MTV VMAs: Taylor Swift Sets Record With Video Of The Year Win, Announces New Album

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 28: Taylor Swift attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. Catherine Powell/Getty Images for MTV/Paramount Global /AFP (Photo by Catherine Powell / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

 

Taylor Swift bagged the top honour of video of the year for her project ‘All Too Well: The Short Film’ (10-minute version), which was adjudged the best long-form video at the annual ceremony held on Sunday.

In a surprise announcement at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, pop singer Taylor Swift said she is set to release her 10th album on October 21.

Swift bagged the top honour of video of the year for her project “All Too Well: The Short Film” (10 minute version), which was adjudged the best long form video at the annual ceremony held on Sunday, reported entertainment website Deadline.

“I thought it would be a fun moment to tell you that my new album comes out October 21. I will tell you more at midnight,” she said at the end of her acceptance speech.

As promised, the prolific singer-songwriter took to social media later to share more details about her upcoming album called ‘Midnights’.

 

 

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“Midnights, the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life, will be out October 21. Meet me at midnight,” she captioned the album art on Instagram.

The album is described as “a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams”.

Her last two albums ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’ were released five months apart two years ago. ‘Folklore’ was named album of the year at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

Taylor Swift To Release Re-Recorded Hit Album ‘Fearless’

 

Taylor Swift, making good on her vow to re-record her first six albums so she can control their rights, on Thursday announced plans to release the new version of her second record “Fearless” in April.

The 31-year-old also said that an extremely successful album’s lead single “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” would come out at midnight.

“The way I’ve chosen to do this will hopefully help illuminate where I’m coming from,” Swift said in a statement posted on social media.

“This process has been more fulfilling and emotional than I could’ve imagined and has made me even more determined to re-record all of my music.”

In addition to the 20 tracks originally on the 2008 album “Fearless” — which includes the hits “You Belong With Me” and “Fifteen” — Swift said she was including six more “never before released songs from the vault,” a fresh take on the album set for release April 9.

In the summer of 2019 Swift began publicly sparring with industry mogul Scooter Braun over his company’s purchase of her previous label, which gave him a majority stake in the master recordings of her first six albums.

The heated feud and her bold promise to re-record those works ignited discussion over who keeps the keys to an artist’s work, and the conditions under which young musicians sign contracts.

The owner of lucrative masters — one-of-a-kind source material used to create vinyls, CDs and digital copies — is able to dictate how songs are reproduced and sold.

Record companies have almost always kept those rights, justifying the arrangements by the financial risks labels take in supporting performers throughout their contracts.

Swift said she had been actively trying to regain control of her masters, but in November 2020 said she learned the rights to her first six albums were sold to the private equity company Shamrock Holdings, reportedly for more than $300 million.

That same month was the moment she was allowed to contractually begin re-recording her albums — which she had promised to do in a bid to devalue the original recordings.

The Nashville label Big Machine released “Fearless” in 2008, a country-pop mainstream breakthrough that saw Swift score four Grammys, including the top Album of the Year award, and sell more than 10 million copies stateside.

Not long before the disagreements between Swift and Braun went public, the popstar had signed a new blockbuster deal with Universal Music Group that gave her ownership of her masters going forward.

Her first album released under those terms was “Lover,” which she followed with the twin pandemic records “folklore” and “evermore” this past summer.

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Taylor Swift Announces Second Surprise Quarantine Album

(FILES) Swift tweeted that “Folklore,” her eighth studio album, would comprise 16 songs that “I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into.” (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

 

Christmas came early for Taylor Swift’s loyal legion of fans, as the popstar announced Thursday she would drop her second surprise album of 2020 just months after this summer’s hit record “folklore.”

“I’m elated to tell you that my 9th studio album, and folklore’s sister record, will be out tonight at midnight eastern (0500 GMT Friday). It’s called evermore,” the global megastar tweeted, adding she would also release a music video for the single “willow.”

The album release comes a few days before Swift turns 31 on December 13.

“Ever since I was 13, I’ve been excited about turning 31 because it’s my lucky number backwards, which is why I wanted to surprise you with this now. You’ve all been so caring, supportive and thoughtful on my birthdays and so this time I thought I would give you something!” she said.

The pop shapeshifter this summer delighted fans with “folklore,” a quarantine album that saw Swift turn to atmospheric rock while embracing a dreamier aesthetic with 1960s-era Laurel Canyon vibes.

‘Just couldn’t stop writing’

In her tweet thread, Swift indicated “evermore” — her ninth studio album — would be an extension of that ethereal sensibility.

“To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs,” she said.

“I’ve never done this before. In the past I’ve always treated albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the next one after an album was released. There was something different with folklore. In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning.”

“folklore” — which earned the star six Grammy nominations — also saw the the famously introspective Swift delve into songwriting from the perspective of others, storytelling in the vein of American folk writers including John Prine, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

“I loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales,” Swift said Thursday.

“I loved the ways you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies and epic tales of love lost and found into your lives. So I just kept writing them.”

Swift once again collaborated with Aaron Dessner of rock band The National along with producer Jack Antonoff.

“evermore” will also, like “folklore,” include a duet with experimental indie artist Justin Vernon, founder of Bon Iver.

This time around she also recorded a song with the Los Angeles band of sisters Haim.

Swift’s album release comes amid her ongoing battle over her lucrative back catalog, and just weeks after she said her first six albums were sold to a private equity firm without her knowledge.

Swift has sparred publicly with music mogul Scooter Braun whose company purchased a majority stake for her earlier work that includes a decade of chartbusting hits like “Shake It Off.”

She’s said she’s actively trying to regain control of her master recordings, and meanwhile began recording her own new masters in a bid to undercut the value of the originals.

Taylor Swift Endorses Joe Biden For President

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 12, 2019, US singer/songwriter Taylor Swift arrives for Billboard’s 2019 Woman of the Year at the Holllywood Palladium in Los Angeles. – Swift delighted fans by announcing on social media that she would release a surprise new album at midnight on July 23, 2020. Swift tweeted that “Folklore,” her eighth studio album, would comprise 16 songs that “I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into.” (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

 

Pop superstar Taylor Swift on Wednesday threw her support behind Joe Biden for president, telling her 200 million-plus social media orbit that the veteran Democrat will start a “healing process” in America.

The singer-songwriter has lashed out before at President Donald Trump, including in August when she blasted his “ineffective leadership” against the coronavirus pandemic and his efforts to “subvert and destroy” US voting rights.

But her remarks in a magazine article that she posted on Instagram and Twitter was her first formal declaration of support for Biden.

“Everyone deserves a government that takes global health risks seriously and puts the lives of its people first,” Swift — who dropped two number one albums, “Lover” and “Folklore,” over an 11-month period from 2019 to 2020 — said in V Magazine’s “Thought Leaders” issue.

“I will proudly vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in this year’s presidential election,” she added. “Under their leadership, I believe America has a chance to start the healing process it so desperately needs.”

 

WILMINGTON, DE – SEPTEMBER 16: Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden waves as he leaves the Hotel Dupont after having internal campaign meetings on September 16, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Earlier in the day, Biden participated in a briefing with medical professionals about the coronavirus vaccine. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

 

The 30-year-old artist quickly received shout outs from Biden and his running mate Harris.

“Taylor — Thanks for your support and for speaking out at this crucial moment in our nation’s history,” Biden tweeted.

Swift made waves in 2018 when she endorsed Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee and said the voting record of the Republican US Senate candidate, Marsha Blackburn, “appalls and terrifies me.”

“I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love,” Swift said at the time.

 

 

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Taylor Swift Announces Surprise New Album

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 12, 2019, US singer/songwriter Taylor Swift arrives for Billboard’s 2019 Woman of the Year at the Holllywood Palladium in Los Angeles. – Swift delighted fans by announcing on social media that she would release a surprise new album at midnight on July 23, 2020. Swift tweeted that “Folklore,” her eighth studio album, would comprise 16 songs that “I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into.” (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

 

 

Pop icon, Taylor Swift, delighted fans by announcing on social media that she would release a surprise new album at midnight on Thursday.

Swift tweeted that “Folklore,” her eighth studio album, would comprise 16 songs that “I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into.”

“Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen,” said the 30 year-old.

“Before this year, I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed.

“My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with,” added the singer-songwriter.

Swift hasn’t released any tracks yet from the album, in which she collaborates with indie folk group Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of rock band The National.

Dessner co-wrote or produced eleven of the songs on “Folklore,” Swift said.

The megastar’s last album, “Lover,” was released in August 2019.

 

 

 

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Taylor Swift Gets Political, Endorses Democrats In US Midterms

In this file photo taken on May 20, 2018 Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards 2018 at the MGM Grand Resort International. PHOTO: LISA O’CONNOR / AFP

 

Pop star Taylor Swift is not really known for making political statements, but the “Bad Blood” singer is no longer holding back ahead of the midterm elections in November.

In a lengthy post on Instagram, where she has 112 million followers, the 28-year-old Swift says while she has been “reluctant” to share her political views in the past, she has changed her mind.

She endorsed the Democrat running for the US Senate in her home state of Tennessee and unleashed a fierce attack on his opponent, Republican Marsha Blackburn, who currently serves in the House.

“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appals and terrifies me,” Swift said.

“She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape.”

Last year, Swift won a lawsuit against a former radio DJ she accused of groping her.

Blackburn “believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry,” Swift added.

“These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.”

She urged her fans to register to vote, saying: “Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values.

“For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”

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Kanye West Makes Brief Return After Breakdown

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Rap superstar Kanye West is back nearly a year after suffering a breakdown — making a brief musical appearance in which he appears to keep his feud with Taylor Swift alive.

West, a once omnipresent celebrity with a prolific media presence and high-profile marriage to Kim Kardashian, abruptly ended a tour and was hospitalized in November 2016 after unusual rants on stage.

Making his most visible appearance this year, West contributed a verse on a song released Tuesday by Cyhi The Prynce, an Atlanta rapper whom West earlier signed to his label imprint.

The song, “Dat Side,” expounds on the perils of fame and hits back at critics, with West speaking of being African-American in his affluent Los Angeles neighborhood.

“Neighbors said they think I gave the neighborhood a black eye,” the 40-year-old father of two raps.

He also appears to reference his ongoing rift with Swift. In his 2016 song “Famous,” West boasts that the pop star may have sex with him as he takes credit for her celebrity — a reference to how he disrupted her at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Swift voiced anger at the lyric and hit back in “Look What You Made Me Do,” a vindictive track released in August.

West on the latest track references the name of the controversial song as he raps: “The people claim to know you… get famous on you / Then they go and blame it on you / You just good, they can’t ignore you.”

West’s last major public appearance following his hospitalization came in December when he unexpectedly showed up at Trump Tower in New York to meet then president-elect Donald Trump — whose aides said he was mulling an official role for the rapper.

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Taylor Swift Wins Groping Trial Against DJ

Taylor Swift won a federal court trial on Monday, with the jury awarding her the symbolic $1 she had sought from a Colorado DJ she accused of grabbing her bare bottom during a photo shoot.

The eight-member U.S. District Court jury found that radio personality David Mueller had assaulted and battered her during the “meet-and-greet” photo session.

The same panel, which deliberated for less than a day, rejected Mueller’s claims that the singer’s team got him fired from his “dream job” at his radio station by making false groping accusations.

The 27-year-old singer’s attorney, Douglas Baldridge, said during his closing remarks in the case that his client was asking only $1 in damages because she had no desire to bankrupt the DJ, only to send a message.

Baldridge said, “It gives courage and inspiration to all people, not just women, but to all people to have the courage to draw lines and to know where those lines are. The lines of mutual respect between people.”

Mueller, 55, initiated the litigation, calling the allegations false and suing Swift, her mother and her radio station liaison Frank Bell over his termination.

DJ’s Suit Against Taylor Swift Dismissed In Trial

Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift on Friday won an important ruling in the trial stemming from her allegation that she was groped by a Colorado disc jockey.

The judge dismissed the DJ’s rival claim accusing the singer of wrongfully getting him fired.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge William Martinez left intact Swift’s assault and battery countersuit against David Mueller, who asserts he was falsely accused by the recording star and ousted from his $150,000-a-year job at radio station KYGO-FM under pressure from her.

Friday’s decision capped the fifth day of a trial highlighted by vivid testimony from Swift charging that Mueller clutched her bare buttocks during a pre-concert fan reception in 2013 against Mueller’s assertion under oath that he did no such thing.

The judge had tossed out Mueller’s defamation-of-character claim against Swift before the trial, ruling that the former Denver DJ had waited too long to file suit under the statute of limitations.

Swift’s former bodyguard testified that he saw the radio personality slip his hand under the singer’s skirt as they posed together for a photo with Mueller’s then-girlfriend.

Lawyers for both sides rested their respective cases after the ex-girlfriend, Shannon Melcher, took the stand as the final witness to deny seeing Mueller inappropriately touch Swift during the picture-taking session. But she added, “I don’t have eyes in the back of my head.”

Swift’s lawyer, J. Douglas Baldridge, asked the judge to throw out Mueller’s two remaining legal claims in the trial – disruption of his $150,000-a-year employment contract and interference with his future earnings.

The Grammy-winning artist was the undisputed star witness of her own trial, giving an unflinching account of the incident in question on Thursday.

“Your client grabbed my ass,” she told Mueller’s lawyer, Gabriel McFarland. “He stayed latched onto my bare ass cheek. I felt him grab onto my ass cheek under my skirt.”

The jury is due to return on Monday for closing arguments in the case.

Taylor Swift In Court Over Groping Allegation

Taylor Swift might have to show up in a federal court in Denver on Monday.

lawyers for the pop star and a Colorado radio personality have started jury selection for the duelling lawsuits over whether the former disc jockey groped her four years ago during a photo shoot.

Swift, 27, is expected to take the witness stand during the trial in U.S. District Court to testify about the incident, which resulted in broadcaster David Mueller’s firing from Colorado music station KYGO-FM.

The bitter litigation centres on Swift’s allegations that Mueller slipped his hand under her dress and grabbed her bare bottom as they posed together during a meet-and-greet session before her June 2, 2013, concert in Denver.

Swift said,”It was not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life.”

Mueller, 55, sued first, claiming the singer-songwriter had falsely accused him of the groping and pressured station management to oust him from his $150,000-per-year job at the station, according to the lawsuit.

Swift countersued for assault and battery, and that became part of the same trial.

Mueller denies that anything inappropriate occurred during the brief backstage encounter in which he stood on one side of the pop star and his girlfriend on the other.

“The contention that Mr Mueller lifted up Ms Swift’s skirt and grabbed her bottom, while standing with his girlfriend, in front of Ms Swift’s photographer and (her) highly trained security personnel is nonsense,” the lawsuit said.

Mueller is suing under tort claims of interference with contractual obligations and prospective business relations. Jurors will determine what monetary damages if any, he is entitled to if Swift is found liable.

In court filings, Swift said while her manager informed KYGO management about the incident, she did not demand that Mueller be fired.

The judge has placed a gag order on all parties, and attorneys for both sides did not respond to messages seeking comment.

Swift, one of the most successful contemporary music artists, earned $170 million between June 2015 and June 2016 following a world tour and her best-selling “1989” album, according to Forbes Magazine.

Tailor Swift Wins Big At MTV VMAs

VMA AwardsSeveral moments made highlights of the 32 annual MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) including Nicki Minaj challenging Miley Cyrus, Cyrus announcing a surprise album, Kanye West’s poignant Video Vanguard Award speech and  Justin Bieber dominating the 2015 VMAs.

 

 

 

Check Out The Full List Of Winners.

Video of the Year
Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best Female Video
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

Best Male Video
Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”
Nick Jonas – “Chains”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Big Sean ft E-40 – “IDFWU”

Best Pop Video
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

Best Rock Video
Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
Hozier – “Take Me to Church”
Florence + the Machine – “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

Artist to Watch
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy – “Riptide”
George Ezra – “Budapest”
James Bay – “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”

Video With a Social Message
Big Sean ft Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat – “Try”
Rihanna – “American Oxygen”
Wale – “The White Shoes”

Best Collaboration
Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

Best Art Direction
Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (François Rousselet, Jason Fijal)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante)
Jack White – “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jack White, Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Choreography
OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
Chet Faker – “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

Best Cinematography
Flying Lotus ft Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

Best Direction
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Hozier – “Take Me to Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

Best Editing
Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Visual Effects
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Tyler, the Creator – “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

Apple Music Changes Policy After Taylor Swift Stand

swiftIn reaction to a statement by Taylor Swift saying she was refusing to allow the company to stream her album 1989, Apple Music has reversed its payment policy.

In an open letter to Apple, Swift said she was withholding the record as she was unhappy with the three-month free trial offered to subscribers.

On Twitter, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, said Apple Music will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period.

Swift had said the plan was “unfair”, arguing Apple had the money to cover the cost.

”I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” the 25-year-old said, describing Apple as one of her “best partners in selling music”.

”Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.

”We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Apple Music launches on 30 June. It will cost $9.99 (£6.30) per month in the US for one person or $14.99 for families.

After hearing news of the company’s decision on Sunday night, Swift tweeted:SWIFT

Meanwhile, Mr Cue said he did not know if the ‘Shake It Off’ singer would now make her album available on Apple Music, but he praised her for taking a stand.

“When I woke up this morning and I saw Taylor’s note that she had written, it really solidified that we needed to make a change,” he said.