Why take Taylor Swift seriously?


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One of the most powerful women in the music industry, Taylor Swift has amassed a global legion of fans through her catchy songwriting, social media savvy and star-studded dating history. Cristen and Caroline take a look at the country-princess-turned-pop-powerhouse's incredible career and why her critics ignore her talent.

Episode Sources:

"Taylor Swift's Telltale Heart" http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/04/taylor-swift-cover-story

"The Reinvention of Taylor Swift" http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/taylor-swift-1989-cover-story-20140908

"Spotify snub by Taylor Swift part of music-industry battle" http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2025110031_spotifyswiftxml.html

"Taylor Swift on '1989,' Spotify, Her Next Tour and Female Role Models" http://time.com/3578249/taylor-swift-interview/

"For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story" http://www.wsj.com/articles/for-taylor-swift-the-future-of-music-is-a-love-story-1404763219

"Taylor Swift on Songwriting, Nashville and the Thrill of Spontaneous Music Making" http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/5755699/taylor-swift-on-songwriting-nashville-the-thrill-of-spontaneous

"Taylor Swift Is the Reigning Queen of Celebrity Social-Media" http://www.vulture.com/2014/10/taylor-swift-queen-of-celebrity-social-media.html

"Taylor Swift: 'Sexy? Not on My Radar'" http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/aug/23/taylor-swift-shake-it-off

"Taylor Swift Reveals She Has Been a Feminist All This Time" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/24/taylor-swift-feminist-_n_5704691.html

"Talking Taylor Swift with Tavi Gevinson" http://flavorwire.com/403557/flavorwire-interview-talking-taylor-swift-with-tavi-gevinson

"Just Kidding, Love Sucks: Notes on Taylor Swift" http://www.believermag.com/issues/201307/?read=article_gevinson

Topics in this Podcast: pop culture, gender, music, teens, feminism, famous females, girls, culture, teen girls