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Minnesota passes Taylor Swift law to protect ticket-buyers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota has a new law that is named after – and inspired by – Taylor Swift. The so-called Taylor Swift law – also known as House File 1989 – was signed into law yesterday by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. It requires ticket sellers to disclose all fees up front, and it prohibits resellers from selling tickets they do not actually possess. The chief author of the bill was Democratic Rep. Kelly Moller, who created it after being one of the thousands of people who got stuck in Ticketmaster’s system after it crashed in 2022 amid huge demand for Swift tickets.

Lainey Wilson will take over space where Florida Georgia Line’s bar was

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Florida Georgia Line’s bar in Nashville is closing to make way for Lainey Wilson’s bar. Wilson will open her Bell Bottoms Up bar later this summer at the site of Florida Georgia Line’s FGL House, which is now closed. Wilson describes Bell Bottoms Up as a place for “cookin’ and drinkin’.”

Ross Valory releases “All of the Above” solo album

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Former Journey bassist Ross Valory spent ten years of his formative life living in a windmill that did not actually do anything. Valory says his father was a builder who built structures on the family property. Valory says the windmill had all the equipment, but it was never hooked up. He says he supplied the wind by making music — including an instrumental he wrote there called “Windmill.” It appears on his first solo album, “All of the Above,” out now.

More performers added to ACMs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Kelsea Ballerini and Noah Kahan will team up for a duet at the Academy of Country Music Awards. So will Nate Smith and Avril Lavigne, and Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani. Post Malone has been added to the lineup, as has Parker McCollum. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Lainey Wilson and host Reba McEntire. The ACMs will be May 16 and shown on Amazon Prime, but a Prime membership is not needed to watch.

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