Like A Boss: Scott Borchetta does rumor control on CBS This Morning

(Source: CBS)
(Source: CBS)

I don’t want to dance if I’m not dancing with you, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just one guy who’s done his share of rumor control, we wish we could set a lot of people straight. Fortunately, Scott Borchetta has no problem doing just exactly that. While being interviewed by CBS This Morning, the CEO of Big Machine Label Group, Scott had no issues addressing more than a few inaccuracies that have no basis in fact, with actual numbers.

Asked about the negative press that the Sparkly Dressed seems to be getting lately, he said: “Well, you’ve got to sell newspapers, right? So a lot of it is bogus. … When you see the show … you’ll look around and go, ‘Yeah, I don’t see any of that.'”

(Source: Taylor Swift)
(Source: Taylor Swift)

“As far as her popularity waning, there’s no sign of that anywhere,” Scott said on CBS This Morning. “She’s the only artist in the last 15 years to have over two albums debut with over a million in sales in the first week.” Really, waning? Exactly who made that up? Glad Scott tackled that head on, but there was still some doubt left.

The host brought up a New York Times report that stated Swift’s popularity peaked in 2010. I really have to find that one, because I’d like to find out how “popularity” is measured and whether it doesn’t take into account things like Billboard charts, album sales, concert ticket sales and awards. Perhaps they forgot all those.

“Well, again, I don’t see that,” said Scott. To be honest, me neither. “You know, her sales are — we have the biggest sales in the world right now with her, and you have to remember, when you have that much love, there’s going to be haters, so bring on the haters.”

Founded in 2005, Big Machine Records later became Big Machine Label Group, including additional labels Valory and Republic Nashville. It has signed up superstars like Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry and the Princess in Red. The label group is also making a household name of new talents such as Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Florida Georgia Line, and the Eli Young Band. When he started Big Machine, one of his first finds was the 14 year old Who-Would-Be-Fearless-One.

(Source: Taylor Swift)
(Source: Taylor Swift)

“I was just enamored by her song-writing prowess, and just her process. And so I just always saw her as a great artist,” said Mr. Borchetta of the Enchantress. “She’s extraordinarily determined. She’s really wired for this moment, things she does naturally. It’s not like she has to wake up and say, ‘OK, it’s time to be Taylor.’ That’s who she is. … She’s extraordinarily driven, and she — like any great artist honestly, they have a vision for how they want to look and sound and there’s a specific, meticulous vision that we all work with her on.”

What is he looking for in a new act? “Individuality,” said the boss. He explained he looking for someone who “has an artist vision and a sense of who they are and what they want to say.”

“I don’t need somebody that sounds like Tim McGraw,” he added. “I have Tim McGraw.”

Like. A. Boss.

You can watch the video here. Sorry, I can’t embed it.

New YouTube playlists! Skip these if you’re avoiding spoilers: The RED Tour: Wildcards / Classics and The RED Tour: Guests / Duets. Also, remember to vote for the 48th ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year. Taylor Swift is nominated! Vote at VoteACM.com.The Queen of Sparks is performing when the show airs live on April 7.

48th ACM AwardsComing up on the Calendar!

  • April 1: Mike Meadows‘ Birthday.
  • April 7: The 48th ACM Awards air from Las Vegas, Nevada at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. Taylor is up forEntertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for RED (Artist), Album of the Year for RED (Producer), Video of the Year for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Taylor has been announced as a performer.

(Source: CBS This Morning)

Inside RED: The Sparkly Dressed closes Newark with You’re Not Sorry and Train!

You don’t have to call anymore, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy thankful for a long weekend, we know it’s hard to say goodbye to the Sparkly Dressed after having her in your hometown. If you enjoy her show and want to say thanks, here’s a thought. She’s up for ACM Entertainer of the Year. Why not go to VoteACM.com and vote for her?

The Enchantress played her last show in Newark last night, Friday March 29. The wildcard song at the B stage was You’re Not Sorry.

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And here’s a clip from the surprise duet last night. She brough out Pat Monahan from Train to sing Drive By.

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Thanks to Jacki Curtis and mspivey2 for posting the clips! If you want to follow the RED Tour up close, I recommend following @TSwiftOnTour. Remember you can see more clips on my YouTube playlists The RED Tour: Wildcards / Classics and The RED Tour: Duets.

Fan voting has begun for the 48th ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year. Taylor Swift is nominated! Vote at VoteACM.com.The Queen of Sparks is performing! The show airs live on April 7.

48th ACM AwardsComing up on the Calendar!

  • April 1: Mike Meadows‘ Birthday.
  • April 7: The 48th ACM Awards air from Las Vegas, Nevada at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. Taylor is up forEntertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for RED (Artist), Album of the Year for RED (Producer), Video of the Year for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Taylor has been announced as a performer.

(Source: @TSwiftOnTour)

Tay on New Girl, Liz Huett with A Rocket To The Moon & Thompson Square… Just Feels Good

(Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
(Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

I knew you were trouble when I logged in, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, still a guy who hasn’t gone crazy yet or perhaps he’s already gone crazy enough not to notice, we’re enjoying good reviews for The RED Tour. No, don’t worry, no spoilers this time. Have you voted for the Princess in Red today? She’s up for ACM Entertainer of the Year. VoteACM.com. Doooo ittttt.

The Enchantress will be a guest star for the second season finale of the TV comedy series New Girl. According to Entertainment Weekly she will play a guest at the wedding of Cece (Hannah Simone) and Shivrang (Satya Bhabha) named Elaine.  The finale episode will air on Fox Networks on May 14.

In case you need some context, the Sparkly Dressed has been named twice on the show. First up, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) sent Cece a text saying he was going through “Taylor Swift-like range of emotions.” On another episode, Nick (Jake Johnson) was trying to help  Jess (Zooey Deschanel) after she got her heart broken. She just told him, “I just wanted to listen to Taylor Swift alone”. You can hear 22 playing in the background.

(Source: Fueled By Ramen LLC)
(Source: Fueled By Ramen LLC)

On other news, A Rocket to the Moon has released their new album Wild & Free. The rock band from  integrated by Nick Santino, Eric Halvorsen, Nick Santino, Justin Richards and Andrew Cook. The third track Whole Lotta You features the amazing vocals of Elizabeth Huett as well as Stephen Liles from country duo Love and Theft. The album is available on iTunes.

You can find out more about the band at arockettothemoon.net. The lovely Liz has her own website at elizabethhuett.com and her own page here at Agency Profile: Elizabeth Huett.

The country duo Love and Theft should ring a bell, they toured with Taylor Swift back in 2008 when they were a trio and were featured in that little fake documentary Crimes of Passion that Taylor used to play on the Fearless Tour to distract everyone while she sneaked to the back of the venue. Taylor’s song Hey Stephen was inspired by Stephen Liles – the only other song Taylor has ever directly confirmed. However, they were never involved.

(Source: Stoney Creek Records)
(Source: Stoney Creek Records)

Country duo Thompson Square just released their latest album, Just Feels Good. The 2012 ACM and CMA Top Vocal Duo is composed of wife and husband Shawna and Keifer Thompson. The album’s lead single, released on late 2012 is If I Didn’t Have You.

“The songs just kind of came to us,” Keifer told CMT in a recent interview. “The ones that we wrote are so inside, as far as personal experience, they basically wrote themselves. We knew kind of what to do and what not to do to kind of define what Thompson Square 2.0 is going to sound like. I think we did it.”

The album is available now on iTunes. You can find more about them at thompsonsquare.com.

Fan voting has begun for the 48th ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year. Taylor Swift is nominated! Vote at VoteACM.com.The Enchantress is in New York City. She plays the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey tonight.

48th ACM AwardsComing up on the Calendar!

  • March 29: The Red Tour at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. On sale now.  More information on Ticketmaster.
  • April 1: Mike Meadows‘ Birthday.
  • April 7: The 48th ACM Awards air from Las Vegas, Nevada at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. Taylor is up forEntertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for RED (Artist), Album of the Year for RED (Producer), Video of the Year for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Taylor has been announced as a performer.

(Sources: Entertainment Weekly, iTunesCMTarockettothemoon.netthompsonsquare.com)

Inside the RED Tour: I’ve never heard silence quite this loud! The reviews are in!

(Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
(Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Next chapter, Taylor Nation 🙂

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s debating whether this still constitutes a spoiler or not, we thank our lucky stars we get to do what we do (which is writing, in case it’s your first time here). But regarding reviews, you probably want to read it from the professionals.

First up, Rolling Stone magazine. I’m not posting the entire article, but here’s an excerpt:

Seeing Taylor Swift live in 2013 is seeing a maestro at the top of her or anyone’s game. No other pop auteur can touch her right now for emotional excess or musical reach – her punk is so punk, her disco is so disco.

– Rolling Stone

Ok, here’s another one. Last one:

But the best moment was the double-shot of “I Knew You Were Trouble” into “All Too Well.” She turned “Trouble” into a blast of razzle-dazzle choreography in fancy-dress masquerade-ball mode. Then she sat alone to play “All Too Well,” her most majestic ballad, just a girl and her piano and several thousand other girls singing along. It was the highlight of a show that was nothing but highlights.

– Rolling Stone

The New York Times chose to praise her professionalism during the technical difficulties on her first concert at Newark where the audio went wonky during the Queen of Sparks and Ed Sheeran’s performance of Everything Has Changed. We all know how Taylor once had to face one of these tech issues at the Grammys, so she acted like a seasoned pro.

It was a mishap on a scale you don’t often see at a show of this size, choreographed down to the last flurry of confetti. But it was reassuring to learn that Taylor Swift off script is very much like Taylor Swift on script: not just the brains of the operation, but the brawn too, the unflappable force that ensures stuck landings.

– The New York Times

Last night the Princess in Red was once again in top shape and she plays The Story of Us. I love this song, and it’s really underrated in a few ways. It has a happy-go-lucky music and tone, so completely unrelated to the song’s story. The lyrics are extremely quotable, making it an endless source of titles for many a blogs back during the Speak Now era. Don’t worry, my long description is ending soon. Cue video clip.

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And a bonus performance last night! The Enchantress brought out Tyler Glenn from Neon Trees to sing Everybody Talks.

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Thank you Cassandra Koegel for The Story Of Us and to yooitskristina for Everybody Talks. And last, but certainly not least, a shoutout to @_Jencita_ for the heads up on the Rolling Stone article. Remember you can see more clips on my YouTube playlists The RED Tour: Wildcards / Classics and The RED Tour: Duets.

Fan voting has begun for the 48th ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year. Taylor Swift is nominated! Vote at VoteACM.com.The Enchantress is in New York City. She plays the Prudential Center in Newark tomorrow night.

(Photo: Jon Caramanica/ NY Times)
(Photo: Jon Caramanica/ NY Times)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 29: The Red Tour at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. On sale now.  More information on Ticketmaster.
  • April 1: Mike Meadows‘ Birthday.
  • April 7: The 48th ACM Awards air from Las Vegas, Nevada at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. Taylor is up forEntertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for RED (Artist), Album of the Year for RED (Producer), Video of the Year for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Taylor has been announced as a performer.

(Sources: Rolling StoneThe New York Times)

Inside the RED Tour: Newark, you were made of Starlight!

(Photo: James Keivom/New York Daily News)
(Photo: James Keivom/New York Daily News)

Don’t you dream impossible dreams, Taylor Nation 🙂

Here at the Swift Agency, still a guy that feels it’s been ages since he last blogged, we’ve got some albums to catch up on. That will have to wait. Duty calls. I should say spoiler alert, but does it really apply?

The Sparkly Dressed played the Prudential Center last night, March 27, in Newark, NJ. According to the New York Daily News this tour excels the past ones in costumes, pyrotechnics and set design. The fact that the author notices the elaborate production on The Lucky One and the 60’s throwback You Belong With Me tells me he stayed to watch the show – props. I’ve seen too many reviews that focus on the first numbers.

The Sparkly Dressed chose Starlight for her acoustic set at the B stage. An interesting choice, that makes me wander if there were any Kennedy family members on hand. The song is dedicated to Ethel Kennedy.

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Thanks to smilesfortaylor for posting! She’s part of @TSwiftOnTour who are consistently updating on all concerts.

Fan voting has begun for the 48th ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year. Taylor Swift is nominated! Vote at VoteACM.com.The Enchantress is in New York City. She plays the Prudential Center in Newark for the next two nights.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • 48th ACM AwardsMarch 28 and 29: The Red Tour at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. On sale now.  More information on Ticketmaster.
  • April 1: Mike Meadows‘ Birthday.
  • April 7: The 48th ACM Awards air from Las Vegas, Nevada at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. Taylor is up forEntertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for RED (Artist), Album of the Year for RED (Producer), Video of the Year for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Taylor has been announced as a performer.

(Source: New York Daily News)