Taylor Swift Shares Love Advice with Fan: “Unrequited Love Is Just as Valid as Any Other Kind”
Posted on July 23, 2014, 6:35 pm
Image Courtesy CMAIf she ever steps away from her music career, Taylor Swift definitely has a future as an advice columnist.
A fan named Hannah reached out to Taylor on Instagram asking the superstar for advice on how to deal with her unrequited feelings for a guy she’s known for years.
Hannah, whose name on Instagram is SherbetSwift, describes her love interest as “a guy who’s sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast…A guy who was my first best friend.” It turns out this guy has a girlfriend, whom Hannah describes as “pretty” and “nice” with an “amazing figure.”
Taylor wrote a lengthy reply to Hannah, telling her that true love isn’t just “the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized.” She continues, “I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It’s just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind.”
Taylor goes on to tell Hannah she’ll someday find someone who loves her in that same, selfless way.
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Hilary Duff Returns with New Album, New Single Written by Colbie Caillat
Posted on July 23, 2014, 6:35 pm
RCA RecordsIt’s been a while since ex-Disney star Hilary Duff released any music: 2007, to be exact, which is when she put out her album Dignity. But now, the singer and actress is back with a brand-new single called “Chasing the Sun,” a new record label — RCA — and a new album, due this fall.
The single, due out July 29, was co-written by Colbie Caillat. The video for the song will debut on VEVO that same day. Hilary has also worked with Ed Sheeran on material for the album.
In a statement, Hilary says of her new label home, “I came to them with my vision for the album and it has been a real labor of love, but something I am so proud of. ‘Chasing the Sun’ is just a peek into my new album. I’ve worked very hard and the album is a great representation of the experiences I’ve had in my life and where I want to go from here!”
She adds, “I took a break from music for quite awhile, but it gave me the power to choose my next steps carefully and I’m really proud of the album I’ve made. ‘Chasing the Sun’ is a light and fun summer song that I hope helps people to feel a little more carefree.”
The new album will be Hilary’s fifth. Since her last album, she’s acted, started her own clothing line, launched several fragrances, written three books, and focused on charitable works. She married NHL player Mike Comrie in 2010; their son Luca Cruz is two years old. The couple announced in early 2014 that they were splitting.
Recently, both Lorde and Charli XCX have expressed admiration for Hilary.
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MKTO Says “Classic” Is a Bonding Opportunity for Parents & Kids
Posted on July 22, 2014, 5:22 pm
Columbia RecordsWhen actor Malcolm Kelley was starring in the groundbreaking ABC series Lost, a lot of the action took place in Australia. Maybe that’s why the song “Classic,” by his group MKTO, was a huge hit there before it ever got big in the U.S. Now, however, the home country of both Malcolm and his musical partner in crime, Tony Oller, has finally caught up, and “Classic’s” an American smash too — fitting for a group whose current outing is called the American Dream tour.
“You know, Australia kind of had the jump on things…we’re kind of four singles deep over there,” Malcolm tells ABC News Radio. “So it’s just amazing how you can make music and watch it grow on the other side of the world…and now we finally went platinum over here in our homeland.”
“That’s all we can ever ask for man, it’s amazing now just watching a song grow,” adds Malcolm, who played Walt on Lost. “When we perform it on our tour now, everybody is just singing along. It’s a good feeling.”
Malcolm and Tony first met when they were starring on the Teen Nick series Gigantic. They became best friends and decided to start a group. Soon, they landed a record deal, and their self-titled debut album hit #1 in Australia in February; it was released here in April.
“Classic” has caught on in the U.S. thanks to its retro feel, and because it cleverly name-checks musical superstars like Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyonce and the late soul legends Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway, while tossing in references to iconic movie stars like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.
“Our producers we worked with, you know, they’re heavy-hitters in the game and have been around for a long time, so [they] definitely help us get those old-school references in there, just to make the song pop and make it just stand out a little bit more,” explains Malcolm.
But does he think that “Classic” may actually be educating young people about legendary stars they may not have heard of?
“Yeah, I think so,” he tells ABC News Radio. “You know, definitely using some of the references that their parents might understand, I think it’s just cool how their parents can just enlighten them…And some things their parents don’t know about, the kids can share with them. So I just think it’s a cool bonding thing.”
Earlier this year, MKTO toured with Emblem 3. Their American Dream headlining tour wraps in August, and in September, they’ll be hitting the road opening for Demi Lovato; Christina Perri’s also on the bill.
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Phillip Phillips Claims Record Label Said If He Recorded “Home,” They’d Leave Him Alone
Posted on July 21, 2014, 6:27 pm
Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips has gone on record as saying initially, he didn’t like his debut single “Home,” which has become the best-selling single ever released by an American Idol alum. Now, he claims his record label essentially offered him a musical bribe to cut that single.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, Phillip claims that when he was making his debut album The World from the Side of the Moon, his record label offered him a deal: if he would only cut the folk-rock flavored songs “Home” and “Gone Gone Gone,” he could do whatever he wanted with the rest of the album. He took the deal, and watched those two songs — neither of which he wrote — become the album’s only big hits.
When it came time for him to make his new album Behind the Light, though, Phillip says his label backed off. “They let me do the record how I felt was right,” he tells the paper, noting that while he got feedback from the head of the record company, he was in control, and wrote or co-wrote every song. “That’s why I’m a lot more proud of [this album], because it represents me so much more,” he explains.
Phillip is out on a major summer tour in support of the disk, and he says that even if you see his show more than once, you won’t be bored.
“We play a different set every night and in a different order,” he tells the paper. “We might change something up in a song, because I like to keep it fun for us and [keep us] on our toes, and also for our fans.”
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English Professor Gives Taylor Swift’s “Wall Street Journal” Op-Ed a B-Minus
Posted on July 20, 2014, 1:03 pm
ABC/Todd WawrychukTaylor Swift made waves not long ago by penning an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal about the future of the music business. Most people focused on Taylor’s optimism about the industry, but now, her actual writing ability has been put under a microscope.
Entertainment Weekly invited Margo Mifflin, a professor of English at the City University of New York, to “grade” Taylor’s essay and point out any flaws. Professor Mifflin’s opinion? “She has a strong, effervescent writing style,” she told the magazine. “But the piece has serious focus problems. It skids all over the place.” She gives Taylor a B-minus.
Taylor’s essay includes her thoughts about how artists need to surprise fans constantly and take musical risks, how albums can become best-sellers if they connect emotionally with listeners and how autographs and distinctions between musical genres are both obsolete.
For comparison’s sake, Mifflin also critiqued an piece by George Clooney, in which he expressed his anger and frustration over a story in a British tabloid claiming that his future-mother-in-law opposes him marrying her daughter. She gave Clooney’s effort an A-minus, saying that his writing was “pointed” and “persuasive,” but “a little too concise.”