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Taylor Swift Jammed with Oscar Winner Jeff Bridges on “The Giver” Movie Set

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Courtesy The Weinstein CompanyTaylor Swift is one of the stars of the much-anticipated movie The Giver, in which she appears opposite such acting heavyweights as Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. Not only did she bond with Bridges on set, but according to the Oscar-winning actor, they got to spend some of their downtime jamming.

Bridges is also a musician who’s recorded a few albums and toured. He told reporters at Comic-Con in San Diego this week, “Taylor was so terrific. Our scenes we had together, a lot of [them] were at a piano. So, …read more

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Is Garth Brooks Planning a Mini-Residency in Chicago?

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Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Schmidt RelationsTickets for Garth Brooks‘ first World Tour stop in Chicago go on sale Friday morning. So far, he’s only announced a Thursday, September 4 date at Allstate Arena, but fans can expect more shows to be added once that show sells out.

As it stands now, Garth’s show is the only event taking place at the Allstate Arena for a three-week period, starting August 24 and running through September 16. That means Garth’s Chicago engagement could potentially turn into a mini-residency.

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Kenny Rogers Giving In-Depth Interview at Country Music Hall of Fame August 16

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Image Courtesy Webster PRKenny Rogers will sit down for an in-depth interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville August 16 to celebrate the new exhibit, Kenny Rogers: Through the Years. If you can’t attend, you can watch the event live that day at 3:30 p.m. ET at CountryMusicHallofFame.org/streaming.

Kenny’s exhibit opens August 15 and runs through June 14, 2015.

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The Band Perry and Miranda Lambert Performing on “Fashion Rocks” September 9

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry and Miranda Lambert will celebrate the connection between style and music when performing at this year’s Fashion Rocks concert on CBS. The show airs live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday, September 9. Jennifer Lopez, Pittbull, Usher and KISS are among the other stars on the bill. Ryan Seacrest will host.

Look for even more stars to join the lineup in the coming weeks. If you want to be there in person, tickets go on sale Friday, August 1 through Ticketmaster.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Carrie Underwood‘s Oklahoma hometown? ANSWER: Checotah.

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New ACM Sweepstakes Lets Fans Play Fantasy Football with Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line and More

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Image Courtesy ACMFootball fanatics Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young and Little Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook are among the stars heading up fantasy football leagues this fall, and ACM Lifting Lives is giving you a chance to get in on the action.

The Academy of Country Music has partnered with CBSSports.com for a new celebrity fantasy football sweepstakes. One $5 donation to ACM Lifting Lives, the Academy’s charitable arm, is good for one entry into the sweepstakes. A few lucky winners will then be invited to join the games with country stars serving as …read more

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Jack White, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, John Mellencamp & Willie Nelson to Headline Farm Aid 2014

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Farm AidThis year’s Farm Aid benefit show will take place on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the lineup includes all the usual suspects, plus one new face: Jack White.

White will join Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young on the bill at the event, which takes place at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale August 1 at 10 a.m. ET. Others on the bill include country star Jamey Johnson, the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, and the group Delta Rae.

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Keith Urban Raises ‘Em Up with Birthday Boy Jerrod Niemann and Pal Brett Eldredge Starting Tonight

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s Raise ‘Em Up tour takes its name from the Eric Church duet on his latest album, Fuse. Keith felt the song’s anthemic feel and empowering lyrics captured how he feels about performing for his fans.

Says Keith, “I thought the essence and spirit of that song is really what playing live is all about for me. It’s a sense of community. It’s a sense of oneness. It’s a sense of optimism.”

Unfortunately, Eric won’t be on hand to sing “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith on this tour, but Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge will …read more

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Kenny Chesney’s Latest Hit, “American Kids,” Will Be a Cornerstone of His Upcoming Concert Set Lists

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Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney will most likely return to the concert trail in a big way next year, and his latest hit, “American Kids,” will be a centerpiece of his new live show. The song excites Kenny because it sounds unlike anything he’s put out in the past.

“It’s fun to have a melody that you may not have had before,” Kenny says. “It was kind of the same way I felt about ‘Somewhere with You’ when that first came out. I knew exactly where I was gonna put that song in …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHunter Hayes and band and crew took the bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo Tuesday on his current tour of Japan.

Carrie Underwood is playing both shows at the Grand Ole Opry this Friday night.

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