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News Update: The Sparkly Dressed will perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival

July 23, 2014
(Source: iHeartRadio via Taylor Swift)

(Source: iHeartRadio via Taylor Swift)

Wake up, Taylor Nation!

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s getting lots and lots of sleep, we’re glad to finally have some new news for you. No, it’s not another cat.

The Queen of Sparks will be performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event takes place September 19 and 20. Besides our Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar, the line up includes Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille and Steve Aoki among others. No word yet on which day T-Swizzle is performing.

Don’t forget to vote for Taylor Swift for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. The show airs on FOX August 10. You can vote everyday here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • August 10: 2014 Teen Choice Awards airs on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. You can vote everyday here.
  • September 19-20: Taylor Swift performs at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

(Sources:iHeartRadio Music Festival)

Little Black Dress Tour: Sara Bareilles in concert in Boston, MA!

July 17, 2014
(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

This doesn’t have to be a sad song.

There’s a chance you haven’t heard of Sara Bareilles. Likely, there’s more of a chance you haven’t heard of someone like her. Imagine if you will a powerhouse voice, a talent for songwriting, amazing lyrics and intricate compositions and there’s more than a few artists that will come to mind. However one that encompasses all of them within one frame plus no-holds barred attitude and unrehearsed sense of humor and you might find Sara in very small company.

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

She has no problem with swearing whatsoever. I’ve never heard someone saying hello to the crowd with a happy and enthusiastic, “What the fuck, Boston!” Of course, she’ll always say it with a smile. She’s pretty direct, but she’s never mean.

Talent usually has a highlight. In Sara’s case, it’s really hard to actually pinpoint. She is a singer with a rather amazing range and power to boot. I can’t think of a song she couldn’t sing, but to make it even more unfair she’s a very accomplished songwriter. She’s also a gifted musician on piano, guitar and several other instruments. Two of her albums had Grammy nominations for Best Album of the Year. She’s yet to win. But her talent is recognizable, yet she remains just a little short of mainstream.

The setlist in Boston, Massachusetts at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion was the following:

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

  • Little Black Dress
  • I Wanna Be Like Me
  • Love On The Rocks
  • Love Song
  • I Choose You
  • Chasing The Sun
  • Hercules
  • Come Round Soon
  • Manhattan
  • Chandelier (Sia cover)
  • (Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

    (Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

    Gravity

  • Sweet As Whole
  • Uncharted
  • My Lovin’ (You Never Gonna Get It)  (En Vogue cover)
  • King Of Anything
  • Brave
  • Bright Lights and Cityscapes (encore acapella)
  • Satellite Call (encore)

I’m glad she’s still playing “Love On The Rocks”, “Gravity” and the rich deep sounding “Come Round Soon” but I so wishes she would add back “Once Upon Another Time” which is my all time favorite of hers.

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Not to say that I don’t have newer favorites as “Chasing The Sun” which should be a single, “Manhattan” a love letter to New York City and the very melodious “Satellite Call” which was a surprise encore. She’s also bringing out “Hercules” which is such a vibrant mix of harmonious chaos that may never find its way to pop radio but it would be such a shame for it to never to be heard on more indie airwaves.

The hits are everyone’s favorites, and for those you can see the fandom just sing along which doesn’t bother her a bit. Sara will even briefly go quiet to heard her lyrics being sung back at her. You probably think I’m going for a Taylor Swift comparison here, but they’re two different genres for me. The sass and the pop mix in “Love Song”, “Uncharted”, the huge hit “King of Anything” and the jewel in the crown which has taken an inspirational life of its own, “Brave”.

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Sara does have happy songs. “Little Black Dress” was the opening number, followed by “I Wanna Be Like Me”. Later on she actually acknowledge her song’s often sad vibes but countered with her latest single, “I Choose You”.

Of course she had to bring out “Sweet As Whole” which cements her happy and, I believe, healthy irreverence. It’s not as much a raunchy song as it’s a slapstick comedy made music. I actually cheered when I heard the first telltale first notes. It was just cathartic to sing along to this song, which easily won over the hardest critic.

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

She did two covers. “Chandelier” from Sia and the more crowd pleasing classic “My Lovin’ (You Never Gonna Get It)” from En Vogue which she used to introduce her touring band.

Speaking about her band, she had a rare treat for the first encore, “Bright Lights and Cityscapes” which was performed acapella along with three of her bandmates. It was such a smart choice to just keep a low key to this new song causing this little interlude to be one of the highlights of the concert. High praise to Sara and her musicians for this performance.

For one video highlight, here’s a brief excerpt of Sara’s performance of “Come Round Soon” that showcases her vocals as well as one of her best songs:

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This was my concert for the year, and I wouldn’t have trade it for none else. If you ever get the chance to see her live in concert, by all means don’t miss it.

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Don’t forget to vote for Taylor Swift for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. The show airs on FOX August 10. You can vote everyday here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • August 10: 2014 Teen Choice Awards airs on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. You can vote everyday here.

(Sources: TheSwiftAgency.com)

News Update: The Giver interview and Keds photoshoot

July 10, 2014

Not much going on right now, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s on downtime right now, we’re on standby mode for the next big thing. A couple of new clips hit the internet this week. Consider this a video news update. The Princess in Red spoke about her role as Rosemary in the upcoming movie The Giver adapted from the novel of the same name.

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And here’s a new Keds photoshoot and featurette Brave on Set with Taylor Swift:

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Thanks to Beautiful Ballad and Keds Bravehearts for posting!

Don’t forget to vote for Taylor Swift for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. The show airs on FOX August 10. You can vote everyday here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • August 10: 2014 Teen Choice Awards airs on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. You can vote everyday here.

(Sources: The Weinstein CompanyKeds Bravehearts)

The future of the music industry according to Taylor Swift

July 8, 2014
(Photo: Jaime King via Taylor Swift's Instagram)

(Photo: Jaime King via Taylor Swift’s Instagram)

Guess it’s time for me to pack it in, Taylor Nation.

There’s a new article on the Wall Street Journal. It’s written by the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar herself, Taylor Swift. Here at the Swift Agen- wait, I can’t compete with Taylor! If she’s writing articles, I’m done. I’m through. Packing my bags. Hitting the road. Taking the bus.

Back up, baby, back up… Let’s start from the beginning.

Taylor begins her essay stating she believes the music industry is undergoing a rebirth. In her own words, “it’s coming alive.” She gives much props and value to the studio album. She does not shy away from mentioning how piracy may have affected album sales. “Music is art, and art is important and rare,” Taylor writes. “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.”

That is a strong statement there. I can see a little of the business woman peeking through that affirmation that there should be a value to the album. But there’s poetry and a little bit of an indie flare when states in the same sentence that artists and their labels should define it. Not iTunes, not the distributor, not the marketplace. Name your price.

She does admit that albums are being bought less – but she reaffirms, they’re still getting bought. Everyone has their own favorite lists of artists that we’ve known most of our lives and for the Sparkly Dressed, those are the ones we’ll stick with and solely buy albums from. “We will cherish every album they put out,” she says, “until they retire and we will play their music for our children and grandchildren.”

When they point to the pictures, remember her name.

Taylor is usually reserved about what she says about the way other artists do what they do, but she is far from a shy person when she writes. She addresses the ability to surprise the fans. She draws a line in the sand at “shock” strategies. She doesn’t want to be misquoted here.

And to be fair, who knows more about the music industry that someone who continues to be successful in it? Taylor acknowledges this is not because of album sales. “In the future,” she states, “artists will get record deals because they have fans—not the other way around.” I’m going to disagree here. I think that is happening already. It’s the artist who brings fans that gets the deal.

Scott Borchetta said something once asking a question about new artists starting up. He said that you want to be active in social media. You want to bring the personal websites and the social networking follower fan base with you. Biggest thing in your resume is to build your fan base before you see the labels. Get yourself out there.

T-Swizzle also addresses the blurred lines of genre she keeps walking over. “The wild, unpredictable fun in making music today is that anything goes,” she says. Taylor might not win any fans with people who prefer their music genres firmly traditional. That’s fine, she’s became her own genre a long time ago. The same as movies can have a drama, comedy, romance, mystery, horror, adventure… Why not music?

I expect not everyone to be crazy about the idea, but here’s the thing: you can technically have both. You can have traditional and contemporary. But for the Enchantress, the choice is clear: “I want to make music that reflects all of my influences,” writes Taylor, “and I think that in the coming decades the idea of genres will become less of a career-defining path and more of an organizational tool.”

This is my favorite quote, by the way:

The only real risk is being too afraid to take a risk at all.

- Taylor Swift via the Wall Street Journal

You’d think she’d call attention to what artist do nowadays, but Taylor’s more savvy than that. She’s calling attention to what fans do, to their obsession with the personal lives of young artists. She doesn’t expect that to change. She wants both sides of the debate of good girl versus bad girl and sexy versus clean well represented because… everyone needs to relate. A rather pragmatic and non-judgemental side from the Princess in Red.

She closes the article a little bit nostalgic. It’s that old-time classic feeling that she likes to evoke, as if all of this were already written in a history book somewhere and she’s just reminiscing. Makes me feel a little sad, but it feels like she’s writing from an age away looking back, “growing old, watching all of this happen or not happen, all the while trying to maintain a life rooted in this same optimism.”

Clever girl, she knows just how to write. I just wish I could protect this article from all the misunderstandings, misquotes, misinterpretations and out-of-context phrases that will follow. Unfortunately, I can’t but I will be here to clear them up. Guess I’m still writing after all.

The ending is a little cryptic, quirky and definitely Taylor-esque:  “And I’d also like a nice garden.”

PS: I can’t help but think she hid a clue on that last line :)

You can read the full article at the Wall Street Journal.

Don’t forget to vote for Taylor Swift for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. The show airs on FOX August 10. You can vote everyday here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • August 10: 2014 Teen Choice Awards airs on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. You can vote everyday here.

(Sources: Wall Street Journal)

Taylor Swift’s 4th of July weekend photo album!

July 6, 2014

I hope you had a great 4th of July weekend, Taylor Nation :)

The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar invited a plethora of friends to her house in Rhode Island for a 4th of July weekend of fun in the sun. The Sparkly Dressed shared some pictures on instagram. Famous guests Lena DunhamAmanda GriffithJaime King, Ingrid MichaelsonKyle NewmanOdeya Rush, Jessica Stam, Emma Stone, Jessica Szohr among others are also featured and some shared their pictures of the same weekend. Thanks, everyone!

Gallery mosaic time:

Jaime King shared this sparkler moment battling the elements. T-Swizzle appears on the right.

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Kyle Newman, film director and producer married to Jaime King, was the one behind the lens for the epic running pool entrance. What the heck, let’s have a look at it again:

Watch on Instagram

On other news, I want a floating turtle.

Don’t forget to vote for Taylor Swift for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. The show airs on FOX August 10. You can vote everyday here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • August 10: 2014 Teen Choice Awards airs on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. You can vote everyday here.

(Sources: Instagram)

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