“Out Of The Woods” is nearly out in the open.
After teasing the name of her “Shake It Off” follow-up single via Instagram last week, 1989 singer-songstress Taylor Swift has just given us the first taste of what’s to come from “Out Of The Woods” — a track Rolling Stone suggests has to do with her ex, Harry Styles.
The teaser, which was played on this morning’s Good Morning America, runs about 20 seconds long and provides just enough of a taste of that catchy chorus: “Are we out of the woods yet? Are we out of the woods yet? Are we in the clear? Are we in the clear?” Swift chants above a propulsive, slightly ’80′s-tinged electronic pulse that recalls Tegan & Sara‘s latest LP, Heartthrob. Listen to the preview after the jump. More »
It’s a great time to be Taylor Swift! For the second time, the 1989 country pop-turned-regular pop princess has been named Billboard’s Woman Of The Year.
After snagging the award in 2011, the “Shake It Off” songstress becomes the first woman ever to be picked twice for the honor by the official chart organization. The Woman Of The Year title is awarded yearly to one woman in music who “has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation over the past twelve months.”
Previous winners have included Pink (2013), Katy Perry (2012) and, of course, Taylor Swift (2011). Read on after the jump to see what they had to say about giving Tay the title once again. More »
Postmodern Jukebox, the same group who brought us the awesome bluegrass cover of Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda,” is back with another spin on a current pop favorite! Their latest song is a Motown-inspired version of Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off,” from her upcoming fifth album 1989 (out on October 27).
With help from singer Von Smith (who looks quite classy in a black and white tuxedo), they manage to add some vintage soul to the playful single – complete with harmonized background singers and a horn section. The result is a super-fun cover that could be enjoyed by lovers of the old-school sound as well as the new music generation. More »
Vance Joy has quickly become one of our favorite acts to Pop Up in the past year, beginning with his breakout smash “Riptide” all the way through to his upcoming debut LP, Dream Your Life Away. But we’re not the only ones caught in the wave of love for the Aussie singer-songwriter: 1989 darling Taylor Swift‘s getting in on the action too.
During her performance on Live Lounge for Fearne Cotton (where she also sang her #1 smash, “Shake It Off”), Tay took on Vance’s track. The stripped-down rendition saw the songstress taking down the peppiness of her recent hit and reverting back to singer-songwriter mode, seated at her piano and emotionally crooning the tune.
Watch the delicate performance up top, and watch her perform “Shake It Off” as well below. More »
Popular radio station 102.7 KIIS FM announced the star-studded lineup for their 2014 Jingle Ball, which will feature big name acts like Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea. Other artists set to touch the stage at the annual holiday concert are “Restart” singer Sam Smith, Pharrell, Sweet Talker chanteuse Jessie J and pop newcomer Kiesza. Nick Jonas (aka everyone’s current crush) will be the special guest host.
The Jingle Ball concert, hosted Ryan Seacrest, will take place at 8 p.m. PST on December 5 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Tickets go on sale to the public on October 18 at 10 a.m., with VIP pre-sale tickets available on October 16. Every dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.
The KIIS Jingle Ball is part of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, with stops in cities like NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami and many more. View the entire lineup after the jump. More »
Brace yourselves accordingly: Taylor Swift is back for more.
After shaking the entire nation into a frenzy with “Shake It Off” (haters are still reportedly reeling), the singer-songstress is quickly following up her lead single with a brand new 1989 track. And, based on the rather rustic Instagram teaser photo she just posted (above), it’s likely going to be a new song called “Out Of The Woods.”
The song also seems like it’s going to be an album standout, as highlighted in Swift’s cover story in Rolling Stone — and something the One Direction fans might be talking about, too. Check out all the “Out Of The Woods” details after the jump. More »
Long before the Baz Luhrmann-directed The Great Gatsby hit theaters last year (or the 2000 version, with Paul Rudd and Mira Sorvino, hit TV screens), a somewhat dull silver screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic Jazz Age novel, starring Robert Redford, Sam Waterston and Mia Farrow, was released in 1974. Farrow wound up on the very first issue of People at that time in full Daisy Buchanan drag. Now, “Shake It Off” songbird Taylor Swift has recreated that same look for the cover of the publication’s special 40th anniversary issue. More »
Taylor Swift considers herself something of a fashionista, so probably got a kick out being British Vogue‘s new cover girl. The former country queen is almost unrecognizable in the pastel-themed shoot, which finds her rocking slicked-back hair and a knitted tank top. Apart from rocking granny fashions, the 24-year-old also opened up about her new LP 1989 and dating life.
“This time around I’ve chosen the brave and bold way of going about things,” she says of her new pop opus. “I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, I don’t want to betray Nashville… but essentially it comes down to challenging yourself as an artist.” Taylor also talked about dating and the gents of Hollywood will no doubt breathe a collective sigh of relief when they hear that she’s retired. “Dating or finding someone is the last thing on my mind, because I can’t picture how it could work with the way my life is.” See the “Shake It Off” hitmaker’s British Vogue cover and pictorial after the jump. More »
:: The Princess of Pop may soon become friends with the Duchess of Cambridge! Well, not yet. During her promotional tour stop in London for her lingerie collection, Britney Spears expressed that she’d love to see Kate Middleton in her designs. “That would be splendid. I’m going to send her one of every piece. So she’ll have plenty to choose from,” the singer said. [Vanity Fair]
:: Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff were spotted on California’s Venice Beach shooting a secret music video. The odd pairing apparently worked out well, as Hasselhoff thinks the singer is pretty cool: “We had a lot of fun, and he’s a cool guy. You’ll hear more about it, but we’re just keeping it quiet because it’s really a cool video, and we had a blast.” [People]
:: Andre 3000 has acted as the legendary Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is By My Side, but for a potential OutKast movie the rapper has someone special in mind to depict him on the big screen. Andre 3000 told Rolling Stone that he’d cast Leonardo DiCaprio as himself and Kevin Hart as Big Boi. He also wants it to be a comedic biopic. That actually sounds pretty awesome! [Rolling Stone]
:: Taylor Swift had a secret listening party for her fans at her Los Angeles home on September 23, as the lead-up to her forthcoming album 1989. But it wasn’t just as listening party, this is Taylor Swift we’re talking about! The singer reportedly baked cookies and had a dance party for her fans. Sounds fun! [Los Angeles Time]
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Taylor Swift has been slowly rolling out fun outtakes from behind-the-scenes of the silly video for her smash hit, “Shake It Off.”
Last week, Taylor gave us a look at the ballet, cheerleader and modern dance sequences from the clip. And today, we’re learning a bit more about the The Animators — the futuristic pop-and-lockers. “Dancers are such passionate people about what they do, and they’re so proud to be in a music video representing their style of dance…and I’m so proud to awkwardly ruin it with my dancing,” she deadpans.
Head down after the jump to watch the 1989 singer-songwriter dancing crazy spastic in front of the trained dancers in a vintage Lady Gaga (circa 2008) spaceball look. “I try so hard. I’m always trying so hard…I think that’s the point of this video,” Taylor reflects behind the scenes. Oh, Taylor. More »