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  Taylor Named Most Powerful Musician In UK’s Media

Taylor Swift has been named the most powerful musician in the UK’s media by The Guardian, in their annual MediaGuardian 100 poll.

The Guardian’s list, which is compiled by a panel of judges from the world of media, has been topped for the fourth time by Larry Page, the co-founder and chief executive of Google. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is at No.2 and Apple’s Time Cook is at No.3

The only musician, and only woman, in the top 10 of the list is Taylor Swift, who has been placed at No.10 – her first appearance in the list. Having released her fifth album, 1989, in October, the singer is worth an estimated $64 million and has sold over 30 million albums.

This isn’t the reason for her inclusion in this year’s MediaGuardian 100 though – the paper writes, “She only came to our attention when she pulled her back-catalogue from Spotify, almost singlehandedly bringing the issue of artist remuneration into the spotlight.”

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  Taylor Nominated For A BBC Music Award

Taylor has been nominated for International Artist of the Year at the first ever BBC Music Awards! She will be competing against Dolly Parton, Gregory Porter, Lorde, Pharrell and Prince. Make sure to tune in to BBC One at 8 PM on December 11th to see if she wins!

The shortlists for the inaugural BBC Music Awards have just been announced.

Competing for the title of British Artist of the Year are David Bowie, Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Jungle, Royal Blood and Sam Smith.

The nominees for International Artist of the Year are Dolly Parton, Gregory Porter, Lorde, Pharrell, Prince and Taylor Swift.

The awards were launched as a rival to the Brits, and billed as the music version of Sports Personality of the Year, but there are only three categories: British Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

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  Taylor No. 1 on Hot 100, Selena Gomez, Mark Ronson Hit Top 10

Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ reigns for a third week, while Gomez and Ronson (with Bruno Mars) land new top 10s.

Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space” leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, while two songs enter the top 10, by Selena Gomez and Mark Ronson (with guest Bruno Mars).

As we do each Wednesday, when the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 is compiled, let’s run down the numbers behind the chart’s top 10 and more.

“Space,” released on Big Machine Records and promoted to radio by Republic Records, holds at No. 1, powered by its fourth nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 342,000 downloads sold (up 13 percent) in the week ending Nov. 30, according to Nielsen Entertainment. Aiding the increase: Swift performed “Space” to open the 2014 American Music Awards (broadcast on ABC) on Nov. 23.

“Space” is just the second song this year to string together at least three weeks of sales of 300,000 or more (after selling 302,000 last week and 328,000 the week before that). Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” hit the 300,000-unit mark for seven consecutive weeks in March/April.

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  2015 Grammy Nominations

The 2015 Grammy Nominations were announced earlier this morning on CBS. Taylor has three nominations for Record of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year, all of them for “Shake It Off“. Congratulations, Taylor! The 2015 Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on February 8th, 2015.

Record of the Year
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance
“All of Me,” John Legend
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams

Song of the Year
Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Hozier – “Take Me to Church”

  Time Top 10 Best Albums and Songs

Taylor made it into two Top 10 lists from TIME this year. They chose 1989 as the 4th best album and “Blank Space” as the 2nd best song of the year! Check out more info about it below!

4. 1989, Taylor Swift
Forget the record-shattering sales, relentless promotional appearances, and Spotify squabbles — it’s all just background noise. Taylor Swift’s 1989 is the best mainstream pop album of the year, packing more hooks and thrills pound for pound than anything else on the charts. A longtime master of heartbreaking lyrics, Swift proves on 1989 that she’s just as nimble with sound, working with top-shelf collaborators to craft a bright, bold LP that’s deliriously strange but still slick enough for Top 40. Country’s premiere princess is now pop’s heir apparent.

2. “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Blank Space” hit No. 1 at radio on the strength of its hook — a euphoric singalong chorus so dulcet, it could only have been concocted by a Swede — but the song’s true genius is in its lyrics. This is songwriting at its most brilliantly conceptual: “Blank Space” gives Swift a frame to riff on her man-eating public persona and simultaneously tell a story that feels intimately relatable — after all, who doesn’t feel like a rose garden filled with thorns from time to time? Swift has never been so playful or self-aware.


  Taylor’s ‘1989’ Returns to No. 1 on Revamped Billboard 200

The newly refreshed Billboard 200 albums chart welcomes a familiar face back to No. 1, as Taylor Swift’s 1989 hops back to the top slot (2-1) after a one-week vacation. This is the album’s fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1.

The Billboard 200, which has long been a chart that ranked the most popular albums of the week based on pure album sales, now shifts its methodology to a multi-metric consumption model. The ranking includes on-demand streaming and digital track sales, in addition to traditional album sales, all measured by Nielsen.

This is the most substantial update to the chart’s methodology since May of 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen’s point-of-sale data — SoundScan — to measure album sales.

As previously reported, the new Billboard 200 chart uses accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, where 10 digital track sales from an album is equivalent to one album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album equates to one album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music, Google Play and Xbox Music.

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  Taylor To Bring Her 1989 World Tour To Australia

Exciting news: it has just been announced that Taylor will be taking her 1989 World Tour to Australia next year! Tickets go on sale next week, so make sure to mark your calendars! Check out the press release below for more info:

Taylor Swift is officially bringing her 1989 tour to Australia!

The chart-topping singer officially announced dates and venues in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne today.

Taylor will be bringing her arena shows to Australia in November and December – topping off what’s set to be a stellar year for the star as she takes her The 1989 World Tour around the world.

She’ll be joined by very special guest, Australian folk-singer and local favourite, Vance Joy.


Sat 28 Nov 2015 – Sydney, ANZ Stadium

Sat 5 Dec 2015 – Brisbane, Suncorp Stadium

Mon 7 Dec 2015 – Adelaide, Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Fri 11 Dec 2015 – Melbourne, AAMI Park

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  Taylor Becomes Top New Artist of the 2000s

Yahoo.com unveiled the list of the best-selling album artists of the 2000s earlier today and Taylor has claimed the top spot by selling more albums in the U.S. than any other artist who has emerged since January 2000! The release of 1989 enabled Taylor to surpass Linkin Park by .2 million. You can read more about it below.

Taylor Swift (25.2 million)

The country-turned-pop superstar emerged in October 2006 with her eponymous debut album. Her best-seller is her sophomore album, 2008’s Fearless (6.9 million). It logged 11 weeks at #1 and was the best-selling album of 2009. Swift has had four consecutive #1 albums which have spent a combined total of 27 weeks at #1. She has won seven Grammys, including Album of the Year for Fearless. She won the CMA’s Horizon Award for 2007 and went on to become only the second woman to be voted the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year twice. (Barbara Mandrell was the first.)

Linkin Park (25 million)
Nickelback (23.2 million)
Rascal Flatts (22.9 million)
Josh Groban (22.3 million)
Nelly (21.8 million)
Norah Jones (19.1 million)
Alicia Keys (18.4 million)
Michael Bublé (18.1 million)


  Single Sales: Taylor, Meghan Trainor Claim Two Top Tens Each

Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor are responsible for four of the ten best-selling singles. Mark Ronson and Mr Probz enter the mix this week.

The top ten for this week’s Billboard Digital Songs chart is official, and it offers 40% of its real estate to Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor.

Courtesy “Blank Space” (302,000 weekly paid downloads) and “Shake it Off” (83,000), Swift claims the #1 and #8 positions, respectively. Trainor grabs #4 via “All About That Bass” (106,000) and #10 thanks to “Lips are Movin” (69,000).

Still impressive, Swift’s presence is actually weaker than that of last week. Her two singles were both in the top five on the previous week’s Digital Songs chart.

Special in that it gives Trainor a second top ten presence, “Lips are Movin” is not the only song to enter that portion of the single sales chart this week. Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk (featuring Bruno Mars)” vaults to #3 with 111,000 weekly sales, while Mr Probz’ “Waves” notches its first top ten position (#9) via 71,000.

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