Taylor Swift Is Back, Are You Ready?

Taylor Swift Is Back, Are You Ready?

Should it be her last album, she's sure to go out with a bang.
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It's been three long years since singer-songwriter Taylor Swift released her chart topping album 1989. The first single released off the synth-pop album, "Shake It Off," debuted at #1, has become certified 9x Platinum and is the most watched Vevo video by any woman in history.

After finishing up the 1989 World Tour, Swift stated she was taking a break from music, length unknown. She stated, "This is the first time in 10 years that I haven’t known [what's next], I decided I was going to live my life a little bit without the pressure on myself to create something."

Setting short-term goals like learning CPR and taking a mixology class, Swift has been staying remotely quiet since the end of her tour on December 12, 2015. Since then, she's appeared in the spotlight as little as possible, headlining the Circuit of The Americas Formula 1 Saturday Night concert back in October of 2016 in Austin, TX and performing at the Pre-Super Bowl Concert back in February of this year.

Entirely out of the spotlight since that February performance, she's also stayed remotely quiet on all social media during her hiatus, only making appearances to drop her single "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" with ZAYN and her posts here and there about wishing others a happy birthday or sending love to the victims of the Manchester Attacks. Seemingly, she stayed quiet for a reason.

Swift faced a lawsuit against former Radio Host, David Mueller, that took to court these past few weeks in August. Following the win of her sexual assault case in Colorado, the singer-songwriter seems as though she's finally ready to get back into the game.

Just earlier in the day, on August 18, 2017, Swift blacked out all of her social media accounts, deleting all tweets, Instagram posts, Tumblr posts and more.

Rumors have been flying this past year about Swift releasing an album towards the end of the year, and now the stakes are set high as this seems to be something potentially coming true. She's set to appear on Good Morning America Thursday, August 31st, according to her DirectTV Archives. It's also no coincidence that August 31st just happens to be 13 days away and Swift's favorite number is 13.

The pop-star surely has a high bar to set if she's looking to chart top 1989. We will just have to wait to see what her appearance on GMA brings, which is presumably to be something album related.

In the previous years, Swift has used social media to tease her fans about upcoming album releases and so this social media blackout comes at no surprise. She's got us on our feet, that's for sure.

If you're an avid Swift-lover, keep an eye out these next few weeks to see her comeback because it looks as though it's gonna be a big one. TS6 is set to be her last album on her contract with Big Machine Records and it's unknown whether or not she will sign onto a different contract following the release.

Should it be her last album, she's sure to go out with a bang.

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.
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With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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Kendrick Lamar Lost The Grammy, But Won The Pulitzer

DAMN.
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This year was one for the history books, as Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his newest album "DAMN". This is a huge change, as all winners in that category in the past have been either of the classical or jazz genres. This is the first year that a different type of album, one of hip-hop no less won this coveted prize.

Reports said that the album "DAMN" was a unanimous choice amongst the jury in charge of picking who the awards go to. The board even stated that the album “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life” (NYTimes). Even the other nominees express their agreement with giving the prize to Lamar and are honored to be runner-ups to such a fantastic artist. They even expressed that they are fans of the artist.

This is a huge step for the hip-hop genre, as it tends to be overlooked when it comes to awards. Lamar was up for a Grammy this year in the category "Album of the Year" for the album, "DAMN," but lost to Bruno Mars's "24K Magic". This has been a common occurrence in the Grammy world, as hip-hop artists may be nominated, but they rarely win the Grammy for the best album, the only exception being Lauryn Hill and OutKast.

The Pulitzer seemed like the last kind of Prize that would go make a Grammy sound less than it is, but it did just that when it awarded Lamar the prize. It shows a step into a more integrated kind of world and an appreciation for the lyrical story that each kind of musician tells. This step also shows that the Pulitzer acknowledges all kinds of music that deserved to be recognized, whether it be classical, jazz, or the newest inductee, hip-hop.

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