Showing posts with label 1989 Album. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1989 Album. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"New Romantics" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of the song, "New Romantics" from Taylor's 1989 album.

This song is going to be her next single and is probably one of the best songs on the album.  I am so glad that Taylor realized that.  It was on number 2 on Rob Sheffield's of Rolling Stone best songs of 2014 list.  He says, " 'We show off our different scarlet letters/Trust me, mine is better' is the sharpest couplet Taylor has ever written, except maybe the others in this song. I have no idea why she left a song this urgent and glittery and perfect off her album (it's a bonus track), but geniuses are weird."

Who is this song about?



It is about Taylor's new outlook on love.  She tells Josh Eells of Rolling Stone in Septemeber 2014, "I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime. And I'm just not comfortable providing that kind of entertainment anymore. I don't like seeing slide shows of guys I've apparently dated. I don't like giving comedians the opportunity to make jokes about me at awards shows. I don't like it when headlines read 'Careful, Bro, She'll Write a Song About You,' because it trivializes my work. And most of all, I don't like how all these factors add up to build the pressure so high in a new relationship that it gets snuffed out before it even has a chance to start. And so, I just don't date."

 "I don't have the energy to be in love right now. So, no."

 "It's not like I've sworn off love, My life is just not conducive to bringing other people into it right now. I'm very childlike and romantic about lots of things, but I'm realistic about this."

"Have you heard of the Loneliest Whale? There's this whale – I think Adrian Grenier is making a documentary about it. It swims through the ocean, and it has a call unlike any other whale's. So it doesn't have anyone to swim with. And everybody feels so sorry for this whale – but what if this whale is having a great time? Because it's not bad that I'm not hopelessly in love with someone. It's not a tragedy, and it's not me giving up and being a spinster. "

Instead she focused on making quality friendships. She had some good friends before this, Selena Gomez, Brittany, Abigail, Emma Stone etc. But she focused even more on making good friendship and became friends with Lorde, Karli Kloss and many more. She says to Eells again, "When your number-one priority is getting a boyfriend, you're more inclined to see a beautiful girl and think, 'Oh, she's gonna get that hot guy I wish I was dating. But when you're not boyfriend-shopping, you're able to step back and see other girls who are killing it and think, 'God, I want to be around her.' It's like this blazing bonfire, You can either be afraid of it because it's so powerful and strong, or you can go stand near it, because it's fun and it makes you brighter."

She certainly has made some good friends and even won a Grammy with their help in the Bad Blood music video.  Because of her renewed outlook and friends, Elle Goulding she was able to meet "Calvin Harris" Adam Wiles, and they have been dating for a year.

Taylor Swift meeting Calvin Harris for the first time at the Elle Style Awards, February 24, 2015
I think her example of not worrying about love is perfect.  I was in that situation and when I stopped worrying about love, I met the love of my life.  Life is funny like that.  I think there's like this sense about you when you are desperate for love and guys can tell.  When you do not have that sense about you they fall in love with you.

I'm so happy that Taylor discovered who she was and made some good friends.  There are enough people out there that are competitive and jealous. I'm glad she is learning who her true friends are and happy with her life.

Friday, January 1, 2016

"Out of the Woods" Music Video, Meaning

Taylor Swift debuted her "Out of the Woods" music video from her 1989 album December 31, 2015 on Ryan Secrest's Rockin' New Year's Eve celebration.

Here's the video with the words that appeared on the screen before and after the video:

SHE LOST HIM

  

BUT SHE FOUND HERSELF, AND SOMEHOW THAT WAS EVERYTHING

The video is amazing.  It shows Taylor in the same blue dress the whole time, but shows her facing different elements; water, fire, snow, earth, air.  The music video was directed by Joseph Kahn.  I think this was their best collaboration yet, probably because it's one of my favorite songs.  The music video also features elements from the song "Clean", the beginning and ending text for the video are from the liner notes for the song, "Clean".  And at her 1989 World Tour Concert the video background was Taylor in the water for most of the song, like some of the elements in "Out of the Woods" video.

In the beginning of the video Taylor is scared, the woods are starting to grow on the beach.  She is then in the woods with the vines still growing and the wolves are chasing after her.  It is getting thick and cold.  She falls down and the wolves grab her dress.  The next part she is on top of a cliff through the air, but this time she is walking with the wolves, not as scared of them anymore.  She is walking barefoot through the snow, which had to be cold.  She rips off her paper airplane necklace and with the wolves behind her she throws it over the ledge, she then falls off the edge into water and then is on a barren wasteland with a single tree.  She walks to it and it becomes an icy tree.  Her hand become icy, and then her whole body is icy and it breaks.  She is then running again through the mud, then crawls through the mud.  The trees grow around her, and now she is not muddy, but part of the tree.  There are fireflies all around.  In the end there are scenes from all of these trials she went through, the snow, dessert, mud, cliff, water, snow, fire and the tree in the end.  These trials are how she found herself.  Gradually through the video Taylor is becoming more and more confident with the wolves and herself and is not afraid anymore.  The woods disappear and all of the sudden Taylor is walking towards herself.

Perhaps the most poignant moment is when Taylor finds herself in the end.  She is on the beach and another version of herself walks up to her and touches her shoulder. She went through all these trials, but she is finally clean and out of the woods.

What does all this mean?  The wolves are the reporters, media and paparazzi.  At first she was scared of them, but after a while Taylor has become a master of using them to her advantage.  The elements all represent the same things, but by using all the elements she shows how hard that was. She was going through a really hard time in her life before she wrote 1989.  It was not just the relationship with Harry Styles, but relationships with others, the portrayal in the media, her own label not wanting to let her do pop music, an probably more things the public does not even know. The iciness represents how lifeless and out of control things were for her, but when the ice broke the control people had over her did too. She had to drag herself through the mud and embrace it to become a beautiful tree. She embraced the cliff and jumped off of it, symbolizing taking chances and risks.  She did not drown when she came out, but was in a dessert. It is interesting to note the fire was only present in the end sequence signifying a cleaning a release of all the things that had held her back.

In the end, Taylor found herself, and she did what she wanted for the first time in a long time.  She produced the record she wanted to, she figured out how to handle her fame, she was really happy with who she was and she was finally clean. I'm glad she found herself and is so happy, she definitely deserves it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"Wildest Dreams" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "Wildest Dreams" from her 1989 album.

Wildest Dreams is right in line with the rest of Taylor Swift's 1989 album.  This album for me is about a girl who has been under intense scrutiny from the media for years.  She has seen many relationships come and go and made even worse by the media.  Taylor says in her stories behind in the songs in October 2014, "Wildest Dreams is kind of a good example of the way that my outlook on love has changed. Over the years I think as you get more experience under your belt, as you become disappointed a few times, you start to kind of think of things in more realistic terms. It's not like you meet someone and that's it.  If they like you and you like them well it's going to be forever of course. I don't really look at love like that anymore. The way I see love is kind of a little more fatalistic which means to me that when I meet someone and we have a connection, the first thought I really have is when this is over I hope you think well of me."

Source: Taylor Swift Instagram
She told Rolling Stone in September 2014, "I think the way I used to approach relationships was very idealistic. I used to go into them thinking, 'Maybe this is the one — we'll get married and have a family, this could be forever.' Whereas now I go in thinking, 'How long do we have on the clock — before something comes along and puts a wrench in it, or your publicist calls and says this isn't a good idea?'"

Who is this song about?

This song is about Harry Styles.  Continuing from the quote above "So this song is about having that immediate connection with someone and these were my vivid thoughts right as I met him." Interestingly enough he wrote a song in rebuttal to this album, "Perfect".  Click here for the analysis of this song. 

She had this immediate connection with Harry Styles, but unfortunately she knew it wasn't going to last because of all the tabloid exploitation.  They jetsetted around the world, but living on two different continents, going on tours, promoting albums makes it very hard to be together.  Whenever they were together they were photographed like crazy, they could never really be alone and develop that relationship. They were naive and thought they needed to be in these exotic places to develop their relationship, when in reality they just needed to find a quiet place to be together. I feel very bad for Taylor for what goes on with her relationships.  When you are a celebrity like she is it is very hard to start a relationship, every time she is even in a picture with someone else it sparks the rumor mill.  Obviously she must be really into every guy she has a 5 minute chat with.  As I've said before, I'm so glad my life was not like that, it's hard enough to date as is, without that wrench thrown in the mix.

In the song she talks about things they did together, how "his voice is a familiar sound". He's "tall" and "handsome" and "this is getting good know". But in her head she knows, "Nothing lasts forever", she "can see the end as it begins".  Then the whole point of the song comes up "My one condition is...Say you'll remember me...Even it it's just in your Wildest Dreams".  Then "say you'll see me agian/If it's just pretend".  She wants the memories of her to "follow you around" and remember her "standing in a nice dress/staring at the sunset". She is acknowledging with her life it is hard to have romance, but she is going to enjoy it while it's around.

Fortunately Taylor's outlook on love has changed, which I am so glad for.  When 1989 came out it reminded me how I found the one. I was super jaded from dating so many guys and watching them find their own one, with me being left on the sidelines. I did not want to date at all.  Taylor was so this way. Numerous times she said she did not know what love was like and was happy being alone, that to break her from her happy singleness she would have to meet an amazing guy.  I loved the music from 1989, but I did not like Taylor's outlook.  I felt really bad for her.  I am so glad she found Calvin Harris, aka Adam Wiles.  They have spent so much time together and become so close.  They have both learned that they need to keep their relationship out of the public eye as much as possible in order to develop their relationship.  Relationships are fragile and need to be nurtured. Another positive thing they have been doing is controlling what they release.  They release the pictures, they release the quotes, via their twitter or interviews.  One of my favorite pictures they released together is this swan picture.  They have having such a good time and I hope it lasts forever!

Source: Taylor Swift Instagram

Monday, August 31, 2015

"Wildest Dreams" Music Video

Taylor released the Wildest Dreams music video at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards on August 30, 2015.  This is my favorite music video from the 1989 era. This video is so reminiscent of other videos that Taylor has done.  There is a story.  Two actors are filming a movie in Africa, they have a relationship of sorts and really enjoy their time together.  When they attend the premiere Taylor finds out that he is now married and longs for their relationship they had while filming.  She runs away from the premiere heartbroken. This video is like You Belong to Me, Love Story and Story of Us all rolled into one, and is really what Taylor does best, story telling. There are many little details within the video that can be discovered with multiple viewings. The music video really enhances the song and endears the song even more.  There is an ode to the Style video with a shot of the eye at the beginning a prominent shot in the Style video, which many fans felt was more like a Wildest Dreams video.  Good job Taylor!

As a plus all the proceeds from the video will go to the African Parks Foundation of America.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"I Know Places" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "I Know Places" from her 1989 album.

When I first heard this song I thought it was probably the least relatable song on the 1989 album. The whole concept of the song is the paparazzi and press are these vultures "circling", with cages, boxes and guns that take shots at her. "They are the hunters, we are the foxes".  Taylor has lived her life under the spotlight for years and her every move is tracked. This kind of life sounds crazy.  I can not imagine someone tracking my EVERY move, and twisting all the words I say. She is a pro at dealing with it, a pro.  In the Rolling Stone article form September 2014 she says, 'There's someone whose entire job it is to figure out things that I don't want the world to see. They look at your career, they look at what you prioritize, and they try to figure out what would be the most revealing or hurtful." I can't even imagine what that would be like.  I really can't believe there are people out there like that.  Why do they have to make her life harder?  She is a person too right?

Who is this song about?

Taylor Swift and Harry Styles in Central Park in December 2012, Taylor is wearing a foxes sweater...
Yes I tried to mislead you with the picture, this song is not about Harry Styles.  Taylor says in her song by song analysis.  "This is a song about how other people will really ruin a relationship if they get a chance to, and how it might be the best way to go about starting a relationship to keep it a secret as possible, just because it's very fragile. I think that this was a song that I wrote about sort of how covert it would have to be in order for me to ever make something work eventually."

Interestingly enough he wrote a song about Taylor in rebuttal to her album, "Perfect".  Click here for the meaning of that song.

In June 2015 she told Elle magazine, " 'I figured the way that they’d be able to relate to 'I Know Places' is like when you’re in high school and start dating someone and you really like him. And you go to your friends, 'Oh my God, I like this guy!' And they’re like, ‘Who?’ And you’re like, ‘Trevor.’ And they’re like, ‘Trevor’s, like, a weirdo emo kid, I heard his parents are swingers… Oh my God, why are you talking to Trevor? Trevor paints his nails with a Sharpie…’ And you’re like, ‘But I like Trevor.’ And then all of a sudden, people tell everybody, ‘Oh my God, Stacy likes Trevor! Oh my God, that’s so weird—maybe we shouldn’t hang out with Stacy anymore.’ It’s the same dichotomy of what happens to me when I’m like, ‘I like this guy.’ And they’re like, ‘Oh Taylor, no! Not him.’ I felt on some level we go through the same stupid social complexities. And I just knew that I’m not the only one who goes through that, that’s not unique to my situation. And I always wanted to write about foxes, to be honest. When I came up with that line—’They are the hunters, we are the foxes and we run’—I was just like, ‘This is going on the album no matter what. Foxes? Check.’ And they like that line, so I’m happy about that.’ "

After I read this quote I realated to this song more.  There was an instance in college where I liked a boy and I think he liked me too, but then his friends made fun of him and boom all of the sudden he was scared.  I can only imagine this is what happened with Harry Styles.  They were jetsetting around the world, Park City, New York City, LA, London, tropical vacations.  They were just in the spotlight too much and EVERYBODY recognized them and reported them.  Their every move was tracked.

Taylor took a very long time off dating, but I am SO GLAD that she decided to give dating a second chance, she looks so happy with Calvin Harris now.  They seem to be taking their relationship slower and more out of the spotlight, which is incredibly good for them.  Good luck Taylor and Calvin, I'm cheering for you and I hope you have found all the right places to get that fire burning strong!

Calvin is in the following picture, but guess where they are? Not in the public eye, but in her kitchen, building that strong connection away from the public eye!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"Clean" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is "Clean" from her 1989 album.

This song is interesting for me. To me I wish it would have been a bonus song and she would have ended the album with "New Romantics" instead and this would have been the last song of the entire album. New Romantics would have made a great juxtaposition to welcome to the New York. It's basically saying the same thing as clean. She's ready to move on, but it is just such a strong song. 

That said I think clean is a great song and it can apply to so many toxic relationships not just romantic ones. There's been times in my life when I've just had to say goodbye to a friend for me, because it was a bad friendship. And in the end I was clean of that person and ready to move on.


Who and what is this song about?

It's about Taylor and her being finally clean after her relationship with Harry Styles. It took her a long time to get over Harry, "months and months of back of forth." The song is full of metaphors, "a wine-stained dress [she] can't wear anymore" symbolizing how the stain he had left on her heart, "sky turned black like a perfect storm", a common metaphor describing feelings and emotions being black, and "Rain came pouring down", usually rain is a good thing for Taylor, but this time is was "drowning" her.  She let the "butterflies [turn] to dust", she let the emotions inside of her for him fade away, "I let the flood carry away/All my pictures of you," She let got of the pictures and good times she had swirling in her mind of him. She was "10 months sober", it was 10 months since they broke up, she says she will not get back with him, she's "never gonna risk it". She finally let the "flowers that we'd grown/Together [die] of thirst." The relationship is over she is not going to nurture that relationship anymore.  She's "finally clean" and over Harry.

Click here for lyrics to the song "Clean".

Taylor wrote "Clean" after her Red Tour in London finished, where Harry lives and she realized that she didn't need him anymore. She didn't need his texts and didn't need to see him. It is also fitting that at this time when she realized she was clean she also got a new haircut to symbolize her cleanliness. She tells Elle magazine on May 7, 2015.

" 'Shake It Off' and 'Clean' were the last two things we wrote for the record, so it shows you where I ended up mentally. 'Clean' I wrote as I was walking out of Liberty in London. Someone I used to date—it hit me that I'd been in the same city as him for two weeks and I hadn't thought about it. When it did hit me, it was like, Oh, I hope he's doing well. And nothing else. And you know how it is when you're going through heartbreak. A heartbroken person is unlike any other person. Their time moves at a completely different pace than ours. It's this mental, physical, emotional ache and feeling so conflicted. Nothing distracts you from it. Then time passes, and the more you live your life and create new habits, you get used to not having a text message every morning saying, "Hello, beautiful. Good morning." You get used to not calling someone at night to tell them how your day was. You replace these old habits with new habits, like texting your friends in a group chat all day and planning fun dinner parties and going out on adventures with your girlfriends, and then all of a sudden one day you're in London and you realize you've been in the same place as your ex for two weeks and you're fine. And you hope he's fine. The first thought that came to my mind was, I'm finally clean. I'd been in this media hailstorm of people having a very misconstrued perception of who I was. There were really insensitive jokes being made at awards shows by hosts; there were snarky headlines in the press—'Taylor Goes Through a Breakup: Well, That Was Swift!'—focusing on all the wrong things."

Taylor Swift February 12, 2014 sporting her new haircut, she's finally Clean.
Magazines are not the only Taylor is talking advice relating to "Clean", she also told a Swiftie on instagram on July 31, 2014, (This is pre 1989 album being released by the way.) 'Hey Caitlin, You are absolutely beautiful. Your pictures are so intriguing and I love your style. You seem so incredibly unique, In the words of one of my favorite Paramore songs, I hate to see your heart break. Honestly I wish it had never happened to you and I wish you could speed up time and all of a sudden see this pain in retrospect. We get used to things, don’t we? Waking up to a text every morning, falling asleep to a phone call, hearing someone’s name and lighting up. These are all habits we have to break when we lose someone and it’s NOT FAIR because it’s TERRIBLE and you are AWESOME. Time will break all of the old habits and create new ones for you, and in the process, you will try to handle this immense pain with dignity (because you’re that kind of girl). You actually will have to move on and you actually will be fine and that’s when he may actually miss how incredible and special you are. But whether or not that happens, I just want you to take one day at a time. You and I both know there’s got to be some greater storyline for you than 'girl gets heart broken, was sad forever'." Little did everyone know this advice was actually about her song clean.

I think it's so great she moved on and found her happiness. She's in a good place. I was worried too that she'd also sworn off dating, but she hasn't and now glad she's finally clean of those toxic people that made fun of her love life is not listening to them anymore and is loving life on her terms not theirs. I think it's great to move on from a past relationship, but also be clean enough to start a new one.

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris on a date May 14, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

"Bad Blood Remix" Lyrics

Bad Blood Remix feat. Kendrick Lamar Lyrics (Single)

[Chorus - Taylor Swift:]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve ‘em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

[Verse 1 - Kendrick Lamar:]
I can’t take it back, look where I’m at
We was on D like DOC, remember that?
My TLC was quite OD, ID my facts
Now POV of you and me, similar Iraq
I don’t hate you but I hate to critique, overrate you
These beats of a dark heart, use basslines to replace you
Take time and erase you, love don’t hear no more
No I don’t fear no more, better yet respect ain’t quite sincere no more

[Pre-Chorus - Taylor Swift:]
Oh, it’s so sad to
Think about the good times
You and I

[Chorus - Taylor Swift:]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve ‘em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

[Verse 2 - Kendrick Lamar:]
Remember when you tried to write me off?
Remember when you thought I’d take a loss?
Don’t you remember? You thought that I would need yah
Follow procedure, remember? Oh wait you got amnesia
It was my season for battle wounds, battle scars
Body bumped, bruised
Stabbed in the back; brimstone, fire jumping through
Still, all my life, I got money and power
And you gotta live with the bad blood now

[Pre-Chorus - Taylor Swift:]
Oh, it’s so sad to
Think about the good times
You and I

[Chorus - Taylor Swift:]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve 'em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

[Bridge - Taylor Swift (Kendrick Lamar):]
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
You live like that, you live with ghosts
(You forgive, you forget but you never let it go)
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
If you live like that, you live with ghosts
If you love like that, blood runs cold!

[Chorus - Taylor Swift:]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve 'em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

[Chorus - Taylor Swift:]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve 'em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

"Bad Blood" Music Video featuring Kendrick Lamar

Without further adieu, here is the "Bad Blood" featuring Kendrick Lamar music video from Taylor Swift's 1989 album.  Although I'm not a big fan of rap I think it fit well with the song.  The music video is fun and certainly start studded.  It features Taylor as Catastrophe and Selena Gomez as Arsyn.  I think it needed another minute or two of intro honestly to set up the plot and characters.  It was a little confusing what had happened to Selena and Taylor in the beginning.  It would have been cool to feature them as friends somewhere else besides this new world and had them forced to become enemies, as often happens with war.  Good job Taylor on setting us all on fire!

Click here for the meaning of the song "Bad Blood".
Click here for the Bad Blood Remix feat. Kendrick Lamar song lyrics.


 

 Jessica Alba-Domino, 
Lily Aldridge-Frostbyte, 
Cindy Crawford-Headmistress 
Cara Delevingne-Mother Chucker 
Lena Dunham-Lucky Fiori, 
 Selena Gomez-Arsyn 
Martha Hunt-Homeslice, 
Elle Goulding- Destructa X, 
Gigi Hadid-Slay-Z, 
 Mariska Hargitay-Justice 
Karlie Kloss-Knockout, 
 Kendrick Lamar-Welvin Da Great, 
 Ellen Pompeo-Luna 
Serayah-Dilemma, 
Hailee Steinfeld-The Trinity, 
Taylor Swift-CATastrophe 
 Hayley Williams-The Crimson Curse, 
 Zendaya-Cut-Throat.

In case you wanted to see pictures of the whole cast, here it is!


*The only other thing I wish about the video is I wish Taylor wasn't trending towards the style of dress she is, sultry and sexy.  If she wants to its okay, but I hope she isn't being pushed by stylists to present a certain image.  I see it far too often with many pop stars, they feel they need to show more in their craft and are pushed. At other times in their life they have been uncomfortable showing that much.  Let's take a step toward feminism and say no to having to dress like that to get more album sales etc. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

"Bad Blood" Music Video Introduction and Cast

Who is excited for the premiere of the music video "Bad Blood" directed by Joseph Kahn?  The "Bad Blood" music video will premiere May 17 at the Billboard Music awards where Taylor Swift is nominated for 14 awards. Good luck Taylor! Click here for the meaning of "Bad Blood".




And in case you missed it, here's the rest of the cast for the music video "Bad Blood".  It's an all star A list cast, many which star in their own shows or movies! As a side note, they all chose their own names. One of the hints so far is the video will be Catastrophe vs. Knockout, Taylor Swift versus Karlie Kloss, one of her best friends. Now we also know that Selena Gomez will play the rival character to Taylor. Another side note is Mariska plays Olivia Benson on Law and Order and Ellen Pompeo plays Meredith Gray on Gray's Antomy.  Taylor has named both her cats after these characters! 

Jessica Alba-Domino,
Lily Aldridge-Frostbyte,
Cindy Crawford-Headmistress
Cara Delevingne-Mother Chucker
Lena Dunham-Lucky Fiori, 
Selena Gomez-Arsyn
Martha Hunt-Homeslice,
Elle Goulding- Destructa X,
Gigi Hadid-Slay-Z, 
Mariska Hargitay-Justice
Karlie Kloss-Knockout, 
Kendrick Lamar-Welvin Da Great, 
Ellen Pompeo-Luna
Serayah-Dilemma,
Hailee Steinfeld-The Trinity,
Taylor Swift-CATastrophe 
Hayley Williams-The Crimson Curse, 
Zendaya-Cut-Throat.



















Here are the awards Taylor is nominated for. Good luck Taylor!

Artist of the Year
Top Female Artist
Top Billboard 200 Artist
Top Hot 100 Artist
Top Radio Songs Artist
Top Digital Songs Artist
Top Streaming Artist
Top Social Artist
Billboard Achievement Award
Top Billboard 200 Album-1989
Top Hot 100 Song-"Shake It Off"
Top Digital Song-"Shake It Off"
Top Streaming Song (Video)-"Shake It Off"
Top Streaming Song (Video)-"Blank Space"

Saturday, February 14, 2015

"Style" Music Video

Here is the music video for "Style" by Taylor Swift from her 1989 album. I am not the biggest fan of this video. It would be a great video minus some parts, like the creepy eyes showing up everywhere. It just doesn't fit the song. The song is upbeat and happy, this could have been such a fun happy video celebrating their relationship. This footage in this video could have been used for "Clean" or Wildest Dreams" much more appropriately.


Friday, January 30, 2015

"Bad Blood" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "Bad Blood" from her 1989 album.

I have heard varying opinions on this song in the Taylor fandom, but I personally relate to this song to the T.  There have been people in my life that have just started ignoring me for no reason, been mean to me for no reason, and many tears have been shed. Unfortunately it doesn't end with high school.  When I first heard about this song I knew I would relate to it, and every time I hear it, it speaks to me.  For me it's a way to release myself of the unjustified hate that others bring on me so I can focus on the real relationships that matter to me in my life.

Click here for the music video for "Bad Blood".



Taylor tells Rolling Stone on September 8, 2014, "Sometimes the lines in a song are lines you wish you could text-message somebody in real life. I would just be constantly writing all these zingers – like, 'Burn. That would really get her.' And I know people are going to obsess over who it's about, because they think they have all my relationships mapped out. But there's a reason there are not any overt call-outs in that song. My intent was not to create some gossip-fest. I wanted people to apply it to a situation where they felt betrayed in their own lives."  I can definitely relate this to my life.

Who is this song about?  For not wanting to give it away in the song, Taylor gave it away in the article. She tells Rolling Stone, "For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not.  She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, 'Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?' She did something so horrible.  I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies.' And it wasn't even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I'm surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It's awkward, and I don't like it."

Who stole Taylor's people?  It was Katy Perry.

Katy and Taylor came on the music scene about the same time and were seen together at many events.  Taylor desperately wanted to be friends with her.  Katy was always the wild and crazy one when they were together.  But their relationship grew strained over the years as each went on their paths.



Katy stole some of Taylor's dancers and crew from her "Red" tour for her "Prism" tour.  An ex dancer of Taylor's Lockhart Brownlie, who formally danced with Katy told Manika Dadson Dec. 20, 2013, "I was with Taylor for the first six months. It was a great experience and she's a great person to work with, but then Katy contacted us." And the rest is history, or a song in this case.

The tour is not the only thing these two had in common.  They both dated John Mayer, a guy Taylor has written about many times.  I think Katy was jealous of the feelings that John had for Taylor.  In his song "Paper Doll" he describes his relationship with Taylor.  He says, "sure was fun being good to you". He confesses he looks back fondly and enjoyed being with her.  "You’re like twenty-two girls in one/And none of them know what they’re runnin’ from/Was it just too far to fall?/For a little paper doll". He references her song 22 from "Red" and says she was the one who ran.  Then he also references her parents, saying she should, "cut the cord and pull some strings."  In her song "Ours" she also references her dad not approving of his tattoos. In "Dear John" she says her mom doesn't approve of the relationship either.  Things ended by her just not responding anymore.  She "stopped pickin’ up" the phone calls from him  and "Dear John" "is to let you know why."  In the "Story of Us", Taylor says she never knew "what page you're on", she never knew where they were standing.  "Paper Doll" was an answer to her "Speak Now" album of song about him.  Basically he didn't know why she ran away and he enjoyed being with her.  Well for Katy that probably wasn't the thing she wanted her boyfriend to be singing about.  Telling an old girlfriend that he enjoyed her.  Katy here set herself up for failure though, she was the one that was dating her "friend's" ex-boyfriend.  You just don't do that if you're friends.

After that I can only imagine that Katy was like ice to Taylor, mean to her etc and that's why Taylor was hurt.  First she started her dating her ex-boyfriend and then she stole her dancers.  She probably also wasn't very kind to her in passing.  Taylor says in her track by track descriptions, "Bad Blood is a song that I wrote about a new kind of heartbreak that I experienced recently which was when someone I desperately wanted to be my friend and thought was my friend ended up making it very obvious that she wasn't. This was somebody that I really looked up to and really really longed for the approval of this person so it was kind of devastating to receive a kind of low blow from that person.   This song is the first time I ever really stood up myself in that relationship cause she was always the bolder one and the louder one. I think it's important to stand up for yourself even if you can only really come up with the courage to do it in song form then that's how you should do it."

She certainly does that in this song.  She calls out Katy, talks about how they used to have "mad love", but she's "still got scars on my back from your knife" because she "made a really deep cut". and they can't "pretend we'd be fine".  They've "got problems", and she doesn't think they can "solve them".  Katy brought this on, she didn't "think it all through".  She did things to intentionally hurt Taylor.  But Taylor is not going to take Katy's "sorry just for show".

I think Katy grew jealous of Taylor through the years.  Even though they started out the same time Taylor has had infinitely more success than Katy.  And worse yet for Katy, Taylor had a little piece of her boyfriend's heart.  Katy did all these things for spite.  Honestly I don't know how to resolve this.  I've resolved my Katy Perry's by moving away and never having to talk to them again.  It would be nice if they could just get in a room and talk it out.  There was a person in my life that this sort of thing started happening.  She called me out and we went and duked it out in the rain.  Well not really duking because it was just words.  And you know what? She became one of my best friends.  Now everyone that I've had those sort of problems with have I become best friends, sometimes I just ignore them.  I hope this situation with Katy doesn't blow up even more.  I know Katy is egging it on.  I am glad Taylor is just standing up to her, ignoring her and concentrating on the people that really matter in her life.  Keep strong Taylor and don't let her get to you!

Click here for lyrics to the song, "Bad Blood".

Monday, December 1, 2014

"How You Get the Girl" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of the song, "How You Get the Girl" from her 1989 album.

This is surprisingly one of my favorite songs on the album. It's a catchy upbeat song about a girl telling a guy how he gets the girl and then how he lost the girl.




On October 29th 2014, Taylor told Radio.com “The song ‘How You Get the Girl’ is a song that I wrote about how you get the girl back if you ruined the relationship somehow and she won’t talk to you anymore. Like, if you broke up with her and left her on her own for six months and then you realize you miss her. All the steps you have to do to edge your way back into her life, because she’s probably pretty mad at you. So it’s kind of a tutorial. If you follow the directions in the song, chances are things will work out. Or you may get a restraining order.”

Who is this song about?

Like many other songs on the album it's about Harry Styles. They first met and started dating in March 2012 at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice awards. She then saw him with another girl, hence how he lost the girl. He begged and begged for Taylor to take him back and six months later she did. I wonder if he really showed up at her door in the rain. For anyone that has listened to Taylor's music you know she has an obsession with doors and rain. (Someday I'll write a post on those two subjects.) He got her back but couldn't keep her. He "left her all alone/And never told her why". He left her all alone while they were on vacation in Virgin Gorda.


I really love the chorus maybe that's why it's one of my favorite songs. In it she is quoting what she would like the guy to say. Some of the language comes from marriage vows. "I want you for worse or for better, I would wait forever and ever." It shows what Taylor wants in a relationship, some commitment and long term love. I hope you find that Taylor, sorry it didn't happen with Harry!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Style" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of the song "Style" from her album 1989.

This song it sounds like two different songs, the chorus and the verses have a different and distinct sound.  This first part of the song sounds like you are driving around with just a drum and synthesizer playing an ostinato, the same musical phrase over and over.  The chorus has a fuller sound incorporating a lot more instruments and a lot more confident tone. It all makes it sound amazing and really defines the two moods of the song.  The verses focus on the story and Taylor's uneasiness in the romance.  The guy comes picks her up at "midnight" and she knows that last time things didn't end well. But her reasoning is ignored, because their relationship is just that good.

Photo courtesy of Taylor Swift

Taylor said at her livestream secret session October 27, 2014 "When I wrote this next song I was thinking about how we have these kind of fashion staples that never quite, we never quite throw them out of our closet, right? No one's going to be like, why are you wearing a little black dress, no on wears that, that was so two years ago. Everybody has that perfect little black dress or for a guy that great white t-shirt that fits you perfect. You may not necessarily wear them all the time, but they're always there in the back of your closet in case you need to go to your old standby, that classic thing that always works.  I was thinking about that, and I then I was thinking about how there are feelings like that, how there are trends that never go out of style and how there are feelings that never go out of style.  Do you see where I'm going with this?"

She compares the love to classic looks like "red lip classic", "long hair/slicked back
White t-shirt" and a "James Dean daydream look in your eye", who coincidentally make the white t shirt famous.

Who was this romance with that never went out of style?

James Dean in a white t-shirt
Just take a look at the name of the song, Style.  It was Harry Styles. 

Taylor Swift told On the Air with Ryan Seacrest, on October 31, 2014, "Well it's basically kind of one of those relationships that's always a bit off. I talk about in another song on the record, a crooked love, which is kind of like never quite synced up right.  The two people are trying to forget each other and they've both been out with other people and they've both tried to forget the other.  It's like, I heard you went out went off with her and you came back and well I've done that too so... I would never have said anything like that on a previous album.  My previous albums have always been sort of like, I was right you were wrong, you did this, it made me feel like this, kind of a sense of sense of right and wrong in a relationship.  What happens when you grow up is you realize that the rules in a relationship are very blurred, and that it gets very complicated very quickly. There's not always a case of who was right and who was wrong."
Taylor Swift and Harry Styles recreating a classic pose 12/11/2012
from Dirty Dancing.  Harry has his white t-shirt on :)
This is exactly how their story went down.  Taylor met Harry at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids Awards in March 2012.  Then she saw him in the news with other girls, hence the lines, "I say I heard -Oh
That you been out and about/With some other girl".  But while he'd been out with other girls, she'd been out with other guys, Conor Kennedy.   Hence the lines, "I said I've been there too a/Few times".  This happens all the time.  I had friends in high school that liked each other, but never at the same time. They were always dating other people usually at opposite times. They finally got in sync when they went to college.  When they decided they wanted to get married, they waited for a few years, because one of them was out of the country always doing something.  It took a long time, but their love is solid.  There are some things in life that are just classic and will never go out of style, sounds like they had a great time together!

Interestingly enough he wrote a song about Taylor in rebuttal to her album, "Perfect".  Click here for the meaning of that song.

Click here for lyrics to the song, "Style".

PS This was the last song written for the record on February 19, 2014.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Blank Space" Music Video

Here is the music video for "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift from her "1989" album.

 Click here for the meaning of the song, "Blank Space".

Here is the American Express UNSTAGED: Taylor Swift app for iPhone and Android that provides an interactive experience with the video.

Friday, November 7, 2014

"Blank Space" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of the song "Blank Space" from her 1989 album.

This is a really fun upbeat song from her album and definitely a fan favorite.  From a musical standpoint, the chorus is my favorite part of the song.  It has a really good melody.  My other favorite part of the song comes during the bridge, "Boys only one love if it's torture".  She does amazing things with her voice that sound a lot like Lorde's music.

Who is this song about?

Photo courtesy of Taylor Swift
It's about Taylor, kind of.  Taylor told Chris Willman of Yahoo November 6, 2014,  I just wanted "to write this completely satirical song about the fictionalization of my personal life, and just kind of poke fun at it."

In her secret session livestream on October 27, 2014 she said,  "This is a song that I wrote with Max Martin & Shellback and I always bring them lots of ideas. I bring them like 4 or 5 first choruses that I've kind of worked on and I decided that I like them. We decide together which ones we're going to work on that day. With this one I did not think it was going to get picked because I kind of wrote it as a joke. I was thinking a lot about, you guys know, you've seen in the last couple of years, it's been interesting what the media has decided to fictionalize and sensationalize about my personal life. It's been pretty gnarly.  I was thinking about that. I was thinking about how they've drawn up this character, she's like emotionally unstable, and needy and clingy, but she gets all these boyfriends but they leave her.  She's devastated.  She goes to her evil lair and writes songs for emotional revenge. I was thinking about the juxtaposition of that and my actual personal life which involves just kind of me just sitting there with two cats watching Friends marathons. But I got to thinking about it and I thought, which one is more interesting to write about? I thought the character they've drawn up, although it may be fictional, it's actually sort of interesting. I thought of this line that went, 'I've got a long list of ex lovers/They'll tell you I'm insane/But I've got a blank space baby and I'll write your name.' "

The song has a lot of satirical elements to it, "I get drunk on jealousy", "You look like my next mistake", "I'm dying to see how this one ends", "Got a long list of ex-lovers, They'll tell you I'm insane, But I got a blank space, Baby, And I'll write your name.", "Be that girl for a month", and "boys only want love if it's torture".

Taylor's rooftop livestream secret session October 27, 2014, photo courtesy of iHeartRadio
But what makes the song extra special is how she uses this song to illustrate her thoughts about love, as many great writers do. (Jane Austen I'm looking at you.) In this song she sings about guys with "New money, suit and tie".  Some guys think the way to impress is by having nice things.  I went on a date once with a guy and he had a nice car and that was it.  He didn't know how to treat a lady, he didn't open doors and talked about himself the whole time.  I was not impressed and kept asking myself, am I really on a date? She addresses the fact that some guys only like the chase and once they have the girl it's over, with the lines, "Love's a game, want to play?" and "Boys only want love if it's torture".  She answers the media and those game loving boys with "So it's gonna be forever, or it's gonna go down in flames".  She doesn't want someone who isn't willing to commit. "I can read you like a magazine".  She can see through them and see exactly what they want. And she says she's not going to just take it, "I can make all the tables turn/Keep you second guessing like/Who is she/I get drunk on jealousy". Yes the media may spin it it to appear she is just jealous, but she is not going to take someone who is playing around, as no one should. She knows some guys just want a "girl for a month", like the latest thing, but she wants someone that is going to be around forever. She uses this song to let the media and potential suitors/ex suitors know exactly what she doesn't want in a relationship.  She doesn't want to leave people with "a nasty scar", or with the pain. She doesn't want to have the "worst [] yet to come", tell "pretty lies" and "get drunk on jealousy".  She is not "dying to see how this one ends", but she wants her relationship to be "forever" and not "go down in flames".

Dating is really all about wading through the muck (alot of muck) to find that diamond, to find that prince. It takes time and lots of lots and lots of dates.  It can last forever and it can be the best thing that ever happened in your life.  I hope Taylor you can "grab your passport" and someones hand and not just make things "good for a weekend", but good for "forever".

Click here for lyrics to the song, "Blank Space".

Click here to see the music video for "Blank Space".

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"All You Had to Do Was Stay" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of the song "All You Had to Do Was Stay" from her 1989 album.

Photo courtesy of Taylor Swift
This song tells a story of a guy who begged to be back in Taylor's life after they had ended their first attempt at romance.  She says in the song, "People like you always want back/The love they gave away/And people like me want to believe you/When you say you've changed." He kept wanting to get back together with her, and she believed him. But he didn't stick around, wasn't fully committed. He "drove [them] off the road", an allusion to "Out of the Woods" where they ended up at the hospital. The guy got stitches because he couldn't drive the snow vehicle on the road. She then says he was the one that changed his mind wanted to end it, "Let me remind you.../This was what you wanted/You ended it/You were all I wanted/But not like this..."  She wanted him, enjoyed being with him, but he ended it.  She says that in the end even though "People like you always want back/The love they pushed aside/But people like me are gone forever/When you say goodbye".  He said goodbye and she is gone forever. She is not getting back together with him. She tells him in the song that If he really had wanted her "all [he] had to do was stay."

Who is this song about?


It's about Harry Styles and how he ended their relationship the second time around after he tried and tried to get back together with her. The relationship was a whirlwind, and he could never fully commit.  He was all she ever wanted, but he just couldn't stay around.

One of the interesting parts of this song is story of the high pitched Stay. Taylor told fans in her ask/reply on Youtube, "I think the oddest scenario that I ran in to when I was writing this album was when I woke up from a dream that I was having.  It was kind of one of those social anxiety dreams, where you get embarrassed in front of a person that you don't really want to be embarrassed in front of.  In this dream I was trying to talk to someone and instead of being able to speak normally the only thing that would come out of my mouth was this very high pitched singing, going, STAY, the word stay, but it was sung really high and that was all that would come out of mouth, instead of just normal talking. So I woke up from the dream, I was really weirded out by it.  I decided to incorporate that sound into a song called 'All You Had to Do Was Stay.' I'm very lucky that I had that very weird dream because it's a great song."  I can totally relate to Taylor, I've had some very weird vivid dreams, where I couldn't fly, or I could fly, couldn't read something, or the dream just unfolded and I had no control, but I remember lots of details.  I even had a dream to a while ago that I'm turning into a novel, look for that later.  I'm glad that she was inspired by her dreams, because I sometimes think I am weird that I have such vivid dreams.

This song is similar to "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", but nicer. You can tell she has grown since writing that song. In WANEGBT she told her suitor that she was never getting back together with him. In this song she is tells her suitor (a different suitor) what they should have done to stay together, why she is gone forever. He just had to stay.

Click here for lyrics to the song, "All You Had to Do Was Stay".

Monday, November 3, 2014

"Out of the Woods" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is meaning of the song "Out of The Woods" from her 1989 album.

When I first heard this song I could definitely hear the 80's sound, especially the intro. According to USA Today it features percussion and synthesizers, a Yamaha DX7 and a "super-distorted Minimoog Voyager". Taylor wrote this song with Jack Antonoff, he wrote the track and then she put lyrics and a melody to it.  What she came back with was brilliant Jack said to USA Today, "she wove this whole story that felt like it came from the outer space of your head."  One of the most interesting things about the development of the song was Jack's voice being used as the back ground.  He told USA Today, "I just chopped this piece of my voice singing and started looping it over and over. Then I started banging on some drums I had in the room and stomping on the floor and sampling all these sounds to make this big bombastic looping beat with the sample on top of it."

Photo courtesy of Taylor Swift
Taylor says, "This song is about the fragility and breakable nature of some relationships, this was a relationship where it was kind of living day to day wondering where it was going if it was going to go anywhere, if it was going to end the next day.  It was a relationship where you kind of never feel like you're standing on solid ground.  That kind of a feeling brings on excitement, but also extreme anxiety, and kind of a frantic feeling of wondering, endless questions.  This songs sounds exactly like that frantic feeling of anxiety and questioning. But it stresses that even if a relationship is breakable and fragile and full of anxiety, it doesn't mean that it isn't worthwhile, exciting, beautiful and all the things that we look for." The verses and the chorus serve as a counterpoint to one another.  The chorus is repetitive and frantic, "Are we out of the woods", and "Are we in the clear" repeated over and over.  Then the verses have a distinct melody and tell a story. She is wondering, hoping if their relationship is in the clear. She spends the whole song looking for that clear, just to get that relief.

I think a lot of people can relate this this stage, the honeymoon stage in a relationship, where everything is new and exciting, but you don't know where you stand, the relationship stands, what the other person wants. You are just dating and it can be so stressful.

Who is this song about?

Taylor Swift and Harry Styles wearing matching airplane necklaces.
It's about Harry Styles. They dated twice, but this song is about the second time they dated. It was a whirlwind romance. They dated from November 2012 to January 2013. The whole time was crazy. She told Rolling Stone "every day was a struggle. Forget making plans for life – we were just trying to make it to next week." They were in different cities all the time, Taylor promoting her new album Red. They met in many places; meeting up in Central Park for a very public date, New York for New Year's Eve, LA for her performance on X Factor, LA for him to get a tatoo, London for her birthday, Utah to spend some time in the snow where the line "20 stitches in a hospital room" came from, and finally Virgin where things ended and Taylor was seen leaving on a boat by herself.

According to Rolling Stone "She says it was inspired by a snowmobile ride with an ex who lost control and wrecked it so badly that she saw her life flash before her eyes. Both of them had to go to the ER, although Swift wasn't hurt. She corrects herself: 'Not as hurt.' "  This was their ski trip in December 2012 in Utah. She asked the hospital staff not to say anything and they didn't.  It was a miracle.  She told Rolling Stone she included this line because "People think they know the whole narrative of my life, I think maybe that line is there to remind people that there are really big things they don't know about."

Photo courtesy of Harry Styles
The song describes other things they liked to do together that the media didn't see, taking Polaroids, wearing matching airplane necklaces (I wonder if they chose this because they had to fly to be with each other), "moving the furniture so [they] could dance". But the pace was too frantic, it didn't work out. They were constantly hounded by the media, they couldn't be alone. It scared them so much, they "couldn't take the heat", she "walked out", and said “I’m setting you free.” But later Taylor realized that the monsters chasing them were just trees, not as scary as what they had imagined. I hope that Taylor doesn't give up on love, because there will be a time when she will get out of the woods and it really doesn't matter what other people think of her relationships. I am glad she enjoyed this one even if it was so stressful.

1989 World Tour dates

Taylor Swift just announced her 1989 World Tour dates, here they are. I've included presale ticket dates and public sale ticket dates. Which one are you doing to? Vance Joy and Shawn Mendes will be joining her.

The tickets go on sale November 14 with presale tickets selling on November 7 to American express meembers and taylorswift.com members in select cities, other cities are noted below.


Target is selling these 1989 shirts for 16.99. 


May
5 - Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Japan, Public: December 13, 2014
6 - Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Japan, Public: December 13, 2014
20 - CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, La. Presale: November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
22 - LSU Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La. Presale: November 6-12, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 13-10:00 am local
30 - Ford Field, Detroit, Presale:November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21, 2014-10:00 am local

June
2 - KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. Presale: December 5-11, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: December 12-10:00 am local
3 - Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
6 - Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
8 - Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C., Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
9 - PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C., November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
13 - Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Presale: November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
19 - Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany, Publick: November 13, 9:00 am CET
20 - Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany, Presale: November 3-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
21 - Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Holland, Presale: November 3-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
23 - The SSE, Hydro Glasgow, U.K., Presale: November 4-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
24 - Arena, Manchester, U.K., Presale: November 4-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
27 - British Summertime Hyde Park, London, U.K., Presale: November 4-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local

July
6 - Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ont., Presale: December 5-11, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: December 12-10:00 am local
7 - Bell Centre, Montreal, Que., Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
10 - MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ., Presale: November 18-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
11 - MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ., Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
13 - Nationals, Park Washington, D.C., Presale: November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
18 - Soldier Field, Chicago, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
19 - Soldier Field, Chicago, Presale: November 17-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
24 - Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass., Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
25 - Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass., Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local

August
1 - BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC., , Presale: November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
4 - Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alb., Presale: November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
5 - Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alb., Presale: November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
8 - CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Presale: November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
15 - Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif., Presale: December 5-11, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: December 12-10:00 am local
17 - Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz., Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
18 - Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz., Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
21 - Staples Center, Los Angeles, Presale: November 17-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
25 - Staples Center, Los Angeles, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
26 - Staples Center, Los Angeles, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
29 - PETCO Park, San Diego, Presale: November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local

September
4 - EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah, Presale: December 5-11, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: December 12-10:00 am local
5 - Pepsi Center, Denver, Presale: November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
6 - Pepsi Center, Denver, Presale: November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
9 - Fargodome Fargo, N.D., TBA
11 - Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn., Presale: November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
12 - Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn., Presale: November 14-20, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 21-10:00 am local
16 - Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
17 - Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio, Presale: December 5-11, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: December 12-10:00 am local
18 - Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio, Presale: December 5-11, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: December 12-10:00 am local
21 - Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., Presale: December 5-11, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: December 12-10:00 am local
22 - Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., Presale: December 5-11, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: December 12-10:00 am local
25 - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
26 - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local

October
2 - Rogers Centre, Toronto, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
3 - Rogers Centre, Toronto, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
8 - Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
9 - CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb., Presale: December 5-11, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: December 12-10:00 am local
10 - CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb., Presale: December 5-11, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: December 12-10:00 am local
13 - Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Presale: January 23-29, 2015, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: January 30, 2015-10:00 am local
14 - Scottrade Center St. Louis, Presale: January 23-29, 2015, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: January 30, 2015-10:00 am local
17 - AT&T Stadium, Dallas, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
20 - Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., Presale: December 5-11, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: December 12-10:00 am local
21 - Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Greensboro, N.C., Presale: February 20-26, 2015, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, public: February 27, 2015-10:00 am local
24 - Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
27 - AmericanAirlines, Arena Miami, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
31 - Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Presale: November 7-13, 10:00 am-10:00pm local, Public: November 14-10:00 am local
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