Quick Feed: Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and Gypsy and The Cat

TayTay is coming for Gaga’s digital sales record.

TAYLOR SWIFT WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER

Taylor Swift‘s somewhat alright new single ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ pretty much ripped the internet a new one yesterday, and now Billboard is predicting that it’ll set a new record for biggest sales debut for a digital track by a female artist.

‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ – written by Swift and One Direction hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback – is the lead single from the country pop superstar’s fourth album Red, which is set for a global release on 22 October.

The flash uptake across multiple US radio formats meant that ‘Never’ has already reached an audience of 30 million in less than 24 hours. The song was swiftly – fuck yeah, puns – released digitally and has since gone #1 on the US and Canada iTunes stores.

Current sales projections are pitching ‘Never’ to sell somewhere between 450,000 to 500,000 downloads in the States by Sunday 19 August.

If ‘Never’ can get them download sales past 448,000 copies by the end of the week, then she would have trumped Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’ record of biggest debut sales for a digital track by a female artist. But hold on a minute, ‘Born This Way’ racked up 448,000 copies in just three days – Taylor has a whole week and immediate radio backing. You do the math.

Listen to Taylor Swift‘s new single ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’:



Gaga’s erotic horror perfume commercial and personal battles

LADY GAGA FAME PERFUME

Speaking of Gaga, the ARTPOP purveyor has premiered the blockbuster commercial for her debut fragrance: Fame.

Check out the dark, sexual extravaganza below that really isn’t visually conveying anything you haven’t already lapped up in the Born This Way era. Sonically, the commercial sounds like it’s flaunting warped elements of her popular album track ‘Scheiße’.

Some of the props and wigs here give a bit of a throwback to her ‘Alejandro’ video, which shouldn’t surprise you given that it was done by the same director, Steven Klein.



Lady Gaga is set to launch her third studio album ARTPOP in 2013 but the journey forward hasn’t been easy for the pop megastar.

She revealed in an emotional message on her social networking site Little Monsters that the last 12 months has been a “challenge”, wrought with fights with her label over single choices, directors who pigeonholed her, and the “incessant dragging of the most important single of [her] career” – which could really only be a reference to Madonna‘s constant clawing over ‘Born This Way’/ ‘Express Yourself’.

Stefani is too talented and legit to be harassed by such fuckery – do you know what I mean? In any case, I think it’ll be interesting to see how the tension and the sparks transpire in her forthcoming body of work.

“Don’t I look like a Halle Berry poster?”

ALICIA KEYS GIRL ON FIRE

Alicia Keys has revealed the title of her fifth studio album: Girl on Fire. While no official date has been penciled in yet, I think it’s safe to say that it will come out before the year’s end.

According to the Grammy-winning singer’s blog, this forthcoming album is about “new beginnings, new perspectives and fresh starts”. A bit of an Emancipation of A-Keys, if you will. She’s set to perform the first single from Girl on Fire at the MTV Video Music Awards on 6 september. All shall be revealed.

Please don’t say you’re sorry.

GYPSY AND THE CAT SORRY

Homegrown indie pop band Gypsy and The Cats are back with a new single titled ‘Sorry’, which hits Australian digital shelves this Friday 17 August.

The gang, who opened for Kylie‘s phenomenal Aphrodite – Les Folies tour in Australia, would’ve earned a few new pop music fans from that experience so it’ll be interesting to see whether this new track will grab us in the way ‘Jona Vark’ did (my personal favourite is ‘Gilgamesh’, which really is magic when you playlist it alongside Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Still Getting Younger’ and Pnau‘s ‘Solid Ground’).

Gypsy and The Cat‘s upcoming sophomore album is due for a summer release.

Check out the video for ‘Sorry’:


Carly Rae Jepsen blows a big… kiss.

CARLY RAE JEPSEN KISS

Apply your eyes all over this recently-revealed artwork for Carly Rae Jepsen‘s new album. Isn’t she just adorable? This could double for a publicity shot selling lip gloss.

The album Kiss is set to arrive in Australia on 14 september and the ‘Call Me Maybe’ sensation has said that she was inspired by Robyn, 80s band The Cars and Madonna – so fuck me dead, this album better deliver. Jepsen‘s breakthrough smash ‘Call Me Maybe’ has so far clocked over 7.3 million sales worldwide and she’s currently doing rounds with a new single titled ‘Good Times’ (with Owl City).

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