Posts tagged "Taylor Swift"

Kathy Griffin Challenges Nicki Minaj To A “Boo-Tay-Off”: Morning Mix

:: Comedian Kathy Griffin has officially nominated Nicki Minaj..not for the Ice Bucket Challenge, but a butt contest — “a boo-tay-off,” rather — after having seen Minaj’s “Anaconda” video. “It’s like the Ice Bucket Challenge, but it doesn’t even have any charity associated with it at all,” Griffin says. [AP]

:: One of Nicki Minaj‘s back-up dancers was bitten by a six-foot long, non-venomous snake during rehearsals for the MTV VMAs. (Yes, they were performing her Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampling “Anaconda.”) “It is in no way life-threatening, but scary,” a Viacom rep said. [MTV]

:: Speaking of the VMAs: Iggy Azalea fell off stage while performing at a pre-awards show benefit concert. Afterwards, The New Classic star posted a video of the incident herself. “Sorry, but it would be a crime not to share this with you all, I know I laughed,” she said. [Instagram]

:: Cat Power invited Sky Ferreira to perform at a concert benefiting Ferguson protesters. Ferreira says that while she’s scheduled to perform elsewhere, all proceeds from her own show will also go toward the same cause. [Rolling Stone]

:: Wiz Khalifa canceled a concert in Culta Vista, Calif., after finding out that a fan was fatally shot backstage at a show the night before. “This was a senseless tragedy. Violence is never the answer. My prayers go out to the victim’s family,” he said. [Billboard]

:: Shawn Mendes really digs Taylor Swift‘s new song. [Twitter]

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MTV VMAs 2014: Taylor Swift Looks Like A Praying Mantis

Taylor Swift is really embracing her switch to pop music. “Shake It Off” is an upbeat toe-tapper, she (controversially) put her own spin on twerking in the dorky video and today (August 24) walked the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards in a tiny one-piece leotard (?) that revealed more than many of us wanted to see. Take that, Miley Cyrus!

This look raises so many questions. The first of which is obviously — what was she thinking? Taylor’s slim frame makes her the perfect clothes horse for elegant gowns but she resembles a baby blue bean pole in this outfit. The 24-year-old also looks uncomfortable and a little embarrassed. On the other hand, at least she’s having fun and trying to mix it up instead of dressing like a 47-year-old socialite. So yay? More »

Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” Sparks Flash Mob: Watch

With “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift has essentially re-written a beloved cheerleader’s anthem to give everyone a reason to let loose: Ballerinas? Yes. Break dancers? Sure. That girl on the bleachers? Of course. So, even though the Mark Romanek-directed video has sparked a healthy debate over how inclusive the video may be – its YouTube still is of Swift, gawking at the sight of twerkers after she crawled beneath their legs – the lead 1989 single was bound to catch on.

Just a few days after its premiere, a dance company has already paid tribute to “Shake It Off.” At a Raising Cane’s restaurant in Lewisville, Texas, dozens of members from Dimensions Dance Company broke out into a flash mob. Four of them posed as ballet dancers. One did a backflip in the middle of the floor. Meanwhile, a young blond woman alternated between dancing flawlessly and appearing overwhelmed, just as Swift did in her own video. At the song’s end, she even did the awkward curtsy.

Swift could not have been more pleased by the end result. “So @markromanek just sent me this and I’m hyperventilating with joy over it,” she said on Twitter. See the “Shake If Off” flash mob below. More »

Whatcha Say: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj And The Idolator Floppy Awards Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! Are you ready for your pop knowledge quiz? Let’s review what happened this week, shall we?

All eyes were on Taylor Swift as the country-pop diva held a Yahoo live-stream to reveal details about her fifth studio album 1989, which will be released in October. Tay also premiered her Max Martin/Shellback-produced single “Shake It Out” as well as the track’s dorky video. What’s more, Nicki Minaj dropped her jungle-themed, sweaty and ass-tastic visual for “Anaconda,” Scottish beatsmith Calvin Harris previewed a clip of “Blame” with British crooner John Newman, and Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett shared their tracklist for their jazz album, Cheek To Cheek.

Here on Idolator, we premiered Benny Benassi’s latest single “Shooting Helicopters” with System of a Down’s Serj Tankian and, in lieu of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, held our first-ever glamour-filled Idolator Floppy Awards.

As always, you guys had plenty to say. Read the week’s best comments below! More »

Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” Director Responds To Earl Sweatshirt’s “Uninformed” Criticism

Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” video was supposed to be a feel-good romp that inspired viewers to let go and have a little fun but many commentators felt the urban dance scene appropriated black culture and perpetuated stereotypes. One of the most vocal critics was Earl Sweatshirt, who called the Mark Romanek-directed visual “inherently offensive and ultimately harmful”.

Romanek responded to the Odd Future rapper’s accusations today (August 21) and vigorously defended his work. “[Earl Sweatshirt] stated clearly that he hadn’t seen the video and didn’t even intend to watch it,” the filmmaker told Vulture. “So, respectfully, that sort of invalidates his observations from the get-go. And it’s this one uninformed tweet that got reported on and rehashed.”

“We simply choose styles of dance that we thought would be popular and amusing and cast the best dancers that were presented to us without much regard to race or ethnicity,” he continued. “If you look at it carefully, it’s a massively inclusive piece. It’s very, very innocently and positively intentioned.” More »

Earl Sweatshirt Is Not Impressed By Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” Video: See His Tweets

Taylor Swift is the latest pop star to incur the wrath of Black Twitter for perpetuating stereotypes in her “Shake It Off” video. (The former country queen can call Miley Cyrus and Lily Allen for advice). She literally dances like no one is watching in the intentionally corny visual but the scene where she twerks has been labelled offensive by some commentators.

“Haven’t watched the taylor swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful,” tweeted Earl Sweatshirt last night (August 18). “Perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture.” See the Odd Future rapper’s full commentary after the jump. More »

Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”: Review Revue

For the past few weeks, country-pop songstress Taylor Swift has been the ultimate tease, dropping hints via Instagram about what many guessed was her much-awaited fifth studio album.

Well, the wait if over, folks! In a tell-all live-stream with Yahoo yesterday, Tay revealed that her upcoming LP is called 1989, which is a tribute of sorts to her birth-year and her first official entrance into the world of pop. What’s more, the now-not-so-country diva also premiered her latest Max Martin/Shellback-produced single “Shake It Off,” as well as the track’s rather dorky video, during the stream.

So, how did the rest of the music world feel about Tay’s latest attempt?  Here is a round-up of what some critics had to say about “Shake It Off” below. More »

The 10 Dorkiest Moments In Taylor Swift’s Feel-Good “Shake It Off” Video

The theme of Taylor Swift‘s perky new pop anthem “Shake It Off” is to dance like there’s no one watching and she certainly does that in the feel-good video. Literally and figuratively. The 24-year-old geeks out in a number of dance scenarios because a) she’s living in a magical fucks-free bubble and b) it’s a lot more fun than standing around and pretending to be cool.

To celebrate the return of Tay Tay, I’ve pulled together the 10 dorkiest moments in her “Shake It Off” video. These range from mildly embarrassing (dressing like Lady Gaga circa The Fame) to LOL-worthy antics like the world’s worst twerk and incompetent rhythmic gymnastics. Turn your life around by joining Taylor’s DGAF movement after the jump. More »

Taylor Swift’s New Album Is Called ’1989′ & Other Amazing Revelations From Her Yahoo Livestream

Taylor Swift is going pop. America’s sweetheart premiered her new Max Martin/Shellback-produced single “Shake It Off” during her Yahoo livestream and then revealed the title and release date of her fifth album. It’s called 1989 because that’s the year of Tay’s birth and the era she explores on the new opus. Yes, the former-country queen is releasing a collection of late ’80s pop songs!

Why? Well, Taylor said she fell in love with the bright colors and bold sounds of the late ’80s, calling it a time of endless possibility. And if “Shake It Off” is any indication, it’s an inspired choice. Other fascinating tidbits from the livestream include the unveiling of her 1989 album cover (see it after the jump) as well as its release date (October 27). The 24-year-old also debuted the dance-themed video for “Shake It Off” and details about the deluxe edition. More »

Pop Stars Accept The Ice Bucket Challenge: Watch Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez & Taylor Swift Get Wet

Pop stars are really getting behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which raises money for the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. Participants donate $100 or have a bucket of extremely cold water poured over their head. (To their credit, most celebrities have elected to do both). As a result, social media is buzzing with videos of soaking wet divas and shirtless singers. Bless.

As a part of the challenge you have to nominate three other people to take part. Taylor Swift picked Selena Gomez before undertaking her group-soaking with a bunch of friends and Drake passed the baton to Beyonce, who is yet to participate. (It’s surely only a matter of time). He used the opportunity to show off his rippling six-pack, as did Justin Bieber and Calvin Harris. Watch a selection of the best ice bucket challenges after the jump. More »