Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Taylor Swift Sells Out, Gives Up, Releases Generic Jingle Single During Live Stream


When Taylor Swift won the Grammy for her Speak Now album, I had high hopes for her. The songs, which she wrote, were clever and personal. Even songs from her Red album indicated she might have something special. But that’s over now.

On Monday, Swift dropped her new single– which I told you she would do last week. It’s a generic jingle single written by Swedish pop factory owner Max Martin, called “Shake it Off.” Strike one. With all eyes on her, Taylor put out garbagey bubblegum, a throwaway, meaningless. The drive to turn her into a mainstream bland pop commodity has finally succeeded. Too bad, she coulda been a contender.

Swift also announced an October release for a new album called “1989” after the ignominious year she was born. We are so far afield from anything important here, it’s not funny. Carole, Carly and Joni, Bonnie, Linda, etc can relax. No one in the pop field of female “artists” in 2014 will ever equal their actual artistry. What a squandered shame. Of course no one of them had product lines. They were actual musicians.

Here’s Taylor’s single.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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