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Video Showcase: Sara Bareilles’ Little Black Dress Tour video clips

August 19, 2014

Hello Sara Bareilles fans!

This is a short interlude, but Sara Bareilles’ Little Black Dress Tour was amazing. I’m really glad I got to see and review the Boston concert, and I thought I’d compile all the seven parts of the highlights of the entire run. Here we go!

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(Photo: Shervin Lainez for Epic Records)

(Photo: Shervin Lainez for Epic Records)

To find our more about Sara Bareilles, please visit her official website.

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(Sources: Sara Bareilles VEVO Channel)

Video News Update: Livestream highlights and Good Morning America interview

August 19, 2014

That’s what people say, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who doesn’t go into too many dates, we’re still collecting our thoughts after Monday. Here’s some highlights of the Sparkly Dressed who I really should have a new nickname for based on the new album at her Yahoo! Livestream announcement!

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Here’s Taylor’s interview for Good Morning America actually recorded after the Livestream but aired this morning, August 19:

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Here’s another interview where Taylor compares Red and 1989. Here it is via Fusion.

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You should really enter the 1989 Swiftstakes to win stuff including meet and greets and concert tickets!

(Source: TaylorSwift.com)

(Source: TaylorSwift.com)

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(Sources: Yahoo! LivestreamGood Morning AmericaFusion)

Taylor Swift and why pop may not be a bad thing. An Editorial.

August 19, 2014
(Source: Peter Hapak / Marie Claire)

(Source: Peter Hapak / Marie Claire)

Country road, take me home…

Heads up, editorial headed your way. This means I get wordy. A lot. Here we go.

I’ve always hold back a little when I’ve talked about Taylor’s progressive transition into pop music. Pop was not originally a genre but it become one a long time ago. It was basically the most popular vein of music, easy to listen and hard to forget. Pop music can be dance music, can be rock, can be even have flavors from hip hop and other genres, also including Country. However, its origins are in crowd-pleasing popular rhythms that the audience majority listens on radio. It’s not a stretch to think that the more popular an artist gets, specially one that gets to define her own genre as Taylor does, the more chances their music will have some pop flavor to it.

Taylor’s roots started in Country music, and the fact that she has declared her upcoming 1989 album her first fully “documented” (I’ve gone over what she means by that and I’m not sure yet) pop album is more an admission than a change. She hangs out with a lot of pop stars as her best friends. Some of them make amazingly great music, such as singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson. She also once had Sara Bareilles as a guest which is another amazing singer-songwriter that I hope influences her. On the other hand, there are other pop singers I’d rather she does not draw anything from but I can’t stop that.

The fact that Taylor may not put any country flavor anymore in her songs does make me treasure her first hits and miss those times, but it doesn’t mean I don’t want to listen to where she’s going. For all her statements about doing what she’s never done before, Taylor also responds to trends and what her fans want. They wanted to dance, they wanted to see her happy. She actually does all that in her first single “Shake It Off”.

But as a lot of genres have pop influences, pop does have its own sub-genres. That’s something that you should look forward to with gusto. Taylor may have added too much pop into country for the taste of traditional country listeners. I also want her to infuse pop music with more than just the bells and whistles that accompany most of flavor-of-the-day hits nowadays. I want her to take the pop world by storm. “Shake It Off” is just Taylor saying “hello, I’m Taylor” with a little welcome side of sass to all her detractors.

Every Taylor Swift album has had specific poignant songs aimed at a particular taste. “Long Live” was that triumphant anthem of nostalgia and success that earlier on was occupied by “Change”. “All Too Well” is that power ballad that you could possibly compare to “Last Kiss” and “Dear John” put together. USA Today’s Brian Mansfield called “Shake It Off” Taylor’s “Mean” 2.0, although I’d compare it more with “22”, “We Are Never Ever Gonna Get Back Together” and “You Belong With Me” but I might have to concede him that the message does go deeper than those previous hits.

So in 1989, what will “Long Live” sound like? What will be song with the passion and fire that belongs to “All Too Well”? I always think that critics were a little too unfair with the Speak Now album, it did had tracks that never had their day. Did “I Knew You Were Trouble” took the place of “Haunted” or is that too much of a stretch?

What about her country hits? Would the market really respond to a song like “Tim McGraw” all over again? What about “Our Song”, which Taylor has constantly brought back during concerts for her B Stage? She can’t change and won’t change who she is now. She can’t really come out in curls and a sundress anymore because she did that already. She has to move forward, but I’m really pining for some mix with Folk or Americana like the songs she composed with now the disbanded duo The Civil Wars.

Alas, that’s not going to happen. Her transition from country to pop is now complete (that sounded a little too Darth-Vader-y, didn’t it). But I hope I do get to see her start a transition from regular pop radio favorite pop into more potent deeper, indie-like, arena-pumping, heart-fueled popular music.

Why should I want more than pop? Because Taylor IS more than pop. Her genre changes, and I might be biased and more than a little jaded, but I’m not thrilled with songs made to become pop radio’s favorites. I want the quiet and powerful ballads with a raging storm underneath a calm surface. I know she can deliver those. Will it be so terrible if I don’t like all the songs in the next album? Can I remain a fan if I have a few favorites and others that I can listen but I don’t play that often?

Most artists that I like have some songs I don’t like. Some even have some purely poppy songs before more serious, deep songs came along. Ones helps sell the album, the other gives you the other side if you care to listen. Can Taylor have a happy song without being called a lightweight or  a sellout? Let’s be honest, Taylor can’t have a song without being called any number of things. She might as well have fun with it. That’s how “Shake It Off” can be an earworm of a song with empowerment.

I believe I’ve already mention it, but just in case I haven’t or haven’t been clear about it, it’s my intention to be a little more selective on the posts that I write. You’ll still get every major announcement, award and appearance but I’m trimming down on the pictures of Taylor going to the gym or other articles written about the same thing. I specially don’t think I need to mention every article on her unless there is something new in there.

Then again sometimes I revise that policy if Taylor does something particularly cute :) In those cases, I’ll try to group all those little tidbits so I don’t spam you every time it happens, deal? Deal.

Taylor Swift is included in Marie Claire’s 20 Women Who Are Changing The World. The article mentions her song “Ronan” and her commitment to charity including spending valuable time with children in hospitals out of the blue.

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(Sources: TheSwiftAgency.com, Marie Claire)

 

Shake It Off: Taylor Swift reveals 1989 album and first single.

August 18, 2014
(Source: Yahoo! Livestream)

(Source: Yahoo! Livestream)

Get ready to party like it’s 1989, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who wants to thank you for nearly five years of reading, we’re always glad you check out what we write. However, I must warn you as usual that this is not an official site. My opinions do not reflect those of Taylor Swift or her management. I’m literally just a guy. That being said, welcome to the new era of 1989!

Wait, it’s 2014. Old Man Swift is off his rocker. All that ninja talk is starting to make sense now. Wait, let me explain…

The big reveal on Taylor Swift’s Yahoo! Livestream event was threefold:

It started with a bit of a dance party as the first surprise was unveiled. The Sparkly Dressed, who deserves a new nickname yet to be announced, is releasing a new song. Produced along with Max Martin and Shellback, the new song “Shake It Off” is supposed to be a departure for both her and her collaborators. It is and it isn’t. It’s a full-on pop dance song. The lyrics will remind you of “Mean” but the beat is more akin to “22”.  T-Swizzle doesn’t have a lot of dance songs, but at the same time it’s still not completely unrecognizable from Taylor’s previous collaboration with the Swedish producers.

The second big reveal was the upcoming fifth studio album. Titled 1989, and already available for pre-sale on iTunes and through TaylorSwift.com, the album contains 13 tracks in its standard version. It will also include a set of 13 prints of polaroid pictures, with a potential different mix in every album, the idea is these will become like trading cards. It would be useful to know how many unique ones exist in total. Update: There are 5 unique sets of the 13 cards. The Enchantress also mentioned the fact that this will be a completely pop album. The Deluxe version will include three additional tracks revealing voice memos from Taylor herself of three songs from the album in their raw beginning form.

The third and possible the most visual reveal of the evening was the unveiling of the music video. It’s one of Taylor’s funniest music videos with the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar revealing her awesome (and some not so awesome) dancing skills. The result of having Taylor dancing is always amazing but this one’s hilarious. Giving us a range from classic ballet to hip hop, T-Swizzle demonstrates her chameleon-like skills as she channels J-Lo and Lady Gaga without batting an eyelash.

Let’s go to the video:

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So here’s my take on all of this…

“Shake It Off” is a pop single for radio play and for the dance floor. I’m aware Taylor Swift said that this would be her most sonically cohesive album ever, but I actually like her previous albums were the norm were songs that didn’t sound anything like each other. “Speak Now” was the best for that. However, with “Red” and her hit “We Are Never Ever Gonna Get Back Together”, sales and popularity taught the Princess in Red what kind of pop sells and gets plays more often.This first offering is a pure pop dance song. I’m not sold on it yet, but I’ll give it a chance to grow on me. I don’t hate it, but calling it a favorite is a bit of a stretch.

The statement that this is her first fully documented pop album, might scare some of her fans who still yearn for that single that shows her roots. It’s a little sad that there won’t even be a nod to Country Music here, or at least some attempt at Folk or Americana. Going pop may be essentially risk free, but I prefer my Taylor Swift genre with a little more risk – and would rather have zero crowd-pleasing. However, I know that crowd pleasing means sales. All that being said, we don’t know how the full album will sound. If the album has late 80s inspired tracks, chances are I will find a lot to like.

The video is one of the funniest I’ve seen from Taylor, showcasing her chameleon-like ability to transform into different characters and at the same time showing off her true passion for dancing. Her dancing is all heart and technique optional. Based on the dancing that happened during the livestream and in the video, I’ll say she’s actually received some training on the technique part without losing her heart. That’s Taylor for you :)

Here’s a little known factoid for you: I don’t enter contests. Ever. I’ve met Taylor Swift, there is no greater prize. It’s time for someone else to do that. Speaking of which, you should really enter the 1989 Swiftstakes to win stuff including meet and greets and concert tickets!

(Source: TaylorSwift.com)

(Source: TaylorSwift.com)

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(Sources: Taylor Swift)

News Update: Taylor on GMA, the ALS Ice Bucket challenge and one more clue?

August 17, 2014

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it ‘s Taylor Swift’s Yahoo! LiveStream, Taylor Nation.

Taylor Swift will be on Good Morning America on August 19 as she talks about the events from her livestream event. Which we yet do not know. What are you going to say on that live stream, Tay?

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Taylor Swift and Jaime King as well as a crowd of performers from Tay’s VMA rehearsal (!) took place in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The money goes to the ALS Association which is a non-profit organization that raises money for research and patient services, promotes awareness about and advocates in state and federal government on issues related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Note: You can notice Amos Heller in the right corner of the video as the countdown starts.

And finally, this little skywriting instagram clip seems to just be another promotion for Taylor Swift’s Yahoo! LiveStream but with yet another skyline reference, it seems to reinforce the ongoing rumor that the album will have something related to the sky or a city skyline in it. We’re less than 24 hours from finding out.

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This Monday will be Taylor Swift’s very own Yahoo! Worldwide Livestream at http://yahoo.com/taylorswift on August 18. Surprises are expected.

(Source: ABCNews.com)

(Source: ABCNews.com)

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(Sources: Amy Robach via TwitterGood Morning AmericaALS Association, Taylor Swift via Facebook & Instagram)

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