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The Record-Breaker does it again. Blank Space makes Billboard history.

November 19, 2014

It’ll leave you breathless, Taylor Nation.

…or with a nasty scar if you don’t put that glue gun down. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who promises you longer weekends if he ever gets elected president, we barely got a few things done last week. On the other hand, the Sparkly Dressed went ahead and sold 312,000 more copies of 1989. That brings the total number of albums to 2 million. Overachiever? You bet. You can read the original story on Billboard. Yo, haters – what did you accomplish last week?

(Source: Big Machine Label Group)

(Source: Big Machine Label Group)

The record-breaker and shaker also made history when “Blank Space” dethroned “Shake It Off” as a single in the Hot 100 Billboard Chart. It’s the only time in the 56 years of existence of the Hot 100 that an artist’s single has been succeeded by another single of the same artist.

The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar will be back on The Voice next Tuesday, November 25, as she takes the stage to perform “Blank Space”. You can read the original story on TaylorSwift.com.

Taylor will be at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball in Los Angeles, California on December 5, Capital FM’s Jingle Ball in London, UK on December 7 and z100’s Jingle Ball 2014 in New York City, New York on December 12. The Sparkly Dressed has been nominated for three People Choice AwardsFavorite Female ArtistFavorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off”. The show airs on January 7. You can vote here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: Billboard, TaylorSwift.com)

Tour Talk: New dates for Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles. Taylor will be on Victoria’s Secret.

November 18, 2014
(Source: Victoria's Secret via TaylorSwift.com)

(Source: Victoria’s Secret via TaylorSwift.com)

Hope you’re saving up, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who believes everyone can want who they want and love who they want to love, we’re all for girl power. Taylor Swift will once again be the musical guest at Victoria’s Secret in London. Also performing that night, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Hozier. The show will air December 9 on CBS according to TaylorSwift.com. That’s a bit of a conflicting show from a feminist standpoint. You can argue for and against women taking the catwalk in lingerie, but the strongest point (in my opinion, this is my blog after all) against it is the self image issues that women face. The mainstream tends to idolize this one ideal of beauty to the point of shaming any outside the norm. There is more than one concept of beautiful. Please remember that.

Chances are you know new dates have popped up since the original tour announcement. Japan’s two Tokyo dates at the Tokyo Dome and Germany’s additional concert in Cologne at the Lanxess Arena were announced in TaylorSwift.com.

However, additional dates have also been added with less fanfare. There’s a new date on July 10 for East Rutherford, NJ at MetLife Stadium that I already announced. You also have other concert dates that have been added to the TaylorSwift.com Events page. Namely, one for Philadelphia, one for Chicago and two for Los Angeles.

You can check my Calendar 2015 for all dates so far, but remember official information will be on TaylorSwift.com.

It’s hard to be on top this, so my advice is that if you are waiting for an additional show when there’s already a date for a venue in your city, make sure you also check the news for the site in that venue in case one is announced that flies under the radar. I will update all additional as soon as I can. New concerts on cities that didn’t have one usually get announcements.

Taylor will be at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball in Los Angeles, California on December 5, Capital FM’s Jingle Ball in London, UK on December 7 and z100’s Jingle Ball 2014 in New York City, New York on December 12. The Sparkly Dressed has been nominated for three People Choice AwardsFavorite Female ArtistFavorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off”. The show airs on January 7. You can vote here.

(Source: TaylorSwift.com)

(Source: TaylorSwift.com)

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: TaylorSwift.com)

Taylor Swift on CNN Spotlight and BBC Radio 1

November 16, 2014

All you have to do is like her, Taylor Nation.

CNN Spotlight ran a piece on Taylor Swift and odds are you didn’t hear anything that you don’t already know. The video article used old interviews from Taylor. Not the most up to date piece in my opinion. It seems like it was put together two years ago with a few minutes added in to acknowledge 1989. Speak Now is not even mentioned. Nevertheless, have a look:

Watch on YouTube

And now for something completely different, an interview on BBC Radio 1 with the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar.

Watch on YouTube

Taylor will be at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball in Los Angeles, California on December 5, Capital FM’s Jingle Ball in London, UK on December 7 and z100’s Jingle Ball 2014 in New York City, New York on December 12. The Sparkly Dressed has been nominated for three People Choice AwardsFavorite Female ArtistFavorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off”. The show airs on January 7. You can vote here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: CNNBBC Radio 1)

News Update: Barbara Walters. New MetLife Stadium concert date!

November 14, 2014
(Photo: Ida Mae Astut/ABC)

(Photo: Ida Mae Astut/ABC)

She is kind of a big deal, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who thinks Taylor is interesting enough to write about her for five years, we think Barbara Walters should’ve had the Sparkly Dressed a couple of times already. The special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 will air on December 14. You can read the original story on Billboard.

On tour talk news, MetLife Stadium announced that the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar has added a second date to the New Jersey venue. The new 1989 World Tour concert date, July 10, 2015 will go on sale to the general public this upcoming November 21. You can find more information at MetLife Stadium.

Taylor will be at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball in Los Angeles, California on December 5, Capital FM’s Jingle Ball in London, UK on December 7 and z100’s Jingle Ball 2014 in New York City, New York on December 12. The Sparkly Dressed has been nominated for three People Choice AwardsFavorite Female ArtistFavorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off”. The show airs on January 7. You can vote here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: BillboardMetLife Stadium)

Swift Power on TIME magazine, a commentary. A Blank Space lipsynch with Greg James.

November 13, 2014
(Photo: Martin Schoeller for TIME)

(Photo: Martin Schoeller for TIME)

She never misses a beat, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s trying to keep his head above water, we’ve got bills to pay and nothing figured out. The Queen of Sparks just made the cover of TIME magazine with a powerful title: The Power of Taylor Swift. Unfortunately, we don’t have a subscription, but we can give you a few quotes from the associated article, where Taylor discusses 1989, Spotify, the 1989 World Tour and her female role models.

“I didn’t want people to know the emotional DNA of this album,” Taylor tells TIME. “I didn’t want them to see a smiling picture on the cover and think this was a happy album, or see a sad-looking facial expression and think, oh, this is another breakup record.” And that she did. Her cover is enigmatic but also reminiscent of the 80’s. Whether the 80’s band A Flock of Seagulls was an accidental or intended reference is not clear, but there’s definitely a vibe to that era with the polaroid theme.

“Being a songwriter means you’re very attuned to your own intuition and your own feelings even if they hurt,” she says about songwriting. She’s the quintessential songwriter to embody that thought. Taylor is never detached from her songs, they soar because she sings them and she soars because she writes them. It’s a very intimate relationship.

She also addresses feminism and female artists. “In the beginning, I liked to think that we were all on the same playing field,” she says. “And then it became pretty obvious to me that when you have people sort of questioning the validity of a female songwriter, or making it seem like it’s somehow unacceptable to write songs about your real emotions—that it somehow makes you irrational and overemotional—seeing that over the years changed my view.”

You can read more about her views on TIME magazine.

On other news, watch as BBC’s Greg James goes for a ride and a lip sync sing-along with the Daydream herself! The track is Blank Space. The place is London. Let’s go to the video!

Watch on YouTube

Oh, and this answer to the question of being a fan of the Knicks really feeds my impossible dream that she will add a concert (or three) at the Madison Square Garden: “And ever since then I’ve had this kind of sparkly, magical opinion of Madison Square Garden and the Knicks, since they let me sing when I was a little kid.”

Taylor will be at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball in Los Angeles, California on December 5, Capital FM’s Jingle Ball in London, UK on December 7 and z100’s Jingle Ball 2014 in New York City, New York on December 12. The Sparkly Dressed has been nominated for three People Choice AwardsFavorite Female ArtistFavorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off”. The show airs on January 7. You can vote here.

(Photo: Martin Shoeller for TIME)

(Photo: Martin Shoeller for TIME)

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: TIME magazineBBC via YouTube)

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