After teasing it for days, Taylor Swift released “Out of the Woods,” the newest single from her album 1989, late Monday night. Out of the Woods is arguably what Swift does best: It’s a highly emotional song about a rocky relationship. READ FULL STORY
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By now you probably know that Meghan Trainor is “All About That Bass.” The irresistible hit single, a body-positive polemic dolled up in a poodle skirt, has turned the Nashville wannabe into a pop star in four months flat: It’s notched more than 120 million views on YouTube, and has spent five weeks and counting perched atop the Billboard Hot 100. Not bad for a 20-year-old from Nantucket, Mass., who moved south to write songs. “I don’t feel like a famous pop star yet,” she tells EW. “I still get super nervous. I’m like, ‘Fake it till you make it!’ Or ‘Pretend you’re Beyoncé right now!’ That almost works.”
If she keeps this up, it won’t be long before up-and-comers are pretending they’re Meghan Trainor. But until then, the singer has a simple request: Can she please get paid now?
EW: “All About That Bass” is No. 1 in 25 countries. Have you splurged on anything yet?
MEGHAN TRAINOR: I mean, you don’t see money at first. I’m like, “Where the money is?” I still have the same exact bank account.
How did the line “I’m all about that bass, no treble” originally come about?
[Producer Kevin Kadish] had written “Bass, no treble,” and I was in my phase of saying, “I’m all about that Mexican food!” [Laughs] That was my slang. So I was like, “I’m all about that bass, no treble.” He said, “I can’t figure out what to relate it with.” And I was like, “Booty!” Once we started writing it, I remember his smile when he said “skinny bitches.” That’s when we looked at each other like, “We’ll never make a dime off this, but I’m fine with that.”
You wanted to sell it to another artist?
We pitched it as songwriters, and no one wanted it. The only one who liked it, I think, was a person on Beyoncé’s team. But it couldn’t work for her, because… obvious reasons.
What do you mean?
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After nine weeks of climbing, Meghan Trainor’s breakout single “All About That Bass” has finally reached the top spot on the Hot 100, moving up from No. 2 last week. It’s a big deal for a promising young artist and one of the more charming contenders for Song of Summer title, but the bigger news might be who she beat for the position: Taylor Swift, whose “Shake It Off” slips to No. 2 after just two weeks at No. 1.
“Shake” easily debuted there thanks to a half million in sales and 50 million YouTube plays in its first week out, but its reign atop the chart was almost noticeably brief compared to other recent number ones. Magic!’s “Rude” spent six straight weeks there before “Shake” knocked it out, and Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s “Fancy” spent seven. Swift’s sworn enemy Katy Perry spent four weeks at No. 1 at the beginning of the year with “Dark Horse,” while Pharrell’s colossal “Happy” held the position for an impressive 10 weeks. Even John Legend’s milquetoast “All of Me” held the spot for a week longer than “Shake.”
As predicted, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” debuted at number one on the Hot 100 this week after racking up over 500 thousand copies sold and 50 million YouTube plays since it dropped 10 days ago, not to mention the fact that it’s dominating pop radio. Swift’s also number one on Billboard‘s new Artist 100 chart, which combines performance across the Hot 100, the Billboard 200 album chart, and the Internet-centric Social 50 chart.
Also as expected, Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” is sitting right below it, having leapt from number 39 after the release of its thoroughly surreal and deeply salacious video. Despite the fact that “Anaconda”‘s visual has blasted “Shake” out of the water in terms of virality, Nicki’s only at number three on the Artist 100, right behind Wiz Khalifa.
After reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with her haters-gonna-hate track “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift released an “outtakes” video of the shoot. But don’t expect too many pratfalls from Swift.
Billboard reported today that the already ubiquitous “Shake It Off” debuted in first place, beating out Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” which came in second. The news prompted Swift to tweet: “I can’t thank radio and you all enough for the Hot 100 #1! But I can give you this video of Shake It Off outtakes.”
The outtakes video, which is apparently just the first of multiple videos to be released, is a behind the scenes look into the making of the divisive “Shake It Off” rather than a blooper reel. In fact, Swift appears more put-together here talking about her theories on coolness than she does in the actual music video, which features her goofily trying to keep up with professional dancers. The outtakes do, however, reveal some new information about Swift. What the world learned about Swift today: Selling “millions of records” doesn’t make her “feel cool,” she hates running, and she makes this face.
On Monday, when Taylor Swift unveiled her new single in front of a select group of Swifties (and an untold number of viewers watching it on webstream), she did so with the casual confidence of someone with a large enough and devoted enough fan base to ensure it a No. 1 spot. And according to Billboard, “Shake It Off” very well may debut at the top of the Hot 100 next week, finally knocking Magic!’s strangely resilient “Rude” out of the place it’s held since mid-July. She’ll face some heavy competition when she gets there, though—much of it from female artists. Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea have basically owned the chart for the entire summer. Between the two of them they currently have five out of the top 10 songs in the country, including their team-up “Problem.”
Taylor Swift dropped some big news yesterday—her forthcoming album 1989, inspired by the sounds of “late ’80s pop,” will debut on October 27. The singer also released the album’s first single and music video. EW writers Kyle Anderson (who knows a lot about music) and Marc Snetiker (who really, really likes music) debate the merits of Swift’s latest song—and whether it’s a hit or a miss.
MARC: Do you know what it feels like when Kermit the Frog dances? When he waves his hands in the air and lets his head wobble freely, as if little more than fabric and stitching is holding it together? That, perhaps, is how to best describe the dance I haven’t been able to stop doing—alone, in my office, with or without the lights on—since Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” dropped.
KYLE: I should begin by saying I don’t have any fundamental problem with Taylor Swift. She’s made a lot of songs that I like, and she’s made a lot of songs I don’t particularly care for. I’ve enjoyed work that she has done both in a pure country form (“The Best Day” is a tremendous acoustic story-song) and when she’s gone totally pop (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” remains my jam). But I find “Shake It Off” pretty repulsive for a number of reasons. I’ll start with the one that has always driven me nuts about Taylor Swift: Her inexplicable persecution complex. Sure, her personal life gets written about in tabloids, and she’s had to put up with her share of paparazzi, but she isn’t affected any more than any other famous person, and she’s spun the prurient interest in her paramours into radio gold time and time again. The whole “Haters gonna hate” refrain rings so unbelievably false to me. READ FULL STORY
In a half press conference, half fan event hosted on a Yahoo! livestream this afternoon, Taylor Swift shared a new single, its video, and the news that she has a new album out Oct. 27. The song, “Shake It Off,” is an enthusiastic, uptempo composition with flourishes of retro soul thanks to a skronking horn arrangement and a dance-friendly energy that the video, directed by Mark Romanek, reflects with performances by dancers in styles ranging from ballet to twerking. In a surprise turn, Swift handles the song’s rap interlude herself.
The album will be called 1989, both for the year of Swift’s birth and the period of pop history that it draws most heavily from. Swift said that according to people she talked to in the course of investigating late ’80s pop, the era was “apparently a time of limitless potential.” She described 1989 as both “my very first documented, official pop album” and “my favorite album we ever made.”
1989 is available for pre-order from Swift’s website, which seems to be down at the moment thanks to an overwhelming amount of traffic. A deluxe version of the LP will feature several songs in their earliest demo form as voice memos saved to Swift’s phone, as well as reproductions from Polaroids she’s shot.
This week’s biggest new release is British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran’s x. Sheeran’s songwriting work for Taylor Swift and One Direction and acoustic pop style have earned him a fan base that’s heavy on younger listeners, but x (which is apparently meant to be pronounced “multiply”) deals with more mature themes, like the alienation that comes with fame and life on the road, as well as the ways sexual and chemical diversions can get away from you. People seem to be digging his new grown-up persona–our Melissa Maerz gave the album a B.
For this installment of the Breakdown we’ll take x apart and figure out what it’s made of. READ FULL STORY
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