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On the Charts: Slipknot Hit Number One

October 29, 2014

Bear with me: I'm trying to mention Taylor Swift in every paragraph. Here goes: Album sales are still down 14 percent and track sales are down 13 percent, but next week, the record industry will see if 1989 can make a dent in these...

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Taylor Swift Will Headline 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' 2015

October 27, 2014

Taylor Swift is ringing in the new year, fittingly, as a headliner. The genre-hopping singer has signed on for ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015," during which she'll perform live in Times Square for over 1 million...

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Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande Make the Hollywood Bowl Go Pop

October 25, 2014

The live Christmas concerts of pop radio stations – the Jingle Balls and their competitors – serve as report cards on the state of the Top 40 and annual demonstrations of terrestrial radio's muscle. Last night, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los...

Album Review

Taylor Swift '1989' Album Review

October 24, 2014

When Taylor Swift decides to do something, the girl really knows how to overdo it. So on her fifth album, when she indulges her crush on Eighties synth-pop, she goes full blast, spending most of the album trying to turn herself into the Pet Shop...

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The Everything Index: Taylor Swift Takes on Twisty the Clown

October 16, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Rolling Stone's "Everything Index," where we rank the week's pop-culture power players, using an advanced algorithmic method based almost entirely on whether or not they can kill us. That's why American Horror Story's...

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Taylor Swift Unveils Synth-Heavy 'Out of the Woods'

October 14, 2014

At the strike of midnight on Tuesday, Taylor Swift delivered a gift to all the fans that pre-ordered the singer's upcoming "straight-up pop" album 1989: A synthesizer-heavy new track titled "Out of the Woods." The track was co-written with fun. and...

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On the Charts: Chris Brown Finds Success With 'X'

September 24, 2014

Because record-company calendars go like this — blah blah blah VALENTINE'S DAY, blah blah SUMMER blah BACK TO SCHOOL blah blah HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON — we're almost at the end of the year, sales-wise. And album sales are still down 14 percent...

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Taylor Swift Reveals 5 Things to Expect on '1989'

September 16, 2014

Taylor Swift's fifth LP, 1989, was influenced by some of the 24-year-old star's beloved acts from the Eighties, from Phil Collins to Annie Lennox to Madonna. This time, she set out to make "blatant pop music," she tells us in our new cover...

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22 Things You Learn Hanging Out With Taylor Swift

September 10, 2014

We followed Taylor Swift for days, getting all the details on her pop coming-out party, 1989 — and learned a little about living under the constant eye of the paparazzi to boot. Here's 22 facts from the co-author of "22" that couldn't...

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Hear Taylor Swift's Country-to-Pop Transformation in 5 Songs

September 9, 2014

"Shake It Off" may be her poppiest single yet, but our new cover star Taylor Swift seemed to have her sights set beyond Nashville's borders from the very start. Already country's biggest crossover star, Swift is now poised to become the biggest star...

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The Taylor Swift Guide to 1989: 20 Tracks From Her Key Year

September 8, 2014

Taylor Swift shocked the world when she explained the inspiration behind her new album, 1989. "I was listening to a lot of late-Eighties pop," Tay said. "I really love the chances they were taking. I love how bold it was. I love how ahead of its time...

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Liz Rose Sets the Scene for Writing With Taylor Swift

October 24, 2014

Liz Rose doesn't play an instrument. That hasn't stopped her from co-writing some of the biggest country songs of the 21st century, though, including nearly two dozen Taylor Swift tunes and a handful of hits for Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Gary...

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Can Taylor Swift Save the Music Industry?

October 21, 2014

In addition to being 2014's probable best-selling album, Taylor Swift's 1989, out next week, could be crucial to salvaging the record industry's holiday shopping season in a terrible sales year. Week after week, the biggest music stars have put out what...

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Jason Aldean Continues Country's Chart Reign

October 15, 2014

The year has only two and a half months left and album sales are still down 14 percent while track sales are still down 13 percent—my guess is nothing comes to the rescue, although Taylor Swift's 1989 (see below) is coming up and you never...

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Taylor Swift, Metallica, No Doubt Bring Rock in Rio to U.S.

September 27, 2014

Rock in Rio is touching down in the United States for the first time in 2015, with Taylor Swift, Metallica, Linkin Park and No Doubt set to take the main stage at the festival in Las Vegas over two weekends in May. While the full lineup has...

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Taylor Swift's Inner Circle: Sizing Up Her Famous Friends

September 15, 2014

Taylor Swift collects cool friends like Pokemon. From a cadre of models to a few alterna-culture icons to a handful of child stars who know what it's like to spend your teenage years in the spotlight — these are the women (and one dude) who litter...

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The Everything Index: iPhone 6 Mania and a Respiratory Virus

September 9, 2014

Welcome back to the latest installment of Rolling Stone's Everything Index, where we rank the week's pop-culture power players, none of whom have to wait in line for iPhones. That's what assistants are for. Speaking of, if you're feeling woozy today,...

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Cover Story: The Reinvention of Taylor Swift

September 8, 2014

So my brother comes home the other day," Taylor Swift says, "and he goes, 'Oh, my God – I just saw a guy walking down the street with a cat on his head.'" As an ardent fan of ready-made metaphors, as well as of cats, Swift was excited by this....

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