Welcome to 1989!
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?
Check out what the critics are saying after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: 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]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
“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.”
Preach, Kelly. Watch her cover Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” below. More »
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 Gwen Stefani. More »
Perhaps you’ve seen rumblings on Twitter, on the Internet or merely felt the vibrations coursing through the streets, but Taylor Swift‘s new album, 1989, may or may not have hit the web a little early.
To be fair, we’d already heard a bunch of new tunes leading up to the album’s eventual arrival, including her #1 smash “Shake It Off,” “Out Of The Woods” and “Welcome To New York,” as well as a hint of “Style.” But what else is there to look forward to? Let’s discuss. More »
Taylor Swift is utterly inescapable at the moment, and her album 1989 isn’t even out yet. (Oh, it’s coming, Swifties — just hang tight.) Her latest spectacle for TV viewers came courtesy of last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.
As Swift is on the level of Those Who Can Shut Down Hollywood Blvd. For A Live Performance, she figured, oh, why the hell not. Decked out in a slinky black ensemble on a giant stage outside the El Capitan Theatre, Taylor belted out her recent chart-topper “Shake It Off,” as well as moody synth track “Out Of The Woods,” all with a little help from her band and a group of backup vocalists.
1989 is released on Monday (October 27). Anyone think it’ll be a hit? Probably not. Catch “Shake It Off” above, and “Out Of The Woods” below. More »
The secret’s (all but) out!
Taylor Swift has been sneakily giving her loyal Swifties bits and pieces of her new album 1989 for weeks and months now — from those #1989SecretSessions at her apartment, to Target commercials, to pre-release tracks on iTunes. But the wait is nearly over, and now, she’s inviting us…like, all of us…to a final secret session!
On Monday (October 27), Taylor will be hosting a live stream, just as she did when she announced the album, with both Yahoo and iHeartRadio at 7:30 PM EST. What’s in store? Well, that’s still a secret — obviously. We’re guessing a live album playback, or maybe even a performance. And, if the Yahoo announcement is anything to go by, Tay Tay might even be in a Halloween state of mind? “It would be downright scary if you missed it!” they ominously sign off. How positively ghoulish! More »
Taylor Swift stopped by The Ellen Degeneres Show today (October 23) to discuss some interesting, non-music related topics — like her bizarre fear of sea urchins. The “Welcome To New York” songstress revealed to the talk show host that she’s scared of the ocean creatures: “They’re like a grenade. They’re sitting there waiting to completely injure you.” She then goes into hilariously extensive detail as to why everyone should be afraid of them, to the audience’s amusement.
Swift was recently appointed as music advisor for The Voice, where she gets to spend a lot of time with the show’s judges. Watch the singer talk about Adam Levine‘s weakness after the jump! More »
Aside from her chart-topping smashes like “Give Your Heart A Break,” “Heart Attack” and “Skyscraper,” Queen Demi Lovato is also known for her outspokenness, frequently opening up about everything from sexuality to body image to feminism — and this week is certainly no exception.
Her good friend Taylor Swift‘s been getting plenty of both praise and heat lately for her recent 1989 offerings like “Out Of The Woods,” which led her to speak out about what she considered to be “sexist” criticism for writing about her ex-boyfriends — and it seems that Demi’s in agreement with Tay.
In an interview with ET Canada, the “Neon Lights” singer backed up her friend, going on to say that Taylor’s one of the very few famous friends she has that has yet to be affected by fame. Check out Demi’s full comments after the jump. More »
Well, she did pretty damn well at keeping this one locked down, but the jig is up: With just five days to go, the tracklist for Taylor Swift‘s highly anticipated ’80′s-inspired pop record 1989, has made its way onto the Internet thanks to a stealthy fan/admirer who snapped a photo of the album’s back cover, which is now doing the rounds on Twitter.
Along with smash single “Shake It Off,” as well as promo tracks “Out Of The Woods” and “Welcome To New York,” and the intriguingly cute “Style” (teased in a Target commercial released this morning), the album also includes still unreleased cuts like “I Wish You Would,” “Blank Space” and “Bad Blood” — y’know, the one she wrote about Katy Perry. (Allegedly.)
Read on to see the full tracklisting for 1989. More »