Fox411 Country: Taylor Swift shares exciting news, George Jones announces farewell tour

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Published August 17, 2012

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In this week’s Fox 411 Country Round-up we have a special “featured song of the week” as we let Grammy winner Taylor Swift and her in-studio fans take the stage singing along to her new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. The song was part of Swift’s YouTube web chat to announce her fourth studio album called “Red.”

While fittingly dressed in red, she shared her excitement with fans, told them they can expect the 16-track collection October 22nd, revealed the album cover, and more! 

Plus check out what Garth Brooks shares, as Fox 411 Country caught up with him at the “Teachers Rock!” benefit concert in Los Angeles, honoring our nation’s educators and he tells us why this is a cause close to his heart .

We also bring you charting news, as Colt Ford’s “Declaration of Independence” takes the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart and ranks at number five on the Billboard 200.

Meanwhile on the road, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw make news setting records with their “Brothers of the Sun” tour. They brought their show to MetLife Stadium August 11th, sold out the place, and with 56,285 tickets sold marked the largest ticketed country event in NYC/NJ history. The tour overall has also broken the million ticket mark and there are still dates left on the schedule this summer.

In other news, George Jones has announced he’s planning a farewell tour for 2013. It’s dubbed “The Grand Tour” and it will have Jones on the road in approximately 60 cities. According to a press release from his rep, Jones has decided to spend more time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Though it sounds like fans can expect new music to keep rolling out, as he’s also planning to record a new studio album.

Plus Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have sent out word they are set to host The 46th Annual CMA Awards live from Nashville November 1st. There has been plenty of buzz over the two returning for a fifth time on hosting duties so now… it’s official.

Find more with these country music stars, and sing along with Taylor Swift (and her fans) in the Fox 411 Country Round-up!

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