The Popular Rise of Taylor Swift

DSC02107As the release date on Monday for Taylor Swifts new, and first full-pop album nears, the Taylor Swift pandemonium rages on and continues to grow across the world. This is the same pandemonium and excitement that was ignited when Taylor Swift announced 1989 along with the release of the first single,”Shake It Off”, and the music video to accompany it. I saw Taylor on a magazine cover this past week and it had me thinking about the release of Red two years ago and what has changed with the world and Taylor. It all seems rather odd to me… Keep reading, I’ll explain.

I love Taylor Swift. Point blank… No hiding it. She had me since the first time I heard her first crossover hit song “Love Story” back in the latter half of summer 2009. I am not a country music fan, at least not until Taylor came along. Even though her second album Fearless sounded less country than most people were use to a country album sounding, I still said Taylor was the only country singer I like. It is probably Taylor herself that has to be thanked for the change of country music into what it is today. Had she not had the crossover success that she had, we probably wouldn’t have this new era of country rock. Country music that even I can get behind.

DSC02231Taylor Swift seems to have changed one genre of music and catapulted it into further exposure than ever before. The question now remains, and it’s pending until 1989 is released, can Taylor change the pop genre of music? On one hand, I think Taylor can with her knack for songwriting and telling stories in her song. Pop music normally doesn’t tell stories in the songs like Taylor or a country music singer would. Pop music is all about that bass, sorry, pop music is all about that hook. It would seem that Taylor has that hook of pop music, and the story telling of her past music down in “Out of the Woods”. Of course, pop music is a genre of music where just about everything has already been done.

Now the actual rise of Taylor’s escalated rise to popularity from even Red to 1989 is curious to me. Two years ago, I remember magazines all over were reporting that Taylor being on the cover was not selling their magazines like other music artists or celebrities. I remember reading that Taylor had low sale ability when it came to magazines. All of this despite the fact that Red was one of the biggest selling albums of 2012, and despite all of the fans she had in place already.

So… What exactly changed over the course of two years? I think many things happened over the course of two years that has gained Taylor so many more fans and praise. I think the fact that Taylor hasn’t dated many guys since the release of Red has actually helped her career. I’m not saying Taylor should never be allowed to find love again, but you can’t deny that this has something to do with it. I think both Taylor and her fans grew and matured. Even people her fans age that didn’t really care for have grown and matured and seem to like her now. I think the Red Tour, the spectacular that it was, really showed people that she loves what she does, loves her fans, and loves to put on a kickass show that anyone can enjoy.

DSC02259I think the most important thing that Taylor has done in the last two years is up her social game. Taylor Swift is not just some unreachable celebrity like many actors, actresses, comedian, or musicians are today. Her social media presence is definitely on point, and has allowed her to reach many people in ways that other celebrities don’t with their social media accounts. It helps that Taylor herself has a hand in a lot of what is posted on all of her social media accounts. She even goes as far as tweeting people back, messaging words of encouragement, and playing around with them on Tumblr. Taylor Swift is the best friend that we all think we have, but in reality we don’t. She is a rare diamond that knows what it takes to keep fans and gain more.

In 2014, it would seem Taylor Swift has as much pull and is as popular as the queen, Beyonce. It may sound like Taylor has to work more for it, but does she really? Taylor is genuinely talking back to her fans because she cares about us. She’s not doing it because she was told to by her management. Beyonce would never put as much effort into making her fans feel like they are on her level. I love me some Beyonce, but Taylor wins hands down.

-JakeLX

Human- Christina Perri

Remember Christina Perri? The girl who can literally sing the phone book, well if they still made the phone book. She is the girl who sang the beautiful song “Jar of Hearts”. Her second single from her debut album lovestrong. was equally as beautiful in the form of “Arms”. You may even remember a gorgeously haunting song in “A Thousand Years” that was played during the credits of Breaking Dawn: Part I in 2011. Since 2011 we have patiently awaited new music from Miss Perri. Her Christmas album released last year wasn’t enough to hold us over, in fact it just made many of us fans craving for more of her non-holiday fare.

It is now 2013 and Christina Perri is ready for the world to hear her voice once again. “Human” was just released on November 18 and it does the same stuff to my ears and spirit that “Jar of Hearts” did. The song is quite simply about her being human. The song is about how she can fake happiness and run through life as a robot, but there is a break point. I am so ecstatic that this song was released and can’t wait for her second album, Head or Heart, which is due out spring 2014. Take a listen to this beautiful ballad down below.

What did you think about “Human”? Was it worth the wait? Let me know in the comment section.

-JakeLX

 

Top 20 Songs of Fall 2013

The top 20 songs of the fall are songs that were popular or songs that I discovered and enjoyed from September 1 thru November 30.

The biggest surprise on this list is that I actually have a One Direction song listed. While it is far down on the list, it is surprising because I never thought I would like any music they ever put out. Shockingly the song “Story of My Life” is very mature sounding and isn’t just a song singing out to the teenage girls. The song is relatable to everyone. Check out the list below and see if your favourite song made the cut.

Honourable Mention: Berzerk- Eminem

20) The Monster- Eminem feat. Rihanna”

19) Story of My Life- One Direction

18) Brave- Sara Bareilles

17) Let Her Go- Passenger

16) Somebody Loves You- Betty Who(Music Used In Home Depot Flashmob Proposal Video)

15) Stay The Night- Zedd feat. Hayley Williams

14) Sweater Weather- The Neighbourhood

13) Work Bitch- Britney Spears

12) Burn- Ellie Goulding

11) Timber- Pitbull feat. Ke$ha

10) Pompeii- Bastille

09) Counting Stars- OneRepublic

08) 23- Mike WiLL Made It feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J

07) Wake Me Up- Avicii

06) Applause- Lady Gaga

05) Roar- Katy Perry

04) Do What U Want- Lady Gaga feat. R. Kelly

03) Say Something- Great Big World feat. Christina Augilera

02) Royals- Lorde

01) Wrecking Ball- Miley Cyrus

Who could deny Miley Cyrus the number 1 spot on any “top list” or music chart for the fall, even the year? Her hit song “Wrecking Ball” quickly became one of the most popular songs of the year. The song hit #1 and as of yesterday it was back up at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She really deserves the spot with her beautiful song.

What do you think about the songs that made the list? Let me know in the comment section. You can take the conversation over to Twitter by following and tweeting me at @JakeLX.

-JakeLX

Say Something- A Great Big World feat. Christina Augilera

I have been meaning to review this song for a while now. I heard it once and I was completely hooked. I guess it really took off after it was performed on The Voice, which makes sense since Christina Augilera is a coach on the reality-hit singing competition show. The song is just another one of Christina’s hits as a featured artist. The song originally didn’t have Christina, but she heard it and wanted in on it. I think the song wouldn’t sound as good without her wonderful voice dueting with A Great Big World’s lead singer, Ian Axel.

“Say Something” is of course a break-up song. If you ever have heard the song you should be able to pick-up on that. The song is beautiful and is a little stronger brew than most break-up songs that you hear. I mean the main lyric is: “Say something, I’m giving up on you”.  It is about someone finally breaking down and saying if you can’t talk to me or try to help fix this relationship, I’m going to have to leave. Of course it hits the emotions a little harder if you actually listen to the song.

Listen to this brilliant song below!

 

What are your thoughts on “Say Something’? If you wanna say something(clever, I know) about the song, go ahead and leave a comment in the comment section.

-JakeLX

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How Could I Want More- Jamie Lynn Spears

Britney Spears isn’t the only one in the Spears family releasing new music here at the end of the year. Her little sister Jamie Lynn Spears is relaunching her country music career after taking a hiatus in 2011. You may remember her as Zooey from Nickelodeon’s hit TV show in the early 2000’s called Zooey 101. After the show Jamie Lynn wanted to start a country music career and moved to Nashville after she had her first child.

“How Could I Want More” is Jamie Lynn’s first single ever since none of her previous work was sent out. The single reminds me of an early Taylor Swift song and it sounds really good. Jamie Lynn’s voice is, dare I even say it, better than Britney Spears’ voice. The song really shows off how well she can sing. I love Britney, but you can’t use auto-tune in a country song(at least not yet). The song is catchy enough and I think could be a big hit on country radio. Will it make a big crossover hit as well considering who her sister is? You can hear more Jamie Lynn by listening to the track on Britney’s new album Britney Jean out December 2. She is featured on one of the albums tracks. Listen to “How Could I Want More” below.

What did you think of Jamie Lynn’s “How Could I Want More”? Let me know in the comments.

-JakeLX

Blockbuster Memories

November 18, 2013- Today I talk about Blockbuster finally closing and the memories left behind.

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Marvel Superhero Takeover

November 11, 2013- Today I discuss the takeover of our world by Marvel character driven media content thanks to Disney and Netflix.

 

 

What are your thoughts on this Marvel overload? Let me know in the comment section.

-JakeLX

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