Taylor Swift Reveals Lover Tracklist

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LoverTaylor Swift’s new album Lover is fast approaching. It comes out next Friday, and last night, she shared its title track, the latest single from the LP following “ME!,” “You Need To Calm Down,” and “The Archer.” Today, she’s revealed the full tracklist. More »

♫ Listen: Taylor Swift – “Lover”

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Earlier this evening, Taylor Swift dropped the title track from her forthcoming album, Lover, which is due next week. Unfortunately, I am listening to the new Young Thug album and can’t give it a spin at this moment, but I did want to let you know that it’s out. Cheers!

Taylor Swift – “Lover”

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Taylor Swift’s new album, Lover, is out in a week. She’s shared three songs from it so far: “ME!,” “You Need To Calm Down,” and “The Archer.” … More »

Kid Rock: “Taylor Swift Wants To Be A Democrat Because She Wants To Be In Movies….Period.”

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Taylor Swift & Kid RockIt is pretty unusual to encounter a proud conservative in the entertainment business. Kid Rock is one of the exceptions to that rule. The self-styled redneck from Detroit has in recent years been one of the most prominent celebrity voices on the right: campaigning for Donald Trump, visiting the White HouseMore »

Everything’s Coming Up Christian Rap

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NFChristian rap is having a mini-moment. More »

Taylor Swift Defends Her Lack Of Involvement In The 2016 Presidential Election

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Taylor Swift’s political affiliation was highly speculated on during the run-up to the 2016 election, and the pop star faced criticism for not publicly taking a side when she might have been a potential influencer in the battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. More »

Charli XCX Clarifies Comments About Opening For Taylor Swift

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Charli XCX is the subject of a Pitchfork profile that was published today. The wide-ranging interview covers a lot of ground, but one particular quote from Charli has stuck around. While talking about the experience of opening for Taylor Swift on her Reputation stadium tour last year, Charli said: “I’m really … More »

Seeking Clarity About Clairo

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ClairoA new kind of pop star: In a musical landscape full of false messiahs billing themselves as game-changers, it’s easy to scoff at the notion, but truly transformative figures come along more often than you’d think. How many musical inflection points have been sparked by a magnetic persona who synthesizes a bunch of trends and … More »

Some Thoughts On Beyoncé, Music Trendsetter, And Netflix, Music Trend

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Beyoncé“Pulling a Beyoncé” has always been a fairly elastic concept. Even when the phrase came into vogue at the end of 2013, when she surprise-released her self-titled visual album and, in her own words, “changed the game with that digital drop,” people were crediting her with both the surprise album trend … More »

♫ Listen: Taylor Swift – “The Archer”

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“The Archer” is the third single released from Taylor Swift’s upcoming seventh studio album, but it’s the first one that gives us hope that Lover could be a solid record. With this single, Swift peels back the politics and reminds us that she’s best when looking inward, examining who she is. Here, she accesses a vulnerability that’s been absent in tracks like “ME!” and “You Need To Calm Down.”

“I’ve been the archer, I’ve been the prey,” she sings. “Who could ever leave me, darling? But who could stay?”

We’re quick to malign Swift when she releases bad music, which has happened more and more often over the past few years, but I’ve got to hand it to her: “The Archer” is a great song.