Taylor Swift bucked the music industry trend of embracing streaming services when she pulled her entire catalogue from Spotify — a bold move but clearly one that paid immediate dividends given the bumper first-week sales of new LP 1989. The former country queen was asked about her stance by Yahoo and she didn’t hide her obvious distaste for new means of music dissemination.
“I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music,” the “Shake It Off” hitmaker explained. “And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.” Her verdict? “It didn’t feel right to me.”
“I felt like I was saying to my fans, ‘If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it, and it’s theirs now and they don’t have to pay for it’,” Taylor continued. “I didn’t like the perception that it was putting forth. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things.” More »
Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball just got even bigger, as they’ve added Taylor Swift as the major headliner for the concert’s second night! The 1989 starlet (who has the best-selling LP in America) will join Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Rixton, 5 Seconds of Summer and Jessie J on the lineup.
The first night also has pop favorites on the performance roster — Take That, Olly Murs, Ella Henderson, The Script, One Republic, Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne, The Vamps and Union J will all grace the stage. The Jingle Bell Ball takes place on December 6 and 7, at London’s O2 arena. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 7, at 8 a.m. GMT. More »
No big surprise here: Taylor Swift‘s fifth album (and her first proper stab at pop) 1989 has debuted atop the Billboard 200, thus giving the former country singer a fourth consecutive #1 on the chart. When all was said and done, SoundScan has 1989‘s first week sales at 1.287 million copies, according to Billboard, split almost down the middle between physical copies sold (647,000) and digital (640,000). This makes 1989 the album with the highest first week sales since Eminem‘s The Eminem Show (1.322 million) in 2002.
What wasn’t factored in, however, were copies of Swift’s 1989 sold for 99 cents last week through Microsoft’s new Music Deals app. You can thank Lady Gaga for that one, Swifties. More »
Taylor Swift, a.k.a. the reigning Princess of Pop, has the number one album in the country — she sold 1.287 million copies of her fifth studio LP 1989. So what better way to celebrate than posting a video on Instagram?
The “Welcome To New York” starlet uploaded a clip of her rapping along to Kendrick Lamar‘s “Backseat Freestyle” (she was in the front seat, by the way), with the caption: “Industry experts predicted 1989 would sell 650k first week. You went and bought 1.287 million albums. AND IT’S GOT ME LIKE”
It turns out that K. Dot is also a fan of Taylor Swift! The rapper recently sung the chorus of “Shake It Off” during an interview with The Fader — and he actually performed it perfectly! Listen to the artist covering each other’s tunes after the jump. More »
“Getting money, divas gettin’ money,” sang Beyonce on 2009 single/unofficial theme song “Diva”. That lyric proved prophetic when Forbes announced their list of the Top Earning Women In Music today (November 4). Beyonce raked in a jaw-dropping $115 million over the past 12 months — almost double what Taylor Swift made in second place ($64 million).
So where did Queen Bey collect her cash? Well, she performed 95 concerts within the timeframe and inked endorsement deals with H&M and Pepsi. She also sold more than two million copies of her groundbreaking visual album in the US alone. Other ladies with heavy purses include Pink, Rihanna and Katy Perry. Also, in further proof that touring is where the money is, Celine Dion and Britney Spears were very well remunerated. See the full list after the jump. More »
Taylor Swift could eclipse a record Britney Spears set way back in 2000 for the highest first-week album sales tally by a female artist. The 24-year-old’s new LP 1989 sold 1.316 million copies in its first seven days of release according to Hits Daily Double, which is marginally less than the 1.319 million opening bow of Oops!… I Did It Again in 2000. However, HDD doesn’t include all sales data, so the “Shake It Off” diva could still squeeze past her.
And even if Taylor doesn’t beat that record, 1989 will still deliver the biggest first-week sales tally of her career (Red sold 1.208 million copies in 2012) — an incredible achievement given the steady decline of album sales. It will be interesting to see how many copies the former country queen can sell by the year’s end. She has a hectic promo schedule and another single on the horizon, so three million copies doesn’t seem out of reach.
EDIT: Taylor Swift ultimately fell short of Britney’s record. 1989 sold 1.287 million copies this week according to Billboard. More »
The year is nearly over, which means the all-encompassing People’s Choice Awards are nearly upon us.
The categories for this upcoming year’s event, which will be hosted on January 7, 2015 by Anna Farris and Allison Janney, are now open for voting as of today. (You know, in case you’re not too busy voting for your local representatives or whatever.)
Already, we see a ton of familiar faces on the nominees list, including seasoned vets like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, as well as some first-ever nominations…like Sam Smith! And Sia! And Iggy Azalea! Check out the full list of music categories and nominees for the 2015 People’s Choice Awards after the jump, and let us know who you’re voting for in the comments below. More »
Barefoot choreography with Taylor Swift! Steal vs. Steal Knockout on Team Pharrell! Gwen Stefani de-fringing a contestant with a mandatory makeover! A lone, untelevised performance on Team Adam Levine! An episode-ending steal from Blake Shelton!
The final night of the Knockout Round had just about everything one could hope for to get them through te last episode until the Live Rounds — everything, perhaps, except for Taylor Swift’s cat, which was mysteriously absent during her entire Voice tenure.
While we can only hope that fur ball Olivia Benson rides Tay Tay’s elbow crook to a surprise Live Rounds appearance, we now know for sure which contestants will be showing up when The Voice goes live next week. Head below to see who rounded out the Live teams! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Big Machine Label Group (a.k.a. Taylor Swift‘s record label) has swiped the singer’s entire discography from Spotify. The move was probably made to amp up her already-insane record sales, but the streaming service was none too pleased about the decision. In a statement, Spotify said: “We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy.” [Billboard]
:: Speaking of Taylor Swift, she recently announced her 2015 world tour in support of her 1989 LP. The UK dates suspiciously circle around the Glastonbury Festival next year, which leaves the media to speculate if the singer will be performing. Time will only tell! [Digital Spy]
:: As a follow-up to her first-ever men’s fragrance (Rouge Man) released in August, Rihanna will now have a new fragrance for her female fans. The singer announced the news of the Rouge Love perfume on Twitter, but no word yet when it will be available. [MTV News]
:: In weirder news, Ariana Grande called the police on a fan who was sending her a bevy of packages. The gifts included a 42-pound pumpkin, eight Yankee candles, an anklet from Kay Jewelers and more. The cops have warned the man (a 29-year-old named Tim Normandin from Lowell, MA) to back off the singer. And we agree — it’s just plain creepy. [TMZ]
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Beware, boys: She’s got a pen handy.
Taylor Swift‘s ominous anthem “Blank Space,” a cheeky warning to all of her future suitors, is officially the next single off of the pop singer’s projected million-plus selling record, 1989. But beyond those album sales, she’s also got a pretty massive televised platform to launch the track as a single this month: Taylor will officially be performing “Blank Space” live on Sunday, November 23 at the American Music Awards.
Tay Tay will be sharing the stage with a bunch of previously announced acts, including Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX and Lorde — and of course, the show’s host, Pitbull. Dale!
Are you excited for Taylor’s “Blank Space” to be a single? Sound off in the comments below. More »