News Update: Women Who Rock and Both of Us video premiere

Speak Now cover
(Source: Big Machine Records)

Hello Taylor Nation,

Thanks for all the nice comments from the 1000th post! Time to go back to business as usual and give you the news.

The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar – a guitar that’s on loan to the Country Hall of Fame and Museum during the Taylor Swift: Speak Now – Treasures of the World Tour exhibit but don’t worry, they will give it back soon – had her last album Speak Now featured at #45 on Rolling Stone‘s Women Who Rock: The 50 greatest albums of all time. This what they had to say about the Queen of Sparks and Speak Now:

She might get played on the country station, but she’s one of the few genuine rock stars we’ve got these days, with a flawless ear for what makes a song click.

Essential moment: “Long Live,” the best Bon Jovi song Bon Jovi never wrote.

The premiere for B.o.B’s video featuring T-Swizzle, Both Of Us, has been moved to June 27 on Access Hollywood‘s site. No official word from MTV. Update! B.o.B just cleared it up. Both Of Us is indeed tomorrow, June 27.

The video should premiere at 6am CDT and be shown between shows throughout the day.

Here’s an interview with Ed Sheeran. He speaks just a bit about the collaboration with the Sparkly Dressed at the 3:35 mark.

Watch on YouTube

“I’ve never really met acts like [her], ” Ed told PopCrush. “You meet people like Elton [John] who have been in the game for 30-40 years who are wise and old and been it for a long time — and Taylor’s been in it for six years and she’s 22. And you hear horror stories about younger musicians who kind of go a bit off the rails, but she’s so together and so kind of professional and knows what she wants, but at the same isn’t too harsh — she’s just a really sweet gentle person — so yeah, that’s what surprised me, is that she was sound.” You can read the entire article at PopCrush.

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • June 27: B.o.B premieres his video for Both Of Us featuring Taylor Swift on MTV. The video should premiere at 6am CDT and be shown between shows throughout the day.
  • July 2: James Taylor performs at Tanglewood with a surprise and possibly Sparkly Dressed guest.
  • July 22: The Teen Choice Awards 2012 air live (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Choice Female ArtistChoice Single by a Female Artist for Eyes OpenChoice Female Country Artist and Choice Country Song for Sparks Fly. You can vote here.

(Sources: Rolling StoneAccess HollywoodPopCrush)

The 1000th post: What have we learned so far?

(Credit: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Hello Taylor Nation,

Here at the Swift Agency, still one guy who… ok let’s be honest I didn’t expect to get to one thousand posts… with a readership. I did expect the numbers to go down after the Speak Now Tour was over, but with so many news and rumors floating around I still find a niche for this blog. The most important reason is I still like writing it.

After one thousand posts, what have I learn? Well…

I’ve learned that getting an interview with the Sparkly Dressed is close to impossible. She’s booked solid all the time. She’s always doing something or going somewhere, so chances for improvisation are few and far between. That doesn’t mean she’s stressed. To use her own expression, “my life is busy, but not hard.”

The Agency band members are very close to a family, and they’ll always be nice to you when they can, however remember this is their job – they can’t break the rules for you and they can only do or say so much. There’s a saying I’ve heard a few times that goes: “If you treat someone like a celebrity, don’t be surprised if they act like one.” It’s just like meeting anybody else. Just be yourself and be kind.

(Credit: TheSwiftAgency.com)

I don’t want to sound like a Mr. Know-It-All but… there’s a lot of banter and kidding around that people don’t get and never will. I remember on an early review of the Fearless Tour, I once mentioned Grant said he had come out to meet me because I was dressed in a suit. When I mentioned that in a blog, I heard back from people in Taylor Connect that I was boasting that the entire Agency came out just to see me. No, I was not boasting and I know Grant wasn’t being serious. Nowadays, I just don’t tell you about that kind of banter anymore because I know it gets misunderstood pretty easily.

People like pictures and I’m happy to provide them, but I like to put a little bit of a crowbar separation between a picture that has a source (photographer, news agency or source website) and pictures obtained from family/friends that are only accessible via privacy settings. Case and point, you managed to get a friend of Taylor’s team in Facebook and suddenly you have access to all this private pictures – I would consider it a bit intrusive to publish those in a post.I try to bring you news that have a source and pictures with the credit given to the photographer. Regarding pictures, I have a disclaimer for using commercial stuff based on the license for fair use for purposes of commentary and news reporting. To further demonstrate this, I don’t receive a single dime when you visit this site and any external links come from WordPress.com. As a matter of fact, it costs me money: I pay for the domain and recently had to up the storage space. You can even subscribe to this site to get email updates and it won’t cost you a dime.

(Credit: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Although I try to keep standards regarding what I report on and how I report it, I don’t believe myself better than other pages that don’t bother with the stuff. I am not judging them. However, I do make an issue out of celebrity gossip sites that make money out of making stories up or misreporting the news to get views. I just don’t buy into that stuff.

That being said, I’m often on the fence if it turns out that I’m doing Rumor Control because if I have to mention where the rumor comes from – which means that I could be directing traffic to them. I trust you’ll know I’m not recommending them.

The mythic fourth album… There’s way too many questions regarding it, but very little answers. We know it’s going to be October, 2012. We guess she’s probably do something during the release week that might involve New York, Los Angeles or both based on the release week that Speak Now had. We’ve heard from Scott Borchetta regarding plans for doing something in 2013 CMA Fest as well as a tour based around this album. There are no specifics. If I knew them, I’d tell you. For sure. Honest.

I like doing Review Corners about other artists’ work and Showcases to shine the light on them. Some are often overlooked and others I just think they are just too cool to ignore. It’s not that I think that I’m doing them a huge service, I don’t have that large of a readership – but they’re really cool readers so I’d like them to know. I do have my favorites such as Mallary Hope (hey Mal, that album ready yet?) and The Civil Wars, but I’m not afraid to highlight other people as well. I prefer to do this out of my own initiative, though (no blog requests, please!).

This has nothing to do with anything, but I want Tay to walk into the Country Music Hall of Fame and ask for her sparkly guitar back soon. She’s going to need it again.

And there’s no Ninja Department. See, I’ll demonstrate by putting this piece of cake on the table and… oops, it’s gone. Hmm.

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • June 27: B.o.B premieres his video for Both Of Us featuring Taylor Swift on MTV.
  • July 2: James Taylor performs at Tanglewood with a surprise and possibly Sparkly Dressed guest.
  • July 22: The Teen Choice Awards 2012 air live (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Choice Female ArtistChoice Single by a Female Artist for Eyes OpenChoice Female Country Artist and Choice Country Song for Sparks Fly. You can vote here.

(Sources: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Showcase: The Civil Wars at Bonnaroo Music Festival

(Credit: Tom Stone for Rolling Stone)

Here at The Swift Agency, still one guy who’s amazed that he gets such loyal readers, we’re going to shine our spotlight – actually more of a flashlight – actually let’s be honest, I’m just holding up my phone – to one of those other artists that we admire so much. While the 2012 CMA Fest was going on, there was another music festival happening in Manchester, Tennessee: the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival. Bringing the tent down was the grammy-award winning duo of The Civil Wars.

John Paul White and Joy Williams were not alone on stage. Joy’s noticeable baby bump gave away the fact she was due to give birth in 10 days from their performance. The duo will take a break from touring for a while after they played the festival.

“There’s just no sweeter way to sort of bow-tie (the last 18 months) than with Bonnaroo,” Joy Williams told Chris Talbott from the Associated Press. “It was so fun. And the baby was just kicking like crazy. I think all that noise from the crowd in between the songs, there was no time for napping in the tummy. And the adrenaline, as well. I’m sure kept the baby up. It’s bittersweet, as well. I’m kind of emotional about it. I blame the hormones.”

You can read the full story from the Associated Press via the Huffington Post.

Here’s some clips via the BonnarooMusicFest channel on YouTube.

20 Years

Watch on YouTube

I’ve Got A Friend

Watch on YouTube

Barton Hollow

Watch on YouTube

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • June 27: B.o.B premieres his video for Both Of Us featuring Taylor Swift on MTV.
  • July 2: James Taylor performs at Tanglewood with a surprise and possibly Sparkly Dressed guest.
  • July 22: The Teen Choice Awards 2012 air live (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Choice Female ArtistChoice Single by a Female Artist for Eyes OpenChoice Female Country Artist and Choice Country Song for Sparks Fly. You can vote here.

(Sources: Associated Press via the Huffington PostBonnarooMusicFest)

Carrie Underwood and the imaginary feud. An Editorial.

(Credit: WENN.com)

Hello Taylor Nation,

Here at the Swift Agency, one guy who is about to get wordy, we’ll start with the usual disclaimer. This is an Editorial, which is my personal opinion on a subject. Blogs are personal opinions, but on most of mine I try to report the news as accurate as possible. And add a few jokes and ninjas.

Carrie Underwood has never had a feud with Taylor Swift. Nor Taylor has ever had any feud with Carrie. There. Done. It’s over. You wouldn’t know it by the way social networking works though. With both artists usually running for awards in the same categories, Carrie’s fanbase and the Taylor Nation have been known to clash, unbeknownst to both Ms. Underwood and the Sparkly Dressed.

This is not helped by the media, who would just love to have a all-out feud in their hands. Carrie is touring the United Kingdom when BANG Showbiz interviewed her and decided to bring up the comparison between her and the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar. The quotes are via entertainmentwise.com.

“I feel like we’re definitely completely different artists,” was Carrie’s reaction to the comparison. “That is something that’s so cool about country music because everyone has their own thing.” She then added, “I’m a little bit older than she is and I feel like our music’s completely different and if anyone tries to make any comparisons they really haven’t listened to either one of us.”

You can say she’s dismissing the comparison, or rejecting it, but pray tell – can someone show me where she said she “hated” being compared to the Enchantress? I can’t find that part anywhere (hint: you won’t find it – she never said it). Here’s more:

(Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

“Our songs are definitely different. She sings a little bit lighter sometimes and it’s just a difference in our brand of country. For me it’s more exciting than anything if somebody likes me and start listening to country music over other all those other artists. People want so much ‘real country music’, but for me it’s cool that we can bring more people into country music by being different.”

That’s all. I don’t believe Carrie would ever alienate that part of her fanbase that are citizens of the Taylor Nation. I certainly like Carrie’s music as well. I also find it a bit jarring for an artist to be asked about another popular artist in an interview just to have people focus solely on that topic. Once again, as I always do, I am moderating the comments so insults to Carrie will not be tolerated the same way as I’ve never tolerated insults to Miranda. To be fair, I don’t tolerate insults in general. Be kind and we can all get along.

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • June 27: B.o.B premieres his video for Both Of Us featuring Taylor Swift on MTV.
  • July 2: James Taylor performs at Tanglewood with a surprise and possibly Sparkly Dressed guest.
  • July 22: The Teen Choice Awards 2012 air live (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Choice Female ArtistChoice Single by a Female Artist for Eyes OpenChoice Female Country Artist and Choice Country Song for Sparks Fly. You can vote here.

(Sources: TheSwiftAgency.com, BANG Showbizentertainmentwise.com)