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Out of the Woods: The monsters turn out to be just trees. A video review and commentary.

January 6, 2016

Happy 2016, Taylor Nation!

We got a pretty sweet present on New Year’s Eve. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy that was visiting some family down south (wayyy down south in South America, actually), we had to wait after the fireworks display was over to have a look. It’s Out of the Woods in video form, as directed by Joseph Kahn and starring the Enchantress herself:

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And yes, it was beautiful and meaningful. It should not escape nobody that this video was about heartbreak- but this time, the solution was not getting the guy. If you’ve heard the song, you probably have sensed the spirit of the chase. The video embodies this as Taylor is chased by wolves, trees, nature in distinct environments. Earth, wind, water and fire are present. In the end, she doesn’t really lose her captors. She stops running. Spoiler alert. She finds herself.

It’s a very specific imagery she’s using. Personally I think wolves get a bad rap. Here once again they are the pursuers. Vines tangle and snare. Mud soils and stain. Tabloid media is well represented BUT here’s the trick – Taylor makes songs to represent the feeling rather than the actual situation. This allows YOU the viewer to make this relatable to your life. Intentionally, you can apply this hunting allegory to a bad situation you’re working through. And yes, it might be a little too corny to say the solution is to find yourself but we need to hear it. Favorite moment: Taylor’s face-of-fury as she goes through the mud.

Update: On other news, the People’s Choice Awards were happening a moment ago. Taylor Swift won for Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Female Artist.

(Source: Big Machine Records)

(Source: Big Machine Records)

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • January 6: People’s Choice Awards.
  • February 15: It’s the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo Group/Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

(Sources: YouTube)

News Update: Out of the Woods video is out on December 31st, 2015

December 23, 2015
1989 World Tour Montreal 2015-07-07 21.25.38

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Remember when we hit the brakes too soon, Taylor Nation?

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s on a holiday vacation, we might have called a time off too soon. The Sparkly Dressed announced she’s releasing Out of the Woods as a single and dropping the video on December 31st, 2015 during the New York Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Just when I was out, she pulls me back in. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to review it right away, but you can count on me having a review as soon as possible. Hope you are having a happy holiday season!

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • December 31: The Out of the Woods video premieres during New York Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
  • January 6: People’s Choice Awards. Taylor is nominated for Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Song for “Bad Blood” and Favorite Social Media Celebrity. Remember to Vote!
  • February 15: It’s the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo Group/Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

The 1989 World Tour Live is now available on Apple Music

December 20, 2015

Like you didn’t know, Taylor Nation.

(Source: Apple Music)

(Source: Apple Music)

The 1989 World Tour Live is out and is amazing but considering the source material (hint: it’s a Taylor Swift tour named after her acclaimed 1989 album), how could it not? If Apple Music wanted more people to sign up for the three-month trial, they just got the entire fandom on board. Incidentally, you can watch offline content on your iPad and iPhone. Just mind you, the concert was recorded on HD and it’s going to be hefty (4.28 GB). And of course, it will only be watchable for the duration of the trial or if you choose to continue the membership. Here at the Swift Agency, we’ll be glad if/when it becomes available on other formats.

And he just writes back "What will I wear?" @mickjagger #1989WorldTourLIVE @applemusic December 20

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Tonight! Midnight eastern, 9pm pacific!! #1989WorldTourLIVE on @applemusic

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Make sure you catch The 1989 World Tour Live on Apple Music!

Bonus! Meredith, the very temperamental cat of the Sparkly Dressed, becomes adorable for the Christmas season. Take it away, Mer.

It's a Christmas miracle.

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • January 6: People’s Choice Awards. Taylor is nominated for Favorite Female ArtistFavorite Pop Artist, Favorite Song for “Bad Blood” and Favorite Social Media Celebrity. Remember to Vote!
  • February 15: It’s the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo Group/Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

(Source: Apple Music)

News Update: Taylor Swift Beats 1 Interview with Zane Lowe. Scenes from the 1989 World Tour Live!

December 15, 2015

Nobody gets the shot until she says so, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who once dreamed about interviewing the Sparkly Dressed, we’ve accepted we don’t have the charisma or the chill to just conduct an interview. Here’s Zane Lowe with the Blonde With The Sparkly Dressed talking about everything from the whole Dear Apple letter from Taylor to her relationship with Apple. Okey we can start now, I’m just blabbering here. Click on the image below to watch (it will open on another window, sorry) or just this link.

(Source: Beats1)

(Source: Beats1)

And now, for the bonus round, a few clips from The 1989 World Tour Live! Here’s T-Swizzle and Justin Timberlake planning his surprise guest performance.

"Don't you burn me, Taylor." @justintimberlake #1989WorldTourLIVE coming to @applemusic December 20

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

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And just a few scenes of Taylor having fun with her band and a few shots of the surprise guests.

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(Source: Beats1)

(Source: Beats1)

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • January 6: People’s Choice Awards. Taylor is nominated for Favorite Female ArtistFavorite Pop Artist, Favorite Song for “Bad Blood” and Favorite Social Media Celebrity. Remember to Vote!
  • February 15: It’s the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo Group/Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

(Source: Apple Music Beats1Instagram)

This Just In: The 1989 World Tour Live coming to Apple Music on December 20!

December 13, 2015

So it IS gonna be forever, Taylor Nation!

(Source: Apple Music)

(Source: Apple Music)

Well, it’s officially a birthday party. The 1989 World Tour Live is coming to you via Apple Music on December 20, 2015. According to the description, “Filmed at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium in front of 76,000 fans, this exclusive concert film captures the excitement and energy of the hottest pop artist in the world. Interspersed with footage from her sold-out world tour and loaded with superstar guests, the 1989 World Tour – Live will be available exclusively on Apple Music starting December 20.” Take it away, Taylor!

I’m not a particular fan of the word exclusively. I’d rather it appeared everywhere. Anyhow, Apple Music does offer a three-month free trial which I’ve yet to use. I might just have chosen which date to start it. I’m also a collector, so I’d rather have a digital copy of it (legally!). I’m also expecting it will show up on iTunes or Blu-Ray soon enough. Eventually, it has to, right? Most movies do. We fans like things we can keep for our nostalgia moments :)

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • January 6: People’s Choice Awards. Taylor is nominated for Favorite Female ArtistFavorite Pop Artist, Favorite Song for “Bad Blood” and Favorite Social Media Celebrity. Remember to Vote!
  • February 15: It’s the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo Group/Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter, Apple Music)

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