13 Reasons Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour Is Better Than Any Tour You've Been To Before

13 Reasons Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour Is Better Than Any Tour You've Been To Before

Look what you made her do.

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Whether you love or hate Taylor Swift, she has come out of hiding and she's really doing better than ever. Taylor took an almost three-year break after her 1989 tour. Now, she is back with her new album, Reputation, and is two shows away from concluding the Reputation Stadium Tour (in North America at least).

Swift spoke about her 1989 tour in interviews and claimed that she could not top this tour, but contrary to her belief, she has. The Reputation stadium tour alone has made $200 million in sales and has even broken multiple attendance records at stadiums across the United States. Swift has even broken her own record for top-grossing tours in the US by a woman. With all of this being said, Taylor Swift puts on a production like no other that attracts people from all over the world to come see her perform.

Here are 13 reasons why Taylor Swift's tour is better than any other tour you've been to before:

1. The New Taylor

The old Taylor can't come to the phone right now, so in the meantime, the new Taylor is taking over. The new Taylor Swift has taken criticism and hate and has turned it into a record-breaking tour. The songs on the Reputation album are nothing like Taylor Swift has done before which is what makes this tour so intriguing. One minute she's singing about breaking hearts, the next she's obsessing over a boy who is so gorgeous. In reality, the new Taylor is just a better version of the old Taylor, but don't be fooled; the old Taylor makes multiple appearances throughout this tour.

2. Backup Dancers

All 16 backup dancers for this show are diverse, of all ages, and extremely talented. The youngest dancer is an 18-year-old girl from Houston, Texas. Some of the dancers have been on previous tours with Taylor but they all have extremely big reputations.

3. The Set List

Taylor not only plays every single song on the Reputation album (except "So It Goes..." it's fine) but also plays at least one song from every album she has ever released. "Love Story," "Should Have Said No" (my 6-year-old self's favorite song), and "Style" are just a few that the crowd went crazy over.

4. The Stage

The stage floor itself is a screen; there were videos of snakes moving, pictures of Taylor's cats, and other graphics that went along with the backdrop and the song she was singing. Not only was the stage itself amazing, but there were also props like a giant snake, a tilted stage, and giant drums that the backup dancers used. She also has two small stages that fly her back and forth over the audience so she can be closer to fans that are higher up. Of course, it wouldn't be a Taylor Swift production if there wasn't confetti and fireworks... and a working water fountain that she dances in at the end of the show.

5. Opening Acts

Charli XCX and Camilla Cabello opened for Taylor and even sang with her during "Shake It Off." Usually, people don't enjoy or typically know artists that open for concerts, but everyone was singing during these two's performances.

6. Costumes

The costumes for this tour are like no other. Taylor has had costumes being made for her constantly throughout the tour, so for every other show she switches her outfits up. She changes some part of her costume for almost every song of the show. All of the costumes are full of glitter, sequins, and sparkles.

7. Light Up Bracelets

This was an element that Taylor decided to put in her 1989 tour and the fans loved it so much that she kept it. When you walk into the stadium, you're handed a bracelet with a tab in it. When the show starts, you take the tab out and it lights up different colors to the beat of the songs that Taylor is singing. It even makes pictures and designs through the audience by lighting up at different times and switching colors.

8. Special Guests

If you were at a show that was lucky enough to get a special guest, you got to listen to Taylor sing songs with some of her favorite artists. Singers like Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, Troy Sivan, Tim Mcgraw, Faith Hill, and Niall Horan are just a few that appeared on different nights of Taylor Swift's tour.

9. She Walks Through The Crowd

Taylor walking through the crowd was a big deal to her fans, for this tour especially. It's so different because not many other artists do this and because Taylor did not do it at the 1989 tour for personal reasons. This year she decided she would continue to do it like years in the past and fans were very excited about it.

10. B Stage Song

This was a tradition that Taylor started for the Reputation tour this year. She picks one lesser-known song, a song she's never played live, or even a bonus track from one of the albums at every concert. Everyone looks forward to knowing which surprise song she will play for their specific show. When I went in August, she sang "This Love" which is on the 1989 album.

11. Pre-Show Activities

Before the show, you can take Polaroid pictures in the throne from "Look What You Made Me Do" music video and in front of the album cover. She also has screens all over the stadium that show you behind the scenes footage of the tour, music videos, and the recordings of songs.

12. Her Speeches

Taylor always has two long talks throughout her concerts and she explains what she's been going through and why she wrote certain songs. They're really inspiring and show her fans that she's a human just like everyone else. She also takes time to thank everyone for coming, whether they've been a fan for years or weeks. She even thanks all of the people that help make the show happen, like security and the crew that sets the stage up.

13. The Possible Free Meet And Greet

Hardcore Taylor Swift fans know that you possibly have the opportunity to meet her completely free. You can do this one of two ways: get her attention on social media (Tumblr is her favorite) and she will pick you before the show starts to meet her. The second way is to dress up at the concert and just have a good time; Taylor's mom picks fans from all over the venue to get the opportunity of a lifetime. She invites you to a room called the rep room where you eat and talk with others who got picked. Then you meet her and take a picture together. Taylor meets people before shows, after shows, then goes on Tumblr to talk to even more fans #dedication. I do not know of a celebrity that cares about their fans more.

The Reputation stadium tour may be coming to an end but it is a tour I'll never forget.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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