"Welcome to New York!" That's what Taylor Swift sang to her adoring fans Thursday morning, as she shut down New York City's Times Square for a concert on ABC's Good Morning America.
It's been a busy week of non-stop promotion for the singer, who's been everywhere promoting her new album, 1989. "You guys, I'm having the best week of my life thanks to you, so thank you!" she told the crowd, as they cheered and screamed.
1989 is on track to sell more than a million copies in its first week, and Taylor told ABC's Robin Roberts how grateful she is that fans are liking her new music. "It's astounding to me how many people have decided to invest in this album and welcome it into their lives," she said. "I'm seeing everyone on Instagram and Twitter and Tumblr posting pictures with their albums, and it makes me so happy. 'Cause I worked for this for two years, and for them to want to listen to my stories from the last two years of my life is the most insane honor!"
Taylor also appreciated the fact that many of her fans went to great lengths to be front-and-center for Thursday's concert.
"It's just so amazing to be here and to have the fans all here and to have them sing the words to this new album of music," she laughed. "It's unbelievable, you guys are so fast at learning lyrics! And I wanna thank everybody who camped out late last night. There are a lot of people who slept over on the street in Times Square, so thank you for doing that."
Taylor will be back in Times Square New Year's Eve to ring in 2015 as part of the annual ABC special, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. The singer, who moved to the Big Apple not long ago, was just appointed a Global Welcome Ambassador for New York, and she spoke about how much she loves her new hometown.
"I'm new to town and so I'm so excited about them including me in the tourism board, because everywhere I go, I'm just like, 'You need to go to New York!'" she told Roberts. "'Cause it's my favorite place in the world, it's my favorite city in the world and I'm so happy to get to play in Times Square -- what is my life right now!"
Taylor also thrilled fans by teasing that a tour announcement is coming soon. "I am gonna be going out on tour again. Very soon," she said. "We're in the early stages of planning the actual show, but I'm really excited about announcing things when I can announce them. But just know, it's going to be happening soon!"
In addition to "Welcome to New York," Taylor also sang "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off" during her GMA concert.
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"Angel in Blue Jeans," the first video from Train's new album Bulletproof Picasso, was a mini-Western. Their latest video, for their new single "Cadillac Cadillac," has just premiered on VH1.com, and it's a retro-flavored clip with a bit of a Mad Men vibe.
The video, set in the late '50's or early '60s, takes place on a soundstage where lead singer Pat Monahan is shooting a Cadillac ad: he's the star of the ad, and his female co-star sits in the front seat of the Caddy, giving him the eye. The rest of the band play photographers shooting the ad.
Just as Pat and his co-star are about to kiss, he falls into a deep sleep and begins dreaming about walking through a fantastical landscape filled with dancing women. Finally, his frustrated co-star wakes him up by throwing a glass of water in his face.
The "Angel in Blue Jeans" video will be available on VEVO on Friday, and will make its TV debut on VH1's Top 20 Countdown this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
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In the run-up to Election Day, Facebook has released a new study comparing the cultural similarities and differences between Democrats and Republicans, based on which fan pages both groups "like" on the social network. When it comes to music, it turns out that there are very few acts who are liked equally by Democrats and Republicans, but Taylor Swift is one of them.
Facebook compiled its study by first looking at users who "liked" the campaign pages of any Democrat or Republican running for governor, U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives. Then, it cross-referenced those with what other pages those people liked on Facebook, to see which musicians were disproportionately liked by one party's supporters versus the other.
The study revealed that some acts, such as Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Lady Gaga, Adele and Alicia Keys are disproportionately liked by Democrats versus Republicans. Artists who are liked more by Republicans are nearly all country acts, such as Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney. The most polarizing acts are The Beatles -- who are most liked by Democrats -- and country legend George Strait -- who is most liked by Republicans.
But those musical acts who bridge the gap include Taylor, Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Journey, Nickelback, country legends Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash and classic rock giants AC/DC and Metallica.
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