Kelly Clarkson bestowed upon us humble plebs the most glorious and stirring “Shake It Off” cover to ever make its way through our speakers (not that I know of all too many “Shake It Off” covers to begin with, but you get my drift.) As Kelly’s embarrassingly obsessive #1 superfan from roughly years 2002 – 2007, I’m glad to know she’s still kicking ass without my angsty youthful self cheering on her every move. The the song starts around the 1:00 mark, and in case you were wondering, Taylor loved it too and gives her pop-star blessing. [Jezebel]
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »
So here’s what I think really happened when Taylor Swift released “Out Of The Woods” last week: some wild techno remix that she was saving for months down the line was accidentally released in the place of the original track, and this lovely singer Kathleen Nguyen thought she’d do Tay a solid by posting a video of the soft, acoustic, correct version of it. I’m all about Taylor trying out new sounds, but this rendition of “Out Of The Woods” is a much more emotionally honest fit for those from-the-heart lyrics. See Taylor? Your fans know you better than yourself. If you’re as in love with this cover as I am, you can download it here.
I remember watching and rooting for Kelly Clarkson when she was on Season 1 of “American Idol,” and to this day, I can’t get enough of her voice. I honestly feel like she’s one of the most underrated singers in the biz, so when she does gets credit where credit is due, I’m a happy girl. Let this video be Exhibit A.
Kelly covered Sam Smith’s ballad “Stay With Me” during a recent North Carolina concert, and absolutely blew it out of the park. While I love the original version of the song, there’s just a real, raw quality to Kelly’s voice that drives it home for me. Check out the video above and see for yourself.
Taylor Swift has gifted the world with yet another single from her upcoming album, and this one is about her love of city life. She told USA Today that ”Welcome To New York” is “a really wide-eyed, optimistic approach to moving to New York, or just visiting for the first time, or stepping off the plane for the first time. My favorite thing about that song is it sounds exactly how that feeling felt to me — just joyous, hopeful optimism and endless opportunities, endless inspiration, right there in front of you.” Apparently living in Manhattan really suits her— and also, would her street style looks really be as inspired and twee if she lived in LA or Nashville? I’m not sure how I feel about the song itself, but listen for yourselves. Maybe it’s an acquired taste. Only 6 days left until the full album drops and fangirl mayhem ensues! [Refinery 29; USA Today]