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The Weekly Rant: When it’s not about Taylor. A hack, a countdown and some actual news.

January 27, 2015
(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram - this one's actually a pic from Tay)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram – this one’s actually a pic from Tay)

Ain’t it funny, rumors fly, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, we’re trying not to get down about the the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world… but sometimes we do have to rant about them. Someone decided it would be a good idea to hack Taylor Swift’s Twitter and Instagram account. Oh, kids. Talk about trying to get their five minutes of nameless fame. Anyhow, not a big deal of harm done. Twenty minutes later Twitter was erasing tweets and suspending accounts. Taylor has regained control.

At least we got the chance to hear some sass as Taylor rejected another rumor that nudes of her could appear. As if.

On other news that even have less to do about T-Swizzle, Triple J in Australia has disqualified Taylor Swift’s entry into the Hottest 100 countdown contest. Here’s the deal. Buzzfeed and KFC both supported a #Tay4Hottest100 hashtag. The poll is public, but supposedly based on what Triple J plays during the year. According to them, they’ve never played Taylor Swift and the people voting for the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar were just trying to teach who they perceived as “music snobs” a lesson by voting something mainstream in the countdown. Bottom line? It seems that there has been quite a few examples of people trolling the list with entries that are not valid. So for all that jazz, Triple J made a list of reasons why they disqualified Taylor Swift as an entry. Not as a person. They don’t have any beef with Taylor Swift.

And this is just another example of someone putting Tay’s name in the middle of something she never asked to be a part of in the first place.

On news that actually involve Taylor Swift at all, she made an appearance at the Grammy’s party for Nashville nominees. How did she show up? Discreetly. She never walked the red carpet. Once inside, she got pictures with the people who wanted a picture. There’s a time for modesty and Taylor let the other Nashville residents have a go. We all know she moved to NYC, but still know that she never forgets Nashville is where she sharpened her skills. There will always be a place for Music Town in the hearts and minds of the citizens of the Taylor Nation. You can read the original story at The Tennessean.

And finally, Canada’s JUNO Awards have announced their nominees for 2015 and I’m proud to announce that 1989 has received a nomination for International Album of the Year. The show airs on March 15.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 8: The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance for “Shake It Off”.
  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.

(Sources: TripleJFeed, The TennesseanJUNO Awards)

News Update: Taylor Swift will play BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend at Norwich

January 23, 2015
(Source: BBC via Big Machine)

(Source: BBC via Big Machine)

We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright, Taylor Nation.

We’re listening a lot to Ingrid Michaelson here at the Swift Agency. I’m still a guy who blogs first and foremost, for better and worse, for ever and ever, the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar. Well, and Sara Bareilles. Although my heart still belongs to Elizabeth Huett (she’s engaged *sob*). And I can’t forget Mallary Hope – congratulations on your newborn daughter, Mal! What I’m saying is… I like a lot of music, ok? Let’s not focus on me.

Where was I. Oh yeah, Taylor! The Princess In Red has been announced to perform on BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend to take place in Norwich, Norfolk in England this May 23-24. Radio 1 will be announcing the full line up in the coming months. You can read the original story on BBC Radio 1.

On other news, Vance Joy will not only be the main support for the North American leg but the Australian singer/songwriter will be joining T-Swizzle in the UK and Ireland for the concerts in Glasgow, Manchester and Dublin. The British performer James Bay will be appearing with Taylor in Germany and The Netherlands for the dates in Cologne and Amsterdam. You can read the original story in TaylorSwift.com.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 8: The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance for “Shake It Off”.
  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.

(Sources: BBC Radio 1TaylorSwift.com)

Behind The Blog: I’ll never change, but I’ll never stay the same either. Where do I go from here.

January 22, 2015
(Photo: The Swift Agency via Instagram)

(Photo: The Swift Agency via Instagram)

You know for me it’s always you, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s writing late even though he’s tired from lack of sleep because he was up last night writing late, we know we’ve gone a little longer with this blog than we planned or expected. Nowadays, I’ve also become sort of a personal curator, seeking out the news that are worth your time. As 2015 starts, I’m going to try to jump over a few personal barriers. Yes, I know places to hide. But to put more heart into this blog, I need to risk stepping out of my comfort zone.

The reason for this entry is to try to break old patterns. Don’t worry, the ninjas will still pop up stealing cake from the kitchen. I just have to accept that doing the same does not give you results. Back in October 2012, I actually went to a concert without my usual suit and tie that I’ve been wearing since the Fearless Era. Instead I dressed up as Waldo (it was part of a group stunt) and ended up in Club Red meeting Taylor Swift. It was a complete coincidence, but at the same time it felt like stepping out of my comfort zone was a step in the right direction.

I’m considering trying a few new things. Be a little more personal. Let the shades drop from time to time. But I’m resistant to changing mediums. My thing is writing. That’s where I came in, and perhaps where I will come out when nobody wants to read my rantings and ravings anymore. However, I might just try one of those mediums for kicks. Like I said, taking a few risks is good.

For years, followers of Taylor Swift have been berated by internet trolls on being less than intelligent, often due to their perceived age. I’m not going to call myself the brightest of bulbs, but I’m not a listener of regular teen idols. Finding Taylor was a fluke. T has always been more than that, and now more than ever people are starting to take notice. For better or worse, I belong to Tay’s older male demographic, and yes she does have one. My name is Agustin, and just in case you’ve ever wondered, I don’t have a plan. I’m making this up as a I go. You can write me at TheSwiftAgency at gmail dot com.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 8: The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance for “Shake It Off”.
  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.

(Sources: TheSwiftAgency)

Review Corner: Shayna Steele’s Rise

January 22, 2015
(Source: Ropeadope via iTunes)

(Source: Ropeadope via iTunes)

It matters not how you learn about new music, if it’s music you like and you support the artist. Shayna Steele has a connection to the Taylor Nation. She’s the Agency’s David Cook‘s significant other. That being said, she’s an artist in her own right.

Rise is a jazz album, but regardless of what genre it falls under the most important thing about it is that it has music that moves you and inspires you. The album is livelier than one can expect and at the same time has a warm, lounge-y feeling about it. You feel both comfortable and want to move at the same time. Instrumentally you can feel surrounded by a band at all times, a band that seems to be walking around a fast moving Shayna. David Cook not only plays the piano and co-writes, he’s also the person behind all the arrangements.

Personal favorites from the album were “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy”, “Grandma’s Hands”, “Coulda Had Me” and “Paper Bag” but I also got a soft spot for “I Got You”, “Sunshine Girl” and “Gone Under”. “Coulda Had Me” deserves special mention as Shayna Steele co-wrote it with David and former Agency member Caitlin Evanson. Also collaborating in her album is current Starlighter Kamilah Marshall. Even if you think that jazz might not be your thing, take a listen. You can get the album on iTunes.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 8: The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance for “Shake It Off”.
  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.

(Sources: iTunes)

News Update: Taylor is nominated for the BRITs International Female Solo Artist

January 15, 2015
(Source: BRITS via Taylor Nation)

(Source: BRITS via Taylor Nation)

She’s all that and a bag of chips, Taylor Nation.

The nominees have been announced for the BRIT Awards 2015 and Taylor Swift has a nomination for International Female Solo Artist. She is also scheduled to perform for the live show in London, UK at the O2 on Wednesday, February 25. Also announced to perform that evening are Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran.

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Mic will revisit the UK and Ireland next summer during her 1989 World Tour, including a performance at British Summer Time at Hyde Park 2015 as the headliner on June 27.

You can read the original story on the BRIT Awards 2015 official site.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 8: The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance for “Shake It Off”.
  • February 25: Taylor Swift will perform at the BRIT Awards 2015.

(Sources: BRITS.co.uk)

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