Taylor Swift is at the top of her game currently and as the new year starts, the vocal powerhouse does not seem to be coming slow this year either.
The 30-year-old Bad Blood singer is adding another feather to her cap as she gears up to release her emotionally-riveting documentary that narrates her journey and rise to fame as one of the most dominant names in the world of music.
The announcement was made by Netflix on Saturday as the official Twitter handle unveiled the title of the documentary as Miss Americana, directed by Lana Wilson.
“From director Lana Wilson, a raw and emotionally revealing look at Taylor Swift; following one of the most iconic artists of our time as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice,” the tweet read.
In another high-profile documentary on music stardom, Taylor Swift: Miss Americana will premiere at Sundance and on Netflix at a still unspecified date. The film will cover, according to director Lana Wilson, a “transformational period in [Swift’s] life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice”.
In other words: probably the past three or so years in Swift’s career, a time in which the singer retreated from the spotlight following a very public feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, embraced a more outsized political voice (especially on LGBTQ+ rights), released two albums and became a leading voice for artist compensation in the music industry.
Documentaries detailing (with cooperation) the lives of such figures as Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Rihanna, Greta Thunberg and Hillary Clinton are all set to premiere on global streaming services this year, as well as topical features on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and gun safety activism after Parkland. Here are 10 of the most buzzworthy documentaries to catch in 2020:
Miss Americana will make its official debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival on January 23. Until recently, it was uncertain if Swift would be able to release the documentary as planned; the singer claimed that Scooter Braun, who owns the copyright to her first six albums released on Big Machine, had declined to license the music for use in the film. Swift also claimed Braun would allow her to use her music only if she agreed to stop talking about him or Braun as well as agree to not re-record the material in 2020, when she is legally permitted to. Last month, Variety reported that the rights had been cleared “within a timely manner.”
In a new interview with Variety ahead of her upcoming documentary Miss Americana, the musician, 30, revealed that her mother had recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor while undergoing treatment for cancer. Andrea’s cancer had returned for the second time while the documentary was filming, Swift revealed last March.
“Everyone loves their mom; everyone’s got an important mom,” Swift told the magazine. “But for me, she’s really the guiding force. Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it first. So obviously it was a really big deal to ever speak about her illness.”
“She was going through chemo, and that’s a hard enough thing for a person to go through,” the singer said.
“While she was going through treatment, they found a brain tumor,” Swift continued. “And the symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we’ve ever been through with her cancer before. So it’s just been a really hard time for us as a family.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Swift spoke about her relatively short touring schedule this year following the release of her new album Lover. The musician explained that her mother was “the reason” she wanted to spend less time on the road.
“I mean, we don’t know what is going to happen,” she shared. “We don’t know what treatment we’re going to choose. It just was the decision to make at the time, for right now, for what’s going on.