Even as the presidential election has dominated the news cycle for the past many months, Taylor Swift seems to continually make headlines. For folks who have been living under a rock — or a self-imposed tabloid media blackout — here’s a rundown on all things Taylor:
She broke up with Conor Kennedy. The young miss seems to have trouble keeping a relationship going. Despite only being 22, Swift has gone through quite a few fellas. And, when things go bad, she whips out her pen and paper and cranks out a song about the most recent no-good bastard who has broken her heart. Conventional wisdom tags “All Too Well” on Jake Gyllenhaal, “Dear John” on John Mayer, “Back to December” of Taylor Lautner, and “Forever and Always” on Joe Jonas. Her recent break-up with Kennedy should yield a whole new batch of tunes. But, seriously, five guys by the tender age of 22?!?! Who raised this girl?!?
Taylor’s new record, Red, broke records. With sales of more than 1.2 million copies in its first week out—and a debut in the number one spot on the Billboard album chart—the album did the best of any release in the past 10 years. (Eminem’s The Eminem Show topped 1.3 million units in 2002.) Her Speak Now project moved just over a million copies when it dropped in 2010, as well, making Swift the only female artist to replicate that level of success.
Matt Nathanson says she is a lyric thief. Way back in 2003, Nathanson authored a song called “I Saw” which included the line “and I’ll forget about you long enough to forget why I need to.” In her new “All Too Well” ditty, Swift includes this turn of phrase: “and I forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to.” Coincidence? Nathanson doesn’t think so because Swift has previously demonstrated her admiration for the singer/songwriter by writing his lyrics on her arm. As part of his Twitter outrage, Matt noted, “so far, my favorite thing about today is the wave of @taylorswift13 fans calling me a prick on twitter for writing ‘i saw’ in 2003.”
She is probably going to perform in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Although it hasn’t been officially confirmed, Ryan Seacrest all but named her by name on a recent appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Seacrest has taken over ABC’s annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from the late Dick Clark. Swift’s presence likely won’t fill the void left by Clark’s absence.
She is going on tour next Spring with Ed Sheeran. Plans for the 58-date trek across North America were recently unveiled. The Red Tour starts on March 13 in Omaha, Nebraska, and will run into Summer. A few of the cities warrant two-night stands such as when Swift plays Atlanta, Georgia; Orlando, Florida, Glendale, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; and a few others. Two, though, are intent upon holding the singer captive for three nights. That happens when Swift hits Newark, New Jersey, and Nashville, Tennessee.
Some of the other cities hosting Swift include Detroit, Michigan; Vancouver, British Columbia; Austin, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Wichita, Kansas; Fargo, North Dakota; and Portland, Oregon. The whole thing ends with the Nashville homecoming on September 19, 20, and 21 after a September 14 show that finds Swift in Charlottesville, Virginia.