On the Charts: Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Is 2017’s Top Album With Platinum Week

Taylor Swift's Reputation scored the best-selling week of 2017 – and became the year's highest-selling album in total so far – as the singer's latest Number One LP sold over 1.2

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Jack Antonoff Shares Insight Into the Making of Taylor Swift’s ‘New Year’s Day’

Out of all the producers Taylor Swift teamed up with for her new album Reputation, one was the indie-pop favorite collaborator Jack Antonoff.

While Antonoff fronts his own band, Bleachers, he also is busy in the studio working with artists like Lorde and St. Vincent to bring their latest albums to life, too.

After Swift performed one of her Antonoff-co-written songs on Monday night’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to an emotional reception, the producer took to Twitter to share a little bit of the back story of the piano-driven ballad “New Year’s Day.”

“Taylor doing New Year’s Day on Fallon was beautiful,” Antonoff wrote. “That song means a lot to me. Happened so quickly at my apartment. We texted the next morning to make sure it wasn’t a dream.”

It’s the only ballad and the final track on the much-hyped album, detailing the decaying glitter of the day after a big party — and the tender nostalgia of everyday, through-thick-and-thin love. With specific references that paint a vivid, recognizable picture — “Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby / Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor” — it might also be one of her most relatable tracks on Reputation.


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Who is Joe Alwyn? Taylor Swift’s boyfriend and Brit star who acted in The Sense of an Ending

TAYLOR Swift has had her colourful love life picked apart more than almost any other star on the planet.

After a string of high-profile romances, the singer superstar is now dating British actor Joe Alwyn – here’s the lowdown on the hunk….

Joe Alwyn has already starred alongside Hollywood heavyweights in his short screen career
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Who is Joe Alwyn?

Joe Alwyn, 26, is a rising British actor whose most recent film role came in the critically-acclaimed The Sense of an Ending.

He was born in Crouch End, London, on February 21 1991, and graduated from the National Youth Theatre before studying at the University of Bristol and London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

His big breakthrough came when he played the title role in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which came out last year.

Prior to his audition for the much-coveted part, the 26-year-old had never even stepped in front of a camera.

Directed by double Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, the war film saw him star alongside Hollywood heavyweights Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin.

The Sense of an Ending, released earlier this year, again saw the up-and-coming star rub shoulders with acting royalty, appearing opposite Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling.

You’ll next be able to see Joe on the big screen in Keepers – a psychological thriller also starring Scottish hunk Gerard Butler – and The Favourite, featuring Oscar winner Emma Stone.

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How long have Joe and Taylor Swift been dating?

The Sun’s Bizarre column exclusively revealed in May 2017 how Taylor has been dating Joe for months.

A source said: “Taylor and Joe are the real deal, this is a very serious relationship.

“But after what happened with Tom Hiddleston, they were determined to keep it quiet.”

Confirming the romance, a close friend said: “This isn’t a new couple alert or a secret relationship – the only people this has been a secret to is the media because all of us, Taylor and Joe’s closest friends and their families, were aware they have been together for several months and have known each other for a longtime.

“After her 1989 tour and all the attention Taylor received, she learned she had to be more protective of her personal life and she and Joe decided early on to keep their private life private.”

 

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Who else has Taylor Swift dated?

Taylor is desperate for her latest relationship to avoid becoming a circus, which has hindered her previous romances – with Joe said to be just as keen to avoid the spotlight.

The singing superstar has dated a string of A-list celebrities, from Joe Jonas back in 2008 to Tom Hiddleston, star of The Night Manager (and potential next James Bond) last year.

‘Hiddleswift’ became a global phenomenon after The Sun revealed sensational photos of the pair canoodling on a Rhode Island beach, but their relationship fizzled out late in 2016.

Taylor has also been involved in brief romances with Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhall and One Direction singer Harry Styles.

“Two Ghosts”, a track on Harry’s recently released debut solo album, was revealed to be about his former beau live on BBC Radio 1 by his close pal Nick Grimshaw.

Taylor’s longest-lived romance was with Scottish DJing megastar Calvin Harris.

Dubbed ‘Tayvin’, the loved-up duo shared a year of adorable Instagram snaps and PDAs at awards ceremonies before going their separate ways in the summer of 2016.




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We decode the secret symbols and subtle shade in Taylor Swift’s ‘…Ready For It’

Swifties weren’t ready for it, but the newly released music video could be confirming some popular fan theories

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In this anime-inspired visual, Taylor Swift plays with themes seen in sci-fi films such as Tron and Blade Runner as well as Ghost in the Shell, specifically Major Motoko’s cyborg shell. A little inspired by the video game franchise, Final Fantasy, perhaps?

The latest Joseph Kahn-directed footage from her new album Reputation also contains follow-up references to her Look What You Made Me Do video as well as her past music videos. (Proof that the old Taylor Swift is alive and well). Here’s what to expect:

1. Shout-outs to boyfriend Joe Alwyn

Look closely in the opening scenes and you’ll find the number 89 – a nod to her birth year and album title, 1989. And what’s that 91 in yellow? It could be a reference to boyfriend Alwyn’s birth year: 1991.

After all, she does sing: ‘Knew he was a killer/ First time that I saw him.’ Alwyn’s first-ever movie was last year’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, in which he starred as a U.S. soldier stricken with PTSD after a deadly firefight during the Iraq war. And in another shout-out to Alwyn, the name ‘Joseph’ is shown in Chinese calligraphy at 0:28. (Or could it be for director Joseph Kahn?)

2. The snake is back

Don’t think the snake references are gone. Swift slyly included ‘Year of the Snake’ (蛇年) in Chinese calligraphy, seen in one of the alleyways (at 0:22).

Swift has been embracing the snake image and using it to promote her new music, most prominently in Look What You Made Me Do, which featured a CGI snake. She is also selling serpentine merchandise in support of her upcoming Reputation album.

3. Secret messages hiding on the walls

Is the star sending messages to her fans with these affirmations on the wall? There’s even a reference in there to the latest single from Reputation, Gorgeous.

4. Breaking free from the media

Some fans have suggested that the glass box that cyborg Taylor is trapped in, could be representative of how Swift sees her relationship with the media.

5. Calvin Harris

All those luminescent lightning bolts could be to refresh everyone’s memory about her songwriting collaboration with ex-boyfriend Harris for the 2016 single with Rihanna This Is What You Came For. The lightning bolts recall the single’s cover art and the line, ‘lighting strikes every time you move’, and we’ve definitely seen that color scheme before.

6. Is the old Taylor really dead?

In …Ready for It? it’s clear that Swift is battling herself, yet there are subtle references to her old music videos. Swift has collaborated with Kahn on at least three records previously. Fans noticed similarities in some of the poses from …Ready for It in two of Swift’s previous collaborations with Kahn: Out of the Woods and Bad Blood.

In addition, Bad Blood and …Ready for It? both featured futuristic themes throughout the videos, with similar choreography.

In keeping with the theory that Swift has revisited many of her past music videos, the Grammy winner’s latest video also features a white horse, a possible throwback to her 2008 track White Horse from the Fearless album. Swift also rode a white stallion in her Blank Space video.

7. The look

Swift’s makeup, specifically the winged eyeliner is very similar to that of her Blank Space character. And the red lipstick is back too. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the album brings.

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Todrick Hall: Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Video ‘Was the Hardest Secret Ever’

Secrets, secrets are no fun — just ask Todrick Hall! The YouTube star revealed in a new interview that he was sworn to secrecy after filming his stint as a backup dancer in Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" music video in May.

"It was the hardest secret ever to keep, but I know how I am

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From mocking Katy Perry to blasting Kanye West and Kim Kardashian… we reveal all the taunts in Taylor Swift’s vengeful video for Look What You Made Me Do

AFTER a year in hiding, Taylor Swift took just four ­minutes and 16 seconds to drive a poisoned sword through each of her many showbiz enemies.

The video for new single Look What You Made Me Do contains barely concealed barbs against a hit list that includes Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry.

Taylor Swift drops new music video for 'Look What You Made Me Do'

Three days on from its record-breaking debut, the video has been watched more than 58million times, with fans spotting references to the A-list victims of pop’s new femme fatale.

Here, we untangle the web of wars behind the most vengeful music video in history.

The tilted graveyard

Taylor allegedly references Kanye West's tilted stage the rapper used on his tour
Taylor allegedly references Kanye West's tilted stage the rapper used on his tour

THE Thriller-inspired video opening begins in a cemetery and zooms in on a tombstone reading: “Here lies the reputation of Taylor Swift.”

As the music kicks in, a zombified Taylor sings: “Don’t like your tilted stage . . . I don’t like you.”

Given Kanye West had a tilting stage on his tour last year it is clear whose blood this zombie is after.

Previously, Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian posted audio footage online in which Taylor apparently approves a lyric Kanye wrote about her in his track Famous.

But Taylor later said she never agreed to the line – “I made that bitch famous” – and was left deeply hurt by it.

The Nils Sjoberg tombstone

Nils Sjoberg is the pseudonym Taylor used as a songwriter's credit for Calvin's hit song What You Came For
Nils Sjoberg is the pseudonym Taylor used as a songwriter's credit for Calvin's hit song What You Came For

BLINK and you’ll miss it, but in the opening scene a tombstone bears the name Nils Sjoberg – a pseudonym Taylor used as her song-writing credit on This Is What You Came For, a track by Taylor’s DJ ex Calvin Harris.

Taylor and Calvin dated for 15 months
Taylor and Calvin dated for 15 months
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After their split last year, Calvin took to Twitter to claim Taylor was trying to “bury” him like she had another music enemy, Katy Perry.

But now it seems Taylor has laid her ex – and her old pen name – to rest.

The boys

Taylor's backing dancers wore similar shirts to the one Tom Hiddleston was pictured in
Taylor's backing dancers wore similar shirts to the one Tom Hiddleston was pictured in

TAYLOR is backed by eight male dancers who each don an “I Heart TS” T-shirt – the message actor Tom Hiddleston was snapped wearing during her annual Fourth of July party last year.

It is also worth noting she has eight very famous exes who, with Tom, include Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Conor Kennedy, Calvin Harris, Harry Styles and John Mayer.

Given Harry and John were named and shamed in previous singles by the revenge-loving singer, Brit Tom can consider himself to have got off relatively lightly.

The lookalike

Taylor shows off one of her many Grammy awards
Taylor shows off one of her many Grammy awards

THEY both count John Mayer as an ex, and it’s no surprise Taylor’s arch-nemesis Katy Perry comes under heavy fire.

In the latest tit-for-tat in a long-running feud, which began when Katy allegedly stole backing dancers from her rival mid-tour in 2013, Taylor transforms into a lookalike of her former friend before crashing a gold sports car into a pole.

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With her spiky blonde hair and leopard-print outfit – which Katy is regularly spotted in, including in the video for her own song, Roar – it is clear who Taylor is emulating in this scene.

But there is one glaring inconsistency. After the car crash Taylor, as Katy, is seen holding a Grammy.

Katy has yet to win one.

Taylor has ten.

The Shakespeare

Look closely and you'll catch the Shakespeare quote on Taylor's throne
Look closely and you'll catch the Shakespeare quote on Taylor's throne

IN another blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, as the camera pans up to take in Taylor sitting on a golden throne, you can see a line from Shakespeare on the arm of the chair.

It is “Et tu, Brute” from Julius Caesar, the words uttered by the emperor after he is stabbed in the back by his former friends.

This dig could be aimed at pretty much anyone in showbiz given Taylor’s gift for falling out with her fellow celebrities – and her taste for revenge, which would make even the Bard of Avon pale.

The diamond-filled bath

Fans believe Taylor is referencing Kim's traumatic Paris robbery ordeal
Fans believe Taylor is referencing Kim's traumatic Paris robbery ordeal

AFTER the video’s opening scenes attacking Kanye, wife Kim Kardashian does not escape either.

Taylor is seen singing in a bath filled with diamonds, before she fires an imaginary gun and bites down on a bling choker.

In 2015 it looked like Taylor, Kim and Kanye had buried the hatchet... but not anymore
In 2015 it looked like Taylor, Kim and Kanye had buried the hatchet… but not anymore
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Is Taylor's 'gun' a reference to Kim being held at gunpoint during the Paris robbery?
Is Taylor's 'gun' a reference to Kim being held at gunpoint during the Paris robbery?
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Fans were quick to point out that this could be a nod to Kim being held at gunpoint during her Paris jewellery heist in January. The flashy reality star was left tied up with duct tape by masked raiders in a bath in her rented apartment.

The thieves made off with £8.5million of her jewellery, including a choker.


The $ 1 bill

DJ David Mueller was ordered to pay Taylor $  1 in damages following a lawsuit
DJ David Mueller was ordered to pay Taylor $ 1 in damages following a lawsuit

THE single dollar bill on top of Taylor’s glittering gems is a bullet – with one man’s name on.

In 2015, DJ David Mueller sued the singer and claimed she got him sacked from US radio station KYGO after she told his bosses he groped her, during a meet-and-greet two years earlier. After his suit – which he lost – Taylor countersued Mueller for assault and battery and two weeks ago a jury ruled in her favour.

The former DJ was ordered to pay her requested damages . . . a symbolic single dollar.

The snakes

Taylor has embraced snakes after being branded one by Kim Kardashian
Taylor has embraced snakes after being branded one by Kim Kardashian

TAYLOR is also spotted wearing snake-shaped diamond jewellery.

This is a clear dig at Kanye and Kim.

During the Famous lyrics fallout, fans flooded Taylor’s social media accounts calling her a snake and completing their captions with snake emojis.

The name stuck, as she has been referenced as such online ever since, including by Kim.

While Taylor had the emoji banned from being posted on her accounts at the time, she now appears to be embracing it.

She started selling serpent rings on her new merchandise store launched this weekend.

The robbery

Taylor is said to be taking aim at streaming services in this section of the video
Taylor is said to be taking aim at streaming services in this section of the video

WEB theorists thought Taylor and her crew of pussycat-balaclava-clad robbers breaking into a vault could be another dig at Kim’s Paris ordeal.

But they were wrong.

The name “Stream Co” is on top of the vault Taylor is stealing from, as she swings a baseball bat.

This scene is a nod to her row with streaming services such as Spotify, who she took on in 2014 by removing her music from all platforms. She then released a statement saying they were “devaluing” musicians by not paying the stars enough.

Three years later, on June 9, Taylor suddenly made her full discography available on Spotify, Tidal and other services – the same day rival Katy Perry released her new album, Witness.

The squad

Taylor's squad features lots of leggy models
Taylor's squad features lots of leggy models

ONE of the final scenes sees Taylor in a black latex bodysuit leading an army of blank-faced, identikit models at a bunker called Squad U.

The singer has had plenty of flak for what some have dubbed her highly manufactured, model-perfect pack of gal pals, which included fellow singer Selena Gomez, actress Lena Dunham and half of the Victoria’s Secret Angels.

Taylor and Lorde: BFFs no more?
Taylor and Lorde: BFFs no more?
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She writhes next to a pile of these figures, perhaps a nod to the idea that she surrounds herself with “fake” friends.

Notably absent are the names of the former BFFs, including singer Lorde, who compared her friendship with Taylor to having “autoimmune disease”.

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Katy Perry Dodges Introducing Taylor Swift’s Music Video Premiere at VMAs

Katy Perry dodged a Taylor Swift bullet at the VMAs — even though she’s hosting the show — ’cause she was nowhere to be seen during the premiere of T. Swift’s new music video. Katy successfully ducked out of introducing Taylor’s video premiere of…

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Taylor Swift’s New Single Broke a Spotify Streaming Record

Spotify says that Taylor Swift’s new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” was streamed more in a single day than any other song on the platform. The song, the first from Swift’s upcoming album “Reputation,” was played 8 million times worldwide in its first day.

Swift’s success on Spotify is a bit ironic; the pop wunderkind made waves back in late 2014 when she accused streaming services of underpaying musicians. She didn’t return to Spotify until June of this year.

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Swift’s songs generated 47.5 million streams and an estimated $ 397,000 in the weeks after her return to streaming, which would make her new single’s 8 million Spotify spins worth about $ 67,000.

YouTube has said that the song also broke records there, generating 19 million views in one day, and Billboard says the song is likely to sell 500,000 downloads in its first week, making it the best-selling single since Adele’s “Look” in 2015.


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Advocates: Taylor Swift’s trial sends a powerful message to young fans

Taylor Swift has shared her side of the story in court against a former DJ who she alleges groped her. And while the case continues, experts hope the impact of seeing a celebrity as prominent as Swift speak up about her own alleged sexual assault will send a message of courage to her fans.


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Taylor Swift’s bodyguard testifies he witnessed groping

DENVER (Reuters) – Pop star Taylor Swift’s former bodyguard on Friday corroborated her account of being groped by a Colorado disc jockey, testifying that he saw the radio personality slip his hand under her skirt as they posed for a photo.
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Taylor swift’s mom wanted to avoid fallout from alleged groping

DENVER (Reuters) – Recording star Taylor Swift’s mother testified on Wednesday that she became sick to her stomach when she learned that her daughter had been groped during a pre-concert photo shoot four years ago, but they decided against calling police to avoid publicity.
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Mom says she didn’t want incident to define Swift’s life

DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift’s mother and confidante took the witness stand Wednesday, saying she and her daughter’s managers had told the bosses of a disc jockey accused of groping the singer-songwriter that they hoped he would be fired but didn’t ask them to do so.
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Taylor swift’s mom wanted to avoid fallout from alleged groping

DENVER (Reuters) – Recording star Taylor Swift’s mother testified on Wednesday that she became sick to her stomach when she learned that her daughter had been groped during a pre-concert photo shoot four years ago, but they decided against calling police to avoid publicity.


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John Cleese Says What You Were Thinking About Taylor Swift’s Cat

If you’ve ever looked at Taylor Swift’s cat and thought “What is wrong with that thing?” then maybe you are John Cleese. On “The Graham Norton” show, the audience swooned over a photo of Olivia Benson (because probably there was a cue card that told them to make an “ooh” sound), but Cleese stopped to say what everyone at home was really thinking.

“How did it have the accident?” he asked Swift. “Is that a proper cat? Or is it damaged irreparably? That’s the weirdest cat I’ve ever seen in my life.” She was not amused.

Cleese then went on to compare cats to women, and things got less funny and kind of weird. He’ll regret all of this when Taylor releases her new song about him: “The Purrfect Revenge.”

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