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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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Allman Brothers say farewell at New York's Beacon

khou.com — The Allman Brothers capped a 45-year career with a four-hour, three-set show Tuesday at New York's Beacon Theater, a home away from home where they had played residencies for years. According to the New York Times' Ben Ratliff who attended and live-tweeted the show, "the mood registered somewhere between steady and spooky: the sound of a band under pressure but peaceful, almost as if it were playing for itself."

Taylor Swift does really nice thing for New York schools

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Taylor Swift's taking this New York City Global Welcome Ambassador thing seriously - and she wants to make more people than just tourists feel welcome. On Wednesday, the singer announced that she'll be donating the proceeds from Welcome to New York - the song that got her the ambassador gig - to New York City's public schools.

David Letterman thinks Taylor Swift is Mother Teresa

entertainthis.usatoday.com — David Letterman called Taylor Swift "Mother Teresa" after hearing her talk about inviting fans into her houses for the "1989 Secret Session" listening parties before her new album, 1989, came out.

Watch: Disney villains cover OneRepublic

khou.com — Who's the most evil Disney villain of them all? Classic baddies like Maleficent, Hades, Ursula, Captain Hook and Queen Grimhilde bow before the power of Mufasa's scheming sibling when they recast the OneRepublic hit Counting Stars as Counting Scars.

Song of the Week: Imagine Dragons' 'I Bet My Life'

khou.com — "I know I took the path that you would never want for me," Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds sings to his parents in I Bet My Life, the first single from his group's second album, due next year. "I gave you hell through all the years."

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usatoday.com — When you interview Jerry Lee Lewis, you go into it assuming some questions could get you shot. Rick Bragg braved the gun and Lewis' intimidating reputation to write Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story. It's a grand Southern tale about a proud man who once challenged Elvis Presley for the title of King of Rock 'n' Roll with combustive records like Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On!

Playlist: What's Brian Mansfield listening to?

usatoday.com — Ten intriguing tracks found in the week's listening: Geronimo, Sheppard A Marry Me lip-dub and an Ellen performance may finally spur this headstrong Australian hit to stateside success. Never Been in Love, Cobra Starship Starship builds bubblegum pop over Fatboy Slim's Praise You, with Icona Pop adding just the right amount of Bananarama.

Song of the Week: Imagine Dragons' 'I Bet My Life'

usatoday.com — "I know I took the path that you would never want for me," Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds sings to his parents in I Bet My Life, the first single from his group's second album, due next year. "I gave you hell through all the years."

Premiere: Donny Osmond's 'The Long and Winding Road'

usatoday.com — Whose autograph do you ask for if you're a Beatle? In the early '70s, the answer might very well have been Donny Osmond. In France in 1972, just as Puppy Love was flying up the charts, the 14-year-old Osmond answered a knock at his hotel-room door to find Paul McCartney and his daughter Mary standing there.

George Strait to return to CMA Awards

usatoday.com — George Strait may have retired from the road, but he'll perform at The 48th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville Nov. 5. The Country Music Hall of Famer, who finished his farewell tour in Dallas this June, will play The CMA Awards for the 24th time, more than any other performer.
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Oct 30, 2014

RT @iamMarkRonson: THIS IS FOR THE 1st SINGLE FROM MY NEW ALBUM. IT FEATURES @BrunoMars. CAN'T WAIT FOR U TO HEAR IT. HERE'S THE POSTER pic.twitter.com/kY5tYo60xC

Oct 30, 2014

"The Many New Voices Of @TaylorSwift13" by my friend Ann Powes @nprmusic: n.pr/1sLibUI

Oct 30, 2014

Showed the girls ONE episode of "Happy Days" on Hulu, now they won't stop singing that dang theme song.

Oct 29, 2014

@Calleeann @Swiftyfan4life Enjoyed meeting the two of you after the Jason Aldean/Bob Seger taping last night. Thanks for saying hi!

Oct 29, 2014

@Crobotband Just saw you're playing Clarksville Sunday. Unfortunately, I'm already committed elsewhere. #TooMuchMusicTooLittleTime

Oct 29, 2014

@lallen1212 @taylorswift13 I just posted something very similar with the photo on Instagram.

Oct 29, 2014

@ImaProudSwifty @taylorswift13 I had a cat once. She sharpened her claws on my album-jacket spines. My collection never recovered.

Oct 29, 2014

Can't decide if this means my puppy is not a @TaylorSwift13 fan or if he just thinks she might be delicious. pic.twitter.com/z9DF8mFOI8



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