Having surprised her fans with the new album, the ‘You Need to Calm Down’ hitmaker releases a music video for ‘Cardigan’, her first single off her latest record.
Taylor Swift‘s new album “Folklore” is the first of her records to fall into the “alternative” music genre.
The 30-year-old singer dropped the record at midnight EST on (July 23), after surprising fans with news of an impending release.
Despite the fact that Taylor is most well known as a pop star, the new album is actually categorised as alternative on iTunes. Four of her previous records were classed as country albums, while she’s also dropped three pop albums.
In addition, Taylor will be submitting the record for the Best Alternative Music Album gong at the 2021 Grammy Awards, according to reports.
It’s the only award she will be eligible for in the alternative genre, as while the pop genre has awards for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album, the alternative only has the album prize.
Fans have initially responded positively to the new record, which has a running time of an hour and three minutes and features 16 songs – five of which have explicit language warnings on them.
Taylor’s followers have also started speculating about the identity of the mysterious co-writer she thanked when detailing her collaborators on “Folklore”. While she tagged almost all the writers she mentioned, she didn’t tag William Bowery – with fans immediately speculating the name is a pseudonym.
After discovering there are no registered songwriters or producers named William Bowery, speculation began building that Bowery is another name for Taylor’s longtime boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
According to fans, Swift and Alwyn were spotted outside New York’s Bowery Hotel back in 2016 at the start of their romance. In addition, Joe is the great-grandson of composer and musician William Alwyn – which fans believe is how the name William Bowery came about. Taylor has yet to comment on the speculation.
As well as dropping the album at midnight, Taylor also released the music video for her first single from the new record – titled “Cardigan”.
The video was written and directed by the singer herself, who also did her own hair and make-up on a socially distanced set overseen by a medical inspector as she ensured her crew stayed safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jimmy Fallon | Chace Crawford snubbed Chippendales
Chace Crawford turned down the chance to join the Chippendales.
The former ‘Gossip Girl’ star was approached by an agent in the gym who asked him to try out to join the dance troupe, who are known for their striptease routines, but he politely declined the proposal.
Speaking during a virtual appearance on ‘The Tonight Show, he told host Jimmy Fallon: ”That actually is a true story. That was probably back in the first iPhone days…
”I’ve never gotten to fully tell it…I did turn it down.
”I lived in New York, it’s cold, I liked to work out at the gym in my building. Usually no one is ever up there, except this one guy, he would always be up there, you know, smelling good, tight clothes. I thought he was a trainer.”
The 35-year-old actor recalled the man approaching and asking if he was a ”model type”.
He quipped: ”I’m kind of like a work out alone no conversation type.
”I’m teasing, he was very nice.
”He asked me for some headshots…which I usually carry with me to the gym but didn’t have them that day.
”He goes, ‘Hey, I do this bootcamp if you’d like to try out for Chippendales.’ ”
Although Chace declined the approach, he joked that he’d ”really messed up” and should have taken the man up on the offer.
He said: ”This was pre-‘Magic Mike’ days. I really messed up, I should’ve done it.”
The ‘Boys’ actor previously admitted he finds it ”tiresome” that his good looks overshadow his acting talent.
Asked if it’s frustrating to have his talent overshadowed by his looks, he said: ”Well, it’s definitely strange. I guess there are worse problems to have, but it can be a little tiresome because I don’t like attention being drawn to me. I have a specific look and it’s my job to play against that.”
And Chace thinks his hunky good looks led to him being typecast when ‘Gossip Girl’ ended, making landing new jobs difficult.
He added: ”It’s frustrating when you know you’re not getting cast because you look… well, because you’re a heartthrob from this thing. I know this happens and it’s okay.”
Reba McEntire Hopes to Secure ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Co-Creator as Guest on New Podcast
The country star and her co-host Melissa Peterman have recorded 12 episodes of ‘Living and Learning with Reba McEntire’ with other guests including Kristin Chenoweth, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda.
Reba McEntire wants to snag a chat with multiple Emmy Award winner Dan Levy for her new podcast.
The country star and her “Living & Learning with Reba McEntire” co-host Melissa Peterman have already scored big chats with the likes of “9 to 5” stars Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda, but they now want the “Schitt’s Creek” co-creator and star, who was the toast of the Primetime Emmys on Sunday night, September 20.
Reba and Melissa have already recorded 12 episodes, with other guests including Kristin Chenoweth and bestselling author Glennon Doyle, and the singer admits the series has forced her to brush up on hot-button 2020 topics like “cancel culture” and issues such as “rejection and how to deal with it” and “manners” for shows.
But it’s not all serious when she and Melissa get behind the microphone – they end each session with a fun question-and-answer segment, asking guests things like: “Would you rather get pooped on or barfed on?.”
McEntire insists the silliness is intended to bring a little joy to what has been a difficult year for so many.
“You got a happy attitude and a little humor in it at all times,” she says.
“Living & Learning with Reba McEntire” debuted on Monday, September 21. Tune in to the first two episodes here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0UoDFAZCnO8cIhXIXtSeoD.
Jack Osbourne | Jack Osbourne’s youngest daughter has coronavirus
Jack Osbourne‘s daughter Minnie has tested positive for coronavirus.
The three-year-old tot is thought to have contracted the virus from someone who works for her father, Jack, as no-one else in the family – including her mother, Lisa Stelly, her sisters Pearl, eight, and Andy, five, and her grandparents, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne – has tested positive.
Sharon, 67, explained the situation during a virtual appearance on ‘The Talk’ on Monday (21.09.20), as she was supposed to return to the studio but has had to quarantine for two weeks following Minnie’s diagnosis.
She said: ”I was meant to be in the studio, I was so looking forward to it. And then, unfortunately, one of my granddaughters has come down with Covid. She’s okay; she’s doing good. I don’t have it. Her daddy doesn’t have it. Her mommy doesn’t have it. Her sisters don’t.
”She got it from somebody who works for my son. And it just goes to show you, she’s 3 years of age, that children can get Covid.”
Sharon insisted she ”keeps testing negative”, but is staying away from the talk show studio for the full two-week quarantine period just to be ”safe”.
She added: ”Oh my Lord, I want to see you guys so bad. I’ve got one more week left of quarantining and then I’m out. And as I say, I don’t have it. I keep testing negative, but, you know, you have to be safe.”
Meanwhile, Jack – who has all three of his daughters with his ex-wife Lisa – previously said he wouldn’t let coronavirus kill his father Ozzy Osbourne.
The 34-year-old star made his comments after scientific evidence suggested the virus may have originated in bats, as Ozzy famously bit the head off of one during a concert in 1982.
Jack said: ”Here’s the thing, I am not letting a disease started by bats kill my dad. That’s not how this is going, ok? This is not some giant revenge plot from bats to get my dad back.”
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