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Dec 4

Taylor Swift Is Piecing Together Her RED Tour

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Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Big Machine Label Group.

Taylor Swift’s RED Tour is off to a great start. The tour kicks off March 13 with a two-night stand in Omaha, Nebraska and she’s already sold out 14 of the initial dates that went on sale, including three stadiums. With dates announced and tickets sold, Taylor now has to plan out her live show.

“I think planning a tour is the most amazing puzzle you get to put together,” Taylor said. “You pick the songs for the set list in terms of which songs the people seem to like the most, which the fans are craving hearing live and so you take those songs and you figure out how to put them onstage in a theatrical way to tell that story. And you do it with characters, you do it with scenery, you do it with pyro and effects.” Continue Reading


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Oct 30

Taylor Swift’s Red Makes Emotions a Priority

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Taylor Swift’s 2012 CD, Red. Photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Taylor Swift’s highly-anticipated Red album is officially in stores and as part of the promotion surrounding the album’s relief, Taylor is on the cover of the current issue of Billboard. She discussed the making of Red and how important emotions were to the finished product. Read our review of Red >>

“On this particular record I tried to operate from an emotional place,” she told the magazine. “I made the emotion of the song a priority rather than asking, ‘What should we do from a production standpoint, or what works in this genre?’ Instead, it was, ‘What did that emotion feel like when I wrote the song?’ And whatever the answer was determined what the track sounded like and what my vocals were supposed to sound like.”

When Taylor visited GAC to talk about the album, she also revealed 5 things she learned while making Red. Watch the clip below to find out what those 5 things are:

Red is a collection of 16 songs that range from country to pop, dance and even dubstep. The eclectic mix of tunes was done on purpose to serve as a snapshot of where Taylor is in her own life. Continue Reading


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May 29

Taylor Swift Exhibit to Open at Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum June 6

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Taylor Swift's vintage purple silk halter dress is just one of the dresses featured in her Hall of Fame exhibit. Photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore superstar Taylor Swift’s record-breaking world tour with the exhibition Taylor Swift: Speak Now—Treasures from the World Tour, which opens on June 6, 2012, and runs through November 4, 2012.  The exhibition will include dozens of costumes, instruments, set pieces and props from the six-time Grammy winner’s acclaimed 2011-12 Speak Now World Tour, which entertained more than 1.5 million fans over 111 shows in 19 countries spanning four continents.

“Taylor Swift’s Speak Now tour was one of the most successful tours in all of music, and she has been an ambassador for country music, raising awareness of our genre literally around the globe,” said Museum Director Kyle Young.  “We are delighted to be able to bring our visitors up close and personal with many of their favorite elements from the show, from the colorful and elaborate stage costumes and beautiful instruments, to the magnificent ‘Juliet balcony’ that Taylor entered near the conclusion of each show and ‘flew’ around the circumference of each venue.

“Taylor is a dynamic live performer whose open heart and engaging personality allow her to make even the largest stadium shows an intimate experience,” Young continued. “Touring has always been a key element connecting music artists with their fans; those interactions help forge and strengthen the artist-fan relationship, and this exhibit speaks to that.  And the opportunity came to us out of discussions we were having with Taylor related to our expansion—serendipity is a wonderful thing!”

Earlier this month, Taylor pledged $4 million to fund a new education center at the museum. Taylor’s gift, the largest capital contribution by an individual artist in the museum’s 45-year history, prompted the museum to name the new space the Taylor Swift Education Center.  The center will open in early 2014. The gift was made in conjunction with the museum’s expansion capital campaign, Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here. 

Taylor has for years been a generous supporter of the museum’s exhibitions, loaning the institution dresses, stage costumes and instruments for display; a free-standing, Taylor Swift multimedia exhibit has been one of the museum’s most popular attractions since its debut in May, 2010.

The Speak Now exhibition will recreate 10 vignettes from the tour, including the following artifacts:

·  Taylor’s Roberto Cavalli ombre gold bugle-beaded dress and shimmering red Gibson Les Paul model electric guitar, featured during her performance of “The Story of Us”

·  Taylor’s vintage ecru lace dress and Deering six-string banjo with rolled steel drum; fiddle player’s Marc by Marc Jacobs moss green crepe dress; male dancer’s soft-shoe costume including Brixton tartan plaid newsboy cap, shirt, pants, vest and oxfords; and numerous props including the 6’ x 8’ switchboard

· Taylor’s pale blue silk Marchesa gown with rhinestone bodice; and a white piano bench with tufted leather upholstery, both featured in “Back to December”

· Taylor’s red, sequined Jenny Packham slip dress  and knee-high leather boots, worn during “Better Than Revenge”

· Taylor’s vintage purple silk halter dress; dancers’ costumes including a chiffon bridal gown with pearl- and bead-encrusted bodice, tulle veil and silk rose bouquet; two cotton-candy pink bridesmaids’ dresses with lace bodices and ruffled tulle skirts, and bouquets; groom’s ivory tuxedo and black pants; cleric’s vestments; and props including retro microphone, all featured during “Speak Now”

· Taylor brand koa wood ukulele with mother-of-pearl inlay, whose “happy sounds” Taylor elicited during her acoustic performance of “Fearless”

· Taylor’s sleeveless, flesh-colored Reem Acra gown with sequin overlay; female dancer’s ballerina costume, comprised of a gold and ivory brocade bodice and pastel tulle tutu, embellished with pastel tulle flowers, seed pearls and beading; male dancer’s tunic and leggings; and prop trees; all featured in “Enchanted”

· Taylor’s re-worked vintage Continue Reading


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Dec 22

2011 Rewind: No. 7 – Taylor Swift Takes On The World

Taylor Swift accepts award for Entertainer of the Year at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Taylor Swift has been a force in the music industry since her self-titled debut in 2006. In 2011 alone, Taylor toured the world, tripped the 20 million mark on number of albums sold and won numerous awards, including two Entertainer of the Year trophies.

Taylor spent 2011 touring the world on her Speak Now World Tour. Taylor played shows in Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada in 2011 and will take the Broadway-inspired show to Australia and New Zealand in 2012. In total, the tour will have played more than 100 shows once the Australian leg wraps. The Speak Now World Tour was ranked as the fifth-biggest tour of the year by Billboard, behind the likes of U2 and Bon Jovi, grossing $97,368,416 and playing for 1,356,720 fans.

Before a show in London during the European leg of her tour, Taylor was surprised with a plaque commemorating more than 20 million albums sold world wide. Taylor also surpassed more than 40 million digital single downloads in 2011.

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“I’m absolutely blown away by the 20 million records plaque,” Taylor told the Associated Press. “It’s just sort of beyond my comprehension to get a plaque like that. The fact that the fans have done that much for me in such a short period of time is just unreal and I’m so excited and so thankful.” Continue Reading


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Dec 7

Taylor Swift Talks Growing Up & Role Models

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 02: Taylor Swift attends the Billboard's Sixth Annual Women in Music event at the Capitale on December 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Taylor Swift was recently named Billboard’s Woman of the Year and received her award during Billboard’s annual Women In Music event on December 2 in New York City. The ceremony took place just a few weeks after the five-year anniversary of when Taylor’s self-titled debut album hit store shelves when she was 16. Just shy of turning 22, Taylor contemplated where she falls between ‘girl’ and ‘woman’ during an interview with Billboard.

“Growing up in this position, making music, writing songs and having everyone hear what I’m going through since I was about 16 years old, now I’m 21 about to be 22, I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Taylor said. “On a scale of being a girl or teenager or woman, I never tried to be the one to label myself which of those three I was. I’ve just tried to grow up in the most natural and gradual process that I possibly can and make choices I feel are right for me and my fans. Whether I’m a woman now, or whatever, is up to my fans to decide, not for me.”

Being in the spotlight, Taylor is aware of her status of a role model for young girls all over the world. As an artist, she listed Faith Hill, Shawn Colvin, Kris Kristofferson and actress Reese Witherspoon as people she looks up to. On the business side of things, she named Kenny Chesney as her role model.

“Seeing a live Kenny Chesney show, you know what you’re going to get,” Taylor told Billboard. “You know it’s going to be an all-day party. He loves to sing about things he’s passionate about, and he’s made a brand without seeming like it’s a brand. I love that he’s gotten to a place where he can play such huge stadiums, and even when he’s supposedly taking downtime, he’s playing stadiums. He’s always been a huge hero of mine.” Continue Reading


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Nov 19

Taylor Swift Profiled On ’60 Minutes’

Taylor Swift on the set of 60 Minutes. Image courtesy of CBS.

Taylor Swift will be profiled on Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes on CBS. The segment will include concert and backstage footage from Taylor’s Speak Now World Tour, an in-depth interview and a first-ever glimpse inside Taylor’s Nashville condominium. The special airs November 20 at 7/6 CT.

In a preview clip released by 60 Minutes, Taylor talks with reporter Lesley Stahl about being a role model. “I definitely think about a million people when I’m getting dressed in the morning, that’s just part of my life now,” Taylor said.” I think it’s my responsibility to know it, to be cautious of it.”

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Nov 18

Listen To An Exclusive Live Track From Taylor Swift!

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Taylor Swift will release her live CD/DVD collection, Speak Now World Tour – Live, on Monday, November 21 and to celebrate, has an exclusive on-demand stream of the live performance audio of “Sparks Fly,” straight from the CD/DVD! You can listen to this exclusive track all weekend on her official GAC artist page.

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Watch Taylor’s LIVE video for “Sparks Fly” »

The Speak Now World Tour – Live DVD component features highlights from Taylor’s Speak Now World Tour captured from several tour stops around the world, all 18 songs from the Speak Now concert and an exclusive look behind the scenes as Taylor brings her songs to life on stage, from the performances and instrumentation to the staging, lighting, costumes and choreography. There are also home movie clips from Taylor throughout the DVD.

The CD component includes just under 80 minutes of music, including concert versions of several tracks from Taylor’s Speak Now album. The CD also includes three cover songs from Taylor, taken from moments in her show when she does her version of her favorite songs by other artists. This is the first release of live music from Taylor.  Continue Reading


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Oct 25

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now Tour Only Looks Effortless

Taylor Swift on stage in Seoul, South Korea on the Asian leg of her 2011 Speak Now World Tour. Photo courtesy of

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now World Tour is a complex production that Taylor, her band, dancers and crew make look effortless night in and night out. The tour was far from effortless to plan, however, and despite how easy Taylor makes it look, she spent nearly a year preparing for the show.

“Putting together this tour was something that took about a year,” Taylor said. “This tour is incredibly detailed and it took a while to really get all the pieces put together. That involved me learning how to be hoisted out of a pop up lift, like you’re being launched out of a catapult, launched out of the floor and all those little things that just kind of elevated this show and made it special.” Continue Reading


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Sep 29

David Nail to Release New Album November 15

David Nail photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

David Nail will release his sophomore album, The Sound Of A Million Dreams, on November 15.  The album includes David’s current Top 20 hit, “Let It Rain.” David’s debut album, I’m About To Come Alive, earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Vocal Country Performance on “Turning Home” and an ACM nomination for Single of the Year for “Red Light.”

The Sound Of A Million Dreams was produced by Chuck Ainlay and Frank Liddell. Fans can see David perform “Let It Rain” in an intimate acoustic performance for Yahoo Music’s Ram Country HERE. They can also catch David on GAC’s new series Day Jobs on October 30 at 8/7 CT as he puts in a full day of work at the Dairy Queen in his Missouri hometown. Continue Reading


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Sep 25

Taylor Swift Talks Cover Songs & Her Favorite Season With Nashville Scene

Taylor Swift photo by Joseph Anthony Baker, courtesy of 13 Management.

Taylor Swift is on the cover of Nashville Scene’s 2011 Fall Guide. She talked to the weekly Nashville publication (before she played a hometown show in Nashville) about being on tour and her favorite season which is, of course, fall. Taylor has spent most of 2011 playing sold out shows around the world on her Speak Now World Tour but is still amazed at the thousands of people that turn out to see her every night.

“These are 15,000 people who could be doing anything with their Friday or Saturday night,” Taylor told the magazine. “So the fact that we’re playing these sold-out stadiums and these arenas, it just blows my mind.”

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Taylor has been covering different songs during an acoustic break at nearly all of her shows, often choosing a song by an artist from the city she’s playing. She found choosing a song to cover by a Nashville artist to be difficult, however. Continue Reading


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