Taylor Swift tops Maxim’s Hot 100 list for 2015

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Billboard Awards: Taylor Swift makes history, Kanye gets booed.

ABC’s telecast of the “Billboard Music Awards” dominated Sunday’s ratings race, hitting a 12-year high in young adults and a 14-year high in total viewers. LAS VEGAS—Taylor Swift had a historic night at the Billboard Music Awards: The pop star is the most decorated artist in the show’s history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks’ 19-win record.After weeks of hype and anticipation, the star-studded video for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” finally dropped at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards.

Of course, the sweet TSwift we’ve known and loved hasn’t exactly disappeared. “It’s really nice and such an incredible compliment” to lead the list, she told Maxim for its June/July issue, which she covers. Swift swapped her first two verses with new ones from rapper Kendrick Lamar for “Bad Blood,” a song rumoured to be about Swift’s friendship with Katy Perry. But Sweet TSwift didn’t feel as strongly about feminism as she does now — something she attributes to being seen previously “as a kid” and not “threatening.” “I didn’t see myself being held back until I was a woman,” the 25-year-old told the magazine. “Or the double standards in headlines, the double standards in the way stories are told, the double standards in the way things are perceived.

Of course, Swift’s squad – which included Hayley Williams, Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevingne, Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss, Cindy Crawford, Ellen Pompeo and Mariska Hargitay – was out in full force in the action-packed sci-fi-inspired music video. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s winning night kicked off with the season finale of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.4 rating/6 share in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), which won its hour in all demos with what was the final episode for host Tom Bergeron. A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining.” “Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born,” she said. “So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality.” Swift definitely gets her girl power on in the “Bad Blood” video, which features a lot of kicking butt and general badassery and includes cameos by Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Gigi Hadid, Mariska Hargitay, Karlie Kloss, Ellen Pompeo, Serayah, Hailee Steinfeld and Zendaya. We rounded up the class of vengeful ass-kickers for a few of our favorite moments from the four minute mini-film (if only this could actually be a movie).

And of course there’s the presence of Kendrick Lamar, whose “Backseat Freestyle” Swift called out last year as her “go-to” when she wants to “immediately go from feeling victimized to feeling awesome.” According to the New York Times, country music, the genre in which Swift’s first albums were officially released, became the most popular genre over top 40 music as of early 2014. “Country’s audience has grown stronger, wider, and younger,” NYT writer Ben Sisario wrote. Trying to avoid a collision, the unidentified attendee rushed to get out of Teigen’s way, only to trip over the train of the supermodel’s red gown and fall to the floor. Swift kissed the DJ-producer-singer on the cheek and gave him a hug after winning her awards. “I’m happy right now that it all was pulled off without a hitch,” an excited Swift said about her new video. “I can’t believe it didn’t leak.

The 2014 Sports Illustrated cover girl (and current Lip Sync Battle color commentator) paused for a moment as she was going up the stairs, turning her head slightly as the woman stepped on her dress. Her debut album, “Taylor Swift,” wasn’t reviewed by many, but after the release of her 2008 album, “Fearless,” Guardian critic Alexis Petridis wrote that “she is fantastically good at regarding teenage life with a kind of wistful, sepia-toned nostalgia,” while Rolling Stone critic Jody Rosen wrote of “Fearless,” “Swift is a songwriting savant with an intuitive gift for verse-chorus-bridge architecture… It’s hard not to be won over by the guilelessness of Swift’s high-school-romance narratives.” And things got even better after that – for her second-newest album “Red,” Boston Globe writer James Reed wrote that “the songwriting is leagues ahead of where Swift was as recently as two years ago.” Her announcement that her newest album, “1989,” would be a pop album was also a smart move. In the midst of all that, this is really nice.” Of course, one of the reasons 2015 is Swift’s “favorite year” is because she kicked off her 1989 World Tour in Tokyo May 5. “We’ve been in rehearsals for months, trying to get the live instrumental versions of these songs to as close to the album sounds as possible. The Houston Rockets’ victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series averaged a 5.2 household rating, peaking with a 7.7 from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Right now I am just taking the biggest sigh of relief that the fans got to experience it the way I wanted them to experience it, which was a full element of surprise.” Though Swift had an epic open of the Billboard Awards with her video, Kanye West’s closing off the show was tragic.

Just four months after the NYT article about the popularity of country that called Swift “its biggest star,” Swift said that “1989,” the album released in October, would be her “first, documented, official pop album.” It was a better move to simply acknowledge that her recent work was far from traditional country. “Does anyone still think of Taylor Swift as a country artist anymore?” Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis asked USA Today in an interview. “She’s very career-savvy, and I’m sure she and her handlers are convinced she can withstand any potential blowback. The next morning, Teigen, 29, addressed the minor mishap on Twitter, writing, “for the record I couldn’t even see the woman falling behind me — she stepped on my dress and i was trying not to eat s–t.” She went on to address comments that she should have turned to help the woman up. “everyone is saying i am some sort of monster for not stopping and giving her CPR or something — she is fine, was not a big deal,” John Legend’s wife wrote, jokingly adding, “she should be out of the hospital by christmas.”

It was fun to play around and get everything sonically right before we got on the actual stage and started doing the choreography,” the “Blank Space” singer tells the publication. “But before all that—probably close to a year ago—we started setting the stage, so that was when the drawing started.” After nine days of hype, Swift debuted her star-studded “Bad Blood” music video Sunday night. Van Halen was the night’s first performance and rocked the crowd with its 1984 hit “Panama.” Simple Minds, introduced by Molly Ringwald, performed “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from The Breakfast Club, which is celebrating 30 years. Britney Spears sported a sheer black cat suit when she performed “Pretty Girls” with Azalea; Mariah Carey, who recently launched a Vegas residency, was pitchy when she sang “Vision of Love” and new single, “Infinity,” though she ended with a strong high note; and Nicki Minaj’s performance of “Hey Mama” and “The Night is Still Young” featured her dancing more than singing or rapping as she relied on a backing track. Forbes writer Rob Schwartz wrote of Swift’s “1989” campaign that “her dexterity with the marketing maze of today is only rivaled by her facile way with words and chords,” praising her partnerships with companies and how she engages with fans, including question-and-answer sessions on Twitter and Skype. The night had some emotional moments, too: Chris Brown entered the red carpet holding his daughter Royalty; Ludacris offered some words about the late B.B.

Thankfully— thanks to the fans—now we get to play stadiums, so we do two or three stadium shows a week,” the “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” singer says. “I’ll see my friends in whichever city I’m closer to.” King and his renowned career; and a teary and shaky Meghan Trainor won hot 100 song and digital song for “All About That Bass.” Hosts Ludacris and Teigen offered some jokes Sunday night: The rapper described why he’s a good host, namechecking his music and acting credits. She trusts that this personal engagement will help ensure her shows sell out in 15 minutes for years to come.” With “1989” still ranked at number nine on the Billboard 200 months after its release and Swift currently involved in a world tour, it’s obvious the singer isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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