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Put My Heart Down: Sara Evans’ latest single, co-written by Liz Huett!

September 23, 2014
(Photo: Elizabeth Huett via Twitter)

(Photo: Elizabeth Huett via Twitter)

Hello Lizzetteers :)

Okey I made that nickname up. I think Elizabeth Huett’s fans prefer Lizards? Although I’m a bit partial to Lizettes. What. Oh yeah, the news, sorry! I got sidetracked. Happens a lot. A moose once bit my sister… Sorry back on track now.

The beautiful and talented Elizabeth Huett was a co-writer in one of Sara Evans’ tracks named “Put My Heart Down” as we already reported. The track is now the latest single from Sara’s album Slow Me Down. If you are looking for Elizabeth Huett’s own vocal work, I encourage you to visit her on SoundCloud :)

You can find “Put My Heart Down” on iTunes. The single already has a lyric video so here we go:

Watch on YouTube

You can purchase the song on iTunes.

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.

(Source: RCA Nashville)

(Source: RCA Nashville)

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: iTunesYouTube)

News Update: 1989 Secret Sessions, We Can Survive 2014 and Good Morning America

September 22, 2014
(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Welcome to fall, Taylor Nation

Up here in the Great North (Canada) things are starting to get chilly. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy enjoying some orange spice tea, we’re actually going to be busy the next month as we move to the other side of the tundra in search of a spacier igloo. Unfortunately, the last days of October are also the days of the release of certain album by the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar, but that’s life for you. As coincidences go, I’m sure if it’s in the cards I will somehow find the time.

Did you hear about the 1989’s secret sessions? Taylor Swift and her management team did a wonderful work of getting together a group of fans to attend a secret event. The event was a visit to Taylor’s house in Los Angeles for lunch, meeting her folks, her cats (Meredith was uncooperative, not a big surprise but Olivia even appears in pictures) and of course the Princess in Red herself. The album was played but the guests were sworn to secrecy concerning track names and lyrics. You can see pictures on Twitter through hashtag #1989secretsessions and there’s a summary on Buzzfeed. Please be nice, most of the guests have stated they’ve never been selected for something like that before.

Finally certain dates have started to be confirmed, so we’ve got Taylor Swift performing at the We Can Survive 2014 event at the Hollywood Bowl on October 24. There is also finally a confirmation of Lightning-on-her-feet performing on Good Morning America according to GMA via Twitter on October 27, the very day of the 1989 album release!

NBC’s The Voice starts tonight. However, you should know that the Sparkly Dressed will not make an appearance until the coaches start training their teams. So expect the auditions to go on for a few weeks. That’s why I’ve chosen the date as September 22-? for Taylor’s appearance. I’m pretty sure we’ll hear about it the minute that she appears.

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!

  • September 22-?: Taylor Swift will be one of the advisors on the new season of NBC’s The Voice according to US Weekly.
  • October 20: Taylor Swift performs on the grand finale of X Factor Australia.
  • October 24: Taylor Swift performs at the We Can Survive 2014 event at the Hollywood Bowl.
  • October 27: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is released.
  • October 27: Taylor Swift will perform on Good Morning America according to GMA via Twitter

(Sources: We Can Survive 2014GMA via TwitterBuzzfeed)

Taylor Swift at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014

September 20, 2014

I close my eyes and the flashback starts, Taylor Nation :)

The Sparkly Dressed showed up in a crop top in a mini skirt at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada last night, September 19. There was a cheesy intro skit and from what we hear an eternal waiting time but finally T-Swizzle stormed the stage. She performed “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, “22”, “I Knew You Were Trouble”, “Love Story” and “Shake It Off”.

“Love Story” was a new rearranged mix version. You have to hear it to believe it. Too bad I can’t post Taylor’s entire performance. Sorry about that. Yep. Too bad. Ignore the video below.

Watch on YouTube

On a sad note, Grant Mickelson and Caitlin Evanson were obviously missing and that means I’ll have to address that soon. I’ve been postponing that.

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.

(Source: Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

(Source: Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

So usually I’d give you a picture that would show the entire dress at the red carpet but since we’re all about taking different risks now, I chose this one. I like it because I like the way the shadows and the light highlight her face.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • September 22: Taylor Swift will be one of the advisors on the new season of NBC’s The Voice according to US Weekly.
  • October 27: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is released.

(Sources: iHeartRadio)

Behind The Scenes: The fourth “Shake It Off” outtakes video

September 17, 2014

Wow you’re still here, Taylor Nation :)

Welcome to the fourth outtakes clip titled “The Animators” from behind the scenes of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”. The Sparkly Dressed (hey she’s actually sparkly in this one) adopts a distinct Gaga-esque vibe for this one. I have to confess I admire the break-dancing skills of the dancers in the background. Well, in my time (oh my god it’s Old-Man-Swift again!) they were call breakdancers. I guess now it’s animators. Now get off my lawn and go watch the clip.

Watch on YouTube

There’s yet another Rolling Stone article from Josh Eels’ interview, this time it’s Taylor Swift Reveals Five Things to Expect on ‘1989’. Most of it is expected: the album’s lead off track called ‘1989’ supposedly depicts Tay’s transition to New York City, almost half the tracks are produced by Max Martin, there’s a snare drum inspired (Jack Antonoff himself corrected the article) by Fine Young Cannibals’ “She Drives Me Crazy” in the track “I Wish You Would”, the track “Out of the Woods” was taken straight (I’m going to add ‘almost’ here) from Taylor Swift’s journal, and the experimental vibe the album has. Essentially it’s leftovers from the interview, but I guess the magazine is realizing how tidbits like this will flock people to read more.

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.

In case you’ve been living under the rock, and boy it must be nice and quiet under there, the Shaker and Baker is right now obsessed with Tumblr. Yeap, she’s interacting with fans and everything. Even Olivia is getting into the act.

(Photo: Olivia via Taylor Swift's Tumblr)

(Photo: Olivia via Taylor Swift’s Tumblr)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • September 19: Taylor Swift performs at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • September 22: Taylor Swift will be one of the advisors on the new season of NBC’s The Voice according to US Weekly.
  • October 27: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is released.

(Sources: YouTube, Rolling Stone)

The Weekly Rant: Words like knives

September 15, 2014
(Source: Taylor Swift via Tumblr)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Tumblr)

I don’t say this often enough, Taylor Nation. Thanks for reading.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who believes this won’t be the last time I write about Taylor Swift, we also are aware that this might be the last time you want to read something I write. Or perhaps not. Depends how you take criticism – or more precisely how you’re going to take me criticizing Taylor. This is a risk, but like someone once said the only risk is the one you don’t take.

This has been bugging me a lot. After the rush I got from the Guardian’s article where Taylor finally accepted the label of feminism, I was happy. Then she had to give a little too many clues regarding the backstory of “Bad Blood”, a yet to be released track from her upcoming album 1989, on the latest interview with Rolling Stone:

She did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.

- Taylor Swift via Rolling Stone.

Every update account who followed the Red Tour knows there were a few dancers that had at one time worked with another female artist and went back to her in the middle of Taylor’s Red Tour. That’s known. The thing is it’s not the song, I repeat, it’s NOT THE SONG, that will cause controversy. It’s THAT STATEMENT. The song might turn out to be amazing or not, but this statement stands alone in pointing to the other party and that’s why this is more bad blood than the song itself.

So this is me swallowing my pride as fan. She should’ve just let the song speak for itself and not give out that statement. It was business, but not really our business to know. Mature fans (realize the distinction, I’m not saying old nor young, I’m saying mature) will survive. We expect musical artists to be human and have flaws. Most of us come to love and expect some of those. I love a lot of songs from legendary artists, well-established over decades, but I know they’re flawed. So is Taylor. Making that statement is a mistake that will divide a lot of fans. It will specially be hard on impressionable fans whom are easily influenced.

I know this plea will fall, for the most part, on deaf ears. But just in case there’s one person out there listening, I still want to make it. If you like someone’s music, there is no reason to stop liking it because that artist are having a feud with another artist you like. I know for a lot of fans, artists are like idols and a lot of them feel like friends. Taylor specially has that closeness with her fans. If you can’t think of it differently, think of it the same way that when two of your friends are fighting. Stay friends with both, do not pick sides, do not become a hate troll, do not go over and taunt other fans for their choices. Artists can be brilliant at their craft but still say the wrong thing. We all do. That doesn’t mean people love you any less, and it doesn’t mean you have to love them less either.

If you want to take sides and enjoy spreading hostility, I won’t judge you. But just so we’re clear, not in my comment section. You want free speech, go make your own blog. I’ve done the hate thing way too many times to know it gets you nowhere fast. Feel free to unfollow me and feel free to unsubscribe. Thanks for reading and I hope the sun shines for you and you have a beautiful day.

As for the song itself… I’m kind of looking forward to hearing it. Is that strange?

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!

  • September 19: Taylor Swift performs at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • September 22: Taylor Swift will be one of the advisors on the new season of NBC’s The Voice according to US Weekly.
  • October 27: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is released.

(Sources:Rolling Stone)

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