You can readTaylor Swift's Rolling Stone cover story, "The Reinvention of Taylor Swift."
Swift's last album, 2012's Red, straddled the line between country and pop. "But at a certain point," she says, "if you chase two rabbits, you lose them both." So this time, she set out to do full-on "blatant pop music." A casual fan won't notice much difference, but to Swift and her brand, it's a big step. She says she won't be going to country-awards shows or promoting the album on country radio. When she first turned in the record, she says the head of her label, Scott Borchetta, told her, "This is extraordinary – it's the best album you've ever done. Can you just give me three country songs?"
Taylor Swift sets a record for the highest debut in the history of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, where "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 9. On the Pop Songs chart, "Shake" soars in at No. 12, tying the record for the best-ever launch.
I'm a fan of his and I think he's a really interesting artist. (I posted a Vine to one of his tracks once.) But he stated clearly that he hadn't seen the video and didn't even intend to watch it. So, respectfully, that sort of invalidates his observations from the get-go. And it's this one uninformed tweet that got reported on and rehashed, which started this whole "controversy." We simply choose styles of dance that we thought would be popular and amusing and cast the best dancers that were presented to us without much regard to...
Taylor makes a nice little argument in favor of paying for music. "Music is art," she says, "and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It's my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album's price point is." This is an impressively-constructed syllogism. It is also deeply, deeply wrong.
The single hardest economic problem posed by the internet is the end of scarcity.
In mentioning album sales, I'd like to point out that people are still buying albums, but now they're buying just a few of them. They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren't alone in feeling so alone. It isn't as easy today as it was 20 years ago to have a multiplatinum-selling album, and as artists, that should challenge and motivate us.
There are always going to be those artists who break through on an emotional level and end up in people's lives forever. The way I see it, fans view music...
Taylor Swift will be debuting a new track called "Sweeter Than Fiction (co-written by Jack Antonoff of fun.)" at the September 6th film premiere of One Chance at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Last night during her show at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Taylor Swift invited Tegan and Sara to join her on stage and perform the duo's hit single, "Closer," together. Video of the epic collaboration can be seen in the replies.
Taylor Swift sold 1.21 million copies of Red its first week. It's the biggest sales week for an album since 2002. She's also the first woman in chart history to ever have two albums sell over 1 million copies in their first weeks.
Taylor Swift premiered a new song last night at the 2012 Stand Up To Cancer telecast. You can watch her performance here and you can listen to the studio version in the replies. The song is also available on iTunes.