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This Just In: IFPI’s biggest global recording artist of 2014

February 23, 2015
(Source: OfficialCharts.com)

(Source: OfficialCharts.com)

I’ll give you a hint, Taylor Nation. The last name is not a cardinal direction where the Sun sets.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who once won a prize in high school for getting to the finish line in last place, we’re not much for competition. Neither is the Lighting-On-Her-Feet singer/songwriter but nowadays she’s first in line on a craft that suits her best.

Taylor Swift just got awarded the top spot as the biggest recording artist of 2014 according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) according to the UK’s OfficialCharts.com site. The not-for-profit international organization compiles digital and physical music sales, as well as on-demand audio and video streams from 66 countries around the world, including the UK’s very own Official Charts.

Taylor has sold 510,000 units of her 1989 album in the United Kingdom alone since its release back in October 2014, when it was the #1 album. You can read more on the original story at OfficialCharts.com.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 24: Ed Sheeran appears on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on BBC 1. Taylor Swift has been announced to drop in.
  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.
  • March 15: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is nominated for International Album of the Year for the 2015 JUNO Awards.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: IFPIOfficialCharts)

The Keds 13 Questions for Taylor Swift video series

February 23, 2015

We are the foxes, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who values his internet bandwidth more than his daily input of oxygen, we’re tired of this deep freeze winter. The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone did the wise thing and flew away to Fundon. Ed Sheeran is scheduled to appear on BBC 1’s The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on February 24.  T-Swizzle will be an special interview crasher.

Over here, she’s left us with the Keds 13 Questions for Taylor Swift series so here’s the entire thing starting from the beginning:

Watch on YouTube

Did you watch the Oscars last night? My OTA signal deteriorated a little after “Everything Is Awesome”. I so need a new antenna. And in case you don’t know, OTA (Over-The-Air) High Definition is totally a thing. I do recommend a finding a good antenna though.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 24: Ed Sheeran appears on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on BBC 1. Taylor Swift has been announced to drop in.
  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.
  • March 15: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is nominated for International Album of the Year for the 2015 JUNO Awards.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: Keds via YouTube)

Go back in Style with #STYLEmemories and pick your favorite

February 19, 2015

Watcha hear is true, Taylor Nation.

@taylornation13 decided to hangout with the fans last night and had some memories to share. Pushing the hashtag #STYLEmemories they posted a link that included two clips with unused scenes from the Style video. Pick one and tweet it back to @taylornation13 with the hashtag #STYLEmemories.

Watch on YouTube

Watch on YouTube

They also provided the fandom with a whole set of GIFs from the Style video’s scenes. You can pick your favorite as well as tweet it back to them :)

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who is not much for dancing except for a Taylor Swift song, we still don’t know which ones we like more. So don’t ask me, because I’m still trying to figure it out (if you know those lyrics give yourself 1,000 Swiftie points).

In other news, Ed Sheeran is scheduled to appear on BBC 1’s The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on February 24.  Taylor has been announced to drop in.

Behind the Blog Tidbit: In case you are probably wondering, I did hear about Taylor Swift having dinner with Kanye West. I just didn’t really think it was a huge deal. I know Kanye has been talking about a possible collab but that’s something that has yet to be arranged. Like I like to say, when people talk a lot it doesn’t mean they’re saying something. I was more impressed with the fact that I’ve had dinner in that restaurant, The Spotted Pig.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 24: Ed Sheeran appears on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on BBC 1. Taylor Swift has been announced to drop in.
  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.
  • March 15: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is nominated for International Album of the Year for the 2015 JUNO Awards.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: TaylorSwift.com)

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: Taylor Swift, jumbotron dancer

February 18, 2015
(Source: NBC)

(Source: NBC)

You can dance if you want to, Taylor Nation.

The Forever and Always Fearless One was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night, February 17, on NBC. Not only did she have a lot of fun, she was prepared to make a fool of herself and hence prove the naysayers she’s not your average pop star. In a very hilarious sketch, she and Jimmy proved themselves as the jumbotron dancers extraordinaire. They also did part of the Best Best Friend test that Taylor and Karlie did for the Vogue photoshoot video, with both of them drawing each other’s faces without looking. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who couldn’t draw a picture to save his life, we’re going to stick to writing.

Watch on YouTube

Update: Here’s a clip of them drawing each other for the Best Best Friend game.

Watch on YouTube

In other news, Ed Sheeran is scheduled to appear on BBC 1’s The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on February 24.  Taylor has been announced to drop in.

(Source: NBC)

(Source: NBC)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 24: Ed Sheeran appears on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on BBC 1. Taylor Swift has been announced to drop in.
  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.
  • March 15: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is nominated for International Album of the Year for the 2015 JUNO Awards.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: NBC)

Life was never worse, but never better: Wonderland is out on iTunes

February 17, 2015
(Photo: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

(Photo: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

We both went mad, Taylor Nation.

Wonderland is a bit of a hidden gem that us here in Canada actually got on iTunes on release week. The 1989 deluxe album has been in the Canadian iTunes since release week, although without the “You Are in Love” and the voice memos (so basically the same standard track list plus “Wonderland” and “New Romantics”). Anyway, now you can purchase the track on iTunes on the US (and hopefully worldwide too?).

But speaking about the Wonderland track itself, this is one that I’m glad it gets some attention. Whether it should be included in the standard track list or not, is pure speculation but the fact that it is a deluxe exclusive does give it a little bit of an exclusive feel. I find it a very indie-progressive-rock style song. Reminds me a lot of “I Know Places” which is a compliment for the Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone. Why? Because “I Know Places” was penned with Ryan Tedder while for “Wonderland” Taylor had Martin and Shellback again. That makes Taylor Swift the common link in the sound of both songs.

Before someone misquotes or oversimplifies that comparison, I’m saying there’s some common ground in the sounds and music which makes me think that’s Taylor that I’m sensing there. The melody stops and starts. It has some sharp edges but the stop-and-start rhythm doesn’t feel unfinished at all. It just works, or at least for me. Kinda feels like Taylor should have Kristen Wiig doing some interpretative dance to it. Yes, I hear a bit of a Sia flavor, not a particular song, just something akin to her style.

So, go get it. It’s out on iTunes now.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 17: She’s the main guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on NBC.
  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.
  • March 15: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is nominated for International Album of the Year for the 2015 JUNO Awards.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: iTunes)

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