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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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Breaking Benjamin takes No. 1 album spot — A six-year wait leads to a revamped Breaking Benjamin getting its first No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart this week. Dark Before Dawn, the hard-rock group's fifth album and first since 2009's Dear Agony, outsold out the No. 2 album, pop singer Tori Kelly's Unbreakable Smile, by a factor of more than two to one.

Rolling Stones exhibition to open in London — London's Saatchi Gallery will host the first major Rolling Stones exhibition next year. Exhibitionism, opening April 6, 2016, and continuing through September, will feature more than 500 artifacts from the group dubbed 'The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band' spread across two floors of the gallery.

Will 'Move On' make Clare Dunn a star? — "If this all goes over well, it's going to be awesome," says Clare Dunn, who released her first major-label single, Move On, last week. "And if it doesn't, it's going to be completely my fault, because I've had complete control over all the music."

Warren Haynes plays Opry to plug new album — NASHVILLE - Having played on some of the world's biggest stages as guitarist for the Allman Brothers and leader of Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes had no good reason to think appearing before a few thousand people in Tennessee Saturday would throw him. "The whole day, I've been, like, not nervous and not nervous and not nervous," Haynes says.

Joy Williams finds a new voice with 'Venus' — Joy Williams got a late start on her new album because she was putting up decorations for her son Miles' first birthday party. As a result, she wasn't on time for the songwriting session that would yield Before I Sleep, the first song she wrote for Venus, out Tuesday.

Apple Music getting Taylor Swift's '1989' — Four days after informing Apple Music it couldn't stream her 1989 album, Taylor Swift has decided to let the service have it after all. In a series of Twitter posts Thursday, Swift said she would allow the service to stream her album, following Apple's decision to begin paying royalties during the three-month period in which customers can stream music without paying a $9.99 monthly fee.

Finally, James Taylor has a No. 1 album — It took him only 45 years, but James Taylor has a No. 1 album. Taylor's Befor e This World, his first studio release of new songs in 13 years, tops the Billboard albums chart this week. The album sold 96,000 albums, according to Nielsen Music, more than double the week's second top-seller, Adam Lambert's The Original High.

Pumpkins add original member for summer tour — "Heavy on the classics, heavy on the rock and heavy on the attitude." That's how Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan describes what concertgoers can expect from his upcoming co-headlining tour with Marilyn Manson. "Those shows are about 75, 80 minutes long, so you don't have a lot of time to get into the nuances," he says.

Report: Composer's plane crashes; one dead — A plane registered to well-known film composer James Horner crashed Monday morning near Santa Barbara, Calif. The pilot, the only person aboard the two-seater plane, was killed in the crash, according to TMZ. The pilot's identity has not been released, so it's not yet clear if Horner was flying the plane.

Pentatonix traces Michael Jackson’s musical evolution in six glorious a cappella minutes — In the past, Pentatonix has posted videos outlining the history of Beyoncé and music itself with their a cappella videos. Now, the five-member group, which goes on tour with Kelly Clarkson starting next month, turns its attention to the King of Pop.
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Jul 01, 2015

This week, @BreakingBenjamin gets its first No. 1 on the @Billboard albums chart, w/@ToriKelly #2, @KaceyMusgraves #3

Jul 01, 2015

"Exhibitionism," the 1st major @RollingStones exhibition, to open at London's @Saatchi_Gallery in April via @usatoday

Jun 30, 2015

Looking for a great mix for your 4th of July weekend? @JakeOwen has your summer jams @USATodayLife:

Jun 30, 2015

Watch the lyric video for "Move On," the great new single from @ClareDunnMusic, premiering today @USATodayLife

Jun 29, 2015

On Saturday, @TheWarrenHaynes made his @Opry debut to promote his forthcoming album 'Ashes & Dust.' via @usatoday

Jun 29, 2015

@andysuffion The other song that anthropomorphizes the coal industry is John Prine's "Paradise," w/"Mr. Peabody's coal car."

Jun 29, 2015

Great point—& N. Young works more out of Ochs' tradition. But even that needed the personal story to make it work.…

Jun 29, 2015

RT @tomlinsonclean: Bought Empires. Take a read from my friend @brian_mansfield Album of the week: Hillsong United via @USATODAY

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