Being Mean To Taylor Swift’s Mom

(04.10.2015) Thursday Taylor Swift told the world that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer. People were mostly supportive and comforting, but some internet jerks were still at it. I don’t get it, especially with something like cancer.

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A TIDAL Wave Is Coming

(04.08.2015) Last week Jay-Z announced his new music streaming company TIDAL. It is suppose to be the thing that changes the history of music. While I support it in some ways, I don’t in other ways.

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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.

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Taylor Swift Is The Pinnacle Of Success

Last night at The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards show in Nashville, Taylor Swift won the Pinnacle Award. The Pinnacle Award is given to those country artists that reach true global success. AT only 23(24 next month) Taylor Swift has amounted the success that points to her truly deserving this award. I couldn’t have been happier for her and can’t wait to see how she continues to dominate the music scene.

Before Taylor Swift was awarded the Pinnacle Award they played a video package that talked about her start and her success through her Red Tour. There were congratulations given by musicians of all genres, actors, and actresses. Ellen DeGeneres even congratulated her in a funny way. The stage at the award show had all the people who gave Taylor a chance to open for them when she was just getting started. Tim McGraw(Taylor’s first hit was a song named after him) seemed to be the most emotional as he introduced the award and the achievement it took to reach the status to even be considered for the Pinnacle Award.

You could see that Taylor Swift was actually surprised that she won even though she already knew she won. She commented that she didn’t know about the video and she didn’t know how it would feel actually being on stage accepting the award. Genuine pure surprise that we haven’t seen since she started racking up awards. Taylor’s parents and brother were in attendance and I think it made her even more emotional. I had never seen her father before and her brother can call me if he wants. I will take my responsibility as Taylor’s brother-in-law seriously.

Watching I had goosebumps and my eyes may have gotten a little wet. Hearing her story and seeing how successful she has become truly shows that dreams can come true. If a little girl from Pennsylvania can dream to become a huge country artists, get that and then turn into a huge superstar, then dreams can happen. Congratulations, Taylor Swift!

What are your thoughts on Taylor Swift winning the Pinnacle Award? What did you think about the presentation? Let me know in the comment section.

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100 Subscribers On You Tube

The first 100.

This week I reached 100 subscribers on my personal You Tube channel. While this may not be a very exciting thing for some, it is for me. I didn’t start focusing on my personal channel until November 2011 when I decided to do vlogs. I had another channel for sketches, but I decided to move those on to my personal channel as well. I would say the point when my channel started to grow was in October of 2012 when I started doing life vlogs and continued to vlog. The bulk of the subscriber gains has occurred during 2013, especially since June of this year. Obviously it has taken me a year and ten months to gain 100 subscribers. It has been a very long and difficult process to figure out how to do this. I hope the next 100 comes in easy.

What have I learned since focusing on my personal channel?

I have learned that the videos I upload that aren’t life vlogs need to be of a better quality. Quality on You Tube to be isn’t just about the camera you have, but also about the content you’re discussing, your knowledge in that content, and how well prepared you seem to come across to your viewers. It really is the battle of quality versus quantity. I also have come to the conclusion that Taylor Swift stories sell, and that girls are a huge percentage of the market for videos on You Tube.

What are my plans for the future?

In the future I plan to continue releasing my daily life vlogs at least through the end of 2014 if not beyond that. I also plan on releasing my vlogs, Vlogosphere, every Monday. The daily releasing of vlogs isn’t needed nor wanted by anyone that may subscribe to my channel. My plan is to also get back to make comedy sketches that will be released either on Wednesday of Friday. I haven’t decided, but this will begin in the near future.  Over the course of next summer I would also like to see me film a short film. It too would be released on my personal channel. I am excited for the future and what it may mean for my channel. I hope to grow it into a huge subscriber base that people will know about.

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The Problem With Taylor Swift

The problem with Taylor Swift is not herself, but from the genre she calls her original home. Country music found Taylor Swift cute, and loved her when at sixteen-years-old she released her first single “Tim McGraw”. She was a young, twangy girl who was a nice novelty that wouldn’t go very far in her career. She wouldn’t become a threat to huge country superstars. They couldn’t have been more wrong about that though.

While her first album Taylor Swift came out in 2006, it was very country in sound and twang, her sophomore album, Fearless, is what made her career take off. Fearless was released in 2009, and was Taylor’s first take on country pop and she even had two singles make it to mainstream Top-40 radio. “Love Story” was the first single to crossover and began to play on mainstream radio. “Love Story” became a huge success along with the next crossover single “You Belong With Me”. During the Fearless era is when Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech for the VMA’s Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me”. Even I think that this one event helped Taylor’s career skyrocket. I do believe she is very talented, and I do think she was going to get where she is now, but I think it would have taken a little longer had Kanye not interrupted the little unknown, to most, country girl accepting her award.

Taylor’s third album, Speak Now, perfected the country pop sound when it was released in 2010.  All the tracks could very easily be played on country radio and mainstream radio. Speak Now had six singles, four of which were successful on both country and mainstream radio. Those four singles are “Mine”, “Back To December”, “Mean”, and “Ours”. “The Story of Us” and “Sparks Fly”, the other two singles released were more successful on country radio along with the previous four singles mentioned. Taylor even was awarded a Grammy for the song “Mean”. Taylor was so huge by the time Speak Now was released, she embarked on a world tour. Not many country, old country, or country pop artists do world tours.

By the time we get to last year for the release of Red, Taylor had become a huge star around the entire world. People every where knew her name and knew who she was, and were singing her songs.  Taylor was ready to move on and experiment with her sound beyond anything she had done before. Red was released in October 2012 to high praise from most critics. Country music fans seemed to hate it before it even came out with the single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” being released to country and mainstream radio. While the single didn’t do as well on country radio, it was Taylor’s first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. “Begin Again” was released as the second single and fared better on country radio, but was pretty successful on mainstream radio as well. The second single, “I knew You Were Trouble” was just sent to mainstream radio and rightfully so, as it is Taylor’s least country song that she has ever made. “22” was the next single which was sent to mainstream radio. I thought this one could be played on country, as I find it no different from most of the tracks on Speak Now. The fifth single is “Everything Has Changed”, which features Ed Sheeran. It is unclear if the single is being released in North America, but it is confirmed for the UK. The rest of the tracks on Red all could easily be crossover hits for both country and mainstream radio. The next country radio single is going to be the title song “Red”. I think we could also see “Everything Has Changed”, “All Too Well”, “State of Grace”, and a few more that could be crossover hits.

Many have said that Taylor only used country music to get into the business, because it is easier to get into country. First, that isn’t saying much about your preferred genre of music. Second, Taylor has said she loves country music and I believe her. She still seems to be well liked by her country music peers, and still works with many of them. If they hated her, “Highway Don’t Care” wouldn’t have been made. Most of the hate seems to come from the country fans and critics. Fortunately neither make the business shots in Nashville. While Taylor seems to be getting exiled from country music, fans love hearing Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, and many more country artists that have that same country pop and country rock sound that Taylor Swift makes. Why aren’t these artists ridiculed?

I have a feeling it is jealousy of her being so successful beyond country music. It has to do with her being that successful and a woman, as country music has never been a genre of music that has made it easy to be a woman. Before Taylor became a huge crossover success, the fans and critics were already talking her down all the time. I also think the conservative fan base doesn’t like her more Hollywood life. She does hangout with actors and actresses, and other big non-country music artists. At the same time she still comes back t her home, Nashville and hangout with everyone there. She doesn’t seem to have let the fame and success go to her head. She is never in trouble and the tabloids never have anything on her except her love life. It’s easy with nothing else to go after, they go after her music, and if she is country or not. It’s exactly all the things that made “Mean” a Grammy award-winning song.

 

Taylor Swift New Country Single

It’s been awhile since Taylor Swift has released a single to country radio. Many country fans of hers are getting a little grumpy about it. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was released on August 13, 2012 to mainstream and country radio. Then on October 1, 2012 the next single “Begin Again” was released to country radio a few weeks after it was released to mainstream radio. Since then Taylor hasn’t released anything to country radio. “I Knew You Were Trouble” was released to mainstream radio on November 27, 2012 and clearly this single wouldn’t be released to country radio. It is the most non-country sounding song on the album. The latest single “22” was released to mainstream radio on March 13, 2013. I was expecting this song to be released to country as well. It wasn’t which surprised me since it has less of a “poppy” sound than even “WANEGBT” which was released to country radio.

Now eight months since Taylor Swift’s last release to country radio, she may be setting it up to release to country radio again. Last night at the CMT Awards, Taylor performed her song “Red”. This single is one that I have had picked out in my head to be her next country radio single. While on the album it sounds a bit more pop than her live performance, there is a demo of it on the deluxe and it was really country sounding. It is also a track that sounds similar to the other country singles that she released from Speak Now. “Red” is also a good choice because it can also be yet another mainstream radio single after “22”. The UK is getting “Everything Has Changed feat. Ed Sheeran”.

Despite whatever people think, I don’t think Taylor is done with country music. I think she can continue living between the two worlds of country and mainstream. It doesn’t matter what they can do in the studio, when Taylor performs live at award shows and while on her Red Tour, you can still hear her country twang and even the songs sound a little more country. Take a listen to “Red” as she performed on the CMT Awards last night down below. Let me know what you thought in the comment section.