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1989 World Tour Shanghai: Taylor performs three awesome concerts in China!

November 12, 2015

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

Three days, Taylor Nation. Shanghai is the lucky one.

The People’s Republic of China warmly received the Taylor Nation’s Captain of the Girl Squad for the three nights of November 10, 11 and 12. The three-day tour allowed for Taylor to bring back This Love yet again to her set list, at least for her first concert. We wished she’d have more time to visit other countries too, but she also needs her rest. She had an ankle injury in Singapore she’s still recovering from.

She didn’t skim on the acoustic songs either. The first night, she did sang You Are In Love acoustically on the B stage. The second night it was the turn for You Belong With Me. Update: On the last night Taylor sang You Are In Love once more :)

The Enchantress also had this new pretty pink dress. She’s pretty happy with it. So was the audience.

On other news, Taylor donated 25,000 Scholastic books to New York City schools, as reported in PR Newswire. You also probably heard the one about the judge that dismissed a copyright suit against the Sparkly Dressed using lyrics from her songs. You can read the original story on TIME.

Australia! It’s your time. Soon. Very soon.

Coming up in the Calendar!

(Source: TaylorNation13)

(Source: TaylorNation13)

  • November 10: The 1989 World Tour – Shanghai, China – Mercedes-Benz Arena.
  • November 11: The 1989 World Tour – Shanghai, China – Mercedes-Benz Arena.
  • November 12: The 1989 World Tour – Shanghai, China – Mercedes-Benz Arena.
  • November 28: The 1989 World Tour – Sydney, Australia – ANZ Stadium.
  • December 5: The 1989 World Tour – Brisbane, Australia – Suncorp Stadium.
  • December 7: The 1989 World Tour – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Center.
  • December 8: The 1989 World Tour – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Center.
  • December 10: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.
  • December 11: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.
  • December 12: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.

(Sources: @TaylorNation13, @TaylorSwift13PR NewswireTIME)

Behind the Blog: Six years writing about Taylor Swift. It’s our anniversary!

November 10, 2015
(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

Hello Taylor Nation :)

It’s been six years since I started a blog that I had no idea that would get this far. And that’s because you guys kept reading it. And regardless of whether you want to keep doing that or are tired of me by this point, I want to thank you for being my reading audience for the last six years. If you are new to the site, lots of catching up to do. But today, November 10, 2015, six years after the first time, 1900 blog entries, it’s time to address the nation – the Taylor Nation.

Blogging was something I wanted to get into back in 2009. I was already a fan of Taylor, but I hadn’t joined the two interests until I started to read about her. There was a lot of media getting things wrong, or just skimming the surface. For most, she was a flash in the pan, a five-minute fame due to the VMA incident. Taylor wasn’t in that stage by accident, she had won an award. Actually, Fearless was album of the year at the ACM Awards back in April 2009 long before Kanye stormed that stage. Taylor had won ACM’s New Female Vocalist of the Year and the CMA’s Horizon Award back in 2008. But still people talked about a “push” due to the incident, because a lot of mainstream media were still discovering her.

They still are :P

Taylor Swift is now the name of a brand. She is a product in that sense. A name that comes with copyrights and all that jazz. But she is still a person under all those lights, and for old school fans that knew her as the little fighter going around small county fairs playing wherever she could play and making her own promotion, she’s not one to stand still. That person is a real one, who has grown and has evolved into a superstar. There’s no denying that, but regardless on how big the machine has become (see what I did there) she’s still at the wheel. Compromises have to be made though.

Perhaps the biggest one is that the wait has gotten longer. Getting to see Taylor might be the happiest a fan can be, but getting to see her in your home town and internationally in your home country, is a different honor altogether. There are still places she has yet to go COUGH SOUTH AMERICA COUGH. It gets harder as people want their Taylor moment. Meeting Taylor Swift blows people’s minds. Facebook pages, Tumblr sites and Twitter sites are born as a personal movement to meet her. Savvy fans gather together. Friendships are made in the name of the Sparkly Dressed and that elusive meet and greet, or that time in the former T-Party, the past Club Red, the current 89′ Loft.

I still say she should’ve called it Studio ’89 ;)

But those are just fan opinions. We have a lot of those. In the end, Taylor knows what she’s doing. And certain things, she can’t just do on a whim anymore. Let’s face it, we’ve all wanted to meet her. There’s no merit there, I didn’t deserve it more than someone else. I don’t deserve it any less now, but I try the kind of person that will stand back and let someone else go instead. We wish there was some sort of system instead, but this is not an application you have to fill. It’s opportunity and pure dumb luck. Yes, I know some people have met her more than once. I can’t blame them. But as much as I wish I’d have the chance again, I wouldn’t take someone else’s opportunity. The odds are overwhelming nowadays. And yet I insist, don’t give up.

Are we dreaming impossible dreams?

Seems nowadays, Taylor can almost do anything – but the small things are harder now. She still does them. I’m sure someone will get a package for the holidays. Christmas is her favorite time. The secret sessions were a blast for the few that got to go. Other than that, there’s the larger than life concerts at huge venues. Yet she still tries to make it as intimate as possible, still brings out the guitar. And yes, she does rehearse her speeches. She can’t leave that to chance. I still buy that she means it from the heart. So while Taylor continues to wear her heart on her sleeve, and as long as there’s people that still want to read me ranting and raving about it, the blog goes on. I’ve always had ideas on more stuff to do. I’m always lacking on time to execute them all.

If you are interested, I’ve also got a second blog on TV shows, movies and comics at Yeah, that was a shameless plug :D

Up next, the Queen of Sparks performs three nights in Shanghai, China. Her first night already happened. Stay tuned! Here’s to another year and many more :)

Coming up in the Calendar!

1989 World Tour Singapore: Taylor Swift brings the love to Singapore!

November 8, 2015

This love is alive back from the dead, Taylor Nation.

Asia, welcome to the 1989 World Tour! Singapore was up for the nights of November 7 and 8. It’s a full show, with the moving catwalk (the “propeller” as it’s known), full band, back up singers and her entire army of dancers. With not a thing to be missed, the Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone actually brought back This Love for the opening night. You Belong With Me was sang on the B-stage. The next night, This Love was no longer in the works, but she did add You Are In Love on the B-stage.

The set list for the first show was:

  • (Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

    (Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

    Welcome To New York

  • New Romantics
  • Blank Space
  • I Knew You Were Trouble
  • I Wish You Would
  • How You Get The Girl
  • I Know Places
  • You Belong With Me (b-stage)
  • Clean
  • Love Story
  • Style
  • This Love
  • Bad Blood
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  • Enchanted / Wildest Dreams
  • Into The Woods
  • Shake It Off

On other news, the Sparkly Dressed won Video of the Year for Bad Blood and International Female Artist at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France. Squad member Ellie Goulding received the International Female Artist award in her name.

Coming up in the Calendar!

(Sources: @TaylorNation13NRJ Music Awards)

Review Corner: Sara Bareille releases What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress

November 7, 2015


She’s all of this mixed up and baked into a beautiful pie.

It’s Sara Bareilles‘ time again. The extremely talented singer/songwriter (I may have a thing for extremely talented singer/songwriters) has released her new album What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress on iTunesAmazon and Google Play.

You have to love musical theater pieces. They’re quirky, they’re weird, they’re lovable, they’re sinful, they’re inspiring and now I need to get me some pie somewhere. The album is work of art, and almost everything stands out. Some of the songs may transcend the stage and move into singles ready for play in your favorite radio station or smartphone. That’s the case of Sara’s current smash hit She Used To Be Mine. Jason Mraz appears to duet with Sara for Bad Idea and You Matter To Me.

Opening Up is fun. Door Number Three is quirky. When He Sees Me is adorably weird and awkward. Never Getting Rid Of Me is basically the dashing character response. You can musically follow along the play as you go through the album. It’s one of those albums where you need to start hearing it in the same order, and always listen to it from beginning to end. I can listen to She Used To Be Mine and Bad Idea as standalone singles, but songs like When He Sees Me and Never Getting Rid Of Me have to played one after the other.

Here’s the featurette clips of Sara’s What’s Inside: Making the Record

Watch on YouTube

Watch on YouTube

Watch on YouTube

Watch on YouTube

Watch on YouTube

Watch on YouTube

The album is available now on iTunesAmazon and Google Play.

Coming up in the Calendar!

(Sources: iTunesYouTube)

What’s Inside: One night only. Watch Sara Bareilles unveil her new album online!

November 5, 2015

(Source: Sara Bareilles via Instagram)

Tell the world that we finally got it alright.

Miss I’m-not-going-to-write-you-a-love-song herself, Sara Bareilles, has written the music and the lyrics to a new musical, Waitress, that was already a hit at the American Repertory Theater. Now that the play is about to hit Broadway, Sara is making an event for one night only of her album release. If you’re reading this, it’s too late. It’s today, November 5, at the City Center in New York City. But guess what, you can still watch it.

You see, Sara is actually having the event streamed live through Yahoo! Live.

Here’s the first single’s official video, She Used To Be Mine.

Watch on YouTube

And here’s the first part of Sara’s What’s Inside: Making the Record feature:

Watch on YouTube

I will be sure to compile them all once they’re all released.

You can preorder “What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress” on iTunesAmazon and Google Play.

Coming up in the Calendar!

(Sources: Sara Bareilles)


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