Ticketmaster blame cyber attack for Taylor Swift tour sale issues

Today (January 24), a Senate-backed antitrust panel began a hearing on the lack of competition in the ticketing industry.

As BBC News report, Joe Berchtold – the president of Ticketmaster’s parent company Live Nation – said in a pre-hearing statement that “valuable lessons” were learned from the sale.

Berchtold apologised “to the many disappointed fans as well as to Ms Swift” for what he admitted was “a terrible consumer experience,” adding: “In hindsight there are several things we could have done better.

Explaining the situation, he added: “We knew bots would attack… and planned accordingly. We were then hit with three times the amount of bot traffic than we had ever experienced, and for the first time in 400 Verified Fan onsales they came after our Verified Fan access code servers.

“While the bots failed to penetrate our systems or acquire any tickets, the attack required us to slow down and even pause our sales. This is what led to a terrible consumer experience that we deeply regret.”

Taylor Swift CREDIT: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage

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As well as US lawmakers calling for an investigation into the company, two US senators have called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to answer for “the steps” it’s taking to “combat the use and operation of bots in the online ticket marketplace”.

Last month, Ticketmaster said it still has 170,000 tickets still to sell for the tour after the general sale was cancelled. According to Billboard, Ticketmaster distributed the remaining tickets over the next four weeks via Ticketstoday, which was originally created in the early 2000s for members of the Dave Matthews Band fan club to purchase tickets. It was acquired by Live Nation in 2008 and now “operates the Ticketmaster Verified Fan Request platform”.

The North American leg of Swift’s ‘Eras’ tour will begin in Glendale, Arizona next March, running on through to August with a total of 52 shows on the itinerary with special guests across the run including ParamorebeabadoobeePhoebe BridgersGirl In RedMUNAHaim and more.

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Taylor Swift calls touring with Paramore “a dream come true”

“I just remember being constantly floored and inspired by their writing, originality, and artistic integrity. Hayley is such a riveting performer because she’s so multifaceted – bold and playful and ferocious and completely in command. It’s a dream come true to join forces like this.”

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Williams also looked back on the two musicians’ musical youth in the same interview, remembering a time when 19-year-old Swift, then making country music, told the Paramore singer she “wanted to be like Carole King”. “I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s a crazy thing to say,’ you know? Because we were kids,” Williams explained.

“And I’ll be damned, this woman, she’s crossing genres and bleeding over into other aspects of pop culture, and she’s helping to shape it at the very least.”

Williams added that going on tour with Swift as her support act was “really huge”. “It’s a big deal that we even got thought of,” she said. “So I’m stoked. We can’t wait.”

Swift’s ‘The Eras’ tour will kick off in Glendale, Arizona in March, before moving across North America. Alongside Paramore, she will be joined by a raft of support acts, including Haim, Phoebe Bridgers, Muna, Beabadoobee, Girl In Red, Gracie Abrams and more.

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Ticketing for the tour has been the subject of huge controversy, with multiple fans filing lawsuits against Ticketmaster. When tickets went on sale, fans reported outlandish wait times in Ticketmaster’s online queue, outages to the company’s website, and hyper-inflated prices on resale sites (including Ticketmaster’s own) before the sale even began.

Two class action lawsuits have been filed so far. The first claimed that the company had violated California’s state laws during its first ‘Verified Fan’ pre-sale and directly impacted Live Nation (Ticketmaster’s parent company) with accusations including fraud, price fixing, and antitrust violations. The second made many of the same accusations, alleging Ticketmaster “purposefully misled millions of fans into believing it would prevent bots and scalpers from participating in the pre-sales”.

Following the botched sale, Ticketmaster admitted it struggled with the “historically unprecedented demand” it faced from Swift’s fans, and scrapped the general sale entirely. Weeks later, it was reported that the company still had 170,000 tickets for Swift’s tour to sell.

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Phoebe Bridgers on taking inspiration from Taylor Swift’s approach to privacy: ‘She’s such a deep, wise human being”

“You don’t hear enough about how people become successful and then happy. I’m able to hire my best friends to travel the world with me, and I don’t have any shitty people around anymore.”

Phoebe Bridgers performs live on stage during Primavera Sound Festival at Distrito Anhembi on November 6, 2022 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. CREDIT: Mauricio Santana

Yesterday (January 18), boygenius – the supergroup formed by Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Bakerannounced details of their debut album. ‘The Record’ will be released on March 31 and follows the trio’s self-titled 2018 EP.

Three singles from the record – ‘$20’, ‘True Blue’ and ‘Emily I’m Sorry’ – were also released yesterday. The tracks mark the project’s first new music since 2020 when they released a handful of demos from the recording sessions for the EP to raise money for charity.

Meanwhile, Bridgers will also feature on the forthcoming new album from The National, appearing on two songs – ‘This Isn’t Helping’ and ‘Your Mind Is Not Your Friend’, as well as Arlo Parks’ second album, ‘My Soft Machine’.

Speaking to NME for this week’s Big Read cover story, Shame also revealed that the US singer-songwriter will make a hidden cameo on their next record, ‘Food For Worms’. “We thought the song had an American edge to it, and thought it would sound nice with a woman’s voice,” drummer Charlie Forbes told NME of the song ‘Adderall’.

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“By chance, she was recording in the same studio as us, and one day we did a trade where Josh went and did some tambourine on her new track, and she came in and did the vocal line on our track – which you can’t actually hear at all.”

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Emily Ratajkowski criticises Ellen DeGeneres for “fucked up” Taylor Swift interview

“I don’t want to [do it]. They’ll send me angry emails, and I don’t want to get them,” said the singer in the original interview.

“Stop it, stop it, stop! This makes me feel so bad about myself,” she continued. “Every time I come up here, you put a different dude up there on the screen, and it just makes me really question what I stand for as a human being.”

Ratajkowski was among many to criticise the interview in a resurfaced clip circulating on TikTok. “This is so fucked up,” she wrote. “She’s literally begging her to stop.”

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Meanwhile, Taylor Swift recently confirmed she is rehearsing for her ‘Eras’ tour.

Swift confirmed the news on her Instagram story last Thursday (January 5), Billboard reports. The singer said she was “taking a break from tour rehearsal” to tell fans about a 12-hour flash sale of exclusive digital copies of her latest album ‘Midnights’, which included bonus “behind the song” material for four of the album’s tracks.

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SZA denies rumours of Taylor Swift feud: “I don’t have beef [with] ANYONE.”

“Uhh I feel silly that I even have to say this but i see supporters arguing and I hate that . I don’t have beef w ANYONE especially not Taylor lmao I genuinely loved her album and the writing!” SZA tweeted. “Everyone’s jus tryna do their BEST as we all should . LOVE TO EVERYONE. Gn”

Uhh I feel silly that I even have to say this but i see supporters arguing and I hate that . I don’t have beef w ANYONE especially not Taylor lmao I genuinely loved her album and the writing!Everyone’s jus tryna do their BEST as we all should . LOVE TO EVERYONE. Gn 🤍

— SZA (@sza) January 6, 2023

The artist recently opened up in a new interview with People about her experiences of bullying in school. “I was bullied because I wasn’t quiet and I was awkward at the same time,” she said. “I wasn’t this tiny sad victim, but I was more so attacked just because it was giving ‘what is wrong with you?’ energy.

“I always thought, ‘Oh my God.’ I’ll never have the approval of anyone in life, this must be my defining factor, this must be the bottom line.”

She added that she doesn’t regret that chapter in her life and instead, believes that it has made her who she is today.

“I realized that all the things that made me feel so lame were actually what made me into who I am,” she explained. “It’s like, I didn’t go to prom because I didn’t have any friends and I had no one to go to prom with…[and now] it’s so weird that my life turned into [having] a bodyguard while traveling to parties.”

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Reviewing the album, NME awarded ‘SOS’ five stars and described it as “a comeback album well worth the wait”.

It added: “The US star’s first album in five years – and her last ever, she says – is sprawling, superb and rarely puts a foot wrong.”

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Taylor Swift confirms she is currently rehearsing for the ‘Eras’ tour

“taylor saying the words tour rehearsal alone it’s all starting to feel real we literally see taylor in 2 and a half months,” said another.

i knew taylor was in tour rehearsals but her TELLING US just makes it feel even more real

— julia ★ (@juliaknowsit) January 6, 2023

taylor saying the words tour rehearsal alone it’s all starting to feel real we literally see taylor in 2 and a half months pic.twitter.com/S1CmGfPLtW

— katie 🎄 (@bigrepupizzas) January 6, 2023

Furthermore, it’s possible that Dylan O’Brien – who starred opposite Sadie Sink in the short film for 2021’s ‘All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) (10 Minute Version)’ – is involved with the choreography for Swift’s backup dancers. A video posted to TikTok by the Knicks City Dancers showed the actor dancing with the troupe, which was accompanied by the caption, “We’ll remember this all too well.”

📲UPDATE: Taylor Swift's Backup Dancer posts a TikTok of Dylan O'Brien rehearsing for the Eras Tour pic.twitter.com/4lHNsUL8Og

— lara 🎱 (@saigonluke) January 5, 2023

Swift hasn’t toured since 2018, when she embarked on a world tour in support of her 2017 album ‘Reputation’. In the interim, she has released four albums, 2019’s ‘Lover’, 2020’s ‘folklore’ and ‘evermore’ and the aforementioned ‘Midnights’, which dropped in October. She also released the re-recorded “Taylor’s Versions” of 2008’s ‘Fearless’ and 2012’s ‘Red’.

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The ‘Eras’ tour is set to kick off in Glendale, Arizona, on March 18 and will wrap up in Los Angeles, California, on August 9. Support will be provided across the tour by ParamorebeabadoobeePhoebe Bridgersgirl in redMUNAHaimGayleGracie Abrams and Owenn. You can see the full list of dates below.

MARCH 2023
17 – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona 
18 – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
24 – Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada 
25 – Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
31 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

APRIL 2023
1 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
2 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
13 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida 
14 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
15 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
21 – NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas 
22 – NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
23 – NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas 
28 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
29 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
30 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

MAY 2023
5 – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
6 – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
7 – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee 
12 – Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
13 – Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
14 – Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
20 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
21 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
26 – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
27 – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
28 – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

JUNE 2023
2 – Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois 
3 – Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
4 – Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
9 – Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
10 – Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
16 – Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
17 – Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
23 – U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
24 – U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
30 – Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio 

JULY 2023
1 – Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
7 – GEHA Field at Arrrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 
8 – GEHA Field at Arrrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
14 – Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
15 – Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
22 – Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington
23 – Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington
28 – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
29 – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

AUGUST 2023
3 – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California
4 – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California
5 – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California
8 – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California 
9 – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California

Swift has confirmed she will be touring the UK, but no details have yet been announced.

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Taylor Swift sets Radio Songs Chart record with ‘Anti-Hero’

Universal Music Group Chairman and CEO, Sir Lucian Grainge, said in response to the news: “Taylor is a multidimensional creative force whose achievements place her among the most accomplished artists in the history of music, and we are thrilled and honored to partner with her across so many aspects of her career.” (via uDiscoverMusic)

Taylor Swift (CREDIT: Beth Garrabrant)

Republic Records Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Monte Lipman said: “Taylor’s achievements over the past year have been absolutely spectacular! With more than two dozen historic milestones set by Midnights, it’s nearly unimaginable for any artist to sell more than six million albums in less than eight weeks during any era of our business. These accomplishments further exemplify Taylor’s prowess as the consummate artist and storyteller defining a generation.”

Meanwhile, it was revealed last week that another group of Swifties are suing Ticketmaster for their poor handling of the ticket sales for her upcoming ‘Eras’ tour. According to the filing, “Ticketmaster intentionally and purposefully misled millions of fans into believing it would prevent bots and scalpers from participating in the presales”.

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Todrick Hall shares story about Taylor Swift’s gesture to fan with cancer

He then explained that he received a message earlier in the month from his friend Holly, who mentioned that her close friend Estelle, a “gigantic Taylor Swift fan”, had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Holly told Hall that it was Estelle’s dream to receive a personalised message from the singer and that she had previously thrown a Swift-themed bridal shower.

“When I saw the footage of this incredible bridal shower, I was like, ‘OK, Taylor has to see this,’” Hall continued. “So I sent the videos, the footage and the message to Taylor and [she] responded so sweetly and said, ‘I would love to send her something. What is her address?’”

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According to Hall, Swift then sent Estelle a box full of merchandise and other goodies. “I know that she has a smile from ear to ear,” Hall said. “She’s been DM’ing me all day.”

He continued: “I just wanted you to know there are so many stories like this that that I could tell, but this story in particular warmed my heart. I hope it touched your heart, I hope it put a smile on your face.”

In other Taylor Swift news, Ticketmaster has 170,000 tickets still to sell for Swift’s upcoming ‘The Eras Tour‘ after the general sale was cancelled due to “extraordinarily high demand”.

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According to Billboard, Ticketmaster will be distributing the remaining tickets over the next four weeks via Ticketstoday, which was originally created in the early 2000s for members of the Dave Matthews Band fan club to purchase tickets. It was acquired by Live Nation in 2008 and now “operates the Ticketmaster Verified Fan Request platform”.

The first round of sales for Taylor Swift’s ‘The Eras Tour’ saw thousands of fans reporting lengthy wait times, website outages, and hyper-inflated prices on resale sites (including Ticketmaster’s own). The ticketing company later admitted it buckled under the “historically unprecedented demand” they faced from Swift’s fans before cancelling the general sale.

In a statement of her own, Swift refused to “make excuses” for Ticketmaster, claiming that she and her team “asked them, multiple times, if they could hand this kind of demand” and were “assured they could”.

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Ticketmaster has 170,000 unsold tickets for Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras’ tour

The first round of sales for Taylor Swift’s ‘The Eras Tour’ saw thousands of fans reporting lengthy wait times, website outages, and hyper-inflated prices on resale sites (including Ticketmaster’s own). The ticketing company later admitted it buckled under the “historically unprecedented demand” they faced from Swift’s fans before cancelling the general sale.

In a statement of her own, Swift refused to “make excuses” for Ticketmaster, claiming that she and her team “asked them, multiple times, if they could hand this kind of demand” and were “assured they could”.

“It really pisses me off that a lot of them feel like they went through several bear attacks to get [tickets],” she added.

Taylor Swift performs live in 2022. CREDIT: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

The controversy over Ticketmaster’s first sale had political implications as well, with US lawmakers calling for an investigation into the company. Meanwhile, a Senate-backed antitrust panel has organised a hearing on the lack of competition in the ticketing industry, while two US senators have called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to answer for “the steps” it’s taking to “combat the use and operation of bots in the online ticket marketplace”.

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Several of Swift’s own fans have mounted their own campaigns to fight back against Ticketmaster, with around three dozen launching an initiative called ‘Vigilante Legal’. A class action lawsuit against Ticketmaster has also been filed, with plaintiffs accusing the company of violating two laws – the California Cartwright Act and the California Unfair Competition Law – during the first Verified Fan pre-sale.

The North American leg of Swift’s ‘Eras’ tour will begin in Glendale, Arizona next March, running on through to August with a total of 52 shows on the itinerary with special guests across the run including Paramore, beabadoobee, Phoebe Bridgers, Girl In Red, MUNA, Haim and more.

Earlier this week, Swift had a lawsuit accusing her of copyright infringement dismissed.

 

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Taylor Swift fans sue Ticketmaster over ‘The Eras Tour’ ticket controversy

“Millions of fans waited up to eight hours and were unable to purchase tickets,” according to the lawsuit which also accused the ticket giant of “intentionally and purposefully mislead[ing] ticket purchasers by allowing scalpers and bots access to TaylorSwiftTix presale”.

The lawsuit also alleges that along with Ticketmaster controlling the primary ticket market, its expansion into the secondary market along with the company’s agreements with stadiums “force fans to buy more expensive tickets that Ticketmaster gets additonal fees from every time the tickets are resold”.

Taylor Swift performs live in 2022. CREDIT: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

Ticketmaster and Live Nation are yet to respond to the claims.

It comes just days after two US senators demanded answers from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding anti-bot laws, following the controversy surrounding Taylor Swift tickets.

They also highlighted bot-related problems surrounding ticket sales for AdeleBruce SpringsteenBob Dylan and Blake Shelton.

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Last month, Ticketmaster announced the cancellation of the general ticket sales for Swift’s 2023 North American tour due to “extraordinarily high demand” and “insufficient remaining ticket inventory”. It came after many customers experienced technical issues while attempting to access Ticketmaster’s pre-sale for ‘The Eras Tour’, including lengthy wait times and website outages.

Ticketmaster subsequently issued an apology to those who had a “terrible experience” in navigating its website, writing: “We strive to make ticket buying as easy as possible for fans.”

Swift herself responded to fans following the saga. “Well. It goes without saying that I’m extremely protective of my fans,” she began in a message via Instagram.

“We’ve been doing this for decades together and over the years, I’ve brought so many elements of my career in house. I’ve done this SPECIFICALLY to improve the quality of my fans’ experience by doing it myself with my team who care as much about my fans as I do. It’s really difficult to trust an outside entity with these relationships and loyalties, and excruciating for me to just watch mistakes happen with no recourse.”

Read her full statement here.

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Kanye West’s Reddit forum taken over by Taylor Swift memes and Holocaust facts

Many of the humorous posts are also based on West’s longtime rivalry with Swift, as dozens of Redditors have taken to the forum with memes declaring Swift to be the superior artist.

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A bulk of the posts on r/Kanye, though, are serious messages aimed educating West’s fans on tragedies caused by Nazis and other right-wing extremists.

Some have shared personal stories of relatives who were directly impacted by the Holocaust, while others have shared archival documents about the historic genocide, as well as information on the real-world implications of antisemitism and how it spreads in modern settings.

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The takeover comes in the wake of West’s interview on Infowars – a talk show hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones – where he openly praised Adolf Hitler and defended the acts of Nazis. Among the many inflammatory statements he made were the declaration that “we’ve got to stop dissing the Nazis all the time”, and the untrue claim that the Holocaust didn’t happen.

Shortly after the interview, West tweeted an illustration of a swastika inside a Star of David, leading to his third ban from Twitter in less than two months. Parler also came out to confirm that West’s buyout of the company had been shut down.

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Taylor Swift shares acoustic version of ‘Anti-Hero’

Listen to the stripped-back version of ‘Anti Hero’ below.

This week, ‘Anti-Hero’ became the longest-running female Number One in the UK singles chart since Olivia Rodrigo‘s ‘good 4 u’ spent five weeks at the top spot last summer. The longest-running Number One of 2022 is currently ‘As It Was’ by Harry Styles, which topped the chart for ten weeks earlier this year.

The recent uproar over Ticketmaster’s handling of the sales of tickets for Swift’s upcoming North American ‘Eras’ tour has prompted a Senate antitrust panel to schedule a hearing on the lack of competition in the ticketing industry. The ticketing giant cancelled the general sale for the 2023 dates citing “extraordinarily high demand” and “insufficient remaining ticket inventory”. In addition, many customers reported technical problems while attempting to access the Ticketmaster pre-sale for the tour, including lengthy wait times and website outages.

Ticketmaster subsequently said that there had been “historically unprecedented demand” as “millions” of Swift fans tried to secure tickets. It’s since been reported that 14million people had endeavoured to make a purchase via the site that day, with 2.4million being successful in doing so. They apologised for the handling of the situation on their website, writing: “We strive to make ticket buying as easy as possible for fans.”

Swift described the situation as “excruciating” for her to watch. In a statement, she said: “It really pisses me off that a lot of [the fans] feel like they went through several bear attacks to get to them.”

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Taylor Swift says “it really pisses me off” fans went through “several bear attacks” on Ticketmaster

“Well. It goes without saying that I’m extremely protective of my fans,” she shared in a message via Instagram. “We’ve been doing this for decades together and over the years, I’ve brought so many elements of my career in house. I’ve done this SPECIFICALLY to improve the quality of my fans’ experience by doing it myself with my team who care as much about my fans as I do. It’s really difficult to trust an outside entity with these relationships and loyalties, and excruciating for me to just watch mistakes happen with no recourse.”

Taylor Swift Ticketmaster response CREDIT: Instagram/ @TaylorSwift

Swift continued: “There are a multitude of reasons why people had such a hard time trying to get tickets and I’m trying to figure out how this situation can be improved moving forward. I’m not going to make excuses for anyone because we asked them, multiple times, if they could hand this kind of demand and we were assured they could. It’s truly amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it really pisses me off that a lot of them feel like they went through several bear attacks to get them.

“And to those who didn’t get tickets, all I can say is that my hope is to provide more opportunities for us to all get together and sing these songs. Thank you for wanting to be there. You have no idea how much that means.”

Due to extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and insufficient remaining ticket inventory to meet that demand, tomorrow's public on-sale for Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour has been cancelled.

— Ticketmaster (@Ticketmaster) November 17, 2022

Pre-sales for Swift’s first tour since 2018 had already set a record with millions showing up to buy tickets. At least two million tickets were sold by Tuesday (November 15) in pre-sales for select groups – the most ever for an artist in a single day [via BBC News]. At the time, a spokesperson for Ticketmaster said that its website experienced “historically unprecedented demand” for tickets.

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Fans complained on social media of lengthy wait times and website outages when pre-sale tickets for Swift’s 52-date tour went on sale. As The Guardian reported, shortly after tickets went on sale, some were re-listed on sites such as StubHub for as much as $22,700 (£19,100) each.

BBC News has reported further that Ticketmaster claims that a “staggering number of bot attacks” overwhelmed its website.

Ticketmaster said that more than 3.5million “Swifties”, as her fans are known, registered in advance as “verified fans” in hopes of getting tickets for her 52-city tour in the pre-sale. The company also hosted a pre-sale for people carrying a credit card from Capital One, the company sponsoring the tour.

Taylor Swift performs live in 2022. CREDIT: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

“While it’s impossible for everyone to get tickets to these shows, we know we can do more to improve the experience and that’s what we’re focused on,” the company told the BBC.

‘The Eras Tour’ will be Swift’s sixth tour. Fans are seemingly particularly keen to get their hands on tickets because the pop behemoth hasn’t been able to tour since 2018 due to the COVID pandemic and has also released four albums since then.

It’s promised that the tour will include songs from all of Swift’s 10 albums over the years including her latest, ‘Midnights‘.

So far, Swift has only announced North American dates but a post on her website has confirmed that UK dates are to be announced.

Last week the singer added 17 new dates to her 2023 tour, including stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Chicago. She’d previously added eight extra dates due to demand.

Meanwhile, Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti has launched an investigation into Ticketmaster after numerous Swift fans reported issues with buying tickets.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘The Eras Tour’ ticket sale cancelled due to “extraordinarily high demand”

A spokesperson for the company said its website experienced “historically unprecedented demand” for tickets.

Due to extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and insufficient remaining ticket inventory to meet that demand, tomorrow's public on-sale for Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour has been cancelled.

— Ticketmaster (@Ticketmaster) November 17, 2022

Fans complained on social media of lengthy wait times and website outages when pre-sale tickets for Swift’s 52-date tour went on sale. As The Guardian reported, shortly after tickets went on sale, some were re-listed on sites such as StubHub for as much as $22,700 (£19,100) each.

Ticketmaster denied there were outages caused by the demand, telling CNN the “site is not down” and that “people are actively purchasing tickets”. The company’s support account on Twitter, however, said it was “aware fans may be experiencing intermittent issues with the site” and that Ticketmaster was “urgently working to resolve” those problems.

‘The Eras Tour’ will be Swift’s sixth tour. Fans are seemingly particularly keen to get their hands on tickets because the pop behemoth hasn’t been able to tour since 2018 due to the COVID pandemic and has also released four albums since then.

It’s promised that the tour will include songs from all of Swift’s 10 albums over the years including her latest, ‘Midnights‘.

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At the time of writing it’s not known if Ticketmaster will reschedule the general sale.

Taylor Swift performs live in 2022. CREDIT: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

So far, Swift has only announced North American dates but a post on her website has confirmed that UK dates are to be announced.

Last week the singer added 17 new dates to her 2023 tour, including stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Chicago. She’d previously added eight extra dates due to demand.

Meanwhile, Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti has launched an investigation into Ticketmaster after numerous Swift fans reported issues with buying tickets.

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Watch Dermot Kennedy cover Taylor Swift’s ‘Anti-Hero’ in the Live Lounge

Swift has since caught wind of Kennedy’s performance and has taken to Twitter to react to the cover.

“WOW – absolutely love this,” she wrote.

WOW – Absolutely love this 🥰👏

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 15, 2022

As well as covering ‘Anti-Hero’ in the Live Lounge, Kennedy also used the opportunity to perform his single ‘Kiss Me’, which was released in September and is set to feature on his upcoming album ‘Sonder’.

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‘Sonder’ is due for release this Friday (November 18) and will feature the tracks ‘Dreamer’, ‘Better Days’ and ‘Innocence and Sadness’.

Kennedy opened up on the LP in a recent interview with Billboard where he discussed the project’s title.

“I found the word ‘sonder’ a few years ago, the meaning being just the awareness that everybody is living a life just as important and as complex as your own,” he said. “At that point, I didn’t really have any part of my life or career to attach it to, so it was just a word that I appreciated and it meant something to me.”

The Irish singer-songwriter also spoke on wanting the album to be as honest as his 2019 debut ‘Without Fear’.

“You have to say something worth while and prove that you deserve to be around, and there’s added pressure in that sense,” he added.

“These albums define the way I live, and I can already feel me putting pressure on myself in a healthy way. This album is about having empathy and being conscious of other people’s struggles and triumphs, so I can’t just say that and not live it.”

‘Sonder’ will be followed by Kennedy’s 2023 UK and European tour which will begin in Glasgow in March and end in London in April. During the tour he’ll make stops in Aberdeen, Manchester, Birmingham and more – you can buy remaining tickets here.

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Listen to a fan-created remix of Taylor Swift’s ‘Anti-Hero’ featuring ‘Super Mario’

Shared on the There, I Ruined It TikTok account, the new version of ‘Anti-Hero’ starts with Swift singing “you got tired of my scheming for the last time” before a vocal sample of Mario saying “it’sa me, Mario” is inserted into the track.

Swift continues with “I’m the problem, it’s me” before the track collides with Koji Kondo’s ‘Super Mario Bros Theme’, elevating the song’s most questionable lyric (“Sometimes I feel like everybody is a sexy baby”) to strange, new heights.

@thereiruinedit

The hero this song needed. @Taylor Swift #antihero #mashup #remix

♬ Anti Anti Hero – There I Ruined It

So far, the clip has racked up over a million views on TikTok with some fans calling it a “masterpiece”.

However, others are confused because Mario doesn’t sound like Chris Pratt, who’s due to voice Mario in the upcoming The Super Mario Bros Movie.

A trailer was shared earlier this year, giving fans their first glimpse of Pratt’s take on the character, with some calling it “jarring”. Celebrated voice actor Tara Strong also criticised Chris Pratt’s casting as Mario, saying the role should have gone to Charles Martinet, who’s voiced Mario in a variety of games over the past 20 years.

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie is scheduled to be released in cinemas on April 7, 2023.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift has beaten The Beatles to the top of the UK charts, scoring the chart double for a second week in a row.

It comes as Girl Talk have also remixed Swift’s ‘Anti-Hero’ with their mash-up featuring Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’

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Taylor Swift adds extra dates to US ‘The Eras Tour’

“UM. Looks like I’ll get to see more of your beautiful faces than previously expected…” Swift wrote on Twitter. “We’re adding 8 shows to the tour.”

Fans can register for TaylorSwiftTix pre-sale on Ticketmaster now here until Wednesday, November 9 at 11:59PM EST, with the pre-sale scheduled to start Tuesday, November 15 at 10am PST. Capital One Exclusive Cardholder Presale starts Tuesday, November 15 at 2pm PST, while general sale starts Friday, November 18 at 10am PST.

See the full updated list of US dates for ‘The Eras Tour’ below.

MARCH 2023
18 – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
25 – Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

APRIL 2023
1 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
2 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
14 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida (new show)

15 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
22 – NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
28 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
29 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

MAY 2023
5 – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
6 – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
12 – Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
13 – Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
14 – Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

19 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
20 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
21 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

26 – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
27 – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
28 – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

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JUNE 2023
2 – Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois 
3 – Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
10 – Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
17 – Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
24 – U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

JULY 2023
1 – Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
8 – GEHA Field at Arrrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
15 – Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
22 – Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington
23 – Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington
28 – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

29 – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

AUGUST 2023
3 – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California
4 – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California
5 – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California

Swift also recently confirmed that a UK tour in support of ‘Midnights’ will be announced soon; fans who pre-ordered the album will be able to access an exclusive pre-sale for tickets.

After the US dates for ‘The Eras Tour’ were announced, Swift fans on TikTok joked about cancelling their weddings to attend her 2023 tour.

“Weddings can be rescheduled. Stadium tours are non negotiable,” one fan wrote, with another saying they would “absolutely leave my own wedding early” to go and see Swift live.

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Taylor Swift fans joke about cancelling their weddings to attend 2023 tour

“I am feeling so sorry for any millennial women out there who just found out their wedding date is one of these,” one user said in a video.

“That’s gotta be happening, right. You’ve been planning this wedding for two years and now she’s coming to your city on your wedding day.”

She added: “Your millennial female friends and your bridesmaids, now torn between which of the events they got to. Maybe even you, yourself.”

@emdoodlesandstuff

#greenscreen #taylorswift #midnights #theerastour #erastour #eras #millennial #millennialsoftiktok #bride #weddingtiktok

♬ You’re On Your Own, Kid – Taylor Swift

Those in the comments section also shared the sentiment, with one writing: “Weddings can be rescheduled. Stadium tours are non negotiable,” with another saying they would “absolutely leave my own wedding early” to go and see Swift live.

One fan whose own wedding actually does fall on the day of Swift’s Seattle show with Haim said: “Taylor Swift is finally going on tour, but I live in Seattle, and that’s my wedding day. Come on. What are the chances of that?”

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She added: “Sooo do I cancel my wedding or..??

“The problem is, a ton of my friends are also Swifties so now I’m putting them in the position to also travel for another show. I know I have good friends, they will come to my wedding. But the situation sucks. What are the odds that Taylor’s going to be in my city on my wedding day?”

@jingersoll06

Sooo do I cancel my wedding or..?? 😭😭 #greenscreen @taylornation @taylorswift #taylorswift #TStheerastour

♬ original sound – Jessica Ingersoll

Swift also recently confirmed that a UK tour in support of ‘Midnights’ will be announced soon; fans who pre-ordered the album will be able to access an exclusive pre-sale for tickets.

In a four-star review of ‘Midnights’, NME said: “While she’s known for narrative-driven songwriting, ‘Midnights’ could possibly see Swift at her most candid, taking us through the sorts of revelations that only come to light – or can be vocalised – in the wee hours.”

Fans can register for TaylorSwiftTix pre-sale on Ticketmaster now here until Wednesday, November 9 at 11:59PM EST, with the pre-sale scheduled to start Tuesday, November 15 at 10am PST. Capital One Exclusive Cardholder Presale starts Tuesday, November 15 at 2pm PST, while general sale starts Friday, November 18 at 10am PST.

See the full list of US dates for ‘The Eras Tour’ below.

MARCH 2023
18 – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
25 – Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

APRIL 2023
1 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
2 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
15 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
22 – NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
28 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
29 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

MAY 2023
6 – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
12 – Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
13 – Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
20 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
26 – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
27 – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

JUNE 2023
2 – Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois 
3 – Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
10 – Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
17 – Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
24 – U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

JULY 2023
1 – Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
8 – GEHA Field at Arrrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
15 – Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
22 – Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington
29 – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

AUGUST 2023
4 – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California
5 – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Anti-Hero’ meets ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ in Girl Talk remix

The album’s lead single, ‘Anti-Hero’ saw Swift explain that it sees her delve the deepest she ever has into her “insecurities”.

“[It’s] one of my favourite songs I’ve ever written,” Swift said in a video posted on her Instagram. “I really don’t think I’ve delved this far into my insecurities in this detail before.”

Swift continued: “I struggle a lot with the idea that my life is unmanageably sized.”

You can listen to the Girl Talk remix here:

Swift followed the ‘Anti-Hero’ video with a clip for ‘Bejeweled’, where she stars as Cinderella alongside Laura Dern and the Haim sisters.

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Every single track on ‘Midnights’ will be given the “music movie” treatment, as Swift announced last week, with other stars in them including actors Laith Ashley, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, John Early and Mike Birbiglia.

Swift also recently confirmed that a UK tour in support of ‘Midnights’ will be announced soon; fans who pre-ordered the album will be able to access an exclusive pre-sale for tickets. She teased a tour again on Monday (October 24), saying during her interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: “I think I should do it. When it’s time, we’ll do it. I miss it. I really miss it.”

In a four-star review of ‘Midnights’, NME‘s Hannah Mylrea noted that it’s a “shimmering return to pure pop” that “pivots away from her mellow lockdown creations and recent re-recording project, offering up brighter, future-facing sounds”.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’ becomes best selling album of 2022 after one week

The Official Chart Company also reported that Arctic Monkeys’ streak of six UK Number One albums has been broken. Their release ‘The Car’ debuted at Number Two with over 100,000 chart sales in its opening week.

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“Many congratulations to Taylor Swift on her fantastic achievement in topping 200,000 sales this week”, Martin Talbot, Chief Executive, Official Charts Company said in a statement. “We always knew this would be a huge week for fans of Taylor and Arctic Monkeys, following the release of their brand new albums – and their combined first week total of more the 320,000 chart sales indicates that their pre-release excitement was well placed.”

‘Midnights’ marks Swift’s ninth consecutive Number One album, with the singer-songwriter setting a new all-time Official Chart record by generating the fastest succession of nine UK Number One albums of any female artist, a title that used to belong to Madonna.

In a four-star review of ‘Midnights’NME’s Hannah Mylrea wrote: “The country roots she revisited on her re-recorded albums is nowhere to be found, and folk influences of her lockdown projects are largely absent. Instead she spins these new stories through sleek synth-pop, in common with ‘1989’ or ‘Lover’, but the razor-sharp production of these albums is more subtle this time around.”

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Taylor Swift recalls “nightmare” screen test with Eddie Redmayne for ‘Les Misérables’

“But they asked if I would like to go to London to do a screen test with Eddie, who is one of my favourite actors, and I thought, ‘This isn’t an experience I am going to get again in my life,’ so I said yes.”

Taylor Swift. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

She added: “When I got there they put me in full 19th century street urchin costume and told me they were going to paint my teeth brown and I was like, ‘You are going to do that after I meet Eddie Redmayne right?’

“But no, they made me look like death and it became a nightmare. When I met Eddie I didn’t open my mouth to speak.”

Redmayne had his own embarrassment during the screen test. “I thought we would just be singing off each other – I didn’t know we would be in each other’s arms,” the actor said.

“My overriding memory of it is that I had pizza and garlic dough balls beforehand and all I could think about was my garlic breath while Taylor was dying in my arms and I was trying to show emotion.”

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Samantha Barks was evenutally cast to play Éponine in Les Misérables, alongside Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. Swift was later cast as Bombalurina in Hooper’s 2019 adaptation of Cats.

Last week, Swift released her tenth studio album ‘Midnights’ featuring the singles ‘Anti-Hero’ and ‘Bejeweled’. In a four-star review, NME wrote: “After a foray into a different sonic world, on Swift’s return to pure pop she still shimmers.”

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’ has already sold over one million records

According to the data, over 955,000 units came from digital downloads, CD, cassette and vinyl sales.

Midnights‘ also broke streaming records on Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music in less than 24 hours.

Released last Friday (October 21), the singer-songwriter’s 10th studio effort smashed Spotify’s record for the most-streamed album in a single day – a feat Swift said was “mind blowing”.

Taylor Swift ‘Midnights’ Credit: Beth Garrabrant

Additionally, ‘Midnights’ broke the record for the biggest pop album of all time on Apple Music by first-day streams. The song ‘Lavender Haze’, meanwhile, debuted at Number One on Apple Music Top 100: Global.

On Amazon Music, Swift achieved the most first-day album streams globally of any act as well as the most Alexa requests ever. Lead single ‘Anti-Hero’ is currently in the top spot on the YouTube music charts in both the US and the UK.

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All 13 tracks from the standard edition of ‘Midnights’ debuted in the top 13 on Spotify globally.

Meanwhile, ‘Midnights’ looks set beat Arctic Monkeys’ seventh album ‘The Car’ to Number One in the UK. Should Swift reach the top spot, it will be her ninth UK Number One album and she would end the Monkeys’ run of six back-to-back chart-topping records.

In a four-star review of ‘Midnights’ – the follow-up to Swift’s 2020 “sister albums”, ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’ – NME said “the country roots [Swift] revisited on her re-recorded albums is nowhere to be found, and folk influences of her lockdown projects are largely absent”.

Swift has teased a forthcoming live tour in support of ‘Midnights’. She recently shared details on how to access a pre-sale for a run of UK shows, which would mark her first performances on these shores since 2018.

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Laura Dern thanks Taylor Swift after ‘Bejeweled’ video cameo

“Thank you to my director @taylorswift13 for inviting me to join her party and celebrate her triumph,” Dern wrote on Twitter.

Thank you to my director @taylorswift13 for inviting me to join her party and celebrate her triumph!! pic.twitter.com/pOovKZuKq4

— Laura Dern (@LauraDern) October 25, 2022

The video also features cameo appearances from Dita Von Teese, Par McGrath and Jack Antonoff, who collaborated with Swift on her latest album, ‘Midnights’ – which has broken streaming records on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon.

This is the second track from ‘Midnights’ to receive a video, following ‘Anti-Hero’ last Saturday (October 22). As announced last week, Swift is gradually rolling out an accompanied visual album in collaboration with cinematographer Rina Yang, who she worked with on the ‘All Too Well’ 10-minute short film starring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the videos, Swift said: “We wanted to challenge ourselves to do different things this time around. I’m really proud of what we made and I really hope you like them.”

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During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (October 24), Swift said she didn’t have to convince Dern to take part. “I was like, ‘Oscar-winner Laura Dern, hello. I’ve written a script. It’s a one-scene script in which you are going to call me ‘a tired, tacky wench’ and she was like, ‘I’m down’,” Swift said.

Others taking part in the ‘Midnights’ videos include Laith Ashley, Mike Birbiglia, John Early and Mary Elizabeth Ellis.

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Taylor Swift included ‘Midnights’ lyrics in her NYU speech earlier this year

Another lyric then popped up in London, reading: “I polish up real nice.”

In São Paulo, Brazil, a billboard displayed the following line: “Just like clockwork, the dominoes cascaded in a line.” An advert in Swift’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee revealed the lyrics: “Did you ever have someone kiss you in a crowded room?”

A screen in Mexico City then shared the words: “Breathe in, breathe through, breathe deep, breathe out.”

Following the last billboard in Mexico, fans noticed that the lyrics were familiar and traced them back to Swift’s NYU commencement speech.

The pop star was awarded an honorary doctorate before she gave the speech at the city’s Yankee Stadium on May 18.

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The speech was full of references to her hit songs, as well as jokes about her doctorate. At one point she addressed out-of-town relatives and friends of the graduates with, “Let me say to you now: Welcome to New York – it’s been waiting for you.”

Swift continued to share anecdotes with the crowd, saying: “As long as we are fortunate enough to be breathing, we will breathe through, breathe deep and breathe out. And I am a doctor now, so I know how breathing works.”

The lyrics are from the ‘Midnights’ track ‘Labyrinth’, in which Swift sings: “It only hurts this much right now / Was what I was thinking the whole time / Breathe in, breathe through, breathe deep, breathe out / I’ll be getting over you my whole life.”

In a four-star review of ‘Midnights’NME’s Hannah Mylrea wrote: “The country roots she revisited on her re-recorded albums is nowhere to be found, and folk influences of her lockdown projects are largely absent. Instead she spins these new stories through sleek synth-pop, in common with ‘1989’ or ‘Lover’, but the razor-sharp production of these albums is more subtle this time around.”

Earlier this week, Swift confirmed that a UK tour in support of ‘Midnights’ will be announced soon. Fans who pre-ordered the album will be able to access an exclusive pre-sale for tickets.

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Joe Alwyn has a co-writer credit on Taylor Swift’s upcoming album ‘Midnights’

As the release date of ‘Midnights’ approaches, Swift has gradually been revealing more information about her highly anticipated new record. So far, she has confirmed that the album’s first single will be ‘Anti Hero’, while IndieWire recently revealed that two of its tracks, ‘Karma’ and ‘Lavender Haze’, were co-written with Zoë Kravitz.

In addition, the album will feature a collaboration with Lana Del Rey called ‘Snow On The Beach’. Last week, Swift explained that the song is about “falling in love with someone at the same time that they’re falling in love with you”.

Taylor Swift performing at the Nashville Songwriter Awards. Credit: Terry Wyatt

It has already been confirmed that 11 of the 13 tracks on ‘Midnights’ were co-written with Jack Antonoff. The only track written by Swift alone is ‘Vigilante Shit’.

Earlier this week, Swift shared more details of the plans for the release week of ‘Midnights’ in the form of an Instagram reel. The calendar featured in the reel revealed that she will be appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday (October 24) and The Graham Norton Show next Friday (October 28).

A post on Taylor Swift’s official website has also confirmed that the singer will be touring in support of ‘Midnights’.

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Fans who pre-order the album from her official UK store will receive a code enabling them to access the pre-sale “for forthcoming and yet to be announced Taylor Swift show dates”.

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Zoë Kravitz confirmed as co-writer on two tracks for Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’ album

Last month, Swift confirmed that her longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff had worked on ‘Midnights’. The singer then shared the 13-song tracklist for the album, which follows on from 2020’s ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’.

Of the album’s 13 songs, Swift co-wrote 11 with Antonoff and ‘Vigilante Shit’ is reportedly the only track Swift wrote alone.

Swift recently revealed that an episode of Mad Men inspired the title for the Kravitz co-written ‘Lavender Haze’. The meaning behind the song was decoded in a new video by Swift, who said that she happened upon the phrase while watching the iconic TV show.

“I happened upon the phrase ‘Lavender Haze’ when I was watching Mad Men and I looked it up because I thought it sounded cool,” she said. “And it turns out that it was a common phrase that was used in the ’50s where they would just describe being in love.

“Like, If you were in the ‘Lavender Haze,’ that meant you were in that all-encompassing love glow, and I thought that was really beautiful.”

no thoughts, just Taylor Swift and Zoë Kravitz photographed by Jack Antonoff. pic.twitter.com/ysir4ke0bz

— WILDEST DREAMS HAHA 🧣 (@swiftoursonggg) October 18, 2022

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In other news, Swift has revealed some more lyrics from ‘Midnights’ on a billboard in London.

At midnight on Monday (October 17), she began a week-long run of lyric reveals in partnership with Spotify. The line “I should not be left to my own devices…” appeared on a huge screen in Times Square, New York City.

Another lyric then popped up in London, reading: “I polish up real nice.”

Meanwhile, a post on Swift’s official website has confirmed that the star is due to announce an upcoming live tour.

Elsewhere, Kravitz is set to make her directorial debut with upcoming thriller Pussy Island, starring Naomi Ackie, Channing Tatum, Simon Rex and Christian Slater. Filming on the project began in June in Mexico.

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Taylor Swift confirms UK ‘Midnights’ tour is happening

The post went on to say that pre-sale details and further information would be confirmed at a later date. As yet, no tour dates have been unveiled.

You can see the post here (via Pop Crave).

🚨 Taylor Swift confirms a ‘Midnights’ tour is happening on her UK website.

All fans who pre-order the album through October 21 on the official UK store will get a special presale code. pic.twitter.com/0ENQX898fF

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) October 17, 2022

Earlier today, Swift announced details of the first single from her upcoming album ‘Midnights’, and shared some of its lyrics on billboards.

The singer will release her 10th album on Friday (October 21), and has already confirmed an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the following Monday (October 24).

In a social media post, the singer has now confirmed a host of other events happening in the week around the album’s release, including the release of an official video for the single ‘Anti-Hero’ at 8am EST (1pm BST) on album release day.

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Swift declared the track ‘Anti-Hero’ to be “one of my favourite songs I’ve ever written”, and noted of its significance: “I really don’t think I’ve delved this far into my insecurities in this detail before.”

On Thursday (October 20), a teaser trailer will be shown in the third quarter of Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video, while a “special very chaotic surprise” is also set to take place at 3am EST (8am BST) on Friday. Lyric videos will then follow later that evening.

Swift is yet to preview any material from ‘Midnights’, instead promoting it with a series of videos explaining the stories behind tracks. On Wednesday (October 12), she opened up about ‘Snow On The Beach’, her forthcoming collaboration with Lana Del Rey: “[The song] is about falling in love with someone at the same time as they’re falling in love with you,” she said in a video shared on social media.

‘Midnights’ is the follow-up to Swift’s two 2020 albums, ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’, as well as last year’s re-recorded versions of ‘Fearless’ and ‘Red’.

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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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