October 24, 2010 |
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.
October 30, 2012 |
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.
August 31, 2012 |
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.
August 14, 2012 |
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...
October 22, 2012 |
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.
October 23, 2012 |
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.
April 7, 2014 |
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.
November 26, 2013 |
Taylor Swift and Prince William gave a demonstration in friendly Anglo-American relations on Tuesday. The 23-year-old pop star attended the Winter White Gala at London's Kensington Palace wearing an ethereal Jenny Packham gown. The winter wonderland-themed event was hosted by the Centrepoint charity to benefit at-risk homeless youth. Wiliam, the Duke of Cambridge, has been working with Centrepoint since 2005. "I'm absolutely excited," Swift said of performing at the gala ( via the Daily Mail)
September 5, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean were nominated Wednesday for the Country Music Assn.'s top honor as entertainer of the year, an award to be handed out Nov. 1 at the 46 th CMA Awards ceremony in Nashville. But relative newcomer Eric Church, who received his first nomination last year, scored the most nominations this year with five, largely for his musical homage to rock star Bruce Springsteen: his song “Springsteen” is up for single, song and video of the year.