Taylor Swift’s latest publicity stunt non-romance

Before you call me a cynic for dismissing a sweet would-be love story between two popular young musicians, please consider that both of these kids are under the same record label, Universal Republic, that this story just happened to come out on Valentine’s Day, and that it involves songs they recorded for each other. It’s a tale so sickly sweet and so obviously planted that it deserves its own category on Snopes – “celebrity glurge.”

Anyway Taylor Swift has a song about some guy she met that she was hoping to date. It’s said to be about a guy named Adam Young, who is the lead singer of a band called “Owl City.” You probably know them from that cute “Fireflies” song that gets annoying when you’ve heard it for the twentieth time. Kind of like Taylor herself, who is facing overexposure with this latest stunt. Adam somehow figured out that Taylor’s song “Enchanted” is about him and he did his own version of the song and released it on his website on Valentine’s day.

Adam Young, an electro-pop musician from the band Owl City with the ubiquitous hit “Fireflies,” posted a gushing online message and song about the country star after figuring out that her song, “Enchanted,” is about likely about him.

Young writes that he decoded Swift’s song by stringing together the upper-case letters in the printed lyrics on her album and realizing they spell out “A-D-A-M.”

“I’m so tremendously honored that Taylor would write such an elegant song and thereby offer a gracious nod in my direction,” he writes on his band’s blog. “Needless to say, I was lost for words and utterly smitten. I couldn’t stop smiling.”

He reciprocates the gesture with his recorded interpretation of Swift’s “Enchanted,” writing:

“Everything about you is beautiful. You’re an immensely charming girl with a wonderful heart and more grace and elegance than I know how to describe. … I’m terribly sorry it’s taken me such a long time to reply but I figured Valentine’s Day was the perfect time to write this note to you and simply say. … I was enchanted to meet you too.”

Swift and Young have a friendship that dates back at least to September 2009 when Swift sent him a Tweet before one of his shows in New York. “If I was in town, I’d be there! Front row, super-fan style,” she wrote at the time.

A week later, Swift was spotted in the VIP balcony of Young’s sold-out Bowery Ballroom show, dancing and singing along to his 90-minute set. Backstage afterwards, they snapped a photo together and Young Tweeted, “Wow. Tonight was magical.”

According to M magazine, the feeling was mutual, but Swift put it in the song “Enchanted.”

“It was about this guy that I met in New York City, and I had talked to him on email before, but I had never met him,” Swift told the magazine in November 2010. “Meeting him, it was just this overwhelming feeling of, ‘I really hope that you’re not in love with somebody.’ And the whole entire way home, I just remember … sitting there thinking, am I ever gonna talk to this person again? It was that feeling of pining away for a romance that may never even happen.”

Neither rep offered comment. Swift is in Asia on the first leg of her sold-out “Speak Now” tour. Young’s sophomore album, All Things Bright and Beautiful, will be released on May 24.

[From People]

All you need to know about that story is in the last two lines plugging their latest ventures.

What’s next for them – a whirlwind romance and breakup followed by songs on each side chronicling their relationship? It’s a better idea for Taylor than dating Jake Gyllenhaal. In that relationship only Taylor was (presumably) capable of belting out an angst-ridden poem about the heartbreak that comes with seeing the end of your fake romance in the pages of US Weekly.

Header photo from Universal Republic. Photos below credit: WENN.com



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  1. Jackson says:

    Dude looks like he’s pushing 50 in that picture.

  2. devilgirl says:

    She is annoying and that Fireflies song, along with his voice, are annoying.

    LOL@Jackson! I was thinking the same and then I thought, for a brief second that was Gary Oldman.

  3. Marjalane says:

    Wow. That’s a step down even from a gay boyfriend. This guy is kind of fug. Is Swifty one of those girls that feels like a loser if she isn’t “known to have a boyfriend”?

  4. amoteafloat says:

    Just here to say that Owl City is an insultingly blatant rip off of The Postal Service.

  5. gabs says:

    Okay sure its a stunt, ill give you that BUT

    I do love her song “enchanted”. One of her best. I cant help it shes my guilty pleasure. Her songs are pretty good, its just her little girl voice that makes people think shes immature I think.

    I hate FIREFLIES though! What an annoying little boy song. It should have been a bieber song.

  6. Gee says:

    She spelled his name out in her album booklet? Creepy.

  7. Quest says:

    Does Swifty really need to be in a romance/relationship in order to write songs (bleah). Are you kidding me?

    I say PR stunt maybe they both should try actually thinking up some positive lyrics that can be meaningful.

  8. brin says:

    Convoluted gluge!

  9. eja102 says:

    “lightening bugs” should not be used in song.

  10. anon33 says:

    devilgirl, I too was like WTF is this trick doing with Gary Oldman?? whoops!

  11. Blueflie says:

    @amoteafloat – I totally agree with what you said. Just sayin’..

  12. Abby says:

    I love that song–it’s my favorite of hers from that album. It’d be cute if they got together… more plausible than Gylehaal.

  13. Isabel says:

    @amoteafloat – WORD.

  14. kelbear says:

    @Abby, It’s my favorite song from her album also! It really is a good song and I would approve if they were together.

    And CB, you got their names all messed up in the 2nd paragraph.

  15. sapphire says:

    Here’s a novel thought-Swifty as a professional beard or maybe all those guys (including Mayer-dong) are bearding for her. You see, she secretly met a unicorn, somewhere over the rainbow and she needs someone to cover for her.

  16. Brittney says:

    …Swift, not Smith.

  17. Anna says:

    she’s getting very bad advice from somebody.

  18. Majosha says:

    I think he looks like Marty McFly.

  19. Cherry Rose says:

    Who’s Taylor Smith?

    They probably cuddle up in front of the fire watching Rainbow Bright, eating gumdrops and licking lollipops, whilst probably stringing up popcorn to put up as a tiara in their hair.

    That Swifty, so imaginative and mature!

  20. di butler says:

    This girl and her 7th grade lyrics played to three chords needs to stop with this foolery. She’s cute, people seem to unexplicably believe she’s the vestal virgin, but all these love songs, ugh. Write something real, not about your 10th break up, and move on.

  21. Gwenevere says:

    I wonder when Taylor’s going to realize that there is more to life than boys. I wonder if she ever reads a book, or watches the news? I wonder if she’s ever been single for a full month? Well, at least this dude doesn’t seem to be gay.

  22. normades says:

    “You’re an immensely charming girl with a wonderful heart and more grace and elegance than I know how to describe. ”

    Excuse me while I vomit

  23. Newbie says:

    Taylor Swift is annoying. I wish she’d swiftly go away.

  24. operagirl says:

    Count me in on the guilty pleasure side of things. I don’t care and I can’t help it, so . . . yeah. I think this was cute. Publicity stunt or not.

  25. Liana says:

    Yeah, it’s cute. Where’s the vomitorium?

  26. jover says:

    I agree normades how many gallons of sugar did the pr have to swallow to write this crap. Also, yes gwenevere I don’t think she knows what a book is or pays attention to the news – that would require her to admit there’s a world outside her faux fairy tale kingdom. I don’t know what her appeal is – she looks like a lanky muppet singing through a straw.

  27. Natasha says:

    Adam Young IS Owl City. It’s just him. No band, just the one dude.

  28. Emma says:

    This is THE most adorable thing I have heard in a while. I don’t care if it sickens some people or if it is a stunt, I think it’s sweet and chivalrous and if more guys were a little more sensitive/complimentary like this, they’d get the good girls. That’s all 🙂

  29. Weeble says:

    Girl, I guess….

  30. MPJ says:

    This Adam Young guy is known for dating very, very young women that he meets via his facebook, right?

    This is a dumb publicity stunt but at least everyone involved is an adult.

  31. Celebitchy says:

    @kelbear – Sorry I messed up everyones names! I guess I don’t want to know who these people are. 😉

  32. HotPockets says:

    He reminds me of the creepy, artist in Wedding Crashers! The one that paints Vince Vaughn!! Too much!

  33. Leslie says:

    I’m embarrassed to admit that my celeb IQ does not extend to music. I know who Swift is, but I don’t really know any of her songs. And I’ve never even heard this “Fireflies” number. As a result, this PR attempt means even less to me.

    That said, pretend it’s a book plot. Wouldn’t it be cute to have these two musicians pining for each other and never connecting at the same time until V-day one year? (In my mind, they would be much older – 40s, perhaps? – when the finally connect would take place.)

    What else should happen in our book? Protagonist curls mysteriously go straight, or a new law forbids her from ever wearing pastels?

  34. Camille says:


    Her PR shtick is getting worse than Anistons.

  35. MsCatra says:

    OK, I think this would be cute. Love Owl City. He totally does have a Postal Service sound, but it’s not so depressing, lol. Owl City is mostly lighter and happier sounding, IMO.

  36. observer says:

    Glurge overdose. She needs to give the pr stunts a rest.

  37. louise says:

    I thought the guy was her father. This relationship would be creepier than the one with Jake. I love some of Taylor’s songa but she is extremely annoying. She’s 21 but acts like a 12 year old.

  38. gee_gee says:

    All of this would be really cute if Taylor Swift was 15 and this guy was, like, a senior who asked her to the prom and stuff.

  39. icantbelievethis says:

    aww, I think it is cute.

  40. marisa says:

    YAWN and BARF.

  41. Liana says:

    I thought the guy was her father. This relationship would be creepier than the one with Jake.

    Isn’t Adam Young only like 25?

  42. LT says:

    Owl City is the worst group EVER. That Fireflies song is absolutely dumb as hell.