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A Swift Hiatus

For the past ten years, Taylor Swift has released an album like clockwork, every two years.  So, we were sure October 2016 we would see her sixth studio album.

And then we didn’t.

Then she performed on some Super Bowl pre-show thing (I don’t really follow such events), where she performed “Better Man,” a song she wrote for Little Big Town, for the first time.  When I heard Little Big Town’s performance, while Swift wasn’t singing in the recording, I could hear her because of her strong songwriting style.  So, needless to say, I was super excited to see that performance.

It was also at this show where she apparently stated that this show was probably her only one for 2017, and that the people in the audience was at 100% of her tour.

Before we get sad, I have a theory.

Whenever Swift releases an album, it’s usually towards the end of the year and she doesn’t tour or perform in the year the album was released – the tour tends to be the year after.  So, for instance, 1989 was released October 2014, and her associated performances all occurred in 2015.  So, if she releases an album October 2017 – which I sincerely hope she does, and it sounds like she’s making one – then her tour wouldn’t occur until 2018.

An absence of a tour does not mean an absence of an album.

Swifties, there’s still hope!

Better Man

I was in line at the grocery store when I got the news.  I was scrolling through my Facebook feed (it was a long line at the register) when I saw a post by Taylor Swift saying she wrote the song “Better Man” for Little Big Town.  My heart started pounding.  New Taylor Swift music.  Finally.

I rushed to my car and downloaded the song from iTunes without previewing it.  If Taylor Swift had a hand in writing the song, you know it has to be good.  You don’t need to preview that.

And it’s beautiful.  The song is honest and fragile, and reminiscent of Swift’s country roots.


The mark of a truly gifted songwriter is when the song will sound like the person who wrote it even if they aren’t performing it.  This is totally the case here.  While it’s Little Big Town performing, you feel as though Taylor Swift is singing it to you – you can almost hear her sing it.

Last month, there was a bit of a hysteria where we thought Swift would secretly release her sixth album (sadly, that did not happen).  The below video leaked online and people thought it was a clip of a new Taylor Swift song because it sounds just like her.

Apparently, it’s not Taylor Swift, but Kelsea Ballerini. That’s what they (reps for both Swift and Ballerini) said.

However, I have a very well trained musical ear, and that is not Kelsea Ballerini. Ballerini has more of a southern twang than Swift and a slightly higher pitch voice.  Plus, the way this singer pronounced “didn’t know, thought we could grow it” is more in line with Swift’s pronunciations.  But this video is not the greatest quality.  Indeed, Ballerini released the studio snippet of the song on her Instagram account (see below) and it made me do a double take…maybe it is Ballerini singing but the distorted quality makes it seem like Swift…

But since Swift wrote “Better Man” for Little Big Town, I’m now wondering if the clip above actually is Taylor Swift singing a demo for Kelsea Ballerini.  Like, in a few months we’ll see Kelsea Ballerini has a new single “Roses” written by T. Swift.

Regardless, let us revel in the fact we sort of have a new Taylor Swift song, and hope she hurries up with #TS6!

Song of the Year – Predictions

Song of the Year Nominees:

  • “Blank Space” by Max Martin, Shellback, and Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift, artist)
  • “See You Again” by DJ Frank E, Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa, and Andrew Cedar (Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, artists)
  • “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, artist)
  • “Girl Crush” by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, and Liz Rose (Little Big Town, artist)
  • “Alright” by Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears, and Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, artist)

Should Win: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, artist)

While all the nominees this year are very strong contenders and each could easily win the Grammy as each made their mark in the 2014-2015 period, “Thinking Out Loud” is by far the most timeless song.  Whether you listen to it in the car tomorrow on the way to work or in fifty years while you watch your grandchildren grow up, “Thinking Out Loud” will always be relevant.  The magic behind it is that it draws you in and makes you feel something in your heart.  Whether you’re in love or not, it makes feel the warmth and passion that is Sheeran’s love.

Will Probably Win: “See You Again” by DJ Frank E, Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa, and Andrew Cedar (Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, artists)

I just got a gut feeling on this one.  As much as I think Sheeran deserves this Grammy and I would love to see Swift up there (specifically because she successfully utilized satire in “Blank Space” while crafting a ingenious pop song),  I feel like the fact “See You Again” was a tribute to Paul Walker will lead it to victory.

But, as I said, it’s really close and I wouldn’t be shocked to see any one of these songs winning.

On a random but fun note, Liz Rose, a cowriter of “Girl Crush,” was a long time cowriter with Swift.  They wrote the majority of Swift’s first album together.  They were nominated together for “You Belong with Me” in 2010 for Song of the Year and the won the Grammy for Best Country Song for “White Horse” that year.  Funny how they’re nominated against each other this year.