Intervju med The Telegraph
Taylor Swift: 'A relationship? No one’s going to sign up for this'
In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, the world's biggest pop star reveals why she'll always be a worrier, how she wishes it could be 'Swiftmas' every day and muses on whether she's capable of having a happy relationship
Taylor Swift is not only the biggest pop star on the planet, but also the biggest worrier. Right now she is worrying about this interview – her first major sit-down chat of the year. She has just come from a production meeting for her forthcoming world tour, fretting about the set list, sight lines and how to get her piano to the right part of the stage at the right time. Before that, when she woke up, she was immediately gripped with anxiety about something she said last night (even though it was only using the word ‘interjection’ when she meant ‘injection’). ‘I worry about everything all the time,’ she says with a grin. ‘We could do our entire interview me telling you how many things I’ve worried about since breakfast. “The Neuroses of Taylor Swift” is probably going to be the article headline.’
Most pop stars of Swift’s stature pay other people to worry about these things. And while the buzz of activity as we arrive at the well-appointed Beverly Hills house being used by Team Swift for their production meeting indicates that she has no shortage of people looking out for her, she remains hands-on with every aspect of her career.
But then the one thing she doesn’t need to worry about is how that career is going. It is Grammys weekend when we meet, and although Swift is attending rather than performing, she is still going to be the centre of attention.
There are plenty of reasons. She is the only artist ever to sell more than a million first-week US copies of three separate albums – Speak Now in 2010, Red in 2012, and 1989, released in October, which racked up the biggest first-week American sales since 2002 and went to number one around the world, including the UK, where it was the best-selling album by an international artist last year. Its lead single, Shake It Off, was an iTunes number one in 64 countries. She is the first artist since the Beatles to spend six or more weeks at number one in the United States with three consecutive albums (at the time of writing, 1989 is into its 11th week at the top).
IFPI Global Recording Artist 2014
Taylor Swift has been named the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014, receiving the annual award honouring the most popular recording artist across music downloads, streaming and physical format sales worldwide.
Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album, 1989, in October 2014 and it sold more than 1.2 million copies in its first week of release in the US alone, the highest debut sales week since Eminem’s The Eminem Show in 2002. 1989 also sold well worldwide, becoming a top five hit in Germany, Japan and the UK, the next largest recorded music markets. The album’s lead single, Shake It Off, was a top five hit in more than 20 countries, from Canada to Japan, and its accompanying video was viewed more than 350 million times on YouTube.
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Favorite Song of the YearKälla
“All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
“Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj
“Dark Horse” by Katy Perry
“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
“Problem” by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
Favorite Female Singer
Style Taylor sjuttonde singel på topp 10
Taylor Swift’s “Style” goes top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
The music video might not have been a smash hit in the vein of “Blank Space,” but it still helped Taylor Swift’s “Style” vault into the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
After cracking the top twenty last week, Swift’s latest “1989” single rises to #10 on this week’s edition of the all-encompassing listing. It becomes the third top ten hit from the album and the seventeenth of Swift’s career.
Swift now ties Aretha Franklin’s mark for sixth-most Hot 100 top ten hits. Only Madonna (38), Mariah Carey (27), Janet Jackson (27), Rihanna (26) and Whitney Houston (23) are responsible for more.
In addition to the late-week streaming activity associated with its video, “Style” also benefited from big airplay gains. The track enjoyed sizable rises on the pop, adult pop, adult contemporary and rhythmic radio formats.
Taylor till The Tonight Show
NBC announced today that Taylor is set to make an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday, February 17th. Be sure to tune in to watch her interview! Take a look at the article below for more information!
In a Thursday appearance on BBC Radio 1’s “Live Lounge,” Imagine Dragons delivered a performance that merged Taylor Swift’s blockbuster “Blank Space” with Ben E. King’s classic “Stand By Me.”
Next Tuesday, Swift will get to personally tell the band how she felt about the performance.
Per an announcement from NBC, Taylor Swift was confirmed as the lead interview guest for the February 17 edition of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Imagine Dragons will be the evening’s musical guest. The visit will represent Swift’s second appearance as an interview guest. Swift previously appeared last summer in advance of the “1989” album announcement; her visit produced a well-received “Ew!” segment.
Style musikvideo släpps 13:e februari
1989 närmar sig 6 miljoner världen över
Taylor Swift's "1989," which is a member of the 4 million club in the United States, moves past the 6 million sales mark on a worldwide basis.
In crossing the 4 million mark after twelve weeks, “1989” provided yet another illustration of Taylor Swift’s commercial prowess in the United States.
That prowess is not limited to her home country.
While her star shines brightest in the United States, it shines across the globe. The latest worldwide sales figure for Swift’s “1989” offers proof of that notion.
With last week’s 120,000 sales included, “1989” now claims a cumulative, worldwide total of 6.04 million. 4.19 million of those come from the US.
Even if she goes home without a Grammy this Sunday, news that of the latest “1989” achievement will not be the only bright spot of Taylor Swift’s weekend. “Style,” her latest single, is poised to reach the top ten on Sunday’s official edition of the Mediabase US pop radio airplay chart.
Taylor nominerade till 3 iHeartRadio Music Awards
Artist of the Year
Song of the Year
“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor
“All of Me” – John Legend
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
“All of Me” – John Legend
“Blank Space” – Taylor Swift
“Counting Stars” – OneRepublic
“Habits (Stay High)” – Tove Lo
“Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
1989 spenderar 10 veckor på Billboard 200's förstaplats
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Taylor Swift's '1989' Scores Milestone 10th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
Taylor Swift's 1989 album returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a milestone 10th nonconsecutive week, making Swift just the second woman in history to earn two albums with at least 10 weeks atop the list.
Swift previously logged 11 weeks at No. 1 with her second album, Fearless, in 2008 and 2009. (She has two further No. 1s: Speak Now, with six weeks at No. 1, and Red, with seven weeks in the penthouse.)
1989 steps back to No. 1 (rising 2-1) with 101,000 equivalent album units earned (down 15 percent) in the week ending Feb. 1, according to Nielsen Music. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Swift follows Whitney Houston as the only woman with multiple albums with 10 weeks at No. 1. Houston managed the feat three times: with her self-titled debut (14 weeks in 1986), her second album, Whitney (11 weeks in 1987) and The Bodyguard soundtrack (20 weeks in 1992 and 1993)...
Taylor uppträder inte på Grammys
A lot of you have been asking about the Grammys this week and I just wanted to give you an update. I’m really excited to be nominated for 3 Grammys this year and even more excited that I’ll be there having a dance party/rage fest in the audience. I will also be presenting the award for Best New Artist. Since my whole life is wrapped up and entangled in the planning of The 1989 World Tour right now, I’m not going to be performing on the Grammys this year. I need this time to focus only on the tour.
I hope I’ll see you out there at one of the stadiums this summer having a rage fest of your own!
Taylor till SNL
NBC has aired a second commercial featuring even more names! They include Jack Nicholson, Amy Poehler, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Dana Carvey, Kristen Wiig, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Taylor Swift, Garrett Morris, Andy Samberg, Christopher Walken, Maya Rudolph, Tom Hanks, Martin Short, Betty White and Bill Murray. Here’s the original story:
NBC will air a three-hour live special on Sunday, February 15 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the iconic franchise “Saturday Night Live,” and tonight during Super Bowl XLIX teased the special guests. Included in the spot, which you can watch below, were: Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, Chevy Chase, Kanye West, Adam Sandler, Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Paul Simon , Jerry Seinfeld, Molly Shannon, Steve Martin, Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy.
Taylor varumärkesskyddar fraser från 1989
If you want to "Party Like It's 1989" to "This Sick Beat," you better ask Taylor Swift's permission first. The pop star has trademarked those phrases – along with "'Cause We Never Go Out of Style," "Could Show You Incredible Things" and "Nice to Meet You, Where You Been?" – with the U.S. government, according to the legal database Justia (via Vox).
The filings prohibit the use of those phrases, which all cull from her 2014 album 1989, from appearing without a license on everything from guitar straps and other accessories to removable tattoos. Some of the more obscure – and likely obligatory – items covered by her trademarks include typewriters, walking sticks, non-medicated toiletries, Christmas stockings, "knitting implements," pot holders, lanyards, aprons, whalebone, napkin holders and the particularly ominous collection of "whips, harness and saddlery."
Nominerad till en Juno Award
INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
PRISM Katy Perry Capitol*Universal
Pure Heroine Lorde Universal
Midnight Memories One Direction Sony
In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith Capitol*Universal
1989 Taylor Swift Big Machine*Universal
The GRAMMYs Nominee Party
Shake It Off utesluts från en av världen största topplistor
Taylor Swifts singel Shake it off får inte vara med på en av världens största topplistor. Anledningen: En manipulativ kampanj.
Den har kallats världens största musikomröstning; Triple J 100-listan, som årligen sammanställs av den australiensiska radiokanalen Triple J efter en utfrågning av 500 000 lyssnare om vilka låtar som var fjolårets bästa. Taylor Swifts låt Shake it off skulle ha nått en tolfteplats på listan i år. Men så inträffade det som uppslagsverket Wikipedia kort och gott har valt att kalla The Taylor Swift Controversy.
– Taylor Swift har uteslutits från listan av en mängd olika anledningar, sade programledaren Lewis McKirdy i samband låtlistan presenterades under måndagen.
Han hänvisade därefter till en webbsida som kanalen skapat för att förklara beslutet. Den kraschade omedelbart på grund av besökartrycket, skriver The Sydney Morning Herald, men medierna har i efterhand kunnat återge vad som stod på sajten.
Det huvudsakliga skälet är enligt kanalen att en kampanj för att få in Shake it off på listan har bedrivits under "kuppartade former".
Det började med en artikel på sajten Buzzfeed den 13 januari med namnet "Varför röstar inte alla på Shake it off till Hottest 100-listan?" (GP:s översättning), som följdes av en svallvåg av inlägg på sociala medier med hashtaggen #tay4hottest100.
Det hela gick faktiskt så långt att Queenslands universitet valde att undersöka fenomenet. Deras rapport visade att över 7 341 nätpubliceringar under en 30-dagarsperiod innan omröstningen handlade om Swift. Dessa inlägg hade påverkat röstningens utgång, menade många.
Triple J menar också att webbdesigners har skapat en nätapplikation i syfte att bombardera omröstningen med Swift-nomineringar, och att snabbmatkedjan Kentucky Fried Chickens inblandning i spridandet av #tay4hottest100 varit på gränsen till fusk.
I dag måndag kom alltså dödsstöten för Shake it off: Den utesluts.
Huruvida den kolossalt framgångsrika Taylor Swift bekymrar sig om beskedet är under måndagen ännu oklart.
Taylor nominerad på BRIT Award
Tredje singeln från 1989 är...
Performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, hyped in a Tweet by Big Machine label boss Scott Borchetta, added by several major market pop radio stations and confirmed as a top 40 single on the Mediabase pop airplay chart, “Style” was very clearly positioned as the official follow-up to “Blank Space.”
But just in case doubt did exist, the Republic Radio promotions team opted to formally confirm that “Style” is the next single.
The third official release from Swift’s blockbuster “1989,” “Style” is due to officially go for radio adds on February 10. Like its predecessor “Blank Space,” however, it will likely have been added by a plethora of stations prior to that impact date.
As of Monday, “Style” ranks at #38 on Mediabase’s rolling pop radio chart and #47 on the rolling hot adult contemporary chart. It seems destined to continue soaring and become another smash hit for the singer-songwriter.
Peoples Choice Awards
1989 är 5x platinum världen över
1989 är årets bäst säljande album
It came down to the wire, but in the final week of 2014, Swift's 1989 finishes as the year's top selling album. After only nine weeks on sale, Swift's set stole the title away from Walt Disney Records' Frozen soundtrack in the very last tracking frame of the year.
1989 -- released through Big Machine Records -- sold 3.66 million copies in 2014, according to Nielsen Music, while the Frozen album shifted 3.53 million. (Nielsen's 2014 tracking year ran from Dec. 30, 2013 through Dec. 28, 2014.)
The Frozen soundtrack was the year-to-date top selling album of 2014 in every single tracking week of the year, except for the final frame (ending Dec. 28). In the week previous (Dec. 21), 1989's tally stood at 3.34 million, while Frozen was at 3.46 million. But, with one final week left on the calendar -- the most recent tracking week -- it seemed 1989 would overtake Frozen. And, it did.
In the week ending Dec. 28, 1989 sold 326,000 copies, while Frozen moved 64,000, thus easily securing Swift the year's top seller.
This is the second time Swift has earned the top selling album of a calendar year. She did it previously back in 2009 with her second studio album, Fearless, which moved 3.22 million that year.