The New Season: Music – CBS News

Contributor Bill Flanagan previews some of fall’s most anticipated new releases, from pop to classical and jazz:

The biggest date of the fall music season is November 10th.  That’s when Taylor Swift‘s sixth album, “Reputation,” arrives.  Swift has gone from teen star to adult artist and from country to pop without missing a step or making a mistake. 

To watch Taylor Swift perform “Look What You Made Me Do,” from the album “Reputation,” click on the video player below.

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Forty years after the death of the great soprano Maria Callas, Warner Classics is releasing “Maria Callas: The Live Recordings 1949-1964” — a 42-CD box set. That’s quite a large box!  Verdi, Wagner, Puccini — Callas sings the pantheon. This is immortal music.

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The jazz world is leaning forward in anticipation of “Harmony of Difference,” the new album from Kamasi Washington, the brilliant young composer-saxophonist who blew everyone away with his 2015 triple album, “The Epic.” Anything less than a masterpiece will be considered a disappointment. No pressure!

To watch Kamasi Washington perform “Truth,” from the EP album “Harmony of Difference,” click on the video player below.

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has finally finished the much-delayed “Songs of Experience.” It’s coming on the first of December.  It’s the album U2 fans hoped they still had in them.

To hear U2 perform “You’re the Best Thing About Me,” from the album “Songs of Experience,” click on the video player below.

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In October the brilliant Chinese pianist Lang Lang will release “Romance” — and no, it’s not a collection of love songs.  It’s romance in the classical sense — short pieces. “Ave Maria” and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” are among the crowd-pleasers getting the Lang Lang touch.

We lost free jazz giant Ornette Coleman in 2015. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a Macarthur Fellowship, it’s hard to believe there are important Ornette albums never issued on CD.  That will be rectified with the digital release of “Ornette at 12” and “Crisis,” two late-’60s albums, now combined into one.  Both records feature Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman and Denardo Coleman, with Don Cherry joining on “Crisis.”  It was edgy then, it’s edgy now — but it’s great American music.

  • “Ornette at 12/Crisis” by Ornette Coleman (Real Gone); Available on CD (from Amazon)

To hear Ornette Coleman perform “Song for Ché,” from the album “Crisis,” click on the video player below.

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Back in 1969 Stephen Stills wrote “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” about his girlfriend Judy Collins.  The romance did not last, but their friendship did.  Forty-eight years later, Collins and Stills have finally made an album together.  “Everybody Knows” arrived in stores this weekend. Let’s see if the spark is still there.

To hear Stephen Stills and Judy Collins perform “Questions,” from the album “Everybody Knows,” click on the video player below.

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We live in a time when album sales are down, but with streaming services and satellite radio, we are consuming more music than ever. The autumn of 2017 will give you a lot to listen to.

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Cody Simpson deletes his Instagram posts like Taylor Swift

He’s the Australian musician who has evolved from teen heartthrob to serious musician over the last couple of years.

But to the dismay of many fans, Cody Simpson has taken a page out of pop megastar Taylor Swift’s publicity books by deleting everything from his Instagram page.

On Friday, the 20-year-old erased all his past posts and uploaded what appears to be an album cover for a new project.

Say what? Cody Simpson has taken a page out of pop megastar Taylor Swift's publicity tricks and deleted everything from his Instagram page 

Say what? Cody Simpson has taken a page out of pop megastar Taylor Swift's publicity tricks and deleted everything from his Instagram page 

Say what? Cody Simpson has taken a page out of pop megastar Taylor Swift’s publicity tricks and deleted everything from his Instagram page 

In the photo appears topless and like he had come out of the surf, with his wet hair stylishly messed.

The Los Angeles-based crooner kept his caption short and informative of his new project: ‘Cody Simpson & The Tide 9.29.17.’

He also tagged his band’s Instagram account, which so far has only one post of the group – drummer, Adrian Cota and bassist, Reef Boii.

New project: He appears topless and like he had come out of the surf, with his wet hair stylishly messed. The Los Angeles-based crooner kept his caption short and informative of his new project: 'Cody Simpson & The Tide 9.29.17'

New project: He appears topless and like he had come out of the surf, with his wet hair stylishly messed. The Los Angeles-based crooner kept his caption short and informative of his new project: 'Cody Simpson & The Tide 9.29.17'

New project: He appears topless and like he had come out of the surf, with his wet hair stylishly messed. The Los Angeles-based crooner kept his caption short and informative of his new project: ‘Cody Simpson & The Tide 9.29.17’

Change of direction: He also tagged his band's Instagram account, which so far has only one post of the group - drummer, Adrian Cota (left) and bassist, Reef Boii (right)

Change of direction: He also tagged his band's Instagram account, which so far has only one post of the group - drummer, Adrian Cota (left) and bassist, Reef Boii (right)

Change of direction: He also tagged his band’s Instagram account, which so far has only one post of the group – drummer, Adrian Cota (left) and bassist, Reef Boii (right)

Many of Cody’s fans were excited at his new project, two years on since his last album Free. 

It also seems Cody’s almost-empty social media account appears to have upset some of his fans, one wrote: ‘Why did you delete everything?’

‘You’re not Taylor Swift… stop with the deleted and s**t lmao,’ a fan said.

Another wrote: ‘Can we bring back all the posts back bc (sic)? Was that necessary?’ 

New aesthetic: Many of Cody's fans were excited at his new project, two years on since his last album Free 

New aesthetic: Many of Cody's fans were excited at his new project, two years on since his last album Free 

New aesthetic: Many of Cody’s fans were excited at his new project, two years on since his last album Free 

'I'm ready, fully prepared for anything': It also seems Cody's almost-empty social media account appears to have upset some of his fans, one wrote: 'Why did you delete everything?'

'I'm ready, fully prepared for anything': It also seems Cody's almost-empty social media account appears to have upset some of his fans, one wrote: 'Why did you delete everything?'

‘I’m ready, fully prepared for anything’: It also seems Cody’s almost-empty social media account appears to have upset some of his fans, one wrote: ‘Why did you delete everything?’

However, many commented that they were excited and ‘shook’ to see the Queensland-born star’s new work was coming out. 

‘That’s a gorgeous shot. I’m ready, fully prepared for anything you’ve got to release. 100% with you.’ 

‘I’m shook for next week,’ someone else added. 

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Cody Simpson’s management for comment. 

'I'm shook for next week': However, many fans commented that they were excited and 'shook' to see the Queensland-born star's new work was coming out

'I'm shook for next week': However, many fans commented that they were excited and 'shook' to see the Queensland-born star's new work was coming out

‘I’m shook for next week’: However, many fans commented that they were excited and ‘shook’ to see the Queensland-born star’s new work was coming out

Updated: Taylor Swift vs. Cardi B … vs. Post Malone for No. 1 on Hot 100

“Bodak Yellow” or “Rockstar” could dethrone “Look What You Made Me Do.”

(Updated as of 4:15 p.m. ET, Sept. 22)

Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” has led the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks. On the latest list (dated Sept. 30), below Swift’s smash, Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” pushes 3-2, likely setting up a battle for No. 1 next week.

Meanwhile, a song not yet on the Hot 100, per new data, should also challenge for No. 1 upon its debut: Post Malone’s new single “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage.

On the next Hot 100 (dated Oct. 7), can rapper Cardi B’s breakthrough hit or Post Malone’s new release dethrone pop titan Swift’s leader?

Let’s run some projections. Highlights of next week’s Hot 100, which blends streaming, airplay and sales data, according to Nielsen Music, will post on Monday (Sept. 25).

Based on preliminary data for the tracking week, incumbent No. 1 “Look” could draw more than 30 million U.S. streams and 75 million in radio audience and sell more than 45,000 downloads. (Of those metrics, only airplay might show a gain week-over-week.)

However, current runner-up “Yellow” could tally more than 35 million U.S. streams and 60 million airplay impressions and, like “Look,” sell more than 45,000 (with the last two metrics increasing from this week).

Meanwhile, per new data received this afternoon (Sept. 22), Post Malone’s “Rockstar” could launch with more than 40 million U.S. streams and 70,000 sold (as well as a building first-week airplay sum).

Based on those forecasts, the songs should engage in a tight battle for No. 1, with “Rockstar” or “Yellow,” given their growth in streaming, perhaps enough to give either song the edge over “Look,” and possibly grant Post Malone, 21 Savage or Cardi B each act’s first trip to the top of the Hot 100.

Also looking ahead to next week’s Hot 100, Logic’s “1-800-273-8255,” featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, could earn more than 30 million U.S. streams and 45 million in radio audience and sell more than 30,000, keeping it in the top five conversation, although likely not in the race for No. 1. (On the Sept. 30 chart, it rises to a new No. 3 high.)

Check back Monday, Sept. 25, to find out who’s No. 1 and for highlights of the Hot 100’s top 10 and more.

The Reference in Taylor Swift’s Ready For It

In her latest single, Taylor Swift harkens back to one of Hollywood’s most epic love stories — for good reason.

The Grammy winning singer recently released her new song “…Ready For It?” — an upbeat track driven by a dominating baseline and seemingly filled with adoring references to her new love, Joe Alwyn.

But the one line that stands out the most comes at the top of the second verse when Swift compares their relationship to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor‘s legendary love.

“He can be my jailor/Burton to this Taylor/Every love I’ve known in comparison is a failure,” Swift talk-sings over the catchy beat.
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With a love first born of scandalous infidelity on the 1961 set of CleopatraTaylor and Burton courted, married, divorced, re-wed, and split again over the next 14 years. They also made 11 films together, but it was their off-screen sparks that made them the talk of Hollywood.

Read on to find out why the turbulent lovers inspired Swift’s latest hit.

The beginnings

On the set of Cleopatra in Rome in 1961, Taylor was drawn to Burton, the rough-edged Welsh actor who played Mark Antony and whose passion for life and love equaled her own.

But it came with huge scandal: She was married to fourth husband Eddie Fisher (who had left Debbie Reynolds for her) — and he to first wife Sybil Williams.
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Burton and Taylor on Cleopatra

Taylor and Burton became the gold standard for larger-than-life celebrity unions. “They were the most famous people in the world,” their friend, British journalist Sir David Frost, told Vanity Fair in 2003. “And the chemistry between them was real.”

The commotion around their relationship feels like a precedent for Swift’s own headline-dominating loves,  including her summer whirlwind with Tom Hiddleston in 2016. Now with Alwyn, Swift has taken a much different approach and kept absolutely mum on her almost year-long relationship with the London-born actor.

The marriages

“My God she’s a beauty,” Burton wrote in his diary. “Sometimes even now, after 8 years of marriage, I look at her when she’s asleep at the first light of a grey dawn and wonder at her.”

After their passionate meeting in 1962, Burton and Taylor married for the first time two years later in Montreal, after divorcing their respective spouses. That marriage lasted 10 years, and it was filled with drunken bouts, expensive jewels and overwhelming love.

“I have been inordinately lucky all my life but the greatest luck of all has been Elizabeth,” Burton wrote. “She has turned me into a moral man but not a prig…she can tolerate my impossibilities and my drunkenness, she is an ache in the stomach when I am away from her, and she loves me! She is a prospectus that can never be entirely catalogued …And I’ll love her ’till I die.”
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Their 1964 wedding
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On Broadway in 1964

But as passionately in love as the two were, they often clashed, which eventually led to their first divorce in 1974. The dissolution of the marriage affected Burton so deeply that he stopped writing in his journals through that time.

It wouldn’t last long — Burton and Taylor were re-married in Botswana in 1975. Although it was only for a short nine-months, their reunion prompted Burton to pick up a pen again and express his bursting love for the actress.

“Got shamefully sloshed and despite all my idiocies—nasty too—we are as happy as children,” Burton wrote shortly after his second marriage to Taylor in 1975. “We catch our breaths every so often and say with a kind of smiling wonder and delight ‘Hey! Do you realize we are actually married?’ E cured me with loving even lavish attention…This is a far better marriage than the first.”
In 1967’s The Taming of the Shrew — one of their 11 films together

The breakups

“If we had a fight, it was so pumped up by the press,” Taylor told PEOPLE in 2006. “It was nothing like what actually happened. Sorry to disappoint people.”

Burton and Taylor’s legendary marriages are only overshadowed by their explosive breakups. Tales of fighting and outlandish spending dominated the press throughout their marriages and dissolutions.

“Most of the time it was lovely to be in their company,” Burton‘s brother Graham Jenkins told PEOPLE in 1996. But when they were fighting, “he’d call on his tremendous command of the English language to conjure up the most devastating insults.”
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The two first split in 1974 after 10 years and Burton’s adoption of their two children, Maria and Liza. “You can’t keep clapping a couple of dynamite sticks together without expecting them to blow up,” Burton told reporters after announcing the first separation.

Their second marriage in 1975 was doomed by their continued struggles with alcohol and ended even quicker than the separation did in 1976.

Still, Taylor never stopped loving him. The best time of her life, she told PEOPLE in 1999, “was when Richard and I were married, and the kids were babies, and we lived like a pack of gypsies.”

Why Taylor Swift Trademarks Her Lyrics And Why Other Acts May Follow Suit

Taylor Swift has made it clear to the world she controls her brand, and one tool the singer leverages regularly to achieve this goal is trademark law. Swift’s team has been regularly filing trademark applications for lyrics and other slogans under her holding company, TAS Rights Management LLC, striking down infringers in the process. But does it really work, and is this approach for everyone?

Earlier this month, Swift moved to trademark key phrases from her music: the title of her upcoming album Reputation, her latest single “Look What You Made Me Do” and one of the lines from said single, “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now.” Swift plans to use the phrases on a variety of licensed merchandise, from t-shirts to notebooks and guitar picks. “Look What You Made Me Do” is already emblazoned across t-shirts on Swift’s online merch store, which has likely generated significant sales in conjunction with the singer’s controversial Ticketmaster Verified Fan campaign that rewards merch and music buyers with a better shot at good tickets.

This isn’t the first time Swift has tried trademarking her own lyrics, a move for which the initial application can cost anywhere from $225 to $400 per product category per trademark, with an additional $125 for each six-month extension. (Applicants can file up to five such extensions and reviving an abandoned application costs an additional $100 per product category per mark.)

But she’s had mixed success. The day before the release of her album 1989, the artist filed applications for the lyrics “Nice to Meet You, Where You Been?” and “This Sick Beat” to use across 16 categories of products. What hasn’t yet been brought to light is that most of these applications were actually abandoned in January 2017 due to “no statement of use filed,” despite applying for multiple extensions, according to legal database Justia. Today, Swift owns the rights to these two lyric trademarks only for clothing and stationery, while all other uses are, at least on paper, open to exploitation by third-party sellers. (Venable LLP and Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley PLC, two of the law firms that have handled trademark applications for Swift, did not respond to a request for comment.)

Swift’s legal history shows that the trademark registration process can also be unpredictable, if not lengthy. Securing the “Speak Now” trademark for use on jewelry took Swift’s team only six months, while acquiring the “Fearless” trademark for use on digital media took seven years. All the successful 1989 trademark applications appear to have taken anywhere from two to three years to register — at which point the buzz around the album itself was fading.

Most applications are filed under “intent to use,” which, if approved, gives the applicant up to six months to give proof of the given trademark’s commercial value. This summer Taylor Swift was granted a Notice of Allowance for the trademarks “Swiftie” and “Swifties” on musical instruments, educational services and entertainment services, meaning that her team has until December 2017 to prove that these marks are being used for these specific commercial purposes.

While Swift is one of the only A-list musicians to pursue lyrical trademarks so aggressively, she is far from the first to bring trademark ambitions and battles into the public eye. In July, under BGK Trademark Holdings, Beyoncé and Jay-Z applied to trademark the names of their newborn twins, “Rumi Carter” and “Sir Carter.” Days earlier, Asian-American rock band The Slants won a lawsuit against examiners who refused to accept the group’s application to trademark their name, on the grounds of seeming offensive and derogatory — a battle that traveled all the way to the Supreme Court. In the realm of sports, David and Victoria Beckham have successfully trademarked their four children’s names in the U.K. and E.U., while Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch owns a U.S. trademark for his infamous phrase from the 2015 Super Bowl: “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”

Not all celebrity trademark applications succeed. After a fair amount of criticism and mockery from fellow musicians, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons abandoned his application to trademark his devil’s-horn hand gesture. Rapper failed to register the trademark “I Am,” on the grounds of likely confusion with other registered marks. Hot off the heels of the 2015 Super Bowl, Katy Perry pursued and was initially denied the trademarks for the meme-worthy “left shark,” “right shark,” “drunk shark” and “basking shark”; her holding company, Killer Queen LLC, was granted a third extension for all four marks in early September 2017.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are waiting on the trademark status for the names of their newborn twins after their failed fight to do the same for their first born. After nearly five years, the power couple still doesn’t own the trademark to “Blue Ivy Carter” — not just because of opposition from a competing mark (namely Blue Ivy, a wedding planning business), but also because the couple violated requirements by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that applicants actually use the mark visibly on goods and services. “You don’t want anybody trying to benefit off your baby’s name,” but the trademark application “wasn’t for us to do anything,” Jay told Vanity Fair in 2013. “As you see, we haven’t done anything.”

While the motivations behind filing trademarks for names, lyrics and other slogans can sometimes be driven by power and image control, brand-building is an increasingly lucrative pursuit for music stars as well, as the concert industry booms. Merch has expanded beyond concerts into pop-up shops and in-house label merchandising arms like Bravado and Sony Music Entertainment’s The Thread Shop; LyricFind, a lyric licensing company, will be launching its own merch business LyricMerch in the next few weeks. Revenue from this merch will go to publishers and songwriters, rather than to the labels or mechanical rights owners of the songs. The company will “work directly with artists, managers and labels on promotional partnerships that can include trademarked items like the artist name, logo and other images, in addition to the lyrics,” says LyricFind CEO Darryl Ballantyne.

Enforcing a trademark can be more difficult than obtaining one, though, especially in the digital age. There are still several dozen unauthorized items for sale on Etsy with lyrics from the likes of Bruno Mars, Perry and Swift. Beyond music, however, companies frequently supervise only their most coveted trademarks, while intentionally compromising those that are supposedly less important in terms of loss of profits. For instance, Disney is fostering more lenient relationships with small DIY shops that use the company’s name, logo and other properties, because they recognize the value in collaborating with rather than shutting down fan activity — and, in turn, revealing what products these fans are most excited about. As Harvard Law School Professor Rebecca Tushnet put it, “It looks bad to sue your fans if they’re doing it because they are your fans.”

Nonetheless, Ballantyne says the popularity of trademarking is likely to grow among artists: “I think we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg, and it’s going to turn into more of the rule, as more and more pieces of value emerge in the business.”

Blurred lines: why Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran are pillaging pop’s past | Music

While images of Right Said Fred drum up feelings of muscular guys in Lycra, Taylor Swift found the chorus to their 1991 hit I’m Too Sexy to be the real treasure, using it for current single Look What You Made Me Do. In recent years, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson and Miguel have all taken to interpolating previously released music – whether recreating the rhythm of a chorus, a melody, or even word-for-word re-singing of a hook. While sampling has been commonplace in music for decades, the popularity of interpolations, or replays as they’re also known, has grown significantly.

Why? “In order to clear a sample, you technically have to clear both the master use and the composition,” says Barry Simons, a San Francisco-based entertainment lawyer. “So there’s two clearances.” Or to quote bellowing chanteuse Jessie J, it’s all about the money, money, money. Simons says that an artist is able to bypass paying a music publisher for the underlying composition by recreating the sound recording; the only payment is to the record label for the masters, therefore avoiding copyright infringement.

Look what she went and did … Taylor Swift’s latest single, which samples Right Said Fred’s I’m Too Sexy.

In a post-Blurred Lines world (Robin Thicke was successfully sued by Marvin Gaye’s estate for the song’s similarities to Got to Give It Up), some artists have had to backdate their “tribute”. Ed Sheeran came under fire for his pre-chorus to Shape of You having an uncredited similarity to TLC’s pre-chorus of No Scrubs (Sheeran later added No Scrubs’s songwriters to the credits); Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars later credited the Gap Band’s five songwriters of I Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops Upside Your Head) on Uptown Funk, while Miguel added Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan to the credits for Leaves owing to its similarity to 1979.

The nostalgia from musically “homaging” a bygone era is far from new, though Swift’s fascination with the 90s as a creative muse is perhaps just the latest reference point. As awkward 90s fashion and reboots of 90s films and TV series have seemingly become en vogue, it’s no shock why present-day artists would take to diving back to the future of this same era for their throwback inspiration.

The caveat to any interpolation is that the original artist can always say no. “And once they say no, you’ve painted yourself into a corner where you kind of can’t do it,” says Simons. In most cases, however, an interpolation is manna from heaven. A jubilant Right Said Fred have publicly thanked Taylor Swift for her cheeky borrow, especially since it temporarily thrust them back into the spotlight. Look what she went and did, more like.

Songwriter Dan Wilson covers his ‘Re-Covered’ hits with Adele, Dixie Chicks, Taylor Swift

As is well known in his native Twin Cities music scene, Dan Wilson is a smart guy. So he, of all people, knew how dumb it might seem to try record his own version of “Someone Like You,” the 2011 megahit he co-wrote with Adele.

“Her version is untouchable,” he said. “There’s no way I could contend with that.”

Finding a way to come out from some of his biggest hits’ giant shadows was the challenge Wilson faced with admirable results on his latest solo album, “Re-Covered,” which he’s promoting with a “words and music” performance Friday night at the Fitzgerald Theater.

As is also common knowledge back home in Minnesota, the Semisonic frontman has become semifamous over the past decade as a songwriting partner for some of the biggest names in pop, country and rock music. One problem with this type of success, though, is the fact that all those big tunes he helped write were recorded by his collaborators, and never by him.

“These songs obviously mean a lot to me, too,” explained Wilson, who still regularly performs. When he does, he often drops in some of these chart-ascending collaborations, usually to a great response from fans.

With the Adele hit at the forefront, Wilson came up with the game plan for “Re-Covered,” a collection that also includes tracks he co-wrote with Taylor Swift, the Dixie Chicks, Josh Groban, Chris Stapleton, John Legend, Dierks Bentley, Mike Doughty and LeeAnn Rimes.

“I absolutely didn’t want to just make them lazy busker, acoustic, unplugged versions,” he said. “I needed an actual sonic idea, and they had to be unique ideas — something new and meaningful to make them my own.”

From his new home in Los Angeles, Wilson set off with L.A. producer Mike Viola (Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis) to craft more acoustic-sounding, organic versions of the songs, ones that sharply contrast the often very heavily produced, radio-oriented versions recorded by his counterparts. The recordings on “Re-Covered” can’t be called raw or unrefined. In fact, the new version of “Someone Like You” features one of the world’s most famous string quartets. But they do sound beautifully stripped down and natural, more like something out of a living room than a hi-fi recording studio.

Since he revisited them on the record, I thought it a good excuse to ask Wilson to recall what originally went into writing these songs.

John Legend, “You and I”

I started off asking about Legend because he’s well known to be a gifted songwriter all on his own, and he has even co-written hits for other artists much like Wilson. So why did he need help with this love song from 2013’s “Love in the Future” album?

Wilson: “One of my guiding principles for co-writing with people is knowing they’ve already written a great song. I don’t like the idea of helping them do something they can’t do. I want to combine my powers with their superpowers and see what we can come up with.”

“John Legend is the ultimate example of that. He can do whatever he wants to do when he sits down at a piano. So for he and I to get together to write something, it’s like, ‘Where can we go that we couldn’t go on our own?’ I think that song is a great example of he and I combining our own sensibilities and complementing each other.”

The Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready to Make Nice”

This was Wilson’s first big breakthrough as a co-writer, winning him a Grammy for song of the year in 2007. He and the trio famously/infamously crafted it as a response to the uproar over Chicks singer Natalie Maines’ comments against President George W. Bush at the start of the second Iraq war. Lo and behold, the song’s popularity has now been rekindled amid the current U.S. political climate.

Wilson: “Once I established with them we were going to try to write a song that addressed everything they had gone through, then we were very much taken over by the sense of purpose and the quest to make it a meaningful mission. That was very exciting, and very cathartic. It was a relief to write it. But when we were done, I didn’t think, ‘Oh, that’s going to be a huge hit for sure.’ I didn’t see it as a commercial endeavor at all [laughs]. All I really thought was, ‘I’m glad we did that.’

“The song totally seems pertinent again. I wish we lived in a more peaceful world where justice and equal rights for all is a foregone conclusion. That’s not the way the world is, though. A song like ‘Not Ready to Make Nice,’ if it had a purpose and flash point at one time, it’s going to have that again.”

Dierks Bentley, “Home”

This single went to No. 1 on Billboard’s country singles chart in 2012, giving Wilson his mainstream Nashville credentials. However, it also gained attention when alt-country star Jason Isbell publicly accused its writers of plagiarizing it from one of his songs, “In a Razor Town.”

Wilson: “I quickly learned that the country writers in Nashville don’t want somebody from Minnesota to come down and write a stone-cold country hit. They want you to bring your own vibe to the party. Once I learned that, I learned I could just be myself in those country sessions. I was able to do that with Dierks, where I could be myself and just write a rock song, and he could be himself in between styles. I was very attracted to working with Dierks because of his hybridized styles.”

“I was really bummed Jason thought we plagiarized him. I think we might’ve plagiarized the same old folk songs that Jason also plagiarized. If you think about all the songs that have similar melodies, it would be a very big list. I had never listened to Jason at that time, and I’m pretty sure my collaborators had never listened to him, either. It really tainted my ability to appreciate Jason Isbell for quite a while, which was also a drag, because I was really into his next couple albums.”

Taylor Swift, “Treacherous”

Although it wasn’t a radio hit, this track from the 2012 “Red” album helped mark Swift’s crossover from a country act to a pop singer.

Wilson: “I had been thinking about writing with Taylor for several years, and then when ‘Someone Like You’ happened, it started to make certain things that were just an idea more and more inevitable. I just had a notion it would happen, and when it did, it made sense on several levels.”

“The ‘Red’ album — as fans like me all know now — was a real conscious transition on her part from being the country ingénue and child prodigy to the adult who’s calling the shots. Her transition from country music to pop music went hand in hand with that, too, and I think this song reflects all that. Even without that subtext, though, I love the song. I’m fascinated by the way it turned out.

Adele, “Someone Like You”

Wilson: “I had been hanging out with the Kronos Quartet backstage at a show we did together, a tribute to Big Star. We performed ‘Give Me Another Chance,’ and we had such a great time together we started talking about what else we could do. I quickly thought of this. Doing it with them would be the perfect way to make the song so different and special from Adele’s version, and to not have to compete. Thanks to Kronos, this version is very different, but still something very special.”

Matt Wilson, “Landing”

OK, so this one didn’t win any Grammys or top any charts. But the nugget from “Burnt, White & Blue,” the first solo album from Wilson’s brother and former Trip Shakespeare bandmate, helped pave the way for Dan becoming a songwriting collaborator.

Wilson: “When I was finalizing the song choices for ‘Re-Covered,’ it hit me: Of course, I have to have a song with Matt, because Matt is such a huge part of my journey as a songwriter. He was there from the earliest days. He figured out how to write songs in Trip Shakespeare before I had really cracked the code.

“In the end, I think it’s one of the highlights of the record. It happens to cover a lot of the things I think a great song should have: The metaphor in the song is haunting, an airplane that refuses to land; the melody is super simple; and there aren’t a lot of words, almost like a haiku. It’s boiled down to just the essence of a great song.”

Semisonic, “Closing Time”

He had to do it. No really, the folks around Wilson pretty much insisted that he recut his own band’s 1998 hit for the new album.

Wilson: “I really thought it wasn’t part of the story. The rest of the songs are ones I wrote with other people for their albums. This didn’t fit that idea. But when I sent early versions of ‘Re-Covered’ to the handful of my friends I play stuff for, I always heard, ‘Why not “Closing Time?” ’ I tried to explain why not, but they all said, ‘Yeah, yeah, but it’s really going to seem weird if you don’t do it.’

“They were totally right. But I also liked the idea of doing it because, after all this time, the song is sort of talked about with a double meaning and seen as a sort of lullaby. I thought it really made sense to play it as a lullaby on piano. It fulfilled that new meaning of the song.”




Taylor Swift’s lead singles: Ranking the songs

When Taylor Swift released “Look What You Made Me Do” late last month, fans and critics of the polarizing single could agree on one thing: It shattered a bevy of records. The most-played song on Spotify in a single day? “Look What You Made Me Do.” The most-viewed music video on YouTube in a single day? “Look What You Made Me Do.” And, unsurprisingly, the song is her fifth single to top the Hot 100.

“Look What You Made Me Do” introduced audiences to Swift’s sixth album, Reputation, due Nov. 10 — and continued a career trend of buzzy, aesthetically-striking lead singles. But how does it compare to her previous album-launching singles? Read on for a ranking of Swift’s reintroductions.

1. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Sing it now: “We-eeee are never, ever, ever getting back together!” In a career full of impossibly good hooks, the lead single off Swift’s fourth album, 2012’s Red, is her finest, with it’s witty, wonderful, funny, snarky, feeling-good-about-feeling-bad revelry. Swift crafted the hit — her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 — with the help of pop gurus Max Martin and Shellback. Together, they fanned the embers of a dying relationship — and then stomped and jumped on them. Pretty soon after, we were all singing along. —Madison Vain

2. “Shake It Off”

Swift introduced her fifth full-length, 2014’s seismically popular 1989, with an instantly iconic self-aware tune that effortlessly excoriated her haters. “I stay out too late, got nothing in my brain,” she begins, “that’s what people say!” With “Shake It Off,” Swift deftly weaponized criticisms levied against her, taking an approach she’s used repeatedly with respect to romantic relationships and expanding it to apply to her detractors at large. And the swaggering instrumental, another collaboration with Martin and Shellback, only bolstered her case; the lyrical and musical juggernaut became Swift’s second No. 1 on the Hot 100 when it debuted in the top spot. It’s such a perfect song that it even rules when it’s slowed down 27 percent. —Eric Renner Brown

3. “Love Story”

Swift’s soaring country-pop anthem established her as one of contemporary music’s foremost songwriters. The first single off her sophomore album, 2008’s Fearless, smartly weds fairy-tale idealism with detailed, unflinching analysis of love and its pitfalls — but in her retelling of Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet, the lovers enjoy a happy ending. Peaking at No. 4 on the Hot 100, “Love Story” was Swift’s biggest hit yet and presaged the sober romanticism of subsequent Fearless smash “You Belong With Me.” —E.R.B.

4. “Tim McGraw”

Before Jake Gyllenhaal inspired “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and John Mayer inspired “Dear John,” high school freshman Taylor Swift anticipated breaking up with her senior boyfriend, who’d soon be leaving for college. She channeled those uneasy feelings into a breezy, loping country melody and set it to 12-string guitar, launching one of the century’s most compelling music careers. (Plus, she got her wish after all: “When you think Tim McGraw, I hope you think of me.” Consider it done and done again.) —M.V.

5. “Mine”

If Swift is at her most polarizing when her work feels calculated — listen to her recent songs and you can practically feel the gears turning in her head about her new sound and new stabs at self-parody — then she’s at her most magnetic when her work feels effortless. And of her many singles, few come as naturally to her as “Mine.” Right from its opening uh-uh-oh-oh, the whole thing feels casual, even tossed-off — like one day Swift woke up, yawned, and then out came a multi-platinum megahit. Look deeper, though, and you’ll find evidence of hard work: Just when you think you know where her story of a small-town meet-cute is going, she’ll drop a deceptively clever line like “you made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter.” “Mine” isn’t the best thing she’s ever done, but as the track’s sole songwriter, the credit is all hers. —Nolan Feeney

6. “Look What You Made Me Do”

Think of “Look What You Made Me Do” as “Shake It Off” gone awry. The first taste of Swift’s forthcoming sixth album, Reputation, takes the low road — it’s rife with thinly veiled barbs at Kanye West, Katy Perry, and other Swiftian enemies — and proves that Swift is at her best when she goes high. There was a universality to “Shake It Off” that’s lost here; where that song functioned as both a rebuke of Swift’s haters and an uplifting anthem for everyday listeners with everyday problems, “Look What You Made Me Do” channels Swift’s problems and her’s alone. In other words, few people can empathize with disses of West’s Saint Pablo Tour stage. And while producer Jack Antonoff’s verse and pre-chorus instrumentals build promisingly, the song collapses when it hits a chorus appropriating Right Said Fred’s 1991 “I’m Too Sexy.” —E.R.B.

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn ‘took secret trip to London’

In a break of form from past previous high-profile relationships, Taylor Swift has put forth much effort in keeping her romance with Joe Alwyn quiet.

And it has now been reported that Taylor recently enjoyed a secret trip to the UK with her new beau last month, and they were able to keep their whereabouts under wraps because they stayed at the west London home of her pal Cara Delevingne.

A source told The Sun: ‘Taylor made the trip to England to spend time with Joe’s family and friends, and Cara offered to have them at her place in Chiswick. Obviously Taylor can stay at the world’s swankiest hotels but that’s not really her bag.

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Going incognito: Taylor Swift and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn reportedly enjoyed a secret break in London last month

Going incognito: Taylor Swift and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn reportedly enjoyed a secret break in London last month

Lovers: Joe Alwyn and Taylor started dating last year

Lovers: Joe Alwyn and Taylor started dating last year

Going incognito: Taylor Swift and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn reportedly enjoyed a secret break in London last month 

‘She’s trying to keep a low profile with Joe, and staying with Cara has let her do that. Instead of being stopped by fans for selfies, they’ve been able to come and go totally unnoticed.’

Added the source: ‘Things are getting serious between them, and Taylor wants to spend as much time getting to know Joe’s world as possible. They can’t get enough of each other.’

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Taylor Swift for comment. 

The trip follows on from Joe’s reported trip to Nashville, Tennessee, earlier in the summer, where he is said to have met members of Taylor’s family.

Friend: According to The Sun, the lovebirds stayed at pal Cara Delevingne's west London home

Friend: According to The Sun, the lovebirds stayed at pal Cara Delevingne's west London home

Friend: According to The Sun, the lovebirds stayed at pal Cara Delevingne’s west London home

Since quietly embarking on her romance with Joe late last year, the Look What You Made Me Do singer started spending a considerable amount of time in the UK, and was even said to have been renting a house in north London.

An insider told E! News that the pair are officially ‘exclusive’, last month. Since then, Taylor has believed to have been staying at her New York City apartment. 

As she remained out of the public spotlight, a fan theory surfaced that she uses a large box to exit and enter her apartment building to avoid paparazzi. 

Turning over a new leaf: A number of the singer's other relationships have been high profile

Turning over a new leaf: A number of the singer's other relationships have been high profile

Turning over a new leaf: A number of the singer’s other relationships have been high profile

The theory clearly is not quite as bizarre as it may first appear. Singing superstar Adele revealed in March that during her world tour, she was wheeled through her unsuspecting fans hidden in a sweaty box to get her on stage inconspicuously.

In a complete change from her previous relationships, Taylor has deliberately attempted to keep her romance with Joe out of the spotlight.

But that doesn’t mean Joe hasn’t been an inspiration – with fans speculating that he is the boy she sings about on her new track …Ready For It?.

Undercover: British actor Joe has been dating the Grammy-winning singer since late last year

Undercover: British actor Joe has been dating the Grammy-winning singer since late last year

Undercover: British actor Joe has been dating the Grammy-winning singer since late last year

Her lyrics include: ‘Knew he was a killer, first time that I saw him, wonder how many girls he had left haunted.’

She goes on: ‘Some boys are tryin’ too hard. He don’t try at all though. Younger than my exes but he act like such a man so I see nothing better, I keep him forever.’

Indeed Joe, 26, is younger than previous loves Tom, 36, and Calvin, 33, and made his movie debut as a solider in the 2016 film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. 

High profile romance: Taylor famously enjoyed a whirlwind romance with Tom Hiddleston

High profile romance: Taylor famously enjoyed a whirlwind romance with Tom Hiddleston

High profile romance: Taylor famously enjoyed a whirlwind romance with Tom Hiddleston

The ex factor: Among the singing beauty's list of famous exes is Scottish DJ Calvin Harris

The ex factor: Among the singing beauty's list of famous exes is Scottish DJ Calvin Harris

The ex factor: Among the singing beauty’s list of famous exes is Scottish DJ Calvin Harris

Taylor Swift ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Behind the Scenes

Look what Taylor Swift made Taylor Swift do.

In behind-the-scenes footage shared exclusively with PEOPLE from the Grammy winner’s record-breaking “Look What You Made Me Do” music video, the star, 27, meets all the extras who play her former selves.

“Okay, this is the trippiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” says Swift as she walks onto the set and introduces herself to all the other Taylors. “Seeing all of them together is the weirdest feeling, but it’s awesome. It’s like, ‘Oh, that’s the phase I went through when I was 16 but a girl is wearing it who looks just like me.’”

“We’re having a great time. We’re all just chatting about life. That’s gotta look weird,” adds Swift.

The entertainer dug into her costume archives to recreate all the younger versions of herself for an epic fight scene and also decided which Taylors to pit against each other.

“Ring master and circus girl should totally be fighting because she has a hat. Can I hit her in the face with my ’13?’ Cool,” she tells director Joseph Kahn.

In another battle, Swift really gets into character when a Taylor from the Fearless era gets into a screaming fight with a Taylor from the Red era. “Get out of my house!” shrieks the Fearless Taylor.

“I’m not sure where that came from,” says Swift after wrapping the scene. “I have no experience with home invasion but, you know, you just gotta follow the muse. I had some hat problems because I got too excited. It turns out top hats are not the best wardrobe for fighting.”

Just before shooting the “falling” scene, the star — wearing a “new and improved” version of the Junior Jewels T-shirt from her “You Belong with Me” music video — jokes she has to “actively try not to be graceful.”

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“Some of my falling techniques are called ‘kitten strangle fight’ and then ‘sea anemone.’ That’s the most popular one,” she adds. “That’s the one the kids like the most. Sea anemone … tentacles.”

In less than a month, Swift’s latest music video has racked up more than 416 million views on YouTube.

The song is the first single off her upcoming album Reputation (out Nov. 10).

Are Taylor Swift And Karlie Kloss Still Friends? Here’s What We Know

Few duos have the same tallness and blondeness as Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss. These two go way back — I think we all remember their epic strut together down the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show catwalk in 2014. Amazing. However, these two have not been seen out in public together in forever, and we’re concerned. Fans are wondering: Are Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss still friends? Valid question. Swift and Kloss went from being attached at the hip to practically strangers.

Questions have popped up about their friendship for a few reasons. First, because why the hell aren’t these two grabbing Shake Shack together or something? Second, Swift and Kloss haven’t been photographed doing anything together. Did they get sick of each other’s general coolness? I JUST DON’T KNOW. A source from E! News cleared up some things,

Taylor and Karlie are doing well as friends. They had NO falling out what so ever. They still speak but have been slammed with crazy schedules on both sides. Karlie had many prior commitments — that’s why she was not involved in a few of Taylor’s music projects like she was last year. They are still good friends though.

While that seems like good news, I’m not fully convinced. Yes, Swift has been conspicuously out of the public eye for the past year — even after releasing “Look What You Made Me Do” and “…Ready For It.” However, in the process of releasing Reputation, Swift has raised a lot of eyebrows about her supposed girl squad, including Karlie Kloss.

Let’s start with the “Look What You Made Me Do” music video. It was sprinkled with little nuggets of shade at former squad members. In the video, Swift can be seen wearing a similar get-up as she did in her “You Belong With Me” music video — a white tee, black-rimmed glasses, and her signature “surprise” face. However, the shirt is not covered with names of random people, but the names of her close friends. Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, the Haim sisters, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Lena Dunham, Ed Sheeran, Patrick Stewart, Abigail Anderson, Martha Hunt, Claire Kislinger, and Todrick Hall are all on there.

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Who is Todrick Hall and how did he earn a place on Swift’s coveted shirt over Kloss? He is one of Swift’s backup dancers who was sworn to secrecy while filming “LWYMMD.” He opened up to Entertainment Tonight about just how secretive Swift was while creating the project:

We became BFFs, and then she called and said, ‘I’m working on this project that’s super secret but I know I can trust you. Will you not tell anyone?’ And I didn’t tell anyone. It was the best! It felt like Christmas came early because when it came out my phone blew up more than it ever has before. Everybody was freaking out about it. It’s such an epic and iconic video to be a part of.

I think it was shot in May. And it was a huge secret to keep and it was very difficult … It speaks volume of what type of person Taylor is, that she could have all those people on set and then it not leak.

OK, so that is BFF-level secrecy. Nicely played, Todrick. Even more awkward, most of the squad members DGAF when the “LWYMMD” music video was released. Kloss, Selena Gomez, and Gigi Hadid all remained mysteriously quiet about the huge news. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

Rumors of a rocky friendship between Kloss and Swift have been mulling around for months. After Kloss posted a picture with Kendall Jenner on Snapchat, people were convinced Swift was out of the picture.

Although Swift and Jenner run with the same people, Kenny is a Kardashian to her core. This means she probably sided with Kim and Kanye during the “Famous” debacle. This doesn’t mean Kloss and Swift aren’t friends — Kloss probably doesn’t get tangled up in the drama.

If Kloss and Swift are indeed still friends — IT DOESN’T HURT TO SHOW IT ONCE IN A WHILE. Hopefully, their lives slow down a bit so they can make some time for each other. I’m really hoping for the best with these besties, but it’s not looking good from over here.

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Public Theology and Taylor Swift

It’s confession time: I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan. I’m starting to identify with her more now that I’ve been thrust into the realm of public theology. People often bemoan Swift as someone who complains about the media attention or how others treat her. As my story grew about my resignation from my parish and the ensuing conversations in places like NPR and the View I’ve found people are in fact incredibly mean in the face of media attention.

Twitter trolls can be vicious and scrutiny is real, but the cost of not engaging in public theology is far greater than one might think. I’ve had friends and mentors who have been concerned for my health and safety say to back off the gas pedal a bit and find greener pastures elsewhere. But perhaps this moment of speaking truth to power is no time for falling back.

As I write these words I’m just on the other side of my 25th birthday. Had you told my wife and I when we were married a mere 3 months ago that we would be on this road heading to God knows where I would have laughed and sat back down in to my pastoral chair. You may be wondering what does this have to do with you: We must always be ready to engage the world and the church in new and different ways.

In a sense, we must shake it off (yes, I went there) and do the hard work of engaging in beloved community. We must seek the resolution of these issues that are close at hand and be public theologians. We desperately need to add names to the dwindling list of public theologians in our world and we desperately need some of those names to be Millennials. The reality is we have to consider how we can engage church differently for the sake of our future.

I’m not one to suggest we abandon the institution but we must re-ignite the passion that led to white pastors marching in the Civil Rights movement alongside their brothers and sisters of color. This critical engagement with the world is precisely what the world needs to see right now. We need not worry about empty pews if our hearts are apathetic to the world we see, because the pews should be empty if that is the case—But I refuse to believe that. I refuse to believe that the white church can’t engage in anti-racism conversations or that the wider church can’t engage our LGBTQ friends with dignity and acceptance.

What I’m getting at is this: We need public theology. The other forces of this world (including Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians) are engaging in public theology, what makes us think that we get a free pass? Now is the time to engage the world with a different and fresh way of doing progressive Christianity. It is in that hope that we see in God we have more future than past. We could shake the foundations of this nation and world for the sake of our children and our children’s children. I’ve been thankful that trolls are just trolls but they’ve taught me that speaking up costs something, and I really am indebted to my favorite pop star Taylor Swift for the inspiration to speak up in the form of public theology and say, “Look what you made me do.”

11 stars who defended singer

Taylor Swift does plenty to guard her Reputation. From asking to be excluded from a narrative to her own lyrical defenses in songs like “Look What You Made Me Do,” from her fearless testimony in a sexual assault trial to penning an essay explaining her views on music streaming, Swift is not one to pull punches.

But with a list of names feuds and controversies this long (see: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Katy Perry, her political silence, the Beyhive), it can’t hurt that a gaggle of stars has come to her defense over the years. Here are 11 of Swift’s biggest defenders.

1. Ruby Rose
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Hours after Kanye West released his 2016 song “Famous” — and reigniting the Swift-West feud in the process — Ruby Rose raced to Swift’s defense. The Orange Is the New Black actress responded to West’s lyrics — “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why, I made that bitch famous / God damn / I made that bitch famous” — by tweeting, “Too many lines crossed. If I put myself in the shoes of the women he has hurt recently. Victims of Bill Cosby, The Slut shaming, Amber [Rose]…And now my dear friend Taylor.. Right before another huge moment for her.. Can I still support him and call myself a feminist? A friend? No.” Detractors jumped on Rose, accusing her of commenting on something that didn’t involve her. She responded swiftly on behalf of her friend, writing, “I was talking to Taylor last night. I wouldn’t comment on something before doing due diligence.”

2. Selena Gomez
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When the Kimye feud exploded in summer 2016, Selena Gomez was quick to support one of her besties. A refresher: Kim Kardashian released a tape recording of a phone call West had with Swift about “Famous,” resulting in a debate over which lyrics Swift did or did not approve. Swift claimed she was never asked about West calling her “that bitch,” and the internet could not stop talking about it. All the chatter prompted Gomez to tweet, “There are more important things to talk about… Why can’t people use their voice for something that f—ing matters? Truth is, last thing we need right now is hate, in any form. This industry is so disappointing yet the most influential smh.”

3. Joseph Kahn
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Joseph Kahn is one of Swift’s most frequent collaborators, having directed the music videos for “Look What You Made Me Do,” “Blank Space,” “Bad Blood,” “Wildest Dreams,” and “Out of the Woods.” In 2016, he stood by Swift’s side throughout the Kimye feud, tweeting, “I”ve worked with everybody. I don’t need to work with anybody. Taylor Swift is a rainbow in a swamp.” He proceeded to reference O.J. Simpson, whom Kardashian’s late father, Robert Kardashian, defended when Simpson was on trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman: “Ain’t the first time the Kardashians supported the murder of an innocent blonde woman,” Kahn wrote. He dove back into the fray following the release of the polarizing “Look What You Made Me Do” video in 2017. “If I plan something as a man I’m a ‘genius.’ If Taylor as a woman plans something she is ‘manipulative.’ Double standards. This is wrong,” he tweeted. As a follow-up, he retweeted a link to a Guardian article arguing that Swift regularly battles misogyny. He continued to defend Swift when the Beyhive claimed the “LWYMMD” video’s choreography and design appeared to copy Beyoncé’s “Formation” video, going so far as to suggest that Beyoncé actually copied the “Bad Blood” video.

4. Marsha Hunt
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Swift’s squad members have continuously had her back, and Marsha Hunt is no exception. The Victoria’s Secret model spoke out on Twitter last summer in the wake of the Kimye scandal. “It’s pathetic how quick our culture is to sensationalize a fabricated story,” she wrote. “Take interest in the real problems going on. Spread love.” Hunt regularly tweets about Swift, most recently sharing an image of Swift’s first Reputation single and writing, “Working out like 5x harder today.”

5. Zayn Malik
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Zayn Malik once appeared to be a critic of Swift (see Calvin Harris’ section below), but the stars no longer have bad blood after teaming up on their Fifty Shades Darker duet, “I Don’t Want to Live Forever.” In a recent interview, the former One Directioner came to Swift’s defense when he was asked about the drama surrounding the release of “Look What You Made Me Do.” “I rate her as an artist, I think she’s cool, I think she’s successful, and I think she deserves her success because she’s worked hard,” he told The Fader. “That’s just how I look at it. I did a song with her, it was fun, she was professional. She gets on with my girlfriend [Gigi Hadid], they’re good friends. I don’t have a bad word to say about her. She’s cool.”

6. Todrick Hall
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Swift’s friend Todrick Hall found himself defending both Swift and his own choices after appearing as a dancer in her “Look What You Made Me Do” video. In an in-depth interview with Yahoo!, Hall defended Swift against complaints about her political silence in the 2016 presidential election, saying accusations that she was pro-Trump are “huge assumptions” and that he has discussed sexuality and racism around Swift. “Maybe one day, Taylor will start being super-political, and using her voice to do the things that people think that she should be doing,” he said. “But even then, she will probably be ridiculed for not being vocal enough, or not being on the right side. I don’t think that there is a way to win in this industry, so every person has to take their own journey at their own pace, at their own time, and do what they feel like is right. All I know is that Taylor has been nothing but sweet to me since day one, and if she asks me to do a video, I’m absolutely going be there.”

7. Lena Dunham
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Swift isn’t just friends with Lena Dunham — she’s also pals with the Girls creator’s boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, who first worked with Swift on her 1989 album and has since co-written and produced “Look What You Made Me Do.” Dunham, herself a target online, has often spoken out in support of the singer. When asked by Rolling Stone about Swift’s political silence during the 2016 election, the Girls creator responded, “I just think everyone has to do it their way.” Dunham also praised Swift’s approach to her career. “Watching the way that she understands the vicissitudes of the cycle, and she just keeps making her work — that’s just really impressive to me,” Dunham said. “That’s how I hope to live my life, which is not as a slave to public opinion but just as somebody who continues to make things… People who understand how to protect themselves but aren’t so beaten down that they can’t be creative — that to me is the greatest.” More recently, the actress tweeted a powerful response to Swift’s testimony in her sexual assault trial involving a former radio DJ she accused of groping her. “Proud of @taylorswift13 for her fierce & cutting testimony & her refusal to settle for being treated like property. Her example is powerful,” she wrote.

8. Ed Sheeran
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Swift helped expose her pal Ed Sheeran to audiences in the U.S., writing and recording “Everything Has Changed” with the crooner for her 2012 album Red and taking him on The Red Tour with her in 2013. Though they’ve never been an item, Swift has called him the James Taylor to her Carole King, and he echoes the sentiment. “She would be there if everything ended for me,” Sheeran told Rolling Stone. “Taylor is kind of an anomaly in that sense.” In the same interview, he commented on the constant media backlash that follows her. “She’s omnipresent because she’s the most famous woman in the world, so she can’t make the decision to not be in the press,” he shared. “I always stick up for Taylor.” Following the online dust-up between Swift and Nicki Minaj over MTV Video Music Awards in 2015, Sheeran spoke out on the pop star’s behalf, telling The Daily Telegraph, “She didn’t nominate herself for the awards. It’s not her fault, she just made some good videos and people think they’re good.” He added, “And I think the Minaj point is a bit redundant, her point is that you have to be skinny and white to get a video of the year nomination but Beyoncé’s ‘7/11’ is in there and that is celebrating the female figure in every form.” Of late, Sheeran has taken a different tack, suggesting he doesn’t believe Swift needs his defense in some cases, particularly in response to Katy Perry’s rumored feud track “Swish Swish.” “I don’t think she needs [to be defended] at all,” he told PEOPLE at the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame 48th Annual Induction and Awards Gala. “I don’t think feud songs are a hot thing — there’s always been beef songs.”

9. Calvin Harris
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The former couple had their share of breakup drama, but Harris was a supportive boyfriend while they were still an item. The DJ leaped to defend his girlfriend when in 2015 Malik retweeted a post attempting to compare Swift and Miley Cyrus’ views on compensation in the music industry, seemingly criticizing Swift’s decision to pull her music from Spotify. The post included a quote from Cyrus, who has said that she “made my money” and didn’t care if people didn’t buy her music. Harris jumped on Malik, whom he tagged in the post. “You’ve made your money? Cool…f–k the 99% of musicians who depend on these services to survive right? Yeah f— em,” wrote Harris. In additional posts, Harris wrote, “If u don’t get what it means when a successful artist uses their celebrity to benefit every other musician and songwriter in the industry……stay out my f—in mentions pls. While u kids are refresh voting teen choice awards there’s some poor f—er in a basement making your new favorite record trying to survive. Meaning…stay out of things you don’t understand.”

10. Kris Jenner
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The Kardashian matriarch might be the last person you’d expect to defend Swift after the Kimye drama, but she had the pop star’s back when the legitimacy of Swift’s relationship with Tom Hiddleston was questioned in 2016. “I don’t know any of the details about her relationship or any of that, but she’s lovely and I’m sure just like anybody else, when you date somebody in this town, everything becomes a photoshoot and there are people following you around and taking pictures,” Jenner said on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, an Australian radio program, when asked if she thought Hiddleswift was a publicity stunt. “I think when you’re young and you’re dating and you have a very public life, it’s got to be really hard,” she added. “I think that only Taylor and whoever she’s with knows what’s going on in that relationship.”

11. Katy Perry
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After their multi-year feud inspired countless headlines, Perry appeared ready to bury the hatchet in an interview on Ariana Huffington’s Thrive Global Podcast, saying, “I forgive her and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her.” Perry went on to praise Swift and her talents, as well as defend her skills as a songwriter and a woman in the entertainment industry. “I love her, and I want the best for her,” Perry said. “And I think she’s a fantastic songwriter, and I think that, you know, if we — both her and I — can be representatives of strong women that come together despite their differences, I think the whole world is going to go like, ‘Yeah, well, we can do this.’ Like, maybe I don’t agree with everything she does and she doesn’t agree with everything I do, but I just really truly want to come together in a place of love and forgiveness and understanding and compassion.”

Taylor Swift Se Siente Liberada Después de Convertirse en Zombi

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Taylor Swift Se Siente Liberada Después de Convertirse en Zombie
Taylor Swift estrenó un video entre bastidores de la filmación de “Look What You Made Me Do” y es igual de aterrador como el video musical.

El frase de, “The old Taylor is dead” o que la Taylor Antigua ha muerto tiene más sentido ahora.

Este nuevo video clip que acaba de publicar es más cautivador pues por fin pudimos ver el trabajo que se llevó crear la Taylor versión zombi. Taylor se sinceró sobre lo que fue ser un cadáver por un día…

Imagínense no tener ninguna inseguridad física, que agusto! Bueno el clip despegó mostrando la máscara que le pusieron para cambiar la estructura de su rostro y de sus mejillas. Después con aerógrafo le aplicaron maquillaje en absolutamente todo el cuerpo incluyendo en sus pues. Obviamente llevó lentes de contacto y mucha sombra en los ojos.
Para los toques finales, se le aplico musgo para dar el efecto de que su cuerpo se estaba pudriendo. Ella también lució guantes trasparentes especiales y bueno el resultado estuvo fenomenal!

►►►¡Conéctense conmigo!

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Looks Like Jake Gyllenhaal Is Keeping Tabs on Ex-Girlfriend Taylor Swift After All

Taylor Swift, Jake Gyllenhaal


Jake Gyllenhaal actor, producer, Academy Award nominee and, of course, Taylor Swift ‘s ex.

The actor sat in the hot seat opposite Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, who grilled him about Hollywood and his famous ex.

Bauman, who is a double amputee and is portrayed by Gyllenhaal in the upcoming film Stronger, wondered if Jake thought Taylor would write a song for him if he lost his legs in real life. Gyllenhaal asked if the song would be for him or about him losing his legs, to which Bauman told him, “For you. Like a country song.”

“She sort of moved into pop now,” Gyllenhaal joked, expertly shutting down the Swift talk.

It’s almost possible to not have even the slightest clue as to what’s going on with T. Swift these days, especially given her massive return to the music scene thanks to “Look What You Made Me Do.” 

We don’t blame Jake for keeping up to date on all things Taylor, but we can’t help but wonder if he’s anxiously awaiting the arrival of Reputation?!

Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeff Bauman

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Jeff’s prying question didn’t stop the Boston-native from continuing to poke fun at the Hollywood star, though. 

Among the many jokes shared between the two, Bauman shared that he was disappointed Ryan Reynolds was unable to play him in the motion picture film based on his life. “He would have been better I think,” Jeff deadpanned.

While the Oscar nominee could hardly find a response, he was his usual charming self, occasionally shaking his head and laughing at the banter.

Not to worry though, Jake got his digs in too. Jake asked the runner if he had a favorite Boston movie—besides Steel Magnolias.

Gyllenhaal did suggest that he might follow in Bauman’s footsteps and run a marathon one day, but Bauman questioned whether it was possible for him to run without his “pack of bodyguards.”

The actor is no stranger to fielding questions about his famous ex-girlfriend, with even his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal being interrogated by fans of T-Swift. Thanks to Swift’s 2012 song “All Too Well,” controversy still follows the Gyllenhaal family. In the song allegedly about the former couple, Swift makes mention of leaving a scarf at Maggie’s home, leaving fans wondering: What happened to the scarf?

Maggie was recently questioned about the location of the scarf during an episode of Watch What Happens Live! Unfortunately, The Deuce star has been unable to locate the scarf.

If you are in need of a laugh, you must watch the two interview each other!