Hats off, Swifties. You go harder for your Queen than any other fanbase! According to sales predictions, Taylor Swift‘s 1989 is on track to sell more than one million copies in its first week of sale — making it the second best-selling album of 2014 after Disney’s chart-conquering Frozen soundtrack. The 24-year-old will also become the first artist in history to have three albums cross the million mark after seven days of release (2010′s Speak Now and 2012′s Red also achieved the feat).
Could there be a future Coach Taylor Swift on The Voice? Miss Swift did seem right at home mentoring Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s teams during The Knockout Round on Monday (October 27) night. The perpetually-touring singer gave advice on stage presence to the hopeful contestants, while keeping any harsh criticism to herself. How very Voice of her.
The 1989 songstress kicked off her two-week television gig on Monday night, and helped the four coaches strengthen their teams. The four regulars then continued the painful process of cutting down those teams for the upcoming live rounds. More »
:: Taylor Swift has already claimed her status as a true New Yorker (she even made a song about it), and now the singer is crowned the NYC Welcome Ambassador! Her main duty will be representing the city for incoming tourists. [MTV]
:: Sam Smith is the latest star featured in Vibe magazine, and the Brit talks about the constant Adele comparisons, Lady Gaga, his fear of coming out, and why he doesn’t like twerking. Read all about it here.
:: We’ve already made the announcement that Princewill take over the Saturday Night Live stage on November 1, but more details have come forth! The legendary entertainer will perform for eight minutes straight, a first in the 40-year history of the show. How cool is that? [via press release]
:: Finally, there is some type of bonding in the female rap community! Missy Elliot, Lil Kim and Da Brat plan to reunite at this year’s Soul Train Awards.The trio co-starred on 1997′s female anthem “Not Tonight.” Wendy Williams will host the Soul Train Awards, which will air on BET and Centric on November 30. [Billboard]
:: Like Britney Spears and possibly Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West could have been a huge Las Vegas star. But the rapper has reportedly turned down a $4.5 million offer for a residency at Planet Hollywood’s Axis Theater. [Billboard]
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What pop’s best friend Taylor Swift has to say with her fifth album 1989 (out today, ) is that, despite what some people may think, she can still keep a secret. Given how she is also a multi-Platinum album maker, seven-time Grammy winner and popular gossip blog subject, that may seem impossible. Whether she was singing “Tim McGraw” or “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Swift has told us during arena tours that she wrote songs to express whatever she couldn’t say while face-to-face. When she was still a teenager, Swift wasn’t afraid to name names. And while she may be older and more mindful now, 1989 still has a song called “Style” (a title that, one would presume, references ex-boyfriend/One Direction member Harry Styles).
We thought we had Swift mostly figured out – the type of music she made, what inspires her the most, the album liner notes decoding process, even executive-producing 1989 with Top 40 wunderkind Max Martin. And though she vowed that one day she’d escape small-town living, we couldn’t have predicted that Taylor would channel Phil Collins, Annie Lennox, Like A Prayer-era Madonna and even some peers to show that finally, she’s relocated to the big city of her dreams. 1989 is bold and brazenly confident, and it makes previous forays into pop like “I Knew You Were Trouble” sound like child’s play in comparison. More »
Taylor Swift‘s new album 1989 is out today (October 27), and the singer stopped by Good Morning America to discuss her latest project. She told the host that she wanted to be authentic, “I think you have to stay true to who you are and at the same time challenge who you are too. I think it’s always important to remind your fans why they started listening to you in the first place.”
The chanteuse continued, “But for this album I gave them something new. I could’ve done Redtwice, but instead I decided to go in a completely different direction.”
Taylor Swift is having the best year ever — well for the last few months, at least. With her fifth studio LP 1989 out today (October 27), the singer has been doing the ultimate rounds of promotion. She has starred in commercials for Diet Coke and Target, and even unveiled song lyrics from the album leading up to its release.
Now, the “Out Of The Woods” starlet is ready to wrap up 2014 by headlining Ryan Seacrest‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Swift will perform in the middle of Times Square for over one million people (did you know she’s officially a New Yorker now?). The live broadcast special will air onWednesday, December 31 at 8 p.m. on ABC.More »
After what’s seemed like a full year’s worth of promotional duties packed into the past one or two months, Taylor Swift‘s first official foray into pop music has finally arrived.
The sparkling set, which includes #1 smash “Shake It Off,”“Out Of The Woods” and her effervescent ode to the Big Apple “Welcome To New York,” is already on track to becoming one of the year’s highest sellers (if not the highest seller), but how does it stack up among music critics ’round the world?
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:: Nicki Minaj will feature Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown in a new song titled “Only,” out October 28. Minaj’s current single, “Anaconda,” is now No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. [Instagram]
:: Speaking of the “Anaconda” star – in a viral video, a woman who had her wisdom teeth removed wakes up, upset that she looks nothing like Nicki: “I just wanted to have her butt. And her face. I paid a lot of money, and I’m still white!” [Complex]
:: Rihanna celebrated the launch of her latest fragrance, Rogue Man, at the Macy’s in Atlanta’s Lenox Square. More than 300 fans flooded the store and purchased the men’s fragrance. [E!]
:: Lady Gaga brought a $23 million mansion in Malibu, complete with a stable, a saltwater pool with spa, a bocce ball court and a two-lane bowling alley. [Los Angeles Times]
:: Diplo is reportedly expecting his second child with ex-girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart. The producer-DJ has been linked to Katy Perry since April. [New York Daily News]
:: How much can Taylor Swift have in common with experimental techno pioneer Aphex Twin? See for yourself with Aphex Swift, a fan-made mash-up album complete with an explanation (“APHEX TWIN IS AS BIG A ROMANTIC CORNBALL AS TAYLOR SWIFT”). [Stereogum]
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“This is a church song. This is a soulful song. This is one of my favorite songs out right now, and you think you know it, but you don’t. It’s not Sam Smith,” Kelly Clarkson said, during her recent Buffalo N.Y., concert. The endearing pop star was referring to how she covered Smith’s hit “Stay with Me” last week in Chicago, trading in the original’s choir for electric guitar melodies. Instead, she transitioned into another song that had the crowd shrieking, partially because of how unexpected it was – Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off.”
“Shake It Off” is a modern-day version of Toni Basil‘s cheerleading anthem “Mickey.” The words that Clarkson used, “church” and “soulful,” aren’t exactly the first that come to mind. That said, the Wrapped In Red star made her case, singing the first few verses slowly and with added verve. She actually managed to bring “Shake It Off” to church, only to joke of how doing so may be blasphemy: “I might be going to hell, but it ain’t for that.”
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Pharrell kicked off and closed CBS Radio’s “We Can Survive” concert, held October 24 at the Hollywood Bowl. As an unofficial host of sorts (the real host was The Voice‘s Carson Daly), he took it upon himself to remind fans of the event’s cause, to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. “When we sing this next song, I want you to put your best efforts, your prayers, your energy into believing that we can beat this cancer,” he said.
Still, the event’s featured acts made sure to keep the mood light. Taylor Swift performed songs from her new (and soon-to-be-smash) album 1989. Surprise guest Jennifer Lopez stormed Iggy Azalea‘s set for their A.K.A. team-up “Booty.” (She even spanked the rapper’s booty in the process — oh my!) Ariana Grande,Alicia Keys, Lady Antebellum and Paramore brought their own respective hits, while to close the concert, Pharrell brought out comeback kid, noted collaborator and fellow Voice coach GwenStefani. More »