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Brian Mansfield

Covers:  american idol, alternative music, rock music, country music, pop music, music festivals, music reviews
Doesn't Cover: business, local, health

All-around music geek. Nashville native. Soon-to-be content director @shorefire.

Brian Mansfield's Biography

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

Also write and produce 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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Third time's the charm for the Dead Weather — If she was, she might be able to tour in support of the group's third album, Dodge and Burn, which comes out Friday. She'd also have time to finish her next album with her primary band, The Kills, and tour that record, too.
Sep 25, 2015

Photoshop users should get a kick out of the title of the Dead Weather's new album:

On the Verge: Nathaniel Rateliff — This week in On the Verge, USA TODAY's spotlight on breakthrough artists, Brian Mansfield talks to Nathaniel Rateliff, frontman of the retro-soul outfit Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Son of a ... "I've been playing music for years and years," says Nathaniel Rateliff, the frontman for the Denver-based band Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, currently enjoying a career record with S.O.B.
Sep 25, 2015

RT @USATODAY: . @brian_mansfield talks to frontman of @NRateliff & The Night Sweats (Photo: Malia James)…

Don Henley: Music 'keeps me from going nuts' — NASHVILLE - In No, Thank You, a song from his new Cass County album, Don Henley offers his perspective on days gone by: "Though nostalgia is fine, I respectfully decline to spend my future in the past."
Sep 23, 2015

My interview with Don Henley about his new "Cass County" album, out Friday, was one of my favorite that I've done.

Q&A: George Strait on 'Cold Beer,' Vegas — Maybe George Strait got rid of a little too much stress. When he came off the road in June 2014, having played the final show of his two-year The Cowboy Rides Away Tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, "the stress level totally dropped."
Sep 22, 2015

In our interview today, @GeorgeStrait said those four #StraitToVegas shows could grow in number if tickets sell well:

Strait announces surprise album, Vegas shows — The cowboy's ready to ride again. George Strait will drop a new album, Cold Beer Conversation, on Friday, with the title track going to radio tomorrow. The album will be available exclusively through WalMart and Apple Music.
Sep 22, 2015

George Strait announces surprise album for Friday, Vegas shows for 2016. via @usatodaylife

How Ryan Adams wound up covering Taylor Swift's '1989' — Before Ryan Adams considered covering a Taylor Swift album, he wrote a song with her. Adams, who released a track-by-track remake of Swift's blockbuster 1989 Monday, got a call from Swift while she was writing songs for her 2012 album Red, asking if they could work on a song together.
Sep 21, 2015

Sure you knew @TheRyanAdams covered @TaylorSwift13's #1989—but did you know they wrote a song in the pre-"Red" days?…

Sep 21, 2015

Wait—is #1989 @TheRyanAdams' Break Up Album? "I suppose there's some of that in there." via @usatoday @TaylorSwift13

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Three weeks at No. 1 for The Weeknd album — The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness stays at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart this week, only the second time this year an album has had a three-week run at the top spot. According to , Taylor Swift's 1989 had 11 non-consecutive weeks at No.
Sep 21, 2015

Three straight weeks at No. 1 for @TheWeeknd. The last album to do that – @TaylorSwift13's #1989 via @usatodaylife

The Weeknd stays at No. 1 for second week — Once again, The Weeknd has the most popular album in the land. Beauty Behind the Madness remains atop the Billboard albums chart this week. Beauty Behind the Madness wasn't the week's top seller, but when Billboard factored in on-demand streaming and individual track sales, it ranked higher than the latest from Five Finger Death Punch.

Brett Eldredge ups his game with 'Illinois' — Almost as along as he'd been a country singer, Brett Eldredge had heard the adage: "You've got your whole life to make your first album and six months to make your second." So almost as soon as he released his 2013 debut Bring You Back, he was writing songs for a follow-up.
Sep 11, 2015

How @BrettEldredge avoided the sophomore slump with "Illinois," out today: via @usatoday

Of Mice & Men debuts 'Never Giving Up' video — Of Mice and Men premieres its video for Never Giving Up today at USA TODAY. In a second clip, singer Austin Carlile talks about the health issues that forced the group to cancel some dates on its summer tour. Carlile suffers from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue.
Sep 11, 2015

The @OMandM 'Never Giving Up' video premieres @usatoday, & @AustinCarlile addresses his tour-ending health issues:

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