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 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 is going pop. America’s sweetheart premiered her new Max Martin
-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 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 »
:: Simon Cowell
says that he heard most of One Direction
‘s new, slightly edgier album
, and that it’s “one of their best.” Talk about a winning endorsement. [Twitter
:: Kanye West is reportedly tracking down Paul McCartney for a collaboration to be featured in his follow-up to Yeezus. “Kanye and Paul have known each other for a long time but became more friendly recently,” a source said. [HipHopDX]
:: Best friends Taylor Swift and Jaime King took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge over the weekend. Swift then nominated Selena Gomez, who promptly stepped up. [MTV]
:: Justin Bieber also took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, after being tapped by manager Scooter Braun. He nominated Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and comedian Chris D’Elia. [Instagram]
:: That said, “Weird Al” Yankovic may have outdone everyone with his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He nominated Obama, the Dalai Lama and the Pope. [Stereogum]
:: Chris Martin is reportedly seeing actress Jennifer Lawrence. He and Gwyneth Paltrow split after being married for more than a decade in March. [E!]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »
is on the promo trail for The Giver
, the sci-fi film she stars in alongside Jeff Bridges
and Meryl Streep
, but there’s also the not-so-secret news that she’s got new music on the way — including a single that may or may not be titled “Shake It Off.”
Swift, who is set to perform at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, hit up Late Night With Seth Meyers last night to chat about her movie, crashing a fan’s recent bridal shower and why she’s always caught on camera dancing at awards shows. More »
:: Taylor Swift
dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
to announce her performance at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. While there, she took part in the popular Ew!
segment and played a super nerd. It appeared to come easily. [Billboard
:: Here’s an unexpected cover version. Chris Brown shared a unique interpretation of Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me”, which is currently sitting at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s different. [Spin]
:: This is really touching. The broadway cast of Aladdin honored the late Robin Williams with a huge singalong. Performer James Iglehart also reminisced about watching the Disney cartoon for the first time. [Death And Taxes]
:: Michael Cera has released a lo-fi folk album called True That. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The Arrested Development actor has appeared in videos for Islands and sang backing vocals for Weezer. [Stereogum]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today below!
Swifties, stop reading now if you don’t want to see any spoilers.
Love those horn-heavy hooks from “Problem” and “Talk Dirty”? Well, you’re about to get more of that: Radio DJ Christopher K of Sacramento’s 107.9 The End allegedly heard Taylor Swift‘s upcoming comeback single — and there will be horns.
Although those tweets have since disappeared from his timeline, the ATRL forum caught all of his replies to eager fans begging to know more: “The new Taylor is VERY fun & VERY poppy! Has a good message too, not to worry bout what ppl think of u, just shake it off #Swifties. Funny line from Taylor’s new song: ‘They say I date too much & can’t make em stay!’ haha It’s a positive song, not a love song #Swifties,” he originally tweeted. “Yes! It’s very fun & upbeat, and has a catchy horn sound playing throughout. She even pokes a little fun at herself in it!” Other insider sources allege that the track is called “Shake It Off.”
Are you ready for a dose of horn-heavy self-empowerment pop from the Red princess? Let us know what you think of the reported comeback track in the comments below. More »
Were you getting worried that Taylor Swift
would never, ever be getting back on stage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Stay fearless, Swifties — she’s coming back for more.
The Red singer-songstress revealed that she’ll be performing at the 2014 MTV VMAs during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. “We’re planning it,” she explained.
She also (painstakingly) danced around the subject of her mystery Yahoo livestream on August 18 at 5 PM. “In general, like, you could stream anything these days,” she shrugged as Fallon desperately begged her to reveal what she was planning to do. “There could be one announcement. There could be multiple announcements.” Oh, Tay Tay! You’re such a tease! More »
So, do you remember when Taylor Swift
started mashing buttons on an elevator on her Instagram teasing something “18″-related
, and we were all like…wait, what?
The mystery’s finally been revealed (well, sort of): Princess Tay Tay is going to be holding a livestream for fans hosted at Yahoo! on August 18.
Earlier today, the country-pop darling revealed the news on her official website, with a countdown ticking down to the event happening at 5 PM EST/2 PM PST on August 18. There’s still not much known, but a contest page for a chance to be in the NYC studio audience reveals that she’s got a special announcement to make.
“Taylor Swift has exciting news to share on August 18th at a once in a lifetime event that will be streamed LIVE Worldwide on Yahoo and we are looking for some of her biggest fans to join her!” the entry page reveals. What do you think it is? More »