The Power of Nashville: Inside Hollywood’s Obsession With Music City

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Call it Hollywood East. Call it New York City West. But whatever you call it, Nashville has attracted a very sizable (and specific) group of stars. 

More than ever, celebrities are taking the opportunity to do their business in Los Angeles but their pleasure everywhere else. Whether they’re decamping to raise their children out of the glare of paparazzi lights or choosing a small town over the hustle and bustle of Sunset Boulevard, it’s not unusual for A-listers to be spread across the country. (And, with the proliferation of movies and television shows filming in Vancouver or Atlanta, it’s getting more and more popular). 

But even before all that, Nashville has held court as a hotspot for celebrity real estate. Country singers, their spouses and even a movie mogul or two all call the Music City home at least some of the time. 

It could be argued that it all started with Taylor Swift . Sure, country singers have been flocking to Nashville for decades to try and make it big in the venues of Lower Broadway for decades, but no one is more popular or more synonymous with the city than T. Swift. Her family relocated to the suburb of Hendersonville, Tenn. when she was 14 so that she could focus on getting a record deal and the rest, they say, is history. She has since put down roots from coast to coast (everywhere from Providence to Malibu), but her Nashville abode is thriving. 

Swift currently resides at a fancy, full-amenity apartment building in midtown Nashville. While she splits a lot of her time spent in the Music City between her own pad and her mother’s house, her penthouse made headlines earlier this summer when she was…

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