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Elle Magazine’s 2013 Women In Music

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A few days ago, I shared Elle magazine’s 2013 Women In Music issue featuring Adele on the cover. In addition to her, this year the fashion publication honors 12 of the record industry’s top singing sensations. Five of them have uncovered, but you’ll have to pick up the May 2013 issue to find out the other seven. The ones revealed include Alicia Keys (above) and HAIM- a sister trio which Nic recently featured. Check out the others featured in the issue below.

check out more pics after the jump

Pepsi has Beyonce and now Diet Coke has Taylor Swift. No disrespect to T Swizzle, but where did sexy lawn mowing man Andrew Cooper go? I’d rather see him sweating up a storm than Swift sipping on the beverage. I’m sure I’m not alone.

“Taylor is a true artist, deeply involved in the full creative process, from writing to production to release,” said Stuart Kronauge, general manager, Sparkling Beverages, Coca-Cola North America.

The 23-year-old singer’s “Music That Moves” commercial debuted during last night’s airing of American Idol. The 30-second spot centers on Taylor writing her youth anthem 22. It shows her penning the track backstage of her concert, at her hotel room and at a cafe. Those scenes flip back and forth with clips of Swift’s fans singing the track. The ad, filmed in Nashville, is part of Diet Coke’s “Stay Extraordinary” ad campaign. Check out her new commercial below.

watch it after the jump

While I do love a good country ditty here and there (especially from the ladies), I don’t watch the Academy of Country Music Awards. Clearly, I’m in the minority since the 2013 telecast scored huge ratings last night, improving upon its showing the previous year. Perhaps it was all the talent scheduled to appear that brought in viewers. Even though I didn’t sit down and watch the 2013 ACMs, I was intrigued enough to check out a few of the performances today. With two of my favorite American Idol alums performing with a bit of Jewel mixed in, how could I not.

The OG American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, looked like she recycled her Easter brunch outfit to sing “Don’t Rush.” Carrie Underwood rode up on stage in a car to belt out “Two Black Cadillacs.” Taylor Swift joined Tim McGraw to perform “Highway Don’t Care” and Jewel did a countrified medley of “Hands” and “Fill A Heart.” Lastly, and certainly not least, Miranda Lambert slayed “Mama’s Broken Heart.” Speaking of Lambert, even though she picked up a few statues, she lost out on the big award, “Entertainer Of The Year,” to Luke Bryan. Oh well, at least she had her sexy husband, Blake Shelton, to console her. Check out each of the ladies doing their thing below.

Too bad Shania Twain and Faith Hill didn’t perform on stage as well. I guess they were too busy singing to Stevie Wonder in the audience. Side note: How odd was it to have the R&B legend close out the country show and pairing him up with teen heartthrob country singer Hunter Hayes to boot? Totally random if you ask me.

watch the ladies perform after the jump

Yesterday, Taylor Swift debuted her music video for her single “22” on Good Morning America. The single is currently at No. 44 on the Hot 100 but I’m sure with this video release, it will make its way up. Swift turned 23 years old in December of 2012 so I guess in this song and video, she’s partying like she was one year younger. You so wild & crazy, Taylor.

The song is about guy-related drama and then going out with friends to forget about it, and that the video storyline compliments that as well. In the lyrics, Swift sings, “Yeah, we’re happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time / It’s miserable and magical, Oh yeah / Tonight’s the night we forget about the heartbreak.” In the video, she hangs out with her real life best girl friends and they have a cake baking kitchen party, hang out at the beach at sunset, have a house party, and it wraps up with Swift diving into the outdoor pool fully clothed. The entire video is also framed as if it’s all Instagram.

It’s a cute video, but also annoying at the same time for some reason. It’s a little too much heart sunglasses and girlfriends soaking up each others awesomeness for me. Check it out below and let me know what you think.

Video after the jump…

If you read my post about the gay couple being asked to leave a shopping mall due to PDA, you know I referred to that incident as one of the most ridiculous things I’ve read recently. Correction. This insane comment by Taylor is now officially the most absurd thing I’ve read.

At this year’s Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler teased Taylor Swift to stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son. Apparently, T. Swizzle can’t take a joke. The 23-year-old singer revealed to Vanity Fair that the slam at her was an act against feminism. LOL.

“You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people, because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,’” – Taylor Swift

Totally cuckoo right? I’m sure this situation isn’t one where Couric would think the quote is applicable. Out of all the jokes delivered by Fey and Poehler that night, the one directed at Swift was the least offensive.

So, let me get this straight. It’s okay for her to write songs thinly-disguised as tell-alls about her various liaisons, but it’s not right for others to call her out on it. Someone needs to take themselves less seriously. Swift also goes on to say that the fact that she’s so open in her lyrics should be celebrated, not ridiculed.

“For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her,” she says, “I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated — a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way — that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.” – Taylor Swift

check out Tina and Amy’s responses after the jump

It’s one step beyond a duet, with three big name country music stars joining forces in a new song called “Highway Don’t Care.” The trifecta collaboration is Tim McGraw‘s and features Taylor Swift and Keith Urban and it has just leaked online. The song is the last track on McGraw’s thirteen track standard edition album, Two Lanes Of Fredom.

The country ballad is really good and I can really see it taking off and beyond that, I can see them performing it live together as well. In the chorus, they sing, “I can’t live without you / I can’t live without you baby / The highway won’t hold you tonight / The highway don’t know you’re alive / The highway don’t care if you you’re all alone / But I do, I do / The highway won’t dry your tears / The highway don’t need you here / The highway don’t care if you’re coming home / But I do, I do.”

Listen to the track / make-shift lyric video below before it gets taken down. Enjoy!

Track after the jump…

I’m a little surprised this hasn’t happened before. If you think about it, Taylor Swift is the quintessential Disney princess archetype. With her tall frame and long blond locks the 23-year-old singer can easily fit in with Cinderella and Aurora. The “We’re Never Ever Getting Back Together” singer is the latest to take part in Disney Parks’ Dream Portrait series. She wore a purple and pink gown to embody Disney princess Rapunzel with the caption, “Where a world of adventure awaits.”

Once again, famed-photographer Annie Leibovitz captured the visually stunning pic for the amusement park. Using her unique vision, Leibovitz masterfully transforms well-known celebrities into famous Disney characters. The Disney Dream Portrait series started in 2007. Swift joins a long list of celebrities including Beyonce, Julie Andrews, David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and many more. One of my favorites was last year’s Queen Latifah as The Little Mermaid’s Ursula. It was FIERCE. Check out a few other Disney transformations below.

check out more pics from this and previous years after the jump

I’m definitely not the biggest Taylor Swift fan out there (I’m pedestrian at best), but I’m obsessed with “I Knew You Were Trouble.” IMHO, it’s her best song to date, with “You Belong To Me” a very close second. As I often do with songs I’m in lurve with, I waste copious amounts of time searching YouTube for acoustic covers. Lame, right? In my defense, this time my search was initiated by Swift herself.

The 23-year-old singer was impressed so much by one cover, she tweeted it to her fans. British singer-songwriter Tom Odell “floored” (in Taylor’s words) her with his stripped down rendition of her hit song. The 22-year-old Brit really gave the track some angst and oomph during his performance for BBC’s Live Lounge series. The other one I’m sharing today is from one of the child stars of ABC’s hit comedy, Modern Family. Care to make any guesses? Check out both covers below.

listen to the acoustic cover after the jump

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