Here ^^ is the new cover for Taylor Swift’s new album. She’s been teasing the crap out of her album launch for weeks now, and every radio station was promoting her “live announcement” on Yahoo about the album, blah, you get the idea. So, what did she announce? Her album is called 1989, the year of her birth, and the album is heavily influenced by the music of the 1980s, according to Swifty. Classic Guns ‘n Roses, I would hope. But think more like Toni Basil’s “Mickey”. Seriously. Swifty also released her first single off the album, a song called “Shake It Off” which reminds me a lot of “Mickey” (only “Mickey” is truly a classic, IMO). Here’s the video:
Florence + the Machine had a great single called “Shake It Out” which, I guess, was about overcoming the bulls—t of life and a tricky past by just shaking it out. Swifty’s single is more Swifty-specific. It’s about what people say about her and how haters are gonna hate and how she’s a player and we should stop saying that she can’t keep a man (even though every man dumps her over the phone). Anyway, the video is cute-ish. But she has the same problem that Lily Allen had – in an attempt to make some sort of “meta” point about the proliferation of music videos showing black women shaking their asses, the “meta” is lost and it just seems like Swifty is objectifying women of color, just the same as all those rap videos. It’s not just the “male gaze” – it’s the “white gaze” too, you know? Oh, and Twitter doesn’t like the fact that Swifty dressed up like old-school Run DMC or something.
Her album will be out October 29th. So, we’ve got like two months full of Swifty shilling coming up. Pace yourselves.
Photos courtesy of Twitter, Fame/Flynet.