Ny intervju med Herald Sun
TAYLOR Swift knows what time it is.
And it's not just show time, although she is on stage in front of thousands in Detroit as part of her super-sized Red tour.
"50,000 people have opted in to hear me sing about my feelings for two hours," Swift tells the mainly female crowd. "I'm told I have lots of feelings..."
Even with her tongue in cheek, those feelings are responsible for 26 million album sales and 75 million downloads in seven years - each album followed by a tour that grows in size.
It's playing to her fans where Swift is most comfortable. She can't be misquoted by nosy journalists. And she can express her sense of humour to let everyone know the diss-and-tell songwriter is firmly in on the joke.
"You never talk to him again and then you write a whole album about him," Swift says at one point, acutely aware the audience all have different assumptions about who "he" is. And they know she'll never tell.
Introducing Arms, a fan request, Swift says "I can imagine it's hard to make a relationship last. I wouldn't know ...".
She ushers Stay Stay Stay in by proudly noting "See, they don't always leave..."
Interviewing Taylor Swift is tricky. She's simultaneously open and closed. Her ability to swerve off topic during a warm anecdote is politician-like.
Personal questions are off limits, in the most polite way.
But when President Obama uses your break-up songs as a punchline to attack his political opponents, you know you occupy a rare place in pop culture.
"It's crazy to take in what's happened in the last few years," Swift says, deftly side-stepping specifically referencing her Presidential shout out. "There's no way to wrap your mind around it, no way to fully comprehend it without changing your own perception of yourself, which I'd never want to do."
"As a writer it's really important I keep my mind in check, that's the only thing that keeps me here, what comes out of my mind. So I spend a lot of time thinking about my perspective, how to look at life, how to stay happy but still feel things. Not protect myself too much but shield myself from unnecessary pain and insecurity."
Swift taps her head and jokes "You don't want to get inside here, it's very complicated".
Some of Swift's best lyrics are about the joys of falling helplessly in love (Treacherous, Love Story, Sparks Fly, Begin Again) but for the world beyond her direct fanbase, she's the bitter ex-girlfriend who gets successful revenge in song.
She doesn't mind.
"Break-ups are hard," Swift says. "And you need music to get through them. I am happy to be your go-to break-up musician.
"People like music when they're in love but they don't need it as much. You need music when you're missing someone or you're pining for someone or you're forgetting someone or you're trying to process what just happened.
"The heartbroken are a special kind of people. When you're in that spot, when you're going through it, I'll be there to hold your hand."
Taylor att uppträda på CMT Music Awards
Taylor Swift leads a list of country’s hottest stars set to perform at the CMT Music Awards next month.
Swift, Miranda Lambert’s Pistol Annies, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Little Big Town are the first performers announced for the June 5 awards show.
Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell are set to host the fan-voted awards show when it’s broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Lambert, Bryan and Eric Church are this year’s top nominees. Fans can vote in all categories at the music channel’s website through June 2. Six finalists for top honor video of the year will be announced at the top of the broadcast and fans can vote on a winner during the show.
More performers and presenters will be announced later.
RED Tour kommer till Australien/Nya Zeeland!
29 November - Auckland Vector Arena
4 December - Sydney Allianz Stadium
7 December - Brisbane Suncorp Stadium
11 December - Perth NIB Stadium
14 December - Melbourne Etihad Stadium
TAYLOR Swift is set to become the first female act since Madonna to play stadium shows in Australia. The country/pop superstar will tour stadiums in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth this December, playing to around 180,000 Australian fans in just ten days. It is the biggest Australian tour by a solo female performer since Madonna’s 1993 visit. Swift’s meteoric rise in popularity in Australia has seen her accelerate from club shows in 2009 playing to around 1000 people to stadium venues of up to 50,000 fans just four years later. Swift’s four albums have sold over one million units in Australia since 2008. Read More
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Musikvideo för Highway Don't Care på måndag
Tim is unveiling his video for “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift, featuring Keith Urban on guitar, live to fans worldwide on Monday, May 6 in a first-ever music video premiere event with Google+ Hangout. The video, directed by Shane Drake, features dramatic and heart-stopping footage for the triple threat collaboration that is driving to the top of the charts. Currently in the Top 10 on the country radio charts, the track has already sold over 500,000 downloads to date and is the third single from McGraw’s latest album, TWO LANES OF FREEDOM. McGraw will premiere the video in Nashville at 4:00 PM CST in front of a live audience with fans from around the globe also participating in this landmark event. Additionally, the Google+ Hangout will be livestreamed on YouTube.com/TimMcGraw. For more details, visit TimMcGraw.com or Google.com/+TimMcGraw.
“This video is really more of a short film, and I think it will surprise everyone and hopefully leave a strong impression,” said McGraw. “Shane brought a lot of passion to the concept we worked on together, and it’s cool that we’ll be able to get an immediate live response from the fans when we introduce it.”
Everything Has Changed är nya singeln!
“Everything Has Changed” is a song recorded by American country singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, taken from her fourth studio album “Red” that was released on digital retailers on October 22, 2012 via Big Machine Records. It has the collaboration of English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran who co-write the track with Swift. The track was produced by Butch Walker. It’s confirmed as the fifth official single from the album and according Music Week website, it’s planned to release in UK on June 24.
The track is a country pop song in an acoustic style. The lyrical content finds Swift and Sheeran falling in love and finding the things round them are changing after they first met. The song has received positive reviews from music critics, who praised the song-writing and premise of the song. “Everything Has Changed” was anticipated from both critics and listeners as Swift rarely does collaborations.
Taylor till Capital FM Summertime Ball
Nominerad till ELVA Billboard Awards
Top Billboard 200 Album for Red
Top Female Artist
Top 100 Songs Artist
Top Digital Songs Artist
Top Social Artist
Top Country Artist
Top Country Album for Red
Top Streaming Video for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Top Country Song for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Billboard Milestone Award
ELLE hedrar Taylor
"All these emotions, everything that's said and all your experience, that's what inspires the first flicker of a song. It's hard being a human being."
Taylor når platinum/guld med Begin Again och 22
Taylor Swift has collected more gold and platinum certifications from the RIAA. Her country single "Begin Again" has reached platinum for 1 million downloads, while her pop hit "I Knew You Were Trouble" has achieved quadruple-platinum status for 4 million downloads. In addition, her latest single "22" has been certified gold for 500,000 digital downloads. Swift is the highest-certified digital artist in country music history. Upcoming dates on her Red tour include Wednesday (April 10) in Miami as well as Thursday and Friday (April 11-12) in Orlando, Fla.
Nya bilder och utdrag av intervjun från Wonderland
Heartbreak kid Taylor Swift says she has no direction after her break up with One Direction’s Harry Styles.
The serial celeb dater admits dreams of wedding bells and babies are all up in the air after hinting she was partly to blame for the fall of her latest high profile romance back in January.
‘If you go through life needing to feel like the good guy all the time, you’re just delusional,’ said the US songbird.
Hinting she and Hazza were stuck on amber, she continued: ‘Relationships are like traffic lights. And I just have this theory that I can only exist in a relationship if it’s a green light.’
Now, the We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together singer reveals how she has been cast adrift.
‘I’ve kind of realised that I have no idea where I’m going to be next year, or in six months, or in two months,’ the 23-year-old told Wonderland magazine.
‘I mean, I know where I’ll be on tour in two months, but no idea where I’m going to be mentally, emotionally, dreams, goals, wishes, hopes. I have no idea if I’m going to get married or be single forever or have a family or just be on my own. You know, paint in a cottage by the ocean by myself. I just have no idea and I’m kind of into that.’
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Ny intervju med GAC
Taylor Swift worries about everything, including any possible worst case scenario that could happen, either to her or her career, including making the wrong business decisions and recording a bad record. So how does she deal with that constant anxiety?
“I try to balance it,” she said. “I try to balance the fear with hope. I try to balance the kind of uncertainty with faith. I try to kind of walk that line and sometimes it’s unbalanced and sometimes it’s balanced and you lean in different directions every single day and that’s the fun of life; it’s unpredictable.”
As much as Taylor tries to keep her worry in check, sometimes she just has to give in. “Some days you’re just having that day,” she said. “Like a mental health day. You’re just off. You’re just feeling sad or you feel down or everything looks gray, and that’s okay. As long as I don’t have too many of those in a row, it’s okay to have those every once in a while.”
When Taylor does find herself worrying a lot, she has a plan to bring herself back to a better place. “I try to talk myself back into happiness and appreciation and gratitude and things like that,” she said.
Taylor recently kicked off her RED Tour, which is selling out shows across the country. She’s nominated for five ACM Awards, including Entertainer of the Year which she has won for the past two years.
"The Taylor Swift For Keds Collection"
Information kring musikvideon för Highway Don't Care
Highway Don't Care att uppträdas på ACM Awards
Rolling Stones om Taylor
Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ Tour: Her Amps Go Up to 22
Best fan sign at last night’s Taylor Swift show in Newark, New Jersey: “I Newark Were Trouble.” Second best: “Don’t Listen to Poehler & Fay [sic], You’re Great in Every Way!” Bonus points to the two girls shaking booty outside the venue, hoping for tickets, waving giant cardboard 2’s (because they’re feelin’ 22) and wearing homemade “Not a Lot Going On at the Moment” T-shirts, dancing around the parking lot to a boombox blasting Red. I hope they got in. Because what a massively excellent show.
Seeing Taylor Swift live in 2013 is seeing a maestro at the top of her or anyone’s game. No other pop auteur can touch her right now for emotional excess or musical reach – her punk is so punk, her disco is so disco. The red sequins on her guitar match the ones on her microphone, her shoes and 80 percent of the crowd. Her set is mostly new songs from Red, the slickest, smartest and just plain best mega-pop statement of our time. She’s a master of every rock-star move, except the one about dialing it down a notch. But who would ever want that? (Besides the whiny exes she keeps writing songs about?) “Hi, I’m Taylor,” she said by way of an introduction. “I write songs about my feelings. I’m told I have a lot of feelings.” You are told this accurately, Taylor.
New York Times: Taylor har nerver av stål
New York Times Review- In an Arena Performance, Taylor Swift’s Nerves of Steel
NEWARK — An arena show, for all the planning that goes into it, is still a tightrope walk — there is nowhere to hide once the lights go up. So when things began to go wrong for Taylor Swift about midway through her Wednesday night concert at the Prudential Center here, the question wasn’t whether she’d sweat, but would it show. She’d just begun to perform “Everything Has Changed” with Ed Sheeran, the cheeky British singer-songwriter who is also one of her opening acts, when the sound slowly began to melt — Ms. Swift in one direction; Mr. Sheeran in another; the band, all the way at the other end of the arena, in a third. Technology, the kind that lets performers hear one another in loud rooms, was failing them. For his part, Mr. Sheeran looked despondent, or distracted, or just dopey. Ms. Swift was having none of that. She leaned in to him, whispering encouragement or direction or both, and steadied the performance, keeping it afloat amid the warring scores until the song ended, and Mr. Sheeran ambled off with a shrug.
Taylor ska gästa på New Girl
Taylor att uppträda på ACMs
ENCINO, Calif., March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that Jason Aldean , Kenny Chesney , Eric Church , Tim McGraw , Taylor Swift , Carrie Underwood , Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town are scheduled to perform as part of the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. This is the second round of artists announced as performers on this year’s broadcast. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton , honors country music’s top talent, as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists. It is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
Ny intervju med Taylor för The Sunday Times
Don’t mess with Taylor Swift
She doesn’t take drugs and she doesn’t have meltdowns. But cross the pop star at your peril – especially if you’re an ex-boyfriend
There comes a moment in every hack’s life when they realise that they’re technically old and that it is time to reconfigure all their journalistic instincts, brush up on their street patois and start reading Grazia – all so as not to be considered “lame”, thick or dreary by the “younger generation”. My moment came three weeks ago in the run-up to interviewing Taylor Swift, an American, supposedly unspeakably prim new breed of squeaky clean pop star whose trillions of, mostly female, fans – not to mention record sales – seems to indicate that she will soon be “mega” on a Britney Spears level, but without a shaven-headed druggy episode mid-career.
Taylor Swift is 23. At 13, she was put on staff by Sony as one of its songwriters. She does not dress up as a naughty schoolgirl in her videos, take drugs or sing semi-covertly about blow jobs. Forbes estimated her earnings at $57 million (£38 million), making her the world’s 11th highest-earning person in showbusiness, a couple of notches behind Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise but miles ahead of Beyoncé, Sir Paul McCartney and Angelina Jolie. Some people complain that she sounds reedy when she sings live (partly because, unlike most pop queens, she refuses to correct her pitch with Auto-Tune), but Neil Young loves her songwriting, as do Lady Gaga and Rolling Stone, which has compared her to Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Stevie Nicks predicts she will “save the music business”. Swift’s speciality is emotionally literate torch songs, mainly about her exes.
Until I was assigned the Swift job, I had never heard of Harry Styles. Whenever I had inadvertently glimpsed his face on the internet or the tabloids or on television, I’d filed it away in the anonymous pubescent boy-band person compartment of my brain, along with some vague thoughts that he had way too much hair. (Note to over-30-year-olds: shaggy-hair phobia is an incontestable sign that you are headed for Victor Meldrew territory.) But before interviewing Swift, word spread among the under-thirtysomethings in my life: “You are going to ask her about Harry, aren’t you?” they said scornfully, and when I replied, nonchalantly, that I had no idea who he was, they stood over me until I’d typed his name into Google and acknowledged that the mop-headed 15-year-old nonentity is in fact 19, the lead singer of the Simon Cowell vehicle One Direction, a fully formed international heart-throb with enviable “bastard” pop-star status whose band is always in the process of trying to elbow Swift off her No 1 spot in the charts. Mop-head, it turns out, is also the only recently extinguished former flame of Taylor Swift.
I slowly began to grasp that “Taylor” and “Harry” (the young no longer bother with surnames) form something of an elite in the new world order, along with the cast of Made in Chelsea and Justin Bieber’s worrying new hairstyle. There are blogs so full of Taylor/Harry gossip at the time of the break-up – the once happy couple seemed to have split up in the Caribbean over Christmas, with Styles finding solace in a hot tub on Sir Richard Branson’s private island while Swift was (supposedly) covertly photographed looking lonely and abandoned on a luxury yacht – it is a wonder they had anything to blog about before this ill-fated union. The entire universe seemed to want to get the lowdown on the split, as well as “deets” (details) on any movement in Swift’s dating activity.
The day before I met her, she had performed at the Brits, ripping off a wedding dress mid-song to reveal an untried and untested combo of – tutted and slavered the press – “revealing” long-sleeved T-shirt, knee-high boots and shorts. (Swift has been very famous since she was 16, when she used to wear cowboy boots and gingham.) Anyway. The song she performed, an autobiographical smash hit about a relationship fall-out between our first-person narrator and a “mystery” ex, is called I Knew You Were Trouble. It is extremely catchy in the same way as her previous hit We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together (also about a mystery ex). The lyrics to Trouble include the killer line: “You never loved me or her, or anyone, or anything,” which rather juicily implies a cold-hearted soul of the sort Swift’s teenage female fans will identify with as they mournfully listen to it over and over again in their bedrooms. (P.S. I love it, too.) “Who is Trouble about?” I asked the under-30-year-olds. Collectively, they rolled their eyes (#howcanshebeajournalistandnotknowthis). “It’s so like obviously about Harry Styles.” That afternoon, Swift’s PR rang me to say that Swift loves antiques and cooking, but was not going to talk about her ex-boyfriends.
In a hotel suite in London, a tall, gawky (6ft 1in in heels), impeccably made-up, cheerful with an edge of the ribald, knowing yet well-mannered young woman – her forehead adorned by a (controversial) new fringe, her dress totally obscured by a long baggy jumper – sits politely opposite me, doing a good impression of a woman ten years older. Swift is almost unbelievably courteous and genial, and I understand why The Hollywood Reporter has described her as “the best People Person since Bill Clinton”.
The formalities over with, Swift exclaims how excited she is to meet me. Why are you excited to meet me? “Because,” she replies, so endearingly that I am completely unprepared for the fabrication that comes next, “you’re one of the most educated people in the whole world! So it’s really exciting for me.” Normally, I take the British view on shameless flattery – it is unforgivable. The problem is, she’s such fun that even the Swift “haters” don’t really hate her. Even when they’re slagging her off, the celeb gossip bloggers have taken to referring to her, affectionately, as “T-Swizzle”. She is also – annoyingly for me (it’s always so perversely satisfying interviewing people you can’t stand) – funny, highly intelligent and a tad geeky and eccentric. Occasionally, she lets slip weird thoughts such as, “I go into a trance when I’m in an antiques store.” And her exuberance for other people has stood her well. As a young, struggling musician, she would turn up at radio stations with home-made biscuits for the DJs. “People get confused when they’re musicians,” she says. “They think they have no boss. When really it’s the other way around – we have more bosses than anyone else. Every person who buys our records is our boss. And every time we go onto a radio station – you think that DJ isn’t your boss?”