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If there is weak economy, apparently Taylor Swift fans don’t know or care. This morning (2/6) the young superstar’s supporters bought up every ticket to her Staples Center appearance in a record-breaking two minutes. The May 22nd LA show is part of Swift’s Fearless 2009 tour which officially kicks off April 23 in Evansville, IN. The 19-year old singer/songwriter will also get a chance to try out the Staples Center venue this Sunday (2/8) when she performs live on the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. Swift is planning to sing— for the first time on TV—her song “Fifteen” in a special duet version with Miley Cyrus. The Fearless tour is set to visit 50 cities in 38 states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada. Joining Swift will be Kellie Pickler and Gloriana. The tour is produced and promoted by The Messina Group (TMG) a partner of AEG Live. http://www.taylorswift.com

Tickets for Keith Urban’s Escape Together World Tour, go on sale beginning 2/13 and expectations are high that this will also be one of the Summer’s biggest concert events. The dates start in Uncasville, CT on May 7 and run through the end of August. Urban’s current single “Sweet Thing” is his 18th Top 5 single and his 6th studio album Defying Gravity, is set for a March 31 release. In addition, Urban will perform at the Daytona 500, Feb. 15 on Fox TV. http://www.keithurban.net

Rascal Flatts fans were given the chance to submit original designs for the cover of the band’s Unstoppable album due out April 7, 2009. The winning design will be revealed on Feb. 12 during a Flatts concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The cover contest was conceived and executed in a partnership with People’s Choice whose stated mission is “to empower music movie and television enthusiasts with a voice in the entertainment industry.” Four final designs have been chosen and fans can vote their favorite http://www.pcavote.com

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