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August 23, 2014

The Guardian Interview

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We previously announced that Taylor Swift is on the cover of this week’s The Guardian Guide out today (August 23) in the UK. We have posted the full interview in our press archive. You can read it below!

She’s gone from ringletted country artist to feminist role model and the world’s most charming pop star. As she returns with her catchiest material yet, she talks awards-ceremony etiquette, autobiographical lyrics and why she puts nice before naughty

In Manhattan’s chi-chi Sant Ambroeus restaurant, the pair of smartly dressed women at the next table are making not-so-surreptitious “eek” faces at each other, having clocked that their neighbour for lunch is Taylor Swift. And that’s nothing compared to the commotion gathering outside: wherever Taylor Swift dines, a swarm of fans and paparazzi soon forms on the pavement.

This is normal life for the biggest force in pop right now, a global superstar whose songs soundtrack lives, whose tours sell out stadiums in seconds, and whose every facial expression generates a million tweets. Taylor Swift in 2014 is an extraordinary phenomenon. She began as a ringletted country singer, teenage sweetheart of the American heartland, but between 2006’s eponymous first album and now she’s become the kind of culturally titanic figure adored as much by gnarly rock critics as teenage girls, feminist intellectuals and, well, pretty much all of emotionally sentient humankind. Unlike Beyoncé with her indomitable run-the-world warrior-queen stylings, or Nicki Minaj, with her cartoonified, amplified self and pantheon of alter egos, there is very little image-making going on with Taylor Swift, pop star. Instead, it’s her “realness” that’s made her; as well as, of course, some clever choices and heavy doses of charisma and songwriting talent. She is, as her friend the teenage media magnate Tavi Gevinson put it, nothing less than “BFF to planet Earth”. Which, for one thing, entails talking to planet Earth at a moderate volume.

When I’m doing a concert, it’s not like, ‘WHAT’S UP LONDONNNNN!’ I pretty much just speak at this level,” she says. As a result, her stadium shows have the confessional good feeling of mass sleepovers and she communicates with her vast audiences “as if I’m talking to them across the dinner table”.

Swift releases an album every two years without fail, which means it’s time for a follow-up to 2012’s Red. We meet in the week before she announces new album 1989 and its lead single, Shake It Off, a breezy, uptempo number about ignoring the haters. She explains: “In the last couple of years I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that anyone can say anything about me and call TMZ or Radar Online or something, and it will be an international headline. You can either go crazy and let it make you bitter and make you not trust people, and become really secluded or rebellious against the whole system. Or you can just shake it off and figure that as long as you’re having more fun than anyone else, what does it matter what anyone else thinks? Because I’ve wanted this life since I was a kid.”

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August 22, 2014

Taylor Swift covers The Guardian Guide

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The Guardian Guide revealed on their Twitter that Taylor Swift is on the cover of tomorrow’s (August 23) Guide! They also posted a Vine with a speak peek at the inside of the magazine. We have added the cover to our gallery and you can watch the sneak peek video below!

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August 21, 2014

Mark Romanek on Directing Taylor Swift’s New Video ‘Shake It Off’

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VULTURE.COM – Taylor Swift fans were bowled over this week when the singer debuted the music video for her new, previously unannounced single “Shake It Off,” but fans of the format were doubly surprised by who directed it: Mark Romanek, the helmer of some of the most iconic music videos ever made, including Johnny Cash’s “Hurt,” Fiona Apple’s “Criminal,” and the Nine Inch Nails clip “Closer.” These days, Romanek is more focused on feature films (his big-screen work includes One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, and he’s currently circling The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining set up at Warner Bros.), but “Shake It Off” is the latest in a music-video resurgence for the director: After eight years away the medium, he directed last year’s Jay Z clip “Picasso Baby” and the music video for U2′s big Super Bowl single “Invisible.” Clearly, Romanek’s busier than ever right now, but he still made time via email to answer some of Vulture’s questions about the genesis of “Shake It Off,” his collaboration with Swift, and what he makes of the reaction to the video.

You shot “Shake It Off” over three days in June, yet no one knew a thing about it until its official release this week. How does something like that happen, and is that harder and harder to do these days when even a random extra in one scene might snap something on his iPhone?
Yes. Two months was a long time with no leaks. You know, I’ve made over two dozen spots for Apple. They take their secrecy very, very seriously, too, so my producer and I have become pretty practiced at keeping things secure. A series of measures are put into place. Badges and wristbands. Aggressive nondisclosure agreements must be signed. Scary legal announcements regularly made to cast and crew. Cell phones confiscated at the door. We selected a pretty remote sound stage and even placed boom boxes all around the perimeter blasting heavy-metal music, in case you could faintly hear the song during shooting. And then, after all those measures are taken, you kneel and pray.

What was the kernel of a concept that this video sprung from? Was there some sort of idea or visual image or intent that everything else grew out of?
Yes. In all the videos I’ve done over the years, I’d say pretty much all of them were my own concept. But this basic idea was all Taylor’s. We met and she told me that she wanted to make a sort of paean to the awkward ones, the “uncool” kids that are actually cooler than the “cool” kids. She said she wanted to shoot all these styles of dance and then be the individualist dork in the midst of these established genres. And that she somehow wanted her fans involved. I loved that idea, so over the following week or so, we narrowed down our choices for styles of dance. I think she imagined it in more natural settings and I suggested giving it a starker, more minimalist look. And I suggested the idea of incorporating her fans as a climax, for the ending as a kind of surprise.

You’ve directed clips for some of the biggest acts in pop music, but how does “Shake It Off” feel different than other videos in your oeuvre?
Well, I’m not sure I’ve ever done such a purely pop video as this. I guess “Scream” was pop, but I think of Michael [Jackson] as sort of his own genre. No Doubt’s “Hella Good” is pretty pop. I kind of pride myself on being able to tailor a bespoke style for just about any artist or genre — whatever’s called for, really. In this case, the assignment was to create a purely fun, upbeat pop video. I’d never really done that, so it was a new challenge. You know, I used to be the “Prince of Darkness” and now I have two adorable daughters, so I guess I’ve softened up a lot. I want to make things that they might like, too. It didn’t hurt that they’re huge fans of Taylor’s, so now I’m Super Dad.

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August 20, 2014

Taylor Swift Interviewed by Kiss FM UK

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KISSFMUK.COM – After a huge buildup, Taylor Swift announced her new album 1989 and released ‘Shake It Off’ – the first single and video.

I spent two years making 1989. Two years gives you enough time to grow and change and let things inspire you,” explained Swift.

I was listening to a lot of late 80?s pop music and how bold those songs were and how that time period was a time of limitless possibilities.”

The single ‘Shake it Off’ has a positive message according to Swift, who said:

Over the last few years I’ve learned a very important lesson. We cannot control what people say about us but we can control how we react to it. We can let it get to us, make us bitter, even drive us insane or we can shake it off.”

Taylor called into KISS Breakfast to tell us more about the new album and being Ed Sheeran‘s ‘wingman’. Hear what she said in the KISS Breakfast Takeaway below.

August 20, 2014

’1989′ Behind The Scenes

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Taylor Swift filmed an exclusive behind the scenes video for iTunes. She shows us some of the process of recording backing vocals and other sounds in the studio. Watch it below!

August 20, 2014

Taylor Swift on 1989, ‘Shake It Off’ and what she’s learned since RED

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FUSION.NET – Taylor Swift made a big announcement yesterday on Yahoo’s first ever worldwide livestream at the Good Morning America studios. The singer/songwriter named her fifth studio album ’1989′ (the year she was born), and its set to drop on October 27th of this year.

Swift made history with her last album RED with the highest ever first-week album sales worldwide on iTunes. Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with the seven-time Grammy-Award winning artist to talk about her new album, the brief hiatus in between, and how her music has changed since RED.

“[RED] was a devastating record,” Swift told Menendez. “It was about dealing with an intense heartbreak and ’1989′ is about the phase after that where you brush yourself off and you’re ok.”

Menendez joked with Swift about whether or not fans should expect a new album every two years.

“I don’t know if I’ll stay in that holding pattern of making an album every two years,” Swift told Menendez. “I’d like [two years] to be the minimum…because I think you need to give yourself time to change and experience things and learn lessons so you have these things to tell your fans.”

“Shake It Off” isn’t just the title of her new single, it’s a philosophy she’s embraced in her own life and one that she hopes to share with her fans.

“I want [this song] to be about the girl who’s criticizing someone in the 11th grade because she thinks her hair looks stupid and then that girl goes and cries in the bathroom because of it,” Swift explained to Menendez. “These are the things that we go through in every stage of our life.”

Taylor Swift is the first female artist to have three consecutive albums with six or more weeks at the #1 spot. The pressure is on, expectations are high, but Taylor is two years older, and two years wiser. Live, learn, write music…it’s a recipe that’s worked for Swift in the past, and there’s no sign that the same won’t be true for ’1989.’