Taylor Swift’s new music is finally here and we’re obsessed already. The 24-year-0ld super star is holding a secret ‘1989’ session with iHeartRadio on Oct. 27 — and you can watch it right here, thanks to Yahoo! It’s been a huge day for Taylor Swift and that’s not slowing down anytime soon! She’s doing a secret session with iHeartRadio, and we’ve got the live stream! While we don’t know much about the “secret,” we know that it’ll be great and all about her new album, 1989, which dropped Oct. 27 and is already a huge hit!
Not only did Taylor drop 1989 today, but she also revealed that she’ll be headlining Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest! This isn’t surprising — people are totally already obsessed with her new music. Her first two songs of her first-ever pop album almost instantly became a hit!
She also appeared on Good Morning America as well as Ellen on Oct. 27 to talk all about her new music and even put on two sexy performances! Then, after watching the livestream you can head to NBC and see Taylor’s debut on The Voice as the key advisor for the season!
This is Ms. Swift at her peak. It’s funny and knowing, and serves to assert both her power and her primness. By contrast, the songs where she sounds the least jaded — “How You Get the Girl,” “Welcome to New York” — are among the least effective.
It’s hard for Ms. Swift to still sell naïveté; she’s too well-known and too good at her job. That’s likely at least part of the reason that the bonus edition of this album includes three voice memos recorded by Ms. Swift on her telephone that showcase bits of songs in their early stages. They’re there as gifts for obsessives, but also as boasts, flaunting her expertise and also her aw-shucks demeanor. “I Wish You Would” shows her singing without any vocal manipulation, and though the lyrics to “I Know Places” and “Blank Space” changed a bunch from this stage to the final version, it’s clear that the melodies were intact, and sturdy, from the beginning.
There are a few songs in which production dominates: the two songs written and produced with Jack Antonoff (of fun and Bleachers). “Out of the Woods” and “I Wish You Would,” which burst with erupting drums, moody synths and sizzling guitars; and “Bad Blood,” which has booming drums reminiscent of the Billy Squier ones often sampled in hip-hop.
But these are outliers. Ms. Swift has always been melody first, and if she wanted to give herself over to a producer and sound of the moment, she could have gone several different, more obvious routes, or even stayed in country, which is as hip-hop inflected as pop is these days. (For the record, there are a few sort-of-modern phrases sprinkled through the lyrics — “this sick beat,” " mad love” and the chorus of “Shake It Off,” where she squeaks “the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” — though they are mostly there to underscore just how out of place Ms. Swift sounds singing them.)
But by making pop with almost no contemporary references, Ms. Swift is aiming somewhere even higher, a mode of timelessness that few true pop stars — aside from, say, Adele, who has a vocal gift that demands such an approach — even bother aspiring to. Everyone else striving to sound like now will have to shift gears once the now sound changes. But not Ms. Swift, who’s waging, and winning, a new war, one she’d never admit to fighting.
Taylor Swift's 1989 continues to rack up monster sales, as industry forecasters now say the album could sell 1.2 million copies in its first week (ending Nov. 2). It's thus nearing the 1.21 million bow of her last album, 2012's Red (which was also the last release to sell a million copies in a week, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
The new album was released through Big Machine Records on Oct. 27 and is Swift's fifth studio album. It should easily debut atop next week's Billboard 200 chart, when its top 10 is revealed (along with Swift's official sales figure) on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Sources say 1989 sold more than 600,000 albums in its first day on sale, mostly from Target (which carried an exclusive version of the album) and Apple's iTunes Store. Apple says 1989 broke the pre-order record in its U.S. store, surpassing One Direction's 195,000 pre-order figure for last year's Midnight Memories.
If 1989 sells as forecasted, it will become the biggest-selling album released in 2014 after only one week on sale, have the largest sales week by any album since Red, and make Swift the only act to earn three million-selling weeks. Swift's album is obviously the biggest news this week, in terms of new releases, but there are other albums also heading for the top 10. They include the new Now 52 compilation (90,000), country singer Sam Hunt's Montevallo (aiming for around 60,000 sold) and two Led Zeppelin reissues: Led Zeppelin IV (35,000) and Houses of the Holy (30,000).
Leave it up to Taylor Swift to play the largest concert EVER at Times Square. But it only makes sense for the blonde beauty, especially right now. Not only is she having the biggest week of her life so far with the release of her first pop album 1989, but she was also just named the latest spokesperson for New York City! So duh, selling out Times Square seems right on target.
The songstress joined Good Morning America (for her second time this week) and performed three of her hit songs from her new album, including "Welcome to New York," "Out of the Woods," and "Shake It Off." Despite the chilly weather (it was 36-degrees), she donned her standard hot pants because she's T. Swift.
After her first songs, she also got a chance to speak with host Robin Roberts and revealed, "I'm going to go on tour," and that details would be released "very soon." She also had to take a moment to thank the fans who had camped out all night for her performance and bought her album, confessing she's having "the best week of my life!"
'1989' also aiming to beat Britney Spears' record sales week for a woman. As the days tick by, the sales forecast for Taylor Swift's 1989 album continues to grow. As of Nov. 1, with only one full day left in the album's debut tracking week, industry forecasters now say 1989 could sell over 1.3 million copies through Nov. 2. Thus, the album is now aiming to surpass the one-week sales record for an album by a woman, set by the debut of Britney Spears' Oops! … I Did It Again in 2000, when it arrived with 1.319 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
1989 is also set to earn the largest sales week for any album since 2002, when Eminem's The Eminem Show sold 1.322 million in its first full week on sale. The album's official debut week sales figure, as tabulated by SoundScan, will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 5. 1989 is Swift's fifth studio effort and was released on Oct. 27 through Big Machine Records.
A little over two weeks ago, forecasters pegged the new album to sell 750,000 in its debut frame. Then, about a week ago (Oct. 23), it was upgraded to 800,000. By mid-day Oct. 27, the album's release day, its projection grew to over 900,000. The next day: 1 million, followed by upgrades to 1.2 million on Oct. 29 and then 1.25 million on Oct. 31.
1989 will be Swift's third consecutive album to sell more than a million copies in its first week, making her the only act ever to earn three million-selling weeks. (She was already the only woman to do it twice since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.)