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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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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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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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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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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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September 5, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
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.
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March 19, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Taylor Swift has seemingly revealed that her break-up song "I Knew You Were Trouble" was penned with One Direction crooner Harry Styles in mind. Is anyone surprised? In an interview with the UK's Sunday Times Magazine, Swift was asked if it was difficult to perform the song during the Brit Awards. "Well, it's not hard to access that emotion when the person the song is directed at is standing by the side of the stage watching," she said . PHOTOS: Taylor Swift is never, ever getting back together with...
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March 13, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
In the first scene of Taylor Swift's latest video, “22” the hitmaking country-pop artist wears a shirt that reads, “Not a whole lot going on at the moment.” The cheeky statement could mean a number of things -- and because it's Swift, rest assured it does -- but let's pretend for a moment she's having a lighthearted moment of self-awareness and is poking fun at the media's recent attention to the love life she often decodes for us in...
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