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Nashville, Tenn.
Senior Music Writer — USA Today
Covers:  american idol, alternative music, rock music, country music, pop music, music festivals, music reviews
Doesn't Cover: business, local, health

USA Today's senior music writer. Nashville native. All-around music geek. Motto of the modern journalist: Be cheap, fast and perfect.

Brian Mansfield's Biography

I cover country music, "American Idol" and whatever else strikes my fancy for USA TODAY.

Writer of USA TODAY's Idol Chatter blog.

Also write and produce the syndicated radio show "America's Opry Weekend" and Opry Country Classics, a live show, broadcast on WSM-AM, running Thursday nights in the spring and the fall at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

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Metallica to release Record Store Day cassette — For this year's Record Store Day, Metallica will release the seven-song demo that led to the band's first record deal. But the seven tracks won't be on vinyl, at least not initially - they'll be on cassette.

Kelly Clarkson announces summer tour — All the pieces of Kelly Clarkson's year are falling into place. Not only did she release her new album Piece by Piece today, she also announced her 2015 Piece by Piece Tour. The 36-city tour will begin July 11 in Hershey, Penn., and end Sept. 20 in Camden, N.J.

Clarkson's ready to grow in a 'Heartbeat' — NASHVILLE - Kelly Clarkson knew she'd found her single when she noticed her two stepchildren singing Heartbeat Song around the house. "They loved that song," Clarkson says of 13-year-old Savannah Blackstock and her brother, 8-year-old Seth, her husband Brandon Blackstock's children from his first marriage.

You’ll never see Danny and Sandy the same after this metal ‘Grease’ cover — If you love Grease, '80s metal and goofy covers, have we found the perfect video for you. A band called Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond has pulled off a note-perfect hair-metal spoof of You're the One That I Want, complete with a locker scene set at Our Lady of Perpetual Decimation High School.

How pregnancy shaped Kelly Clarkson's album — NASHVILLE - Kelly Clarkson hated being pregnant, but she loves being a mom. "I pop out magical children," says the singer, 32, who gave birth to her first baby, daughter River Rose Blackstock, last June. "Everybody said it was going to be really hard, working mom and chaotic, and that I wouldn't be able to fit everything in.

Carlile warms to 'Firewatcher's Daughter' — "Nothing scares me more than the stranger at my door who I fail to give shelter, time and worth," Brandi Carlile sings on the song that gives her new album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, its title.

Kanye West just announced his new album — With all the music Kanye West has been premiering lately, you know a new album had to be in the works. The rapper announced title of the album, So Help Me God, and what might be the album art - a Catholic symbol representing the Virgin Mary - with two tweets spaced five minutes apart Saturday night.

Listen to these albums before February ends — February may be the shortest month, but there was no lack of great music released during its 28 days - and that's beyond high-profile titles from the likes of Drake, Imagine Dragons and Bob Dylan. Brian Mansfield and Patrick Ryan have identified some of the month's lesser-known highlights.

Keith Urban plays late-night show at the Ryman — NASHVILLE - "Thank you for staying up late," Keith Urban told the thousand or so people at the Ryman Auditorium for an invitation-only show that began shortly after midnight Friday morning. The 12-song concert, one of the activities surround this week's Country Radio Seminar, offered the opportunity to see the singer and American Idol judge in an intimate, relaxed setting.

Eric Church gets his own SiriusXM show — Eric Church gets his own show on SiriusXM starting tonight. Outsiders Radio, a monthly show premiering the last Friday night of each month at 10 p.m. ET, will air on The Highway, the subscription-based satellite radio service's channel for new country music.
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Mar 03, 2015

What songs from "Piece by Piece" will @Kelly_Clarkson be performing on her summer tour? via @usatoday

Mar 03, 2015

RT @DawnDelvo: Hey @brian_mansfield @KelseaBallerini is on @bobbybonesshow show doing her 90s mash up & your interview is ringing in my ear…

Mar 03, 2015

How @Kelly_Clarkson picked her single. And why she DIDN'T cut a duet with @Sia. via @usatoday

Mar 02, 2015

RT @briantruitt: You better shape up because this the most metal cover of You're the One That I Want ever via @brian_mansfield

Mar 02, 2015

You'll never see Danny & Sandy the same after this heavy-metal 'Grease' cover via @usatodaylife

Mar 02, 2015

Review: @BrandiCarlile warms to 'The Firewatcher's Daughter' via @usatoday

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