The rep Tour Detroit: Taylor pays tribute to Aretha Franklin

Jump then fall, Taylor Nation.

The Sparkly Dressed has a way with words, specially those put to music. On August 28, while playing Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan she paused the music part and said some words in honour of Aretha Franklin. As was expected, she was kind, she kept the focus on the Queen of Soul and she had the lights dimmed for a moment of silence.

“Last week we lost an irreplaceable force. Aretha Franklin did so much for music, she did so much for women’s rights, she did so much for civil rights,” said Taylor. “She was one of those people where no matter what you said, no matter what glowing positive thing you said about her, it would be an understatement.” You can read more about the moment in Harper’s Bazaar.

The surprise song that night was “Jump Then Fall”.

Taylor should be currently playing the first of two nights at U. S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • August 31: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN.
  • September 1: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN.
  • September 8: Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City, MO.
  • September 15: Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis, IN.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram, and Harper’s Bazaar. Featured photo via @FordField)

Taylor Swift and Big Machine: The contract ends this November

It’s been thirteen years, Taylor Nation.

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Thirteen years ago, Big Machine Records was just starting when it signed on a very young fifteen year old country singer named Taylor Swift. The Sparkly Dressed is now 28 years old and the contract between her and the little label that could is up this November. Taylor Swift will become what is known as a free agent.

This means she will be able to choose between signing up again with Big Machine, signing up with a new label or go at it alone. She could make history and not sign with anybody or create her own label. I’ve learn that second-guessing the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar Which Must Be Back There Somewhere is an exercise in futility: she will often do what nobody expects.

Variety puts it in more business-oriented terms. The Enchantress could choose to do her own label work, or just pick a new label but choose whether to stay within the Universal Music Group umbrella. Although we can expect Scott Borchetta to make a huge offer to the Forever and Always Fearless One, so will everyone else. However, Scott has some huge aces up his sleeve: Big Machine holds the masters – the original recordings of all of Taylor’s back catalogs. Offering her ownership of those could get Taylor to sign with Big Machine again.

According to Billboard, Scott Borchetta was considering the idea of selling the label as recently as 2015. The label price offers could drop significantly if he relinquishes the masters of Taylor’s old music. Big Machine can stream Taylor’s music online but other possibilities require she signs on their usage because she’s the actual songwriter. She does retain some control but as all singer/songwriters, it’s a sure bet that Taylor would prefer to own the masters herself.

Both Variety and Billboard cite sources that say heavy negotiation has taken place but no deal has been struck yet. In the end, nobody knows until things become public. I’m dying to know, is it killing you like it’s killing me?

Taylor Swift is playing Ford Field in Detroit, MI tonight, August 28.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • August 28: Ford Field. Detroit, MI.
  • August 31: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN.
  • September 1: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN.
  • September 8: Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City, MO.
  • September 15: Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis, IN.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram, Variety and Billboard)

The rep Tour Nashville: When you think Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

I hope you think of me, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who knew Taylor had to play “Tim McGraw” in Nashville of all places, we didn’t necessarily expect the man himself on stage, nor his talented partner, Faith Hill. The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar really went for a blast from the past, but it was the blast that defined the start of her career and in her own words, Nashville taught her everything she needed.

She opted for “Better Man” for her surprise song at the b-stage. She was going to need the big stage to contain all that talent later on.

When the time came, I’m pretty sure more than a few people got nostalgic. She went for the start on the piano, but of course she broke out the handheld mike to sing with Faith Hill. By that time more than a few people were expecting the official Tim McGraw to take the stage.

I’ve always wanted Tim McGraw to barge in the middle of “Tim McGraw” and shout “I hope you think of ME! Cuz that’s my NAME!”

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • August 28: Ford Field. Detroit, MI.
  • August 31: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN.
  • September 1: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN.
  • September 8: Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City, MO.
  • September 15: Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis, IN.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram. Billboard. Featured photo via Tim McGraw’s Instagram)

The rep tour Miami: I can’t breathe without you but I have to

We know it’s never simple, never easy, Taylor Nation.

The Sparkly Dressed performed at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL this past Saturday night, August 18. She’s been on a roll lately, performing deep cuts from past albums, some of them rarely performed live. This one in particular is going back to Fearless. It was a collaboration with Colbie Caillat that she was, as she put it, 99% sure that she had never performed it live.

Not in a million years, but it happened. Taylor brought that single out as her surprise song on the b-stage in Miami. People lost their minds.

So I happen to know a little crowd that wants to see if Taylor would do another deep cut from Fearless, the song called “The Other Side of the Door”. I never thought I’d say this, but there’s a chance now, if there ever was. Then again, considering the next stop I’d go for a classic, like “Tim McGraw”.

Going back to Nashville, thinking about the whole thing…

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • August 25: Nissan Stadium. Nashville, TN.
  • August 28: Ford Field. Detroit, MI.
  • August 31: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN.
  • September 1: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN.
  • September 8: Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City, MO.
  • September 15: Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis, IN.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram. Featured photo via @TaylorNation13)

The rep tour Tampa: Instead of just invisible

We could be a beautiful, miracle, unbelievable, Taylor Nation.

Turn back the clock a year to August 14, 2017. Taylor was in a civil court counter-suing for sexual harassment. The jury came in, believed Taylor’s account of the events and awarded her the symbolic $1 dollar. It’s a strange memory, marred by media, disbelief and unrequited groping but it has a bittersweet sense of victory.

Taylor prevailed.

That would seem like the obvious outcome, but it wasn’t. It was almost incredibly close for that decision to have gone the other way had it not been by Taylor having to defend her version of what happened. She had probably one of the best legal teams, she was a known public figure, and still it all came down to her defending herself from the other lawyer. If you’ve never read Taylor’s comebacks on the stand, you really should.

On the anniversary of the jury’s decision, Taylor was playing the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida when she reminisced about those times. While fans, very conscious about the date, waved $1 dollar bills, some real and some fake versions with Taylor’s face on them.

A year ago I was not playing in a stadium in Tampa. I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado. Honestly, I was there for a sexual assault case and this day, a year ago, was the day that the jury sided in my favor and said that they believed me.

I guess I just think about all the people that weren’t believed and the people who haven’t been believed, and the people who are afraid to speak up because they think they won’t be believed.

I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who ever wasn’t believed. Because I don’t know what turn my life would’ve taken if people didn’t believe me when I said that something had happened to me.

So I guess I just wanted to say that we have so, so, so much further to go and I am so grateful for you guys to be there for me during what was a really, really horrible part of my life.

I wanted to thank you for just kind of… I mean I know when I meet you guys at meet-and-greets and after the shows, you guys tell me about the hard times that you’ve gone through in your lives and I really appreciate you trusting me with that information.

And you know you guys have seen me go through so many ups and downs in my life just due to the public nature of the way my life is, and I just wanted to say that I’m so happy to see you and to have you and know you through the ups and the downs in my life.

Sorry I just haven’t really talked about it, and so I’m just not composed at all.

Taylor Swift
Tampa, FL. August 14, 2018

You can read more about her speech on People.com.

The Sparkly Dressed’s surprise song on the b-stage was “Invisible”.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • August 18: Hard Rock Stadium. Miami, FL.
  • August 25: Nissan Stadium. Nashville, TN.
  • August 28: Ford Field. Detroit, MI.
  • August 31: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram, People.com. Featured photo via @TaylorNation13)