Taylor Swift shares “Lavender Haze” video

Taylor Swift shares “Lavender Haze” video
“There is lots of lavender. There is lots of haze,” Swift says of the her latest Midnights visual.

By David Renshaw

January 27, 2023

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Taylor Swift has shared her video for Midnights track “Lavender Haze.” The video stars transgender actor Laith Ashley de la Cruz as Swift’s love interest. The pop star fills their bedroom with the purple smoke which, in turn, opens up a series of trippy scenarios, from fish in a TV set to a floating cloud that transports her through the sky. Check it out below.

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“The ‘Lavender Haze’ video is out now,” Swift posted on Instagram when sharing the video. “There is lots of lavender. There is lots of haze. This was the first video I wrote out of the 3 that have been released, and this one really helped me conceptualize the world and mood of Midnights, like a sultry sleepless 70’s fever dream. Hope you like it 😁”

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“Lavender Haze” follows Swift’s previous Midnights videos “Bejweled” and “Anti-Hero.” She recently joined The 1975 on stage in London to perform the latter live for the first time.

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Later this year Swift will begin her own headline tour. The Eras Tour will take Swift across stadiums nationwide alongside guests including Paramore and Phoebe Bridgers. In December fans of the pop artist filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster, and parent company Live Nation, after the roll-out of ticket sales for the tour proved disastrous. Their complaint accuses the corporations of “fraud, price-fixing, and antitrust violations.”

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2023 Oscars Best Original Song shortlist features Rihanna, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift

2023 Oscars Best Original Song shortlist features Rihanna, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift
Other potential nominees include Mitski, Jazmine Sullivan, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Giveon, and LCD Soundsystem.

By Raphael Helfand

December 21, 2022

From left: Rihanna, photo by Valerie Macon/AFP; The Weeknd, photo by Brian Ziff; Taylor Swift, photo by Beth Garrabrant.

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the 2023 Oscars shortlists for 10 award categories, including Best Original Song and Best Original Score. Notable nominees in the Song category include Rihanna, for “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever; The Weeknd, for “Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength)”, from Avatar: The Way of the Water; Taylor Swift, for “Carolina” from Where the Crawdads Sing; Son Lux, Mitski, and David Byrne, for “This Is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once; Jazmine Sullivan, for “Stand Up” from Till; Selena Gomez, for “My Mind & Me” from Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me; Lady Gaga, for “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick; Giveon, for “Time” (co-written by Drake) from Amsterdam; and LCD Soundsystem, for “New Body Rhumba” from White Noise.

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View the full lists of potential nominees for Best Original Song and Best Original Score at the 2023 Oscars below.

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Oscars 2023 Best Original Song shortlist

Giveon – Time (Amsterdam)
The Weeknd – Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength) (Avatar: The Way of Water)
Rihanna – Lift Me Up (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
Son Lux Featuring Mitski & David Byrne – This Is a Life (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
Gregory Mann – Ciao Papa (Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio)
Rita Wilson & Sebastián Yatra – Til You’re Home (A Man Called Otto)
Rahul Sipligunj, Kaala Bhairava & M.M. Keeravani – Naatu Naatu (RRR)
Selena Gomez – My Mind & Me (Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me)
Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell & The Spirited Ensemble – Good Afternoon (Spirited)
Sofia Carson – Applause (Tell It like a Woman)
Jazmine Sullivan – Stand Up (Till)
Lady Gaga – Hold My Hand (Top Gun: Maverick)
J. Ralph & Norah Jones – Dust & Ash (The Voice of Dust and Ash)
Taylor Swift – Carolina (Where the Crawdads Sing)
LCD Soundsystem – New Body Rhumba (White Noise)

Oscars 2023 Best Original Score shortlist

Volker Bertelmann – All Quiet on the Western Front
Simon Franglen – Avatar: The Way of Water
Justin Hurwitz – Babylon
Carter Burwell – The Banshees of Inisherin
Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Chanda Dancy – Devotion
John Powell – Don’t Worry Darling
Son Lux – Everything Everywhere All at Once
John Williams – The Fabelmans
Nathan Johnson – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Alexandre Desplat – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Michael Abels – Nope
Nicholas Britell – She Said
Terence Blanchard – The Woman King
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Women Talking

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Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift receive 2023 Golden Globe nominations

Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift receive 2023 Golden Globe nominations
See the full list of nominations.

By Jordan Darville

December 12, 2022

(L) Rihanna. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images. (M) Lady Gaga. Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy. (R) Taylor Swift. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed the nominees for the 2023 Golden Globe Awards on Monday morning. Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift all received nominations in the “Best Original Song – Motion Picture” category.

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Rihanna’s song “Lift Me Up” was the lead single for the Marvel superhero blockbuster Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Gaga’s song “Hold My Hand” appeared in Top Gun: Maverick, the colossal Tom Cruise-led sequel that’s become one of the top-grossing films of all time. “Carolina,” a song released by Swift ahead of her 2022 album midnights, can be heard in the film Where the Crawdads Sing. The category’s dark horse — and my personal favorite — is “Naatu Naatu,” a song composed by Rahul Sipligunj, Kaala Bhairava and M.M. Keeravani from the widely-lauded Tollywood epic RRR.

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The full list of nominees, which you can read below, also included three spots for Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis (“Best Motion Picture – Drama,” “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Austin Butler),” and “Best Director – Motion Picture.”)

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Best Motion Picture, Drama

Avatar: The Way of Water
Elvis
The Fabelmans
Tár
Top Gun: Maverick

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Best Picture, Musical or Comedy

Babylon
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Triangle of Sadness

Best Director, Motion Picture

James Cameron (Avatar: The Way of Water)
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
Baz Luhrmann (Elvis)
Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin)
Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans)

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Jeff Bridges (The Old Man)
Kevin Costner (Yellowstone)
Diego Luna (Andor)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Adam Scott (Severance)

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Austin Butler (Elvis)
Brendan Fraser (The Whale)
Hugh Jackman (The Son)
Bill Nighy (Living)
Jeremy Pope (The Inspection)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Cate Blanchett (Tár)
Olivia Colman (Empire of Light)
Viola Davis (The Woman King)
Ana de Armas (Blonde)
Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans)

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Lesley Manville (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris)
Margot Robbie (Babylon)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Menu)
Emma Thompson (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande)
Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Diego Calva (Babylon)
Daniel Craig (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery)
Adam Driver (White Noise)
Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin)
Ralph Fiennes (The Menu)

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Tár – Todd Field
Everything Everywhere All at Once – Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
The Banshees of Inisherin – Martin McDonagh
Women Talking – Sarah Polley
The Fabelmans – Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner

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Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees of Inisherin)
Barry Keoghan (The Banshees of Inisherin)
Brad Pitt (Babylon)
Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
Eddie Redmayne (The Good Nurse)

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Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin)
Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
Dolly De Leon (Triangle of Sadness)
Carey Mulligan (She Said)

Best Television Series, Drama

Better Call Saul
The Crown
House of the Dragon
Ozark
Severance

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Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Abbott Elementary
The Bear
Hacks
Only Murders in the Building
Wednesday

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama

Emma D’Arcy (House of the Dragon)
Laura Linney (Ozark)
Imelda Staunton (The Crown)
Hilary Swank (Alaska Daily)
Zendaya (Euphoria)

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary)
Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant)
Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building)
Jenna Ortega (Wednesday)
Jean Smart (Hacks)

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Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building)
Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building)
Jeremy Allen White (The Bear)

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Best Supporting Actor, Television

John Lithgow (The Old Man)
Jonathan Pryce (The Crown)
John Turturro (Severance)
Tyler James Williams (Abbott Elementary)
Henry Winkler (Barry)

Best Supporting Actress, Television

Elizabeth Debicki (The Crown)
Hannah Einbinder (Hacks)
Julia Garner (Ozark)
Janelle James (Abbott Elementary)
Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbott Elementary)

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Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television

Black Bird
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
The Dropout
Pam & Tommy
The White Lotus

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Best Performance by an Actor, Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture made for Television

Taron Egerton (Black Bird)
Colin Firth (The Staircase)
Andrew Garfield (Under the Banner of Heaven)
Evan Peters (Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story)
Sebastian Stan (Pam & Tommy)

Best Performance by an Actress in Supporting Role, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television

Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus)
Claire Danes (Fleishman Is in Trouble)
Daisy Edgar-Jones (Under the Banner of Heaven)
Niecy Nash-Betts (Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story)
Aubrey Plaza (The White Lotus)

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Best Performance by an Actor in Supporting Role, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television

F. Murray Abraham (The White Lotus)
Domhnall Gleeson (The Patient)
Paul Walter Hauser (Black Bird)
Richard Jenkins (Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story)
Seth Rogen (Pam & Tommy)

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Best Original Score, Motion Picture

The Banshees of Inisherin — Carter Burwell
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio — Alexandre Desplat
Women Talking — Hildur Guðnadóttir
Babylon — Justin Hurwitz
The Fabelmans — John Williams

Best Picture, Non-English Language

All Quiet on the Western Front
Argentina, 1985
Close
Decision to Leave
RRR

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Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“Carolina,” Where the Crawdads Sing – Taylor Swift
“Ciao Papa,” Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – Roeben Katz, Guillermo del Toro
“Hold My Hand,” Top Gun: Maverick – Lady Gaga, BloodPop
“Lift Me Up,” Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler
“Naatu Naatu,” RRR – Kala Bhairava, M. M. Keeravani, Rahul Sipligunj

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Best Motion Picture, Animated

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Inu-Oh
Marcel the Shell With Shoes On
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Turning Red

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Taylor Swift to direct her first movie

Taylor Swift to direct her first movie
The untitled project will be released by Oscar-winning studio Searchlight Pictures.

By David Renshaw

December 09, 2022

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Taylor Swift will write and direct her first movie, Searchlight Pictures has announced. The studio, home to recent Oscar winners including Nomadland and The Shape of Water, will release the movie. Further details, including a title, plot, and release date, are unnanounced at this stage.

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“Taylor is a once in a generation artist and storyteller. It is a genuine joy and privilege to collaborate with her as she embarks on this exciting and new creative journey,” Searchlight Presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said in a statement. 

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Swift has made in-roads into the movie business in recent years, including cameo roles in movies such as Cats and this year’s Amsterdam. She was also producer of her own 2020 documentary, Miss Americana and screened the “All Too Well: The Short Film,” at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festivals.

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Any dates for filming or releasing the movie will be affected by Swift’s huge 2023 stadium tour, which begins in March and follows this year’s Midnights. Tickets for the tour went on sale last month but many fans struggled to get hold of them, leading some to mount legal action against Ticketmaster.

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Taylor Swift fans sue Ticketmaster for fraud, price fixing, antitrust violations

Taylor Swift fans sue Ticketmaster for fraud, price fixing, antitrust violations
The site’s crash during an Eras tour presale and the company’s subsequent cancellation of the tour’s public sale has brought renewed scrutiny to Ticketmaster and Live Nation’s outsize power over the concert industry.

By Raphael Helfand

December 05, 2022

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In the wake of the Eras tour ticketing fiasco, a group of Taylor Swift fans are suing Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation Entertainment. Their complaint accuses the corporations of “fraud, price-fixing, and antitrust violations” and alleges they engaged in “intentional deception” that allowed scalpers to scoop up most of the available tickets before real fans had a fair chance to do so, Deadline reported Saturday and court documents reviewed by The FADER confirm.

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During a November 15 presale for Swift’s Eras tour, millions of Swifties swarmed to Ticketmaster, causing the site’s servers to crash. Two days later, TM cancelled the tour’s public sale completely. Outrage swept across Swift’s fanbase and caught the attention of progressive politicians such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, who used the moment to remind the public of their opposition to Live Nation and Ticketmaster’s “monopoly” over the concert industry, a stranglehold that started when they joined forces in 2010. That Friday (November 18), The New York Times reported on an ongoing Department of Justice antitrust investigation into the companies’ partnership.

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The FADER has reached out to representatives of Live Nation and Ticketmaster for comment on the new lawsuit.

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Live Nation CEO pushes back on criticism of Taylor Swift ticket sales

Ticketmaster cancels public sale for Taylor Swift’s Eras tour
The massive demand for tickets to Swift’s 2023 shows caused the site’s servers to crash during a pre-sale Tuesday.

By Raphael Helfand

November 17, 2022

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When tickets to Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour went on sale Tuesday (November 15), the demand was so high even the world’s biggest ticketing platform couldn’t handle it. Millions of Swifties swarmed to Ticketmaster, causing the site’s servers to crash.

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Now, the company has cancelled the tour’s general sale, originally scheduled for this Friday. “Due to extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and insufficient remaining ticket inventory to meet that demand, tomorrow’s public on-sale for Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour has been cancelled,” the company tweeted at 3 p.m. EST.

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Due to extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and insufficient remaining ticket inventory to meet that demand, tomorrow's public on-sale for Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour has been cancelled.

— Ticketmaster (@Ticketmaster) November 17, 2022

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The fiasco has already caused sweeping backlash across Swift’s famously bloodthirsty fanbase and turned some surprisingly serious heads. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), well-known members of the progressive congressional contingent colloquially known as “The Squad,” both used the opportunity to remind the American public of their objections to Ticketmaster’s 2010 merger with Live Nation.

“Daily reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly, it’s [sic] merger with LiveNation should never have been approved, and they need to be reigned in,” AOC tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Break them up.”

Omar quote-tweeted an October post from the non-profit news organization More Perfect Union criticizing TM’s exorbitant fees. “Break up Ticketmaster,” she added.

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Daily reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly, it’s merger with LiveNation should never have been approved, and they need to be reigned in.

Break them up.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 15, 2022

Break up Ticketmaster. https://t.co/oFxUrNmfSs

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 15, 2022

Earlier today, CNBC posted a clip of a conversation between reporter David Faber and Greg Maffei, the CEO of Liberty Media, a mass media conglomerate with ownership stakes in Live Nation (and, therefore, Ticketmaster), as well as Formula One, SiriusXM, and the Atlanta Braves, among many other large corporations. In the interview, Maffei defends TM’s handling of Taylor Swift’s ticket sales, emphasizing the unprecedented numbers of fans who flocked to the site as soon as the link went live.

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Read a direct quote from Maffei, previously transcribed by Stereogum, and watch the full video below.

The reality is it’s a function of the massive demand that Taylor Swift has. The site was supposed to be opened up for 1.5 million verified Taylor Swift fans. We had 14 million people hit the site — including bots, another story, which are not supposed to be there — and despite all the challenges and the breakdowns, we did sell over 2 million tickets that day. We could’ve filled 900 stadiums. And the reality is this is not actually a Live Nation-promoted concert. Taylor Swift is promoted by one of our largest competitors. So though AOC may not like every element of our business, interestingly AEG — our competitor, who is the promoter for Taylor Swift — chose to use us because we are, in reality, the largest and most effective ticket seller in the world. Even our competitors want to come on our platform.

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On November 17 at 3:15 p.m. EST, this post was updated to reflect Ticketmaster’s announcement. Its original headline read: “Live Nation CEO pushes back on criticism of Taylor Swift ticket sales.”

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Taylor Swift announces 2023 stadium tour dates

Taylor Swift announces 2023 stadium tour dates
The U.S. leg of the Eras tour will include support from Paramore, HAIM, Phoebe Bridgers, and more.

By David Renshaw

November 01, 2022

Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift has announced a U.S. stadium tour for 2023. Dubbed the “Eras Tour,” Swift’s live shows will run from March until August with tickets available widely from November 18. International dates for the world tour are expected to be announced shortly.

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The tour, which follows the release of Swift’s 11th album Midnights, will begin in Glendale, Arizona on March 18 next year and wraps up with two nights at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on August 4-5. In between Swift will cross the country, including two shows at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

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Opening acts for the U.S. leg of the tour are Paramore, Haim, Phoebe Bridgers, Beabadoobee, Girl in Red, Muna, Gayle, Gracie Abrams, and Owenn.

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Taylor Swift 2023 U.S. tour dates

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

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Taylor Swift has the No.1 album in the country for the 11th time

Taylor Swift has the No.1 album in the country for the 11th time
Midnights sold more than a million copies in its first week of release.

By David Renshaw

October 31, 2022

Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift has debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her new album Midnights. The album, released October 21, sold more than 1.5 million copies in its first week of release and becomes Swift’s 11th album to top the Billboard chart.

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Midnights huge opening week sales, 1.578 million equivalent album units, makes it the fastest selling album since Adele released 25 seven years ago. That album opened with 3.482 million units in the December of 2015. The fastes selling album in the interim period was another Swift LP, 2017’s Reputation.

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Swift’s sales can, in part, be attributed to her aggressive approach to vinyl sales. Half a million copies of Midnights were sold on vinyl with various different covers manufactured to entice fans into purchasing multiple copies of the album.

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The latest No.1 ties Swift with Barbra Streisand for the most No. 1 albums among female artists. She also becomes the sixth artist or band with more than 10 chart-topping albums, joining The Beatles, Drake, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, and Streisand in the record books.

Midnights was first announced by Swift when she was accepting the Video of the Year prize at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. It follows her pandemic-era albums Folklore and Evermore. Lana Del Rey appears on one track, “Snow On The Beach,” while credited writers on the album include actors Zoë Kravitz and Joe Alwyn. Shortly after the album was released, Swift shared seven additional songs, a collection she is dubbing “3am tracks.” She is also rolling out a series of self-directed videos with Cinderella-riffing “Bejeweled” and “Anti-Hero.” out so far

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Taylor Swift shares Cinderella-esque “Bejeweled” video and teases upcoming tour plans

Taylor Swift shares Cinderella-esque “Bejeweled” video and teases upcoming tour plans
The “Bejeweled” video features cameos from Laura Dern and HAIM.

By David Renshaw

October 25, 2022

Taylor Swift has shared the official video for her Midnights song “Bejeweled.” The self-directed visual is Swift’s take on Cinderella involving a talent contest in place of a glass slipper narrative. Hollywood actress Laura Dern as Swift’s stepmom and the members of HAIM as her stepsisters. Midnights producer Jack Antanoff also makes a cameo appearance alongside Dita Von Teese and make-up mogul Pat McGrath.

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While on the talk show Swift also teased a potential tour in support of Midnights. While not going as far as announcing anything official, Swift told Fallon “I think I should do it. When it’s time, we’ll do it. I miss it.” Check out clips from her interview below.

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Swift dropped Midnights, her tenth studio album, on October 21. She followed it up with seven additional songs, a collection she is dubbing “3am tracks.” “Bejeweled” is the second in a series of self-directed videos from Midnights after “Anti-Hero.”

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Midnights was first announced by Swift when she was accepting the Video of the Year prize at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. It follows her pandemic-era albums Folklore and Evermore. Lana Del Rey appears on one track, “Snow On The Beach,” while credited writers on the album include actors Zoë Kravitz and Joe Alwyn.

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Taylor Swift imagines her own funeral in her “Anti-Hero” video

Taylor Swift imagines her own funeral in her “Anti-Hero” video
Watch the first in a series of “music movies” Swift has directed for new album Midnights.

By David Renshaw

October 21, 2022

Beth Garrabant

Taylor Swift has shared the video for new song “Anti-Hero,” taken from new studio album Midnights. The video features guest appearances from comedians John Early and Mike Birbiglia as mourners at Swift’s funeral. Check it out below.

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The “Anti-Hero” video is the first in a series of Swift-directed visuals due from Midnights. Prior to the release of the album she teased details of a collection of “music movies” she has in the pipeline, with cameos including Laura Dern, Haim, and Dita Von Teese. Watch the full trailer for the series here.

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Swift dropped Midnights, her tenth studio album, earlier today. She followed it up with seven additional songs, a collection she is dubbing “3am tracks.” Explaining the origin of these songs, Swift wrote on social media: “I think of Midnights as a complete concept album, with those 13 songs forming a full picture of the intensities of that mystifying, mad hour. However! There were other songs we wrote on our journey to find that magic 13. I’m calling them 3am tracks. Lately I’ve been loving the feeling of sharing more of our creative process with you, like we do with From The Vault tracks. So it’s 3am and I’m giving them to you now.”

Midnights was first announced by Swift when she was accepting the Video of the Year prize at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. It follows her pandemic-era albums Folklore and Evermore. Lana Del Rey appears on one track while credited writers on the album include actors Zoë Kravitz and Joe Alwyn.

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Taylor Swift, Armani Caesar, Carly Rae Jepsen, and 13 more projects you should stream right now

Taylor Swift, Armani Caesar, Carly Rae Jepsen, and 13 more projects you should stream right now
Today’s album releases also include Hagop Tchaparian’s Bolts, Dry Cleaning’s Stumpwork, and more.

By Jordan Darville, Raphael Helfand

October 21, 2022

(L) Taylor Swift. Photo by Beth Garrabrant. (M) Armani Caesar. Photo courtesy of Griselda/GxFR (R) Carly Rae Jepsen by TKTK.

 

Trying to keep up with this week’s best and most exciting new music? Every Friday, we collect the best new albums available on streaming services onto one page. This week, check out Taylor Swift’s Midnights, Armani Caesar’s The Liz 2, Carly Rae Jepsen’s The Loneliest Time, Arctic Monkeys’ The Car, Hagop Tchaparian’s Bolts, and lots more.

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Taylor Swift, Midnights

Swift has described her tenth studio album Midnights as “a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.” It was announced in August, the same month as that hilarious mini-scandal over reports of her prolific private jet usage, which is a great way to change the subject. Midnights was written and produced by Swift and Jack Antonoff, her collaborator on 1989, Lover, and Folklore, as well as her re-recorded albums Red and Fearless.

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Armani Caesar, The Liz 2

A lynchpin of the Griselda rap crew, Armani Caesar stormed through 2020 with The Liz, one of our favorite albums that year. Originally scheduled for a September release, The Liz 2 arrives today on the heels of great songs like “Hunnit Dolla Hiccup” with Benny The Butcher and Stove God Cooks.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

Carly Rae Jepsen, The Loneliest Time

Carly Rae Jepsen maintains her presence as a cult-pop craftsperson with her sixth studio album, The Loneliest Time, aptly titled since it was recorded during the pandemic. The singles out prior to today’s release include the balmy and endearingly sedate “Western Wind,” the disco-pop soiree “Beach House,” a track of classic CRJ called “Talking To Yourself,” and “The Loneliest Time” featuring Rufus Wainwright. Listen to Jepsen’s conversation with our Editorial Director Alex Robert Ross on the new episode of The FADER Interview.

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Hagop Tchaparian, Bolts

From skateboarder to member of a punk band that opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to now an electronic music producer signed to Four Tet’s label Text Records, Hagop Tchaparian has spent a considerable amount of time doing cool shit. Bolts was created using field recordings and samples Tchaparian gathered over the course of 15 years; it was announced with “Round,” a dusty and melancholic space-age dancefloor jam, but Tchaparian turned things up even further with the raucous “Right To Riot.”

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

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Dry Cleaning, Stumpwork

I’d understand if the horrifying cover art put you off, but I’d encourage you to soldier through: Dry Cleaning are one of the key bands in the U.K.’s wave of sardonic, spoken-word post-punk. But don’t come in expecting just deadpan British humor and piercing irony — the album was written in the wake of the deaths in the family of two of the band members, and reckoning with their passings helped inspire the album.

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Wiki & Subjxct 5, Cold Cuts

N.Y.C. rapper Wiki has already had a banner year with his solo album Half God (hear him discuss it on The FADER Interview here). His second full-length of the year is a collaboration with Subjxct 5, a New Jersey-based producer who creates progressive extensions of ’00s-era East Coast rap. Navy Blue, Papo2oo4, YL, and more feature on the project’s 18 tracks.

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Arctic Monkeys, The Car

The Sheffield indie rock veterans tap into a sweeping orchestral sound for their seventh studio album. The lead singles “There’d Better Be A Mirrorball,” “Body Paint,” and “I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am” have all crackled with an intriguing baroque-pop sensibility. Frontman Alex Truner wrote all the album’s ten new songs, recorded with producer James Ford.

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Brutus, Unison Life

Stefanie Mannaerts, Peter Mulders, and Stijn Vanhoegaerden are Brutus, the Belgian post-hardcore trio with an ear for genre splicing and unforced catharsis. Unison Life follows up their acclaimed project Nest, and features “Victoria,” a single that was playlisted for Songs You Need.

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Frankie Cosmos, Inner World Peace

Once the indie-rock solo project of Greta Kline, Frankie Cosmos continues as a four-piece band with their new project Inner World Peace. “To me, the album is about perception,” Kline says. “It’s about the question of ‘who am I?’ and whether or not the answer matters. It’s about quantum time, the possibilities of invisible worlds. The album is about finding myself floating in a new context.” Inner World Peace was recorded in Brooklyn after the pandemic forced a lengthy hiatus with co-producer Nate Mendelsohn.

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Dawn Richard & Spencer Zahn, Pigments

Dawn Richard, best known as an experimental R&B artist, takes a dive into avant-garde composing with Spencer Zahn, a multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. Their team-up feels both exciting and natural on the new songs, which were inspired by the music of Talk Talk and ECM Records.

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Nick Hakim, Cometa

Singer-songwriter and producer Nick Hakim is exploring the feeling and practice of love on his new album COMETA (Spanish for “kite”). “I think it’s nice to have love in your life and to have people that are sharing and wanting that,” Hakim explains. “It’s my interpretation of a really romantic way to express love in my own way.” COMETA was announced with the Songs You Need-playlisted “Happen,” and the singles “Vertigo“ and “Feeling Myself“ followed.

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Pinkshift, Love Me Forever

Baltimore trio Pinkshift make pop-punk a la Paramore with a healthy dose of heavy metal energy. Their debut album, Love Me Forever, drops today after the band have crisscrossed the country opening for Pup and Mannequin Pussy. Each member of the group is a person of color, something that frontperson Kumar Houngbedji (they/them) says helps remind them that what they’re doing matters. “We’ve had people of color come up to us after we played saying ‘You make me want to start my own band’ or ‘You made me feel more comfortable being there without being scrutinized.’ And I think that counts for something.”

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Whitmer Thomas, The Older I Get the Funnier I Was

Whitmer Thomas nimbly shed the typical “comedian who wants to be a songwriter” pitfalls on 2020’s Songs From The Golden One, a project which sported “Dumb In Love,” one of our favorites songs of the year. The Older I Get the Funnier I Was explores country folk and Bright Eyes-style indie rock through a playful prism.

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Jeezy, Snofall

Jeezy and DJ Drama have come a long way since The Streets Iz Watchin dropped in 2004. Jeezy is now an Atlanta legend and Drama’s long-running Gangsta Grillz mixtape series has expanded beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. Their new, 17-track collaboration has a short but strong features list: Lil Durk, EST Gee, and 42 Dugg.

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Duckwrth, Chrome Bull EP

DUCKWRTH’s N.E.R.D.-inspired enthusiasm is contagious, so when he sings “You sendin’ me energy” on this EP’s second track, the feeling is mutual. CHROME BULL was originally slated for an August arrival, but the final product is well worth the extra two months’ wait.

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MVW, Connections

Classically trained producer and composer Michael Vincent Waller lives in L.A. now, but he was born on Staten Island, where he developed a love of hip-hop, and trained at NYU under the likes of La Monte Young. Recently, he’s been making trap beats that are informed by his deep knowledge of music theory but better suited for trunk speakers than recital halls. His new LP features ZelooperZ, 645AR, Matt Ox, Xavier Wulf, TiaCorine, Warhol.SS, and Valee, whose album contribution “Oscar” was playlisted as a Song You Need back in June.

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MUNA share Live At Electric Lady EP, including Taylor Swift cover

MUNA share Live At Electric Lady EP, including Taylor Swift cover
Hear their take on Folklore song “august.”

By David Renshaw

October 12, 2022

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MUNA have recorded a Spotify-exclusive EP. Live At Electric Lady comprises five tracks, including “Silk Chiffon,” “Anything But Me,” and “Kind of Girl” from the trio’s self-titled 2022 album. The EP also features a cover of Taylor Swift‘s “august,” as featured on her lockdown album Folklore. Listen to the project below.

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“The whole environment at Electric Lady Studios is so supportive and open, it often leads to making new creative choices while you’re in the midst of recording,” MUNA said in a statement. “’August’ took on this very breathy, quiet quality that we hadn’t anticipated, but we just went with.”

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MUNA are singed to Saddest Factory Records, the label run by Phoebe Bridgers. Bridgers appeared on Swift song “Nothing New,” released as part of Red (Taylor’s Version) in 2021.

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Lana Del Rey will appear on Taylor Swift’s Midnights

Lana Del Rey will appear on Taylor Swift’s Midnights
On a song titled “Snow On The Beach.”

By David Renshaw

October 07, 2022

Lana Del Rey. Photo by Neil Krug. Taylor Swift photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images.

 

We’re two weeks out from Taylor Swift‘s new album Midnights and she has been stoking anticipation among fans by slowly drip feeding them song titles. You’d need a degree in Swift-onomics to deduce anything much from what she has shared so far (“Maroon”, “Bejeweled” are among them) but today she has confirmed a big name guest to appear on the record; Lana Del Rey.

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Del Rey will be the only featured artist on Midnights, out October 21, with Swift sharing the whole album tracklist overnight. Their collaboration is titled “Snow On The Beach” and will be the fourth song on the album. The pair have never collaborated before but do share a producer in Jack Antonoff, who has again worked with Swift on her 10th album.

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Though she has individually announced each song on Midnights, Swift has only explained the meaning behind two tracks thus far. Album opener “Lavender Haze” was inspired by an episode of Mad Men and harks back to the period of the hit TV series. “I looked it up because I thought it sounded cool, and it turns out that it’s a common phrase used in the ’50s where they would just describe being in love,” she told fans. “Anti-Hero,” meanwhile, is “a real guided tour throughout all the things that I tend to hate about myself.”

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Midnights tracklist:

“Lavender Haze”
“Maroon”
“Anti-Hero”
“Snow on the Beach” (featuring Lana Del Rey)
“You’re on Your Own, Kid”
“Midnight Rain”
“Question…?”
“Vigilante Shit”
“Bejeweled”
“Labyrinth”
“Karma”
“Sweet Nothing”
“Mastermind”

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Scooter Braun regrets how he handled Taylor Swift catalog acquisition (sort of)

Scooter Braun regrets how he handled Taylor Swift catalog acquisition (sort of)
Braun gave his side of what Swift called her “worst-case scenario” on the latest episode of NPR’s The Limits With Scooter Braun.

By Raphael Helfand

September 30, 2022

Left: Scooter Braun, still from The Limits With Jay Williams interview (embedded below). Right: Taylor Swift, photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images.

 

On this week’s episode of NPR’s The Limits With Jay Williams, music mogul Scooter Braun joined the former NBA star — and his longtime friend — to discuss his life and career. During the interview, Williams brought up about Braun’s recent conflict with Taylor Swift, whose catalog he acquired in 2019 from her former label, Big Machine. Swift referred to the acquisition as her “worst-case scenario” at the time and said she was “sad and grossed out” by the way it had been handled in an impassioned Tumblr post. Shortly thereafter, she decided to re-record her early albums in order to reclaim ownership over them.

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“When you bought the rights to Taylor Swift’s masters, it turned into a really big thing,” Williams said in the new interview, somewhat understating a scenario that Braun has said led to multiple death threats being aimed at him and his family after Swift directed her fans to contact Braun and former Big Machine owner Scott Borchetta about the deal. “If you could go back in time… Would you have handled it differently?”

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“Yes, I would’ve. I learned an important lesson from that,” Braun responded. “I think a lot of things got lost in translation. I think that when you have a conflict with someone, it’s very hard to resolve it if you’re not willing to have a conversation. So the regret I have there is that I made the assumption that everyone, once the deal was done, was going to have a conversation with me, see my intent, see my character, and say ‘Great, let’s be in business together.’ I made that assumption with people that I didn’t know, and I learned… that I can never make that assumption again.

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“In any conflict, you can say, ‘I didn’t do anything, It’s their fault!,’” he went on. “And you could be right, you could be justified. You could say, ‘This is unfair, I’m being treated unfairly,’ or you can say, ‘OK, I’m being treated unfairly. I don’t like how this is feeling. I can’t fix this, so how am I going to look at it and learn from it?’

“I didn’t appreciate how that all went down. I thought it was unfair. But I also understand, from the other side, they probably felt it was unfair, too. So I choose to look at it as a learning lesson, a growing lesson, and I wish everyone involved well. And I’m rooting for everyone to win because I don’t believe in rooting for people to lose.”

Swift’s claims that Braun subjected her to “incessant, manipulative bullying… for years,” and that he and Borschetta were holding her music hostage to stop her from re-recording it, were not addressed in the interview. His statement of regret wasn’t exactly the apology Swift and her fandom may have been hoping for, but it’s probably the closest they’ll get to one.

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Since 2019, Swift has released three LPs of new music, as well as re-recordings of her second and third studio albums, Fearless and Red, as promised. Her next project, Midnights, is due out October 21.

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Quiz around the head. Intellectual battle took place in aif.ru editorial office

In the AIF mansion; passed the traditional quiz for employees of Moscow and regional media.

Nine teams competed for the title of editorial chief erudite. Each — with original name. 

Photo: AiF/Igor Kharitonov

Quiz — this is a kind of quiz, which is most often held in bars. To the accompaniment of the clink of glasses, the most daring versions are born. Topics are non-standard, answers — unexpected. But, unlike the popular Moscow quizzes, in “AiF” tournaments are free. And not only for their employees. Teams from Komsomolskaya Pravda, RT, Rostelecom, Domashny TV channel have already joined the game.

Photo: AiF/Igor Kharitonov

During the tournament, the guests were surprised by the answers. So, not everyone could know about the merits of the singer Taylor Swiftin front of English-language literature (and it turned out that her poems are being studied at the University of Texas). I was also surprised that “branches from the tree of knowledge” in the 19th century they called … rods. This question caused the most confusion. 

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The game once again proved: luck — girl is fickle. Therefore, the first round was won by the Cotton Pads team, which did not make it into the top three last time. The “librarians” team as part of two participants, she continued to confidently fight for victory. 

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But “discs” went into a frenzy! They were one of the few who guessed the question about the IKEA museum, and a flawless performance in the music quiz allowed the team to gain a foothold in the first place.

It's time for a serious battle. To the fifth round “Librarians” moved down to the bottom of the standings. And the second place was taken by those who last time finished on the seventh — “Together fun in CT.” At the film quiz round, they showed a powerful result — 8 points out of 10. 

Taylor Swift fails to get “Shake It Off” plagiarism lawsuit dismissed

Taylor Swift fails to get “Shake It Off” plagiarism lawsuit dismissed
The songwriters of 3LW’s 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” will get their day in court next year.

By David Renshaw

September 13, 2022

Taylor Swift

 

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Taylor Swift‘s efforts to have a copyright lawsuit dismissed have proven unsuccessful with a judge ruling on Monday that she will face trial in the suit filed by Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, the writers of 3LW’s ‘Playas Gon’ Play.” Hall and Butler argue that Swift’s “Shake It Off” lyrics lift from the chorus of their 2001 song. Rolling Stone reports that the trial will take place on January 17 of next year.

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Hall and Butler first filed legal action against Swift in 2017, three years after “Shake It Off” was released. The case was initially dismissed by U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald in 2018 before an appellate court returned the case to him, stating that the verdict should be decided by a jury. Since then Swift has tried twice to have the suit dismissed, once in December 2021 and again this month.

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Speaking on Minday, Judge Fitzgerald said he dismissed Swift’s proposal as: “I still think there’s a genuine issue of material fact in part because of the expert opinion.” The FADER has reached out to representatives for Swift for comment.

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“Shake It Off” appears on Swift’s fifth studio album 1989. Next month she will release new album Midnights, a record she has described as “a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.”

Taylor Swift announces new album Midnights

Taylor Swift announces new album Midnights
News of the album, out in October, was confirmed at the MTV VMAs.

By David Renshaw

August 29, 2022

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Taylor Swift has a new album due in October. Midnights, out October 21, is based on “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life,” according to a statement posted on Swift’s Instagram. The album will be her 10th studio effort and the follow-up to 2020 lockdown albums Folklore and Evermore.

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News of Midnights was first revealed by Swift as she picked up the Video of the Year award at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night. She was rewarded for her self-directed “All Too Well: The Short Film.”

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“I know with every second of this moment that we wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it weren’t for you, the fans,” Swift said during her acceptance speech. “Because I wouldn’t be able to re-record my albums if it weren’t for you. You embolden me to do that. I had sort of made up my mind that if you were going to be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand new album comes out October 21. And I will tell you more at midnight.”

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Come midnight and Swift revealed the Midnights artwork and shared the following statement:

“We lie awake in love and in fear, in turmoil and in tears. We stare at walls and drink until they speak back. We twist in our self-made cages and pray that we aren’t—right this minute—about to make some fateful life-altering mistake.

This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams. The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching—hoping that just maybe, when the clock strikes twelve…we’ll meet ourselves.”

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Earlier this year Swift gave the commencement speech for NYU students and also responded to a lawsuit alleging the lyrics for her song “Shake It Off” were a copy of SLW’s “Playas Gon’ Play.”

Taylor Swift says “Shake It Off” lyrics were “written entirely by me” in new court filing

Taylor Swift says “Shake It Off” lyrics were “written entirely by me” in new court filing
The songwriters of 3LW’s 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” have sued Swift, claiming “Shake It Off” plagiarizes their track.

By Jordan Darville

August 09, 2022

Taylor Swift. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

 

Taylor Swift has made a new filing in an ongoing lyric plagiarism lawsuit brought by Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, the songwriters of the 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” performed by 3LW. Hall and Butler allege that Swift’s 2014 song “Shake It Off” copies lines from “Playas Gon’ Play.”

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The new documents were first reported by The Guardian and viewed by The FADER. In her sworn declaration, Swift says that the “Shake It Off” lyrics “were written entirely by me.” The lines in question, “playas gon’ play” and “haters gonna hate,” appear in both “Shake It Off” and 3LW’s “Playas Gon’ Play.”

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The lawsuit was filed in 2017. It was dismissed the following year, though an appeals panel brought it back in 2021. The case moved to a jury trial in December when U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald decided that there were “objective similarities” between the two songs.

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Swift said in her filing that “Shake It Off” was inspired by “experiences in my life and, in particular, unrelenting public scrutiny of my personal life, ‘clickbait’ reporting, public manipulation, and other forms of negative personal criticism which I learned I just needed to shake off and focus on my music.” The lyrics were inspired by “commonly used phrases and comments heard,” including the lyrics at the center of the suit.

Swift’s declaration continued: “I also recall hearing similar player and hater phrases in many songs, films, and other works prior to ‘Shake It Off.’ For example, I was present at the 2013 Country Music Awards and heard Eric Church perform his song ‘The Outsiders,’ which includes the lyric “the player’s gonna play and a haters gonna hate.”

“Until learning about Plaintiffs’ claim in 2017,” Swift claimed, “I had never heard the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ and had never heard of that song or the group 3LW.” In the filing, Taylor’s mother Andrea Swift said that her daughter would likely not have been able to hear the song as a child because her computer use and music consumption were carefully monitored, and she did not attend sleepovers.

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Swift’s attorney Peter Anderson derided the lawsuit in the motion. “It is, unfortunately, not unusual for a hit song to be met by litigants hoping for a windfall based on tenuous claims that their own song was copied. But even against that background, Plaintiffs’ claim sticks out as particularly baseless.”

The FADER has reached out to Taylor Swift’s representatives for comment.

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Harry Styles dethrones Taylor Swift with record-breaking vinyl sales

Harry Styles dethrones Taylor Swift with record-breaking vinyl sales
It’s official: Harry’s House has set the record for most vinyl sales in a week in the US.

By Tatiana Tenreyro

May 26, 2022

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Harry Styles has reached a new milestone, thanks to his loyal, impassioned fanbase. Variety reports that Styles’ latest album Harry’s House set the record for the most vinyl sales in a week in the U.S., selling more than 146,000 copies within three days of its release. Surprisingly, Styles dethrones Taylor Swift, who previously held the record for the vinyl sales of Red (Taylor’s Version), which sold 105,000 copies within the first 5 days of its release.

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Besides breaking the vinyl record, Harry’s House‘s first single “As It Was” recently hit its seventh week on the Billboard Global 200 chart.

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Blinken joked about relations with Russia with a line from a Taylor Swift song

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, speaking to alumni of Georgetown University, quoted a song by American singer Taylor Swift, hinting that Washington might not restore relations with the Russian leadership. The broadcast was hosted by the Reuters YouTube channel.

“Indeed, Taylor Swift spoke at the graduation ceremony at New York University. Unfortunately, my team did not allow me to bring my guitar to dedicate the song “We are never ever getting back together” President [of Russia Vladimir] Putin, — said Blinken.

According to the diplomat, such a move on his part would be “undiplomatic and cringeworthy.”

After launched a special operation in Ukraine, many Western countries, including the EU and the United States, imposed sanctions against Russia. The restrictions included foreign exchange reserves, financial and industrial companies, as well as high-ranking officials and the military. In addition, in April, the United States expelled 10 Russian diplomats from Washington, bringing the number of diplomatic workers from Russia to a historic low.

Russia called Western sanctions illegal and repeatedly introduced mirror measures, including against Blinken and other first US persons. At the end of March, Deputy Head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that relations with Western countries are now worse than during the Cold War.

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Taylor Swift gives 2022 NYU commencement speech

Taylor Swift gives 2022 NYU commencement speech
Swift received an honorary doctorate from the university today at Yankee Stadium.

By Raphael Helfand

May 18, 2022

Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images.

 

Taylor Swift delivered the commencement speech for New York University’s Class of 2022 on Wednesday, after receiving an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. The event marks the first time the school has held the ceremony in Yankee Stadium since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Hi, I’m Taylor,” Swift opened. “Last time I was in a stadium this size, I was dancing in heels and wearing a glittery leotard. This outfit is much more comfortable.” She went on to give an address full of jokes — including multiple mentions to her 10-year-old track “22” in reference to the serendipitous timing of her honorary graduation — as well as “life hacks” and reflections on her own career.

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“I hope you know how proud I am to share this day with you,” she concluded. “We’re doing this together. So let’s just keep dancing like we’re…The class of ’22.”

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Scientists name new species of millipede after Taylor Swift

Scientists name new species of millipede after Taylor Swift
Swifties 🤝 Bug Fans

By Brandon Callender

April 18, 2022

Taylor Swift.

 

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With a list of awards and accolades as long as Taylor Swift‘s, you’d think that there wouldn’t be much else for her to accomplish. But according to Phys.org via Stereogum, there’s a new species of millipede from the Appalachian Mountains that has been named after the 11-time Grammy award winner.

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The Nannaria swiftae is one of 17 new species of millipede named by Virginia Tech scientists Derek Hennen, Jackson Means, and Paul Marek. The researchers published a paper via ZooKeys describing the newly discovered species. Hennen, the study’s lead author, is a self-described “big fan” of Swift and chose to name it after her because it’s only been found in Tennessee so far. Check out a picture of the little guy below.

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“Her music helped me get through the highs and lows of graduate school, so naming a new millipede species after her is my way of saying thanks,” Hennen said.

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This new millipede species is Nannaria swiftae: I named it after @taylorswift13! I'm a big fan of her music, so I wanted to show my appreciation by naming this new species from Tennessee after her. A high honor! pic.twitter.com/fXml3xX5Vs

— Derek Hennen, Ph.D. (@derekhennen) April 15, 2022

black midi cover Taylor Swift, King Crimson on new EP

black midi cover Taylor Swift, King Crimson on new EP
The Cavalcovers EP also includes a version of “Moonlight On Vermont” by Captain Beefheart.

By David Renshaw

March 22, 2022

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black midi, the spiky and uncompromising British post-punk band, kick off their North American tour tonight (March 22) and have dropped a new covers EP to celebrate. Cavalcovers includes the group’s take on “Love Story” by Taylor Swift plus “Moonlight On Vermont” by Captain Beefheart and King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man.” The latter features all three members of the band, bassist Cameron Picton, guitarist Geordie Greep, and drummer Morgan Simpson, on vocals for the first time. Check out the EP below.

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Cavalcovers follows black midi’s 2021 album Cavalcade, one of The FADER’s favorite releases of last year. Their tour starts in Madison, Wisconsin and will culminate in sets at both weekends of Coachella in April.

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black midi will play:

Tue. March 22 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Wed. March 23 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
Fri. March 25 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Sat. March 26 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Mon. March 28 – Montreal, QC @ S.A.T.
Tue. March 29 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Wed. March 30 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
Sat. April 2 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
Sun. April 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Tue. April 5 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Wed. April 6 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
Fri. April 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Mon. April 11 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre
Tue. April 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
Wed. April 13 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Sat. April 16 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Tue. April 19 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
Sat. April 23 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

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Taylor Swift is Record Store Day 2022’s global ambassador

Taylor Swift is Record Store Day 2022’s global ambassador
Swift will fill the role in its inaugural year.

By Raphael Helfand

January 20, 2022

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

 

Taylor Swift will be the first Record Store Day global ambassador. Previous United States ambassadors include Fred Armisen, Brandi Carlile, Pearl Jam, Run the Jewels, and St. Vincent, but Swift is the first to receive the international honor.

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Swift was named to the role after her albums contributed to the highest Christmas week vinyl sales in the modern era. However, pop stars like Swift have been identified as possible factors in the ongoing vinyl shortage, causing capacity issues at processing plants that end up hurting smaller artists. In 2021, it was widely reported that Sony ordering 500,000 vinyl copies of Adele’s 30 was a major factor in a vinyl shortage that has led to massive delays in less popular artists getting their albums pressed.

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“The places where we go to browse and explore and discover music new and old have always been sacred to me,” Swift wrote, announcing the news. “Record stores are so important because they help to perpetuate and foster music-loving as a passion.”

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Taylor Swift’s 10-minute “All Too Well” breaks record for longest Hot 100 No. 1

Taylor Swift’s 10-minute “All Too Well” breaks record for longest Hot 100 No. 1
The original version of the song was released in 2012.

By Jordan Darville

November 22, 2021

Taylor Swift. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 

“All Too Well,” a song from Taylor Swift‘s latest project Red (Taylor’s Version) has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. At just over 10-minutes long, the track is now the longest single to go to No. 1 in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. For context, the previous record-holder was Don McLean’s “American Pie (Parts I & II),” which runs for 8 minutes, 37 seconds, and was No. 1 for four weeks in 1972.

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The original version of “All Too Well,” a five-minute and 27 second-long cut on Swift’s 2012 album Red, peaked at No. 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 upon its initial release. The song was never released as a single but quickly became revered by fans and critics as one of Swift’s best songs.

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The chart debut of the new “All Too Well” is not too surprising given the tenor of recent online discourse surrounding it. If you’ve seen a lot of chatter on your social media timelines about a “scarf” or noticed a stronger-than-usual anti-Jake Gyllenhall sentiment, it’s thanks to “All Too Well:” the song’s opening and closing lyrics reference a song left at the residence of the sister of an ex, which many fans believe is Gyllenhall.

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The weekend of Red (Taylor’s Version)‘s release, Swift performed “All Too Well” on Saturday Night Live and shared a short film companion piece for the song. She also dropped another version of the track last week, a “Sad Autumn Girl” refix.

Taylor Swift shares “All Too Well (Sad Girl Autumn Version)”

Taylor Swift shares “All Too Well (Sad Girl Autumn Version)”
The new rendition comes on the heels of the song’s pot-stirring music.

By Raphael Helfand

November 18, 2021

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images.

 

Taylor Swift has dropped a new “Sad Girl Autumn Version” of “All Too Well,” the final track of her recently released 30-track opus, Red (Taylor’s Version). The orginal track got the Swift rumor mill spinning at lightning speed after she shared a video for the song that seemed to many fans a clear re-enactment of her breakup with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. She performed the song on Saturday Night Live over the weekend.

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The track was recorded with The National‘s Aaron Dessner and producer Jonathan Low at Long Pond Studio — the hidden, Dessner-owned, barn-like structure in New York’s Hudson Valley where Swift filmed her 2020 folklore movie.

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“All Too Well (Sad Girl Autumn Version),” while equal in length, is a slower burn than the 10-minute Taylor’s Version take, which in turn burned far slower than its compressed original from 2012’s Red.

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“One of the saddest songs I’ve ever written just got sadder,” Swift tweeted early this morning, announcing that Sad Girl Autumn had officially begun.

One of the saddest songs I’ve ever written just got sadder 🙃Drove up to Long Pond Studios to record All Too Well (Sad Girl Autumn Version) with the besties @aaron_dessner @heyjonlow https://t.co/UnbELgJGAi pic.twitter.com/Z1XK2zQkwf

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 18, 2021

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Stream “All Too Well (Sad Girl Autumn Version)” below.

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Taylor Swift shares new video for “I Bet You Think About Me”

Taylor Swift shares new video for “I Bet You Think About Me”
The song, which features Christ Stapleton, is a previously unreleased track on Red (Taylor’s Version), which dropped last Friday.

By Raphael Helfand

November 15, 2021

Taylor Swift has released a music video for “I Bet You Think About Me,” a previously unreleased track from Red (Taylor’s Version), which came out Friday, November 12. The song features country star Chris Stapleton, but the video’s male lead is Whiplash actor Miles Teller. Aaron Dessner, who co-produced the song and three of the album’s other tracks “from the vault” of Red‘s outtakes, also makes a cameo appearance.

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In the Blake Lively-directed video, Swift wears red at the wedding of her ex (Teller). Many Twitter users have speculated that the subject of this track, as well as that of the album’s closer, “All Too Well,” which she performed on Saturday Night Live, is Jake Gyllenhall, though these rumors have not been officially confirmed.

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Watch the “I Bet You Think About Me video above, and stream Red (Taylor’s Version) in full below.

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J. Cole Hold On To His Inner Child As ‘The Off-Season’ Race For No. 1 Debut

J. Cole struggles a bit to hold on to his inner child in “Amari” visual as his new album race to the top of the chart.

Riding high on the success of his sixth studio album, The Off-Season, J. Cole has dropped the first visuals for the project. The visuals accompany the song “Amari,” which chronicles Cole’s journey and subsequent rise to success. “Amari” is one of the 12 songs on the album, which is expected to debut at the top of the charts this week.

Notable lyrics throughout the song include lines in which Cole raps about his humble upbringing. He raps, “Country n-gga never seen a passport… Til I popped off and got a bag for it…Now I’m at the Garden sittin’ half court… Watchin’ Jr. catch it off the backboard.” He continues, “Made it out, it gotta mean something.”

The video for Amari opens with J. Cole rapping in front of a Dreamville helicopter. It continues with visuals of the rapper in various locations rapping to the song’s lyrics. At one point, Cole appears to have hands-on his chest, but we don’t immediately get a picture of who the hands belong to. At the end of the video, we realize that the hands belong to a younger J. Cole who is struggling to hang on to him. The video’s concept becomes clearer at the end when the words “Hold On To Your Inner Child” appear on the screen.

The video for Amari is trending on YouTube and has racked up more than 1.3 million views in just 7 hours. Meanwhile, the official audio for the song, which was released last Friday, has amassed over 3.4 million views on the same platform.

J. Cole’s album was highly anticipated and is expected to be the rapper’s sixth straight chart-topping project. Unlike his former projects, “The Off-Season” had several features, including 21 Savage, Cam’ron, and Lil Baby.

“The Off-Season” is already breaking records. The album has had the biggest streaming debut on Spotify so far this year, amassing 59 million streams as of Sunday, May 16. Experts are projecting that it will be in the running for the “overall biggest first week debut” in 2021. That accolade currently belongs to Taylor Swift, who sold 291,000 album-equivalent units. Cole is expected to sell as many as 310,000 album-equivalent units to beat Taylor Swift.

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The 8 projects you should stream now

The 8 projects you should stream now
New releases from BROCKHAMPTON, Taylor Swift, Sufjan Stevens, and more.

By Jordan Darville

April 09, 2021

BROCKHAMPTON. Photo by Connor Cunnigham

 

BROCKHAMPTON, ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE

The lead-up to BROCKHAMPTON’s new project has been a brief one. At the end of March they came back with “BUZZCUT,” a new single featuring Danny Brown, then enlisted A$AP Rocky, Shawn Mendes, and Ryan Beatty for “COUNT ON ME.”

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MO3, Shottaz 4 Eva

In November 2020, Dallas rapper MO3 was shot to death on a highway. His first posthumous album features Boosie Badazz, one of MO3’s biggest champions, as well as Kevin Gates and YFN Lucci.

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CFCF, Memoryland

After releasing one of 2019’s best chillout albums with Liquid Colors, Montreal-based composer and producer CFCF returns Memoryland, an album of rapturous progressive electronica that only he could make.

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Sufjan Stevens, Meditations

The death of Sufjan Stevens’ biological father inspired Convocations, a five-part album ruminating on the passing. Meditations, the first part of the project, is out today.

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Spirit Of The Beehive, Entertainment, Death

Philly’s Spirit Of the Beehive has made one of 2021’s most exciting rock albums with Entertainment, Death, their fourth full-length project. Read our track-by-track guide to the project with the band here.

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Taylor Swift, Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Swift announced her intention to re-record her first six albums after the catalog was purchased by Scooter Braun in 2019. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) revisits Swift’s smash sophomore record and comes with six previously unheard songs.

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Miguel, Art Dealer Chic Vol 4 EP

Miguel revisits his R&B roots with this four-track release. “Art Dealer Chic is the mindset to invest our beliefs in thoughts and emotions that add the most value in our lives,” Miguel said in a press statement. “The same way an art dealer would dictate the value of a particular work, we dictate and curate what thoughts and emotions are worth our time and energy.” Nice.

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Skullcrusher, Storm in Summer EP

Helen Ballentine follows up her acclaimed self-titled 2020 EP with another clutch of windswept indie-folk songs. Storm in Summer includes “Song For Nick Drake,” a track that made our Songs You Need playlist back in February.

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See all the winners of the 2021 Grammys

See all the winners of the 2021 Grammys
See who picked up hardware at music’s biggest night, from Megan Thee Stallion to Brittany Howard.

By Shaad D'Souza

March 14, 2021

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Megan Thee Stallion, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Roddy Ricch, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, and more are up for major awards in tonight’s Grammy Awards, being held live from Los Angeles in a socially-distanced ceremony hosted by Trevor Noah. There are some significant awards narratives anxiously awaiting resolution tonight, including Taylor Swift’s return to the Album of the Year category after being snubbed for 2019’s Lover; Beyoncé’s chance to become the most awarded artist of all time; Billie Eilish’s opportunity to follow-up her 2020 sweep with more wins; and more. View the full list of winners, including Megan Thee Stallion, H.E.R., and more, below. Winners are in bold.

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Record Of The Year
“Colors” — Black Pumas
“Rockstar” — DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
“Circles” — Post Malone
Savage — Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé
“Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
“Say So” — Doja Cat
“everything i wanted” — Billie Eilish
“Black Parade” — Beyoncé

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Album Of The Year
folklore — Taylor Swift
Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa
Chilombo – Jhené Aiko
Hollywood’s Bleeding — Post Malone
Black Pumas Deluxe – Black Pumas
Everyday Life — Coldplay
Djesse Vol. 3 — Jacob Collier
Women In Music Pt. III – HAIM

Best New Artist
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion
KAYTRANADA
Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Chika
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke

Song Of The Year
“Black Parade” — Beyoncé
“The Box” — Roddy Ricch
“I Can’t Breathe” — H.E.R.
“Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
“Circles” — Post Malone
“cardigan” — Taylor Swift
“If the World Was Ending” — JP Saxe feat. Julia Michaels
“everything I wanted” — Billie Eilish

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Best Pop Vocal Album
Fine Line — Harry Styles
Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa
Changes — Justin Bieber
folklore — Taylor Swift
Chromatica — Lady Gaga

Best Rap Album
A Written Testimony — Jay Electronica
King’s Disease — Nas
The Allegory — Royce Da 5’9″
ALFREDO — Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist
Black Habits — D Smoke

Best R&B Album
Take Time — Giveon
Bigger Love — John Legend
All Rise — Gregory Porter
Happy 2 Be Here — Ant Clemons
To Feel Loveld — Luke James

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Best Reggae Album
Upside Down 2020 — Buju Banton
Higher Place — Skip Marley
It All Comes Back to Love — Max Priest
Got to Be Tough — Toots & The Maytals
One World — The Wailers

Best R&B Performance
“Black Parade” — Beyoncé
“Lightning & Thunder” — Jhené Aiko feat. John Legend
“All I Need” — Jacob Collier feat. Mahalia and Ty Dolla $ign
“Goat Head” — Brittany Howard
“See Me” — Emily King

Best Music Video
“Brown Skin Girl” — Beyoncé (co-directed by Jenn Nkiru and Beyoncé)
“Goliath” — Woodkid (directed by Yoann Lemoine)
“Life Is Good” – Drake and Future (directed by Director X)
“Lockdown” — Anderson .Paak (directed by Dave Meyers)
“Adore You” — Harry Styles (directed by Dave Meyers)

Best Music Film
BLACK IS KING —Beyoncé
Beastie Boys Story — Beastie Boys (directed by Spike Jonze)
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice— Linda Ronstadt (directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman)
That Little Ol’ Band From Texas — ZZ Top (directed by Sam Dunn)
We Are Freestyle Love Supreme — Freestyle Love Supreme (directed by Andrew Fried)

Best Song Written For Visual Media
“Into the Unknown” – Idina Menzel and Aurora (written for Frozen 2)
“No Time to Die” — Billie Eilish (written for No Time To Die)
“Stand Up” – Cynthia Erivo (written for Harriet)
“Beautiful Ghosts” — Taylor Swift (written for Cats)
“Carried You With Me” — Brandi Carlile (written for Onward)

Best American Roots Performance
“Colors” — Black Pumas
“Deep In Love” – Bonny Light Horseman
“Short and Sweet” – Brittany Howard
“I’ll Be Gone” — Norah Jones and Mavis Staples
“I Remember Everything” — John Prine

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Yummy” — Justin Bieber
“cardigan” — Taylor Swift
“everything i wanted” — Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
“Say So” — Doja Cat
“Watermelon Sugar” — Harry Styles

Best Dance Recording
“On My Mind” – Diplo and Sidepiece
“My High” — Disclosuren feat. Amine and Slowthai
“The Difference” — Flume feat. Toro y Moi
“Both of Us” – Jayda G
“10%” – KAYTRANADA feat. Kali Uchis

Best Country Solo Performance
“Stick That In Your Country Song” — Eric Church
“Who You Thought I Was” — Brandy Clark
“When My Amy Prays” — Vince Gill
“Bluebird” — Miranda Lambert
“Black Like Me” — Mickey Guyton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“All Night” — Brothers Osborne
“Ocean” — Lady A (fka Lady Antebellum)
“Sugar Coat” – Little Big Town
“Some People Do” — Old Dominion
“10,000 Hours” — Dan and Shay feat. Justin Bieber

Best Rap Song
“The Box” — Roddy Ricch
“The Bigger Picture” — Lil Baby
“Laugh Now, Cry Later” — Drake feat. Lil Durk
“Rockstar” — DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
“Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion feat Beyoncé

Best Melodic Rap Performance
“HIGHEST IN THE ROOM” — Travis Scott
“Laugh Now, Cry Later” — Drake feat. Lil Durk
“Rockstar — DaBaby feat. Roddy RicchROCKSTAR –
“Lockdown” — Anderson .Paak
“The Box” — Roddy Ricch

Best Rap Performance
“Dior” — Pop Smoke
“Deep Reverence” — Big Sean feat. Nipsey Hussle
“Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion feat Beyoncé
“BOP” — DaBaby
“WHAT’S POPPIN” — Jack Harlow
“The Bigger Picture” — Lil Baby

Best R&B Song
“Do It” — Chloe X Halle
“Slow Down” — Skip Marley feat. H.E.R.
“Black Parade” — Beyoncé
“Better Than I Imagine” – Robert Glasper feat. H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello
“Collide” — Tiana Major9 and EarthGang

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Wonder What She Thinks of Me” — Chloe X Halle
“Sit On Down” — The Baylor Project
“Let Me Go” — Mykal Kilgore
“Anything For You” — Ledisi
“Distance” — Yebba Smith

Best Progressive R&B Album
Ungodly Hour — Chloe X Halle
Chilombo — Jhené Aiko
Free Nationals – The Free Nationals
Fuck Yo Feelings — Robert Glasper
It Is What It Is — Thundercat

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Planet’s Mad — Baauer
Energy — Disclosure
BUBBA — KAYTRANADA
Good Faith — Madeon
Kick I — Arca

Best Rock Album
The New Abnormal — The Strokes
Sound & Fury — Sturgill Simpson
Daylight — Grace Potter
A Hero’s Death -— Fontaines
Kiwanuka — Michael Kiwanuka

Best Alternative Music Album
Fetch the Bolt Cutters – Fiona Apple
Punisher — Phoebe Bridgers
Hyperspace — Beck
Jaime — Brittany Howard
The Slow Rush — Tame Impala

Best Global Music Album
Twice As Tall — Burna Boy
Amadjar — Tinariwen
Love Letters — Shankar Anoushka
Agorga — Bebel Gilberto
Fu Chronicles — Antibalas

Best Country Song
“Bluebird” — Miranda Lambert
“The Bones” — “Maren Morris”
“Crowded Table” — The Highwomen
“More Hearts That Mine” — Ingrid Andress
“Some People Do” — Old Dominion

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Ad Astra (composed by Max Richter)
Becoming (composed by Kamasi Washington)
Joker (composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir)
1917 (composed by Thomas Newman)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (composed by John Williams)

Best Rock Song
“Kyoto” — Phoebe Bridgers
“Lost In Yesterday” — Tame Impala
“Shameika” – Fiona Apple
“Not” — Big Thief
“Stay High” — Brittany Howard

Best Latin Pop or Urban Album
YHLQMDLG — Bad Bunny
Pausa — Ricky Martin
3:33 — Debi Nova
Mesa Para Dos — Kany García
Por Primera Vez — Camilo

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Dynamite” — BTS
“Intentions” — Justin Bieber feat. Quavo
“Un Dia (One Day)” — J Balvin feat. Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, and Tainy
“exile” — Taylor Swift feat. Bon Iver.
“Rain On Me” — Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande

Best Metal Performance
Bloodmoney — Poppy
The In-Between — In This Moment
Underneath — Code Orange
Bum-Rush — Body Count
Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe) Live — Power Trip

Best Rock Performance
“Shameika” – Fiona Apple
“Not” — Big Thief
“Kyoto” — Phoebe Bridgers
“The Steps” — Haim
“Stay High” — Brittany Howard
“Daylight” — Grace Potter