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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.
http://usatoday.com/life/music/

Writer of USA TODAY's Idol Chatter blog.
http://idolchatter.usatoday.com

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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Chris Isaak cut new album in Nashville

usatoday.com — NASHVILLE - The first time Chris Isaak came to Nashville, he sang with his brother at an empty Ryman Auditorium. There, on a stage that had been frequented by the likes of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, the Isaak brothers sang Stonewall Jackson's country hit Don't Be Angry .
Sep 02, 2015

Talking w/@ChrisIsaak about "First Comes the Night," his first album of new songs in 6 years, cut in Nashville: usat.ly/1EyN5wf

Chris Young's comin' over with November album

usatoday.com — Funny thing: Country singer Chris Young got his latest single, I'm Comin' Over, because he and another songwriter couldn't make time to write. Young says he and Josh Hoge talked and talked about writing together but never did until Hoge suggested Young sit in on a writing session with another writer, Corey Crowder.

Hollywood Undead premiere 'Gravity' video

usatoday.com — The memories never end when gravity pulls you in. And Hollywood Undead is ready to pull you in with the video for new single Gravit , premiering at USA TODAY. Gravity is the latest single from the rap-rock group's fourth album, Day of the Dead, released in March.
Sep 01, 2015

It pulls you in: @HollywoodUndead premieres video for new single "Gravity." usatoday.com/story/life/mus… via @usatodaylife

'Immortalized' gives Disturbed fifth No. 1

usatoday.com — The members of Disturbed find themselves in the elite company of Madonna, Beyoncé, Eminem, Dave Matthews Band, U2 and Metallica this week. With the hard-rock group's Immortalized debuting atop the Billboard albums chart, the group becomes one of the few acts to have five albums enter the chart No. 1.

Jarre's new album unites electronic greats

usatoday.com — On one track on Jean Michel Jarre's forthcoming Electronica 1: The Time Machine album, the French musician uses almost a century's worth of electronic instruments. The first sounds on Close Your Eyes, a collaboration with French duo Air, emanate from a bank of oscillators, the kind used by electronic music pioneers Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Schaeffer during the '50s.
Aug 28, 2015

Into electronic music? You need to hear @JeanMichelJarre's 'Electronica 1.' @ArminVanBuuren @AirOfficial @M83news usat.ly/1F3kaLL

Aug 28, 2015

French music great Jean-Michel Jarre talks about new album ft. Pete Townsend/Vince Clarke/Moby/M83. usat.ly/1F3kaLL via @usatodaylife

Lemmy says Motörhead’s Stones cover beats original

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister isn't shy when its comes to assessing the version of the Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil Motorhead included on the group's new album Bad Magic. "I thought we beat them," the hard-rock trio's frontman says. "I thought we beat it to death.

Home Free mashes up 'Fishin' in the Dark'

usatoday.com — Home Free goes down home on their forthcoming Country Evolution album with a medley blending country hits from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Little Big Town. The Sing-Off winners' a cappella rendition of the Dirt Band's 1987 smash Fishin' in the Dark and Little Big Town's 2005 hit Boondocks premieres at USA TODAY.

New Avicii double-sided single is two kinds of awesome

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Here's something to get you through the Friday grind: Two brand-new tracks from EDM superstar Avicii. Avicii teams up with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Alex Ebert on For a Better Day, an uplifting, piano-based track. The more rhythmic Pure Grinding brings in hip-hop and soul influences, along with vocals from Swedish songwriter/producer Kristoffer Fogelmark and Earl St.

Virginia shootings: ad for The Vengeful One clip by metal band Disturbed pulled

smh.com.au — Still from Disturbed's 2015 song The Vengeful One. Photo: Disturbed / YouTube Warner Brothers has pulled a video ad for heavy metal band Disturbed in the wake of Wednesday's fatal on-air shooting of a TV reporter and her cameraman.

Shinedown premieres 'State of My Head'

usatoday.com — Shinedown doesn't lack for swagger on State of My Head, premiering at USA TODAY. "I'm not shaking when the earth starts quaking," vocalist Brent Smith sings on the track, which would sound almost militaristic if the groove didn't swing so much.
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Sep 02, 2015

A moment of mind-twisting, must-read brilliance—@TaylorSwift13: A Socratic Dialogue mcsweeneys.net/articles/taylo… via @fjordninja & @McSweeneys

Sep 02, 2015

Talking w/@ChrisIsaak about "First Comes the Night," his first album of new songs in 6 years, cut in Nashville: usat.ly/1EyN5wf

Sep 01, 2015

Agreed—though drugs have a way of eventually muddling the message. That's troubling, having seen it play out before. twitter.com/ryanbrymer/sta…

Sep 01, 2015

I've been wondering that myself lately. If you take a very long-range view, maybe. twitter.com/ryanbrymer/sta…

Sep 01, 2015

Thanks for sharing the album info with us, @ChrisYoungMusic! It's always good to talk with you. twitter.com/ChrisYoungMusi…

Sep 01, 2015

It pulls you in: @HollywoodUndead premieres video for new single "Gravity." usatoday.com/story/life/mus… via @usatodaylife


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