Weekend News Update: October 15, 2017

We’re not ready for it, Taylor Nation.

I don’t know if I’m going to make this a thing. The idea of this feature is that when there’s just a little tidbits of news here and there but nothing super official, I’ll throw into this post and you get to hear what the murmur is about. The source is most likely Twitter, Instagram and (occasionally) Tumblr but only when there’s some evidence behind it.

Taylor Swift is in London. The overachieving songstress has many reasons to be there, but only a few are known right now.

  • She’s appeared at some fans’ homes. Which might or might not be related to…
  • She’s started her secret sessions where she’s had some fans listen to her yet-to-drop album Reputation making the rest to the Taylor Nation (as in the fandom, in case you didn’t know) seethe with jealousy.
  • Although non-disclosure agreements have been signed, all we know by word of mouth is that there’s one song that made everyone cry. This was a love song, not a break-up song.
  • Secret sessions are also expected to happen in the US once she returns. Expect at least one on the East coast and one on the West, but chances are she’ll make more. It’s more than likely that London will be the only non-US secret session. Note: I want to be wrong about this one.
  • At least in one occasion, Taylor wore snake-themed boots.
  • Fans have mentioned there’s better lyrics than “All Too Well” in Reputation. A very bold claim, and more of an opinion than fact, but again we’ll have to wait to find out.
  • Taylor has been captured by the paparazzi on the streets of London while filming what appears to be a music video.
  • The most obvious candidate is the video for “… Are You Ready For It?” but nothing is certain.
  • Joseph Kahn (which has been Taylor’s music video director as of late) is also in London. He has gone into his usual snarky self claiming he’s just filming a fish and chips commercial. Note: Fish and chips is a common fast food thing in the UK, in case you don’t know.
  • At this point, I know you might be asking where are the pictures from the paps. I’m not posting those because I’m not particularly fond of the paparazzi taking sneak pictures. Don’t ask me where they are, they’re pretty easy to find (google it!) and of course look like they were taken by a potato. I’ll wait for the official stuff.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • November 10: Reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is released!

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr)

News Update: MTV EMA, PopTopia in San Jose & Jingle Bash in Chicago!

Hang in there Taylor Nation,

It’s been a rough year. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who tries to act locally and think globally but it’s a serious challenge sometimes, we’re surviving. I thought it was time for some actual good news.

November 12, 2017: Taylor’s nominated for the MTV EMA 2017. You can vote for Taylor Swift for Best Artist, Best Look, Best Pop, Biggest Fans, Best Video, and Best US Act. Taylor will be in full release mode, so if she wins anything chances are she’ll make a video appearance of some sort (this is just my guess, peeps).

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(Source: 997NOW.cbslocal.com)

December 2, 2017: Taylor Swift is one of the acts for 997NOW’s POPTOPIA 2017 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. Tickets are on sale October 14.

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(Source: b96.cbslocal.com)

December 7, 2017: Taylor Swift plays at B96’s Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Tickets are on sale on October 7.

All the dates are subject to change, so please check the official listings at each site.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • October 7: The tickets go on sale for B96’s Jingle Bash in Chicago, IL on December 7.
  • October 14: The tickets go on sale for 997NOW’s POPTOPIA 2017 in San Jose, CA on December 2.
  • November 10: Reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is released!

(Sources: TaylorSwift.com, 997NOW, B96)

What you need to know: Helping Las Vegas & Puerto Rico

This blog entry is just for informational purposes.

Las Vegas Shooting

On Sunday, October 1st 2017, a gunman opened fire on the audience of a country music festival taking place in Las Vegas.

The local police department put out a press release indicating United Blood Services started taking donations at 7 a.m. on Monday at two locations: 6930 W. Charleston in Las Vegas and 601 Whitney Ranch Drive in Henderson. UMC will also be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with United Blood Services. It will be held at UMC’s Delta Point Building located at 901 N. Rancho Lane.

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You can support organizations that are helping the victims of the shooting, such as the Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, which provides free services to people who don’t have health insurance; the American Red Cross Southern Nevada chapter; and the National Compassion Fund, which supports victims of mass crimes through direct donations.

People are also raising money to help victims through crowdfunding websites such as GoFundMe and YouCaring.

Here are some mental health resources in case you or someone close to you, or that you just met needs them:

Additionally, if you want to push for stricter gun regulation laws, you can call your local congressman. Make sure you keep the communication short and to the point and that you contact the one that represents you. Here is how.

Crisis in Puerto Rico

The U. S. Territory of Puerto Rico is facing a growing humanitarian crisis after the desolation brought on by Hurricane Maria.

Donations can be made at the following sites:

You can also use the GoFundMe’s Hurricane Maria hub if you want to control where the donations should go.

You can also volunteer to help. The Federal Emergency Management Agency directs aspiring volunteers to register here, and you can also look at a list of opportunities at the  National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

Everything helps.

STFU & Hold Me: The music video is out!

Hello Lizettes and Lizards!

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(Source: Liz Huett via Instagram for Interscope Records)

The beautiful and talented Liz Huett has gone ahead and dropped her first ever music video to follow the release of her single “STFU & Hold Me“. Liz is not one to mince words (which you should really have figured out by now) but it’s not like she’s a hardened criminal or anything.

Okey perhaps we should watch the clip first. Here we go!

Watch on YouTube

Okey, okey she went a little Bonnie and Clyde. The clip was directed by Frank Borin. I don’t know who the guy is, but I’m having the ninjas look him up. No, I didn’t tell them to rough him up or anything but sometimes things happen.

I’m kidding. Mostly. Surely. Not jealous one bit.

It’s a typical story of a young couple in love. Girl distracts customer, boy steals keys, boy and girl steal truck and ride into sunset. You know, the usual. I’m being sarcastic. I’m pretty sure Liz rejected the usual rainbows and hearts and requested something a little more akin to sour candy and whiskey.

It’s a crime… that she has not blown up into a big star already. Keep watching. Liz is taking on the big leagues and she’s going to start by breaking a few rules. I celebrate she’s not willing to go all demure and sweet-like and instead has chosen to kick a few doors open.

The single is available now here.

Coming up in the Calendar:

November

  • November 10: Reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is released!

 

Ready For It? No, we were not! New single released!

Let me get a cup of coffee first, Taylor Nation.

Well, I was NOT ready. The Sparkly Dressed released another ditty right now. Yeah, right now. No, I didn’t know. Slow your roll and let me tell you? This is called …Ready For It?

Watch on YouTube

In another spark of smart marketing, this feels like a sports jam anthem. It will definitely get enough play in commercials. Anyhow, yes it has quite a bit of production and some bells and whistles but I’m just glad there’s a happy jam in there. I was scared the whole album was just going to be The Walking Dead. I just love listening to this more than LWYMMD right now.

More thoughts on the song after I’ve listened to it a few more times.

Coming up in the Calendar, if we should even care to keep a Calendar anymore the way that Taylor is releasing stuff out of the blue now…

November

  • November 10: Reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is released!