Only one musician this year has had the confidence to know they could fill Australian stadiums on their own. Come on down, Nashville’s 23-year-old country music princess-turned-pop megastar, Taylor Swift.
Swift kicks off her Australian tour in front of up to 40,000 fans tonight in Sydney and is expected to play in front of more than 45,000 at Etihad Stadium in 10 days’ time. While Pink sold more tickets this year, her shows were in smaller arenas; Swift is the first woman since Madonna 20 years ago to undertake a solo stadium tour of this country. “When I heard that statistic, it absolutely blew my mind,” Swift told Fairfax Media from her Beverly Hills hotel room.
While she might be a little too wholesome for some – after her Auckland show last Friday, New Zealand reviewer Kashka Tunstall wrote that Swift’s sincerity was “so emotionally heavy and heartbreaking that my ovaries felt on the verge of exploding throughout the night” – she is without doubt a panacea to all the simulated shagging on stage that her contemporaries have gorged themselves on in 2013. Swift even admits she winds down after a show by “watching Friends DVDs”.
Somehow we cannot see Miley Cyrus doing that, not that Swift is going to dish the dirt: “Everybody has a different back story and comes from a different place, so for me I just try to stick to living my life the way that I would be proud of if I was looking back when I was older.”
So the new Queen of Pop is also the Queen of Clean but there’s more to her appeal: she’s a young woman firmly in control. Swift’s focus on her career over her love-life has been writ large, plenty of heart-throbs have been cast aside and found their way back into her songs: One Direction’s Harry Styles, Twilight’s Taylor Lautner, chart-topping bluesman John Mayer.
“One of my great challenges has been remaining vulnerable enough to write songs about my life when I know those songs are going to be dissected for tabloid fodder, but some of my job has to be not thinking about things I can’t control.”
So what can fans expect from her ”Red” tour shows – the sets for which are so large and so numerous they had to be transported by boat?
“We have huge set pieces and fire and smoke and giant things that come down and then disappear and then people popping up out of the floor and people on wires, so it’s a crazy show. You have no idea how excited I am to bring that to stadiums in Australia.”
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
The Country Music Association (CMA) has honoured Taylor Swift with its Pinnacle Award, despite the singer’s shift towards mainstream pop.
The prize is presented to artists who have taken country music to a worldwide audience. The only other previous winner of the Pinnacle is Garth Brooks, who received the accolade in 2005.
The 23-year-old singer was surprised on stage at the 47th annual award ceremony in Nashville, by six country stars that she had opened for as a teenager, including George Strait, winner of the CMA entertainer of the year award for the third time. A video featuring messages from stars including Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Julia Roberts and Carly Simon was played to congratulate the young winner on her achievement.
“I didn’t know there was going to be all this,” Swift said. “You’ve made me feel so special right now.”
The Pennsylvania-born star performed an acoustic version of her hit Red with Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and Sam Bush earlier in the three-hour ceremony, which was shown live on ABC in the US and hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley for the sixth year running.
The full list of nominations has arrived! The 2013 American Music Awards nominations are finally here!
Kelly Clarkson and will.i.am awoke bright and early to announce the first five categories on Good Morning America for all the super fans out there!
The duo let us know the noms for Favorite Female Artist, Pop or Rock, Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B, New Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, and Artist of the Year.
Looks like Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna already have multiple noms each! Ariana Grande also scored a nomination for New Artist!
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
One Direction/Take Me Home
Justin Timberlake/The 20/20 Experience
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Luke Bryan/Crash My Party
Florida Georgia Line/Here’s To The Good Times
The awards are determined by fans, who can vote online starting today at AMAvote.com. In addition, for the first time in AMAs History, fans will also be able to vote for their favorite artists via Twitter.
The American Music Awards will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC will carry the telecast, which is being produced by dick clark productions.
For the sixth year, Taylor Swift has been named the songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). As a result, she has set a new record for performing artists who have received the award.
The honor recognizes the “most prolific and productive Nashville writers who achieved Top 30 singles during the past year.” Swift placed 14 Top 30 songs on the charts from July 2012 to July 2013. The award will be presented Sunday (Oct. 13) in Nashville.
In addition, the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will hold its grand opening Saturday morning. Swift donated $4 million for the museum’s expansion. Swift’s six NSAI Awards will be on display in the foyer of the learning center.
The Taylor Swift Educational Center will encompass parts of two floors and feature three classrooms, a learning lab and a state-of-the-art children’s exhibit gallery. The classroom spaces will be adjacent to a visible design studio. The space will allow students to observe museum curators at work. The children’s gallery, situated on the second floor, will be a dedicated exhibit space for young patrons and will be filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits.
While the classrooms and learning labs will open on Saturday, the museum’s new gallery space is scheduled to open in March 2014.
Also next year, Swift will perform five shows at the O2 Arena in London. After selling out four shows, Swift added a fifth date on Monday (Oct. 7). Those concerts will be held on Feb. 1, 2, 4, 10 and 11.
One duet performance is just not enough! Jennifer Lopez and Taylor Swift are set to collaborate on a new song, a source tells Us Weekly. The two ladies will be joining forces for a new track that will appear on Lopez’s next album — her eighth — due out early next year.
“Both of them are huge fans of each other and excited to work together!” the source tells Us.
Swift, 23, and Lopez, 44, finalized the plan after the “On the Floor” singer came out as Swift’s last guest performer on her final Red Tour show at L.A.’s Staples Center. During the Aug. 25 performance, the two sang Lopez’s 2002 hit “Jenny from the Block.”
“Sang Jenny From the Block with @JLo tonight at Staples Center. STILL FANGIRLING OUT ABOUT IT,” the “I Knew You Were Trouble” singer tweeted after the show. Lopez replied: “@taylorswift13 had so much fun with you tonight!!! #RedTourLA #jennyfromtheblock #hairbrushsongs.”
Source: US Weekly
Taylor Swift will be walking the TIFF red carpet for the premiere of the movie One Chance, fest organizers told the Star Thursday.
The award-winning singer sings “Sweeter Than Fiction” in the movie which will screen Monday, Sept. 9.
She will be there for the 8 p.m. premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre on Yonge St. but organizers say there is “no indication” yet if she will perform.
One Chance, the story of singer Paul Potts who was discovered on the television show Britain’s Got Talent, stars James Corden as Potts.
Directed by David Frankel, the movie will debut Swift’s song.
Potts was a shop assistant and amateur opera singer who shot to fame after winning the first series of BGT in 2007.
Other actors in the Harvey Weinstein-produced biopic include Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper and Alexandra Roach.
Source: The Star