So we've been posing about Taylor Swift. Like, a lot. And you've probably been hearing her song "Shake It Off" and all of its parodies, plus her new video was released yesterday, and her tickets go on sale on Friday, and, and, and... basically, if you're not a T-Swift fan, it could be a bit much. Especially when you realize that oh my god, you kind of like "Shake It Off." Or the "Blank Space" video isn't quite so bad.
Thankfully, there's (kind of) a cure for that...
This week, in pop culture news...
Jimmy Kimmel's Halloween Prank
Each year, Jimmy Kimmel asks his viewers to prank their kids by telling them they ate all of their Halloween candy. And each year, the videos totally deliver. The reactions from the kids range from complete and total meltdown to a sheepish grin and a, "That's okay!" Sure, it may be kind of evil for adults to trick their kids, but it's all in good fun.
She's known as the "Girl Next Door," but Taylor Swift has had her fair share of public feuds, especially recently with Spotify. She's young, in the public spotlight, and constantly talked about in the news; a spat here and there was bound to happen. It just so happens that Taylor's fights tend to be kind of newsworthy.
So, without further ado, here are some of the best T-Swift feuds:
Taylor Swift vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
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.)