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Swift fights poverty with Black Eyed Peas

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 – Taylor Swift will make a special appearance with The Black Eyed Peas at the Chase presents the "Concert 4 NYC" in Central Park this Thursday, June 9.

"We are thrilled to have Taylor on board to benefit two very important causes," said Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas. "Not only will she will be an amazing addition to our lineup, she is an incredible inspiration to people of all ages and her music gives a voice to those who feel left behind."

Natasha Bedingfield, MC Hammer, Debbie Harry, LL Cool J and Carole King will perform to support the Robin Hood Foundation and its mission to fight poverty in New York City. Robin Hood has enlisted celebrity friends Zach Braff, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Smits and others to make special appearances throughout the evening to help bring awareness and raise funds for the foundation.

Concertgoers must have a ticket to enter the event. Tickets are still available for sale to this once-in-a-lifetime event through http://blackeyedpeasnyc.eventbrite.com/.

Swift'sp appearance at the Robin Hood Foundation event comes two nights before the first stadium stop on her Speak Now 2011Tour, a sold-out show Saturday night at Detroit's Ford Field. The tour kicked off last month with the "Speak Now ... Help Now" special dress rehearsal event, which raised more than $750,000 for tornado victims in the Southeast, and continues through two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in late November.

Earlier this week, Swift taped a Thelma & Louise-inspired video parody with Shania Twain for the opening segment of Wednesday's CMT Music Awards. Swift is nominated for three 2011 CMT Awards: Video of The Year, Female Video of the Year, and Best Web Video of the Year.

The singer wraps up this week with a Sunday night CMA Music Fest performance at Nashville's LP Field.

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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
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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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