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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
Taylor Swift, one of the only musicians still capable of going platinum in a week, will headline Washington's Verizon Center on May 11 and 12. Swift, whose new album “Red” will debut at the top of the Billboard 200 next week with 1.2 million copies sold, will bring Ed Sheeran along as the opening act. Since he sings on the “Red” track “Everything Has Changed,” Sheeran seems like a practical choice. Tickets go on sale Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Local fans will have to head south to see the six-time Grammy winner, as there are no current plans for Swift to stop in Baltimore.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
In August 2011, Baltimore singer/songwriter Adam Lempel finally realized he needed to get serious about his music. The epiphany came where many epiphanies occur - in a hospital bed. "I ended up getting sick. I had a pneumothorax, which is like a hole in my lung," Lempel, who performs Friday at Metro Gallery, said from a park bench in his Bolton Hill neighborhood. "Just being in the hospital put things into perspective. If I want to make this, I just have to make it and not really worry about it. " The result was the self-titled debut album from Adam Lempel and the Heartbeats, a noticeable shift in style from Lempel's other band, the psychedelic-rock duo Weekends.
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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com | December 20, 2009
Singer/songwriter Evan Taubenfeld was shopping at the mall when inspiration struck. Earlier this month, Taubenfeld kept hearing music from pop/country star Taylor Swift piped into stores, and, on the spur of the moment, decided to pen a holiday song about her. From start to finish, it took Taubenfeld, a Baltimore native who now lives in Los Angeles, an hour to write the song, which he called "Merry Swiftmas (Even Though I Celebrate Chanukah)."...
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
Three Marine leaders have been relieved of their duties following the March training accident that killed a 21-year-old graduate of Severna Park High School and six other Marines, officials said Wednesday. Lance Cpl. William Taylor Wild IV of Severna Park and six other members of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment were killed March 18 when a 60mm mortar round exploded during a live-fire night attack at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. Investigators have blamed the explosion on human error, said a 2nd Marine Division spokesman, 1st Lt. Peter Koerner.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2011
Merriweather Post Pavilion has two of the biggest shows of the week - Steely Dan and Death Cab for Cutie. Meanwhile, the Verizon Center in D.C. has Taylor Swift for two nights starting today. We will have reviews of both Swift and Steely Dan later this week. Elsewhere: the great Jonny Blaze will be at Peer Pressure, which deserves a congratulations for reaching it's tenth edition. Also: Boys Noize, James Nasty, Gilded Gilly, and Posh Cavern, and Save Your Soul at Lith Hall. On Tuesday , Steely Dan performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | August 2, 2011
Derek Jeter has two. Britney Spears? Ten. Beyoncé, Antonio Banderas, Sarah Jessica Parker? They're all part of the club. Yes, we're talking celebrity fragrances, which have recently reached new levels of saturation (figuratively and literally - ever sit next to someone wearing Spears' Midnight Fantasy?). Shockingly, stars are jumping on board because this stuff is big business. Jeter's cologne, Driven, raked in $27 million in sales last year, according to Forbes . We'll give you a second to take that in. Still with us?
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | December 20, 2009
Singer/songwriter Evan Taubenfeld was shopping at the mall when inspiration struck. Earlier this month, Taubenfeld kept hearing music from pop/country star Taylor Swift piped into stores, and, on the spur of the moment, decided to pen a holiday song about her. From start to finish, it took Taubenfeld, a Baltimore native who now lives in Los Angeles, an hour to write the song, which he called "Merry Swiftmas (Even Though I Celebrate Chanukah)."...
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By Wesley Case | February 15, 2012
When Hunter Hayes, the 20-year-old sensation just nominated as the Academy of Country Music's Best New Artist, has a day to himself, the first thing he does is find a music store. "I'm obsessed with gear," Hayes said recently on the phone. Look at the liner notes of his 2011 self-titled album and it's clear to see why: Hayes can play everything in the store. On the album, the self-taught Hayes plays 22 instruments, including the clavinet (an electronic keyboard) and the accordion. After opening for Taylor Swift last summer, Hayes hit the road for his own headlining venture, the Most Wanted Tour, which stops by the Recher Theatre for a sold-out show tonight.
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Patrick Maynard and The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012
Happy Boxing Day ! If you haven't tipped your coachman, be sure to pull a few shillings from behind your ascot, then send him off to spend the day with his brood. With most people still out of the office, online trends are leaning toward what movie to see while spending an extra day with relatives. Also of interest today are a bidding war in the English Premiere League for Spanish player David Villa and gossip about what celebrities did over Christmas. || ONLINE TRENDS || Boxing Day ( Kwanzaa , Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Christmas)
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
Good morning and welcome to The Sun's daily online trends column. Every morning we'll try to understand the deranged hive mind that is the Internet and figure out what people are interested in. Formerly an internal memo for just Sun staffers, we've decided to share. So without further ado ... How does it feel to get "Batch Slapped" Baltimore? The Baltimore Ravens are reeling after a heart-breaking loss to the hated Pittsburgh Steelers. And the Steelers' unlikely savior, backup quarterback Charlie Batch ,   is getting much-deserved attention on Google and Twitter this morning.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
He was the teenager who wasn't embarrassed to hug his mom at Severna Park High School while other students looked on, who pitched on the Falcons' 2009 state championship baseball team, and who matured into a Marine with a swallow tattoo on his right arm. Marine Lance Cpl. William Taylor Wild IV - best known as Taylor - died Monday in a military training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot, Nevada, according to his parents. He was 21. As of Wednesday evening, the Department of Defense had not formally identified the seven Marines who died when a mortar round detonated in its launching tube during a training exercise.
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Patrick Maynard and The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012
Happy Boxing Day ! If you haven't tipped your coachman, be sure to pull a few shillings from behind your ascot, then send him off to spend the day with his brood. With most people still out of the office, online trends are leaning toward what movie to see while spending an extra day with relatives. Also of interest today are a bidding war in the English Premiere League for Spanish player David Villa and gossip about what celebrities did over Christmas. || ONLINE TRENDS || Boxing Day ( Kwanzaa , Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Christmas)
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
Good morning and welcome to The Sun's daily online trends column. Every morning we'll try to understand the deranged hive mind that is the Internet and figure out what people are interested in. Formerly an internal memo for just Sun staffers, we've decided to share. So without further ado ... How does it feel to get "Batch Slapped" Baltimore? The Baltimore Ravens are reeling after a heart-breaking loss to the hated Pittsburgh Steelers. And the Steelers' unlikely savior, backup quarterback Charlie Batch ,   is getting much-deserved attention on Google and Twitter this morning.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
Taylor Swift, one of the only musicians still capable of going platinum in a week, will headline Washington's Verizon Center on May 11 and 12. Swift, whose new album “Red” will debut at the top of the Billboard 200 next week with 1.2 million copies sold, will bring Ed Sheeran along as the opening act. Since he sings on the “Red” track “Everything Has Changed,” Sheeran seems like a practical choice. Tickets go on sale Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Local fans will have to head south to see the six-time Grammy winner, as there are no current plans for Swift to stop in Baltimore.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
Nowadays, any aspiring musician can grab an acoustic guitar, plop in front of a computer, hit record and upload a performance - cover, original or something unidentifiable - to the Internet. That's what Kina Grannis did as a student at the University of Southern California. The main difference between her and the thousands of other artists hoping to get on was Grannis' video won a Doritos contest that led to her "Message From Your Heart" clip being played during a Super Bowl ad. After such a massive introduction, Grannis, who plays Baltimore Soundstage on Friday, signed with Interscope Records, essentially putting use for her social science degree on hold.
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By Wesley Case | February 15, 2012
When Hunter Hayes, the 20-year-old sensation just nominated as the Academy of Country Music's Best New Artist, has a day to himself, the first thing he does is find a music store. "I'm obsessed with gear," Hayes said recently on the phone. Look at the liner notes of his 2011 self-titled album and it's clear to see why: Hayes can play everything in the store. On the album, the self-taught Hayes plays 22 instruments, including the clavinet (an electronic keyboard) and the accordion. After opening for Taylor Swift last summer, Hayes hit the road for his own headlining venture, the Most Wanted Tour, which stops by the Recher Theatre for a sold-out show tonight.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | November 11, 2008
Taylor Swift Big Machine/Universal *** 1/2 cds Seemingly out of nowhere in 2006, Taylor Swift did what is becoming almost impossible to do in today's crumbling music industry: She sold more than 3 million copies of her first album. And the country-pop star did it all rather quietly, garnering a Grammy nomination for best new artist along the way. Svelte and blond with a sculptured face the camera adores, the 16-year-old singer wasn't a teen dream manufactured by the Disney machine. She also wasn't packaged as a vampish pop tart, wailing suggestive songs that belied her years.
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By Wesley Case | August 29, 2011
When we look back at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, we will remember two things: 1) This Jessie J thing is not going to happen, America, but it wasn't for lack of effort, and 2) Beyonce and Jay-Z are having a baby. For a two-and-a-half hour show, you'd think there'd be more memories, but this year's event lacked the electricity it somehow musters up each year. The water coolers are extra quiet this morning. I live-tweeted the show from my Louder Now account. Here's a look back at last night's show in random spurts of reaction and head-shaking: •••• Lady Gaga's opening number proved she's still worth watching, no matter the context.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2011
Merriweather Post Pavilion has two of the biggest shows of the week - Steely Dan and Death Cab for Cutie. Meanwhile, the Verizon Center in D.C. has Taylor Swift for two nights starting today. We will have reviews of both Swift and Steely Dan later this week. Elsewhere: the great Jonny Blaze will be at Peer Pressure, which deserves a congratulations for reaching it's tenth edition. Also: Boys Noize, James Nasty, Gilded Gilly, and Posh Cavern, and Save Your Soul at Lith Hall. On Tuesday , Steely Dan performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
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