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Swift acts, runs contest

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 – Taylor Swift, who this week spends her 11th week at number 1 on Billboard's Top 200 all-genre sales album chart, guest stars tomorrow night on one of her all-time favorite TV shows, the top-rated CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

CSI airs nationwide on the CBS network at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This week's episode, titled "Turn, Turn, Turn," features Swift as Haley Jones, a teenage girl whose family runs a seedy Vegas motel. Over the course of a year, Haley goes through a series of changes that have tragic consequences. Entertainment Tonight will feature an interview with Swift about her CSI experience tomorrow, March 5.

Verizon partnered with Swift for a national high school contest running through March 23. High school students from around the U.S. can text 'TS' to '3401' on their Verizon Wireless phones or enter via www.taylorswiftconcerts.com. The school with the most entries will win the opportunity to host a free concert from Swift at their high school. Verizon is providing PDF posters for students to post on their campuses as well as a rolling score board showing the schools with the most responses to date here. The contest is being supported with an extensive promotional campaign including national spots and on demand programming on Verizon's FIOS-TV, online banner ads, digital billboards in select malls, Jumbotron spots at select sporting events and radio spots in key markets.

Swift kicks off her first-ever headlining tour, the SWIFT SWIFT FEARLESS 2009 TOUR, on April 23 in Evansville, Ind. The tour runs through October.

Swift is currently on tour in Australia, where "Fearless" was recently certified gold. The CD is triple platinum in the US.

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Journey to Fearless DVD
Part Behind The Music style documentary and part concert film, Taylor Swift's new Blu-ray release offers an interesting hybrid approach to the typical live performance video - an approach that hits more than it misses. "Journey To Fearless" focuses on Swift's meteoric rise from aspiring grade-school singer/songwriter to award-winning country and pop megastar while sprinkling in live performances. Hardcore Swift fans will find a lot to love on this single-disc set (which is also »»»
Speak Now CD review - Speak Now
Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
Fearless CD review - Fearless
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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