Taylor Swift wrapped a run of sold-out New York-area shows Friday night with her third show of the week at The Prudential Center in Newark. Over the course of the week’s shows she played to capacity crowds and earned rave reviews, impressing some of the nation’s toughest critics.
Rolling Stone -- “Seeing Taylor Swift live in 2013 is seeing a maestro at the top of her or anyone's game. No other pop auteur can touch her right now for emotional excess or musical reach. Red [is] the slickest, smartest and just plain best mega-pop statement of our time. Seeing Taylor onstage now is seeing....total commitment, total fan fervor, total connection between audience and performer. A true arena-rock goddess at an amazing peak.”
The New York Times -- “A king-size spectacle, [whose] juxtapositions have power, one theatrical scene after the next. Taylor Swift off-script is very much like Taylor Swift on-script: not just the brains of the operation, but the brawn, too, the unflappable force that ensures stuck landings. Ms. Swift’s voice is stronger than it’s ever been, and also sturdier….she sang vividly from behind a piano, show[ing] credible dark emotion.”
The New York Post -- “Swift proves her chops. [Her] blossoming confidence was on show in all its multifaceted glory last night at the Prudential Center in Newark. More than a mere pop concert… through her various costume changes, choreographed set pieces and even the odd magic trick, [Swift] has created something closer to a giant musical carnival. Almost as impressive is Swift’s power and versatility as a musician. It was apparent from the start….no matter what she did or where she went, Swift’s vocals never seemed to waver.”
The Village Voice -- “Taylor Swift was born to entertain. Swift remains genuine….which speaks further to her endless appealing nature as a performer.”
Newsday -- “Swift is truly amazing….. she created a personal, poignant connection with a sea of 18,000 fans. She deserves credit for actually singing super-popular songs she actually wrote surrounded by a fantastical stage set-up that she helped design. Emotionally intensified….Swift’s singing voice is good…her writing voice is distinctive, powerful and incredibly well trained.”
Newark Star-Ledger -- “Taylor Swift is fully formed, and at the peak of her powers. [She is] the world's greatest pop star. It's 2013; it's her day. This is the golden age of something good and right and real.”
Taylor notches six months at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Artist 100 chart! She hit her record-extending (non-consecutive) 26th week largely thanks to the premiere of the "Bad Blood" music video and the Billboard Music Awards.
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Taylor soars to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart this week with "Bad Blood" featuring Kendrick Lamar. The song is her third No. 1 off of 1989 (following "Shake It Off" and "Blake Space") and her fourth career No. 1.
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Taylor makes an appearance on the FORBES list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women for the first time! At 25, she is also the youngest woman on the list, coming in at No. 64.
FORBES had this to say: The bona fide, cross-genre global megastar has not only broken record sales...
NEW YORK May 21, 2015 – Taylor Swift’s epic “Bad Blood” music video is the new Vevo record holder, delivering 20.1 million views in 24 hours. Following its broadcast premiere, “Bad Blood” made its official digital debut exclusively on Vevo. Taylor steals the...