Taylor photo via NY Times
I've been collecting Taylor stories for the last couple of days but have been reluctant to post anything because...well.....because I've got like 45 stories sitting in my arsenal and a serious case of Taylor overload in my gut.
Love me some Taylor but she is exhaustingly saturating the world right now.
So just what's lit a fire under my ass and got me to finally post my 45 hoarded stories?
Apparently, the two stars smiled at each other across a crowded room in New York and now they're galavanting all over The Big Apple, ring shopping and getting Taylor's Vera Wang fitted as we speak.
Okay, that last part I made up.
But the two ARE reportedly dating, or at least discussing how best for Jake to break Taylor's heart just in time for her to start writing her next album.
More Taylor buzz after the jump....
In other Taylor news, 'Speak Now' is predicted to sell 800,000 to 900,000 copies. True story. Perez sez so. Of course, he doesn't say if that's a predicted 800,000 to 900,000 the first week, first month, or next five years, which makes it a whole lot easier to make sure that your prediction comes true. (Nevermind, it's true)
Next, the Wall Street Journal has the question of the year. Did the Kanye West incident help Taylor's career?
Enquiring minds want to know and they want numbers.
Thankfully the WSJ has the numbers to back up their obvious conclusion.....
According to Nielsen SoundScan, the country singer’s first album, 2006’s “Taylor Swift,” sold 4,821,000 albums (plus 10,760,000 digital songs from the album). Her second album, 2008’s “Fearless,” sold 6,027,000 albums (plus 15,165,000 digital songs from the album) and, in the wake of the incident, became the best-selling album of 2009.
Swift’s music was already selling well pre-West. But post-West, her profile was raised even higher.
“The Kanye incident brought attention to Taylor, to an audience that did not really know her or her music,” says Scott Borchetta, the president of Big Machine, the record label that puts out Swift’s music. “And when they did check it out, they discovered that they really liked it.”
Moving on....Taylor announced the first of many to come (making predictions of my own here) world tour dates for next year.
- February 9 Singapore, Singapore, Singapore Indoor Stadium
- February 11 Seoul, South Korea, Gymnastic Gymnasium
- February 13 Osaka, Japan, Osaka-Jo Hall
- February 16 Tokyo, Japan, Budokan Hall
- February 17 Tokyo, Japan, Budokan Hall
- March 6 Brussles, Belgium, Forest National
- March 7 Rotterdam, Holland, Ahoy
- March 9 Oslo, Norway, Oslo Spektrum
- March 12 Oberhausen, Germany, Oberhausen Arena
- March 14 Munich, Germany, Olympiahalle
- March 17 Paris, France, Zenith
- March 19 Madrid, Spain, Palacio De Deportes
- March 22 Birmingham, United Kingdom, LG Arena
- March 29 Manchester, United Kingdom, Manchester Evening News Arena
- March 30 London, United Kingdom, O2 Arena
The Taylor media blitz continues with a stop by the Today Show this morning...
Oh look, Taylor did this....
For her new Target commercial...
Now for the holidays. Taylor's taking over your Thanksgiving programming, an air terminal, and an airplane 30,000 feet in the air.
And for December, Taylor's totally going to have a birthday fit for a 9-year-old when she turns 21. Can I get an awwww from the crowd? Whole sweet story here.
Anyone else a little disturbed by the fact that Taylor has only been on this earth since 1989? Heck, Garth Brooks has tight jeans that are older than that.
And lastly, I offer up this picture for some Grins & Smiles & Giggles & Laughs.
I love the fact that one of the new gals writing on the blog has pictures like the above up her sleeve. I have a feeling things are going to be heating up around here real soon.
And lastly, (yes, I lied when I said lastly above) I always thought the below cereal was a figment of my husband's childhood imagination. Who knew?
No, it technically has nothing to do with Taylor, but it blows my mind that this was the real name of a breakfast cereal.
Anyone else eat strange cereal as a child?