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gc-spurs
Aug 13th, 2012, 11:40 PM
Eeeeee!

Red comes out Oct 22

We will never ever get back together available for download tonight!

serenaforever
Aug 14th, 2012, 12:02 AM
ugh, hate you. was just coming here to start the thread. :p

serenaforever
Aug 14th, 2012, 12:03 AM
Wigs are coming OFF this era. I've heard this single is going to be fabulous.

tucker1989
Aug 14th, 2012, 12:11 AM
She played the single during the webcast AMAZING. Upbeat, a total jam. Refreshing iTunes like a mad man to download it and listen on repeat!

Mary Cherry.
Aug 14th, 2012, 12:32 AM
I tried to watch the live webchat thing but YouTube wouldn't let me :sobbing: I still love Speak Now despite playing it to death, hope the new album is just as good :hearts:

Break My Rapture
Aug 14th, 2012, 12:35 AM
She worked with Max Martin and this new song sounds like one of his productions. It's going to be a hit since it's really catchy.

Mary Cherry.
Aug 14th, 2012, 12:35 AM
Before it gets deleted:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMVQ4KWD5Tg (taken from the webchat)

I love it :cheer: Something tells me it'll only be available to download in the US though :sad:

LeRoy.
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:07 AM
Meh :yawn:

~{X}~
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:17 AM
Sounds similar to the last 3 years...of what she's put out. :lol:

And always about the same topic. :lol:

gc-spurs
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:20 AM
I tried to watch the live webchat thing but YouTube wouldn't let me :sobbing: I still love Speak Now despite playing it to death, hope the new album is just as good :hearts:
Same. Wouldn't work on iPad.
She worked with Max Martin and this new song sounds like one of his productions. It's going to be a hit since it's really catchy.

nooo, bitch don't need Max Martin. But that means $$$$$$

Certinfy
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:34 AM
Can't wait. :)

cowsonice
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:46 AM
Max Martin and Taylor Swift? Can she lose her "country" genre label now?

Reptilia
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:47 AM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8pxpohIGF1qaqmgfo1_cover.jpg

:hearts:

gc-spurs
Aug 14th, 2012, 02:43 AM
Too much voice layering. T Swizz is peak when she uses less backup vocals and the backup vocals are done by her merry men.

Tennisation
Aug 14th, 2012, 02:45 AM
My lil 5 year old niece sings better.

Pump-it-UP
Aug 14th, 2012, 03:09 AM
Rihanna did it better with Loud.

:oh:

iGOAT
Aug 14th, 2012, 03:22 AM
The song is very good (probably her first number one single) but the title is, uh, rather long :confused:. Should have just been called "Back Together," or even with something in parentheses but WANEGBT is a little bit long :haha:.

Break My Rapture
Aug 14th, 2012, 11:54 AM
Rihanna did it better with Loud.

:oh:
:spit:

WANEGBT already #1 on iTunes.

Charlatan
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:32 PM
Wigs are coming OFF this era. I've heard this single is going to be fabulous.

Whose wigs? The only wig that would fall off is her own!

Typical bubblegum cheesiness from her. NID

ElusiveChanteuse
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:43 PM
not much country Taylor anymore.:lol:

Super Dave
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:55 PM
And always about the same topic. :lol:

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8pxpohIGF1qaqmgfo1_cover.jpg

:hearts:

I can't believe anyone would want to date her :scared:

SloKid
Aug 14th, 2012, 05:39 PM
Is this the only topic she can write songs about?

serenaforever
Aug 14th, 2012, 06:17 PM
Whose wigs? The only wig that would fall off is her own!

Typical bubblegum cheesiness from her. NID

Don't do it.

Mary Cherry.
Aug 14th, 2012, 07:07 PM
Is this the only topic she can write songs about?

Beats getting down & dirty in the club on every single.

SloKid
Aug 14th, 2012, 07:21 PM
Beats getting down & dirty in the club on every single.
Well judging by her recording history she gets dirty a lot and then releases songs about that. :p

And now...haven't the Kennedies been through enough without having her write songs about one of them in the coming months. :(

cowsonice
Aug 14th, 2012, 07:24 PM
Beats getting down & dirty in the club on every single.

CngyYoRkdHo

:oh:

Ellery
Aug 14th, 2012, 07:39 PM
omso excited :hearts: Love you Taylor :inlove:

Mary Cherry.
Aug 14th, 2012, 07:45 PM
CngyYoRkdHo

:oh:

Cookies > the club

:bowdown:

GoofyDuck
Aug 14th, 2012, 09:11 PM
I liked some of her previous songs but this is shit in comparison. :shrug:

Also, it's all the same.

moby
Aug 14th, 2012, 09:46 PM
Why is she popular, argh

Novichok
Aug 15th, 2012, 01:50 AM
Just awful.

NashaP
Aug 15th, 2012, 05:02 AM
Just heard it on the radio couple of hours ago. Its definitely not as good as her Love story or you belong with me. Its kinda bland and the chorus is kinda annoying. Hope she has a second brilliant song

Svetlana)))
Aug 15th, 2012, 08:41 AM
Disgusting. Cringe-worthy as usual from the 3 year old.

gc-spurs
Aug 15th, 2012, 10:30 AM
Just heard it on the radio couple of hours ago. Its definitely not as good as her Love story or you belong with me. Its kinda bland and the chorus is kinda annoying. Hope she has a second brilliant song

Which is weird cause its a Max Martin production. Definitely stronger keeping it Taylor-esque which is probably gonna happen for the second single for contrasts sake.

WonderfulLee
Aug 23rd, 2012, 05:39 PM
first #1 in HOT 100 for Taylor :hearts:

gc-spurs
Aug 31st, 2012, 08:41 PM
http://perezhilton.com/2012-08-31-taylor-swift-we-are-never-ever-getting-back-together-music-video#.UEEPhNYgekI

The most random Taylor Swift music video hahaha!

Certinfy
Aug 31st, 2012, 08:49 PM
Don't know what to think of the song.

It's not great, but it's like addicting. :o

Roookie
Aug 31st, 2012, 11:12 PM
Reason to live: A Taylor Swift's new album :inlove:

BartoliBabes
Sep 1st, 2012, 05:45 PM
fucking awful

pov
Sep 1st, 2012, 06:18 PM
My lil 5 year old niece sings better.
Maybe you can help her get her career started.

KarlyM*
Sep 1st, 2012, 08:22 PM
Oh, so this is why she all of a sudden has a new boyfriend out of the blue and there's pics of them EVERYWHERE...

gc-spurs
Oct 18th, 2012, 09:22 AM
RELEASED TRACKS SO FAR

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
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Begin Again <3
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Red
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I Knew You Were Trouble
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State of Grace
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gc-spurs
Oct 18th, 2012, 09:23 AM
http://perezhilton.com/2012-10-17-taylor-swift-ed-sheeran-everything-has-changed-leaked

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran leak

Mary Cherry.
Oct 18th, 2012, 10:53 AM
http://perezhilton.com/2012-10-17-taylor-swift-ed-sheeran-everything-has-changed-leaked

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran leak

I didn't want to like it...but I do :sobbing:

Roookie
Oct 18th, 2012, 03:32 PM
Music critics' darling is back :inlove:

LeRoy.
Oct 18th, 2012, 06:50 PM
So she is not even pretending to be a "country" singer any more. :lol: her songs are more pop than Carly Rae Jepsen and now she has a dubstep breakdown in one of her songs. :lol:

gc-spurs
Oct 18th, 2012, 11:25 PM
Still cleaning up the country charts though... I'd say only Begin Again and Red belong there. That said, variety win. Begin Again, State of Grace and the Ed Sheeran one ain't that poppy. I'm just sad no mention of "princess" or "2am" yet :(

duhcity
Oct 19th, 2012, 09:25 AM
The entire thing leaked if you weren't aware.
I really like it, but agreed it's her least country album of all

Mary Cherry.
Oct 19th, 2012, 10:23 AM
I love her but if she gets any country music awards/nominations for anything on this album it'll be a joke :o

LeRoy.
Oct 19th, 2012, 07:14 PM
Her new album is supposed to easily sell over a million copies in the US in its first week. :eek: Just for some perspective on these numbers consider Rihanna's "Talk that talk" that went platinum (million albums sold) in the US about a month ago- almost a year after its release. :tape: :eek: That RihannaTaylor reign just won't let up !! She is selling millions of albums and her singles are all charting in the top 10 #NotJustASinglesQueen

Taylor is the new queen of pop. Move over Gaga, Rihanna and Katy Perry. :yawn:

That said the b!tch better NOT break Britney's week 1 sales record. :sad:

Break My Rapture
Oct 19th, 2012, 07:15 PM
With all the promo she is doing, I wouldn't be surprised if she pulls out 1.5-2M copies at once.

Mary Cherry.
Oct 19th, 2012, 07:19 PM
Her new album is supposed to easily sell over a million copies in the US in its first week. :eek: Just for some perspective on these numbers consider Rihanna's "Talk that talk" that went platinum (million albums sold) in the US about a month ago- almost a year after its release. :tape: :eek: That RihannaTaylor reign just won't let up !! She is selling millions of albums and her singles are all charting in the top 10 #NotJustASinglesQueen

Taylor is the new queen of pop. Move over Gaga, Rihanna and Katy Perry. :yawn:

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbzwi1mLwe1rg3fr1o1_400.gif

Already pre-ordered my copy.

Mary Cherry.
Oct 19th, 2012, 10:01 PM
I love her but if she gets any country music awards/nominations for anything on this album it'll be a joke :o

I take this back. Some songs are the same old Taylor :hearts: I was quick to judge without hearing the whole album.

Reptilia
Oct 19th, 2012, 10:06 PM
link?

Mary Cherry.
Oct 19th, 2012, 10:08 PM
link?

Am I allowed to post them on here? :unsure:

EDIT: I'll just PM you the link :oh:

Mary Cherry.
Oct 20th, 2012, 12:41 PM
I've decided I love this album.

Except '22', that song is just annoying.

The rest though, brilliant.

M.P
Oct 22nd, 2012, 01:15 PM
:sobbing: my wallet :sobbing:

LoveFifteen
Oct 22nd, 2012, 04:25 PM
So she is not even pretending to be a "country" singer any more. :lol: her songs are more pop than Carly Rae Jepsen and now she has a dubstep breakdown in one of her songs. :lol:

Have you actually listened to Carly Rae Jepsen's new album or Taylor's? Only a moron could possibly qualify Carly's as less pop than Taylor's, but then that's exactly what you've always been on this board.

~{X}~
Oct 22nd, 2012, 05:16 PM
Lawl another piece of proof of an untalented bitchy girl who can't sing about anything other then men breaking her heart and trying to write songs to get back at them.

That whole schtick is old. She's supposed to be this clean all american girl... but you know... with as many men as she has been linked with, girl is straight up a slut. Probably can't feel any walls when you go in her. :lol:

I would love her to date a male singer (Other than Joe Jonas) and then have the male write a song about her. :oh:

LeRoy.
Oct 22nd, 2012, 10:01 PM
On the US iTunes singles chart, Taylor Swift has 5 songs in the top 10 (!), 14 songs in the top 24 (!) and 17 aongs in the top 50. :eek: #WhenWillYourFlopFave ? #Nevah !1!1.

:lol:

She is sooooo shattering Gaga's BTW first week sales record. :haha: #No99cDealNeeded :awww:

~{X}~
Oct 23rd, 2012, 03:14 AM
Lawl Taylor should kiss Kanye West's Feet for what he did to her in 2009. I sincerely believe she would not be as successful as she is if that never happened to her and the following year+ the music industry, awards, people felt bad for her sorry little ass. :lol:

Then again the music industry and fans love to reward mediocre talent... Swift... Perry... Rihanna. :oh:

Her Never Ever Getting Back Together song... god can't stand it. She sounds like a whiney puppy barking during the chorus. :lol:

M.P
Oct 23rd, 2012, 06:51 AM
^^ you forget to put Lady Gaga there

Vartan
Oct 23rd, 2012, 07:32 AM
^^ you forget to put Lady Gaga there

Nice. :oh:

gc-spurs
Oct 23rd, 2012, 09:26 AM
I take this back. Some songs are the same old Taylor :hearts: I was quick to judge without hearing the whole album.

Yup there's some goodies in there. Though kinda wish there was a couple more country-accent songs there with the banjo and fiddle for the purposes of drunk singalongs.

My fave tracks were Begin Again and All to Well. The best written were All Too Well and State of Grace. And the acoustic version of State of Grace is to fucking die for.

I've decided I love this album.

Except '22', that song is just annoying.

The rest though, brilliant.

It is annoying... WHY IS IT STUCK IN MY HEAD? Also, kinda fun to play :o

Ugh gonna listen to good ol' Tim McGraw to shove it out.

Reptilia
Oct 23rd, 2012, 09:35 AM
First week sales are gonna be HUGE

Reptilia
Oct 23rd, 2012, 09:40 AM
Lawl Taylor should kiss Kanye West's Feet for what he did to her in 2009. I sincerely believe she would not be as successful as she is if that never happened to her and the following year+ the music industry, awards, people felt bad for her sorry little ass. :lol:

Then again the music industry and fans love to reward mediocre talent... Swift... Perry... Rihanna. :oh:

Her Never Ever Getting Back Together song... god can't stand it. She sounds like a whiney puppy barking during the chorus. :lol:

This is a really ridiculous statement. :lol: I couldn't disagree more

gc-spurs
Oct 23rd, 2012, 09:50 AM
This is a really ridiculous statement. :lol: I couldn't disagree more

Right? Fearless was fucking huge way before that.

~{X}~
Oct 23rd, 2012, 12:33 PM
^^ you forget to put Lady Gaga there

Please go watch some videos of Lady gaga singing acoustic or on a piano and that should shut you up.

Then again it probably won't since you dislike her anyway and will blatantly lie and say she is talentless when you know you are wrong.

Ahh well.

~{X}~
Oct 23rd, 2012, 12:39 PM
This is a really ridiculous statement. :lol: I couldn't disagree more

Agree to disagree then. :wavey:

Mary Cherry.
Oct 23rd, 2012, 02:02 PM
My fave tracks were Begin Again and All to Well. The best written were All Too Well and State of Grace. And the acoustic version of State of Grace is to fucking die for.

I think those 3 are my favourites as well but All Too Well tops the list - it's a masterpiece :worship:

Lyrically, Red is a bit of genius as well.

~{X}~
Oct 23rd, 2012, 02:35 PM
Here I'll make peace with you all. I don't HATE Taylor Swift. I did like some of her songs back in 2009 and I think one in 2010.

Teardrops on my Guitar, Fifteen, Back To December. That's about it from singles.

I haven't heard any other song off her new album besides WANEGBT which I didn't like. Sooooo... I will listen to her new album and then I shall see if I enjoy it or not. :lol:

delicatecutter
Oct 23rd, 2012, 06:13 PM
I just found out the other day that Taylor wrote Speak Now entirely by herself, which is pretty darn impressive. I have always given her props as a songwriter. But she is not a very good live singer. I do like WANEGBT. But it is not country at all. Max Martin co-wrote it and produced it. Not surprising that it was her first #1 single.

gc-spurs
Oct 23rd, 2012, 08:02 PM
I think those 3 are my favourites as well but All Too Well tops the list - it's a masterpiece :worship:

Lyrically, Red is a bit of genius as well.

The minimalist in me really liked the Demo Version of Red, more so than the full version.

I just found out the other day that Taylor wrote Speak Now entirely by herself, which is pretty darn impressive. I have always given her props as a songwriter. But she is not a very good live singer. I do like WANEGBT. But it is not country at all. Max Martin co-wrote it and produced it. Not surprising that it was her first #1 single.

The Max Martin songs are definitely the worst ones. But I guess when you write an album as awesome as Speak Now, you get a free pass to manufacture work with Max lol.

Break My Rapture
Oct 23rd, 2012, 08:07 PM
I strangely find the title track of this album playing over and over in my head from listening once to the iTunes preview alone...which is weird since Red is definitely one of the country songs on her album I think.

I do think she's talented. Her albums are huge sellers and she writes the bulk of the tracks on them on her own, which should be commended.

LeRoy.
Oct 24th, 2012, 12:15 AM
@chartnews: US chart preview: According to industry sources, 1st-day sales for @TaylorSwift13's Red surpassed 500,000 units.

:eek:

gc-spurs
Oct 24th, 2012, 05:57 AM
First week projected to surpass 1 mil... Bish makes it look easy :worship:
Also became fastest artist to have 50 songs in the Billboard Hot 100.

gc-spurs
Oct 25th, 2012, 10:42 AM
Begin Again video

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Reptilia
Oct 25th, 2012, 11:23 AM
Having back to back albums exceed 1mill in opening week is hella impressive :bowdown:

gc-spurs
Oct 31st, 2012, 12:12 PM
Smashed 1mil.... ended up with 1.2mil http://www.billboard.com/news/taylor-swift-s-red-sells-1-21-million-biggest-1007994382.story#/news/taylor-swift-s-red-sells-1-21-million-biggest-1007994382.story

Taylor Swift ‏@taylorswift13
They just told me Red sold 1.2 million albums first week. How is this real life?! You are UNREAL. I love you so much. Thanks a million ;)

Best first week in a decade, since the Eminem show. True boss of pop.

WonderfulLee
Oct 31st, 2012, 01:34 PM
Britney's record is still safe :oh:

Roookie
Nov 8th, 2012, 03:43 PM
Have been listening to the album. She's the best songwriter today!! :bowdown:

Rolling Stone compares her to Joni Mitchell/Carol King :dance:

1 million albums first week again and she's gorgeous. :inlove:

Olórin
Nov 8th, 2012, 07:41 PM
Smashed 1mil.... ended up with 1.2mil http://www.billboard.com/news/taylor-swift-s-red-sells-1-21-million-biggest-1007994382.story#/news/taylor-swift-s-red-sells-1-21-million-biggest-1007994382.story



Best first week in a decade, since the Eminem show. True boss of pop.

Really? :lol: Adele? 21 has sold as worldwide much as Taylor Swift's entire discography to date has.

Umberella
Nov 8th, 2012, 11:30 PM
Loving this album!! Favourites are The Last Time, Starlight, Red, Everything Has Changed and State of Grace. So many good tracks.

WANGBT, however, annoys me SO much. That "like, ever" talking nonsense is ridiculous.

Gadis Desa
Dec 17th, 2012, 09:47 PM
here you go bitc*es !
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Roookie
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:33 PM
here you go bitc*es !
vNoKguSdy4Y

:hearts: I think "Red" should have been the second single instead of "Begin Again" though. Her company doesn't make the best choices when it comes to singles IMO.

Like Speak Now had way better songs than "Back to December".

Anyway her fans know she's an album artist and not a singles one like the Rhiannas and Perrys. :p

Gagsquet
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:53 PM
She writes like a potato.


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AlissonValerio
Dec 25th, 2012, 07:25 PM
Really liked the Album! Really great and consistent.

AlissonValerio
Dec 25th, 2012, 07:26 PM
I Knew You're Trouble is amazing! My first love since the first time, but I hate the music video.

akashaa01
Dec 27th, 2012, 11:28 AM
We will never ever get back together is a good song i love it nd i also loves her entire album.

akashaa01
Dec 27th, 2012, 11:31 AM
taylor swift is my favourite singer nd her red i my one of favourite album i knew u I Knew You Were Trouble,We will never ever get back together is my favourite songs.

Dodoboy.
Dec 28th, 2012, 04:58 PM
Finally listened.

Nice album, quality of her lyrics has DEFINITELY deteriorated! Still some catch songs, I've fallen in love with a few. Some lines I'm like, is this a joke?

delicatecutter
Dec 28th, 2012, 05:20 PM
Deliberated? :scratch:

Dodoboy.
Dec 29th, 2012, 12:18 PM
Deliberated? :scratch:

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9rerxmksK1ql5yr7o1_400.gif

Cosmic Voices
Dec 29th, 2012, 02:15 PM
Favourites:
Red
State Of Grace
I Knew You Were Trouble.
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

in that order

Gadis Desa
Nov 22nd, 2013, 05:47 PM
new vid
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Blu€
Aug 19th, 2014, 11:00 AM
Anyone wants to "Shake it off"?
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pov
Aug 19th, 2014, 04:29 PM
"playahs"? "Hatahs"? :haha: How very country of her.

LeRoy.
Aug 19th, 2014, 04:34 PM
She stopped pretending to be a country singer and is full on embracing pop music. :oh:

Like her last album wasn't just pop.

~{X}~
Aug 19th, 2014, 06:03 PM
She said in an interview yesterday that she is going full pop this time.

GoofyDuck
Aug 19th, 2014, 06:35 PM
really no matter what she brings out it will reach #1 anyway :lol:

Roookie
Aug 19th, 2014, 09:26 PM
Reason to live: new TW album :bowdown:

Ryan
Aug 20th, 2014, 01:00 AM
Already full on stanning for this song. :drool: Who the fuck cares if she's country, or pop? Music is so fluid on the charts now. Like X said anyway, she's said she's making a full pop album. This song will slay.

BloodyMary
Aug 20th, 2014, 01:43 AM
Ugh, I really can't stand her. The song and the video were terrible!

Ryan
Aug 20th, 2014, 02:17 AM
Haters. Playahs. Heartbreakers. Step off, man. :ras:

iGOAT
Aug 20th, 2014, 07:43 AM
This will probably be huge, but she could've done much better. Pretty safe/boring choice as a lead single. If she wants to go pop that's fine, but she should actually do the songwriting, because she has a talent for that, instead of generic Max Martin :rolleyes:.

Silent Bird
Aug 20th, 2014, 07:44 AM
Don't know what to think about the video. It should be taken as a satire, but I'm not sure if I'm convinced. But I definitely like her sounding more pop than country.

ElusiveChanteuse
Aug 20th, 2014, 10:43 AM
I thought this was pretty mediocre from her.

Break My Rapture
Aug 20th, 2014, 12:45 PM
Like, I've never been remotely interested or impressed by her, and this song is absolutely horrible. For someone who is supposed to be an extremely talented songwriter, she's the equivalent of a Cher Lloyd reject by using lines like 'haters gonna hate hate hate' as part of the hook. LMAO.

pov
Aug 20th, 2014, 02:50 PM
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/19/taylor-swifts-shake-it-off-video-a-dance-critics-take/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ Video: A Dance Critic’s Take
By BRIAN SEIBERT


The controversial music video of the moment is Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” which was released on Monday. The controversy seems mainly to be about three things: 1) Ms. Swift’s move to pop material (a sign, for certain fans, of selling out); 2) her dancing; and 3) the supposed racism in a section on twerking. On Twitter, the rapper Earl Sweatshirt, after admitting that he hadn’t actually watched the video, rather swiftly accused Ms. Swift of “perpetuating black stereotypes.”

perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture

— EARL (@earlxsweat) 19 Aug 14

“Shake It Off” is not really a dance video. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that it is a dance video in the current pop sense — a video that treats dance less as an art in itself than as a cultural signifier. The concept of the video is to put Ms. Swift in the position of a pop star or R&B diva or rapper, fronting backup dancers. The scenarios cycle through genres: ballerinas in “Swan Lake” costumes; a crew of b-boys; emotive contemporary dancers in spandex; a cheerleading squad; Lady Gaga futurists in shiny tracksuits; and yes, a line of ladies jiggling the contents of their cut-off denim shorts.

The joke in each case is that Ms. Swift doesn’t fit in. Only in the final section does she belong: a zone where “normal people” (including fans of Ms. Swift chosen over social media) just do their own thing and shake off outside expectations. The dancing by the professionals around her is extremely fragmentary and not especially remarkable. The snatches of movement, none longer than two seconds, are there as eye candy, to establish each genre and to set up the visual punchlines.

The punchlines, as this dance critic was happy to see, are mostly dance jokes. The way that Ms. Swift trips over the crossed legs of the ballerinas and topples while trying to bow deeply in toe shoes is not highly clever or knowing, but it’s funny. And the frightened and confused look that she gives the overwrought contemporary dancers earns a dance critic’s immediate empathy. Ms. Swift in “Shake It Off” is like Lucille Ball or Carol Burnett, a heroine triumphing through klutziness. It is probably too generous to interpret the video as a satire of how dance gets used in pop videos, but it certainly is a satire of pop video conventions.

Which brings us to the twerking. The moment when Ms. Swift crawls between the lined-up legs of the twerking ladies, advancing through the colonnades of jiggling flesh as if she were the camera of Busby Berkeley, is very silly. A second later, when Ms. Swift breaks out in giggles, she is laughing at the absurdity of herself in that video genre, but also, I think, at the absurdity of the genre.

With respect to racial politics, it would have been better if the shots of ballerinas had included some darker complexions. But if Mr. Sweatshirt had bothered to watch the video before commenting, he might have noticed the carefully placed black faces among the cheerleaders, the contemporary dancers and the regular people, and also the trashy white women among the twerkers. For him to have accused Ms. Swift of racism without watching the video is as unjust as if she had accused him of misogyny without first listening to his tracks. Yes, everyone knows that there is racism and misogyny in pop music. Fortunately, there’s also humor.

~{X}~
Aug 20th, 2014, 05:08 PM
Not sure about the song... its okay, not great, not even good or bad, just okay. Some parts are good and some are just eh.