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End of an Era: There are far, far better things ahead

July 5, 2014
(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

Happy 4th of July weekend, Taylor Nation!

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s slept all day, we’d like you ask you try not to blow all your fingers off. Be safe and we can keep on partying. Of course, we are all waiting for that photo blog from the Sparkly Dressed since she gets very patriotic in this date. The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar has already declared her album as finished, except for a few details here and there. This is pure speculation, but that sounds like all the tracks have been chosen and since details can make or break and album, T-Swizzle’s latest offering is not done until it is done.

That means we have to wait. Luckily for us, we’re very good at waiting! Oh wait, we’re not… We absolutely suck at waiting. My bad. Oops. Don’t kill me. Have some cake.

TaylorSwiftArchiveII has obtained the For Your CMA Consideration 2014 video clip. Let’s go to the video.

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The video gives a final goodbye to the Red Era that captured our hearts. The 2014 CMA Awards eligibility period is from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. Three singles qualify for nomination in those dates: “Everything Has Changed” released July 16, 2013, “Sweeter Than Fiction” released October 21, 2013 and “The Last Time” released November 4, 2013. The 2014 CMA Awards are a long way away: November.

Thanks to TaylorSwiftArchiveII for posting!

The Princess in Red was also featured in an awesome pool entrance clip shared by Jaime King:

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Don’t forget to vote for Taylor Swift for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. The show airs on FOX August 10. You can vote everyday here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • August 10: 2014 Teen Choice Awards airs on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. You can vote everyday here.

(Sources: YouTubeInstagram)

Video Showcase: The Evolution of Taylor Swift’s Voice

July 1, 2014
Summer. Sundress. Sweater. Sunset.

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

Happy Canada Day, Taylor Nation! :)

You probably find it all a little bittersweet, but if you’re like me you’re getting lots of sleep and finding some cash leftover in your pocket lately. Don’t get too used to it, we should have a new Taylor Swift album coming up before the year is over. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s not getting out of bed today and you can’t make me, we know that Taylor has released albums in the past in October. Taylor Swift, Speak Now and Red were all released in October. Fearless was the exception with a November date release. Odds are favor we’ll get the new album by either of those months.

To tide you over, I want to showcase this video compilation by Antônio Lemos highlighting the evolution of the voice of the Princess in Red. Let’s go to the video!

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Thanks to Antônio Lemos for posting!

Don’t forget to vote for Taylor Swift for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. The show airs on FOX August 10. You can vote everyday here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • August 10: 2014 Teen Choice Awards airs on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. You can vote everyday here.

(Sources: YouTube)

Review Corner: Ed Sheeran’s X

June 25, 2014
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(Source: Asylum Records - Atlanta Records)

(Source: Asylum Records – Atlanta Records)

Sing, Taylor Nation! Louder!

Hopefully I don’t have to explain who Ed Sheeran is to frequent readers. Just in case you live under a rock, he’s the british singer-songwriter that opened for Taylor Swift’s North-American leg of the Red Tour. He also invited Taylor Swift in return when he played the Madison Square Garden.

Ed Sheeran has released his latest album, X (apparently it’s supposed to be read as “multiply”) on iTunes. I think it’s a clever plot to teach math to young music listeners. It’s going to take a long time though. Disclaimer: Ed Sheeran did release an album but it has nothing to do with teaching math, that was just a joke.

The album has some amazing creations, and it’s more than worth it to go for the deluxe version. Special mentions so far are “Don’t”, “Nina”, “Tenerife Love”, “Thinking Out Loud”, and the song from the movie The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, “I See Fire” which is only available on the deluxe. There’s a lot more great tracks in the album which hovers between pop and hip-pop. Each song has been crafted with a ton of rhythm and most of them have a very smart beat, somehow blending in acoustically without resorting to studio parlor tricks.

Here’s Ed showing up as the Red Tour’s secret guest at the O2 in Berlin, Germany to sing “I See Fire”.

Watch on YouTube

Thanks to michaelberlin for posting!

I’m not that impressed with the actual first single of this album, “Sing” which I find didn’t need the falsetto on the chorus. It remains a very good tune, but not the track I would highlight. Actually, I would point to “Don’t” as a much better single for the album overall. That’s my opinion though. I can’t find a song that I wouldn’t play, so I recommend you get this one.

You can find out more about Ed Sheeran on his official site, EdSheeran.com

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • August 10: 2014 Teen Choice Awards airs on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. You can vote everyday here.

(Sources: iTunes, Ed Sheeran Official Site)

News Update: Olivia Benson, 2014 TCA nominations & Holy Ground from Ghana

June 22, 2014
(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

Not that Olivia Benson, Taylor Nation.

The Princess in Red added a new citizen to Kittytown and here at the Swift Agency, a guy who doesn’t have room for a plant, we’re wondering how Meredith is getting along with her new roommate. The cat was named Olivia Benson after Taylor’s favorite character from Law & Order: SVU played by Mariska Hargitay. Then again, perhaps Taylor will keep one in New York and the other in LA, Rhode Island or Nashville.

The 2014 Teen Choice Awards airs on FOX on August 10. Taylor Swift is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. You can vote everyday here.

And this is not really Taylor Swift news, but a group of kids from Ghana that have been rescued by of Touch A Life decided to sing a cover of Taylor Swift’s song Holy Ground with some changes of their own.

Watch on YouTube

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • August 10: 2014 Teen Choice Awards airs on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. You can vote everyday here.

(Sources: Instagram, 2014 Teen Choice AwardsTouch A Life)

Happy Birthday to the songstress from Cohutta, Mallary Hope!

June 21, 2014
(Source: Mallary Hope via Instagram)

(Source: Mallary Hope via Instagram)

Happy birthday, Mallary Hope! :)

Mallary Hope is a very talented singer/songwriter and an amazing person that has made my trip to Nashville worthwhile. She was the first person I ever met in Nashville. It was my first CMA Fest back in 2011, I walked down Broadway where they were doing this event of meeting a star on the bus. Up next was Mallary Hope… who I had befriended in Twitter. And so, I got in line and was the first person to meet her. Here’s the original post from The Nashville Diaries back in 2011.

In honor of her birthday, I’m going to highlight one of her newest songs and my current favorite (they’re in a rotation) from her Showcase: Six Days of new Mallary Hope music.

Unfinished

(via Soundcloud)

There’s more music to be heard on the Mallary Hope Official Soundcloud page. You can also find her on Facebook and on her very own Agency Profile: Mallary Hope.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • August 10: 2014 Teen Choice Awards airs on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Teen Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Artist & Choice Smile. You can vote everyday here.

(Sources: FacebookSoundcloud)

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