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Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift Set for Chart Battle

August 20, 2014

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj didn't even hit the charts this week, but both established a blueprint (or, you know, a pinkprint) for the fall record-buying schedule. If they sell as well as gigantic pop stars ought to sell, maybe they can reverse...

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31 Most Outrageous VMAs Moments Ever

August 20, 2014

Since their 1984 debut, the Video Music Awards have thrived on being the unpredictable younger sibling of America's awards-show family — and the fact that they're 31 years old this year hasn't slowed down their penchant for causing headlines and...

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The Everything Index: Taylor Swift Shakes It to #1

August 19, 2014

Welcome to the Rolling Stone Everything Index, where we rank the week's pop-culture power players, movers and shakers...whether they like it or not. In our latest installment, we've got the triumphant (and possibly racist) return of Taylor Swift, some...

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Taylor Swift Debuts New Single 'Shake It Off'

August 18, 2014

After a week of dropping hints, Taylor Swift finally hired a skywriting plane last Friday to spell out "TAYLOR SWIFT 8/18 5PM YAHOO" above New York City, suggesting to fans that the "22" singer might finally be dropping some new music from her much-anticipated...

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Taylor Swift Provides a Haunting Piano Lesson in 'The Giver'

August 10, 2014

Taylor Swift is about to hit the big screen alongside Jeff Bridges in The Giver, and a new clip from the film gives an early look at her eerie role. Swift appears in the clip as a brunette, holographic apparition playing the piano and doing a...

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Toby Keith Is Country's Highest Paid Star

July 28, 2014

How do you like him now? For the second year in a row, Toby Keith has topped Forbes magazine's list of the highest paid country artists. Keith's bounty this year? A cool $65 million. The hefty sum is derived from profits from Keith's own record label,...

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The Everything Index: Taylor Swift is Here to Save the Day

July 8, 2014

Right now, in the Rolling Stone Everything Index: Taylor Swift has a plan to save the music industry – optimism! – and a drunk lady inspires millions by stealing a horse. Imagine if those two were reversed. The Everything Index: Nicki Minaj...

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Break-ups, Make-Ups, and Takedowns: The Best of Taylor Swift

June 25, 2014

Sometimes sweet, sometimes scornful, country-pop megastar Swift always sings what's on her mind — and what's in her heart. And while it's nearly impossible to condense all of her heart-stung hits into one list, this collection brings together her...

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Three Arrested Outside Taylor Swift's Beach House

June 18, 2014

Three Rhode Island residents were charged with throwing beer bottles and hurling expletives at security officers patrolling outside the Watch Hill village property of country-pop superstar Taylor Swift on Sunday (June 15th). See Where Taylor Falls on...

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Taylor Swift Cancels Thailand Concert

May 27, 2014

Taylor Swift has canceled what would have been her first show in Thailand following a military coup in the country last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm sending my love to the fans in Thailand," Swift wrote on Twitter. "I'm so sad about...

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Inside the Country Hall of Fame Expansion

April 14, 2014

It's pretty easy to get lost in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum these days: On Tuesday, the institution will more than double its size with a $100 million, 210,000-square-foot expansion that will be unveiled in a ceremony featuring performances...

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Rob Sheffield on Beyonce, Queen of the Grammys

January 27, 2014

So: Beyoncé. Once and forever, Beyoncé. Let's raise a gold sippy cup to the queen of this and every night, Beyoncé. She owned the Grammys from the opening seconds of "Drunk in Love." Everybody knew her big number was going to slay,...

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Taylor Swift Puts on Braces for 'Tonight Show'

August 14, 2014

Taylor Swift and Jimmy Fallon broke out the scrunchies and dental gear on The Tonight Show Wednesday night for another installment of every teen girl's favorite (fake) show, "Ew!" Deep in the depths of a gloriously wood-paneled basement, host Sara...

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Taylor Swift Braces Up For Nerdy 'Tonight Show' Appearance

August 9, 2014

Taylor Swift is set to pay a visit to The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon later this week, and she kicked off the weekend by channeling her inner teen-nerd to give fans an advance taste of her appearance. Disguised behind thick glasses and braces...

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iHeartRadio Fest: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher

July 23, 2014

The fourth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival is shaping up to be a typically star-studded concert, featuring a litany of pop's biggest artists performing over the course of two days. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Mötley...

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Taylor Swift: 'Music Is Art, and Art Should be Paid for'

July 7, 2014

Taylor Swift, who describes herself as an "enthusiastic optimist," offered up a sunny outlook on the future of the music industry in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed. The success of recorded music, in her opinion, comes down to finding the proper price...

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Nashville's Female Legends and Their Musical Proteges

June 25, 2014

While creating art from life is not exclusive to one gender, in the last few years the ladies of country music have been resetting standards for introspective songwriting. This era of strong female lyricism harkens back to a golden age when the foremothers...

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Taylor Swift Meets Tim McGraw

May 28, 2014

Years before Taylor Swift topped the pop charts, won the CMA Entertainer of the Year award and appeared on Time's list of the world's 100 most influential people, the then 16-year-old made her debut with a poignant ode to love in the time of Tim McGraw,...

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Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift Score CMT Noms

May 5, 2014

From the aggressive "Kerosene" to the dreamy "Over You," Miranda Lambert has had a touch for making evocative music videos. And on June 4th, her latest, for nostalgic single "Automatic," may be the big winner at the CMT Music Awards. The clip was nominated...

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Swift, Chesney Top Billboard's Money-Maker List

March 11, 2014

Taylor Swift owned the top spot of Billboard's highest-paid musicians of 2013, raking in $39,699,576.60, which was plenty to best second and third place finishers Kenny Chesney and Justin Timberlake who earned $32,956,240.70 and $31,463,297.03. Using...

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