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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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Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' keeps rising

usatoday.com — Take Me to Church has far exceeded Hozier's expectations for the song. The bluesy, sensual number is a hit that keeps on growing. After first getting airplay on alternative and AAA radio stations as far back as fall 2013, it has turned into a cross-format smash. Currently, it's No.

5 best Super Bowl halftimes: Our critic's picks

usatoday.com — Twelve minutes, 100 million viewers. Not to put undue pressure on Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz, but Super Bowl halftime performances can carve legacies in stone - or sink them like a rock. It's worth noting the Black Eyed Peas haven't released an album or a real hit single since 2011's Tron-inspired, glow-in-the-dark halftime debacle.

'We Are the World' at 30: 12 tales you might not know

usatoday.com — The all-star recording session for We Are the World, the biggest charity single of all time, took place 30 years ago Wednesday. On Jan. 28, 1985, at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood, following the American Music Awards, more than 40 artists gathered to record a song Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson had written to raise awareness of widespread, life-threatening poverty in Africa.

Sam Smith to pay Tom Petty royalties on 'Stay With Me'

hattiesburgamerican.com — Sam Smith will be sharing his songwriting royalties for Stay With Me with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. Shortly after the British singer's single came out last April, sharp-eared listeners noticed a similarity between Stay With Me and Petty's 1989 hit I Won't Back Down, which he wrote with Lynne.

Sam Smith to pay Tom Petty royalties on 'Stay With Me'

usatoday.com — Sam Smith will be sharing his songwriting royalties for Stay With Me with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. Shortly after the British singer's single came out last April, sharp-eared listeners noticed a similarity between Stay With Me and Petty's 1989 hit I Won't Back Down, which he wrote with Lynne.

Eddie Murphy, serious about music, records reggae song

usatoday.com — Eddie Murphy may be best known as an actor and comedian, but he spends most of his days working on music. "In my downtime, that's what I do all the time is music," says Murphy, who'll make his latest song, reggae tune Oh Jah Jah, available for digital download on Tuesday.

Meghan Trainor takes the No. 1 album 'Title'

usatoday.com — Meghan Trainor debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart this week. Title, which contains the Nashville-based singer's hits All About That Bass and Lips Are Movin, sold 195,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan - the biggest first week for the first album from a female artist in more than five years.

At least one ‘Fifty Shades’ sex scene didn’t make it into the movie

entertainthis.usatoday.com — When you're adapting a book like Fifty Shades of Grey into a movie, there are bound to be issues when it comes to deciding how much of the stuff the book told you're actually going to show.

Can someone explain why Kim Kardashian is wearing a fur bikini in the snow?!

entertainthis.usatoday.com — We thought we'd seen it all when it comes to the Kardashians, but there Kim goes, surprising us with her vapidity once again. We're not just being grumpy either. She posted pics of herself in the snow ... in a fur bikini ... designed by Kanye West.

‘The Flash’ made an amazing ‘Ghostbusters’ reference last night

entertainthis.usatoday.com — The Flash is back, guys! We couldn't be happier to see Barry and the whole gang after that reveal from mid-season finale. We're definitely entering a new phase of the show, which the episode demonstrates right off the bat when Barry's voice-over introduces him as not the fastest man alive.
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Jan 29, 2015

So I spent last Saturday watching #SuperBowl halftime shows. These were my favorites: usat.ly/1CzIzd2 Which were yours?

Jan 29, 2015

More than a year after its release, @Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' continues to grow in popularity. usat.ly/1K6UsrE via @usatoday

Jan 28, 2015

RT @_KennyRogers: 'We Are The World' celebrates 30 years today - read more from @USATODAY here: usat.ly/1zXPZY http://t.co/yMmyammZSa

Jan 27, 2015

RT @skhmusic: Great piece by @brian_mansfield with @_KennyRogers and others talking about "We Are the World" at 30: usat.ly/1JZC2cg via @usatoday



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