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August 21, 2014

Mark Romanek on Directing Taylor Swift’s New Video ‘Shake It Off’


VULTURE.COM – Taylor Swift fans were bowled over this week when the singer debuted the music video for her new, previously unannounced single “Shake It Off,” but fans of the format were doubly surprised by who directed it: Mark Romanek, the helmer of some of the most iconic music videos ever made, including Johnny Cash’s “Hurt,” Fiona Apple’s “Criminal,” and the Nine Inch Nails clip “Closer.” These days, Romanek is more focused on feature films (his big-screen work includes One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, and he’s currently circling The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining set up at Warner Bros.), but “Shake It Off” is the latest in a music-video resurgence for the director: After eight years away the medium, he directed last year’s Jay Z clip “Picasso Baby” and the music video for U2′s big Super Bowl single “Invisible.” Clearly, Romanek’s busier than ever right now, but he still made time via email to answer some of Vulture’s questions about the genesis of “Shake It Off,” his collaboration with Swift, and what he makes of the reaction to the video.

You shot “Shake It Off” over three days in June, yet no one knew a thing about it until its official release this week. How does something like that happen, and is that harder and harder to do these days when even a random extra in one scene might snap something on his iPhone?
Yes. Two months was a long time with no leaks. You know, I’ve made over two dozen spots for Apple. They take their secrecy very, very seriously, too, so my producer and I have become pretty practiced at keeping things secure. A series of measures are put into place. Badges and wristbands. Aggressive nondisclosure agreements must be signed. Scary legal announcements regularly made to cast and crew. Cell phones confiscated at the door. We selected a pretty remote sound stage and even placed boom boxes all around the perimeter blasting heavy-metal music, in case you could faintly hear the song during shooting. And then, after all those measures are taken, you kneel and pray.

What was the kernel of a concept that this video sprung from? Was there some sort of idea or visual image or intent that everything else grew out of?
Yes. In all the videos I’ve done over the years, I’d say pretty much all of them were my own concept. But this basic idea was all Taylor’s. We met and she told me that she wanted to make a sort of paean to the awkward ones, the “uncool” kids that are actually cooler than the “cool” kids. She said she wanted to shoot all these styles of dance and then be the individualist dork in the midst of these established genres. And that she somehow wanted her fans involved. I loved that idea, so over the following week or so, we narrowed down our choices for styles of dance. I think she imagined it in more natural settings and I suggested giving it a starker, more minimalist look. And I suggested the idea of incorporating her fans as a climax, for the ending as a kind of surprise.

You’ve directed clips for some of the biggest acts in pop music, but how does “Shake It Off” feel different than other videos in your oeuvre?
Well, I’m not sure I’ve ever done such a purely pop video as this. I guess “Scream” was pop, but I think of Michael [Jackson] as sort of his own genre. No Doubt’s “Hella Good” is pretty pop. I kind of pride myself on being able to tailor a bespoke style for just about any artist or genre — whatever’s called for, really. In this case, the assignment was to create a purely fun, upbeat pop video. I’d never really done that, so it was a new challenge. You know, I used to be the “Prince of Darkness” and now I have two adorable daughters, so I guess I’ve softened up a lot. I want to make things that they might like, too. It didn’t hurt that they’re huge fans of Taylor’s, so now I’m Super Dad.

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August 20, 2014

Taylor Swift Interviewed by Kiss FM UK


KISSFMUK.COM – After a huge buildup, Taylor Swift announced her new album 1989 and released ‘Shake It Off’ – the first single and video.

I spent two years making 1989. Two years gives you enough time to grow and change and let things inspire you,” explained Swift.

I was listening to a lot of late 80?s pop music and how bold those songs were and how that time period was a time of limitless possibilities.”

The single ‘Shake it Off’ has a positive message according to Swift, who said:

Over the last few years I’ve learned a very important lesson. We cannot control what people say about us but we can control how we react to it. We can let it get to us, make us bitter, even drive us insane or we can shake it off.”

Taylor called into KISS Breakfast to tell us more about the new album and being Ed Sheeran‘s ‘wingman’. Hear what she said in the KISS Breakfast Takeaway below.

August 20, 2014

’1989′ Behind The Scenes


Taylor Swift filmed an exclusive behind the scenes video for iTunes. She shows us some of the process of recording backing vocals and other sounds in the studio. Watch it below!

August 20, 2014

Taylor Swift on 1989, ‘Shake It Off’ and what she’s learned since RED


FUSION.NET – Taylor Swift made a big announcement yesterday on Yahoo’s first ever worldwide livestream at the Good Morning America studios. The singer/songwriter named her fifth studio album ’1989′ (the year she was born), and its set to drop on October 27th of this year.

Swift made history with her last album RED with the highest ever first-week album sales worldwide on iTunes. Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with the seven-time Grammy-Award winning artist to talk about her new album, the brief hiatus in between, and how her music has changed since RED.

“[RED] was a devastating record,” Swift told Menendez. “It was about dealing with an intense heartbreak and ’1989′ is about the phase after that where you brush yourself off and you’re ok.”

Menendez joked with Swift about whether or not fans should expect a new album every two years.

“I don’t know if I’ll stay in that holding pattern of making an album every two years,” Swift told Menendez. “I’d like [two years] to be the minimum…because I think you need to give yourself time to change and experience things and learn lessons so you have these things to tell your fans.”

“Shake It Off” isn’t just the title of her new single, it’s a philosophy she’s embraced in her own life and one that she hopes to share with her fans.

“I want [this song] to be about the girl who’s criticizing someone in the 11th grade because she thinks her hair looks stupid and then that girl goes and cries in the bathroom because of it,” Swift explained to Menendez. “These are the things that we go through in every stage of our life.”

Taylor Swift is the first female artist to have three consecutive albums with six or more weeks at the #1 spot. The pressure is on, expectations are high, but Taylor is two years older, and two years wiser. Live, learn, write music…it’s a recipe that’s worked for Swift in the past, and there’s no sign that the same won’t be true for ’1989.’

August 19, 2014

Taylor Swift Interviewed by BBC Radio 1 + In Demand UK


Taylor Swift was interviewed today by two UK radios: BBC Radio 1 and In Demand! She talked about her new single “Shake It Off” and the new album “1989″. You can listen to both interviews below!

BBC Radio 1
In Demand

August 19, 2014

Rolling Stone: Taylor Swift Dismisses the Haters, Dances With Fans for New Song ‘Shake it Off’

ROLLINGSTONE.COM – After a week of dropping hints, Taylor Swift finally hired a skywriting plane last Friday to spell out “TAYLOR SWIFT 8/18 5PM YAHOO” above New York City, suggesting to fans that the “22″ singer might finally be dropping some new music from her much-anticipated fifth album. When the clock struck 5 p.m. EST on Monday, Swift delivered: As part of her Yahoo! live stream, Swift debuted her new single “Shake It Off” in the form of an impromptu dance party with the studio audience. Swift also revealed that 1989, the follow-up to 2012′s Red, is set for release on October 27th and will be her “first straight-up pop album.” 1989 refers to the singer’s birth year, and Swift revealed that the music of the late-Eighties – “a time of limitless potential” – had a huge impact on her new LP, right down to the album cover: a Polaroid photo of the singer.

Two years gives you enough time to grow and change; change what you believe in and what’s influencing and inspiring you,” Swift said of the two years between Red and 1989. “In the process, my music changed. I woke up every single day not wanting, but needing, to make a new style of music. This album is a rebirth for me.”

“Shake It Off” was co-written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback, with the latter two producing the track. Martin and Shellback previously worked with Swift on the hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Immediately following the Yahoo! stream, 1989 was made available for pre-order on Swift’s official site (though her site crashed immediately following her announcement). Swift also revealed that the deluxe edition of the album will feature an envelope of 13 Polaroid photos and three bare bones versions of tracks that Swift recorded into her phone.

I’ve had every part of my life dissected — my choices, my actions, my words, my body, my style, my music,” Swift tells Rolling Stone about the new single. “When you live your life under that kind of scrutiny, you can either let it break you, or you can get really good at dodging punches. And when one lands, you know how to deal with it. And I guess the way that I deal with it is to shake it off.” Swift is also scheduled to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards in Englewood, California on August 24th, which is as good a venue as it gets to debut “Shake It Off” live.

Finally, Swift premiered the “Shake It Off” music video, which she filmed in June over the course of three days in Los Angeles. Directed by legendary director Mark Romanek, the visionary behind Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” and Janet and Michael Jackson’s “Scream,” the video finds Swift adopting a series of personas, including cheerleader, hip-hop B-girl and Lady Gaga-esque performance artist. “All I think about are metaphors and cats,” Swift said on the livestream. “And life can be greatly reflected in your willingness to dance.”

It was so much fun. I woke up every day of that shoot and couldn’t wait to get to set,” Swift tells Rolling Stone about the video shoot. “We had twerking, which was so funny. Those girls were trying to teach me how, and it’s just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what they do, and there’s like a science to it – they’re like digging their heels into the floor without you seeing their legs move, but their butts’ moving. It’s mind-blowing to me. They were explaining it all to me, and it’s so above my comprehension of how to understand your body.

As for the video’s concept, which finds Swift unable to master the art of moshing and ballet among other dance moves, Swift says, “It takes a long time to figure out who you are and where you fit in in the world. I’m putting myself in all these awkward situations where the dancers are incredible, and I’m having fun with it, but not fitting in. They’re doing the most beautiful things, and I’m being embarrassingly bad at it. It shows you to keep doing you, keep being you, keep trying to figure out where you fit in in the world, and eventually you will.”

Swift was tight-lipped about her new album during her visit to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on August 13th, not even biting when the late night host asked her if she’d “Beyoncé an album and just pop it out,” during the Yahoo! Announcement.

I think the goal for the next album is to continue to change, and never change in the same way twice,” she explained to Rolling Stone last year. “How do I write these figurative diary entries in ways that I’ve never written them before and to a sonic backdrop that I’ve never explored before? I’ll bring in ideas and they’ll take such a different turn than where I thought they were going to go, and that level of unexpected spontaneity is something that really thrills me in the process of making music. What if we did this? What if we made it weirder? What if we took it darker? I love people who have endless strange and exciting ideas about where music can go.”