h8u: Liz Huett releases new music video!

I think it’s pretty obvious that I need drink right now.

Lizettes and Lizards, the inimitable Liz Huett, your Loveliest Partner in Crime, is killing it. Liz released a new music video yesterday for her latest single “h8u” and if you think she was the Bonnie to your Clyde for “STFU and Hold Me” she’s going all in for this one.

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I’ve said it before, but there’s a lot of love for Tom Petty in the track and I feel a vibe for his style on the video with those glasses 😉

I know some are tempted to draw comparisons to the “Speak Now” wedding theme, but there’s a major difference. “Speak Now” was about a wedding being interrupted. Liz’ takeover is more of an invasion. She’s not here to steal the groom. She’s here to wreck the place. And you know you love it.

On other news, Caitlin Evanson is touring with Shakira!!?!! They’re going places, I tell you. We’re overdue for an Agency update soon.

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(Source: Liz Huett via Twitter)

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • November 28: The account creation for Taylor Swift Tix closes at 12pm Eastern Time.
  • December 2, 2017: Taylor Swift is one of the acts for 997NOW’s POPTOPIA 2017 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
  • December 5-8: The pre-sale starts for the first stadium tours from Ticketmaster.
  • December 7, 2017: Taylor Swift plays at B96’s Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois.

(Sources: Liz Huett via Vevo)

Taylor performs New Year’s Day on the Tonight Show

Don’t read the last page, Taylor Nation. I’m still checking for typos.

The Tonight Show had been on hiatus after Jimmy Fallon lost her mother, Gloria. Fittingly, Taylor Swift’s performance was a subdued but powerful one. Jimmy had delivered a eulogy for his mother with the coincidence that he recalled a childhood memory in which she squeezed his hand three times to signify “I love you”. And if you’ve already committed “New Year’s Day” to heart, there’s that line “Squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi.” You’ll then understand why the hug at the end is so emotional.

Don’t forget! You have until November 28 to make an account at Taylor Swift Tix and you must set your preferences if you want to be included in the pre-sale. The first dates are posted in Ticketmaster.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • November 28: The account creation for Taylor Swift Tix closes at 12pm Eastern Time.
  • December 5-8: The pre-sale starts for the first stadium tours from Ticketmaster.

(Sources: NBC via YouTube)

Live From New York: Taylor performs on SNL

At least I did one thing right, Taylor Nation.

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(Photo: Will Heath / NBC)

And if someone can help me figure out what that is, we’ll move this along. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy like any other fan that is willing to sit through a late show just to catch a glimpse of Taylor Swift, we know that not all live skits work. Nevertheless, Tiffany Haddish was wonderful and we did get to see two performances from Taylor.

“…Ready For It” felt a little underwhelming in my opinion. It’s a big booming track and SNL is a very small stage. I think that backing track is better suited for a larger venue. However, we got our first look at what could be the choreography for a future tour, and chances are it will built on what we saw tonight.

The following clip only plays on the US (region locks why do you exist?):

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“Call It What You Want” worked a lot better on such an intimate setting. She also broke out the guitar, which we’re so glad to see again. It was full on acoustic with Paul Sidoti on second guitar and Mike Meadows on cello. This was an amazing performance, more quieted and yet it felt like it filled the room. For a small venue, this style fits so much better.

Again, we got a region-locked clip, hopefully you can play it:

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I do hope Taylor comes back one day to play a part in a skit. However, I also understand how important it was for Tiffany Haddish to shine as the first female african-american comic to host Saturday Night Live. Tiffany did great.

As a bonus, here’s @TaylorNation13 with a Snake mic appreciation tweet:

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • November 10: reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is out now.
  • November 11: Taylor Swift will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
  • November 12: Taylor’s nominated for the MTV EMA 2017. You can vote for Taylor Swift for Best Artist, Best Look, Best Pop, Biggest Fans, Best Video, and Best US Act.

(Sources: NBC’s Saturday Night Live)

Reputation: The album’s track list and the secret sessions!

Reputation’s out in three days, Taylor Nation. Three. Days.

Get off the floor, I just cleaned it. Here at the Swift Agency, a guy who just – okey nevermind, the tracklist is out!

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(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

So, here we go:

  1. …Ready For It?
  2. End Game [Feat. Ed Sheeran and Future]
  3. I Did Something Bad
  4. Don’t Blame Me
  5. Delicate
  6. Look What You Made Me Do
  7. So It Goes…
  8. Gorgeous
  9. Getaway Car
  10. King Of My Heart
  11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied
  12. Dress
  13. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
  14. Call It What You Want
  15. New Year’s Day

Taylor Swift is named as the Executive Producer. Producers are Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift. The album was mixed by Serban Ghenea.

Andddd here’s a video compilation by the Snake Queen herself from the Secret Sessions!

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We done? We done. Okey let me catch my breath. Whew. I’m still not quite comfortable calling her Snake Queen. Anyhow, I’m curious about that track list. We shall see.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • November 10: Reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is released!
  • November 11: Taylor Swift will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Yes, I know I just added it as an update right above, but it’s the Calendar. I gotta write it again.
  • November 12: Taylor’s nominated for the MTV EMA 2017. You can vote for Taylor Swift for Best Artist, Best Look, Best Pop, Biggest Fans, Best Video, and Best US Act.

(Sources: Instagram, YouTube)

…Ready For It? The Music Video is out!

Let the games begin, Taylor Nation.

So it was literally in the middle of the night, but the video is out. Let’s go to the video and we’ll go all comment-y just right after.

Watch it on YouTube

There’s a ton of movie tributes here for sci-fi properties like Ghost In The Shell, Blade Runner and Tron, but besides the ton of graffiti that people will endlessly pause to read (I definitely saw the 89 and 91 there) let’s see what grabbed my bionic eye on the first run. There’s two Taylors, one is the outsider hiding in the shadows and one is the encased in a glass display.

The one inside is all about image. There’s power there but it seems contained. The one outside seems to empower the imprisoned one to come out. There’s a price though. One “dies” so that the other may be free. One loses her identity (her face) so that the jailed one can be released. One was free, but kept herself covered, elusive. She gives herself up so that the one on display has her turn to shine.

I can’t help but draw parallels to Taylor balancing out her private and public personas. One will no longer be seen as Taylor, the other might be a little too powerful to be contained. There’s something inherently sad about that dynamic. Did I go too deep?

Perhaps I need another look 🙂

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • November 10: Reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is released!
  • November 12, 2017: Taylor’s nominated for the MTV EMA 2017. You can vote for Taylor Swift for Best Artist, Best Look, Best Pop, Biggest Fans, Best Video, and Best US Act.

(Sources: YouTube)