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The Ribbon Dancers: The sixth outtakes video

October 1, 2014

It’s Swift-tober, Taylor Nation!

Here at the Swift Agency, just one guy who’s awake at 4am, we really should get back to sleep. The Sparkly Dressed should be packing up soon, she’s expected in London in about a week. Before this month is over, Taylor will be in the UK, Australia and back in New York for the album release week on the 27th. The countdown starts at T minus 26 days!

It’s outtake time and we’re moving on to the ribbon dancers! Let’s go to the video.

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Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, is released October 27. Taylor will be in New York City for the release. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Best Female and Best Look at the 2014 MTV EMA on November 9. You can vote here.

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(Sources: YouTube)

News Update: Taylor to appear on Make Some Noise Day and The Graham Norton Show

September 30, 2014
(Photo: Brian Friedman for IHeartRadio)

(Photo: Brian Friedman for IHeartRadio)

We go back to October all the time, Taylor Nation.

Yeah, I know that’s not the lyric :) Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s already feeling a cold coming on, we’re stuck in colder weather. That doesn’t stop the Lighting-On-Her-Feet as she’s going to join Capital FM’s Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon for their Charity Breakfast show to raise money for Global’s Make Some Noise Day.

According to their site, the trio will be getting together at the top of The Shard. Dave and Lisa are racing towards raising the most amount of money for the charity. Whoever makes the least, gets a challenge from Taylor: cleaning the windows of The View from The Shard from the outside, 1,000 feet above London. Yeah, it’s a gimmick… but it’s to raise money for charity so it’s ok.

Now we can confirm that Taylor Swift will appear on The Graham Norton Show since it’s on the BBC’s own site! The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar has appeared before on the show, known for his hilarious situations. I’m really looking forward to this appearance.

The X-Factor Australia’s official Twitter account confirmed that Taylor will be performing on the show’s grand finale in October. Taylor will probably do a lightning trip to Australia to promote her album 1989 out on October 27. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Best Female and Best Look at the 2014 MTV EMA on November 9. You can vote here.

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(Sources: Make Some Noise DayBBC)

The Weekly Rant: branding, disparities, growing pains and The Agency

September 30, 2014
(Source: Taylor Swift)

(Source: Taylor Swift)

I’ll keep it short, Taylor Nation.

And if you believe that… I’ve got some bridges to sell you. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy that realized a long time ago he can’t please everyone, we’re doing a bit of a shift in focus. While during the past eras I would try not to call attention to any negative press and focus just on the happy stuff, nowadays I’m going in a more critical direction. I still shy away of the scandal and rumor, but Taylor doesn’t get a free pass.

I know that with fame, the Sparkly Dressed has become the more sought after brand to promote a product. However, just because Taylor endorses Diet Coke doesn’t mean that you or me are suddenly fans of the beverage. On the other hand, I do like her sponsoring things like Keds which seem to have a positive and empowering image for young girls. In the end, it’s up to you to choose regardless of who is on the poster. You’ll notice that I tend to dodge certain news, and in that aspect I’ve become more of a curator. That’s the reason for the lack of news regarding her upcoming new perfume. Although I might revise that if there’s a video of her attached to the promotion.

I know the Enchantress is taking steps in a more mature direction embracing feminism as both a label and an ideology. We can thank Lena Dunham for exposing her to the real definition. However, she will soon have to address the apparent contradiction of her support for every female and her calling out another pop artist on allegedly taking her tour members. Although both things are not necessarily contradictory the fact that the other party is another female artist does seem like a disparity. Don’t worry, I’m not going into my Words Like Knives rant again. I don’t believe Taylor necessarily harbors ill feelings, but the backstory is a bit of a thorn. One thing that I’ve recently considered is that the song might just turn out to be cathartic in nature. In other words, there’s a chance that “Bad Blood” is a way for Taylor to let go of any grudges in the same style that “Innocent” did. If so, I do welcome the song. Of course, to be known as the angriest song in the album doesn’t necessarily bode well. We shall see.

Taylor Swift is both the name of a person and the copyrighted name of a brand. If you think this is selling out, I have some heartbreaking news for you. Every single one of the artists you see on a CD or in concert is a brand or aspiring to become one. Everyone of them is trying to achieve the status where their face and their persona can endorse products. Marketing is a part of the game, and some will say the one of the most lucrative parts of the music business. When you market a product, they pay you for using it and showing it off while they at the same time promote your face and your name. You probably have heard Brad Paisley congratulating Taylor Swift about becoming a product – she is. Guess what, so is Brad. So is Carrie. So is Katy. So is Miley. So is Madonna. So was Michael Jackson. So is every single artist that has her or his name in lights.

But with growth comes growing pains… and people that you work with change. It’s a marvel that The Agency stayed relatively unchanged as long as it did. The touring band, which name has never been official, has gone from a backup band to becoming part of the main feature. But after the Speak Now tour, the band has a more background role. Although during the Red tour they had their shining moments like David Cook and Mike Meadows’s instrumental before “Treacherous”, the focus is now more than ever on Taylor. I’ll always wonder if someone in her management perceived The Agency was getting too much exposure (between you and me, I’ll always fear that was my fault – but I am not that well known).

Now we have two more missing members, lead guitarist Grant Mickelson and fiddle player and background vocalist Caitlin Evanson. Grant has been touring and playing with Taylor for so long that it’s heart breaking to think his contract would not be renewed. Alas, he’s been absent so far and apparently has the time to give guitar lessons via Skype. Caitlin has been unusually quiet online, and hardly posts anything anymore. As it has been pointed out, both of them have said nothing about 1989 or the last single.

I’m not going to speculate here, we will simply never know the story of what happened. Even if you think you know, and even if you have some private insight in the matter please don’t share it with me. Insider information is impossible to confirm, it may be biased and it can’t be printed. I will miss seeing Grant and Caitlin playing along the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar. I hope they remain active in the music field and the future holds great things for both. When that happens, I will make sure to post about it. You can read more about them in their own pages, Agency Profile: Grant Mickelson and Agency Profile: Caitlin Evanson.

The X-Factor Australia’s official Twitter account confirmed that Taylor will be performing on the show’s grand finale in October. Taylor will probably do a lightning trip to Australia to promote her album 1989 out on October 27. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Best Female and Best Look at the 2014 MTV EMA on November 9. You can vote here.

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(Sources: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Tout le monde en parle: Taylor Swift’s interview

September 28, 2014
(Source: Radio-Canada)

(Source: Radio-Canada)

Bon soir, Taylor Nation.

The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar was in Montreal, Quebec last Thursday, September 25 to do an interview with Tout le monde en parle on Radio-Canada. I know they had other guests, I know there other things that are important. I still would’ve wished she would have gotten more time, and on top of that they had to edit it down.

That being said, she was her enchanting self, and she did manage to give her opinion on the topic of feminism that has been highlighted by Emma Watson’s UN Speech.

The only thing that I saw was incredible acclaim and praise and that’s just me going off of what I’m plugged into which is my fanbase of real girls out in the world living their lives and when they saw their favorite actress get up in front of the UN and say what she said… I wish when I was younger, I wish when I was twelve years old I’d been able to watch a video of my favorite actress explaining in such an intellectual, beautiful, poignant way the definition of feminism because I would’ve understood it and then earlier on in my life I would’ve proudly claimed that I was a feminist because I would’ve understood what the word means. So many girls out there say ‘I’m not a feminist’ because they think it means something angry or disgruntled or complaining. They picture like rioting and picketing. It is not that at all. It just simply means that you believe that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities and to say that you’re not a feminist means that you think men should have more rights and opportunities than women. I just think a lot of girls don’t know the definition and the fact that Emma got up and explained it is, I think, an incredible thing and I’m happy to live in a world where that happened.

- Taylor Swift via Radio-Canada

At some point, Guy A. Lepage compared her to other artists that “act up” (in context you could say they dress provocatively). It was a favorable comparison, but at the same time it does seem to put the other artists in a negative light. Instead of just letting that slide, Taylor actually came out in favor of every female artist to wear what they want:

Honestly, I think that I cheer on anybody who is living their life on their own terms and wearing what they want to wear and representing what they want to represent. I think that no other female artist should be able to tell me to wear less clothes and I’m not going to tell another artist to wear more clothes. You know what I’m saying? As long as it’s their idea and they’re expressing their sexuality or they’re expressing their strength or it makes them feel like a woman to perform a certain way or dress a certain way. I just think that as long as it’s coming from them and they’re living their lives on their own terms, I cheer them on, honestly.

- Taylor Swift via Radio-Canada

I know she did meet a few fans briefly and I’m going to give a shoutout here to @canadaswift who got a hug :)

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You definitely should come back more often, and preferably for a longer visit, Sparkly Dressed :)

The X-Factor Australia’s official Twitter account confirmed that Taylor will be performing on the show’s grand finale in October. Taylor will probably do a lightning trip to Australia to promote her album 1989 out on October 27. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Best Female and Best Look at the 2014 MTV EMA on November 9. You can vote here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: Radio-Canada)

Lightning On Her Feet: A Swift visit to Montreal

September 26, 2014
(Photo: Taylor Swift via Tumblr)

(Photo: Taylor Swift via Tumblr)

Lightning-On-Her-Feet indeed, Taylor Nation.

I don’t have much to tell you. The Princess In Red herself was in town. My town. Ok, not mine. It’s a time share thing. We’ll talk another time. The point (and I do have one) is that she was here, but if you were thinking about catching a glimpse, it’s too late now. Her fans are in the rear view mirror disappearing now. Taylor is in Toronto today, doing another lightning visit.

The visit was to do a bunch of press and quick promotion of her upcoming album. To say that her visit was quick would be an understatement. I’ve had layovers that are longer. But that’s how the cookie crumbles and the bakers bake, bake, bake in a day in the life of a star of her caliber.

I took a chance, I took a shot and you might think my plan was bulletproof except it was far from being a plan at all. Ok, if you want to call going to a huge building with a lot of entrances where you think Taylor might show up at some point of the day a plan… It was a little more than a dream actually. I didn’t have the intention for this to be anything of a chance to meet T-Swizzle (you probably know I’ve already had the honor) but I still wanted to catch a glimpse and be proud to say she was here.

From what I understand, she made it in and she was seen. I was not at the right place and moment for that. But at least I got a fleeting glimpse of waving hand inside a SUV when she was leaving. Craziness ensued, but as it happens when she’s just in a tight schedule, she was on the clock and in a hurry. I so hope she had at least fans on the show and interviewers that do research. We’ll have to wait for that.

Was it worth it? Yeah, I managed to spend a few hours listening to fans both in English and in French (which I really gotta practice more, I barely could follow) talking about the Sparkly Dressed. The Montreal chapter of the Taylor Nation are alive and kicking. If I want something for Taylor to take from her short visit here was that Montreal wants her back a lot, and we would be honored to be a stop in her next tour.

According to Journal de Montreal and Huffington Post, she was here to record an interview with Radio-Canada’s Tout le monde en parle. The interview will air on Sunday, September 28 at 20h on Radio-Canada.

The X-Factor Australia’s official Twitter account confirmed that Taylor will be performing on the show’s grand finale in October. Taylor will probably do a lightning trip to Australia to promote her album 1989 out on October 27. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Best Female and Best Look at the 2014 MTV EMA on November 9. You can vote here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: Journal de MontrealHuffington Post)

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