Taylor Swift: Pop’s New Platinum Wonder

Taylor Swift is no doubt one of the most influential singers in the 21st century, having won four Grammy Awards in 2010, from a total of eight nominations, and winning Album of the Year as well as the Best Country Album.  Her last name can now be attributed to how fast she is taking over the box-office right now, selling over 1.287 million copies of her newest album 1989 in its first week, the highest out-of-the-box blow album release since The Eminem Show in 2002. Recent topics of discussion about Taylor Swift and her new album include her idea of removing her entire catalog from Spotify, her newest single “Blank Space,” her 1989 tour set to be launched in 2015, and the new over-the-counter medicine called Swiftamine, coined on a recent episode of SNL.

Taylor Swift’s fifth album, 1989, has broken history by making it the third consecutive album that has had a million-selling week. However, the album is quickly disappearing off the shelves, due to her decision to paddle against the streams by removing her music from sites that makes music available to people for free such as Spotify. In a recent interview Swift states, “I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.” Many of her fans believe her to be a hero for reinforcing that music still has value, but there are others that hold the opinion that Swift is one of those individuals who is standing in the way of progress by not giving in to the streaming model. Personally, I also believe that music has a special and poignant value to everybody that many individuals can relate to in many ways, and I can understand that Taylor wants to remove her catalog from Spotify so that she can keep her status as the multi-platinum 21st century artist that she is right now. However, I still think that there should be no need for her to take away the enjoyment of listening to her music on Spotify so that she could make her album top-selling and try to top the record sales weeks from artists such as Britney Spears. In fact, Spotify pays the artists and their whole staff money that they get from listeners who pay for Spotify Premium. Taking her music off Spotify is virtually taking off her music from the radio and other forms of free music. But Taylor need not to worry about her album sales because she could still probably earn more than them through the millions of fans who are dying to see her in concert. She has announced that her 1989 tour will begin in May 2015 in Louisiana and embark on world tour, traversing across the lands of North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Forget 1989; it sounds like 2015 will probably be Taylor’s biggest and best year yet.

But enough about Taylor herself. Let’s talk about her new single “Blank Space” and the only medicine that can cure any anxieties—Swiftamine. “Blank Space” could possibly be the newest controversial single on her album because of its provocative lyrics that stray in a different path from her usual songs and a song that people might not get as a track that belongs on her album.

Below is the official video for her single “Blank Space”:

Another topic that has sparked a lot of conversations and laughter is the SNL skit of “Swiftamine”—the only over-the-counter medicine that can cure all anxieties. Check it out here.

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