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1989 World Tour LA: Ryan Tedder, Mary J. Blige and Uzo Abdua! Wildest Dreams premieres at the VMAs!

August 23, 2015
(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

So casually cruel in the name of being honest, Taylor Nation.

We’re two nights in with three more concerts to go and already the highlights of the 1989 World Tour concerts in Los Angeles, California are all kinds of awesome. The Staples Center has already been the witness to Ryan Tedder from One Republic performing Counting Stars, Mary J. Blige singing two songs with Taylor: Doubt and Family Affair, and Uzo Aduba showing her musical chops in a duo with the Enchantress singing the classic White Horse. Add to that an acoustic surprise version of All Too Well and you have a lot of fans not in attendance jealous of the entire audience.

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Uzo really put some fire into her performance! White Horse won the Grammy for Best Country Song back in 2010. The other two songs that Taylor has specifically won Grammies for are Mean for Best Country Song in 2012 and Safe And Sound (featuring the Civil Wars) for Best Song Written For A Visual Media (The Hunger Games) in 2013. Mary J. Blige was also amazing and had words of praise for the Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone. Read Chris Willman’s article on that on Yahoo! Music.

Sean O’Pry walked the catwalk during Style. He really should’ve appeared during Blank Space, since that’s the video he’s in, but Style is the one with the cameos. Chris Rock and Matt LeBlanc also appeared because of some reason.

On other news, Wildest Dreams has been announced to premiere on the VMA pre-show on Sunday, August 30 at 8/7c on MTV.

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • August 24: The 1989 World Tour – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center.
  • August 25: The 1989 World Tour – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center.
  • August 26: The 1989 World Tour – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center.

(Sources: @TaylorSwift13, @TaylorNation13, @MTV)

 

1989 World Tour Glendale: She loves you to the moon and back

August 19, 2015

We’re gonna fly away from here, Taylor Nation.

This song… Taylor brought up Ronan and Maya Thompson at her show in Glendale. This is a beautiful, sad and heartbreaking song. It’s been taken down already. I’m not going to fault UMG for bringing down clips. This one however, is barely a sample, but it does contain Taylor’s speech. You can hear the sadness and the knot in her throat, but childhood cancer is truly the worst subject to bring up yet so necessary to address.

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And just because I don’t want to leave you with a sad note, here’s 7-year old Jacob Velazquez with a medley of the entire 1989 album. Notice he doesn’t have music sheets in front of him… He’s playing it by memory.

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Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who can’t get three notes right in guitar, we’re glad to report Taylor is actually inviting Jacob to one of her concerts. No, really, she is.

I’m not crying, you are crying!

(Source: TaylorNation via Twitter)

(Source: TaylorNation via Twitter)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • August 21: The 1989 World Tour – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center.
  • August 22: The 1989 World Tour – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center.
  • August 24: The 1989 World Tour – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center.
  • August 25: The 1989 World Tour – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center.
  • August 26: The 1989 World Tour – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center.

(Sources: @TaylorNation13, @TaylorSwift13Jacob Velazquez via YouTube)

Happy (belated) Birthday David Cook! 1989 World Santa Clara with Fifth Harmony and Little Mix!

August 16, 2015
(Source: David Cook via Twitter)

(Source: David Cook via Twitter)

I should’ve been there in the back of your mind, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who just came back from a much needed break, we’re getting back on schedule. Happy belated birthday to The Agency’s own musical director David Cook! He’s always been such an amazing person to fans that I’d be remiss to not give him props for his birthday (August 12). Please check out David’s projects at davidcookmusic.com. You can buy his jazz albums here.

The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar has been busy. Taylor brought her 1989 World Tour to the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California for two amazing nights. On August 14, she would bring us back to the past with Should’ve Said No and bring surprise guest group Fifth Harmony for a performance of Worth It. On August 15, her throwback song was dedicated to Jaime King’s baby with Never Grow Up. She’s the literal godmother to that child. I expect someone is already photoshopping a magic wand and some wings to the Sparkly Dressed. She also brought Little Mix as the secret guest to play Black Magic.

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According to Vanity Fair, T-Swizzle brought out Julia Roberts and Joan Baez to the stage during Style. I’ve already mentioned this, but I’m not quite on board with the whole concept of the runway cameos (kinda glad it didn’t happen in Montreal because Style is one of my favorites and I don’t like it interrupted). It feels a lot like name dropping in visual form. That being said, Joan is a singer-songwriter so musically there is a slight connection. I’ve got nothing against Julia but she was a fish out of water here.

Up next! Glendale! And you can probably guess there’s a ton of surprises for Los Angeles coming up next week.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: bjurecords.com, Vanity Fair)

1989 World Tour Seattle: Russell Wilson and Ciara walk with Style. Fetty Wap sings Trap Queen.

August 9, 2015
(Source: Taylor Nation via Twitter)

(Source: Taylor Nation via Twitter)

Someday I’ll be living in a big ole city, Taylor Nation.

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone visited CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s working on a few things at the same time, we’re still managing to catch up and give you the highlights. T-Swizzle brought out Ciara and Russell Wilson during Style. She also had secret guest artist Fetty Wap come out for a performance of their hit Trap Queen. The acoustic song this time was Mean. And she’s big enough that people can’t hit her anymore.

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Up next, we’re up for a break. That is, until Taylor does something cute/adorable/dorky/amazing or all of the above. Anyhow, welcome to August! We still got a little summer left so if you’re willing to listen to my advice, go out there and make the most of it.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: Taylor Nation via Twitter)

News Update: 1989 Edmonton goes Fearless. Wildest Dreams is the next single. Ryan Adams covers 1989

August 7, 2015

She wanted to ask you to dance right there, Taylor Nation

Edmonton, Alberta had a chance to go back in time with a little nostalgia when the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar decided to give them a moment to capture and remember. The Captain of the Squad decided to regal the audience with an acoustic rendition of Fearless.

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And Taylor broke social networking with this announcement:

But karma can come around and Taylor herself passed out when Ryan Adams decided to cover the entire 1989 album. We. Need. To. Hear. This. Here’s a few clips, done in different classic rock styles. Can you recognize the songs?

Up next, yours truly takes a little vacation but somehow we’re still blogging. So… how is this a vacation again? Oh well.

(Source: Ryan Adams via Twitter)

(Source: Ryan Adams via Twitter)

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: YouTube, @TaylorSwift13, @TheRyanAdams)

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