Taylor Swift shares 4 unreleased tracks

Taylor Swift shares 4 unreleased tracks
The brand new song “All of the Girls You Loved Before” and retakes of three older cuts come in advance of her “Eras” tour’s opening show tonight.

By Raphael Helfand

March 17, 2023

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To celebrate the opening night of her long-awaited “Eras” tour, Taylor Swift has shared a brand new song and three re-recordings (“Taylor’s Versions”) of previously released cuts. “All Of The Girls You Loved Before” arrives alongside new takes on “If This Was a Movie” (from her 2010 album Speak Now), “Eyes Open,” and “Safe and Sound,” the latter two tracks both initially released on the soundtrack to the original Hunger Games movie.


The start of Taylor Swift’s 2023 has included a Best Original Song Oscar nomination for “Carolina” (from the film adaptation of Where the Crawdads Sing), the announcement of her own screenwriting and directorial debut (details TBA), and the revelation that one in 25 vinyl albums sold last year had her name on them. These accolades have been somewhat overshadowed, however, by a situation largely out of her control: The controversy surrounding the “Eras” tour’s ticketing fiasco has led to lawsuits, a senate hearing, and public discussion of an ongoing Department of Justice antitrust investigation into Ticketmaster’s merger with Live Nation (the investigation predates the debacle, according to the DOJ).

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The “Eras” tour kicks off tonight (March 17) in Glendale, Arizona. Listen to all four of Taylor’s new tracks and view her upcoming live dates below.



Taylor Swift “Eras” tour dates

March 17 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium
March 18 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium
March 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium
April 1 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
April 2 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
April 15 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium
April 22 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium
April 28 – Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
April 29 – Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
May 6 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
May 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
May 19 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
May 20 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
May 26 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
May 27 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
June 2 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
June 3 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
June 10 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
June 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Acrisure Stadium
une 24 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
July 1 – Cincinnati, OH – Paycor Stadium
July 8 – Kansas City, MO – GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium
July 15 – Denver, CO – Empower Field at Mile High
July 22 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field
July 29 – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s® Stadium
August 4 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium
August 5 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium


Popstar Benny wants to make your favorite artist get weird

Popstar Benny wants to make your favorite artist get weird

Prolific, versatile, and curious, the emerging producer talks inspiration, his breakthrough songs, and how he pushes artists to try new things.

By Brandon Callender

December 20, 2021

Popstar benny. Photo by @withoutalien


The night before this interview, Popstar Benny was up late putting the final touches on a project. At 4 A.M., he suddenly dropped farrisbenny!, a sample drill mixtape with Bear1boss inspired by the wave of 2000’s hit-flipping that’s taken over New York. It was something different for Bear, the Buffalo-born, Atlanta-based artist Benny manages, whose music typically sounds something like throwing the Rich Kidz, Lil Uzi Vert, and a scoopful (or four) of sour gummy worms into a blender. I ran through it once when I woke up to take some notes and prayed there wouldn’t be any other surprises that morning. And then, an hour before we hopped on the phone, Benny announced that his own album was on the way. It’d feature Bear, longtime collaborators like Tony Shhnow, and, unexpectedly, a brief appearance from MIKE whose sepia-tinted raps couldn’t be further away from Benny’s bold, colorful universe. This hectic, seemingly mercurial release schedule is a monster of the Atlanta producer’s own creation, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.


“In my spare time, I just be listening to hella music,” the 26-year-old producer says. “So it goes full circle. It’s me being bored, making the stuff that I want to hear, and putting it out ‘cause it’s not gonna do me any good to just sit with it.”

Benny says his music is “the soundtrack to a video game that doesn’t exist.” His beats roam from atmospheric takes on plugg to Zaytoven tributes filtered through a Nintendo 64 sound card. On some songs, he’ll dabble in pluggnb, a sultry offshoot of the sound created by the BeatPluggz producer collective that pulls from 90s R&B. On others, he’ll turn the aggressive, synth-heavy rage beats innovated by producers like F1lthy into sparkling crystalline towers. Benny’s eccentric production has made him a fixture of Atlanta’s sprawling underground, where he started out as Larry League’s DJ. In 2016, he branched out on his own to start his own independent label Popstar FM to release his compilation tapes and one-off singles highlighting the community he’s built around himself.


Benny has always been prolific, but in 2021, he shifted into high gear, and it’s been his most successful year yet. In August, he contributed to the deluxe edition of Rod Wave’s SoulFly (“Take the Blame”), which marked his first-ever contributions to a soon-to-be platinum album. While he was proud, it’s not where his energy was focused for the majority of the year. Of the nine mixtapes and EPs Bear1boss has released this year, Benny’s name appears in the credits of all but one. During our phone call, Popstar Benny spoke about being inspired by Cashmere Cat’s remixes, seeing his music pop up in leak/snippet collections, and pushing artists out of their comfort zone.

The FADER: When you quit your last job in 2019, did you have a moment where you realized that you were like, “nah, all I want to do is music”?


I had that moment early in my college career. I was just getting different opportunities that had me distracted when I was in class. I dropped out to focus on it. So it was always in the back of my head, but my thing up until 2019 was keeping it goal-based. I was like, “if I go hard enough, I can get to a point where all I can focus on is creating art.” I think it was that summer I got my second album placement with Rod Wave. When that advance came, I just quit and was freelancing from there.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

In 2013, 2012, I was the hugest fan of Cashmere Cat and Fool’s Gold [Records]. Them taking the electronic-leaning styles and dabbling into remixing, blending the two worlds where it’s still spacey and weird EDM, but the drums would tie it together. That’s the thing that always struck me, where no matter how strange it gets, if the drums are what they’re supposed to be like, it’ll tie it together. Anything that sounds cool to me, melodically, I’m not afraid to fuck with it ’cause I know the right drums can like still tie it together.


BEAR1BOSS · Mojo (p. Hotsauce + Popstar Benny + 14 Golds)

Do you think that people get caught up in trying to define microgenres and subcategories?
A lot of the microgenres that came up are really just extensions of main things that already have a thing. Pluggnb is just R&B leaning plugg, you know? Rage you could say is plugg beats with a little more electronic leaningness. I feel like that’s just an internet subculture of folks wanting to identify their own little thing. But I think in general, a lot of things [are] offshoots of each other. That’s the thing that I fuck with. I feel like if you understand the root of them, then you’ll always be good with whatever side thing comes out. ‘Cause it’d be like, oh this is just that element from over here, you know, slightly did with this twist.

Whenever I stumble onto someone from Atlanta’s underground and feel that their name is kind of familiar, I go and look through their past stuff and I see your name pop up in their production credits.
I’m a huge Pharrell fan—that was really my whole model with this going in. Of course I want to aim for bigger names, but I always fucked with when [the Neptunes] would find people and help them build their sound. It might be someone completely unheard of and they’ll do three, four songs on their album and then they’ll turn around and do Britney Spears, and then they’ll do some rock shit. I’m just trying to be in as many realms as I can be in.

10KDunkin · Tables Turn [Popstarbenny + Tylur Ocean] 10KDunkin + Tony Shhnow

Bear1boss has been everywhere this year.

The crazy thing with Bear is I was just a fan of his music for a couple years on some random ‘I saw him on Instagram or SoundCloud’ type shit. I would send beats to the email, but nothing really stuck. I think at end of 2019, I was DJing at his show and his DJ couldn’t make it so I had to spin his music. I saw him perform and he literally sung, danced, rapped for 30 minutes straight. His DJ made like a mix for him since he couldn’t be there. It had like all the drops, all the horns and everything. He knew every exact thing, like if it’s seven seconds of silence, he’s ready as soon as it drops. I was like, “yo, this nigga’s insane.”

It might have been like 15 people at that show, but he was performing like it was Coachella. After that I was a super-duper fan, but then randomly months later in the year, me and Ziti were making a whole bunch of beats. He was like, “yo, I got session with this dude. Can we send over those recent shits we did?” And then he recorded “Xan!” and another song with him the first night. And then he was like “yeah, he don’t got nothing else going on this week.” Over the next two weeks we just recorded pretty much every day or every other day and did 20-something songs, dropped that as America’s Sweetheart and that’s what got the ball rolling.

You’ve been working with Rod Wave ever since Hunger Games 3 in 2018. How’d you first get stuff with him?
It was an A&R at Alamo. We had Lil Wop on some of the Popstar FM albums and then he signed with Alamo later that year. And I was on like a Lil Wop tape, too. He had just been seeing me throughout that summer. He was like, some of the artists from Alamo are in town and if I wanted to come through for a session and play some beats I could. When I got off work me and my homie Mike had slid. Rod was in one room and the other artist was in like the other room. I think Rod was like midway through a song, so I just started playing beats for the other artist.

I didn’t even have a folder. I just had my laptop and, bruh, I swear, every single beat that the first nigga heard, like he was like, “no, no, no.” He let me play like at least 50 or 60 of them and within like 15 seconds it’d be like “nah.” I’m like, “Bruh please just be like, I don’t think we vibe.” But Rod’s manager, he would hear some of them when I was playing and be like, “hold this to the side for Rod.” When I finally got in the room with Rod, some of the ones that the manager had picked out he loved. He pretty much freestyled “Pressure” when he heard the beat.

popstar benny · alexander slang – access granted * p. maru + benny

There’s also that one song you have with him, “Rock and Roll” that’s been floating around as a leak.

When the album dropped, I started tapping into one of the fan pages. They was showing me the “Rock and Roll” [snippet]. And there’s another one, I think called “Be Free,” that folks been waiting for. I was checking TikTok, they got this shit with literally hundreds of thousands of likes on it! I was watching this NPR Tiny Desk and he threw in the lyrics for it at the end. So he’s been teasing it over the year.

Does it feel weird seeing your music ending up in these leaks?

It does because I used to be like that for other artists. I just didn’t know that it existed for Rod Wave. It’s just some cool full circle shit. I’m used to being on the other end of it, tracking down the little exclusive rare tracks for my favorite folks. I’m pretty sure I might have some low quality Uzi snippets in my DJ folder.

The beats you give him aren’t really the kind of stuff you expect him to hop on. It’s not really riding that sad guitar wave.

I guess that’s why he still reaches out. I know how to get within that zone of stuff, but not have it be a complete duplicate of what he does. I got family in Florida, so I’ve been there over the years and fuck with the music heavy. Just knowing Florida music a little bit gives me an edge with making beats for him.

How do you get artists to trust you with these weirder beats, like the ones that are basically all negative space and 808s? Do you have to convince them to get on those?

It’s the Pharrell effect, man! I watched him do it with all the folks. He used to be like, “Alright, you’re known for this sound, but there’s a whole space that you haven’t touched. So how can we overlap?” That’s like my perspective. I know what drums are gonna move folks. If it’s knocking, they’ll be a little bit more willing to take it there. “Hollaback Girl,” that’s just like a stomp clap. But it’s groovy enough and hard enough to make people fuck with it. At the root, weirdness is a factor, weirdness helps. I could definitely make the baseline ones that are hard, but I would rather make weird ones that are still hard just because it’s what I would like to see in the world.

popstar benny · lil uzi vert – closin' it (popstar benny remix)

Dooz Kawa – Bayou Lyrics

J’suis la grenouille qu’attend son baiser depuis tout petit têtard
Mais, jamais y a de princesse dans mon tout petit étang
J’ai été tant conquistador qu’en conquérant Ottoman
Et fait trembler le monde Perse mais les démons me transpercent
L’amour m’a eu au tourment
J’ai vu tomber les étoiles depuis le toit des batiments
Evangeline dans le noir n’est qu’une étoile qui brillait
Tu sais j’écris mes dé-boire pour oublier

Y a pas de piston pour qu’on rentre dans le corps des filles en missionnaire
Les papillons dans mon ventre ont du éclore de chenilles processionnaires
Si j’fais un procès sommaire pour moi l’amour c’est : rater, réessayer puis rater et muer
J’viens du milieu des rats du mud, pas de filles biens chez les voyous, que des émeutes
J’suis un amphibien du bayou et quand elle m’parle d’amour elle m’dit “Wesh, tu bailles ou ?”
Oui j’crois à l’intérieur j’suis die-ou-ou-ou-ou, ou bien j’ai un trou noir à la place du coeur
La police me dit que j’suis fou-fou-fou, et à leurs mères qu’elles méritent un mec meilleur
Au coeur d’l’ouragan Katrina j’termine ma bière à la paille
Toujours en salopette dans la place beyond the pines
T’as cru j’étais la haine, habillé dans un strange look
Mais j’ai écrit je t’aime sur les murs avant Facebook

Nouvelle-Orléans trop bas, des Chaktahs sont en guerre
Même si tu crois t’battre pour ton bag, viens pas dans mes Hunger Games
Sir Edouard a quitté le trône par amour, moi j’m’arracherai même gratuit
D’après le reup qui tisait , c’est moi qui déconne
J’avais des rêves ils disaient, maintenant tout c’que j’ai c’est des mômes
Bah ouais, j’ai bronzé de travers
Le soleil m’a pris par le col mais je crame dessous ma peau car il parait que j’ai trop d’vices
S’écoulent des flammes dans mes tuyaux depuis mon crâne à ma chaude pisse
J’pourrai jouer les Bryan Gosling ou Jude essentiel et sensible
Mais si j’l’emmène au Mississipi, c’est juste pour lui faire glisser son slip
Tu sais, se dire “Je t’aime” c’est un jeu bête que les amoureux avalent
En ping-pong ils se répètent jusqu’à qu’un des deux perde la balle

Mir Fontane – Guap Lyrics (feat. Lil Boii Kantu)

Ooh baby you should stop
Only thing I love is my guap
All I wanted was a Rollie and a drop
With a couple knots tucked in my sock, yeah
We gon’ take it to the top
Shut it down open up shop
Tryna get all of the homies off the block
All my enemies are broke or in a box

[Verse 1: Mir Fontane]
And I don’t care what they say
I’ma get paid either way
See me shining so they tryna throw shade
Can’t see you ’cause the money in the way, all in my face
Hol’ up
Laid up with the money, we in love
Used to pray for a plug, now I’m the plug
She just love ’em then she leave ’em like a thug, that’s cold blood, yeah
I’m Macaroni Tony with the cheese, yeah
Hunger Games how I’m running through these trees, yeah
Got ya baby mama on her knees, yeah
All these hunnids, you ain’t getting none of these, yeah

Ooh baby you should stop
Only thing I love is my guap
All I wanted was a Rollie and a drop
With a couple knots tucked in my sock, yeah
We gon’ take it to the top
Shut it down open up shop
Tryna get all of the homies off the block
All my enemies are broke or in a box

[Verse 2: Lil Boii Kantu]
Run it up
I was busy getting to them bucks
f**king up a check I had to stunt
Stuff these five G’s all up in my blunt
In the cut
You know that I’m f**kin’ with the skulls
Find me in the section with a drum
Double my investment every month, ohh
Don’t get it twisted
I’m like Jesus, don’t cross me, I’ll lift it
Misfit, rather be myself than try to fit in
All this water making yo’ bitch listen
Shawty throw the neck for the prescriptions

Ooh baby you should stop
Only thing I love is my guap
All I wanted was a Rollie and a drop
With a couple knots tucked in my sock, yeah
We gon’ take it to the top
Shut it down open up shop
Tryna get all of the homies off the block
All my enemies are broke or in a box

And I’m still a trending topic
Steady milly rockin’ through the nonsense
Tell ya baby mama “stop it”
Freestyling off the dome and they can’t top this, yeah
And I got that sauce, and I got that sauce
Macaroni stay with the cheese
You see we got that sauce
You know we got that sauce

Eminem – Fall Lyrics

[Intro: Eminem & Justin Vernon]
You know, everybody’s been tellin’ me what they think about me for the last few months
It’s too loud
Maybe it’s time I tell ’em what I think about them
Can’t hear it coming down the hallway stairs from the parking lot
It’s too loud
Freeze my crown all up in it, slow fire
Don’t fall on my face
Don’t fall on my faith, oh
Don’t fall on my fate
Don’t fall on my faith, oh
Don’t fall on my fate
Don’t fall on my–

[Verse 1: Eminem]
Gotta concentrate, against the clock I race
Got no time to waste, I’m already late, I got a marathoner’s pace
Went from addict to a workaholic, word to Dr. Dre
In that first marijuana tape—guess I got a chronic case (yeah)
And I ain’t just blowin’ smoke, ‘less it’s in your momma’s face
I know this time Paul and Dre, they won’t tell me what not to say
And though me and my party days have all pretty much parted ways
You’d swear to God I’ve forgot I’m the guy that made “Not Afraid”
One last time for Charlemagne
If my response is late, it’s just how long it takes
To hit my fuckin’ radar, I’m so far away
These rappers are like Hunger Games
One minute, they’re mockin’ Jay
Next minute, they get they style from Migos, then they copy Drake
Maybe I just don’t know when to turn around and walk away
But all the hate, I call it “Walk on Water” gate
I’ve had as much as I can tolerate
I’m sick and tired of waitin’, I done lost my patience
I can take all of you motherfuckers on at once
You wanted, Shady? You got it!

[Chorus: Justin Vernon & (Eminem)]
Don’t fall on my face (yeah)
Don’t fall on my faith, oh
Don’t fall on my fate (light ’em up!)
Don’t fall on my faith, oh (rrr!)
Don’t fall on my fate (look)

[Verse 2: Eminem]
Somebody tell Budden before I snap, he better fasten it
Or have his body bag get zipped
The closest thing he’s had to hits is smackin’ bitches
And don’t make me have to give it back to Akademiks
Say this shit is trash again, I’ll have you twisted
Like you had it when you thought you had me slippin’ at the telly
Even when I’m gettin’ brain, you’ll never catch me with a thot
Lackin’ with it, “he ain’t spittin’ like this in his last shit”
Ho, you better go back and listen
You know me better, thinkin’ I’ll slow or let up
Call it trap ’cause it’s a total setup
Hopin’ that you rappers fall in that
Dre said, “Hold your head up!”—Kathy Griffin
Stackin’ ammunition, slap the clip and cock it back on competition
This is how I shot ahead (pew)—Gabby Giffords
My attack is vicious, Jack the Ripper, back in business
Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch
It’s not just ’cause you lack attention
It’s ’cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sack-religious
If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better
Get Earl the Hooded Sweater
Whatever his name is to help you put together
Some words, more than just two letters
The fans waited for this moment like that feature when I stole this show (ha), sorry if I took forever (haha)

[Chorus: Justin Vernon & (Eminem)]
Don’t fall on my face (yeah)
Don’t fall on my faith, oh (I won’t)
Don’t fall on my fate (light ’em up!)
Don’t fall on my faith, oh (ha)
Don’t fall on my fate (it’s too easy)

[Verse 3: Eminem]
Just remember, I was here before you
And I’ll be here after you make your run-in for you
Detract this, I might have to fuck Pitchfork with a corkscrew
Just what the doctor ordered
Revenge is the best medicine
Increase the dose, unleash the most
And then tell the Grammys to go and fuck themselves
They suck the blood from all the biggest artists like some leeches
So they nominate ’em, get ’em there, get a name to ’em
See the show, every parasite needs a host (haha)
Then give Album of the Year to somebody that no one’s ever even heard of
All I know is I wrote every single word of
Everything I ever murdered
Time to separate the sheep from goats
And I got no faith in your writers, I don’t believe in ghosts
When rap needed it most, I was that wing in the prayer
A beacon of hope, the B-I-R-D in the air
Somewhere some kid is bumpin’ this while he lip-syncs in the mirror
That’s who I’m doin’ it for, the rest I don’t really even care
But you would think I’m carryin’ a Oxford dictionary in my pocket
How I’m buryin’ these artists, on the scale it turns to minus
Mines is various as hardly and what’s scary is you prolly
Can compare me to your car ’cause I’m just barely gettin’ started
And as far as Lord Jamar, you better leave me the hell alone
Or I’ll show you an Elvis clone
Walk up in this house you own, brush my pelvic bone
You should telephone and go fetch me the remote
Put my feet up and just make myself at home
I belong here, clown, don’t tell me ’bout the culture
I inspire the Hopsins, the Logics, the Coles, the
Seans, the K-Dots, the 5’9″s, and oh
Brought the world 50 Cent, you did squat, pissed and moaned
But I’m not gonna fall… bitch!

[Outro: Justin Vernon]
It’s too loud
Can’t hear it coming down the hallway stairs from the parking lot
It’s too loud
Freeze my crown all up in it
Slow fire

B.o.B – The Crazies (Elements Album)

It’s a dog eat dog world
It’s a dog eat dog world
Me, I’m in the middle
Just tryna keep some calm nerves
Propaganda just like clockwork
Niggas panic just like clockwork
I’m just chilling in the middle
With them crazies and them mobsters

[Verse 1]
It’s all about a dollar, it’s all about a dollar
This shit feel just like the Hunger Games
Put your family and your squad first
You’re more likely to get robbed first
Specially if you balling like they Dyers
Hope you loaded up that Mossberg
.50 cal make you straighten up your posture
You can’t understand us cause we talk slurred
High off of pain pills and cough syrup
You look softer than some soft serve
Been a real nigga since a toddler
If I was you, I would be scared too
News anchors is the feds, too
The sky is fallin’, sky is fallin’ now
Guess it’s time to pull a parachute

It’s a dog eat dog world
It’s a dog eat dog world
Me, I’m in the middle
Just tryna keep some calm nerves
Propaganda just like clockwork
Niggas panic just like clockwork
I’m just chilling in the middle
With them crazies and them mobsters

[Verse 2]
This might get a little awkward..
This the section where the plot turn..
Been told you bout the cover up
I been told you bout the Watchers
They want to turn us into monsters
They circumcise your cock, first
Vaccinate you second
Desensitize your heart third
Have you ever watched Purge?
Effects are subtle, but the outcome is a lot worse
Psychopath, schizophrenia
Watch us kill each other unbothered
They treat us like a lost herd
We runnin new age thinkers and philosophers
But every guru ain’t a 1000
Watch out for imposters