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Taylor Swift Recruits Haim for Select 1989 Tour Dates

February 1, 2015

Throughout January, Taylor Swift's Instagram seemed like a shared account between the 1989 singer and the three Haim sisters. First, the quartet (plus Lorde) were photographed wandering around Catalina. Two weeks later, Swift and Haim were topside...

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Taylor Swift Trademarks 'This Sick Beat'

January 28, 2015

If you want to "Party Like It's 1989" to "This Sick Beat," you better ask Taylor Swift's permission first. The pop star has trademarked those phrases – along with "'Cause We Never Go Out of Style," "Could Show You Incredible Things" and "Nice to...

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Taylor Swift Tells Her Favorite Sam Smith Story

January 28, 2015

Taylor Swift regularly invited a wide range of surprise all-star guests onstage during her Red world tour, including Carly Simon, Jennifer Lopez and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump. As the tour wound down in London last February, she surprised fans...

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Taylor Swift's Twitter, Instagram Hacked

January 27, 2015

UPDATE: Taylor Swift has addressed the hacks  on her Twitter and Instagram accounts in two posts on Tumblr, assuring fans, "Twitter is deleting the hacker tweets and locking my account until they can figure out how this happened and...

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People's Choice Awards Include Upset Music Win

January 8, 2015

It was all about the fans at the 2015 People's Choice Awards Wednesday night, and the fans really, really love Taylor Swift. The country-gone-pop star took home Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for "Shake It Off." Her former...

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Follow Kanye on Twitter? Universal Can Profit From That

January 5, 2015

Every time a Kanye West fan buys an iTunes download, concert ticket or T-shirt, posts on his Facebook page, follows him on Twitter, views a YouTube video or streams a song on Spotify, all those clicks become valuable marketing data — meticulously...

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Charts: Taylor Swift's '1989' Has Become 2015's 'Frozen'

January 14, 2015

TAYLOR WINS AGAIN: A year ago, all I could write about was the dominance of the Frozen soundtrack. It was selling hundreds of thousands of copies per week and every other would-be hit, in the desolate January weeks, showed up and dropped hard from the...

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Taylor Swift's '1989' Continues Its Chart Reign

January 7, 2015

DOLDRUMS TILL VALENTINE'S DAY: Welcome to the saddest music-sales week of the year, when nobody has money left to buy CDs or downloads, and iTunes gift cards have long been spent. With one exception – the Number Eight Into the Woods soundtrack,...

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2014: The Year in Taylor Swift

December 31, 2014

It seems any year that Taylor Swift releases a new album becomes Taylor Swift's year. Since her 2006 debut, she's dropped an LP every other autumn, capping off the year with a new entry in her public diary, a young person falling in and out of love...

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Nicki Minaj Can't Displace Taylor Swift's Chart Reign

December 24, 2014

THE YEAR OF TAYLOR: By any measure, Nicki Minaj is one of the world's biggest pop stars — her last album opened at Number One, "Anaconda" has nearly 345 million YouTube views, "Bang Bang" has more than 137 million Spotify streams...

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Taylor Swift Turns NYC's Jingle Ball Into a Birthday Party

December 13, 2014

What were you doing the moment you turned 25? Probably not preening onstage at a sold-out Madison Square Garden, performing the Number One song in the country. But at last night's Z100 IHeartRadio Jingle Ball, birthday girl Taylor Swift was the undisputed...

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Taylor Swift Regains Top Spot After Chart Change

December 4, 2014

Not sure why, but Billboard didn't include the overall music sales numbers in its chart story this week — so we're left to assume albums remain down around 12 or 13 percent and tracks are still down 13 percent. We'll see next week if this data...

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The Everything Index: The New Lightsaber Cuts Us Deep

December 3, 2014

Welcome back to Rolling Stone's "Everything Index," our weekly ranking of pop culture's power players. We're not gonna lie: Between the Force Awakens lightsaber (are you serious with that crossguard?!?), the continued existence of the Kardashians and...

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Lorde Once Posed as Taylor Swift's Manager

November 26, 2014

"Our next guest made her U.S. TV debut on our Late Night show last year and since then has become one of the most popular artists in music," host Jimmy Fallon said while introducing Lorde on Tuesday night's Tonight Show. The teenage New Zealand...

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2014 Charts: Swift, Swift and Swift

December 31, 2014

REMEMBER WHEN THERE WERE 10 OR 20 TAYLOR SWIFTS EVERY YEAR?: There is Taylor Swift, and there is everybody else. Adele, Beyonce and the Frozen soundtrack have managed to sell a lot of albums, but only Swift's 1989 is a reminder of the old days —...

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20 Best Pop Albums of 2014

December 19, 2014

In 2014, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell, Sam Smith and Nick Jonas dabbled in R&B crossovers; Lana Del Rey and Charli XCX flipped the bad-girl script; and Lorde didn't release an album, but put forth her vision through EDM producers. Off the Top 40, were clutch...

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AC/DC Post Big Sales Debut for 'Rock or Bust'

December 10, 2014

LET THERE BE ROCK (BUT NOT ON SPOTIFY): I'd say AC/DC is following Taylor Swift's lead in keeping its new Rock or Bust (and its entire catalog, for that matter) far away from Spotify, but the hard-rock veterans have been stiff-arming digital-music...

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Hear a Giddy Mash-Up of 2014's Biggest Hits

December 3, 2014

Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift complement each other perfectly in DJ Earworm's giddy, just-released "United State of Pop 2014" mash-up. As usual, the California producer's annual pop mega mix combines 25 of the biggest hits...

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One Direction Outsell Taylor Swift for New Number One Spot

November 26, 2014

With Black Friday upon us this week, the blockbusters have finally kicked in — will Taylor Swift and One Direction make a dent in the numbers? Album sales ticked down another notch this week to down 12 percent year-over-year (as opposed...

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Joni Mitchell Nixed Taylor Swift-Starring Biopic

November 25, 2014

In April 2012, it was reported that Taylor Swift was in talks to portray folk legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joni Mitchell in the big-screen adaptation of Girls Like Us, a book that focuses on the impact of Mitchell, Carol King...

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