In addition to packing stadiums and arenas around the world for teenage dream-like concerts featuring her own songs and a procession of big set pieces from a wedding march to snowfall and a balcony that flies out over the audience, Taylor Swift is turning heads on her current "Speak Now" tour by performing oddball covers.
Sometimes, they're keyed to whatever city she's in, such as her choice of Fall Out Boy's "Sugar, We're Going Down" in Chicago this week. (FOB are from Chicago, BTW.) It added to a list that already included Pink's "Who Knew" (in Philadelphia), Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" and Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" (New Jersey), Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (in Detroit), Justin Bieber's "Baby" and Alanis Morissette's "You Learn" (Toronto) and the Dixie Chicks' "Cowboy Take Me Away" (with Chicks member Martie Maguire in the house.)
So, we looked at Taylor's upcoming tour schedule and came up with a week's worth of suggestions of tunes she could take on, as well as a few that the good girl would probably shy away from: Read More...
Taylor Swift might as well retire. She's finally achieved enough clout in the industry to take home the Ultimate Choice surf board at the Teen Choice Awards on August 7, USA Today reports. Swift has won pretty much every other award you can win, so this was about the only one she had left to claim. So, where does it stack up against all those other awards she already has on mantle?
Currently she has: 7 American Music Awards, 6 CMT Awards, 4 Grammy Awards, 1 VMA, 6 CMA Awards, 2 People's Choice Awards, 2 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and 11 Billboard Music Awards. And those are just the big-name awards shows. She's got a smattering of other prizes for smaller feats as well.
Plus, she's already got 7 Teen Choice Awards and she's up for 6 this year, in addition to her Ultimate Choice prize. What else is she vying for? Red Carpet Hot Icon – Female, Choice Female Artist, Choice Female Country Artist, Choice Country Song, Choice Love Song and Choice Break-Up Song, all of which are light years more impactful on her career than Grammys or VMAs. Read More...
Posted 7/7/11 10:54 am EST by Gil Kaufman in Britney Spears, fleet foxes, Foo-Fighters, kings of leon, Lil Wayne, Live Music, Newsroom Poll, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Tour Dates, U2
One shoots whipped cream out of her boobs and changes outfits seven times in one song. Another writhes on a giant guitar and closes her show by donning giant angel wings. Whether you're a Katy Perry fan or a Britney booster, the fact is these divas are leading a parade of major stars hitting stages this summer, and since we told you who our experts predict will rule the road during bikini season, now we want you to tell us who you've invested your cash in.
Will you plunk down your hard-earned cash to see Taylor Swift's country cutie act (once she gets over that nasty case of bronchitis, that is), will it be U2's gargantuan 360 Tour that will drain your bank account, or is your money on Perry and Spears?
If you're more of a hip-head, Lil Wayne is a lock to be somewhere near your neck of the woods this summer and Wiz Khalifa will surely burn one down within driving distance. If high-energy pop-punk is the thing, the Blink-182/My Chemical Romance double-bill aims to please, unless you prefer your rock more uncut, in which case Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket and Kings of Leon may be the right choice.
And, for the first time, glowstick-loving dance fans are not being left out in the cold thanks to the first-ever touring electronica festival, IDentity, which will hit amphitheaters in major markets with a host of big beat stars like Skrillex, Afrojack and Kaskade.
Then again, maybe we left someone off the list and there's some other tour your totally jacked about. We've done our homework, now it's your turn. Vote in our summer tours poll below. Read More...
It seems that two of the biggest female stars in the world are obsessed with the same thing. Beyonce and Taylor Swift are both quite into and superstitious about their birthdays.
Swift, born December 13, can often be seen wearing the number 13 on her hand or tweeting about the importance of that number to her life, while Beyonce has referenced her birthday (September 4) in videos and album titles (like her most recent 4).
Swift has listed her reasons for that number's importance and it seems that when she says, "Basically, whenever a 13 comes up in my life, it's a good thing," she's not wrong.
Don't believe us? "I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No. 1 song had a 13-second intro," she's explained to MTV News. "Every time I've won an award I've been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter."
For more on Beyonce’s connection to the number 4, read on. Read More...
The Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year, Taylor Swift, took the stage on Sunday night in Las Vegas to perform her new Speak Now single, "Mean," a jangling tune about being bullied by the media.
Up until now, many of Swift's singles have been about the boys in her life. Whether she's nursing a broken heart or falling in love, her videos have featured the country-pop superstar and a model/actor in some sort of romantic entanglement.
If Taylor's ACM performance is any indication, this video could take a left turn and instead be an ode to Americana, complete with the singer's feisty swagger, lacy peasant dresses and a banjo. The set on Sunday was an ode to old Nashville. Swift and her bandmates (in vintage clothing) stood on the front porch of a rundown farmhouse as the singer proclaimed (into a retro microphone) that her own pen is mightier than some critics'.
Besties share everything — clothes, secrets and, in the case of Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, boyfriends. Wait a second, though — it's not at all what you think.
For Taylor Swift's new music video for her song "You Belong With Me," Miley lent Taylor her "Hannah Montana: The Movie" onscreen love, Lucas Till, to have as her own for the clip.
Lucas — who took to his MySpace blog to announce the good news — said, "I may or may not have been shooting a music video for Taylor Swift. I may or may not play the 'main guy' in the video and he may or may not be the captain of the football team."
By Rya Backer
Lots of stories going on in the newsroom, and Tim Kash found some kindness in his heart to sit down and chat about 'em earlier today.
If you liked "Iron Man," there's a pretty good chance you'll like "Iron Man 2." Some big names have been added to the film's cast, and our movies editor, Josh Horowitz, is here to talk about them.
Last night, our very own Sway helped U2 host a very intimate concert in the very, very U2-obsessed city of Boston. Find out what he thought of the show, and check out our videos!
And lastly, Taylor Swift is headlining her own nationwide tour! What? Didn't you do the very same when you were 19?
That oughtta hold you over until tomorrow. Talk to you then!
By Rya Backer
Before the weekend starts, we thought we'd let you know about a few stories we worked on today:
Amy Winehouse is back in trouble! The Brit soul sensation threw another assault charge onto her ever-growing rap sheet for allegedly beating a fan who requested a photo with her last September. In other news, it's Friday.
There's a lot to be said about last night's episode of "American Idol," (TATIANA, I MISS YOU ALREADY!) but much of the wild-card show was centered on Anoop Desai. In addition to being chosen as lucky number 13 to round out this year's hopefuls, Desai gave a shout-out to an elusive "Eve" at the end of his song and critique. Curious? We've demystified the announcement.
Taylor Swift just fulfilled her ultimate dream! No, it wasn't to have the #1 album for the past zillion weeks. Rather, she was killed on an episode of "CSI." Did you see it last night? What did you think of her performance?
Have a great weekend!
Did you hear? BFFs Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift will be singing a duet together at this Sunday's Grammy Awards! It's so OMG-worthy, I can barely stand it!
Taylor has given some work to Miley's boyfriend, "model" and "musician" Justin Gaston, when he starred in her video for "Love Story" and then reprised the role for her performance at the CMT Awards. And the two have probably bonded about their Jonas Brothers exes (who, by the way, will also be at the Grammys.) But it's about time that the ladies join their combined teen-star forces.
According to Ryan Seacrest's Twitter, he pair will sing "Fifteen," from Swift's seemingly unstoppable album Fearless. I want to be quick to point out, though, that neither Taylor nor Miley is nominated for a Grammy this year, which makes it kind of awkward that they're gracing the stage — although it's a big ratings win for the Academy. The kids just want to see their favorite singers together on one stage!
It will be interesting to see what these two pop stars have up their sleeves. And, it'll be fun to see if Justin Gaston manages to squeeze in on the act. I wait with baited breath. But, really the next big question that springs to mind is: What are they going to wear? Will they match? Only time will tell.
Check out all of our Grammy Awards coverage.
Why is it that when someone gets famous, they feel the need to share with the world their sob story of being bullied at school? And why is it that we're supposed to feel bad for them, when most people were bullied at school and they don't end up rich and famous?
Taylor Swift is now one of those people on the "cry me a river" list. Recently, Blake Lively of "Gossip Girl" had the distinction of making the list when the very pretty blonde complained to Vogue about how she was made fun of in school. Now, in March's Teen Vogue, Swift (who also happens to be a very pretty blonde ... a trend perhaps?) is complaining that she, too, suffered the wrath of mean girls.
"Junior high was actually sort of hard, because I got dumped by this group of popular girls," the singer/songwriter told Teen Vogue. "They didn't think I was cool or pretty enough, so they stopped talking to me.