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Taylor Swift Teases New Album Details

After taking home the 2013 Artist of the Year trophy at this year’s American Music Awards, Taylor Swift is already dropping hints about her follow up to 2012′s Red.

Speaking to Billboard associate director of charts Keith Caulfield, Swift said, ”We got a lot already. There are probably seven or eight [songs] that I know I want on the record. It’s really ahead of schedule for me. I’m just stoked because it’s already evolved into a new sound, and that’s all I wanted. And I would have taken two years to make that happen, but it just kind of happened naturally, so that’s all I could really ask for.”

Swift also took home the awards for Country Album of the Year and Favorite Female Country Artist.  Check out the full list of winners here.

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Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift Take Home Billboard Touring Awards

Last night marked the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards as heavyweights Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, P!nk, The Rolling Stones, One Direction, and George Strait all took home some of the night’s top honors. Based heavily on the Billboard Boxscore chart and box office performances between October 1, 2012, and September 30, 2013, the awards saw industry veteran Bon Jovi win Top Tour and Top Draw, while Taylor Swift’s raved about Red tour (featuring Ed Sheeran) was named Top Package.

Check out the full list of winners below, and let us know in the comments who had your vote.

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Taylor Swift Debuts New Single “Sweeter Than Fiction”

Just over a year since her last studio release, country-turned-pop sensation Taylor Swift has just released a new single titled “Sweeter Than Fiction.”

When most people think of Taylor Swift the first thing that usually comes to mind is her penchant for detailing in song her failed relationships. The title “Sweeter Than Fiction” might suggest this track is par for the course, but that could not be further from the case. Swift sings from the perspective of a fan who believed in someone’s talent long before anyone else caught on. It’s uplifting without being hokey, and from a musical perspective, introduces a heavy ’80s influence. You can stream the single below.

Before anyone gets too excited about Swift’s return to the studio, it should be noted that this song is not intended for Taylor’s next album. In fact, it’s the first song to be released from the forthcoming film One Chance, which tells the story of Paul Potts, the down-on-his-luck store clerk who became an opera-singing sensation after winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2007. No release date for the soundtrack has been set, but the film is due to debut stateside before the end of 2013. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on Taylor’s latest. Continue reading ‘Taylor Swift Debuts New Single “Sweeter Than Fiction”’

Tim McGraw Returns To The Studio, Reveals Faith Hill Has Too

Country legend Tim McGraw is a music-making machine. He’s released a dozen albums in his career and, according to a recent interview with Billboard, he’s got another on the way.

Speaking while in Las Vegas for the iHeart Radio Music Festival this past weekend, McGraw recently revealed to that he is already a few weeks into production on new material.

“I’ve actually been in the studio over the last couple weeks,” McGraw said backstage at the MGM Grand Arena. “I don’t know when we’ll have it out, but I’ve just been putting a lot of work that in that process where I’m sort of in the dungeon singing when I get the chance.” Continue reading ‘Tim McGraw Returns To The Studio, Reveals Faith Hill Has Too’

Coles Whalen: OurStage Artist Of The Week

Coles Whalen is our latest Artist of the Week here at OurStage. The country singer and songwriter has been on our Best of the Best charts for over 140 weeks, and perched at #1 on the Best of Country chart for the better part of that time. And it’s no surprise. Whalen’s voice is strong and commanding, but without the usual grit many singers employ when striving for power. Often delivering her lyrics in a kind of hushed whisper, they only come off as more insistent.

Whalen has just released her newest LP, Come Back, Come Back on XMG Records. It’s a collection of alternately seething and jubilant country songs. The Denver-based musician straddles the line between commercially accessible and alt-country, hitting the sweet spot for an artist possessing both soul and ambition. The lead single, “Catch Hold” captures this perfectly, with a flowing melody atop a clever arrangement that adds harmonies, banjo, shaker, and a subtle, phasey guitar solo to some roomy drums and bass as the song builds.

Having crossed the country many times, opening for the diverse likes of Rufus Wainwright, Paula Cole, and Joan Jett, Coles Whalen is no stranger to the road. Starting in May, she’ll be out again in support of the new record. Check out her tour dates below.
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#FreeTicketFriday Returns This Week At 1pm (EST)

Warm up your hashtag trigger finger, because this week Free Ticket Friday is back. Win free tickets to any US-based show you want (as long as we can get them – see official rules), just by tweeting at OurStage or interacting with us on Facebook. Yeah, we can’t believe it’s that easy either. Here’s what you have to do:


1. Follow @OurStage on Twitter.

2. Retweet the #FreeTicketFriday tweet (posted at 1PM on Fridays).


We’re also giving you the opportunity to win over Facebook:

1. Make sure to “like” the OurStage page.

2. Interact with our Facebook contest post (Like, Share, or Comment)

Once you interact with the contest links you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to the US-based concert of your choosing. Past winners have already snagged tickets to see Green DayMaroon 5The Killers at Madison Square Garden, and Jay-Z at one of his historic first shows at the Barclays Center. If you’re on Twitter or Facebook all the time anyway, why not win some free tickets while you’re at it?

Click here for the official rules.


George Jones’ Funeral Will Be Open To The Public

The loss of music legend George Jones is being felt around the world, so it only seems fitting that the celebration of his legacy be open to all who are in mourning.

According to a press release sent out Monday morning, a funeral for Jones will be open to the public this Thursday, May 2nd, at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. The service is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. (EST). In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund or to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family,” Jones’ publicist, Kirt Webster, said in a statement.

Everyone here at OurStage HQ has their own memory associated with Jones’ career. For some, he was the first artist they shared with their grandparents. For others, Jones was an inspirational tale of how one could be an outlaw, grappling with life’s struggles, and still find success in mainstream America. Whatever he was to you, we’d love to hear it. Comment below and let us know what the life of George Jones meant to you. Continue reading ‘George Jones’ Funeral Will Be Open To The Public’

R.I.P. Country Star Mindy McCready

Tragic news this morning, as we have recently learned Country songstress Mindy McCready died yesterday at the age of 37.

McCready, known mostly for her strong of hits in the mid-90s, reportedly shot and killed herself last night at her Arkansas home; her body was found on her front porch by local authorities. She is survived by two children, Zander and Zayne.

More information on McCready’s death can be found on PopDust.

Losing a member of the music community at any age is hard, especially when there is children involved. Please join us in honoring McCready’s career by clicking below and enjoy her hit, “Guys Do It All The Time.” Continue reading ‘R.I.P. Country Star Mindy McCready’

Line-up for Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival: The ABC’s

Wilco‘s Solid Sound Festival is announcing the line-up for their Solid Sound Festival over the course of the alphabet. That is, they are slowly posting the names of the acts in alphabetical order over on their Facebook page.

E is for expecting the “E” band in a few minutes. I’m very excited for “L” and I’ll tell you why as soon as we get there…
UPDATE: It’s because L is for Lucius, a band we love, and we’re doing an exclusive recording session with them tomorrow.

Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

I wonder how long country music awards shows think they’re going to be able to claim Taylor Swift as a country artist. I think that train has sailed. Swift was among this year’s nominees for Album of the Year at the Country Music Awards for her shit-kickin’, twang fest Red, and garnered four other nominations, including Entertainer of the Year. Miranda Lambert, another Entertainer of the Year nominee, ties Swift with a total of five nominations.

The big leaders, though, are Eric Church, with seven nominations around his album Chief, and Hunter Hayes, with six, including Song of the Year and Single of the Year (because maybe the Song of the Year will be a deep cut, right?) for his song “Wanted.”

The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on April 7th and will be hosted this year by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.

See the full list of nominees below.

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