Taylor Swift in Italy

Bound for Milan, Taylor Swift arrived (via speedboat) at the airport in Venice, Italy on Tuesday.

LeAnn & Eddie Plan New Reality Show

Are LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian planning to star in their own version of Newlyweds?

A source tells the new issue of Us Weekly (on stands now) that the singer, 28 — who once called reality stars “train wrecks” — is in negotiations to do a series about her upcoming nuptials to Cibiran, 37.

“The deal is nearly done,” says an insider.

The duo — who got engaged in December following a 2009 affair that ended her marriage to Dean Sheremet and his to Brandi Glanville — plan to tie the knot this spring at a private Montana estate. (Rimes has denied this is where the ceremony will occur.)

Though a rep for Rimes says the show “isn’t happening,” Glanville has high hopes for the proposed series.

“I hope they do a show,” she tells Us exclusively. “He needs a job.”

For more details on the couple’s spring wedding, as well as Glanville’s own reported reality deal, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now.

Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean added to Lionel Richie ‘Duets’ Album

Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean are the latest artists to join the legendary Lionel Richie on his upcoming country duets album, due in September.

The Flatts were in the studio this week to collaborate with him on his 1985 hit, ‘Dancing on the Ceiling.’ The trio’s Joe Don Rooneytweeted about their session last night, and called Lionel “one groovy freakin’ cat,” and said their recording was “magic.”

Jason Aldean teamed up with the R&B star on his 1986 No. 1 hit, ‘Say You, Say Me,’ a couple of weeks ago, and the Georgia native could not be more thrilled. “I was a fan of his for a long time, and got the call that he was doing that duets record and jumped at the chance,” Jason tells The Boot. “It was cool. I mean Lionel Richie has written some of the best songs of this generation, period. To be able to go in and work with him … I mean, talk about a guy who was on ‘We Are the World?’ It’s pretty insane!”

Lionel has dabbled in the country music world before, writing Kenny Rogers 1980 No. 1 hit, ‘Lady,’ as well as recording a duet with Alabama in 1987 on ‘Deep River Woman,’ which hit the Top 10 on the country charts.

The pop singer-songwriter has already recorded with Darius Rucker (‘Stuck on You’), Tim McGraw (‘Sail On’), Kenny Rogers (‘Lady’), Willie Nelson (‘Easy’), Little Big Town (‘Deep River Woman’), Blake Shelton (‘You Are’) and Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band (‘All Night Long’). Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and the Zac Brown Band are also expected to be on the project.

Rascal Flatts have pushed the envelope of collaborations lately, in addition to Lionel Richie. Earlier in the week, the guys were writing with Michael Bolton for the pop superstar’s next album, and the group is featured on teen heartthrob Justin Bieber’s latest single and video, ‘That Should Be Me.’

Kenny Chesney’s ‘Whiskey’ Had a Second Shot

After taking a year off from touring, Kenny Chesney still worked hard at making a pair of documentary films, a live 3D concert movie and recording and releasing a new album. The record, ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey,’ scored an ACM nomination for Album of the Year, and the four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year is also up for four more awards including Single and Video of the Year for ‘The Boys of Fall.’

The Tennessee native is grateful for the extra time he spent in the studio to make the kind of album he did with ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey.’ In fact, he may have recorded nearly two albums worth of material.

“I’m very proud of the fact that the album was nominated, because I took a lot of extra time with ‘Hemingsway’s Whiskey,'” Kenny tells The Boot. “I had a whole other album done and almost turned it in, and I realized that in my heart of hearts, I knew that that album wasn’t right. And I scrapped all of it except for ‘Boys of Fall,’ ‘Somewhere With You’ and a song called ‘Seven Days.’ Those were the only songs I kept from the original sessions, and I went to work again, [producer] Buddy Cannon and I.

“Because I didn’t tour, I was afforded the luxury of time,” Kenny continues. “We get so caught up in a cycle and having a record done when you’re supposed to have it done, just because it’s time — every 18 months or 12 or whatever. I didn’t have to do that this time. That’s why I’m really excited about the album nomination — I’m excited about all of them — but that one’s extra special because Buddy and I really had the opportunity to take our time and make it right. So, I’m excited about the opportunity for this record.”

Jerrod Niemann Song Featured on ‘Glee’!

‘Glee’ is going country once again! Just a week after the hit TV show’s characters sang a rousing rendition of Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now,’ they’re set to tackle another country song about being a little drunk, Jerrod Niemann’s ‘How Can I Be So Thirsty.’ In fact, the title of tonight’s (Februay 22) episode is ‘Blame It on the Alcohol.’

How can I be so thirsty this morning / After all I drank last night?” Jerrod sings in the chorus of the humorous song, found on his chart-topping debut CD, ‘Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury.’

‘Glee’ airs tonight (February 22) at 8:00 PM ET on FOX. The theme of tonight’s episode is the dangers of underage drinking, with the cast also performing Ke$ha’s ‘Tik Tok,’ Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me,’ Rudy Toombs’ ‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer’ (most famously covered by George Thorogood) and, of course, Jamie Foxx’s ‘Blame It.’

Lady Antebellum Towers Over Eminem to Win Album of the Year!

(Reuters) – Country trio Lady Antebellum and Canadian rock band Arcade Fire lit up the Grammy Awards on Sunday, winning key prizes in a ceremony packed with upset victories and a humiliating setback for Eminem.

The hip-hop star, who led the field with 10 nominations and had been expected to dominate the ceremony, ended up with just two awards in the rap field.

Lady Antebellum, on the other hand, picked up five prizes, including song and record of the year. It marked the second consecutive year that a country act dominated the event, after Taylor Swift grabbed the Grammy glory in 2010.

Arcade Fire denied Lady Antebellum a clean sweep by winning the event’s top prize, album of the year. In a year dominated by pop, R&B and hip-hop acts, few pundits had given the defiantly independent Montreal band any chance of taking the top prize. Moreover, the band lost two earlier races.

They were so shocked to hear their name called by presenter Barbra Streisand that they delivered an unscheduled performance to close the show.

The band was honored for its album “The Suburbs,” which topped the U.S. and Canadian charts last year without the support of a major label. It was the first time a rock band had won the award since U2 in 2005.

Taylor Swift’s Unrequited Crush: “I Was So in Love With You”

One benefit of writing songs about unrequited crushes? Sometimes they respond.

Such was the case when Taylor Swift, 21, penned a ballad about meeting Owl City singer Adam Young for her latest CD, Speak Now.

The four-time Grammy winner — who split with latest beauJake Gyllenhaal in December — told Yahoo! Music last year that she wrote the song “Enchanted”, “about this guy that I met in New York City, and I had talked to him on email or something before, but I had never met him. And meeting him, it was this overwhelming feeling of: I really hope that you’re not in love with somebody.”

She also added that she included the word “wonderstruck” in the lyrics because he had used it in one of his emails to her.

Luckily Young picked up the hints (including Swift’s decision to capitalize the letters A-D-A-M in the album’s lyric booklet). On Monday, the crooner, 24, used his band’s blog to write a response to the starlet, complete with his own version of “Enchanted”, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

“I’m so tremendously honored that Taylor would write such an elegant song and thereby offer a gracious nod in my direction,” Young wrote in the blog, appropriately posted on Valentine’s Day. “Needless to say, I was lost for words and utterly smitten. I couldn’t stop smiling.”

In the Owl City singer’s version of the ditty, he added a new verse: “I was never in love with someone else / I never had somebody waiting on me / ‘Cause you were all of my dreams come true / And I just wish you knew / Taylor I was so in love with you.”

And while he calls himself a “shy boy” in the post, he didn’t play coy when it came to sharing his feelings.

“Everything about you is beautiful,” he wrote. “You’re an immensely charming girl with a wonderful heart and more grace and elegance than I know how to describe. You are a true princess from a dreamy fairy tale; a modern Cinderella. I’m terribly sorry it’s taken me such a long time to reply but I figured Valentine’s Day was the perfect time to write this note to you and simply say… I was enchanted to meet you too.”

Carrie Underwood’s Hockey Hubby Traded to Nashville Team

After seven months of marriage, Carrie Underwood is bidding adieu to her long distance romance.

The country crooner’s hockey-playing hubby, Mike Fisher has been traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Nashville Predators, relocating him to the city where Underwood keeps a pad.

The team, which acquired the star center, 30, for a 2011 first round draft pick and a 2012 conditional pick, announced the trade on their Twitter account Thursday.

Fisher had been signed to a $21 million contract extension (running through the 2012-2013 season) weeks after the Senators reached the Stanley Cup final in 2007.

So now that the twosome will be shacking up full time, could little ones be far behind?

Not likely, says Underwood.

Kenny Chesney ‘Somewhere With You’ — Story Behind the Lyrics

ongwriters J.T. Harding and Shane McAnally had never met before the day they sat down and penned the smash ‘Somewhere With You,’ which Kenny Chesney has taken to the top of the charts three weeks in a row. Both had experienced their share of trouble and heartache when they collaborated on the song, channeling their frustration and grief into song.

At the time, Shane had experienced a breakup at his then-home in Los Angeles and was moving back to Nashville to give Music City a second try after a failed record deal a decade earlier. J.T. was grieving the death of his father, a bad breakup, a lost publishing deal, and the pending demolition of his apartment complex when he showed up on that fateful day for a writing appointment with a writer he’d never met. The result is ‘Somewhere With You,’ a song that instantly struck a chord with broken-hearted fans everywhere. It quickly became Kenny’s 21st No. 1 single and was recently certified gold for sales exceeding 500,000 units. The Boot sat down with J.T. and Shane to hear the inspiring story behind the lyrics.

Shane: It was literally two guys who had nothing, and I had just come back. I had no one to write with. I had started playing on the Sunset Strip in L.A. Before I left Nashville, I was just writing what was on the radio at the time, because it was all I knew. And going to L.A., not having anything going on, not having anyone to write with because I didn’t have a deal, that holds you up. You’re gonna find a sound, you’re gonna find your true voice.

When I came back, I was driving this ’95 Corolla I had borrowed from my sister’s boyfriend, and a bungee cord was holding up the passenger side window! I ended up writing with J.T. that day because we have a mutual friend who’s a songwriter who pawned me off on J.T., and what a blessing!

J.T.: Shane and I both were in a tough spot, but we both showed up. And basically, right out of a movie script, neither of us had anything going on, and the day we met we wrote ‘Somewhere With You.’

Shane: What’s funny is the first name that came to mind when we wrote it was Kenny. It was so far-fetched, because everyone says that about every song they write, but it was so different than anything he had done and he always has this side that’s this lost love, the-one-that-got-away thing.

J.T.: Shane did a whole tour with Kenny years ago, when Shane’s record was out, so he knows about Kenny a little. One interesting thing about ‘Somewhere With You’ is it’s the same four chords all the way through the song. I really have to credit Shane, because the fast kind of rap-ish part, I had tried that with some other songwriters and they all said, “Well that’s too different, that doesn’t sound country.” And when I sang that melody for Shane, he jumped on it and kept saying, “That’s so different, that’s exactly what we need to do!” And it sure feels good that the biggest artist in country thought it was good for him.

Shane: Kenny just took a chance, and we knew the song was good, but I think other people’s reaction is what started us realizing what was happening with that song.

J.T.: I don’t know if we knew it was special, but I had recently met Uncle Kracker and his brother, Mike Shaffer, who was managing him. Uncle Kracker and Mike started calling us saying, “This ‘Somewhere With You’ song is really special, we gotta start playing it for everybody!” And with everything else I was going through, it really made me feel good. And Shane, to his credit, made the demo for it, and so much credit goes to him. Also, Shane was really excited that I wasn’t a country writer, that I was more of a pop-rock guy, just as I was excited that he was a country writer.

I honestly write songs the only way I know how, to say something I’m feeling, so whether it’s for myself or someone else it’s usually the same.

Shane: The reason it works for us as a writing combo is I can get very bogged down in the technical side of a song. The number of words in a line, matching up the rhymes, and J.T. is raw instinct. He stands up off a chair and says, “Right here it has to lift,” and then he’ll sit back down and say, “And here I need to just feel it!” I think he’s more comfortable with me now, he’s climbing the walls now, he’s standing on the edge of chairs, and hanging upside down! What’s my great quote?

J.T.: He always says, “You’re scaring people with your enthusiasm!” [laughs] I have to be careful, because Shane has such a great voice that when we’re writing even the most basic idea, it sounds so great when we’re singing it. So I don’t know if it’s good or not.

While ‘Somewhere With You’ was sitting on a shelf somewhere, a song I co-wrote for Kracker, ‘Smile,’ came out — I got real lucky with that one — and also the Jonas Brothers single, ‘Feelin’ Alive’. And Shane had ‘Last Call’ for Lee Ann Womack come out, and some Reba and Luke Bryan cuts, so we both had things happening, and we love those things and they’re great, and then out of the blue ‘Somewhere With You’ comes out — the cherry on top. And I personally am a huge country fan, but I would not want anyone other than Kenny Chesney to do this song.

Shane: I read some stats on the song recently that said something crazy like in the last seven days, it has been played more times in a 7-day period than any song in country history except for [Tim McGraw’s] ‘Live Like You Were Dying.’

J.T.: All I can say is the New York Times compared it to a Bee Gees song, so I’m good! [laughs]

Gweneth Paltrow Set to Perform at Grammy Awards!

Gwyneth Paltrow will join rapper Cee Lo Green onstage at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards February 13. Sharing the spotlight with the pair will be the Jim Henson Company Puppets for a “never-before-seen” collaboration. This isn’t the first time Gwyneth has worked with Cee Lo, though. If you remember, Gwyneth performed Cee Lo’s ‘Forget You’ on ‘Glee’ last year and even did a brief duet of the tune with him during ‘Saturday Night Live’ last month.

The ‘Country Strong’ actress also joins previously announced nominees and performers Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum.

The first round of presenters is also out and includes Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, pop singers Norah Jones and Selena Gomez and rappers LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj. Dierks is also up for three awards including Country Album for ‘Up on the Ridge,’ and two nods in the Country Collaboration category for ‘Bad Angel,’ with Miranda and Jamey Johnson, and ‘Pride (In the Name of Love)’ with Del McCoury and the Punch Brothers. Coincidentally, Blake is up for Country Collaboration for ‘Hillbilly Bone’ with Trace Adkins.

Blake is sure to be showing extra support of his fiancée, since his co-hosting duties at the upcoming ACM awards will leave her without a date. “When I think about it, I’m not going to have a date,” Miranda told The Boot. “It’s kind of sad. I’ll probably just sit next to a random person, a seat-filler.”

Granted, with the thrill of the Grammys, it’s doubtful she’ll be worried about that. “I’m glad that I get to be a part of all this,” Miranda told MTV after her performance on the ‘Grammy Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night.’ “Grammys are cool because it’s one room and all these artists and one night to celebrate all kinds of music, and for the people in the industry to acknowledge the talent in the room. It’s so cool to be in that room and feel that energy. It’s just crazy, because music is what drives us all.”

This will be Miranda and Gwyneth’s first performances on the Grammy stage.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will air live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center February 13 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS-TV.