The country singing sensation joins James Franco, Jon Hamm, Katy Perry, The Smith Kids (Jaden & Willow), Kanye West and Ben Affleck on Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers 2010 list. However, the magazine singled out Taylor Swift by crowning her “Entertainer of the Year” and putting her on the cover. She is the youngest person to win this prestigious honor. In fact, Swift was only two-years-old when the magazine launched in 1990.
Swift started out 2010 with a hit movie (Valentine’s Day), a hit single (Today Was A Fairytale) and winning four Grammy awards including “Album of the Year”. Then during the middle of the year, she performed to sold-out crowds on her headlining tour. In the Fall, she released her third album, “Speak Now” that sold a jaw-dropping 1,047,000 copies during its first week. With that total, she broke numerous records. The CD has continued to perform well due to strong reviews and radio airplay.
Tik Tok…apparently it’s time for Ke$ha to take her number one spot once again. Her first single from “Cannibal”, We R Who We R has taken the #1 spot on Billboards Hot 100 single, moving Far East Movement’s “Like A G6? down to #2. This is the second time being in the number one stop, after “Tik Tok” spent nine weeks at #1 between January and February of 2010. The single received after receiving 280,000 downloads in the past week.
The 23-year-old autotune/singer recently wore a vest made out of the patriotic stars and stripes of her flag to film the promo for her latest single Sleazy, which was released online last week.
Taylor Swift did it. The country superstar sold over one million copies of her new CD, “Speak Now” in its first week. In this day and age of declining album sales, Swift’s achievement truly is remarkable and speaks on how big Taylor really is. The last album to move over a million units during its first week was Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” back in 2008.
As if debuting at No 1. on the Billboard Charts with that many records sold wasn’t impressive enough, Swift boasted a few other notable feats. Her impressive sales, bested Shania Twain’s “Up” which moved 874,000 units in 2002, thus making Swift the record holder for most CDs sold in a week by a country female artist. The last country act to even break the million mark was Garth Brooks when he released “Double Live” in 1998.
Both these releases have a lot to live up to. Taylor Swift’s last album, “Fearless”, sold over 6 million units domestically, and over 9 million worldwide. Meanwhile the first “Sex and the City” raked in over $85 million worldwide. With such lofty goals, will either of these new releases surpass or meet its predecessor.
My guess is SATC2 won’t stand a chance, because the sequel wasn’t nearly as good as the original. Stick a fork in those ladies, they’re done. Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now”, on the other hand, has a really good shot. Early predictions had the country singer selling about 700K during her first week. But after robust early sales yesterday, estimations have her moving as many as 900K units. If she achieves that feat, she’ll surpass Shania Twain’s record of biggest first week sales by a female country artist. Twain shifted 874K back in 2002. Swift will also supplant Eminem’s first week sales of 742K back in June, making her a shoe-in for best first week sales of 2010.
Jaklor? Swifenhaal? Taylenhaal? Those combos suck pretty bad, but Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal might be a real thing, so their publicists better think of a better alternative. The two reportedly spent a weekend together in New York City. During the day, they were spotted grabbing brunch and holding hands in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood. So adorable.
Later in the evening, the duo watched Emma Stone’s hilarious hosting duties behind the SNL curtain. Taylor showed up for moral support, since Stone is one of her BFFs. According to a source who told People Magazine, “They walked around together backstage, but they were careful not to be seen too close. It was hard to tell if they were together, but everyone was shocked that she brought him.”
With her upcoming third album “Speak Now” hitting stores soon, Taylor Swift is in high gear doing worldwide promotions. During one of those stops, the country singer visited BBC Radio for an interview and perform a couple of songs. For one of them, Taylor covered Coldplay’s huge hit, “Viva La Vida“.
Swift first sang her single “Mine” before tackling an acoustic version of “Viva La Vida”. The performance was part of the radio show’s “Great British Songbook” segment, where artists are asked to perform songs from UK artists. In the past, Swift has been criticized for her less-than-stellar live vocals. She recently responded to Billboard Magazine addressing the criticism.
“I care about what everyone thinks of me, and I’m not afraid to say that,” Swift told Billboard. “There have been times when it’s absolutely leveled me and ruined my day.”
Well, I think congratulations are in order because it’s evident she’s worked hard on her vocals based on her Coldplay cover. Her rendition is spot on and very moving. Check it out below and decide for yourself.
Warning to all wannabe Taylor Swift suitors. Treat her right, or you WILL be the subject of a future song. Swift lyrically gave Joe Jonas a public bitch slap in a song from her “Fearless” album after doing her wrong, publicly apologized to Taylor Lautner in “Back To December” and immortalized Kanye West on a track referring to that infamous night.
Now the 20-year-old country singer, has taken aim at John Mayer. Somewhere out there, Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson are giving each other high-fives. The song finally confirms rumors Mayer and Swift were involved in 2009 while collaborating on a track, “Half of My Heart”, on her last album. If for any second you think “Dear John” isn’t about Mr. Mayer, check out the following quote from Swift in an interview to Access Hollywood.
“They’re all made very clear,” she said. “Every single song is like a road map to what that relationship stood for, with little markers that maybe everyone won’t know, but there are things that were little nuances of the relationship, little hints. And every single song is like that. Everyone will know, so I don’t really have to send out e-mails on this one.”
For those who feel Swift shouldn’t be kissing and telling, I say BOOOO. First, it’s way more fun for the public to see celebs trash each other. Second, it’s about time John Mayer finally got a taste of his own medicine. The incredibly busy ladies man SLASH man whore, is notorious for airing his dirty laundry. He called Simpson his sexual napalm and told the entire world that Jennifer Love Hewitt’s body is a “Wonderland“.
If you follow my music posts, you’ve probably figured out I love my female R&B singers and dance music. What you probably didn’t know is I’m a closet country music fan. When Taylor Swift first came out, I didn’t understand all the buzz around her. I mean come on, the tart was stealing thunder from my beloved Carrie Underwood. But just like the rest of the world, I began to appreciate Swift and started to love her songs, which brings me to this post.
“Back to December” is the second promotional single Swift is releasing to promote her upcoming album “Speak Now” which hits stores on October 25. I’m not ashamed to say it, but I love the slower track. For once it’s not all about fairytales, rainbows or sunshine. Our little Taylor is growing up. The ballad talks about letting a good relationship slip through your fingers and the regret that eventually follows. In fact, Swift even admitted the song is dedicated to someone whom she had done wrong.
“The person I wrote this song about deserves this,” she said. “This is about a person who was incredible to me, just perfect to me in a relationship, and I was really careless with him…This is a song full of words I would say to him.”
Could that someone be Taylor Lautner, a Jonas Brother or someone else? My hunch says it’s Lautner, but you never know. Swift wrote all of the songs on the album without any co-writers. The haunting instrumentation on the track gives the song that extra dramatic punch. Even though it’s a bit heavy and introspective, I can see it being a commercial hit.