The Weekly Rant: When it’s not about Taylor. A hack, a countdown and some actual news.

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram - this one's actually a pic from Tay)
(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram – this one’s actually a pic from Tay)

Ain’t it funny, rumors fly, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, we’re trying not to get down about the the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world… but sometimes we do have to rant about them. Someone decided it would be a good idea to hack Taylor Swift’s Twitter and Instagram account. Oh, kids. Talk about trying to get their five minutes of nameless fame. Anyhow, not a big deal of harm done. Twenty minutes later Twitter was erasing tweets and suspending accounts. Taylor has regained control.

At least we got the chance to hear some sass as Taylor rejected another rumor that nudes of her could appear. As if.

On other news that even have less to do about T-Swizzle, Triple J in Australia has disqualified Taylor Swift’s entry into the Hottest 100 countdown contest. Here’s the deal. Buzzfeed and KFC both supported a #Tay4Hottest100 hashtag. The poll is public, but supposedly based on what Triple J plays during the year. According to them, they’ve never played Taylor Swift and the people voting for the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar were just trying to teach who they perceived as “music snobs” a lesson by voting something mainstream in the countdown. Bottom line? It seems that there has been quite a few examples of people trolling the list with entries that are not valid. So for all that jazz, Triple J made a list of reasons why they disqualified Taylor Swift as an entry. Not as a person. They don’t have any beef with Taylor Swift.

And this is just another example of someone putting Tay’s name in the middle of something she never asked to be a part of in the first place.

On news that actually involve Taylor Swift at all, she made an appearance at the Grammy’s party for Nashville nominees. How did she show up? Discreetly. She never walked the red carpet. Once inside, she got pictures with the people who wanted a picture. There’s a time for modesty and Taylor let the other Nashville residents have a go. We all know she moved to NYC, but still know that she never forgets Nashville is where she sharpened her skills. There will always be a place for Music Town in the hearts and minds of the citizens of the Taylor Nation. You can read the original story at The Tennessean.

And finally, Canada’s JUNO Awards have announced their nominees for 2015 and I’m proud to announce that 1989 has received a nomination for International Album of the Year. The show airs on March 15.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 8: The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance for “Shake It Off”.
  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.

(Sources: TripleJFeed, The TennesseanJUNO Awards)

News Update: The Woman of the Year Billboard cover and first Grammy nominations!


I’ve been picking out the pieces of the mess you made, Taylor Nation.

You probably remember the Queen of Sparks was chosen as Woman of the Year again and here’s a preview of her cover in Billboard magazine for December, 2014. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy with his feet on the ground and his head in the clouds, we know that despite all the records that Taylor Swift is breaking with 1989 the album itself is not eligible for any awards yet. However, Shake It Off managed to actually gain the Sparkly Dressed a GRAMMY nomination for Record of the Year. She also nabbed a Best Pop Solo Performance for Shake It Off!

Update! Now she has three nominations. Just announced, Song of the Year nomination for Shake It Off.

In the magazine, the Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone talks about her switch to the full pop genre (I think it has been more of a slide). She also discusses an apparent backlash against “Welcome to New York”. There’s a backlash? I mean, I know there’s haters out there but I’ve heard nothing particularly hateful against WTNY. I’ll have to read up on that. Perhaps I’m only following the right people.

She also talks about how she’s only a singer because she writes.  “I wouldn’t be a singer if I weren’t a songwriter,” says Tay. “I have no interest in singing someone else’s words.” One day if the occasion arises again, I have to tell her she’s one of the major forces that pushes me to keep writing. The article also ask T-Swizzle about not allowing others to control her image and being sort of a life coach to her friends. You can read more on Billboard. More on Taylor writing her own rules, not becoming a cliche and going pop here!

Here’s the official announcement on Taylor’s nomination for Record of the Year for Shake It Off from @TheGRAMMYs.

And here’s Ryan Seacrest announcing Best Pop Solo Performance.

I have to get some music from Sam Smith and Sia real soon.

Taylor will be at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball in Los Angeles, California on December 5, Capital FM’s Jingle Ball in London, UK on December 7 and z100’s Jingle Ball 2014 in New York City, New York on December 12. The Sparkly Dressed has been nominated for three People Choice AwardsFavorite Female ArtistFavorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off”. The show airs on January 7. You can vote here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: @TheGRAMMYsBillboard, @RyanSeacrest)

News Update: T-Swizzle to shutdown Hollywood Boulevard and more appearances!

(Source: Harper's Bazaar Germany)
(Source: Harper’s Bazaar Germany)

No, we have not switched to traffic reports, Taylor Nation.

She’s Lightning-On-Her-Feet but here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who gets exhausted just checking the Calendar, we’re hoping she does come up for air between each appearance. Talk about a breakneck pace schedule here. The picture on your right is from Harper’s Bazaar Germany.

T-Swizzle will be shutting down Hollywood Boulevard on October 23 for an outdoor concert as part of her appearance in Jimmy Kimmel Live, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

She’s also scheduled to appear on Good Morning America on the day of her 1989 album release. Additionally, she will perform at a Good Morning America concert on October 30.

She’s also appearing on The Late Show With David Letterman on October 28, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The very next day, October 29, she will show up on The View.

You can read the original story on The Hollywood Reporter.

Here’s Taylor Swift interview for The GRAMMYs talking about her upcoming album, 1989

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And here’s the Enchantress talking to Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP Radio.

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Up next, the Sparkly Dressed appears alongside Jamie Oliver for a baking skit as part of theStand Up To Cancer telethon.Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, is released October 27. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Best Female and Best Look at the 2014 MTV EMA on November 9. You can vote here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: 97.1 AMP RadioThe Hollywood ReporterThe GRAMMYsHarper’s Bazaar Germany)