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August 14, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
The first volley has been fired in what will certainly be another meticulously mapped-out campaign to set up Taylor Swift's fourth album, “Red,” due Oct. 22. As she did ahead of her “Speak Now” album two years ago, the singer and songwriter unveiled the first single from the forthcoming collection by way of a live Web chat . On Monday, she introduced the first single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which quickly zoomed...
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October 24, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Studio A at Capitol Records in Hollywood is the fabled place where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, the Beach Boys and other stellar names in popular music made some of their most beloved recordings over the last half century. On an unseasonably pleasant day last summer, however, the artist sitting dead center in front of the imposing 60-channel mixing board was Taylor Swift, the erstwhile teen queen of country-pop music who has dominated sales charts and captured the ears of her generation as firmly as any of her celebrated predecessors.
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October 30, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
The tally is in, and Taylor Swift's “Red” album sold 1.208 million copies during its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the biggest single-week sales figure in more than a decade. It's Swift's second consecutive album to top the 1-million mark in its debut week, joining - and surpassing - her 2010 album “Speak Now,” which bowed with 1.047 million copies out of the gate. "They just told me Red sold 1.2 million albums first week," Swift tweeted shortly after final figures were released.
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November 18, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Taylor Swift has finally weighed in on whether she considers herself a role model for impressionable young people. And the verdict is ... she accepts! In an interview to be broadcast this Sunday on "60 Minutes," the singer said she believes she can be an influence among some fans, and she's OK with that. But how influential are celebs when it comes to health-related issues such as drugs, alcohol, smoking and weight? Studies show that teens' habits and choices may be affected by famous people they admire, but they're not the only ones who hold sway.
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August 31, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Taylor Swift's new video for her first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” premiered Thursday night on MTV and is now up on the music channel's website, along with her follow-up interview discussing it. An innovative clip that was shot in a single take with no edits, the video was directed by Declan Whitebloom, who also directed Swift's videos for "Mean" and "Ours. " The video takes us through a single day beginning with Swift, in colorful pajamas, in her bedroom recounting the headaches of an on-again, off-again relationship.
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October 22, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 21 - 27 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning Bill O'Reilly; Tom Wolfe. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today John Grisham; Tony Bennett; Jamie-Lynn Sigler; Jaleel White. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Taylor Swift; Pat Houston. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Hayden Panettiere. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Gerard Butler; Krysten Ritter. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View The Houston family; Tony Bennett; Juan Luis Guerra.
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September 6, 2012 | By Todd Martens
A Green Day member sporting a "Free Pussy Riot" T-shirt was about as political as the 2012 MTV VMAs were able to get. The band unveiled yet another new song, "Let Yourself Go," and the song, again, saw the band moving away from the political and social overtunes of "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown. " Green Day, in fact, has been doing everything in its power to state that it should not be considered an important band. As evidence, the band has its own "Angry Birds" characters.
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April 7, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Perhaps taking a cue from Beyonce's showstopping, barely there Grammys dress by L.A. designer Michael Costello, country music divas embraced the sheer-and-sexy cutout trend on the red carpet at the American Country Music Awards held Sunday night in Las Vegas. It was impossible to ignore Shakira's Zuhair Murad teal blue silk jersey long-sleeve gown with embroidered detail and nude silk cutouts snaking down the sides.   Sheryl Crow wore a black sheer, diamond cutout gown by Christian Siriano . And Kimberly Perry chose a similar style with a geometric pattern by another maximalist designer,  Georges Hobeika.
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October 23, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Taylor Swift may never, ever be getting back together with a certain beau, but she seems strongly positioned to getting back above the 1 million first-week sales mark with her new album. According to her label, Big Machine Records, "Red" bolted out of the starting gate with 262,000 copies sold the first day on iTunes alone. Big Machine noted that the record went to No. 1 on iTunes' all-genre Top Albums chart just 36 minutes after it was released at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The label also said  “Red” was responsible for more than 4½ million individual iTunes song downloads to date in the U.S. Swift's song “Everything Has Changed” also shot to No. 1 on iTunes' Top Songs chart, one of 13 tracks from the album to reach the chart's Top 20. Swift's fourth studio collection also tops Amazon.com's list of bestselling albums, having spent 61 days in the Top 100, based on pre-release orders.
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