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News Update & Tour Talk: The 1989 World Tour in Amsterdam and Glasgow. New dates for China and Singapore!

June 24, 2015
(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

She’s going for world domination, Taylor Nation.

But she might as well settle for world adoration. The Sparkly Dressed is taking her mind-blowing tour through Europe. She performed on Amsterdam, on the Netherlands on June 21st. That’s her on the electric guitar performing at the Ziggo Dome. The Enchantress then visited Scotland to perform on Glasgow on June 23 at SSE Hydro. According to Scott Swift, the family’s roots are Scottish. You read up a review/recap on Daily Record. Mind the spoilers though.

Here at the Swift Agency, just one guy who went to sleep for a few days, we’ve been up working on a few other things that you’ll learn about soon. First though, we’ve got new dates for Asia – more precisely for China and Singapore. Take it away, Taylor! Here. We. Go.

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The new dates for China and Singapore are as follows:

Tickets are scheduled to go on public sale on June 30. These dates are posted for your convenience, but remember that all official dates and possible changes are posted on TaylorSwift.com.

Up next! Taylor performs in Manchester. That’s like today, very possibly right now, and perhaps it already happened as you’re reading this. Timezones, eh? Oh well.

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • June 24: The 1989 World Tour – Manchester, NW England United Kingdom – Arena Manchester.
  • June 27: The 1989 World Tour – London, England United Kingdom – British Summertime Hyde Park.
  • June 29: The 1989 World Tour – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena.
  • June 30: The 1989 World Tour – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena.

(Sources: Daily Record, Instagram)

1989 Tour Cologne: Taylor shakes Cologne, Germany! Apple Music statement & commentary

June 21, 2015
(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

Guten tag, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who messed up something again and now can’t log into YouTube and knows this has nothing to do with this post but I can’t fix it and it’s driving me crazy, we apologize for our technical difficulties and we’ll be back with Nashville Diaries soon enough. The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone was just in Germany rocking the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. That’s trouble with a capital T.

The Enchantress has been recently in the news regarding her album 1989’s absence from the new Apple Music streaming service. Her previous works are available, but the chart-topping album is nowhere to be found. T-Swizzle addressed the decision in a new thought-provoking statement on her tumblr and linked on her other social media accounts. Yes, this is her speaking directly to Apple Music:

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The question is no longer if she will get any flak for saying that, she always does regardless. The question is whether this will hit home and make Apple Music reconsider absorbing those costs. Realize this is not Taylor telling Apple Music to go back on the decision to offer three months of free content. It’s Apple’s decision to wave off paying the artists for those three months that is the concern here.

Apple Music is a new streaming service. They want YOU onboard. They want to have a profit. They have a promotion so that if you sign up, THEY will give you three months for FREE. So far, we’re golden. The background effect is that Apple Music wants those three months for FREE themselves. They don’t want to pay for their own promotion. They want artists to pay for the promotion. In those three months, artists will have to go without compensation so that Apple Music can promote their service at zero cost to them. Good de- no, actually lousy deal. Three. Whole. Months.

You want a clearer picture? Here’s one. Imagine there’s a new store that sells apples opens in your neighborhood. They want to give away some free apples as a promotion. Cool, huh? But they tell the farm where they buy the apples from that since they’re doing this promotion, they want to get those apples for free. What do you think the farmer is going to say? Sure, because you’re this cool huge store or hell no, you are this huge cool store pay me and absorb the cost of your own damn promotion? If you work in any industry would you mind not getting paid for the next three months for every work done for a new customer?

Update: Apple answers via Senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue. Apple will pay artists for streaming, even during the free period.

Here’s a clip of Wildest Dreams re-posted by Taylor herself. Sick piano there, T.

Best night ever! #taylorswift #wildestdreams #1989tour #1989cologne

A video posted by @samixa_13 on

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Coming up on the Calendar:

  • June 21: Mallary Hope‘s Birthday.
  • June 21: The 1989 World Tour – Amsterdam, North Holland Netherlands – Ziggo Dome.
  • June 23: The 1989 World Tour – Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom – SSE Hydro.
  • June 24: The 1989 World Tour – Manchester, NW England United Kingdom – Arena Manchester.
  • June 27: The 1989 World Tour – London, England United Kingdom – British Summertime Hyde Park.
  • June 29: The 1989 World Tour – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena.
  • June 30: The 1989 World Tour – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena.

(Sources: TumblrInstagram)

Nashville Diaries: Big Machine at CMA Fest 2015

June 16, 2015

This is how they roll, Taylor Nation.

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Big Machine has grown up a lot since they were just Big Machine Records. Nowadays, they’re a label group that encompasses Big Machine Records, Valory Music, Republic Nashville, Dot Records and Nash Icon Records. They’re the bad boy in the neighborhood with the souped up roadster. But beyond their race car image, they’ve also sign some impressive female artists to the country music genre, including the artist that put them on the map: Taylor Swift.

(Source: TheSwiftAgency.com)

(Source: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Nowadays they count icons such as Martina McBride and Reba McEntire, slick music contest winners Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradberry and newcomers that are pushing the envelope, such as Maddie and Tae with their hit single Girl In A Country Song. I saw them perform at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. Besides their other hit Fly, I was impressed with their rendition of Dolly Parton’s classic Nine To Five. They were also scheduled to perform at LP Field.

Big Machine also has a new presence in town: its new Big Machine Store, which already has an online presence on their site MusicHasValue.com.

You might remember that I’ve gone to this CMA Fest 2015 with a bit of an agenda. Which is, I’m focusing on female country artists. There’s no bigger endorsement than this label, which started building its reputation with the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar. However, respects must be paid to the other brains of the operation, mainly its charismatic CEO Scott Borchetta. He was scheduled for a meet and greet at the Big Machine Store. If you visit the Music City, you’ll find it on 122 3rd Ave S & the Pedestrian Bridge.

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(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • June 19: The 1989 World Tour – Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany – Lanxess Arena.
  • June 20: The 1989 World Tour – Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany – Lanxess Arena.
  • June 21: Mallary Hope‘s Birthday.
  • June 21: The 1989 World Tour – Amsterdam, North Holland Netherlands – Ziggo Dome.
  • June 23: The 1989 World Tour – Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom – SSE Hydro.
  • June 24: The 1989 World Tour – Manchester, NW England United Kingdom – Arena Manchester.
  • June 27: The 1989 World Tour – London, England United Kingdom – British Summertime Hyde Park.

(Sources: TheSwiftAgency.com, BigMachineLabelGroup.com, MusicHasValue.com)

The 1989 World Tour: Philadelphia! Echosmith, Rachel Platten and more surprise guests!

June 14, 2015

This is my fight song, Taylor Nation :)

The 1989 World Tour kicked it up another notch with two amazing concerts at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13. We’re glad that Taylor brings out her friends to take a bow on the catwalk during Style. Back on June 12, it would be Bad Blood co-stars Mariska Hargitay and Cara Delevingne. Mariska also came back on June 13.

(Source: 13 Management via Twitter)

(Source: 13 Management via Twitter)

Here at the Swift Agency, just a tired old guy who has walked till he can’t walk no more, we’re still in Nashville doing the CMA Fest thing. We’re still reporting though. So happy Taylor got some amazing surprises for PA, after all it’s her home state. Here’s another one: Echosmith! They came out to sing Cool Kids on Friday, June 12.

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My favorite thing is that the Sparkly Dressed is not above including a new act that is breaking out right now. I’m talking of course of Rachel Platten who came out on Saturday, June 13 to sing her hit Fight Song. The song is ranked #2 on iTunes USA right now.

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I love that song :) Anyway, if you have missed the special guests on this tour I may have something for you to find your chill. Like I’ve done for the Fearless, Speak Now and Red tours, here’s the 1989 World Tour: The Surprise Guests playlist. Yes, I am including Ed Sheeran from Rock in Rio USA. How could I not?

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • June 19: The 1989 World Tour – Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany – Lanxess Arena.
  • June 20: The 1989 World Tour – Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany – Lanxess Arena.
  • June 21: Mallary Hope‘s Birthday.

(Sources: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Nashville Diaries: Kelsey Ballerini at CMA Fest 2015

June 13, 2015

You’re probably noticing a trend here, dear readers.

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Yes, I am focusing on female country singers. I’ve still have to talk about #Saladgate but that discussion will require its own post. Speaking about the new ladies of country music, Kelsea Ballerini is riding high right now. Her first single, Love Me Like You Mean It, is number #3 in country radio. As mentioned during her fan club, female country singers have not had a first single go to #1 on country radio since Carrie Underwood’s Jesus Take The Wheel nine years ago.

The single also received a Taylor Swift endorsement via Twitter, which didn’t hurt. Since then, Taylor has also petitioned for Yeah Boy to be Kelsea’s single via Instagram. Although thrilled, it seems the next single will be one of her other songs – yet to be revealed. Kelsea couldn’t speak higher of Taylor during her Fan Club Pancake Party. She was a pleasure to listen to perform live at her event and also at the Bud Light Plaza Stage on Friday.

I’m nowhere done – not even started – on the new women of country. As CMA Fest 2015 rolls on, so must I. Expect more to come soon.

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Coming up on the Calendar:

(Sources: TheSwiftAgency.com)

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