Weekly News Update: December 4, 2017

Get down from the chandelier, Taylor Nation.

(Photo: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for Vogue)

The Snake Queen appears in the cover of British Vogue magazine for the January 2018 edition. The magazine features a 12-page shoot.

On other news, you probably saw Taylor Swift’s sets at iHeartRadio Jingle Ball and at Poptopia and are now pumped for a full reputation Stadium Tour concert. If so, you should check out Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift Tix Official FAQ for any questions BEFORE your pre-sale date.

Dates range from tomorrow, Tuesday December 5 to Friday December 8. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who wishes best luck to everyone, we still harbour some hope for a smaller venue local concert. I will be honest, it’s looking a little bleak. You might want to get some chance than none at all.

May the odds be forever in your favour.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • December 5-8: The pre-sale starts for the first US Stadium Tours from Ticketmaster.
  • December 7, 2017: Taylor Swift plays at B96’s Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois.
  • December 13: Jumping to the pool from the balcony…

(Sources: Vogue, Ticketmaster)

News Update: Taylor Swift appears on the cover of May’s edition of Vogue

(Photo: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for Vogue)
(Photo: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for Vogue)

Yes, she’s taking a break, Taylor Nation. Honest.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy that wishes he could take a vacation, we think that Taylor’s idea of a ‘taking a break’ might differ from yours or mine. I guess the idea of a couch and a TV is old fashioned. For the Sparkly Dressed, it’s fine to squeeze in a photoshoot and an interview with Vogue. I’m teasing, I know she did both of these a while ago. Most of the interview takes place in Reading, Pennsylvania when Taylor revisited her childhood home for Britany Maack’s wedding. According to the article, it was hilarious to see the flower girls keep it together in front of the Enchantress.

“It’s such a surreal, emotional thing,” T-Swizzle tells Vogue‘s Jason Gay. “When you’re a little kid, you’re riding the same roads to school every single day, hundreds of times. When you come back, you snap into that strange nostalgia.” Apparently, the Queen of Sparks almost became a horseback rider until she got the nerve to tell her mom that she didn’t want to do it anymore. “I just wanted to make music and do theater,” says Taylor. “So I’ve been a big disappointment.” Andrea points out she’s over it.

So what is Taylor up to? What are her future plans? Well, she doesn’t have any. WHUT?

“I have no idea. This is the first time in ten years that I haven’t known. I just decided that after the past year, with all of the unbelievable things that happened . . . I decided I was going to live my life a little bit without the pressure on myself to create something.”

Chill your rockets, she’s still doing the music thing.

“I’m always going to be writing songs,” Tay points out. “The thing is, with me, I could very well come up with three things in the next two weeks and then jump back into the studio, and all of a sudden the next record is started. That’s an option, too.”

You can read more in the original article in Vogue.

On other news, Taylor Swift and Idris Elba have been revealed as the two celebrity co-chairs alongside Vogue’s Anna Wintour for the 2016 Met Gala to be held on Monday, May 2. Also participating will be Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jonathan Ive, and designers Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquiere, and Miuccia Prada. The theme will be Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Sponsored by Apple.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • May 2: The 2016 Met Gala. Taylor Swift and Idris Elba have been revealed as the two celebrity co-chairs alongside Vogue’s Anna Wintour.
  • May 10: The first-ever Taylor Swift Award will be given at the 64th annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
  • May 22: The Billboard Music Awards are broadcast LIVE at 8pm ET on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taylor Swift is nominated for eight awards.

(Sources: Vogue)

Taylor Swift at Vanity Fair’s Oscar party. Caitlin Evanson performs with the Weeknd. Lady Gaga’s Till It Happens To You.

We got a bad case of the Mondays, Taylor Nation.

(Photo: Mark Seliger for Vanity Fair)
(Photo: Mark Seliger for Vanity Fair)

Here at the Swift Agency, we couldn’t help but miss Oscar stuff here and there because frankly, it’s a bit hard to stay awake. No, the Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone was not in attendance to the 88th Annual Academy Awards (a.k.a. The Oscars). She did make a stunning appearance at the Vanity Fair’s Oscar party along with brother Austin and fellow artist Lorde. I’m pretty sure there were other members of the Squad inside.

Did you know that Caitlin Evanson, former member of the Agency, did take the stage during the Oscars? She was one of the violinists during The WThe Oscarseeknd’s performance. Here’s one screen capture via @_Jencita_ and a big shoutout 🙂

Here’s the Sparkly Dressed, throwing one smoldering look during her entrance to the Vanity Fair event:

And finally, one big musical number of note goes to Lady Gaga’s amazing performance of “Till It Happens To You” which was surrounded by survivors of abuse. Gaga had made a note that her performance was also dedicated to Kesha.

Watch on YouTube

That was a powerful performance and one of the high points of the night for me.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • March 12: Taylor Swift is nominated for Nickelodeon’s 29th Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Female Singer, Favorite Song of the Year for “Bad Blood” with Kendrick Lamar, and Favorite Collaboration for ‘Bad Blood’ with Kendrick Lamar. You can vote by going to nick.com/KCA, or via hashtag on Twitter by using BOTH #KCA and #VoteTaylorSwift, #VoteBadBlood or #VoteBadBloodCollab. Original tweets and retweets count.
  • April 3:  Taylor Swift is nominated for the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards for Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for 1989, Best Tour of the Year for The 1989 World Tour, Best Collaboration for “Bad Blood”, Best Meme-able Moment for “Blank Space”, Best Fan Army for #Swifties and Best Cover Song for Alessia Cara Covering Taylor Swift.

(Sources: The OscarsVanity FairThe Hollywood Reporter)


The 1989 World Tour Team Taylor: Thanks for all you do. Vacation time at Hamilton Island

From everyone in the fandom to everyone in Team Taylor, thanks for all your hard work!

(Source: Taylor Swift's Instagram)
(Source: Taylor Swift’s Instagram)

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy that is a proud citizen of the Taylor Nation, we’ve been holding out for a bit. For a while, news and candid shots have come in about the Sparkly Dressed’s private party for her entire team on Hamilton Island. So who was invited? Team Taylor almost in full. The press not that much, Taylor would rather spend some quiet time.

In case I’ve never defined it before, here are some of the most common (and some uncommon) definitions of who’s who in Team Taylor.

The Agency: Insider’s name for the band, which members have changed through the years, but they’re still there. In order of longevity they are: Amos J. Heller (bass), Paul Sidoti (guitar), Mike Meadows (guitar), David Cook (keyboards) and Matt Billingslea (drums). David Cook is also the musical director for the tour. Mike Meadows switches instruments and sometimes you can see him playing keyboards as well. Sometimes I include the backup singers with the band, sometimes they do their own thing. The horn section is still present in the Profiles page, but apparently they didn’t tour with Taylor and were just part of the promos during the 1989 album launch. Update: There is an improvised horn section during “Shake It Off” during the tour concert.

The Starlights: A name given to the backup singers back on March 16, 2013 by a young fan named Emma when the recently formed fearsome foursome had just appeared for promo appearances before the RED Tour (which incidentally, I capitalize on a whim). The backup singers are currently Kamilah Marshall, Melanie Nyema, Clare Turton and Eliotte Nicole.

The Dancers: They change for every tour and there’s a ton of them so I’m afraid I can’t name all of them. I can recognize Mason Cutler and Mark Villaver, both of whom I’ve run into during the 1989 Tour in Montreal and were part of the RED Tour as well.

The Crew: Everyone who sets up the stage and the sound system as well as the truck drivers and the security team that makes each concert a joy to behold plus have to clean up after us afterwards. I often enough will use the term to refer to everyone who’s touring with Taylor currently.

13 Management: Taylor’s very own management company. Image, product placement, etc.

Big Machine Group Label / Big Machine Records: They put Taylor’s music on the radio, sell albums and promote her as well. They are not directly in charge of the tour.

Taylor Nation (social media): Yes, I categorize the Taylor Nation in two. These fine folk are the ones that interact with the fans on social media and convey our opinions and thoughts back to 13 Management and Taylor Swift.

Taylor Nation (the fandom a.k.a the “Swifties” – this means you): The older and strongest relationship that Taylor Swift has ever had. The name “Taylor Nation” was born back when T-Swizzle was still working her own social media on MySpace.

The Squad: Taylor’s inner circle of friends, a lot of them celebrities. I’ve also called them “the Swifterhood”.

Team Taylor: I usually use this term for everyone who actually makes a living working for the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar. I also use it to imply everyone who’s on Taylor’s side / corner – so you can consider yourself part of Team Taylor as well.

And before you say it, yes I know that picture of Taylor with Austin is from South Island in New Zealand. I just thought it would be fun to throw it in there. The Enchantress continues her tour in Brisbane, Australia on December 5.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • December 5: The 1989 World Tour – Brisbane, Australia – Suncorp Stadium.
  • December 7: The 1989 World Tour – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Center.
  • December 8: The 1989 World Tour – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Center.
  • December 10: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.
  • December 11: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.
  • December 12: The 1989 World Tour – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park.

(Sources: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

Video Showcase: GQ’s interview with Ryan Adams and Vogue Australia photoshoot

Blame Canada, Taylor Nation.

Hold on… Let me explain. Yes, I have a lot of things to do and in case you didn’t know, there’s an election going on over here. Don’t worry, politics is not in my aspirations for blog material. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who was more interested in the latest Star Wars trailer, we’re glad that this time around we’re just going to post some videos and this will be a short but enjoyable entry.

First up, we get an unexpected treat as Ryan Adams interviews Taylor Swift. Video courtesy of GQ Magazine. So that means this one is not going to disappear.

Watch on YouTube

On the other side of the world (literally this time), Vogue Australia interviewed the Enchantress during her photoshoot for the cover of their November 2015 issue. Have a look.

Watch on YouTube

Up next, Taylor’s 1989 World Tour reaches Lexington, Kentucky.

(Photo: Emma Summerton)
(Photo: Emma Summerton)

Coming up in the Calendar!

(Sources: GQ Magazine, Vogue Australia)