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.

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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)

 

Behind the Scenes: The Sparkly Dressed will appear in Vanity Fair in September

(Photo: Mario Testino for Vanity Fair)
(Photo: Mario Testino for Vanity Fair)

She is all that and a bag of chips, Taylor Nation

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who likes to come up with nicknames, we must admit that Vanity Fair has us beat for their September edition. They’ve dubbed Taylor the Captain of the #Girlsquad. It’s all about squads nowadays, but whatever clique you roll with please remember we’re all members of the Taylor Nation in the end.

“When you’ve got this group of girls who need each other as much as we need each other, in this climate, when it’s so hard for women to be understood and portrayed the right way in the media. . . . now more than ever we need to be good and kind to each other and not judge each other—and just because you have the same taste in men, we don’t hold that against each other,” Taylor tells Vanity Fair.

You can read the original article on Vanity Fair, with the full article by Josh Duboff and amazing photos from Mario Testino. Here’s the Queen of Sparks doing one-word associations in this behind the scenes featurette from her photoshoot.

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On other news, the Belvoir Theatre Company was scrambling to get permission to use Shake It Off in their production of Seventeen, a play about the last day of school as played by 70 year olds. According to Music Feeds, they had gone through the proper channels – which unfortunately had nabbed them a negative. The request went through layers of label and management galore and probably never reached T-Swizzle (they’re from Australia so first you have to go through local representation). With only a few nights before the big night, they managed to get permission from the higher level – Tay herself.

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone has already performed one of two nights at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. She’s due for one more tonight. She’s back in the US of A on Saturday, August 8, when she will perform in Seattle, Washington.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: Vanity FairMusic Feeds)

Countdown to The RED Tour: The Princess in Red talks to Entertainment Tonight

(Photo: Peter Lindbergh for Vanity Fair)
(Photo: Peter Lindbergh for Vanity Fair)

T minus 4 days to the RED Tour, Taylor Nation 🙂

Here at the Swift Agency, just one guy who’s learned not to dream impossible dreams, we may be hoping for Montreal to be included in the RED Tour at some time but planning for the Nashville concerts. Effective immediately, finding the April issue of Vanity Fair.

The Enchantress talked to Entertainment Tonight about the RED Tour among other things during a break while filming an ad for Diet Coke.

“I think one of my favorite things about the RED tour is that one of the main focuses I had was incorporating the element of surprise, and incorporating the unexpected,” says Tay on the interview. “I really like to think that a good concert can be like a good book; it can take you away, it can take you to a different place and help you escape, and I think that’s the main goal for me — helping the fans to escape, if only just for one night.”

Here’s the Sparkly Dressed being interviewed by Entertainment Tonight while on the set:

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Thanks to ohsoswiftly for posting!

And since The RED Tour is now three days away, we thought we’d put up this cover of Begin Again on piano and cello:

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Thanks to ThePianoGuys for that amazing clip!

Did you know that the Taylor Swift mobile app, for  so long free to the US but unreachable anywhere else, has finally gone international? It only took a zillion years, but now you can download it.  Check Mobile Roadie for links for both App Store and Google Play.

(Source: BMLG)
(Source: BMLG)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 9: Taylor Swift’s recorded performance for Let’s Dance For Comic Relief airs on the BBC One.
  • March 13: The RED Tour begins.
  • March 13 and 14: The Red Tour starts at CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
  • March 18: Amos Heller‘s Birthday.
  • March 18 and 19: The Red Tour at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.

(Sources: Mobile RoadieEntertainment Tonight)

Rumor Control: On the subject of context and hell. That Vanity Fair quote.

(Photo: Peter Lindbergh for Vanity Fair)
(Photo: Peter Lindbergh for Vanity Fair)

It’s a media blitz, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, one guy who thinks this is the perfect night for blogging at midnight, we’ve tried clearing as much as we could the setup for that Vanity Fair quote on the previous post but it remains vague. The quote was said as a response to mean girls in general, but the ‘response to an incident’… needs some clarification.

Popdust put it all in perspective asking specifically for the context. If you’ve heard any of her previous interviews, you know the Sparkly Dressed would not respond directly to Tina and Amy either.

Personally, I have to add something that has been bugging me. Why would Taylor involve Katie Couric if she was actually lashing back at two other people? She would not include a friend of hers into a response of this nature.

Here’s the way it’s expressed in the article.

“You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people,” Taylor Swift tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Nancy Jo Sales on the subject of mean girls in general and in response to an incident at this year’s Golden Globes, where Amy Poehler and Tina Fey mocked her highly scrutinized love life. “Because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’”

– Vanity Fair

This is a preview of the Vanity Fair photoshoot. Sorry, no audio.

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Here’s E! News talking to the Vanity Fair contributing editor Nancy Jo Sales about the article. Unfortunately, they never ask her what the question was that got the quoted answer.

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Thanks to ohsoswiftly for both clips! Hopefully this will blow over soon, although I doubt it. As long as you can sell headlines, it will continue until someone calls someone and then announces everyone is friends again. Hoping that happens soon.

The original preview of the article is on Vanity Fair. The article will be available on their April issue, with T-Swizzle on the cover. And Taylor… she’s coming up. March 13. The RED Tour begins.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 9: Taylor Swift’s recorded performance for Let’s Dance For Comic Relief airs on the BBC One.
  • March 13: The RED Tour begins.
  • March 13 and 14: The Red Tour starts at CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
  • March 18: Amos Heller‘s Birthday.
  • March 18 and 19: The Red Tour at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.

(Sources: Vanity FairPopdust)

The Queen of Sparks Strikes Back! Vanity Fair cover and article on April

(Photo: Peter Lindbergh for Vanity Fair)
(Photo: Peter Lindbergh for Vanity Fair)

Take cover Taylor Nation,

Here at the Swift Agency, one guy who has learned never to second guess the Sparkly Dressed, we know there’s nothing she does better than revenge. However, I didn’t expect her to come out swinging. The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar is once again on the cover and the pages of Vanity Fair.

Updated! In a response to mean girls in general and apparently as a reaction to the incident with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s mocking at the Golden Globes, Taylor quoted Katie Couric on something on a quote that Katie herself had heard: “There’s a special place in hell for women that don’t help other women.” The article doesn’t quite explain how was the question phrased.

To add heart attack on top of heart attack, she actually talked about her dating life – something that we know she never does. However, she kept all names off the table. “if you want some big revelation, since 2010 I have dated exactly two people,” she told Vanity Fair contributing editor Nancy Jo Sales.  “[T]he fact that there are slide shows of a dozen guys that I either hugged on a red carpet or met for lunch or wrote a song with. . . it’s just kind of ridiculous.” She’s stated that before, but never this strong.

“It’s why I have to avoid the tabloid part of our culture, because they turn you into a fictional character,” says the Enchantress. She smiles at the question of whether she’s boy-crazy. “For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated—a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way—that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.”

There’s word from other sources, but I know that’s never official. Taylor’s PR representatives never talk about her personal life. I happen to know that for a fact. However, there’s more on the article, straight from the Princess in Red herself.

The original preview of the article is on Vanity Fair. The article will be available on their April issue, with T-Swizzle on the cover. And Taylor… she’s coming up. March 13. The RED Tour begins.

(Source: Taylor Swift)
(Source: Taylor Swift)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 9: Taylor Swift’s recorded performance for Let’s Dance For Comic Relief airs on the BBC One.
  • March 13: The RED Tour begins.
  • March 13 and 14: The Red Tour starts at CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.
  • March 18: Amos Heller‘s Birthday.
  • March 18 and 19: The Red Tour at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. On sale now. More information on Ticketmaster.

(Source: Vanity Fair)