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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)

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

September 12, 2014

This is the serious part, Taylor Nation.

Ok, not so much.  The Shaker and Baker has used professionals for every one of the “Shake It Off” themes and when we get to interpretative dance, it’s clear that she’s going to stand out. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who can dance if he wants to, we know she’s goofing off. However, we do think T-Swizzle can dance and even in this video there are small instances in which she does seem a much better dancer. She’s just playing up the goofyness to prove a point.

Watch on YouTube

As you might have noticed, I have more affection for the video than the song at this point. Although the song has grown on me a bit, it’s still not a favorite. I know SIO is pop candy for the radio. As an earworm it’s tolerable, but other than the horns (by the way, the guys in the horn section have been added to Profiles) it hardly breaks away from other pop songs out there.

(Source: Big Machine Records)

(Source: Big Machine Records)

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: Taylor Swift via YouTube)

News Update: The Agency’s horns, Rolling Stone’s 22 and Deutscher Radiopreis interview

September 11, 2014
(Source: David Cook via Twitter)

(Source: David Cook via Twitter)

I’ve been keeping my head down, Taylor Nation.

Introduced by The Agency’s very own David Cook, we finally have the members of Taylor Swift’s very own horn section! Hopefully I get this right. From left to right, Wayne Tucker (trumpet), Chad Lefkowitz-Brown (saxophone), Sylvester Onyejiaka (saxophone) and Raymond James Mason (trombone). The dog is photobombing the picture, obviously. Since David is the musical director, I have a feeling these guys are here to stay but things can change.

Since the Rolling Stone article broke out, the backstory of Bad Blood has spread over the net. I’m forced to remind you that I don’t allow mean comments on anybody here. I’m also taking the rather uneasy stance of not posting the implied person’s name (because again, even if it seems clear as a bell we don’t know). I love music for music, not for who sings it. Bad Blood is not even out yet.

On a much happier note, Rolling Stone have outdone themselves with another article, 22 Things You Learn Hanging Out With Taylor Swift. You’d think that you know most of them but besides the familiar “Don’t expect to see her at the club anytime soon” we get the revealing (but expected) “She actually does curse from time to time.” However, we also learn how she feels about love right now. A bit sad.

I think the way I used to approach relationships was very idealistic. I used to go into them thinking, ‘Maybe this is the one — we’ll get married and have a family, this could be forever.’ Whereas now I go in thinking, ‘How long do we have on the clock — before something comes along and puts a wrench in it, or your publicist calls and says this isn’t a good idea?’

- Taylor Swift via Rolling Stone

Read the original story on Rolling Stone.

Here’s Taylor’s interview at the Deutscher Radiopreis 2014:

Watch on Vimeo

Coming up in 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, TwitterVimeo)

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