The final numbers for Taylor Swift's 1989 are in: the album sold a whopping 1.287 million records in its first week alone.
To that, T-Swift had this to say (or lip-sync, whatevs):
Looks like TSwift and Spotify are never, ever, ever getting back together. Following the release of 1989, Taylor Swift pulled her entire music catalog from Spotify, the online music-streaming service.
Although Spotify wasn't given her latest album to stream, now Spotify users can't even listen to her old albums. Swift has been pretty upfront about the fact that she's not a fan of streaming services. Last year, she told the Wall Street Journal "piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically and every artist has handled this blow differently." (As if Taylor has a problem with getting paid album sales. 1989 is rumored to have sold more than 1.3 million copies in its first week alone, a feat not achieved by an artist since 2002.)
Spotify immediately wrote a blog post about Taylor's decision, saying that nearly 16 million of its 40 million users have listened to T. Swift in the last 30 days alone. "We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone," they wrote. They also kept the post fun with a postscript that quotes some Taylor Lyrics, and they dedicated two playful playlists to the singer.
Taylor's decision has left fans divided. What do you think? Should she have left her songs on Spotify, or was she right to remove them?
(BTW, we're aiming for a Taylor Swift-themed week on the blog. Wish us luck.)
I'm not much of an OK Go fan, but I can (and do) appreciate a great music video. The band recently released a video for their newest single, "I Won't Let You Down," and it doesn't disappoint. It was shot using a camera on a drone and features dozens of people who use brightly-colored umbrellas to make a visually appealing choreographed dance routine. The video ends with shots so eleborate, it took 44 takes to get right (to be fair, there were 2,328 people in it, according to Rolling Stone).
This isn't the first creative music video for the band, either. This is kind of their thing.
Like that time they were the masters of illusion...
Whatever you did over the weekend was cool and all, but Taylor Swift invited some fans over to her house, baked cookies, and they all listened to her new album 1989.
It was a surprise for 89 of her fans, who were all hand-picked by Taylor Swift herself. They were contacted by Taylor's management team and given vague details about the "top secret exclusive event" (where to go, and when) but nothing more, according to TSwiftLA.
Some of the details of the evening:
- There was a ton of food for the 89 attendees to eat, including cookies. Baked by Taylor Swift. Pumpkin chocolate chip, if you care.
- The group sat in Taylor's living room where she laid out the details of the evening. AKA, "Hey guys, thanks for being fans, now do you want to listen to my entire album with me right now?" (Not an exact quote.)
- Taylor spoke to her fans about the details of each song.
- They also got to hang out with Taylor's cat, Olivia. No details about her other cat, Meredith, but we'll assume she was there, too.
- There was dancing and rapping to Kendrick Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle."
- Everyone got to take selfies with Taylor. They also got gift bags.
- This all happened at Taylor's house in LA. Just wanted to reiterate that.
It's kind of a big week for One Direction: this morning, they announced a new album and a new single for their throngs of fans. 1D's fourth album — appropriately titled "Four" — will be out Nov. 17, while their single is currently available for free on their official website for the next 24 hours. Co-written by Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, "Fireproof" is a soft pop song reminiscent of their recent tracks "You & I" and "Story of My Life." Listen here: