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SPECIAL EDITION - Taylor Swift reveals new song titles from 1989 in Rolling Stone, so we do a special edition episode of Taylor Talk! Listen as Adam, Diane, Sami, and guest host Eric (@spielerman) delve into Rolling Stone’s interview with Taylor Swift, “The Reinvention of Taylor Swift.” This article contains a wealth of information, so it was difficult to talk about everything, but we did touch on Taylor’s dating life (or lack thereof), her tight security, her decision to go pop, and most importantly… THE NEW SONG TITLES FROM 1989!! As we theorize about what each song could be about, feel free to share your opinions with us. We’ll find out on October 27th who was right ;) Enjoy the show!

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Main Discussion: Taylor Swift's in Rolling Stone

- Although this article mentions how tight Taylor Swift's security team needs to be to keep her safe, the article is about how much Taylor Swift is loving life. 

- Eric wonders if Taylor got her country pop/metaphor from a... fortune cookie?

- Taylor claims that her 1989 album is not "boy-centric," and yet nearly all of the track titles she released are about boys!

- Finish the sentence: "I Wish You Would"... what?

- It seems like at least three songs on the album could be about Harry Styles (*braces self from angry Directioners)

- Who needs an NDA when you have Taylor Swift hypnotizing you not to talk?

- Which pop super star does Taylor Swift have "Bad Blood" with? We address the likelihood of each option suggested by Billboard. 

- Fun Fact: Taylor Swift listens to Kendrick Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle" when she's being swarmed by paparazzi.


Episode 150 - We’re better known for the things that we do on…. the podcast! In Episode 150 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, we discuss one of Taylor Swift’s most in-your-face songs, “Better Than Revenge.” Taylor wrote this at an age when she still believed that a girl could steal her boyfriend, but in light of her recent feminist admission, she’s changed her tune. What do you guys think of “Better Than Revenge”? Did your thoughts change after you listened to our feminist discussion on Episode 149? Feel free to share your thoughts. Enjoy the episode!

Highlights from Episode 150 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion: “Better Than Revenge” Song Analysis

- This song is probably inspired by a boy who broke up with Taylor in a 27 second phone call. Maybe.

- That awkward moment when The Jonas Brothers write a mean song about Taylor and she comes back with a “much better” song.

- We debate who exactly Taylor is trying to get revenge on: Camilla or Joe?

- Steve gives us a poetic rendition of “Much Better” by the Jonas Brothers. Snap if you appreciate it.

- Diane filmed a short music video for Better Than Revenge back in the day

- Do you think Taylor Swift regrets writing this song?

Other Topics:

- Taylor performed “Shake It Off” at the German Radio Awards. Which performance did you like better: VMAs or the GRA?

- Taylor Swift was nominated for CMA Female Vocalist of the year! Did they forget Taylor’s pop now?

- You know you’re a Swifty when you started drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes because Taylor drinks them!

- Swifties (and Taylor Swift) are listening to “Work Song” by Hozier.


Episode 149 - Taylor Swift has come out of the closet… as a feminist! In Episode 149 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, we discuss Taylor’s recent admission that she’s been a feminist all along; she just didn’t know it. Our good friend, Kate, @hipstertswift, a passionate feminist, joins us to discuss what feminism is and what it means for Taylor Swift. We hope you enjoy the show.  Feel free to share your thoughts! Happy listening :-) 

Highlights from Episode 149 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion: Taylor Swift Says She IS A Feminist!

- Our good friend, Kate (@hipstertswift), joins us as our ‘feminist correspondent’ to discuss Taylor’s new-found understanding of feminism.

- Taylor embodies the idea that you can also be a feminist while being feminine.

- Fun fact: Having a boyfriend has nothing to do with whether or not you are a feminist!

- We talk about the hidden feminist messages Taylor has had in her lyrics all along.

- Girls are always put against each other in society (example on PerezHilton.com)… It’s the sad truth, my friends.

- Does anyone ever tell Ed Sheeran that he has a lot of feelings? No. But people attack Taylor for the same reason.

- Read more of Taylor’s views on feminism, life, and much more in The Guardian.

- Check out another perspective on Taylor Swift & Feminism in our good friend Agustin’s blog at theswiftagency.com.

- Want to hear us talk even more about Taylor Swift and feminism? Listen to our interview with @FeministTSwift from June 2013.

Other Topics:

- “Shake It Off” just made Taylor’s 60th appearance the Billboard Top 100!!

- Taylor is set to be a mentor this season for NBC’s “The Voice.” Tune in starting September 22nd!

- You know you’re a Swifty when you memorized “Shake It Off” in an hour!

- Swifties are listening to “Amnesia” by 5 Seconds of Summer


Episode 148 - Hey, hey, hey, we just can’t shake off “Shake It Off”! In Episode 148 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, special guest, Ashley, takes us all behind the scenes of the "Shake It Off" music video -- A place where no Swifty has gone before!!  The team also takes a look at Taylor's first ever LIVE PERFORMANCE of "Shake It Off" from the MTV Video Music Awards!! 

Highlights from Episode 148 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion: Behind The Scenes of the "Shake It Off" Music video AND Taylor Swift’s VMA Performance of “Shake It Off”

- We interview Ashley, a fan, who got to be an extra in the “Shake It Off” music video!

- How did Ashley get chosen? What was the audition process? How did Taylor do as a director?? 

- Enter now, Taylor Swift, the sensational pop superstar!!

- What did you think of Taylor Swift’s modern flapper costume? What about her rompin’ around in a romper on the Red Carpet?

- Sami thinks Taylor’s “almost” jump off the 1989 sign was to remind people she’s still awkward; She’s still our Tay.

- Do you think this performance will inspire Taylor’s tour performance of “Shake It Off”?

Other Topics:

- Who watched Taylor’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?!

- Taylor told Good Morning America that in order to beat the haters, “you have to have more fun than them.”

- You know you’re a Swifty when it saddens you to hear the end of a Taylor Talk Episode because you need to wait another week for the next one… exceptnowtheepisodeissoversorry…


Episode 147 -- SHAKE IT OFF - Taylor’s using album five to take us back to 1989! On August 18th, Taylor held a Yahoo LiveStream event to announce a new single, “Shake It Off,” her new album “1989 (available 10/27!), and a new music video!! Taylor’s live stream was a massive unload of a bunch of new, exciting information, and your hosts are SO excited to unpack it all! We give our initial thoughts about the theme of 1989, how we love that “Shake It Off” is a complete dance party, and we marvel at the music video. Feel free to share your thoughts about the direction Taylor’s taking her new music. Enjoy the show!Highlights from Episode 147 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion – New Single “Shake It Off” And New Album 1989

- We should have know the polaroid pictures were a clue!

- Taylor was inspired by the late 1980s for her new album, a time period only Steve remembers.

- Want to meet Taylor Swift? Enter Swiftstakes (like sweepstakes, only “annoying”) for a chance to win concert tickets and meet and greets! Details to follow on taylorswift.com.

- Debate: “fake” vs. “bake.” What’s the verdict?

- The hosts conclude that “Shake It Off” is hella good.

- Swift fact: Taylor believes you can tell a lot about a person by how willing they are to dance. She even asked fans to dance with her in the “Shake It Off” music video!

- I don’t know about you, but the “Shake It Off” music video gave us SO many costume ideas for the 1989 Tour!!


Episode 146 - Say goodbye to the Red Era… album five is coming! In Episode 146 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, your hosts — Adam, Diane, and Sami — discuss the three clues Taylor released on Twitter and Instagram that possibly relate to her upcoming album. What’s the relationship between an elevator, Olivia, a polaroid camera, and yahoo.com? Listen up to hear our theories and be sure to share your own. Enjoy the show!

Highlights from Episode 146 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion – Fifth Album Clues

- An 18th elevator button, a cat, a polaroid camera, and yahoo… what does it all mean??

- Yahoo may have spilled the beans, even though Scott Borchetta says nothing has been confirmed.

- Is there any significance to certain things being cut out of the Instagram pictures?

- We wonder if these clues also hint to the subject of the new single, not just the album announcement.

- That awkward moment when the album five announcement is actually Taylor announcing her retirement… (just kidding)

- Only the Taylor Talk hosts would have an entire discussion about capitalization

Others Topics:

- A preview of Taylor in the The Giver has been released! What did you think?

- Be sure to check out Taylor Swift on the Tonight Show and Late Night this week!

- Raise your hand if you want a review of The Giver mini-episode this weekend! (I hope Steve & Maya are okay with this idea)

- You know you’re a Taylor Talker when you listen to Taylor Talk on the elliptical at your gym, and the lady working there has to ask you to get off the machine because you’ve been on for two hours and didn’t realize it!!

- Swifties are listening to “If You Ask Me To” - MacKenzie Porter


Episode 145 - Prepare to jump then fall into this episode of Taylor Talk! In Episode 145 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, we discuss one of Taylor’s cutest, feel-good songs: “Jump Then Fall!” Although it’s a relatively straight forward song, we still dig deep into the song’s complexities and Taylor’s writing style. We hope you enjoy the episode. Happy listening!

Highlights from Episode 145 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion – “Jump Then Fall” Song Analysis

- You may think the theme of this song is simple, but we still manage to debate as to what it’s about!

- Taylor describes this song as “happy, bouncy, and lovey.” But mostly bouncy.

- We compare the sound of “Jump Then Fall” to “Stay Stay Stay.”

- Fun fact: did you know this song peaked at number 1 on iTunes the week it was released?

- If Taylor wrote this song from personal experience, how do you think it feels for her to release a song about a crush/relationship that ended?

- Sign our petition to get Taylor to play “Jump Then Fall” on the album five tour!

Others Topics:

- We predict when Taylor’s new single will be released based on the fact that she’s giving an “explosive” performance of it at the MTV VMAs!

- “My ambition was to start a new book with the next album, not just a new chapter.” – Taylor’s interview with Candy magazine

- How would you guys like an episode with a book review/movie review of The Giver? Unfortunately, Adam doesn’t want to read.

- You know you’re a Swifty when you ask a random lady at the pool if you can take a picture with her turtle floaty because it’s the same one Taylor used on the 4th of July.

- Swifties are listening to “Chasing the Sun” by Hilary Duff. Declan Whitebloom, the music video director, was on Taylor Talk Episode 8!


Episode 144 - Hey, by the way… the newest episode of Taylor Talk is out!! In Episode 144 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, we discuss one of the die-hard Swifties’ favorite songs: “Stay Beautiful.” Although this is a song Taylor wrote when she was in her teenage years, in light of a recent Instagram post, she still believes in the selfless of unrequited love. Be sure to share your thoughts on the song. Happy listening!

Highlights from Episode 144 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast
Main Discussion – “Stay Beautiful” Song Analysis
- Taylor probably wrote this song about her fourth grade crush: Cory Robertson referenced in the Target commercial.
- We decipher how someone could possibly “smile like the radio.”
- Have you ever had such a huge crush on someone that you couldn’t talk to them? Adam says he hasn’t. I think he’s lying.
- We marvel at Taylor’s continued poignant admiration of unrequited love, most recently in an Instagram post.
- For some reason, Adam and Sami break into a short rendition of "Summer Lovin" from Grease.

Others Topics:
- Sami found her wings in New York City too!
- Fun fact: if you tell Taylor it’s your birthday in Central Park, she may buy you dinner!
- Taylor Swift is performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival! We assume her newest single will be out before then :)
- You know you’re a Swifty when you pay your siblings to be quiet when you’re listening to Taylor Talk :’D
- Swifties are listening to “Mother & Father” by Broods.
- Please leave Taylor Talk a GOOD voicemail! A lot of them are creepy….


Episode 143 - It’s a love story… baby just say yes to Album Five theories! In Episode 143 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, we discuss more album five theories courtesy of an article on Zimbio. We discuss song topics from cats to Emma Stone to what it’s like to be boyfriend-less. We hope this episode makes you smile (it made us smile, especially through the randomness that makes recording live fun). Happy listening!

Highlights from Episode 143 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion – More Album Five Discussion? Yes. Yes, indeed.

- Zimbio theorizes what the fifth album could be about… cats? friends? cookies?

- Since Taylor hasn’t had a boyfriend in a while, her only significant relationships are with cats. #sarcasm

- In all seriousness, Taylor might write a song about one of her friend’s life experiences.

- You can find Taylor bakin’ cookies at night! How funny would it be if Taylor wrote a sequel to “Thug Story”?

- We like the idea of a Sweeran song called “Just Friends.”

- Maya and Sami get into a debate about whether or not Taylor may include love on the fifth album.

Others Topics:

- That awkward moment when science nerds and heroes throw bottles at Taylor’s house.

- Do you know you can win a chance to attend the premiere and after-party of The Giver? Check out crowdrise.com/thegiver4goodteam to find out how. You can also buy tickets for an early showing of The Giver at Fandango.com

- FYI: The only person you need to vote for at The Teen Choice Awards is Taylor Swift. Just saying’.

- We have fun thinking about Taylor Swift themed street names.

- What questions would we ask Taylor if she were ever on the show?

- Swifties are listening to “Did You Think” by Erica Morgan.

 - Swifties are listening to "Girl In A Country Song" by Maddie and Tae


Episode 142 - Join us as we discuss Taylor’s biggest news this month! Although it’s not an album five announcement, Taylor Swift has now been published in the Wall Street Journal! In Episode 142 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, your hosts talk about the WSJ entitled “For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music is a Love Story.” It’s a wonderful piece, full of great “nuggets” of industry insider information. Feel free to share your thoughts on the article, and enjoy the episode!

Highlights from Episode 142 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion – Taylor Swift’s Wall Street Journal Article

- Taylor admits piracy is on the rise, but believes artists should “realize their worth and ask for it.”

- Adam gets heated over what type of music is considered “art”

- Raise your hand if you plan on sharing Taylor’s music with your grandkids!!

- Taylor has always been a fan of the element of surprise (notice I did not say shock).

- Taylor Talk also enjoys the element of surprise… the people who’ve bought Taylor Talk t-shirts know this ;-) 

- Which would you rather have: an autograph or a selfie with a celebrity?

- Awesome alert: Taylor has finally addressed the eternal genre question!

Other Topics:

- Did you know that you can help raise money for charity AND get the chance to meet the cast of The Giver?

- Vote for Taylor so she can dominate the Teen Choice Awards!

- You know you’re a Swifty when you go to your parent’s office and fax other companies various pictures of Taylor….. Oops. Good going.

- Swifties are listening to “Not In That Way” by Sam Smith