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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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Taylor Swift back at No. 1 for Christmas — Taylor Swift's 1989 is back at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart. And this time next week, it likely will be the year's top-selling album. After a week where J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive knocked her to No. 2 on the chart, Swift is back on top, her sixth non-consecutive week at No.

Musician of the Year: Taylor Swift — Who: Taylor Swift, 25, musician Why: With the deliberate embrace of a new city (New York) and a new sound (unapologetic pop), Swift conquered music mainstream this year. If Taylor Swift wasn't the world's biggest pop star at the beginning of 2014, she certainly was by the end.

Song of the week: Madonna's 'Living for Love' — Madonna gets into the groove with her latest single, Living for Love, a confident house track that's the lead single from her forthcoming Rebel Heart album, due in March. One of six Rebel Heart tracks released over the weekend, Living for Love is so optimistic, so self-assured, it may not be immediately apparent it's a post-breakup song.

Playlist: What's Brian Mansfield listening to? — Ten intriguing holiday tracks found during the week's listening. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Sam Smith Smith can wish someone a merry Christmas and still sound like he'll spend his curled up in the corner of a dark room.

Joe Cocker, 1944-2014

Brian Mansfield's top 5 albums of 2014 — USA TODAY's senior music writer Brian Mansfield picks his five favorites of the year. 1. Taylor Swift, 1989 The most amazing thing about Swift isn't her global pop dominance, her knack for writing insanely catchy hooks or her ability to still look surprised when she wins an award.

USA TODAY Album of the Year: Taylor Swift's '1989' — Albums still matter - if you're Taylor Swift and her fans. Swift's fifth album, 1989, dominated 2014 in a way few others have monopolized previous years. By the time Swift released 1989 on Oct.

Beyoncé drops short film, 'Yours and Mine' — A year ago Saturday, Beyoncé surprised everybody when she suddenly released Beyoncé . She doesn't have a similar surprise like that this year (at least we don't think she does), but she has released a short film called Yours and Mine to mark the one year anniversary of her album.

Music merch to match your holiday spirit — As the holidays hit, some singers and music acts are getting into the seasonal spirit by updating their merchandise, all so you can swap out that plain T-shirt for festive sweaters, scarves and ornaments. Here are a few of our favorite things.

Review: Charli XCX's no 'Sucker' on new album — Throughout this year, women from Ariana Grande to Iggy Azalea to Taylor Swift have dominated the charts, dictating the course of pop music with their new albums. Charli XCX's (* * * out of four), Sucker streaming now on iTunes in advance of its Dec.
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Dec 25, 2014

@tayswiftsgroom I can safely say that's the first time I've been compared to @PerezHilton. As far as I know. @taylorswift13 @USATODAY

Dec 24, 2014

How did I almost get through the holidays w/o hearing Farmer Jason's All I Want For Christmas (Is a Punk Rock Skunk)?…

Dec 24, 2014

@OFFICIAL_TAY_AU Thanks you so much for that. And Merry Christmas to you, too! (I guess it already is there, isn't it?)

Dec 24, 2014

@_SeyeS The other 300,000 or so sales came in 2013. So '1989' will have the most sales in 2014.

Dec 24, 2014

"@Dougee4u @taylorswift13 Will 1989 be eligible for a Grammy next year?" Yes. It missed this year's cut-off date by about a month.

Dec 24, 2014

@cattiehallway We did. I'm going to post pictures on Facebook in a little bit!

Dec 24, 2014

Just in time for Christmas: @TaylorSwift13's '1989' returns to No. 1. via @usatoday

Dec 24, 2014

By this time next week, @TaylorSwift13's '1989' officially will be the top-selling album in 2014. #MarkMyWords

Dec 24, 2014

RT @swiiift13: @brian_mansfield you are the 2nd best writer ever!!! (Of course Taylor's #1 haha) but seriously, you are great!

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