Posts tagged "Taylor Swift"

Ibrawlator: What Was The Best Album Of October?

Each month, we’re taking a look back at the albums that piqued our pop interest, pitting them against each other and then asking you to decide which album ultimately ruled.

It’s that time again: Our “Best Of” Ibrawlator for October. Last month, true jazz lovers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga stole our readers’ hearts with their duet record, Cheek To Cheek.

And now, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on the best pop records of October. More »

Magazine Melee: Which Pop Act Has The Best November 2014 Cover?

Each month, we take a look at our favorite pop stars gracing the glossy covers of fashion, health, music and lifestyle magazines across the world and ask you to choose the best cover!

The chilly season has arrived, and it’s up to some of our favorite pop stars to provide us with some fashion-forward fall lewks of the cover of today’s hottest fashion and lifestyle magazines. Who will reign supreme across the November issue array?

The boys of One Direction look charming and silly as ever on the cover of Seventeen, while Rita Ora serves sultry over-the-shoulder camouflage for Teen Vogue. Charli XCX exemplifies cool on Complex, Beyoncé gives beach body for Cosmopolitan Australia and Taylor Swift stands tall in a bold print on Fashion and Jessie J shows off a shapely figure on Cosmopolitan UK. All gorgeous covers for sure, but which one’s your favorite?

Check out the upcoming covers below, and then place your vote for your favorite of the month! More »

The Best and Worst Advice Taylor Swift Gave on ‘The Voice’ This Week: An Extremely Deep Analysis

“Anytime I watch a performance of any kind I’m taking notes,” declared Taylor Swift on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice. Girl, we hear you, and are taking just as many notes on your mentoring stint during the Knockout Round. Judgment, after all, is a favorite pastime.

Some of the 1989 singer’s advice was solid, some was weak, and some was downright bat-ish crazy. Following the first week of Tay Tay’s stint on The Voice, here are the highlights of her mentoring wisdom. More »

Taylor Swift Performs “Welcome To New York” On ‘David Letterman’: Watch

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A True New Yorker

Taylor Swift stopped by Late Show with David Letterman yesterday (October 28) to promote her new album, 1989. The singer (who is NYC’s welcome ambassador) is officially an expert on all things New York, and she professed her love for the city to the show’s host. The “Out Of The Woods” starlet also talked about the secret album sessions she hosted for her fans.

Swift then commented on why she hasn’t written a song about relationships in a while: “Well I haven’t really had any lousy boyfriends in the past year and a half. It’s been good! I’m not really looking out for them.” Afterwards, she took the stage to perform “Welcome To New York” — the ode to her new hometown. Watch the performance up top, and catch the singer’s interview after the jump! More »

Taylor Swift’s ’1989′ Is On Track To Sell One Million+ Copies This Week: Find Out How She Made History

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).

So what’s Tay Tay’s secret? Well, her military-like promo blitz certainly helped. As did the innovative roll-out (live stream announcement, secret sessions and Instagram countdown) and goodies-filled Target deluxe edition. She also said girl, bye to Spotify and had every celebrity she’s ever met promote 1989 on their social channels. All is fair in love and first-week album sales, and the “Shake It Off” diva knows what it takes to get your coins. Well played and game over. More »

‘The Voice’: Taylor Swift Takes Over The Knockout Round, Taylor Phelan Covers Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”

Taylor Is A Knockout

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 Is New York City’s Welcome Ambassador: Morning Mix

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Did You Hear?

:: 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 Prince will 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]

:: Boy, are those Directioners loyal! One Direction‘s fans helped their “Steal My Girl” video break the Vevo record for the most views in 24 hours. The record was previously broken by Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” visual. [PopCrush]

:: 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 LopezKanye 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]

Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Taylor Swift’s ’1989′: Album Review

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 Talks New ’1989′ Album on ‘Good Morning America’: Watch

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All About '1989'

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 Red twice, but instead I decided to go in a completely different direction.”

1989 is Swift’s fifth studio LP, and features songs like “Shake It Off,” “Out Of The Woods” and “Welcome To New York.” Watch the interview up top, and head on after the jump to see the singer announce the winners of the “Shake It Off” contest. More »

Taylor Swift To Headline Ryan Seacrest’s ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’

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 on Wednesday, December 31 at 8 p.m. on ABC. More »