Taylor Swift Swag Saves Lives

29 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Taylor Swift & Her Pop Music Heat Check.

The irony of Taylor Swift hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week is that she did it with a song about weakness — at a point in her career where she couldn’t be more impenetrable. Teens who were in a car accident following Swift’s concert in Baton Rouge, La., last week reportedly used the light-up bracelets to alert passersby to their circumstances after the crash, according to WBRZ. The new single edit of “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, rockets 53-1 on this week’s tally, following its music video breaking Vevo’s 24-hour viewing record, zooming to the top of the Digital Songs chart and leaping 31 spots on the Radio Songs tally in one week. A woman came to their aid after seeing the lights. “She could tell that there was someone in the car,” one of the passengers, Caroline Dazzio, told WBRZ. In the post, Talbot explained that after the concert, her group of friends split up and three of them – sisters Elizabeth and Caroline Dazzio, along with a third friend – decided to drive home in the wee hours of the morning, resulting in Dazzio falling asleep at the wheel and crashing the car.

However, in a new interview, Taylor said this perception is about something else. “As an artist you should embrace what comes naturally to you, whatever role feels right,” she said. “I would never encourage an artist to try to and fit into a role that seemed to be created for them by a bunch of record label guys in suits in a conference room. “I think for me it feels very natural to talk to teenagers and people my age… about feelings and what they’re going through and their insecurities.” The Shake It Off singer has certainly had a busy past few days, as she was seen enjoying a date night with current beau, Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris, earlier this week. Following “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space,” the song is Swift’s third No. 1 single from 1989 in four tries (“Style” topped out at No. 6) and continues an prolonged string of top 40 radio successes for the country-turned-pop superstar. “Shake It Off” (four weeks at No. 1) ruled the fall and “Blank Space” (seven weeks at No. 1) owned the winter, and Swift is making damn sure that “Bad Blood” has the summer on lock. Avery Talbot—who describes herself as a friend of the teens, but who was not in the accident—explained how the situation unfolded on a blog post on Swift’s website via USA Today:

For those unfamiliar, “heat check” is most often used as a basketball term to describe a player whose shooting touch is so “hot” from all areas of the court that he or she attempts an outlandish shot to see how scorching they really are. Talbot’s message continued: “When the two girls in the back (Emma & Caroline) realized they could not receive help, one of their bracelets flashed … They started tapping the bracelets to the windows & eventually a lady pulled aside to help and call 911.” The woman and a man with her helped pull the girls out and called for first responders, WBRZ reported. Gaga, Adele and Perry were all on their second albums when they enjoyed their Imperial phases — they were not “new” artists, but their superstardom was still fresh when they made their strongest cultural impacts.

Prior to 1989, Swift was a huge album-seller (Speak Now and Red both sold over a million copies in their first sales weeks), critical darling (her sophomore album, Fearless, won the album of the year Grammy) and force within the live music realm (arena tours begat stadium tours). Her first four albums produced 10 top 10 hits, but only one No. 1 smash (Red’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which spent three weeks in the summit in 2012). Songs like “You Belong With Me,” “Today Was a Fairytale” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.” all peaked at No. 2 but failed to reach the top spot.

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