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Episode 183 - The “Bad Blood” Music Video SIZZLES!Taylor Swift set the Swifty fandom on fire with her world premiere of the “Bad Blood” music video at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Full of cameos from her best friends, sexy action sequences, and a remix with Kendrick Lamar, Taylor delivers one of her best music videos to date. What are your thoughts on the music video? What do you think of Kendrick Lamar’s rap? Let us know! Hope you enjoy the episode!

 

Highlights from Episode 183 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion: “Bad Blood” Music Video

– Uh oh… Selena Gomez is the backstabbing friend in this video!

– Could Taylor’s transformation into a fighting powerhouse represent her personal transformation in the 1989 album?

– So many cameos… but we missed Meredith and Olivia!

– Why do you think the story of the video took place in London?

– “We was on D like DOC” — Diane needs a translation.

– Taylor’s favorite Kendrick Lamar song makes an appearance. I see what you did there. 

Other Topics:

 

– Taylor’s Rock in Rio performance was different than any performance we’ve seen before (more details to come).

– How do you hold 8 Billboard Music Awards at once? #TaylorSwiftProblems

– If you like us, rate us on iTunes at TaylorTalk.org/iTunes!

Calendar

– May 20th: The 1989 World Tour kicks off in the US in Bossier City, Louisiana.

– May 22nd: The 1989 World Tour continues in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Episode 182 - We’re sure the 1989 Tour is flawless, but we don’t know yet. Don’t worry — Episode 182 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast is spoiler free! We want to hold off having a tour discussion until after we have seen the show, so in the meantime, enjoy a song analysis of “Enchanted.” Taylor writes a lot of songs about love, and in “Enchanted,” Taylor writes about having a crush on someone but not doing anything about it. I’m sure we can all relate. Enjoy the episode, enjoy the puns, and be sure to share your thoughts with us! Happy listening!

 

Highlights from Episode 182 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion: “Enchanted” Song Analysis

– “Enchanted” is another example of Taylor Swift as a wordsmith genius.

– Why did Taylor choose the word “wonderstruck” for her perfume?

– Adam’s so vain, he probably thinks this song is about him.

– Is “Enchanted” a realistic or fairytale take on love?

– Why didn’t Taylor tell him she was enchanted to meet him? Oh, the agony!

– Steve connects this song to “The Story of Us” and “Wildest Dreams,” but you could really connect anyTaylor song. 

Other Topics:

 

– The Bad Blood music video will premiere on May 17th!!

– Check out the preview of Taylor’s interview in Elle Magazine, “Taylor Swift Has No Regrets.”

– Fun fact: Xfinity, the 1989 tour sponsor, is offering a bunch of behind-the-scenes features and a chance to meet Taylor!

Calendar

– May 15th: Taylor Swift performs at Rockin Rio in Las Vegas, NV.

– May 17th: The Billboard Awards air on ABC at 8/7c.

– May 20th: The 1989 World Tour kicks off in the US in Bossier City, Louisiana.

– May 22nd; The 1989 World Tour continues in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Episode 181 - Welcome to the 1989 World Tour… it’s been waiting for you! Well, almost! Since the 1989 World Tour is just days away, your hosts Adam, Steve, and special guest Agustin of The Swift Agency bring you their tour predictions. Remember that we have NO inside information. We’re just fans, like you, who are SUPER excited for the 1989 World Tour! What songs would you like to see on tour? How do you think Taylor will perform them? We’d love to hear your tour predictions! Enjoy the show!

 

Highlights from Episode 181 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion: 1989 World Tour Predictions

– Since Agustin loves Taylor’s element of surprise, he hopes he’s way off on his tour predictions!

– Which song off 1989 do you think will be cut from the setlist?

– We visualize “Welcome to New York” as the tour opener.

– How will Taylor bring her popular singles, like Blank Space, to the stage?

– “Pretty much everything from the 80’s went out of style though.” – Quotes by Steve

– Agustin has an amazing idea to get the fans involved (and onstage!) during the 1989 tour.

– What special thing do you think Taylor will do on the b-stage? (covers? old songs?)

– We hope new country artist Kelsea Ballerini will be a special guest on the 1989 tour! (check out her interview on Taylor Talk Episode 178)

Other Topics:

 

– I might still be crying over Mama Swift’s speech before giving Taylor her ACM Milestone award…

– Glamour UK has a new guest editor for June 2015… Taylor Swift! Her issue is on newsstands on April 30th.

– You know your dad is a Swifty when he sings Taylor Swift while washing dishes. He thinks they’re finally clean…

– Swifties are listening to “Fly” by Avril Lavigne

Calendar

– May 5th: The 1989 World Tour kicks off in Tokyo, Japan!

– May 15th: Taylor Swift performs at Rockin Rio in Las Vegas, NV.

– May 17th: The Billboard Awards air on ABC at 8/7c.

– May 20th: The 1989 World Tour kicks off in the US in Bossier City, Louisiana.


Episode 180 - God Bless, Andrea Swift. This one’s for you. Episode 180 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast is dedicated to Mama Swift. Since Taylor announced this week that her mom had been diagnosed with cancer, we wanted to use this episode to honor Andrea.

We discuss “The Best Day,” the heartfelt song Taylor wrote for her mom back in 2007 as a Christmas surprise. What do you think of the song? Does it remind you of your childhood? We also want to encourage you, as the Swift family does, to have all to have your loved ones checked for cancer, just in case. For now, enjoy the episode and please keep the Swift family in your thoughts!

Highlights from Episode 180 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion: “The Best Day” Song Analysis

– No one has impacted Taylor’s life more than her mother, Andrea Swift.

– Fun fact: Taylor gave this song & video to her mom as a Christmas present, and it took Mama Swift a while to realize that it was Taylor singing about her!

– Do you remember that childhood feeling that your parents could fix anything?

– Adam argues that Taylor plays around with perspectives in this song.

– Does this song remind you of your relationship with your mom?

Other Topics

– Keep Andrea, Taylor, and the rest of the Swift family in your thoughts. They have an important battle to fight.

– Taylor encourages us to be proactive about cancer by making sure our loved ones get checked. EDUCATE yourself at http://www.cancer.org/healthy.

– The 2015 Podcast Awards are this Tuesday, April 14th! You can watch the live stream at 6:00pm PST at PodcastOne.com.

– Taylor Swift is nominated for 14 Billboard awards! Did they nominate anyone else??

Calendar

– April 19: The 50th Annual ACM Awards will take place in Dallas, TX and broadcast live on CBS.

– April 26: The 2015 Music Radio Disney Music Awards will air on the Disney Channel at 8pm ET/PT.


Episode 179 - Bring on all the pretenders, we’re not afraid. In Episode 179 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, we’re joined by our good friend, Agustin from theswiftagency.com, to discuss “Long Live,” one of Taylor Swift’s most powerful anthems. This song is both a celebration for her team and her fans. Our throwback to the Speak Now era comes at a perfect time too, because although Taylor is now a self-proclaimed pop artist, country music organizations, like the ACMs, keep honoring her with awards! It just goes to show that Taylor Swift left a strong legacy behind her in country music and will undoubtedly do the same for pop music. What do you think of “Long Live”? Would you put it on a greatest hits album for Taylor Swift? Feel free to share your thoughts. Enjoy the episode!

Highlights from Episode 179 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Main Discussion: “Long Live” Song Analysis

– Who did Taylor write “Long Live” for? The fans, her team, or both?

– It’s impossible to read the lyrics to this song without singing them (have fun listening to Adam try).

– Who is the “you” in the song? Grant? Amos? Scott Borchetta?

– At Taylor’s 2009 CMA Entertainer of the Year win, a band of thieves in ripped up jeans got to rule the world.

– It’s okay if you need to excuse yourself and get a tissue while we talk about the bridge… 

Other Topics:

– Happy birthday Kenny Chesney! You get Taylor Swift at your concert as a present 

– Fortune names Taylor Swift as the greatest female leader in the world, but we already knew that.

– Country music just won’t stop giving Taylor awards, will they?

– Taylor surprised us all by performing backup guitar for Madonna’s iHeartRadio performance!!

Calendar

– As Agustin said, you can take the girl out of country, but you can’t take country out of the girl — the ACMS are honoring Taylor with a Milestone Award on April 19th.

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Episode 178 - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Remember when we featured Kelsea Ballerini in “What Are Swifties Listening To?” then about a week later, Taylor herself tweeted about Kelsea? Well… In this week’s episode, we chat with Kelsea Ballerini about that moment, plus her upcoming album and more! After that, the Amazing Steve-dini worked his magic and salvaged the second half of our “Wildest Dreams” analysis from last week! Let us know your thoughts and what you think of “Wildest Dreams.” Enjoy the episode!

Also: We were nominated for BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST at the 2015 Podcast Awards!! VOTE AT PODCASTAWARDS.COM DAILY.

 

Highlights from Episode 178 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast
Main Discussion 1: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Kelsea Ballerini
– What was it like for Kelsea when Taylor tweeted about her and her music?
– We know Taylor is jamming to Kelsea’s EP. But what is Kelsea’s favorite Taylor song?
– Kelsea reveals a song title off her upcoming album! Find out what it is
– Are you going to see Kelsea perform outside Heinz Stadium in Pittsburgh before Taylor goes on? ‘Cause ya should! Steve will be there, so go join him to see Kelsea LIVE! 

**BONUS: Steve’s “Future Queens of Country” playlist

Main Discussion 2: “Wildest Dreams” Song Analysis
– The second half of Episode 178

Other Topics:

– WE’RE NOMINATED FOR BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST IN THE PODCAST AWARDS! Please vote daily at podcastawards.com!

Find Kelsea Ballerini Online:
www.KelseaBallerini.com
Twitter
Facebook
YouTube
Kelsea’s EP on iTunes

Calendar
– Taylor will appear on Live with Kelly and Michael on March 25th.
– The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards are on March 28th.
– March 29th are the iHeartRadio Music Awards.


Episode 177 - Oh my my my, how Taylor Swift has changed from the “Love Story” girl! In Episode 177 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, we discuss Taylor’s new, realistic take on love in her song “Wildest Dreams.” Taylor says that when she meets someone new, her first thought is, “When this is over, I hope they think well of me.” Her opinion on love has changed from a more romantic happily-ever-after viewpoint to something more fatalistic. What’s your take on this perspective? Do you see love like Taylor does? Let us know your thoughts and what you think of “Wildest Dreams.” Enjoy the episode!

Also: We were nominated for BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST at the 2015 Podcast Awards!! VOTE AT PODCASTAWARDS.COM DAILY.
Highlights from Episode 177 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast
Main Discussion: “Wildest Dreams” Song Analysis
– Is going into a relationship thinking that it will ultimately end really a fair way to enter a relationship?
– Steve says “Wildest Dreams” is about forming an immediate connection with someone. That’s one way to put it!
– Taylor Swift writes with her heart. Literally!
– How does the music create the mood of the song?
– Some people debate on whether or not this song sounds like Lana Del Rey. We debate on how to say “Lana.”
– Adam’s so vain, he probably thinks this song is about him.
– We kind of have a singing contest. And I’m kind of sure you’ll never want us to do it again. 
Other Topics:

– WE’RE NOMINATED FOR BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST IN THE PODCAST AWARDS! Please vote daily at podcastawards.com!
– Meredith owes Taylor $40 million for scratching her leg. MeOW.
Calendar
– Taylor will appear on Live with Kelly and Michael on March 25th.
– The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards are on March 28th.
– March 29th are the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Episode 176 - One night, he wakes. Strange look on his face. Pauses. Then says, “Have you listened to Taylor Talk? In Episode 176 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, we discuss the song that every Swifty wants played at their wedding, “You Are In Love.” Taylor Swift channeled her friends, Jack Antonoff and Lena Dunham’s relationship to describe what real, true love looks like. Taylor says that this song “sounds like love to her.” What do you think? When you think of the concept of love, does this song match up? Let us know your thoughts. Enjoy!

Also: We were nominated for BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST at the 2015 Podcast Awards!! VOTE AT PODCASTAWARDS.COM DAILY.
 
Highlights from Episode 176 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast
Main Discussion: “You Are In Love” Song Analysis
– Does “You Are In Love” sound like love to you?
– Taylor, the ultimate wordsmith, captures the ‘little things’ in this song.
– Only on Taylor Talk would we have a discussion about the meaning of the word “and.” #LyricNerds
– Adam HATES one of the lyrics in this song with a fiery passion!
– … but one part of “You Are In Love” always makes at least two of the hosts cry.
– First dance song vs. walking down the aisle song… where does this song fit in as a wedding song?
– Steve made a love song Spotify playlist based on “You Are In Love.” Enjoy! 
Other Topics:

– WE’RE NOMINATED FOR BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST IN THE PODCAST AWARDS! Please vote daily at podcastawards.com!
– Taylor is going to be the godmother of Jaime King and Kyle Newman’s baby! Oh… and she’s also the godmother of a furry baby, except she doesn’t know it yet.
– If this was a movie… which Taylor Swift song would be the soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey?
Calendar
– The Juno Awards will air on March 15th.
– The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards are on March 28th.
– March 29th are the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Episode 175 - Every day is like a battle, but every episode with us is like a dream. Here at Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, we consider ourselves part of the “New Romantics” squad. What does the phrase “New Romantics” mean exactly? Who are these people and why are they singing heartbreak as their national anthem so proudly? Listen up to Episode 175 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast as we review the song that sums up the whole 1989 album. What do you think of “New Romantics”? Feel free to share your thoughts. Happy listening!

Also: We were nominated for BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST at the 2015 Podcast Awards!! Voting starts soon, so be on the look out for daily reminders on our social media pages.
Highlights from Episode 175 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast
Main Discussion: “New Romantics” Song Analysis
– The best people in life love “New Romantics.”
– Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone listed “New Romantics” as the second best song of 2014! Steve was nice and made a Spotify playlist of these songs.
– You know Taylor Swift is an amazing lyricist when you can spend 10 minutes talking about two lines.
– Let’s play a game called “Find References to Other ‘1989’ Songs in New Romantics.” (hint: we found “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space”)
– What exactly are the “new romantics”? A 19th century artistic movement? The cool kids squad?
– The bridge…. what does it mean??
Other Topics:

– WE’RE NOMINATED FOR BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST IN THE PODCAST AWARDS! Daily voting starts March 4th. We will remind you so you don’t forget.
– We love how Taylor constantly looks for ways to “take the narrative back” about herself from the media.
– “New money, suit and tie…” What did you think of Taylor’s “Blank Space” BRIT Awards performance?
– Taylor Swift’s Telegraph interview is a must-read. (Tay worries about being able to top “1989” for album number six!)
– If Swifties ruled the world, Taylor Swift would be able to freeze time so she could spend more time with her fans. 
Calendar
– The Juno Awards will air on March 15th.
– The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards are on March 28th.
– March 29th are the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
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Episode 174 - Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss never go out of style. In Episode 174 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, we discuss the Vogue feature on one of our favorite female friendships: Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss! The pair talked about how “normal” they are and competed in a hilarious Vogue competition to determine who is the best best friend. We also discuss the #StyleMemories and consider how the “Style” music video would be different if those clips had been included. What was your favorite news story from this week? Let us know in the comments below. Enjoy the show!

 
Highlights from Episode 174 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast
Main Discussion: “Style” Memories and Taylor Swift & Karlie Kloss in Vogue
– What’s your favorite #StyleMemories video?
– Fun fact: “Style” was written on February 19, 2014.
– Taylor and Karlie Kloss have graced the cover of Vogue together! Check out their Vogue feature on news stands now.
– Vogue interviews Taylor and Karlie about their friendship that started at a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and on a trip to Big Sur.
– Taylor Swift wants to regain control of her narrative — we think she’s owning it.
– What does the future of Big Machine look like? Billboard has some ideas. 
Other Topics:

– Wonderland is now available for purchase in the iTunes US Store!
– Taylor Swift sang with Paul McCartney on SNL’s 40th anniversary after party and it was the highlight of her life.
– Fun fact: Stump the Host is one of our favorite games on the podcast!
– Swifties are listening to “Yours” and “Ghost” by Ella Henderson. 
Calendar
– Taylor will make an appearance with Ed Sheeran on BBC 1 Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on Feb. 24th.
– The BRIT Awards are on Feb. 25th.
– The Juno Awards will air on March 15th.
– The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards are on March 28th.
– March 29th are the iHeartRadio Music Awards.