Day: November 9, 2023

Taylor Swift on the 1989 tour

Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour sold 2.2m tickets and earned more than $250m at the box office

On Friday, Taylor Swift released a new version of 1989 – the biggest-selling album of her career, and the one that definitively turned her into a pop star.

Featuring hits like Shake It Off, Blank Space and Style, it was originally written during the 2013-14 Red Tour, with demos stored on her phone in a folder named “Sailor Twips”.

Awarded a Grammy for album of the year, it has spent 325 weeks in the UK charts.

But now she has re-recorded it as the latest part of an ongoing campaign to regain control of her work, after an investment company bought her master tapes in 2019.

This is the biggest and riskiest part of the project. While earlier remakes were largely made with a live band, 1989’s pop landscapes are full of squelchy, processed synths and treated vocals.

Fans can now find out how it has turned out – and hear five new tracks from the star’s vault, expanding on the themes and relationships she explored on the original.

Here’s a guide to all the songs and what Taylor has said about them.

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1) Welcome To New York

“It’s a new soundtrack, I could dance to this beat forever more.”

We open with a mission statement: The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now, she’s dead.

After building her reputation in Nashville, 1989 jettisons the banjos in favour of insistent, needling beats and tales of bohemian nightlife. “A farewell to twang,” the New York Times called it.

Taylor knew change was necessary. “I don’t have the option of making music that sounds just like what I’ve done before,” she told Popcrush. “People will see right through

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Bad World is an occasional column by Toni Thai Sterrett, a filmmaker, futurist, and founder focused on the intersection of fashion and technology.

Seoul, South Korea is not just a vibe—it’s a lesson.

In an era in which inflation is skyrocketing and global unrest is palpable, there’s a sense of ease in embracing minimalism, a lesson we might want to borrow from Seoul’s fashion scene.

In September, I traveled to South Korea to engage in a fireside chat about the future of fashion at the Avalanche House alongside Legitimate CEO Calvin Chan, moderated by Tiffany Lai of Ava Labs. The event took place during one of the most exciting weeks in Seoul with local culture events colliding, including Seoul Fashion Week, Seoul Art Week, and Korea Blockchain Week. The city was pulsing with a vibrant mix of fashion, art, and tech.

One revelation? Seoul’s fashion isn’t about extravagance—it’s about essence. Amidst the chaos of rising prices and uncertainty in much of the world, Seoul’s elegant restraint in fashion offers an antidote. It suggests a way of living not dictated by excess, but by meaningful choice.

Tiffany Lai, Toni Thai Sterrett, and Calvin Chan at Avalanche House Seoul 2023. Image: Ava Labs

Sidenote: One of my biggest takeaways was that Seoul does not have a “bad bitch culture” aka Instagram model style (lashes and body-conscious clothing). Sure, in the past, women in high shoes was the norm, but to see an embrace of comfortable shoes—mostly sneakers on the overwhelming majority of women, regardless of age—was exciting and reaffirming. My own feet, post-Covid, aren’t that excited about stilettos.

Having always appreciated bold and edgy styles, it was eye-opening to see Korean women embracing loose-fitting clothing not just as a fashion statement, but as an embodiment of comfort, function, and style.

Everywhere I

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