Taylor Swift has been teasing her epic “Bad Blood” video for the past week, gradually leaking her famous friends in superhero form that star alongside her in it. It’s been a long wait, but the video finally premiered during last night’s Billboard Music Awards and it’s basically a big budget, celebrity fueled, Katy Perry shade fest. And it’s glorious.
I don’t want to spoil too much for you, so I’ll just embed the video here for your enjoyment.
It’s about time for a new Taylor Swift single, and that single is going to be “Bad Blood”, which we all know by now was inspired by Katy Perry. They used to be friends, then they weren’t, and now there’s a song out of it. The video is due to be released soon, and Taylor revealed when you’ll finally be able to see it – as well as the inspiration behind the video – on Twitter yesterday.
Directed by Joseph Kahn, it is being billed as “a video includes multiple starring roles played by a cast of Golden Globe winners, Emmy winners, Grammy winners, an Oscar nominee, blockbuster movie stars, as well as both new and iconic supermodels.”
Huh, sounds… exciting. Kahn directed the “Style” video, as well, if that gives you any indication of his, er, style…
Are you ready for new music from Paris Hilton? If the answer is “yes”, you’re in luck! If the answer is “no”, too bad because it’s here anyway. The new single from America’s former favourite socialite/”DJ” is called “High Off My Love” and features rapper Birdman, for some odd reason. It sounds like a Britney Spears B-Side, truth be told, and I don’t necessarily mean that as a compliment.
Before I say to much, and lest I spoil it for you, have a listen and try not to have a seizure.
So on a scale of 1 to “please God, take the gift of hearing from me”, just how bad do you think it is?
I don’t know about you, but I’m still listening to Taylor Swift‘s last album, 1989. fairly regularly. That album is full of ~jams~ from start to finish and it’s going to be pretty hard for her to outdo herself next time. But she’s still looking forward to a new album that’s “very different” from this one when it DOES happen – and that includes Kanye West, as we all know.
“We’ve never been in the studio together, but he’s got a lot of amazing ideas. He’s one of those people who is just like idea, idea, like, ’What do you think of this?’ ’What do you think of that?’ He’s very creative and I think we’ve talked about it, but we’ve always talked about so many other things. I think I completely respect his vision as a producer, so thats all I know now. I have no idea what the next album is going to be, though.”
“I’m not making the next record yet. That’s going to take a lot of thinking about what that should be, because with 1989 — I love this album so much that I think it would be doing a real disservice to this album to try to copy it the next time around,” she said. “I think it’s going to have to be something very, very different creatively.”
Well, at least she’s not rushing anything for the sake of keeping her career on the run. Then again, it’s not like her popularity will be waning any time soon. The entire world LOVES Taylor Swift and she’s about to embark on a tour (if it hasn’t already started – I can’t remember) that will run for several years. I think she’s here to stay.
As for that Kanye collaboration… I’m a bit scared, to be honest. Nothing good can come of this… or can it?
About a month ago, Jay Z held some huge press conference with the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna by his side to announce the launch of his own streaming music service, Tidal. He claimed (and still claims) that the service is “for the fans” and for the artists, who are often ripped off by the likes of record labels, iTunes, etc. Your $19.99 monthly premium membership fee would get you “high quality” streaming (which many have tested and reported that they detected no difference between Tidal’s and Spotify’s, which is half the price at $9.99 per month) and some “exclusive” perks like tracks only released via the service and early access concert tickets, etc.
If that all sounds pretty shitty and you’d rather spend your hard earned cash on anything else, you’re not alone. Critics and fans have panned that shit since its release, and just today Jay finally felt compelled to speak out and defend Tidal, insisting it’s here to stay. I warn you, this is a long one, so stay strong, and I’ll see you on the other side.
Tidal is doing just fine. We have over 770,000 subs. We have been in business less than one month. #TidalFacts
Amy Winehouse died nearly four years ago, and it’s still pretty hard to believe. I was a massive fan and was rooting for her all the way to the end, but it seemed her demons were just too big for her to beat (and I still think it’s all Blake’s fault). She was an incredible talent, one that was gone far, far before her time, and she was a massive loss to the music world. No one spoke for our generation the way Amy did – so frank, so unfiltered, so emotive. I really miss her a lot.
Director Asif Kapadia has now made a documentary, aptly titled Amy, which followed her life both before and during her fame, and really shows so much love and care for the subject at hand. The movie isn’t due out until July, but we’ve got the first trailer, and it’s really sad:
Jay Z‘s TIDAL – basically a try-hard chic version of Spotify – was unveiled earlier this month with a ridiculous business model and an even more ridiculous membership fee (about 4x that of Spotify). It’s clearly going to fail, but for now, Beyonce is trying to keep her man’s venture afloat by releasing ~exclusive~ material ONLY through TIDAL. Get your credit cards ready if you want to hear the entirety of ‘Die With You’.
Bey released the first teaser of the track on Facebook, directing everyone to head to TIDAL to buy it. Will you take the bait?
I’ve never been so wishy-washy over an artist in my life. Sometimes I absolutely love Beyonce and think she’s an absolute queen. Then she oversaturates the world with her presence and I need her to go the hell away for a long ass time to give us a break from her bullshit. It’s a difficult thing to reconcile, but just FYI, I’m in the “go away for a long time” phase at the moment.