Monday, October 27, 2014

10/27/2014: Taylor Swift released 1989

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Released: 27 October 2014
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) 1. Welcome to New York (11/8/14, #48 US) 2. Blank Space (11/10/14, #17 US, #14 AC, #16 AA, #4 UK, #16 CA, #13 AU, 5.68 million sales worldwide) 3. Style (2/9/15, #6 US, #6 AC, #1 AA, #21 UK, #6 CA, #8 AU, 1.93 million sales worldwide) 4. Out of the Woods (11/1/14, #18 US) 5. All You Had to Do Was Stay 6. Shake It Off (8/18/14, #14 US, #15 AC, #18 AA, #58 CW, #3 UK, #14 CA, #13 AU, 7.22 million sales worldwide) 7. I Wish You Would 8. Bad Blood (5/17/15, #53 US, #40 AA, #68 CA, #76 AU, sales 0.51 million US) 9. Wildest Dreams (11/15/14, #76 US) 10. How You Get the Girl 11. This Love 12. I Know Places 13. Clean

Sales (in millions): 4.68 US, 0.6 UK, 8.6 world (includes US and UK)

Peak: #111 US, #11 UK, #18 CA, #19 AU


Review: 1989 marked the official move for Taylor Swift from country to pop. The distinction seemed silly considering her status as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, music stars in the world. She’s already been the youngest recipient of the Grammy for Album of the Year, is the best-selling digital music artist in history, and has two albums which had surpassed the million mark in their first week of release. AZ

1989 became her third album to do so, selling 1.287 million copies in its first week, the highest sales week since 2002. WK 1989 would go on to sell four million copies, the first album to do so since her 2012 album Red. WK She also repeated herself in leading off with a Max Martin and Shellback produced single (“Shake It Off”) which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, jus as she’d done with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in 2012.

Shake It Off

“Shake It Off” was a reply to Swift’s detractors, while its follow-up, the even bigger #1, “Blank Space,” was a “minimalist electropop song” WK which responded to critics who accused her of being “an overly attached man-eater who dates for songwriting material.” WK “Bad Blood” was about an unnamed female singer – speculation has suggested Katy Perry – who hired away Swift’s tour personnel to sabotage the tour. WK

The album, named after Swift’s birth year, was inspired by the synthpop of the late ‘80s, completing her transition from country music which she’d already been making on previous albums. Swift called it her most “sonically cohesive” studio album. WK It generally satisfied her critics as well. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis said the album is full of “undeniable melodies and huge, perfectly turned choruses and nagging hooks.” WK The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica said Swift was aiming for “a mode of timelessness that few true pop stars even bother aspiring to.” WK

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