Taylor Swift: one year of 1989
I mentioned in the previous post about Adele that I leave for holiday the day after 25 comes out which means I’m listening to it nonstop when I’m away. Last year, the soundtrack of my holiday was Taylor Swift’s 1989. It came out pretty much right when we left. And I love it.
Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Taylor Swift’s best album to date, the one she wants a Grammy for. She celebrated on tour in Miami. Ricky Martin was there. Pitbull was there. And Dwyane Wade joined her on stage too. Also, Calvin Harris was seen in the crowd.
To commemorate her milestone, Taylor also released an acoustic version of Out Of The Woods that was performed for the Grammy people about a month ago.
She sounds great. She sounds confident. And she should be. She was the biggest deal in music this year. She broke a lot of records this year. And…now you’re thinking about Adele. Because Adele’s just broken some of Taylor’s records. Which is what a lot of people have been talking about this week. And whether or not that’s wrong, to pit one woman against another woman, to encourage the competition.
Is it? Let me quote Chimamanda again:
“We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
If this conversation is about competition between women for accomplishments, and it has nothing to do with boys…what’s the problem?
I wrote last week that women are dominating music right now. Adele, Beyonce, Rihanna, Madonna, Taylor, Miley, Nicki, Katy…
Can you imagine that as a race? All of them lined up for the 400 metre? One surges, the others have to find another gear and surge back. That’s what this is now. That’s what we’re watching, listening. As long as it’s fair, let them compete.
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