, Casey wrote eight of the songs on his self-titled 19/Columbia Nashville debut album, which debuted at #2 on SoundScan’s Country chart last year and has yielded the Top 20 single, "Lets Don't Call it A Night" and the current Top 15 hit, "Crying On A Suitcase.” www.caseyjamesofficial.com Ø 16 year-old Austin Mahone’s rise to stardom can be attributed to the inspiring drum set that appeared under the Christmas tree in his home town of La Vernia, Texas, when he was just six years old. Fast forward to 2010, Mahone started uploading his YouTube page covers of his favorite artists, and a massive following of "Mahomies" began to organically amass, resulting in more than 102 million YouTube views and 1.8 million followers on Twitter. www.austinmahone.com Ø Dubbed “the breakout star of 2013” by Billboard magazine, 22 year-old British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran recently performed his debut single “The A Team” with Sir Elton John at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, where the multi-format smash was nominated for Song of the Year. Sheeran’s follow-up single, “Lego House,” is already beginning its ascent up the charts, and both songs are featured on his debut album, “+”, which entered the UK Albums Chart at #1 and has since been certified 5x-platinum. “+” debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 upon its stateside release via Elektra Records last year. In addition to Ed Sheeran, these guest artists will open the following shows: DATE CITY GUEST ARTIST March 13 & 14 Omaha, Nebraska Brett Eldredge March 18 & 19 St. Louis, Missouri Brett Eldredge March 22 Charlotte, North Carolina Brett Eldredge March 23 Columbia, South Carolina Brett Eldredge March 27 & 28 & 29 Newark, New Jersey Florida Georgia Line April 10 Miami, Florida Brett Eldredge April 11 & 12 Orlando, Florida Brett Eldredge April 18 & 19 Atlanta, Georgia Brett Eldredge April 20 Tampa, Florida Brett Eldredge April 25 Cleveland, Ohio Brett Eldredge April 26 Indianapolis, Indiana Brett Eldredge April 27 Lexington, Kentucky Brett Eldredge May 4 Detroit, Michigan Austin Mahone and Brett Eldredge May 7 Louisville, Kentucky Florida Georgia Line May 8 Columbus, Ohio Florida Georgia Line May 11 & 12 Washington, DC Brett Eldredge May 16 Houston, Texas Brett Eldredge May 21 Austin, Texas Florida Georgia Line May 22 San Antonio, Texas Florida Georgia Line May 25 Dallas, Texas Austin Mahone and Florida Georgia Line May 28 & 29 Glendale, Arizona Joel Crouse June 1 Salt Lake City, Utah Joel Crouse June 2 Denver, Colorado Joel Crouse June 14 & 15 Toronto, Ontario Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse June 22 Winnipeg, Manitoba Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse June 25 & 26 Edmonton, Alberta Joel Crouse June 29 Vancouver, British Columbia Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse July 6 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse July 13 East Rutherford, New Jersey Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse July 19 & 20 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse July 26 & 27 Foxborough, Massachusetts Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse August 1 Des Moines, Iowa Florida Georgia Line August 2 & 3 Kansas City, Missouri Florida Georgia Line August 6 Wichita, Kansas Casey James August 7 Tulsa, Oklahoma Casey James August 10 Chicago, Illinois Austin Mahone and Casey James August 15 San Diego, California Casey James August 19, 20, 23 & 24 Los Angeles, California Casey James August 27 Sacramento, California Casey James August 30 Portland, Oregon Casey James August 31 Tacoma, Washington Casey James September 6 Fargo, North Dakota Casey James September 7 & 8 St. Paul, Minnesota Casey James September 12 Greensboro, North Carolina Casey James September 13 Raleigh, North Carolina Casey James September 14 Charlottesville, Virginia Casey James September 19, 20 & 21 Nashville, Tennessee Casey James A complete listing of tour dates is available at www.taylorswift.com. The RED Tour will be produced and promoted by The Messina Group (TMG). At Taylor’s request, every show includes tickets priced at under $50. The tour activation partners are American Greetings, Diet Coke, Keds, and Taylor Swift Fragrance. All will be on the road with The RED Tour, bringing fun experiences and opportunities to fans at each show. Earlier this month, Taylor won her 7th career GRAMMY award, bringing home GRAMMY gold for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Safe & Sound” from The Hunger Games. Taylor is featured on the cover of the March issue of ELLE and the April cover of InStyle UK.
Entertainment reporter based in Nashville..updates on music,movies and everything else that could go on around the music community. Nashville news and commentary.