Taylor can’t answer the phone right now because she’s on stage accepting a half-dozen awards.
Taylor Swift broke the record for most AMA wins this year, taking home all six of the awards she was nominated for, including the top prize: artist of the year. Did we mention she also held the previous record?
Her winning output was supplemented in part by re-recordings of her early albums (following a disagreement with her old record label), with Red Taylor’s Version winning two best album awards.
To add to the nostalgia, Taylor is serving up a blast from the past by returning to her signature hairstyle from her early albums, and it’s giving peak Fearless circa 2008.
Her winning output was made up in part from the re-recordings of her early albums (after a dispute with her old record label), with Red Taylor’s Version scooping two best album wins. To add to this nostalgia, as you may have noticed, Taylor is serving up a blast from the past returning to her signature hairstyle from her early albums and it’s giving peak Fearless circa 2008.
Taylor’s sweeping bangs and golden curls were instantly recognizable as a nod to Taylor as a teen. This is perfectly aligned with the theme of her recently announced tour, “Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour, a journey through the musical eras of my career (past & present! ”
“This album is a re-recorded album, and I cannot tell you how much my re-recorded albums mean to me, but I never expected or assumed that they would mean anything to you,” Taylor said of the album’s success.
And this look appears to be another nod to fans’ fondness for the star’s early years. How come these photos are 12 years apart?
Her 2022 take was a little more undone than her noughties iteration, with her golden curls brushed through for a softer movie star take, and the side bang more firmly secured into a vintage wave.
But the tribute was undeniable.
Taylor’s been knocking it out of the park since she released her debut album at 16 back in 2006, something she noted in her acceptance speech saying; “I cannot express how unbelievable it is to me that I still do this and that you still care.” And if we’re honest it’s making us emotional.
Taylor Swift tour sales debacle leaves Ticketmaster facing Senate committee hearing
US lawmakers have announced that they will investigate Ticketmaster’s dominance after the company incurred Taylor Swift’s wrath over its handling of sales for her highly anticipated tour.
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee announced the formation of a subcommittee to investigate the “lack of competition in the ticketing industry.”High fees, issues with Ticketmaster’s website, and cancellations demonstrate that the company “does not face any pressure to continually innovate and improve,” according to Ms Klobuchar.
Swift said last week that it was “excruciating” to see what people had to go through in order to get tickets to her upcoming US tour, her first since 2018.
On Thursday, fans reported waiting hours and being repeatedly kicked off the website, with Ticketmaster canceling Friday’s sale due to “extraordinarily high demand” and “insufficient” tickets.
These problems occurred just a few days after the site had crashed again due to high demand during a pre-sale.
Ticketmaster reported that more than 3.5 million people had registered for the general sale, and that it planned to allow 1.5 million to participate, with the remainder placed on a waiting list.It did, however, claim that “bots” – automated requests – and demand from those who had not previously registered had flooded its website with 3.5 billion system requests – four times its previous peak.
“I’m not going to make excuses for anyone because we asked them several times if they could handle this kind of demand and they assured us they could,” Swift wrote on Instagram.
Ticketmaster, which dominates the US ticketing industry, has long frustrated fans and artists with hidden fees, skyrocketing prices, and limited ticket availability due to pre-sales.
Ms Klobuchar wrote to the company’s CEO last week, claiming that Ticketmaster and its sister company LiveNation – which promotes events and runs venues – were abusing their position and were immune to the competition found in other industries.
On Tuesday, she and Utah Senator Mike Lee upped the ante by announcing plans for a special hearing.
“When there is no competition to incentivize better services and fair prices, we all suffer,” Ms Klobuchar, who chairs the Senate subcommittee on competition and consumer rights, said.
“American consumers deserve competition in every market, from grocery stores to concert venues,” Mr Lee added.
The hearing date and witnesses have yet to be determined.