Thursday, February 4, 2010

Taylor Swift's Record Label Says We Shouldn't Judge Her Singing

We all saw it: the excruciating performance by Taylor Swift at last week's Grammy Awards... right before she won album of the year. Now, I'm the first to say that people have their off performances. Even the best of the best sound terrible sometimes for whatever reason. But this wasn't the first time Taylor's sounded bad. It was like the 50th time she's sounded bad live. The only difference was that this performance was SO bad that everyone noticed and it couldn't go overlooked.

Now, the head of Taylor Swift's record label is saying that it isn't about the live performance and basically we shouldn't be judging her... I've bolded all of my favorite parts of the article.

Label chief defends Swift's Grammy performance


Feb 4, 7:07 AM (ET)

By CAITLIN R. KING

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The head of Taylor Swift's record label is fired up and ready to defend his superstar from people who are criticizing her Grammy-night performance.

"She is the voice of this generation. She speaks directly to (her fans), and they speak directly back to her," said Big Machine Records CEO Scott Borchetta in a phone interview. "This is not 'American Idol.' This is not a competition of getting up and seeing who can sing the highest note. This is about a true artist and writer and communicator. It's not about that technically perfect performance."

Borchetta first responded to the backlash in The Tennessean. Asked by The Associated Press why he felt the need to defend Swift, he said because the criticism was "just over the top."

"It's that classic thing that critics do of building something up and then wanting to tear it down," he said.

Swift rehearsed her performance and duet with Stevie Nicks two different times at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in front of a crowd of people. Critics were nicer then. Entertainment Weekly wrote of the rehearsal, "The two women's voices complimented each other nicely on the harmonies of 'Rhiannon ...'"

But on Sunday night's Grammy show, Borchetta said Swift had a technical issue that made her worry about her performance. (Attempts to reach The Recording Academy for comment went unanswered.)

"We had a volume problem in the ear. So, she was concerned that she wasn't able to hear everything in the mix," Borchetta said. "That's just part of live TV. ... So you're going to have difficulties on occasion. Unfortunately, on one of the biggest stages, we did have a technical issue. She couldn't hear herself like she had in rehearsal."

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Firstly, I have to say that there is NO way that Taylor Swift is "the voice of this generation," and I don't even have to explain that.

Second, I found it interesting that he brought up that this wasn't American Idol, a show on which Swift herself wouldn't make it past the first round. You would think he wouldn't want to bring that up, especially considering the show is on RIGHT NOW and features performers of a much higher caliber (not all, but many of them).

Then came, "It's not about that technically perfect performance." Hmm... I bet the other performers that night (and really any performer in the world) would beg to differ.

And finally, the classic excuse for bad performances, "She couldn't hear herself."

How come this never happens to good singers? It seems so unfortunate that the only in-ear monitor systems that fail are the ones for people who can't really sing well in the first place... (Remember years ago when O-Town bombed at Miss America? It was the sound system's fault then, too.)

Look, I'm not out to get Taylor Swift. I have her CD; it's good. But if you don't want to be judged for your live performing skills, don't perform live.

Welcome to America. We judge people.

UPDATE: Kelly Clarkson responds to Scott Borchetta's knocking American Idol.

GO KELLY!!!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

LOST Season 6 Premiere Live Reaction / Recap


This is my live reaction to the season 6 premiere of LOST. Get my reactions AS they're happening on this CRAZY episode! Warning: there are some spoilers in this recap if you haven't seen the episode yet.

Jack, Sawyer, Kate, Sayid, Hurley, and the gang are all back for the final season of ABC's LOST. This is how the first episode went down.

Favorite line of the night: "Nothing's irreversible."

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LOST: Beginning of the END

I'm sitting in religion class right now, trying desperately to stay awake. I attempted to go to sleep early last night, getting in bed before 1am, but my body wasn't aware of this change of schedule and didn't allow me to sleep even a wink until at least 2:30. So today has been rough: lying and deception was painful as I tried to hide the fact that I was dozing right in front of the professor's face. I was just praying he didn't see me nod off and ask me if I was having trouble staying awake. You can't so much lie to your lying and deception teacher. It just isn't smart.

So tonight is finally the premiere of the final season of LOST. I still remember getting hooked on this show when it first aired 6 years ago. Though it is easily my favorite TV show ever now, I must admit that after seeing the initial previews, I thought it would be the most ridiculous show ever and canceled after 3 episodes. I was wrong.

I've found that I'm USUALLY wrong when it comes to whether or not a TV show will be good: that same year (2004) I was at Universal Studios Hollywood on a backlot tour when the guide told us to be quiet because we were passing by an active set for a "new TV show on ABC called Desperate Housewives, starring Lois & Clark's Teri Hatcher." It took me no less than 3 seconds to turn to my mom and sister and say, "Well THAT'S clearly going to be terrible."

And six seasons later, here we are.

Oh, this is good: talking about TV is definitely helping me fight off the zzzs.

I don't know what to expect tonight on LOST. I don't WANT to know what to expect. I didn't even crack open my Entertainment Weekly, as it said "warning: contains spoilers!" and I don't do spoilers.

All I know is that I just want questions to be answered. Duh.

And for some reason, the biggest question that comes to mind for me is: WHY was Libby in the insane asylum with Hurley??? Freaking Michael had to shoot her before we ever found out.

So come on, LOST. Don't let me down.
On a different note: this week must be "Rachel McAdams Week" at the University of Texas. Tomorrow night they're showing "Mean Girls" in the Union and the next night is "Time Traveler's Wife." And that is AOK with me.

PS while I'm on the subject of Ms. McAdams, let me just say: good on ya to her for somehow being able to play so many polarly different parts. I couldn't believe Regina George was the same person who played Allie in The Notebook.

Not that I've even seen The Notebook or anything... No, no, I just heard about it from a friend.

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