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Tim McGraw Thinks You Should Give Taylor Swift More Credit

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 17:  Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw perform at the Bridgestone Arena on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage)

NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 17: Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw perform at the Bridgestone Arena on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage)

Tim McGraw doesn’t think Taylor Swift gets enough credit.

Tim has praised the former country music hitmaker for her “incredible” songwriting abilities and believes she’s one of a kind. He told PEOPLE magazine:

“Taylor Swift is one of the biggest artists in the world. She’s a very very talented artist.  And the thing I love about Taylor as much as anything is she’s an incredible songwriter and sometimes people don’t give her enough credit for her great talent as a songwriter. I think she’s one of those rare artists that come along once in a decade or so, that has as much talent.”

Meanwhile, earlier this month, the 25-year-old singer was presented with an honour at the Academy of Country Music Awards.  Taylor’s mother Andrea Finlay – who was recently diagnosed with cancer – was on hand to present the award to her daughter.

Introducing Taylor, she said:

“I’ve watched this milestone artist from the time she was a tangled hair little girl growing up on our farm, full of imagination and creativity. And ever since then, her favourite thing in the world to do has been to write a song, tell a story, play a guitar, or a piano. And I’ve seen those things carry her through every emotion, every experience in her life. Good or bad.  I’d like to thank the ACMs for honouring her in this way. But I’d also like to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her. And [to] the fans, I know you love her as I love her, And for that I thank you eternally. I am a very proud mom.”

Taylor Swift Shares Her Moms Cancer Diagnosis with Fans

 

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s mom has cancer.  Taylor took to her Tumblr page she had asked her mother to see her doctors as a Christmas gift. She says there were no red flags then, but results came back that indicated cancer.

Taylor says her mother wants to keep the details private but her mother also wanted fans to know. Taylor’s mom has been a favorite among fans and will often take photos with them. Taylor encouraged her fans to remind their parents to get checkups.

via Taylor Swift Tumblr

Just so you know…

Hey guys,

I’m writing to you with an update I wish I wasn’t giving you, but it’s important and I’m used to sharing important events in my life with you. Usually when things happen to me, I process them and then write music about how I feel, and you hear it much later. This is something my family and I thought you should know about now.

For Christmas this year, I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor to get screened for any health issues, just to ease some worries of mine. She agreed, and went in to get checked. There were no red flags and she felt perfectly fine, but she did it just to get me and my brother off her case about it.

The results came in, and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer. I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know.

She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they’ve got going on to go to the doctor, and maybe you reminding them to go get checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle… Or peace of mind in knowing that they’re healthy and there’s nothing to worry about. She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight.

Thank you for caring about my family so much that she would want me to share this information with you.
I hope and pray that you never get news like this.

Love you.
Taylor

Taylor Swift Gets Apology From Princeton Review

Fifteen

The Princeton Review is acknowledging its mistake to Taylor Swift. A fan had sent Taylor a sample question from a Princeton Review SAT prep book using her song “Fifteen” as an example of poor grammar. The question had the lyric as “Somebody tells you they love you, you got to believe ’em.” It’s actually “Somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe ’em.” Taylor’s response to the fan, “Not the right lyrics at all pssshhhh. You had one job, test people. One job.”

Princeton Review has tweeted an apology to Taylor and asked her to choose a grammar fan for two tickets to one of her shows, on the company’s dime.

Technically, the grammar in the correct lyric is still wrong. Proper English would be, “If somebody tells you he or she loves you, you’re going to believe him or her.”

Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour Kicks Off with Huge Surprises

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour kicked off last night in Nashville and he kept fans partying until after midnight with a set that lasted over 3 hours!

Kicking off the party were Chase Rice and Jake Owen.  Jake isn’t new to the big stage and there was not an empty seat in the house when his bare feet and smokin’ hot new haircut took the stage for his always high energy set!

Kenny – clad in a dark sleeveless Grace Potter and the Nocturnals t-shirt – hit Nashville like a house a-fire. From the opening of the New Orleans funeral drum corps/street preacher noir film until the last ringing note of Joe Walsh’s hard-charging “All Night Long,” the East Tennessean showed how much he missed the fans since he walked offstage after two sold-out nights at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium in 2013.

In a 36 song set that took 13 songs to get to a ballad, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year relentlessly moved across the stage, held the center, engaged the fans and delivered the kind of impassioned performance that made Chesney the only Country Artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years. Opening with “Drink It Up” from his 13th #1 The Big Revival, the show was a romp featuring not just his hits but many of his guests’ best loved songs.

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

Taylor Swift took the stage as the living embodiment of everything Chesney’s girl-with-a-dream “Big Star” represents, singing hard and showing off an explosive power in her delivery. As the song swung into its final verse, the pair swept a young girl out of the audience and with a nod to the future, let her help sing the final chorus.

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

That spirit of friendship permeated. Grace Potter emerged from the shadows, providing yearning harmonies on the current single “Wild Child.” She would return to kick-off the night’s six-song encore, just Chesney and a pair of guitars on the yearning “You & Tequila.” Uncle Kracker reprised the pair’s six week #1, “When the Sun Goes Down,” then performed his breakthrough “Follow Me” and the 28-week Adult Contemporary #1 cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away.”

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

There were redneck songwriters – David Lee Murphy, who wrote “Living In Fast Forward,” “Pirate Flag,” “Flora-Bama,” performed his #1 “Dust on the Bottle,” as well as “Party Crowd” from his gold 1994 debut Out With A Bang. There were Rock and Roll Hall of Famers – Joe Walsh, who not only led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to the headliner, but scorched “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “All Night Long” and “Life’s Been Good” with a ferocity that scalded the AOR classics.

There were nakedly intimate moments: Chesney and guitar on his signature “Old Blue Chair,” alone in a spotlight on the thrust with only Wyatt Beard on keyboards for the multiple week #1 “There Goes My Life.” For “Anything But Mine,” the paean to a summer love, so many fans held lighters and cell phones with flames aloft, the crowd was almost brighter than the stage.

“Rock Bottom” hit hard. Later newcomer Harmoni Kelley McCarty’s feverish take on AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” exploded into the GRAMMY-nominated “American Kids.”

Kenny is a huge sell out when it comes to tours, having no problem selling out stadiums all over.  Stadium shows to me, are not as much fun normally.  They usually leave the fans feeling a sense of disconnect because of the massive space between the artists and the fans.  But I must admit, after seeing many different artists perform on that stage in Nashville over the years Bridgestone Arena didn’t feel large enough to hold what Kenny Chesney gave to his fans last night.

With two sold-out Bridgestone Arena shows starting his The Big Revival 2015 Tour, Chesney is already leaning into summer with a vengeance. His Corona Light sponsored tour finds him playing 55 dates, including 22 stadiums between now and the end of August – and it looks like the man The Wall Street Journal called “The King of the Road” has no plans to secede his crown.

That crowd was awesome,” Chesney enthused. “Talk about the greatest birthday present! Hearing them sing those songs back at me: it’s why the No Shoes Nation rocks. Nobody loves music like they do, and I am always amazed by how hard they throw that energy at us.”

Kenny plays Bridgestone Arena again tonight before moving on to Columbia, S.C., Saturday.

Keep up with Kenny online at KennyChesney.com and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @kennychesney.

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