Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam and more react as Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

But now, it has been confirmed that the landmark case has been overturned, meaning abortion will no longer be protected as a federal right in the US for the first time since 1973, and each state will be able to decide individually whether to restrict or ban abortion.

Notable figures in the music industry have expressed their outrage on social media, including Taylor Swift, who shared a letter that Michelle Obama had written about the decision.

“I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are,” she wrote, “that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”

I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that. https://t.co/mwK561oxxl

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 24, 2022

Pearl Jam, meanwhile, shared a video on Instagram, alongside the caption: “No one, not the government, not politicians, not the Supreme Court should prevent access to abortion, birth control, and contraceptives. People should have the FREEDOM to choose.

“Today’s decision impacts everyone and it will particularly affect poor women who can’t afford to travel to access health care. We will stay active, we will not back down and we will never give up.”

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During their Glastonbury 2022 performance, Joe Talbot of Idles also spoke out against the decision.

“Of course, this is for every mother and every woman and her right to choose whether she is a mother or not,” Talbot said. “Long live the open-minded long live my mother and long live every single one of you.”

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abortion is healthcare.
bodily autonomy is a human right.

— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) June 24, 2022

just because you’re not an American citizen does not mean the overturning of Roe V Wade is none of your business. if you support womens rights and human rights you NEED to be vocal about how drastic and appalling the overturning of the constitutional right to an abortion is.

— Charli (@charli_xcx) June 24, 2022

MAKING ABORTIONS ILLEGAL WONT STOP PEOPLE FROM HAVING THEM, IT STOPS THEM FROM HAVING SAFE ONES

— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) June 24, 2022

I don’t even know what to say other than absolutely fuck this

— FINNEAS☮️ (@finneas) June 24, 2022

The three #Trump #SCOTUS appointees all lied to Congress and to the American people during their confirmation hearings, when they all stated that #ROEVWADE was settled law. They are all radical traditionalist Catholics and are shoving America ever further to the right.

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) June 24, 2022

fucking evil.

— traitor joe (@phoebe_bridgers) June 24, 2022

the Supreme Court just ended a constitutional right to obtain an abortion, saying it should be left to each state to decide, this is horrible! they just took the right to decide about someone’s own body away! we need to speak out. your body, your choice! #AbortionIsHealthcare

— YUNGBLUD (@yungblud) June 24, 2022

Vote these medieval old turds out.

— Garbage (@garbage) June 24, 2022

Fuckin bullshit!!

This decision is about more than abortion, it’s about who has power over you, who has authority to make decisions for you, and who is going to control how your future turns out~ @nwlc @PPFA @ACLU @SisterSong_WOC pic.twitter.com/52Pj6j36Z1

— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) June 24, 2022

In May, Halsey aired a video of protest footage and facts about abortion statistics during her ‘Love And Power’ tour opener and joined the likes of Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion and Phoebe Bridgers in signing a letter denouncing the draft opinion.

Harry Styles also spoke out about the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion at the time.

Speaking to Howard Stern in an interview [per Teen Vogue], Styles said of the potential of Roe v. Wade being overturned: “I think it’s quite scary to see how far backwards we’re going in a lot of ways. There should be backlash and uproar for these things. There’s a lot of people who are taking…the right steps to try to make positive things [happen].”

He added that, in his opinion, no one “should be able to make decisions about anyone else’s body – it doesn’t really make any sense to me”. “It’s just so backwards,” he said.

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Taylor Swift on making films after ‘All Too Well’: “It would be fantastic to write and direct a feature”

The star also spoke to the audience about the premise behind the video, which stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, noting that she had to “give herself permission” to create a film about the “phase of becoming a young woman” at such a “vulnerable” age.

“I think 19 to 20 is such an interesting and profound experience for a young woman because you have one foot still in girlhood, and yet society and the world is telling you, ‘you’re an adult’,” Swift said.

Getting word that #TaylorSwift’s talk from #TribecaFilmFestival #Tribeca2022 included her playing ‘all too well’ and that Sadie Sink and Dylan O’ Brien were also there!!

More info to come!! pic.twitter.com/dYzSAUYQy6

— Erica Campbell (@ericacxmpbell) June 11, 2022

O’Brien and Sink also surprised the audience by showing up for the talk. Swift praised Sink’s performance in the film, saying she knew the actor had “this versatility” to convey “idealism” and an “unbroken spirit”.

Taylor also dug into how different shots in the film captured the ups and downs of the characters’ relationship.

“I wanted to show their closeness with handheld shots, I wanted to be so close we could count freckles,” Swift said. “As things fell apart, I wanted to reflect the remoteness she feels, this desperation she feels, because her world opened up to this big passionate intense love and all of the sudden, overnight, it boiled down to nothing, and the floor fell through.”

Sadie & Dylan joining Taylor on stage

“Welcome to our concert” pic.twitter.com/GvknVgLBHS

— Erica Campbell (@ericacxmpbell) June 12, 2022

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“Dylan, I wanted to work with so much because he has this electric charisma this character needed to be able to get away with all the gaslighting,” Swift said, as the crowd erupted in laughter. She added that at the first screening of the film, fans were yelling “gaslighter, gaslighting” during the scenes where O’Brien and Sink were fighting, which made her “feel good about the younger generation”.

Swift also said she’d be interested in making more movies in the future.

“It would be so fantastic to write and direct a feature,” she said. “I don’t see it being bigger in terms of scale. I loved making a film that was so intimate with a crew that was relatively small. Just a really solid crew of people that I trusted.”

While talking about the 10-minute version of ‘All Too Well’, Swift gave fans a shout-out, sharing that it was only released because “you guys just wouldn’t let it go”.

During Taylor’s ‘All Too Well’ performance, fans shouted along, particularly the lyrics “fuck the patriarchy” and “I’ll get older, but your lovers stay my age.”

Meanwhile, Swift was awarded an honorary doctorate from New York University last month, and gave the commencement speech for their 2022 graduates.

“It seems to me that there is a false stigma of eagerness in our culture of unbothered ambivalence,” Taylor said at the time. “Never be ashamed of trying. Effortlessness is a myth. The people who wanted it the least were the ones I wanted to date and be friends with in high school. The people who want it most are the people I now hire to work for my company.”

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Here are all the winners from the Billboard Music Awards 2022 – rolling list

Going into the ceremony, The Weeknd held the most nominations with 17 nods, followed by Doja Cat on 14. West, Rodrigo and Justin Bieber were close behind, appearing in 13 categories each.

Olivia Rodrigo. CREDIT: Amy Sussman/FilmMagic

The BBMAs 2022 will be hosted by Diddy and will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Megan Thee Stallion, Silk Sonic, Burna Boy, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran and Machine Gun Kelly. Morgan Wallen will also appear after being banned from the 2021 ceremony after a video of him saying a racial slur emerged online.

Travis Scott will also perform, making his first major public appearance after the crowd crush tragedy that occurred during his headline set at last year’s Astroworld festival. The incident left 10 people dead and, according to a recent filing, thousands injured.

“To have Morgan and Travis be able to come back and touch the stage again with the mindset of getting a second chance at life,” Diddy said in a recent interview with Billboard. “Everybody in the room is getting a second chance at life, you know, because we’re back outside with no masks on. We need love and I’m excited about celebrating that.”

The winners from the Billboard Music Awards 2022 will be updated below as they are announced (highlighted in bold).

Top Artist
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Doja Cat
Drake – winner
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top New Artist

Givēon
Masked Wolf
Olivia Rodrigo – winner
Pooh Shiesty
The Kid LAROI

Top Male Artist

Drake – winner
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Lil Nas X
The Weeknd

Top Female Artist

Adele
Doja Cat
Dua Lipa
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group

BTS – winner
Glass Animals
Imagine Dragons
Migos
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Adele
Drake
Juice WRLD
Morgan Wallen
Taylor Swift – winner

Top Hot 100 Artist

Doja Cat
Drake
Justin Bieber
Olivia Rodrigo – winner
The Weeknd

Kanye West. CREDIT: Scott Dudelson/FilmMagic

Top Streaming Songs Artist

Doja Cat
Drake
Lil Nas X
Olivia Rodrigo – winner
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist

Adele
BTS – winner
Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran
Walker Hayes

Top Radio Songs Artist

Doja Cat
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Olivia Rodrigo – winner
The Weeknd

Top Billboard Global 200 Artist

Doja Cat
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Olivia Rodrigo – winner
The Weeknd

Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Artist 

BTS
Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran – winner
Olivia Rodrigo
The Weeknd

Top Tour

Eagles (Hotel California Tour)
Genesis (The Last Domino? Tour)
Green Day, Fall Out Boy & Weezer (The Hella Mega Tour)
Harry Styles (Love on Tour)
The Rolling Stones (No Filter Tour) – winner

Top R&B Artist

Doja Cat
Givēon
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)
Summer Walker
The Weeknd

Doja Cat Credit: Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Top R&B Male Artist

Givēon
Khalid
The Weeknd – winner

Top R&B Female Artist

Doja Cat – winner
Summer Walker
SZA

Top R&B Tour

Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars at Park MGM) – winner
Omarion & Bow Wow (The Millennium Tour 2021)
Usher (The Vegas Residency)

Top Rap Artist

Drake – winner
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Moneybagg Yo
Polo G

Top Rap Male Artist

Drake – winner
Juice WRLD
Polo G

Top Rap Female Artist

Cardi B
Latto
Megan Thee Stallion

Top Rap Tour

J. Cole (The Off-Season Tour)
Lil Baby (The Back Outside Tour)
Omarion & Bow Wow (The Millennium Tour 2021) – winner

BTS CREDIT: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Top Country Artist

Chris Stapleton
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen
Taylor Swift – winner
Walker Hayes

Top Country Male Artist

Chris Stapleton
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

Top Country Female Artist

Carrie Underwood
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift – winner

Top Country Duo/Group

Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour

Luke Bryan (Proud to Be Right Here Tour)
Eric Church (Gather Again Tour) – winner
Chris Stapleton (All-American Road Show Tour)

Top Rock Artist

Glass Animals
Imagine Dragons
Machine Gun Kelly
Måneskin
twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour

Genesis (The Last Domino? Tour)
Green Day, Fall Out Boy & Weezer (The Hella Mega Tour)
The Rolling Stones (No Filter Tour) – winner

Bad Bunny. Credit: Timothy Norris/Getty Images

Top Latin Artist

Bad Bunny – winner
Farruko
Kali Uchis
Karol G
Rauw Alejandro

Top Latin Male Artist

Bad Bunny – winner
Farruko
Rauw Alejandro

Top Latin Female Artist

Kali Uchis – winner
Karol G
Rosalía

Top Latin Duo/Group

Calibre 50
Eslabon Armado – winner
Grupo Firme

Top Latin Tour

Bad Bunny (El Último Tour Del Mundo)
Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin (Live in Concert)
Los Bukis (Una Historia Cantada Tour) – winner

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Lady Gaga – winner
Marshmello
Tiësto

Top Christian Artist

Carrie Underwood
Elevation Worship
for King & Country
Lauren Daigle
Ye – winner

(L-R) Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform live with The Rolling Stones in 2021. CREDIT: Jason Koerner/WireImage

Top Gospel Artist

CeCe Winans
Elevation Worship
Kirk Franklin
Maverick City Music
Ye – winner

Top Billboard 200 Album

Adele, ’30’
Doja Cat, ‘Planet Her’
Drake, ‘Certified Lover Boy’
Morgan Wallen, ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’
Olivia Rodrigo, ‘SOUR’ – winner

Top Soundtrack

Arcane League of Legends
Encanto – winner
In The Heights
Sing 2
tick, tick…BOOM!

Top R&B Album

Doja Cat, ‘Planet Her’
Givēon, ‘When It’s All Said and Done…Take Time’
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), ‘An Evening With Silk Sonic’
Summer Walker, ‘Still Over It’
The Weeknd, ‘Dawn FM’

Top Rap Album

Drake, ‘Certified Lover Boy’ – winner
Moneybagg Yo, ‘A Gangsta’s Pain’
Rod Wave, ‘SoulFly’
The Kid LAROI, ‘F*ck Love’
Ye, ‘Donda’

Top Country Album

Florida Georgia Line, ‘Life Rolls On’
Lee Brice, ‘Hey World’
Taylor Swift, ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’
Taylor Swift, ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ – winner
Walker Hayes, ‘Country Stuff: The Album’

Top Rock Album

AJR, ‘OK Orchestra’
Coldplay, ‘Music of the Spheres’
Imagine Dragons, ‘Mercury – Act 1’
John Mayer, ‘Sob Rock’
twenty one pilots, ‘Scaled and Icy’ – winner

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 12: Taylor Swift attends the “All Too Well” New York Premiere on November 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Top Latin Album

Eslabon Armado, ‘Corta Venas’
J Balvin, ‘Jose’
Kali Uchis, ‘Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞’
Karol G, ‘KG0516’ – winner
Rauw Alejandro, ‘Vice Versa’

Top Dance/Electronic Album

C418, ‘Minecraft – Volume Alpha’
FKA twigs, ‘Caprisongs’
Illenium, ‘Fallen Embers’
Porter Robinson, ‘Nurture’
Rüfüs Du Sol, ‘Surrender’

Top Christian Album

Carrie Underwood, ‘My Savior’
CeCe Winans, ‘Believe for It’
Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music, ‘Old Church Basement’
Phil Wickham, ‘Hymn of Heaven’
Ye, ‘Donda’ – winner

Top Gospel Album

CeCe Winans, ‘Believe for It’
Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music, ‘Old Church Basement’
Maverick City Music, ‘Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition’
Maverick City Music & Upperroom, ‘move your heart.’
Ye, ‘Donda’ – winner

Top Hot 100 Song

Doja Cat ft. SZA, ‘Kiss Me More’
Dua Lipa, ‘Levitating’
Olivia Rodrigo, ‘good 4 u’
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, ‘Stay’ – winner
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, ‘Save Your Tears’

Top Streaming Song

Dua Lipa, ‘Levitating’
Glass Animals, ‘Heat Waves’
Olivia Rodrigo, ‘good 4 u’
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, ‘Stay’ – winner
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, ‘Save Your Tears’

Top Selling Song

BTS, ‘Butter’ – winner
BTS, ‘Permission to Dance’
Dua Lipa, ‘Levitating’
Ed Sheeran, ‘Bad Habits’
Walker Hayes, ‘Fancy Like’

The Weeknd. CREDIT: Getty Images

Top Radio Song

Dua Lipa, ‘Levitating’ – winner
Ed Sheeran, ‘Bad Habits’
Olivia Rodrigo, ‘good 4 u’
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, ‘Stay’
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, ‘Save Your Tears’

Top Collaboration

Doja Cat ft. SZA, ‘Kiss Me More’
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & GIVĒON, ‘Peaches’
Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow, ‘Industry Baby’
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, ‘Stay’ – winner
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, ‘Save Your Tears’

Top Billboard Global 200 Song

Dua Lipa, ‘Levitating’
Ed Sheeran, ‘Bad Habits’
Olivia Rodrigo, ‘good 4 u’
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, ‘Stay’ – winner
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, ‘Save Your Tears’

Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Song

BTS, ‘Butter’
Ed Sheeran, ‘Bad Habits’
Lil Nas X, ‘Montero (Call Me by Your Name)’
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, ‘Stay’ – winner
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, ‘Save Your Tears’

Top Viral Song 

Doja Cat ft. SZA, ‘Kiss Me More’ – winner
Gayle, ‘abcdefu’
Glass Animals, ‘Heat Waves’
Masked Wolf, ‘Astronaut In The Ocean’
Walker Hayes, ‘Fancy Like’

Top R&B Song

Doja Cat & The Weeknd, ‘You Right’
Givēon, ‘Heartbreak Anniversary’
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Givēon, ‘Peaches’
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), ‘Leave The Door Open’ – winner
WizKid ft. Justin Bieber & Tems, ‘Essence’

Top Rap Song

Drake ft. 21 Savage, Project Pat, ‘Knife Talk’
Drake ft. Future & Young Thug, ‘Way 2 Sexy’
Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow, ‘Industry Baby’ – winner
Masked Wolf, ‘Astronaut In The Ocean’
Polo G, ‘Rapstar’

Dua Lipa performs in Las Vegas on March 25, 2022 as part of her ‘Future Nostalgia’ tour. Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

Top Country Song

Chris Stapleton, ‘You Should Probably Leave’
Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood, ‘If I Didn’t Love You’
Jordan Davis ft. Luke Bryan, ‘Buy Dirt’
Luke Combs, ‘Forever After All’
Walker Hayes, ‘Fancy Like’ – winner

Top Rock Song

Coldplay X BTS, ‘My Universe’
Elle King & Miranda Lambert, ‘Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)’
Imagine Dragons, ‘Follow You’
Måneskin, ‘Beggin” – winner
The Anxiety: Willow & Tyler Cole, ‘Meet Me at Our Spot’

Top Latin Song

Aventura x Bad Bunny, ‘Volví’
Bad Bunny, ‘Yonaguni’
Farruko, ‘Pepas’
Kali Uchis, ‘telepatía’ – winner
Rauw Alejandro, ‘Todo De Ti’

Top Dance/Electronic Song

Elton John & Dua Lipa, ‘Cold Heart – PNAU Remix’ – winner
Farruko, ‘Pepas’
Regard x Troye Sivan x Tate McRae, ‘You’
Tiësto, ‘The Business’
Travis Scott & HVME, ‘Goosebumps’

Top Christian Song

Anne Wilson, ‘My Jesus’
Ye, ‘Hurricane’ – winner
Ye, ‘Moon’
Ye, ‘Off The Grid’
Ye, ‘Praise God’

Top Gospel Song

Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music ft. Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine, ‘Jireh’
Ye, ‘Hurricane’ – winner
Ye, ‘Moon’
Ye, ‘Off the Grid’
Ye, ‘Praise God’

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Taylor Swift to discuss ‘All Too Well’ short film at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival

The event will take place at New York’s Beacon Theater on June 11 and is one of a handful of music-related features at this year’s festival.

Elsewhere, Pharrell will discuss his career at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on June 10, while Common will take part in a conversation with journalist Charles Blow. The rapper is also set to receive the festival’s second annual Harry Belafonte Voices for Social Justice Award and will be presented with the trophy by Robert De Niro.

Visit the Tribeca Film Festival website for the full line-up and for information on tickets, including ‘At Home’ passes.

Swift will continue her film career with an appearance in David O. Russell’s Amsterdam. The star joins the likes of Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Christian Bale, Chris Rock and Zoe Saldana in the movie. She can be seen in the trailer as a mourning daughter, breaking down in tears before her father’s body as Rock and Bale look on.

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The musician has previously appeared in the live-action version of Cats in 2019, as well as 2014’s The Giver and 2012’s The Lorax.

Meanwhile, music exec Scooter Braun recently spoke out about acquiring Swift’s masters when he bought her former record label, Big Machine Records, and how he doesn’t appreciate artists “weaponising” their fanbase.

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Scooter Braun says he disagrees with Taylor Swift “weaponizing a fanbase”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 12: Taylor Swift attends the “All Too Well” New York Premiere on November 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

He continued: “I was shown an email – which has now been made public – where she stated that she wanted to move on that negotiation and wasn’t interested in doing that deal anymore.”

Braun later added that he felt “Taylor has every right to re-record”, saying: “She has every right to pursue her masters, and I wish her nothing but well, and I have zero interest in saying anything bad about her.”

The music executive, who works with Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, also said that although he’s “never said anything bad about [Swift] in the past, and I won’t start to now” that the only thing he disagrees with is “weaponizing a fanbase.”

Watch the interview below.

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Braun did not specifically say that the pop star had incited her fans to attack him, but said that fans getting riled up can lead to unsafe conditions for families. After purchasing Swift’s master, he said in a now-deleted November 2019 Instagram post that he received “numerous death threats”.

The music executive went on to say that artists who “weaponize” their fans usually know “what it’s like to be ridiculed” and said artists need to have a level of “responsibility with a fanbase.”

Swift is currently remaking all of her albums up to 2017’s ‘Reputation’ following the controversy surrounding ownership of her masters.

In a four-star review of her most recent re-recording, ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, NME‘s Hannah Mylrea said the album “largely follows in the footsteps of ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’, celebrating the music of Swift’s past without making any major changes”.

“It’s not an exercise of rethinking and tweaking old songs, but to take back ownership of her own music. The production here is a little sharper, with the instrumentation being brought further into focus.”

Meanwhile, Swift is set to feature in the new David O. Russel film Amsterdam which will be released on November 4. The film which stars John David Washington, Margot Robbie and Christian Bale, is a period piece which has been described as an “original romantic crime epic.”

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Snoop Dogg says he has considered re-recording his albums like Taylor Swift

Speaking on Full Send about Swift’s landmark actions, Snoop mused: “She ain’t an old artist at all, she’s quite new. What did she do? She remastered her album. Why? Because she wasn’t making revenues off of that album.

“I was going to remaster my album. My son had told me years ago, he was like, ‘You should just remaster ‘Doggystyle’, pops, fuck all that. Just remaster it, you ain’t gotta worry about all that,’” he continued.

“But I didn’t wanna go [with] that approach, because you can’t remaster ‘Doggystyle’ like you can remaster them R&B songs. That shit was a feeling, that shit was a moment. You can’t recapture that.”

In another recent interview, Snoop discussed his reasons behind choosing to remove the Death Row Records back catalogue from various streaming platforms.

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The rapper, who became the owner of Death Row back in February, said that the “first thing I did was snatch all the music off those platforms traditionally known to people, because those platforms don’t pay”.

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‘Taylordle’ puzzles out Taylor Swift lyrics in the style of ‘Wordle’

“Calling all Swifties who Wordle,” began the podcast in a tweet. “Introducing… Taylordle, all of the words are part of the Swiftie universe.”

Holy Swift is a fan-hosted show with “three adult superfans dissect the entire Swift discography, song-by-song, in meticulous detail.” Each episode looks at one of Swift’s songs and attempts to examine the lyrics’ underlying significance and possible meaning.

Earlier in the month, it was revealed that the creator of Wordle, Josh Wardle, made the word-guessing game for his wife. After the game proved popular amongst his family, Wardle then released the game to the internet, and now different combinations of green blocks can be seen all over social media.

The creator of a five-year-old mobile app game, also called Wordle, donated recent proceeds from their massive spike in sales to charity. After 200,000 downloads in a week, the money was sent to a charity focusing on youth literacy.

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In other news, a psychological reason has been found for why so many people seem to hate seeing Wordle guesses online, according to a behavioural and data scientist.

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Taylor Swift responds to Damon Albarn’s comments: “It’s really fucked up to try and discredit my writing”

He said that performing stripped-back sets in promotion of his new album ‘The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows‘, leaves him more exposed than when performing with a full band. “You learn whether the songs are any good or whether they were popular at the time because of the sound and the attitude,” he said.

The interviewer picked up on his comment and asked whether many modern acts rely on “sound and the attitude” rather than the timeless quality of their music, to which Albarn replied: “Name me someone who’s not.”

After it was suggested to him that Swift is an “excellent songwriter”, he claimed that she doesn’t write her own songs.

“That doesn’t count. I know what co-writing is. Co-writing is very different to writing,” Albarn said. “I’m not hating on anybody, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes. Doesn’t mean that the outcome can’t be really great.”

He continued: “And some of the greatest singers – I mean, Ella Fitzgerald never wrote a song in her life. When I sing, I have to close my eyes and just be in there. I suppose I’m a traditionalist in that sense. A really interesting songwriter is Billie Eilish and her brother. I’m more attracted to that than to Taylor Swift. It’s just darker – less endlessly upbeat. Way more minor and odd. I think she’s exceptional.”

Gorillaz’s Damon Albarn performing ‘Désolé’ for ‘Song Machine Live’ Credit: YouTube

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Now, Swift has replied to Albarn on Twitter and has shared her disappointment at his comments.

“@DamonAlbarn I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this,” Swift wrote, referring to his interview with the The Los Angeles Times.

“I write ALL my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really fucked up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.”

@DamonAlbarn I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this. I write ALL of my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really fucked up to try and discredit my writing. WOW. https://t.co/t6GyXBU2Jd

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 24, 2022

Swift’s frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff also commented on the disagreement, standing up for Swift.

“I’ve never met Damon Albarn and he’s never been to my studio but apparently he knows more than the rest of us about all those songs Taylor writes…”

He continued: “If you were there…cool…go off. If not…maybe…shut the fuck up?”

i’ve never met damon albarn and he’s never been to my studio but apparently he knows more than the rest of us about all those songs taylor writes and brings in. herb.

— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 24, 2022

if you were there … cool … go off. if not … maybe …. shut the fuck up?

— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 24, 2022

 

Albarn was speaking to the publication ahead of his concert tonight (January 24) at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall. He’s set to play songs from his new album and some older material on piano accompanied by a string section.

He’ll also showcase ‘The Nearer The Fountain…’ at an intimate show in London next month, taking to the stage at the Troxy on February 20 for the BRITs Week 2022 gig series.

Later in February (21-22) the musician will perform at London’s Barbican Hall for a show that was rescheduled from March due to the COVID pandemic.

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Bad Bunny beats Taylor Swift and Drake to be most-streamed artist on Spotify in 2021

Lil Nas X’s song ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)‘, The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber’s ‘Stay’, and Dua Lipa’s ‘Levitating’ also made the top five on Spotify’s global list. Lipa’s 2020 album ‘Future Nostalgia‘ was the second most-streamed album on Spotify followed by records from Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Doja Cat.

Despite Bad Bunny’s global popularity, he is less favoured in the UK. Drake took the UK top spot for the most-streamed artist.

In other news, Bad Bunny recently took home two gongs at the American Music Awards. He won Favourite Male Latin Artist and Favourite Latin Album (‘El Último Tour Del Mundo’) at the ceremony on November 21.

Bad Bunny, Tainy & Julieta Venegas performing "Lo Siento BB:/" at #AMAs.#BadBunnyAMAs pic.twitter.com/eZbIf1jNWk

— Access Bad Bunny (@AccessBadBunny) November 22, 2021

He also performed at the event and was joined by producer Tainy and singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas. The performance began with Tainy playing synths from within an arc of curved poles and Venegas’ face appearing on the head of a robot playing the piano. Bad Bunny was then revealed to be in a pod hung above his collaborators.

The reggaeton star wore a white helmet with a green light on its top and red light covering where his eyes were. Watch footage of Bad Bunny’s AMAs 2021 performance above.

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Former Trump aide warned about playing Taylor Swift’s music in White House

Troye, who said she was “super confused” by the question, replied: “For being blunt in meetings, or for what?” Her colleague responded: “I don’t think [Swift] is a fan of Trump’s, so if somebody hears that you should really watch your back. You should be careful on that.”

Troye told Hayes that the situation was “so astonishing”, and that she should have been allowed to “listen to whatever music I want.”

You can watch Troye’s interview on MSNBC below:

Last week, Taylor Swift made Spotify history with ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, racking up the biggest number of first day streams by a female artist in history.

The new album, the latest in the pop star’s series of re-recorded albums, came out on Friday (November 13) and features the entire original album re-recorded, along with a host of ‘vault’ tracks and rarities.

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In the first 24 hours since their release, songs from ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ have been streamed 90.8million times, according to Billboard.

Meanwhile, former US president Donald Trump has launched a new social media platform called TRUTH Social.

The new platform is described as “America’s ‘Big Tent’” social media platform that encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology”.

However, as a user of the site you must “agree not to disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the site,” the terms of service for Trump’s new platform read.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ breaks first day Spotify streaming record

The new record breaks a previous top-spot also held by Swift, whose first 2020 lockdown album, Folklore, was streamed 80.6million times in its first day.

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Swift is remaking her first six studio albums – up to and including 2017’s ‘Reputation’ – following the controversial sale of her masters in recent years. The star released ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ in April before sharing a re-recording of ‘1989’ single ‘Wildest Dreams’ in September.

Reviewing ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, NME wrote: “‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ largely follows in the footsteps of ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’, celebrating the music of Swift’s past without making any major changes. It’s not an exercise of rethinking and tweaking old songs, but to take back ownership of her own music.”

The singer was the musical guest on the latest edition of Saturday Night Live last night (November 13), and performed her new 10-minute version of ‘All Too Well’ from the new re-recorded version of ‘Red’.

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The extended version of the fan-favourite track is a centrepiece of ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, and arrived alongside its own short film starring Sadie Sink (Stranger Things) and Dylan O’Brien (Maze Runner), which Swift played in front of on SNL.

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Taylor Swift recalls texting Phoebe Bridgers to ask her to collaborate

During an interview on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Swift hailed Bridgers as “one of my favourite artists in the world”, adding: “If she sings it, I will listen to it. I just love her voice.” She then explained how her team-up with the ‘Punisher’ musician came about.

“I try not to cold-call people. It can go very bad,” Swift said. “But I do send a very long text that I’ve crafted over many days. And I’ll send the song because I don’t want them to ever feel pressured to say yes to something, creatively, if it doesn’t gel with what they want to do.

“With Phoebe, I reached out and I sent her this song called ‘Nothing New’, which I wrote when I was 22. And it’s really, really special to me because it was the first time I was not a shiny new artist.”

She continued: “I sent it to Phoebe and said, ‘It would mean the world to me if you would do this as a duet’. ‘Cause I really wanted another female artist who I loved to sing it with me because I think it has a very female artist perspective that we go through that experience.

“And her response was, ‘I’ve been waiting for this text my entire life’. It was like, ‘Yes!‘ [Laughs].”

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Bridgers later shared a clip of the conversation on Twitter, writing: “True story.”

true story https://t.co/4pCP2ifeuj

— traitor joe (@phoebe_bridgers) November 12, 2021

Elsewhere, Bridgers recalled how she became emotional while recording her vocals for ‘Nothing New’. “It’s just been a dream,” she said. “I just am so excited to have people take it at face value the day that it comes out, because I got teary recording it. I just couldn’t be more excited.”

Upon the album’s release yesterday, Bridgers tweeted: “I was 18 when ‘Red’ came out. How is this real.”

Swift is remaking her first six studio albums – up to and including 2017’s ‘Reputation’ – following the controversial sale of her masters in recent years. The star released ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ in April before sharing a re-recording of ‘1989’ single ‘Wildest Dreams’ in September.

‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ came with an accompanying short film based on the new 10-minute version of ‘All Too Well’. Written and directed by Swift, the project stars Stranger Things‘ Sadie Sink and Maze Runner‘s Dylan O’Brien.

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Taylor Swift shares preview of ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ title track

“21 days til November 12 and I *promise* it’s worth the wait,” she wrote as the caption to the post, which is soundtracked by ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’. Tune in here:

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Swift is remaking her first six studio albums – up to and including 2017’s ‘Reputation’ – following the controversial sale of her masters in recent years. The star released ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ in April before sharing a re-recording of ‘1989’ single ‘Wildest Dreams’ last month.

‘Red (‘Taylor’s Version)’ will contain “all 30 songs that were meant to go” on the original album, as well as collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Ed Sheeran and more. It was initially scheduled to arrive on November 19, but was pushed forward by one week.

Last week ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version’) returned to the top of the US Billboard 200 chart owing to huge physical sales of the record this month. According to Billboard, it racked up 152,000 equivalent album units in the US in the week ending October 7 – up by 1,931 per cent on the previous week.

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Taylor Swift thanks her fans after accepting award for ‘Folklore’ film

“I absolutely adore you and that really made my heart skip a beat,” said Swift in response before starting her acceptance speech.

“Making this film really was a new experience for me in a lot of ways. It was in the middle of the pandemic when this was the first time most of the people who worked on it had left our houses, so I want to first of all say thank you so much to our medical team, our COVID team who tested everyone and made sure we were in a safe space to create music again, it was a really heartening experience.”

📽️| #TaylorSwift acceptance speech after winning the Grand Award for Special or Variety for "folklore: the long pond studio sessions" at #TheGraciespic.twitter.com/4p5OgKOmX7

— The Swift Society (@TheSwiftSociety) October 6, 2021

She then went on to thank “Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, John Low and Laura Sisk, the core team of people who made the ‘Folklore‘ and ‘Evermore‘ albums. I’ll never forget our experience together. Filming the Folklore Long Pond Sessions was a way to commemorate that and I’ll always be so thankful for it.”

“But mostly the fans; thank you for caring about all of this,” she finished. “Thank you for being the reason why we could come together in this way, you made the album into what it is and you continue to blow me away all the time.”

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Folklore: The Long Pond Sessions was released in November 2020 on Disney+ and saw Swift performing tracks from ‘Folklore’ as well as telling stories about the album.

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Taylor Swift’s new ‘Wildest Dreams’ on course to beat original in UK charts

‘Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)’ will become the singer-songwriter’s 37th Top 40 single in the UK if it remains in the chart until this Friday (September 24).

Earlier this year, ‘Love Story (Taylor’s Version)’ and the previously unreleased ‘Mr Perfectly Fine (Taylor’s Version)’ peaked at Number 12 and Number 30 respectively. Both tracks appear on ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’, which was the first album to be re-recorded by Swift.

The singer is due to release the new version of her fourth record, ‘Red’ (2012), on November 19. It will contain “all 30 songs that were meant to go” on the original album, as well as collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Ed Sheeran and more.

A preview snippet of ‘Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)’ was shared back in April as part of a trailer for DreamWorks’ film Spirit Untamed.

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Dionne Warwick says she wants to get in the studio with Taylor Swift

She then adding Swift to her list of superstar collaborations, saying: “I’ll be speaking to them about how they feel about going into the studio with me.”

Dionne Warwick. CREDIT: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Of her Chance The Rapper collaboration, believed to be called ‘Nothing’s Impossible’, Warwick divulged: “[We] recorded a duet and it’s lovely. It probably won’t be out until the first of the year, [we’re] getting it ready now.”

Last year, Warwick roasted both Chance and The Weeknd on Twitter. “Hi, @chancetherapper,” she wrote in one tweet. “If you are very obviously a rapper why did you put it in your stage name? I cannot stop thinking about this.”

“I will be whatever you wanna call me Ms. Warwick,” Chance said. “God bless you.”

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Of The Weeknd, she said: “The Weeknd is next. Why? It’s not even spelled correctly?” The star replied: “I just got roasted by Dionne Warwick and I feel honoured! You just made my day.”

In an interview after Warwick’s viral moment, Chance said: “She shouted me out on Twitter, and I freaked out for a while, and I hit her back, and then she started contacting me in real life.”

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Taylor Swift joins TikTok, posts clip rapping to Dave’s ‘Screwface Capital’

In the video, Swift raps along to Dave’s ‘Screwface Capital’ – the 2019 track which hears the UK rapper namedrop the ‘Folklore’ pop star – as she switches between outfits.

“I made a link with the Russians/ Six-figure discussions, dinners in public/ My linen all tailored/ My outstanding payments swift like Taylor/ And boy I owe ‘dem men a beatin’,” Swift raps along to as the dates for the ‘Red’ vinyl appear on screen. The track is taken from Dave’s Mercury Prize-winning album, ‘Psychodrama’.

You can watch the video below:

@taylorswift

Lots going on at the moment: Red (my version) vinyl is up for presale on my site and oh I’m on tiktok now let the games begin 😺 #SwiftTok

♬ original sound – Taylor Swift

The re-recording of ‘Red’ will arrive on November 19, and it will “be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go” on the original 2012 album.

“Musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person,” Swift said of the album back in June when she announced the new version. “It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end. Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past.

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“I went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators. And I’m not sure if it was pouring my thoughts into this album, hearing thousands of your voices sing the lyrics back to me in passionate solidarity, or if it was simply time, but something was healed along the way.”

She added: “Sometimes you need to talk it over (over and over and over) for it to ever really be….over. Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I just couldn’t stop writing. This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red. And hey, one of them is even 10 minutes long.”

Earlier this month, Swift confirmed that Phoebe Bridgers and Ed Sheeran, among others, will appear on the new version of ‘Red’.

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Taylor Swift rarity ‘Ronan’ will feature on ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’

“I’ve recently completed the re-recording of my 4th album, ‘Red’,” Swift wrote. “It’s really exceeded my expectations in so many ways, and one of those ways is that I thought it would be appropriate to add ‘Ronan’ to this album. ‘Red’ was an album of heartbreak and healing, of rage and rawness, of tragedy and trauma, and of the loss of an imagined future alongside someone.

Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.

“I wrote Ronan while I was making ‘Red’ and discovered your story as you so honestly and devastatingly told it. My genuine hope is that you’ll agree with me that this song should be included on this album. As my co-writer and the rightful owner of this story in its entirety, your opinion and approval of this idea really matters to me, and I’ll honor your wishes here.”

Thompson confirmed she had given the pop star permission to include ‘Ronan’ on ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’. “I tried my best to articulate how much this meant to me through my tears, but there are not enough words in the English language that will ever be able to appropriately convey my feelings about this,” she wrote, directing her words to her late son.

“Taylor has anchored you to this world so you will never be lost, and now she has ensured you will forever be safe in a new, permanent home. She is once again going to give a voice to the often voiceless, the bereaved parents of the world. ‘Red (Taylor’s version)’ will be out November 19th and on that album, there will be you.”

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Thompson also thanked Swift for “never forgetting Ronan” and for “breaking rules and breaking free”. “You are a constant source of inspiration to me in so many areas of my life, and there is nobody in the world I would rather have Ronan with than you,” she added.

Meanwhile, it was recently confirmed that Swift will not submit ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ for Grammys consideration. She will instead focus on her second album of 2020, ‘evermore’, in the relevant categories.

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Jack Antonoff praises Taylor Swift for “changing music industry first-hand”

Credit: Matt Salacuse for NME

Pushed on the aforementioned questions asked by Swift, Antonoff replied: “‘Why is this OK?’ ‘Why is it OK to treat an artist like this?’ ‘Why is it OK to exercise ownership over things that someone makes from their heart and soul? Why?’

“And the answer is always the same: because that’s how it’s been. And that’s why it’s amazing if someone like her comes along and says, ‘Well, hold on: why?’”

Meanwhile, Antonoff’s side project Bleachers recently teamed up with Lana Del Rey on collaborative track ‘Secret Life’.

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Taylor Swift celebrates ‘Folklore’ anniversary with orchestral version of ‘The Lakes’

“It’s been one year since we escaped the real world together and imagined ourselves someplace simpler,” Swift wrote on Instagram, sharing a pair of black and white pictures of her at the beach.
“With tall tall trees and salt air. Where you’re allowed to wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost every day & no one will side eye you cause no one is around. It’s just you and your imaginary cabin and the stories you make up to pass the time. To say thank you for all you have done to make this album what it was, I wanted to give you the original version of The Lakes.”
She concluded: “Happy 1 year anniversary to Rebekah, Betty, Inez, James, Augustine, and the lives we all created around them. Happy Anniversary, folklore.”

You can listen to the orchestral version of ‘The Lakes’ below:


Swift has also unveiled a ‘Folklore’ anniversary merch collection available for just 72 hours.
The collection includes: a “lost in the memory” hoodie; a “beautiful things” keepsake box; an “I would die for you in secret” hoodie; a “tied me to you” bracelet; a “dreamt of you all summer” long sleeve top; a “picture me in the weeds” t-shirt; an “auroras and sad prose” notebook, and more.

The merch line is available to purchase until July 26 at 3pm EST – you can get it here.

Meanwhile, Swift will not be submitting the re-recording of her 2008 album ‘Fearless’ for Grammys consideration, her label has confirmed.

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According to Billboard, Swift will not be submitting ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’, and will instead focus on nominating ‘Evermore’ for all eligible categories. The singer will also be doing the same for the Country Music Association Awards.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn says Taylor Swift would be “first victim” of socialism

“When I’m talking to my friends who are musicians and entertainers, I say, ‘If we have a socialistic government – if we have Marxism – you are going to be the first ones who will be cut off because the state would have to approve your music,” she said.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn continues her running feud with Taylor Swift, warning her that if we have a “socialistic govt,” the state would have to “approve her music,” and won’t “allow women to dress, or sing, to be on stage, or entertain.” pic.twitter.com/HGXziiai8K

— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) July 8, 2021

 

“Taylor Swift came after me in my 2018 campaign,” she continued. “But Taylor Swift would be the first victim of that because when you look at Marxist, socialistic societies, they do not allow women to dress or sing or be onstage or to entertain or the type of music she would have. They don’t allow protection of private intellectual property rights.”

Swift has not yet responded to Blackburn’s comments at the time of writing.

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In 2018, the pop star broke years of political silence to back two Democrat candidates in the US midterm elections that were taking place that year, speaking out against Blackburn in the process. “As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” she said.

“Her voting record in Congress appals and terrifies me…She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values.”

Meanwhile, Swift has been given a writing credit on Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Deja Vu’ alongside Jack Antonoff and St. Vincent. The teen singer had previously acknowledged the track took inspiration from Swift’s ‘Cruel Summer’.

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Taylor Swift and Adele collaboration rumours sparked by song registration

See some of the tweets regarding the rumoured collaboration below.

🚨🎶 A song called “Broken Hearts” has been registered via @sesac, written by Adele and Taylor Swift! It is rumored to be on the RED #TaylorsVersion album 👀 pic.twitter.com/G9Q363KzVx

— Taylor Swift Updates (@SwiftNYC) July 2, 2021

Taylor Swift and Adele have co-written a song 'Broken Hearts' that may be one of the Vault tracks on RED (Taylor's Version)

OMG AN ICONIC COLLAB IF THIS LEGIT PLEASE MAKE IT HAPPEN ON NOV 19th.
#RedTaylorsVersion @taylorswift13 @Adele pic.twitter.com/I5G7m9d8GC

— BurningRED🧣 (@TaylorluvsJessa) July 2, 2021

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Swift has been prolific in the past year, releasing two new albums (‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’) on top of her re-recording project and, most recently, collaborating with The National‘s Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon on the Big Red Machine record.

Yesterday (June 2), Dessner shared a new Swift-featuring single ‘Renegade’, the third preview of the band’s upcoming second album ‘How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?’.

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Adele fans, meanwhile, are still waiting for her fourth album – and her first since 2015’s hugely successful ’25’.

In May, the ‘Someone Like You’ singer offered a progress update during her opening monologue while presenting Saturday Night Live, explaining why she was appearing as the host and not musical guest.

“My album’s not finished, and I’m also too scared to be both,” she told the audience. “I’d rather put on some wigs …have a glass of wine or six and just see what happens.”

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Big Red Machine are teasing something, and fans think Taylor Swift is involved

Fans were quick to spot that the teaser features handwriting that they believe to be Swift’s, fuelling rumours that she’s involved with the new material.

Notably, Vernon shared a snippet of what appeared to be a Big Red Machine track with Swift during an Instagram Live session in April.

“That’s the awesome Taylor one. I think this should be the single,” Vernon can be heard saying in the clip. He and Dessner both worked with Swift on her acclaimed 2020 albums ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’.

Dessner announced last year that Big Red Machine were working on a follow-up to their self-titled debut album, and that Swift had been providing feedback on their new material. Later, he also said that he expects to collaborate with her further in the future.

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“Inevitably, I think we will continue to be in each other’s artistic and personal lives. I don’t know exactly what the next form that will take, but certainly, it will continue,” he said.

In March, meanwhile, Dessner paid tribute to Swift after ‘Folklore’ won Album Of The Year at the Grammys, crediting her with “restoring my faith in music”.

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Taylor Swift announces ‘Red’ for next re-recorded album

“Sometimes you need to talk it over (over and over and over) for it to ever really be….over. Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I just couldn’t stop writing. This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red. And hey, one of them is even 10 minutes long.”

The next album that I’ll be releasing is my version of Red, which will be out on November 19. This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red. And hey, one of them is even ten minutes long🧣 https://t.co/FOBLS5aHpS pic.twitter.com/6zWa64Owgp

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 18, 2021

Swift is remaking all her albums up to 2017’s ‘Reputation’ after the rights to the records were sold by her former record label without her permission.

In April the singer-songwriter shared the re-recorded version of her second album, 2008’s ‘Fearless’ – titled ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version’) – as well as a previously unheard collaboration with Maren Morris called ‘You All Over Me’.

Addressing the process of laying down ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Swift said that she “tried to create a ‘same but better’ version” of the album.

She told People in April: “In terms of production, I really wanted to stay very loyal to the initial melodies that I had thought of for these songs.

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“And so we really did go in and try to create a ‘the same but better’ version. We kept all the same parts that I initially dreamed up for these songs. But if there was any way that we could improve upon the sonic quality, we did.”

Taylor Swift performs live in 2019. CREDIT: Dc/Media Punch/Alamy Live News

The pop star once again teamed up with her collaborators Jack Antonoff and The National’s Aaron Dessner – who both worked on last year’s ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’ – for the project, while also bringing in the musicians involved in the original ‘Fearless’ as well as her touring band.

“But yeah, I did go in line by line and listen to every single vocal and think, you know, what are my inflections here,” Swift continued. “If I can improve upon it, I did. But I really did want this to be very true to what I initially thought of and what I had initially written. But better. Obviously.”

It’s not known what order Swift will continue to re-record and re-release her albums in.

Meanwhile, Swift was honoured last week with the National Music Publishers Association’s Songwriter Icon Award.

As reported by Variety, in her speech, Swift thanked her publisher Universal, fans and songwriters, saying the practice of writing songs remains “magical and mystical” to her.

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Lorde and Taylor Swift songwriter Joel Little sells back catalogue to Hipgnosis

Little added that he feels “incredibly grateful” for his career to date and that it is “really nice to know that these songs will be so well taken care of by Merck and his team of passionate music people”.

Lorde. CREDIT: Burak Cingi/Redferns.

The investment company has made waves in recent months after purchasing the catalogues of artists including Lindsey Buckingham and Blondie, as well as Jimmy Iovine’s worldwide producer royalties and half of Neil Young’s songs in a deal thought to be worth an estimated $150 million (£110 million).

Shakira also sold all 145 of her songs, including ‘Hips Don’t Lie’, ‘She Wolf’ and ‘Whenever, Wherever’, all part of the deal.

Hipgnosis are known for turning royalties into a steady income stream – with the firm making money every time one of its songs is played on the radio or featured in a film/TV show.

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Earlier this year, Mercuriadis said that cultural importance is key when it comes to the artists whose back catalogues they have acquired.

Speaking to MusicWeek, Mercuriadis explained how he set about purchasing the back catalogues after securing a staggering $1bn in investments.

“So, with over £1bn invested, we only own 57,000 songs. But 10,000 of them are Top 10 songs, almost 3,000 of them are No.1 songs. So it’s a very small catalogue, relative to Universal, Warner or Sony. But the ratio of success within that catalogue is very high, there are very few songs that are not successes.

“For me, the criteria is not just predictable and reliable income, but it’s cultural importance as well. Everything that I buy is proven, it’s successful, but it’s also culturally important.”

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Taylor Swift breaks new record with biggest one-week vinyl album sales with ‘Evermore’

As the tracking week is not over until Thursday (June 3), the star is expected to increase her sales – and record – even further in the coming days.

Taylor Swift. CREDIT: Beth Garrabrand

Before White, Pearl Jam held the title with their 1994 album ‘Vitalogy’, which shifted 34,000 copies in one week. It was the first album to chart in the Billboard 200 through vinyl sales alone since CDs began to dominate the music market.

Since ‘Evermore’ was released digitally, it has since been issued on CD, cassette and vinyl. The latter version was only just released due to vinyl taking the longest time to produce. The album was Swift’s second surprise release of 2020 following ‘Folklore’.

In 2021, the musician has not been quieter so far. In April, she released the first of her re-recorded albums, sharing ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’. It topped the Billboard 200 upon its release – and would have still gotten to Number One had it not sold a single physical copy, thanks to some impressive streaming numbers.

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The 26 tracks on the record garnered just short of 143 million plays on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music, which, when broken down, is equivalent to 109,000 streaming equivalent album units.

Meanwhile, Swift has been teasing yet more re-recorded music with previews of a new version of ‘1989’’s ‘Wildest Dreams’.

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Olivia Rodrigo’s new album ‘Sour’ has a Taylor Swift co-writing credit

Credit: Stefan Kohli.

Other speculation, per Variety, was that Rodrigo had sampled a new version already put down by Swift for her planned re-recording of ‘Reputation’. However, neither is the case; Rodrigo only borrowed melodic elements of ‘New Year’s Day’, of which Swift and Antonoff own the full publishing rights and granted permission to Rodrigo

Additionally, Swift fans noted that there’s a nod to Swift in Rodrigo’s song title, since as 1 + 3 = 13 – which is Swift’s lucky number.

In last week’s NME Big Read cover feature, Rodrigo spoke of her desire that people take her seriously as a songwriter.

“With ‘Drivers License’ [her hit, Swift-approved debut single], there were a lot of people who were like, ‘Yo, I’ve never heard of this girl before but I really like this song’, which to me was the dream – to get a brand new introduction to people just as a songwriter,” she said.

“I consider myself a songwriter first and I’m really happy that people are starting to recognise me as such.”

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Elsewhere in NME‘s conversation, too, she insisted that it’s important to her to be “taken seriously as a songwriter”.

‘Sour’ is released today (May 20) in the US at 12am ET/9pm PT, and 5am BST tomorrow (May 21) in the UK.

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BRITs 2021: Taylor Swift pays tribute to NHS and “incredible new artists”

“I am so indebted to and grateful to my British fans,” Swift said. “I love you so much for everything you’ve done for me. We’ve had so many amazing memories in the last 15 years – from playing Shepherd’s Bush Empire to playing The O2 Arena to playing Wembley Stadium.

"No, we love you" @taylorswift13 #BRITs ❤️🧡 pic.twitter.com/3FVXrCsf8f

— MastercardUK (@MastercardUK) May 11, 2021

“And hey, because of you, last year I even almost played Glastonbury. We all know what happened next…”

Swift then reflected on releasing ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’ last year, describing the process of making her two surprise albums as “unique, cathartic and extraordinary” while thanking those who contributed to the projects.

Later, the singer addressed the “incredible new artists” watching on in the crowd and at home. “I need you to hear me when I say that there is no career path that comes free of negativity,” she said.

“If you’re being met with resistance, that probably means that you’re doing something new. If you’re experiencing turbulence or pressure, that probably means you’re rising.

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“And there might be times when you put your whole heart and soul into something, and it is met with cynicism or skepticism – you cannot let that crush you; you have to let it fuel you.”

Check back at NME.COM for all the latest news and interviews from the BRIT Awards 2021.

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Taylor Swift on creating “the same but better” version of ‘Fearless’

During a recent conversation with People, Swift explained of recreating ‘Fearless’ (2008): “In terms of production, I really wanted to stay very loyal to the initial melodies that I had thought of for these songs.

“And so we really did go in and try to create a ‘the same but better’ version. We kept all the same parts that I initially dreamed up for these songs. But if there was any way that we could improve upon the sonic quality, we did.”

Swift once again teamed up with her collaborators Jack Antonoff and The National’s Aaron Dessner – who both worked on last year’s ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’ – for the project, while also bringing in the musicians involved in the original ‘Fearless’ as well as her touring band.

“But yeah, I did go in line by line and listen to every single vocal and think, you know, what are my inflections here,” Swift continued. “If I can improve upon it, I did. But I really did want this to be very true to what I initially thought of and what I had initially written. But better. Obviously.”

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In a four-star review of ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’, NME wrote: “Swift never cringes away from her younger self. Instead, she revisits the songs with kindness and affection, celebrating the success of her teenage releases.”

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Taylor Swift recruits her “two kids” Olivia Rodrigo and Conan Gray to share new ‘Fearless’ snippets

The 15-second clip is soundtracked by Swift’s new version of the single, the third to be lifted from her second studio record ‘Fearless’ (2008). You can watch the video below.

You ok? NO cause I sent my two kids @Olivia_Rodrigo and @conangray my new version of You Belong With Me and THEY ARE SO CUTE IT PHYSICALLY HURTS ME
((Album out at midnight!)) pic.twitter.com/yDJusP8TAs

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) April 8, 2021

conan and olivia rodrigo teasing an unreleased clip of “white horse (taylor’s version)from @taylorswift13’s new fearless album! (4/8) pic.twitter.com/7Icmf6um74

— conan gray updates (@conanupdating) April 8, 2021

.@GMA EXCLUSIVE: @taylorswift13 shares a clip from her new album's title track #FearlessTaylorsVersion along with a message for all you fans!https://t.co/8jmpk5lalq pic.twitter.com/bO5oVActs3

— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 8, 2021

 

“You ok? NO cause I sent my two kids Olivia Rodrigo and Conan Gray my new version of ‘You Belong With Me’ and THEY ARE SO CUTE IT PHYSICALLY HURTS ME ((Album out at midnight!)),” Swift wrote.

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Posting a Reel on Instagram, Rodrigo also gave a glimpse of ‘White Horse (Taylor’s version)’ over a tongue-in-cheek visual of herself and Gray in cowboy hats. Elsewhere, Swift shared a portion of the re-recorded ‘Fearless’ title track during an appearance on today’s Good Morning America.

Last month, Olivia Rodrigo revealed that Taylor Swift sent her a ring matching the one she wore around the time of her album ‘Red’ (2012), along with numerous other gifts. The ‘Drivers License’ singer hailed Swift “the kindest individual in the whole world” following the gesture.

‘Fearless’ (Taylor’s Version)’ is set for release tomorrow (April 9), with Swift posting the record’s tracklisting last week after setting a cryptic puzzle for fans.

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