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Fire extinguished at Carrie Underwood’s Tennessee home

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Carrie Underwood

The garage at Carrie Underwood’s home in Tennessee caught fire Sunday night, prompting a significant response from the local fire department.

Williamson County firefighters extinguished the blaze before it spread into the house, the county fire department said in a Facebook post.

All four people inside the home— likely Underwood, her husband Mike Fisher and their two children — were unharmed, the Nashville Tennessean reported. Their three pets were also safe.

Firefighters were alerted to the garage blaze around 9:45 p.m. Sunday, Williamson County Fire and Rescue said in its post. All eight of the county’s engines responded to the scene.

Though the house sits in a rural location, crews used a 10,000-gallon water tank already on the property to douse the flames, according to the Tennessean.

“There was a fire on the property on Sunday night, which was quickly contained,” an Underwood spokesperson told local ABC affiliate WKRN. “There was no fire damage to the primary residence, and the family and their pets were unharmed.”

Firefighters believe the blaze started when an off-road UTV caught fire inside the garage, the Tennessean reported.

Underwood’s home in Williamson County sits about 25 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. The residence suffered no structural damage in the fire, and the family will be able to continue living there, officials told the Tennessean. It’s unclear how expensive it will be to replace the garage.

In 2021, an Underwood concert in Las Vegas featured a flaming Jeep Wrangler as she performed her hit “Before He Cheats.” It’s unclear if the UTV belonged to Fisher or if the headlights were intact.

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Scooter Braun

NEW YORK — Scooter Braun, one of the most recognizable names in the music business known for representing artists like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, will no longer work as a music manager.

On Monday, the executive and entrepreneur announced the news on his Instagram page. Instead, he will focus his attention on his current roles as a board member of Hybe and CEO of Hybe America.

The announcement comes nearly a year after Braun's direct management of his superstar roster was subject of intense speculation.

“After 23 years this chapter as a music manager has come to an end,” he wrote in a lengthy statement. “I was really just 19 years old when I started. So for my entire adult life I played the role of an artist manager on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And for 20 years I loved it. It’s all I had known. But as my children got older, and my personal life took some hits.

“Every client I have had the privilege of working with has changed my life, and I know many of them are just beginning to see the success they deserve,” he continued. “I will cheer for every single one of them.”

In his statement, Braun mentioned a number of his clients from over the years: Grande, Bieber, Andrew Watt, Lil Dicky, Tori Kelly, J Balvin, Demi Lovato, Zac Brown Band, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Steve Angello, Carly Rae Jepsen, PSY and Quavo among them.

Last week, representatives from Hybe said Braun was no longer managing Grande, but that she was still working with him. “ Ariana Grande and Hybe, led by CEO Scooter Braun, look forward to continuing their long-standing business partnership and pursuing creative opportunities in Weverse and REM Beauty,” a statement read.

In August, rumors circulated online that Bieber was leaving Braun, his longtime manager — and the man credited with discovering him. In the days that followed, media outlets began reporting that some of Braun’s other hype-profile clients like Grande and Lovato were also parting ways with him.

A person familiar with SB Projects’ business dealings, who was not authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press at the time that the artists on the company’s roster have day-to-day managers who are not Braun, and he consults with them. The person noted that no single person would be able to manage his roster of some of the biggest names in music on their own.

Representatives for Carly Rae Jepsen, BabyJake, and Asher Roth confirmed to AP last summer that those artists no longer work with Braun and haven’t for quite some time. And a person close to Idina Menzel told AP the singer is no longer managed by Braun but was not authorized to speak publicly.

At the time, there was speculation that Braun’s artists were leaving SB Projects management because he was placing his focus on HYBE America instead of acting as an artist manager, but there was no official confirmation, until Monday.

Braun said in his statement that his silence was his attempt to take “the high road.”

"But for the last 3 years I have begun to feel that taking the high road has created confusion and ambiguity as to who we are,” Braun said, citing members of his team that are now handling artist management responsibilities.

AP's request for additional comments were directed back to Braun's Instagram statement, which addressed multiple aspects of his business interests.

“We at Hybe will continue to grow,” Braun detailed some of his future goals. “With... our existing business at Big Machine, we will continue to add amazing execs and artists to the roster.”

In 2019, Braun bought Big Machine Records, the label that originally signed Taylor Swift and released her first six records. Its CEO Scott Borchetta stayed in place. With the purchase, Braun purchased ownership to Swift’s master recordings, which he sold to an investment fund the following year. As a result, Swift announced that she would re-record her albums to own her new masters in a project called “Taylor’s Version.”

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Joe Alwyn

Joe Alwyn has finally broken his silence on his relationship with Taylor Swift, more than a year after the news that the ultra-private couple closed the book on their love story.

The “Kinds of Kindness” star, 33, opened up in a new interview with the U.K.’s Sunday Times, published on Saturday. It comes nearly two months after the release of Swift’s album, “The Tortured Poet’s Department,” which many fans expected to be largely inspired by their split.

“I would hope that anyone and everyone can empathize and understand the difficulties that come with the end of a long, loving, fully committed relationship of over six and a half years,” the Brit said. “That is a hard thing to navigate.”

Regarding the “unusual and abnormal” circumstances of the breakup, first reported in April 2023, Alwyn said: “One week later, it’s suddenly in the public domain and the outside world is able to weigh in.”

“You have something very real suddenly thrown into a very unreal space: tabloids, social media, press, where it is then dissected, speculated on, pulled out of shape beyond recognition,” he added.

However, he said he’s made “peace” with the fact that there’s more to the story than what’s been written about online.

Alwyn did not share any further details, beyond that he and Swift had “mutually” decided to “keep the more private details of our relationship private.”

“It was never something to commodify and I see no reason to change that now,” he said.

For her part, Swift — who’s nearly a year into her highly publicized relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce — seemingly has a less-than-favorable opinion of her time spent under the radar.

“Life is short. Have adventures. Me locking myself away in my house for a lot of years — I’ll never get that time back,” she said when speaking to Time for their 2023 Person of the Year profile.

Swifties largely believe 2022’s “You’re Losing Me” (off “Midnights”) and this year’s “So Long, London,” shed light on the reasons behind her and Alwyn’s split, with both describing a dying relationship.

The former song calls out a partner who “wouldn’t want to marry … a pathological people pleaser,” while the latter seemingly refers to his alleged depression and defends her decision to leave a relationship she did everything to save.

Alwyn — who has collaborated with his ex under the pen name William Bowery, and even won a Grammy for his work on her 2020 album, “folklore” — is also believed to have inspired a slew of Swift’s other songs from the albums “Reputation,” “Lover,” and “evermore.”

From combined wire services

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