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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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Teens says Taylor Swift’s light bracelets saved their lives — She calls sick kids. She sends fans presents out of the blue. Now, apparently, the programmable LED bracelets fans get when they attend one of Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour concerts save lives. At least, that's what three teens are saying. But that's just what Elizabeth Dazzio and her sister, Caroline, are saying.

Twenty One Pilots, Swift rule 'Billboard' — Powered by raves about its live performances and steady sales of its previous album, Twenty One Pilots debuts atop the Billboard albums chart this week. The duo's album Blurryface entered the chart at No. 1, selling 134,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music.

U2 tour manager dies unexpectedly — U2's longtime tour manager Dennis Sheehan died overnight in a hotel room in Los Angeles, where the band is scheduled to play tonight. "We've lost a family member, we're still taking it in," Bono said in a statement on U2's website. "He wasn't just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band.

Rob Thomas releases new single 'Trust You' — For Trust You, the first single from Rob Thomas' upcoming solo album, the Matchbox Twenty frontman turned to one of his former opening acts: Ryan Tedder. Thomas and Tedder became friends when Tedder's OneRepublic opened for one of Thomas' solo tours. The two became friends when Tedder's OneRepublic opened a tour for one of Thomas' solo tours.

Song of the Week: Owen's 'Real Life' — Jake Owen, known for country hits like Barefoot Blue Jean Night and Beachin', goes away from the water for his new single, out Tuesday. In Real Life, Owen raps the verses in his Florida drawl, describing a community where "the prom queen had a plastic crown" but where people tip the rude Waffle House waitress because they empathize with her problems, and keep listening to the bad bar band because, well, girls like to dance.

Jake Owen talks about new single 'Real Life' — Jake Owen may not have written his new single, Real Life, but it says just what he wanted it to say. And it should have: He inspired it. Producers Shane McAnally and Ross Cooperman, wrote the song along with Ashley Gorley and Josh Osborne, after having a conversation with the singer of Beachin' and Barefoot Blue Jean Night about the direction he wanted new album to take.

Album of the week: Hillsong United — For a band that has been around nearly 20 years, Hillsong United has started to really get some attention lately. Formed in 1998 out of the youth ministry of Australia's massive Hillsong Church, the nine-member band dominated Christian music for much of 2013 and 2014 with the platinum-selling Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).

On the Road Again: George Thorogood — On the Road Again, USA TODAY's spotlight on artists on tour, this week looks at bluesy rockers George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Six-string extravaganza. When George Thorogood and the Destroyers hit the road with Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot! May 27 in Red Bank, N.J., concertgoers will get a double shot of rock-and-roll guitar.

Taylor Swift launches U.S. tour in Louisiana — BOSSIER CITY, La. - For Taylor Swift, Wednesday's show at the CenturyLink Center was the first completely realized presentation of her 1989 World Tour. Though she had played two concerts in Tokyo earlier in the month and another at Las Vegas' Rock in Rio last weekend, the sold-out Bossier City date put her fully in her element.

Hunter Hayes talks about new single, '21' — When Hunter Hayes first heard the song that became his new single, he knew the songwriters were on to something. Written by Nashville songwriters Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley, 21 begins streaming on Spotify and goes to country radio stations today. It will be available for digital download starting May 26.
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May 28, 2015

Mariah Carey & #AmericanIdol fans agree: The season she judged was the 'worst experience.' via @TheWrap

May 28, 2015

@katelyncrone No, I may try to hit a stadium show & Nashville, & that'll probably be it.

May 28, 2015

I've been there once or twice a week all year, & it looks radically different every time.…

May 28, 2015

RT @nickbaily: @brian_mansfield @taylorswift13 @usatodaylife if only Tony Soprano and Chris Moltesanti had those the series mighta ended differently

May 28, 2015

Teens say @TaylorSwift13's light bracelets saved their lives after Baton Rouge concert: via @usatodaylife

May 28, 2015

Wow! Teens says @TaylorSwift13's light bracelets saved their lives via @usatodaylife

May 27, 2015

Well, of course this was John Lennon's inspiration for the opening guitar riff in "I Feel Fine." ♫

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