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CMT All-Time Top 40: Taylor Swift

CMT.COM – Taylor Swift makes the list of CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice at No. 16, a position she shares with Patsy Cline.

A list of the most influential artists in history chosen by country stars themselves, another honoree is revealed each week on CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

George Strait, Hunter Hayes, Cole Swindell, the Oak Ridge Boys and Big & Rich were just some of the artists who cited Swift as an iconic singer, songwriter and role model.

Many of the country stars praised Swift for her abilities as a live performer.

My God, she’s huge now,” said Strait, who had Swift on his tour as an opening act in 2007. “Nobody really knew who Taylor was at that time, and it was me and her and Ronnie Milsap. It was a great package. I don’t know how many people she played for before then, but it was a little different for her, especially going with the round stage because it’s a little different anyway. But, man, she took to it like a duck to water. I mean, it was just a couple of nights before she had it down, and she’s a great entertainer. I love Taylor.”

She always has such an intense production,” Hayes agreed. “Just an emotional, moving sort of extension of the music. The songs already mean so much. She’s a writer from such a real place, things you can really relate to … the kind of songs you can flip on and immediately connect with. But it’s where she takes it live that’s another step beyond. It’s one of the most entertaining shows I’ve ever seen. She always gives 110 percent, you know? One hundred percent is not enough.”

Swindell said Swift is an inspiration for musicians who are just starting out.

I respect her as an artist,” he said. “She writes most of her music, and she deals with the critics and everybody. She’s just a sweet person, and the way she treats her fans is really an inspiration to me and how I want to treat my fans. She’s very involved and, I mean, look at her shows. … I just think she’s a great role model for kids. I think girls that look up to her are looking up to a good girl, and she’s an amazing artist.”

Speaking from a slightly more experienced point of view, the Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall had this to say:

You’ve got to love Taylor Swift and what she has done,” he began. “I equate her with Bruce Springsteen. I wrote a piece about her in Country Weekly magazine a while back, about an older guy’s feelings for Taylor Swift. I can’t identify too much with some of the songs she sings — I’m 65 years old, for crying out loud — but do I love her? Yes, I do. I think she’s a great example for kids these days. Do I think she’s gonna get bigger and bigger and bigger? I’d say the sky is the limit for Taylor.”

Let me tell you what Taylor Swift is,” said Big & Rich’s John Rich. “She’s a kickass songwriter. That girl knows what she’s doing. And whatever she does for the rest of her life, she will always be a great songwriter and have my respect.”

We’ve always watched her career, and it’s been absolutely amazing,” Big Kenny continued. “From such a young age, the talent she’s possessed and the forthrightness she’s gone about her whole career with, I think she’s just exceptional and has been an amazing role model in our industry and in our genre. Just across the board, a total class act.”

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August 31, 2014   0 Comments
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Taylor Swift Joins ‘The Voice’ as Guest Mentor

It was just announced that Taylor will serve as advisor in an episode of The Voice’s seventh season. Read the article below!

ROLLINGSTONE.COM – Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams aren’t the only huge additions heading to this season of The Voice: Taylor Swift will stop by for an episode to serve as an advisor to the hopeful contestants, Us Weekly reports. “Taylor was an absolute pleasure to work with,” a source told Us of Swift’s The Voice appearance. “She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor.” Hopefully Swift won’t also be teaching contestants how to dance.

Swift is the latest superstar to be recruited as guest advisor for The Voice’s seventh season. Much like Coldplay’s Chris Martin last season, Swift will assist all the contestants and not just one specific judge’s team. Along with Swift, Stevie Nicks (Team Adam Levine), Bush’s Gavin Rossdale (his wife’s Team Stefani), Little Big Town (Team Blake Shelton) and Alicia Keys (Team Williams) will also appear as guest mentors.

Swift’s songs have long been a favorite of Voice contestants, and in June 2013, Swift herself made a surprise appearance during the competition when she visited the rehearsal of contestant Michelle Chamuel, who was set to perform the Red smash “I Know You Were Trouble.” Swift gave Chamuel’s rendition enthusiastic approval. “That was so emotional. All the vocal runs you picked, it was so amazing,” Swift told Chamuel. “The way you doubled over with your hair in your face and everything, don’t stop doing that.”

The Voice’s seventh season is scheduled to premiere on September 22, five weeks before Swift’s first ‘straight-up pop’ album 1989 arrives on October 27.

August 30, 2014   0 Comments
Taylor Swift's Road to Vegas

iHeartRadio: Taylor Swift’s Road to Vegas

iHeartRadio just posted an interview with Taylor and she talks about the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Watch it below!

August 29, 2014   0 Comments
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Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100

BILLBOARD.COM – Thanks to a monster first week for ‘Shake It Off,’ Swift rattles and rolls to No. 1.

Taylor Swift takes over as the top artist in the U.S., as she vaults to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100, marking her first week atop the chart. She’d re-entered the list at No. 69 last week as buzz built for her new Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Shake It Off.”

The Artist 100 provides the first weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across Billboard’s most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, Billboard 200 albums chart and the Social 50. The Artist 100 blends data measuring album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Swift soars to No. 1 on the Artist 100 with a gigantic 807 percent surge in overall points, and with digital song sales the biggest driver (67 percent) of her total weekly activity. Leading the way: 544,000 downloads sold for “Shake” in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the biggest weekly total for a song this year. In addition to the Hot 100, the track also launches at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart.

Streaming (17 percent) accounts for the second-biggest slice of Swift’s Artist 100 points, as “Shake” blasts onto Streaming Songs at No. 2 with 18.4 million first-week U.S. streams, according to Nielsen BDS. At 8 percent, radio airplay follows, with “Shake” catapulting 45-9 on Radio Songs with a 139 percent increase to 71 million all-format audience impressions.

Swift is just the second female artist to rule the Artist 100 (since the list launched seven weeks ago), following Ariana Grande, who, after rising 4-1 last week, dips to No. 7. Expect Grande to challenge for the Artist 100′s top spot next week when her second album, My Everything, is set to storm in atop the Billboard 200.

Below Swift, two hip-hop stars make lofty leaps up the Artist 100.

August 28, 2014   0 Comments
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“Shake It Off” Outtakes Video #1 – The Cheerleaders

Taylor Swift released the first behind the scenes video of her newest music video “Shake it Off”. We have added screen captures of the video in our gallery. You can watch the video below!

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August 27, 2014   0 Comments
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Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

BILLBOARD.COM – Swift’s new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video.

Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with “Shake It Off.” As expected, her new self-empowerment anthem debuts at the top following its first week of availability.

The explosion of “Shake” also spurs Swift to vault to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (which measures song and album sales, radio airplay, streaming and social activity), up from No. 69 last week. (A deeper story covering the latest Artist 100 to follow on Billboard.com.)

The lead single from Swift’s Oct. 27 Big Machine Records album 1989 soars in at the Hot 100′s summit fueled by a combination of immense sales, radio airplay and streaming (the chart’s three measurement components). Swift released the song for digital purchase and to radio, and premiered its official video, last Monday (Aug. 18, just after 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET), the same day that she hosted a Yahoo! live stream announcing the new set’s release.

Swift also performed “Shake” on the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (Aug. 24).

“Shake” marks Swift’s second Hot 100 No. 1, following 2012′s three-week leader “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” the first single from her last album, Red.

As “Shake” enters at No. 1 on the Hot 100, Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” makes its own headlines, hurdling 39-2 following the premiere of its racy video. Meanwhile, the chart’s top song for the past six weeks, MAGIC!’s “Rude,” tumbles to No. 5.

As we do each Wednesday (the day that the Hot 100 is compiled each week), let’s look at the numbers behind the top 10, including Swift’s swift ascent to No. 1 this week.

“Shake” arrives with 544,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sum marks the greatest weekly total this year and the fourth-best bow all-time, two of which now belong to Swift. Flo Rida’s “Right Round” began with 636,000 (Feb. 28, 2009), followed by Swift’s “Together” (623,000, Sept. 1, 2012). Katy Perry’s “Roar” ranks third with 557,000 sold in its first week (Aug. 31, 2013).

Previously, Pharrell Williams held this year’s best sales mark, when “Happy” sold 490,000 (March 22). The prior top debut of 2014: Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, which opened with 438,000 (May 17).

“Shake” marks Swift’s seventh Digital Songs No. 1 (all of which have debuted at the apex). She ties Britney Spears for the fourth-most leaders, following Rihanna (13), Perry (10) and Eminem (nine).

On the Streaming Songs chart, “Shake” catapults in for a No. 2 debut with 18.4 million first-week U.S. streams, according to Nielsen BDS. With the song not available on on-demand audio subscription services, it arrives with 98 percent of its streaming points from Vevo on YouTube clicks for its video.

On Radio Songs, “Shake” skyrockets 45-9 in its second week with a 139 percent increase to 71 million all-format audience impressions, according to BDS. (Why was “Shake” on Radio Songs last week but not Digital Songs or Streaming Songs? Radio Songs follows a Wednesday-Tuesday tracking week, while sales and streaming cover a Monday-Sunday period. “Shake” debuted on Radio Songs last week with 29 million impressions in its first two days, aided by hourly plays on participating Clear Channel and Media Entertainment-owned pop and adult pop radio stations in its first day-and-a-half; those plays, thus, do not contribute to the song’s sum on this week’s list.)

“Shake” is the first song to reach the Radio Songs top 10 in two weeks or fewer since Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” debuted at No. 6 (with 79 million) on Feb. 26, 2011. The song went on to top the April 2, 2011, tally.

As previously reported, “Shake” shattered a radio record, launching at an all-time-best No. 9 on Adult Pop Songs. It also scores a record-matching No. 12 start on Pop Songs this week.

“Shake” is just the 22nd of the Hot 100′s 1,038 No. 1s all-time to debut at the pinnacle. (Cue up a celebratory chorus of Swift’s “22.”) It’s also the second straight No. 1 starter with “shake” in its title: Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” began a five-week reign when it launched on top on March 2, 2013.

As for title trivia, “Shake It Off” is the sixth Hot 100 No. 1 with “shake” in its name. It follows Baauer’s viral hit; Nelly, Diddy and Murphy Lee’s “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (2003); Bob Seger’s “Shakedown” (1987); Gregory Abbott’s “Shake You Down” (also 1987); and, the “shake”-iest such smash, KC and the Sunshine Band’s disco classic “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” (1976).

Also, dating to her arrival on Sept. 23, 2006, with “Tim McGraw,” Swift swipes her 60th Hot 100 hit, a threshold that only 13 other acts (to reference Swift’s favorite number …) have reached in the chart’s 56-year history. Only one female act has made more Hot 100 visits: Aretha Franklin, with 73. (The cast of Fox’s Glee leads all acts with 207 Hot 100 entries.)

Congratulations are likewise in order for Republic Records, which is promoting “Shake” to pop and adult radio. With Swift’s hit at No. 1 and Minaj’s “Anaconda” at No. 2, Republic claims the Hot 100′s top two ranks simultaneously for the first time in its history.

August 27, 2014   0 Comments