RED Tour Foxborough: The Sparkly Dressed sings You’re So Vain with Carly Simon

(Photo: Getty Images for TAS)

I bet you think this song is about you, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s on vacation right now, we’re in a bit of a writing hiatus. Ok, consider it a light non-strict hiatus. The Princess in Red played two nights at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on July 26 and 27. The big news that makes me come out of hiding is that T-Swizzle got to play with another one of her idols, Carly Simon. The two performed You’re So Vain on stage yesterday night (July 27).

You can read the original article and see more pictures at Daily Mail.

As you might have heard, there were rumors of the Enchantress playing the role of Carly Simon in an upcoming film. Nobody knows yet if that will happen or not. Either way, Taylor is a fan of her music. Here’s their performance!

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The secret song on July 26 was You Should’ve Said No:

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The secret song on July 27 was Fearless.

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Thanks to allisonraee and RedTourNews for posting! Next concert will be on August 1st in Des Moines, Iowa.

(Photo: Getty Images for TAS)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • Aug. 1: The Red Tour at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. On sale now. Ticket information here.
  • Aug. 2 and 3: The Red Tour at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. On sale now. More information on AXS.com.
  • Aug 6: The Civil Wars release their eponymous second album, The Civil Wars.
  • Aug. 6: The Red Tour at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. On sale now. Ticket information here.
  • Aug. 7: The Red Tour at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On sale now. Ticket information here.

(Source: Daily Mail)

Review Corner & Showcase: Sara Bareilles’ The Blessed Unrest

(Source: Epic Records)

Hello music fans,

I have this bad habit of being late to the party. I’m several albums late to the talent of Sara Bareilles. I’ve heard of her, I keep running across her name with other artists that I’m listening, and when I hear someone like Martina McBride talk about her, I just thought I’m overdue to a review about Sara’s music.

I can honestly say I enjoyed listening to her music effortlessly and it takes a feat of strength to stop listening. I started with “Love Song” and “Gravity” from her album Little Voice and “King of Anything” from her album Kaleidoscope Heart. However, “Brave” convinced me to get her latest album The Blessed Unrest on iTunes

Of course listening to that album convinced me of getting the older ones, which is a testament to how good her music and her voice is. It’s that good that although technically I’m in a bit of a writing hiatus, I decided to write about it anyway.

Here’s Sara’s cover of Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” on SaraBareillesVEVO.

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And here’s Sara appearing on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and performing “Brave”.

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Thanks to John Locke for posting!

On RED news, the RED Tour just finished a two day gig at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on July 26 and 27. Next concert will be on August 1st in Des Moines, Iowa.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • Aug. 1: The Red Tour at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. On sale now. Ticket information here.
  • Aug. 2 and 3: The Red Tour at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. On sale now. More information on AXS.com.
  • Aug 6: The Civil Wars release their eponymous second album, The Civil Wars.
  • Aug. 6: The Red Tour at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. On sale now. Ticket information here.
  • Aug. 7: The Red Tour at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On sale now. Ticket information here.

(Sources: Sara Bareilles Official SiteiTunesSaraBareillesVEVOLate Late Show with Craig Ferguson)

News Update: Voting, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia & Everything Has Changed remix

(Source: ryanseacrestfoundation.org)
(Source: ryanseacrestfoundation.org)

I’m feeling… too old today, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s really into writing, we’re splitting our time between two blogs now. Apparently I like to be so busy I can only get a few hours of sleep.

The Sparkly Dressed spent some time with some young fans at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, courtesy of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. Apparently she also did an interview in studio, but it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere yet. For the original story and more pictures, visit the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

The Princess in Red is up for two nominations for the 2013 MTV VMAs. You might wander why I would ask you to vote after I blogged about fan voted awards and their hidden conditions. The simplest way I can put it is that the more votes she has the less likely it is that the people at the top pass on having her win. And in case you need a better reason than that…

T-Swizzle and Ed Sheeran’s collaboration remix of Everything Has Changed is now out on iTunes. I’m not sure if I like it better than the original yet.

And finally, here’s a bonus video in case you haven’t seen it yet. This is a very short behind the scenes of the Taylor by Taylor ad:

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Thanks to TaylorSwiftArchiveII for posting! The RED Tour is headed to Foxborough, Massachusetts. Taylor plays the Gillete Stadium on July 26 and 27.

(Source: Big Machine Label Group)
(Source: Big Machine Label Group)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • July 26 and 27: The Red Tour at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
  • Aug. 1: The Red Tour at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. On sale now. Ticket information here.
  • Aug. 2 and 3: The Red Tour at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. On sale now. More information on AXS.com.
  • Aug 6: The Civil Wars release their eponymous second album, The Civil Wars.
  • Aug. 6: The Red Tour at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. On sale now. Ticket information here.
  • Aug. 7: The Red Tour at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On sale now. Ticket information here.

(Sources: Ryan Seacrest FoundationiTunes)

The RED Tour in Philadelphia. A note about great responsibility

(Photo: Tim Hawk/South Jersey Times)

Pick your battles, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s wondering if you are noticing a slight change, we’re going for more editorial content than just news reporting. Don’t worry, I’m still reporting on the RED Tour. Yes, this is going to be an editorial as well.

The Princess in Red played two nights at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The second night, July 20th, was an eventful one. The songstress had to wait out the worst of a lightning-packed storm before she could start her set. With more rain and inclement weather on the way, the set was cut short a couple of songs. Begin Again and Stay, Stay, Stay were not performed last night. You Belong With Me was performed at the B Stage instead. You can see more pictures at the South Jersey Times.

There are other ways this could’ve turned out, but the Queen of Sparks did what she thought was best for her audience, the Agency, the RED Troupe and the crew. She also has to listen to her tour organizers and the people of the venue. Taylor’s name is upfront, but there’s a lot of people involved. Hopefully everyone understood that safety was the number one concern here. T-Swizzle is very aware she’s responsible for a lot of people. She doesn’t do things like this on a whim. Segue ahead…

There’s power in big numbers. Large masses on the internet can cause polls and contests to swing every way they can. Reddit and 4chan boards have been known to pull their weight before just to flex their muscle or for laughs. They did so when they started voting on a contest that had otherwise very little interest to them. KISS 108 was running a contest to get a fan to meet Taylor Swift. Reddit and 4chan decided to pull their weight behind contestant Charles Z based on a joke from a friend of his, stating that Charles Z was 39 years old and had a thing for smelling girl’s hair. Since that bordered on creepy that was all the motivation they needed. Of course some guys at 4chan sabotaged themselves by posting they were running a script on 500 machines to artificially inflate the voting. The contest has been terminated by KISS 108 and nobody wins. Of course, you can spin any outcome into a win if you’re not playing.

But we are not much better… I understand a lot of fans took offense at the shirt from Abercrombie and Fitch, “more boyfriends than TS” (the shirt has been retired). A lot more took issue at the recent Bad Kids Clothing tank top with some of Taylor Swift’s rumoured exes, including some that were just fabricated (Till, Redmayne, Effron and Montieth never dated Tay – Mayer was just a fling but since she wrote songs about him I guess it fits). However, can we all agree that sending someone death threats is never a good thing? I understand you can say stuff in a fit of anger. We’ve all done it. Just please, don’t write it online. That’s permanent and it festers.

Of course I never believed they’re actually death threats… In today’s world we’ve all gone radical. When we are in trouble, we’re “dead” or going to get “killed”, often by a figure of authority like a boss or a parent. When someone loses in a debate, they got “their ass kicked” when they were just proven wrong. Nowadays, it’s gotten to the point that death is not extreme enough and I’ve heard people use “getting raped” when somebody loses… in a video game. Kids pick up on this stuff. I’m not going to lecture you here. I prefer to stay away from those expressions. It’s not so much because they’re rude but simply because they’re grossly inaccurate. How many times have you heard someone say “I literally died”?

There’s power in numbers. Fan armies know this. I’m just saying, with great power comes great responsibility. Sorry to go all Peter-Parker’s-Uncle-Ben on you, but that’s the truth. Pick your battles. A list of names is no big deal. By the way, Bad Kids Clothing retired Montieth’s name out of respect for his passing. I’d cut them some slack, but that’s just me. Your decision is up to you.

There’s a whole world of big issues out there. Read about Trayvon Martin. Yes, that’s a completely different topic that is making waves because there are laws that should be reconsidered after such an event. Have an opinion. Get involved in that. Ironic messages in clothing fade away in the wash.

The secret song on July 19th was Safe and Sound.

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Thanks to Rick Marino for posting! The RED Tour is headed to Foxborough, Massachusetts. Taylor plays the Gillete Stadium on July 26 and 27.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • July 26 and 27: The Red Tour at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
  • Aug. 1: The Red Tour at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. On sale now. Ticket information here.
  • Aug. 2 and 3: The Red Tour at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. On sale now. More information on AXS.com.
  • Aug 6: The Civil Wars release their eponymous second album, The Civil Wars.
  • Aug. 6: The Red Tour at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. On sale now. Ticket information here.
  • Aug. 7: The Red Tour at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On sale now. Ticket information here.

(Sources: South Jersey TimesAbercrombie & FitchBad Kids Clothing)

The Weekly Rant: Fan voted awards (with hidden conditions)

(Photo: Sarah Barlow/13 Management)
(Photo: Sarah Barlow/13 Management)

Take a deep breath in the mirror, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who thinks it’s better to burn out than to fade away, we’re not happy to be just another blog. I try to give you a little bit of a different edge. If you like that, cool. If you haven’t noticed, perhaps I am too subtle about it but that’s the way ah ha ah ha I like it.

The 2013 Teen Choice Awards added a seventh prize for the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar. She is nominated for Choice Summer Tour for the RED Tour. Officially it’s called “Red” (I started to call it RED all capitals just because I wanted to see how many people picked up on that).

She’s also has six nominations for Choice Female Artist, Choice Female Country Artist, Choice Country Song (We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together)Choice Single Female Artist (I Knew You Were Trouble)Choice Break Up Song (We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together) and Choice Smile. If you are 13 to 19 years old you can vote daily at TeenChoiceAwards.com. The awards air on FOX Networks on August 11.

The Princess in Red also has two nominations to the 2013 MTV VMAs. According to MTV News, she’s nominated for Video of the Year and Best Female Video for I Knew You Were Trouble (have you noticed that every other site follows the standard of putting song titles in quotes, while I put them in italics? I do that on purpose). The 2013 Video Music Awards air August 25 on MTV and VMA.MTV.com, live from the Brooklyn Barclays Center.

So what are her chances of winning any of those awards?

Well… First she has to get a really significant amount of votes. That part is true. The other part is how much the show’s organizers think it will mean for her to win the award. Technically they’ll get ratings from the Taylor Nation as long as she’s in the run. After that, it’s a matter of an executive decision based on certain conditions.

First up, Teen Choice Awards reserves the right to pick the winner from the top four, according to TC’s Voting Rules

Winners for the Teen Choice Awards are determined using the votes cast on the Site. Votes are tabulated electronically and winners are determined based on the nominees in each category with the highest number of eligible votes. Teenasaurus Rox reserves the right to choose the winner from the top four vote generators.

– TC’s Voting Rules

At least they’re being honest. Of course the TCA has five nominees in every category. What your fan voting will be doing is eliminating the nominee with the lowest votes. Then it’s up to their executives. Something tells me they’re not teens.

Now, MTV’s VMA Voting Rules start fair:

The total number of votes submitted during the Voting Period for the “Nominees” in each of the eligible categories will be tabulated by Sponsor and the “Nominee” with the most votes in its applicable category, as determined by Sponsor, will be declared the winner of such category.

– MTV’s VMA Voting Rules

And then… there’s a disclaimer.

 If, for any reason, this voting process is interrupted for any reason, is found to have been tampered with in any way, or for any other reason that Sponsor believes in its sole discretion to be reasonably necessary, Sponsor reserves the right to select the winners at its discretion and may take into consideration the number of votes received by a Nominee up until the time of the interruption or cancelation of the voting process.

– MTV’s VMA Voting Rules

In case you’re not quite sure what “select winners at its discretion” means, let me clear it up: they don’t have to tell you if they picked the winner. In case that’s not clear, there’s a further disclaimer:

If, for any reason, any aspect of this voting process is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical or system failures or disruption, ‘Acts of God’ or terrorist attacks, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the voting process or for any reason Sponsor deems necessary, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, amend, modify, extend or suspend the voting process and reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine the winners.

– MTV’s VMA Voting Rules

For me the clencher is that last reason, “or for any reason Sponsor deems necessary”, that really says it all. If we think we ought to do it we will. Of course the old “sole discretion” appears again because it’s not popular to ever disclose that.

The point of both shows is promotion of anything that either network is running. You will see faces from whatever show is about to hit either network. FOX is also pretty obvious about favouring their artists. American Idol winners usually get nods on FOX awards. But make it fan-voted and you got people tweeting about the show and tuning in. Although in the end, they’ll decide the outcome.

I like to think that they’ll go with an artist if they are winning by a landslide against the rest. But we don’t know what we don’t know. Either way, I’m not eligible to vote for either show (US only) so I’m not going to bother. You’re welcome to try to get the Enchantress to the top number of votes. I just wanted you to know that doesn’t guarantee her a win.

 And by the way, this post is Taylor poking a little fun at herself. Yes, she has a healthy sense of humor.

But no, some sites are spinning this story into Tay not being able to let go of a grudge… Because when she says something serious, people think she can’t take a joke but when she does a joke, then the media has to get serious. Damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t. Seems like there’s always someone who disapproves.

The RED Tour
(Source: TaylorSwift.com)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • July 19 & 20: The Red Tour at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
  • July 26 and 27: The Red Tour at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
  • Aug. 1: The Red Tour at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. On sale now. Ticket information here.
  • Aug. 2 and 3: The Red Tour at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. On sale now. More information on AXS.com.
  • Aug 6: The Civil Wars release their eponymous second album, The Civil Wars.

(Sources: Teen Choice AwardsMTV News2013 MTV VMAsTC’s Voting RulesMTV’s VMA Voting Rules)