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.
“My first album came out when I was 16, so I would write about my life as I saw it, as I felt it. And then what happens is as you get more successful, which you’re lucky if that happens, you have more and more people paying attention to what you’re doing and you’ve been doing it the same way your entire career as a songwriter, but all of a sudden the perspective has changed. They use kind of you writing songs about your life as a way to play detective. And for me, I have a really strict personal policy that I never name names, so anybody saying that a song is about a specific person is purely speculating….The most important thing for me is maintaining artistic integrity which means as a songwriter I still continue to write about my life…you’re going to have people who are gonna say, ‘Oh you know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,’ and I think, frankly, that’s just a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there.”
Taylor Swift told Australian radio station 2DayFM how she really feels about all the flack she gets for writing so many songs about ex-boyfriends, and, well, she makes a great point. [Celebuzz] [Image via AKM-GSI]
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]
When it comes to Taylor, you either love or hate her. It’s easy to hate her– she reminds you how awful it felt when your not-boyfriend broke up with you, and you listened to Red on repeat for days at a time, while lying on your bedroom floor. It was a low point, and Taylor is an incessant reminder of how boys can be the actual worst… whether you’re in college or a bonafide celebrity. The truth is, no matter how you feel about her, when T. Swizzle’s on, she’s really on. Read more on College Candy…
Taylor Swift is apparently Diet Coke’s new spokesgirl, and in this new commercial, she spends her afternoon surrounded by an ocean of kittens. Her own cat Olivia Benson even makes a cameo at the end, and if I’m being honest I’m totally twitching from wanting to pet all those little furballs. Meanwhile, Taylor’s other cat Meredith receives zero TV airtime and is totally getting the shaft. Sigh. It’s tough to be Mer. [Celebuzz]
I really kinda dig Taylor Swift. Her music is fun and sometimes, sadly, reflects my much-older dating woes, she’s smart and sassy, and she definitely has a sense of humor about her own fame. Case in point: when she wore this “No Its Becky” shirt out and about in NYC recently, a reference to an amazing Tumblr post that went viral, in which a photo of Taylor is identified as some random chick named Becky, who used to be happy and popular until she snorted marijuana at a party. And what do ya know, this moment in random pop culture memery is the perfect inspiration for any Swifty in need of a Halloween costume. Just don’t forget to bring Olivia Benson! Read on for details! Keep reading »