"September" co-writer on Taylor Swift's cover: "Lethargic as a drunk turtle" 

Finally, a Taylor Swift beef worth talking about. Over the weekend, songwriter Allee Willis, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and co-writer of Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 nonsense-word ass-shaker “September,” addressed Swift’s recent cover of the song. She did so at her one-woman show in Detroit, where Willis…

2018 iHeartRadio awards finally celebrate the work of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift

If the Grammys are out of touch, the iHeartRadio awards are almost too in touch, celebrating the most popular of popular music and rejecting stuff that’s unnecessarily hip or cool. It’s a show, in other words, that can award Maroon 5 with Best Duo/Group Of The Year in 2018 even though Migos was also nominated. Of…

Hater judge writes burn-filled dismissal to 3LW songwriters' "Shake It Off" lawsuit

A U.S. District Judge has ruled to dismiss a recent lawsuit against Taylor Swift, in which songwriters Nathan Butler and Sean Hall alleged that her hit song “Shake It Off” ripped off the lyrics to 3LW’s “Playas Gon’ Play,” which the pair wrote for the ’90s girl group. Butler and Hall’s argument centered on the idea…

This Taylor Swift "Shake It Off" lawsuit is getting into some deep philosophical shit

Last September, we reported that Taylor Swift was being drawn back into court yet again, this time over the lyrics to her 2014 smash hit “Shake It Off.” The lawsuit in question came from songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who claimed that Swift ripped off the lyrics to 3LW’s “Playas Gon’ Play”—which they…

Let’s start again: 12 resolutions for pop culture in 2018

It’s a New Year, and with it comes the opportunity for a fresh start—to take a hard and unflinching look at the areas in our lives that could stand to be improved, then to immediately give up on that and start thinking about how pop culture can better distract us from our problems. In what has become an annual…

Taylor Swift's new social network for Swifties is already overrun with Trump-supporting homophobes 

At the end of last week, Taylor Swift launched The Swift Life, a social media app meant to act as an oasis from the tumultuous, politics-laden world of the internet, a place where fans of Taylor Swift could peaceably discuss and fawn over their favorite thing: Taylor Swift. Unfortunately, as The Daily Beast reports, …

Welcome to The Swift Life, the social networking app that's all Taylor talk, all the time

It’s a hard, ugly world out there, friends. California’s on fire, most of our entertainment heroes are secret monsters, and the American political landscape is lorded over by a leering gremlin with all the goodwill, competence, and skin tone of a slowly rotting carrot. Not everybody had a dismal 2017, though; in…

James Corden dances backup for Taylor Swift, terrorizes a bunch of other pop stars

Because we all used to be with it, but then they changed what “it” was, it’s okay to not be in the know as to the current crop of pop stars. That’s one of the reasons this segment from James Corden’s Late Late Show is so helpful; in it, Corden takes over as the general manager of Inglewood’s The Forum for its…

Ex-DJ pays Taylor Swift for groping her, is kind of a dick about it

Ensuring that there’s really no part of this story where he doesn’t come off as some species of skeezy dick, former DJ David Mueller says he’s now mailed Taylor Swift the $1 he owed her—but possibly with an optional, obnoxious twist. Said debt came about as part of damages Swift demanded from him earlier this year,…

Turns out that history is full of bitches badder than Taylor Swift

Listen, no offense to Taylor Swift—building a $280 million media empire at 27 years old is an impressive achievement—but, no matter how many shades darker she takes her lipstick, she will never be “pirate queen of the South China Sea” badass. Over the weekend, this point was made over and over again, in a rare moment…

Never forget: Taylor Swift is actually an Illuminati clone of Anton LaVey's daughter

Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation should drop at midnight tonight, preceded by a string of high-concept singles and videos. These have rekindled a conversation about the ongoing ambiguity as to the pop star’s political beliefs—she doggedly refused to state who she voted for in the last election—and her semi-ironic…

Father John Misty reminds us all that the real threat is music bloggers

Yesterday, the ACLU came to the defense of a music blog that had called on Taylor Swift to denounce white supremacists, an assertion that inspired a threatening letter from the pop star’s lawyers. Today, a new party entered the fray: yes, it’s our good friend Father John Misty, here to do the Father John Misty thing…

ACLU defends blogger who said Taylor Swift needs to denounce white supremacy 

The ACLU has announced that it’s stepping up to defend Meghan Herning, an editor for PopFront who recently received a threatening letter from Taylor Swift and her attorney over a blog post called “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation.” The piece was about how white supremacists…

The 16 most-anticipated albums of November

As 2017 winds to a close, after a year that’s seen the release of thousands of albums—an unusually large number of which are quite good!—it seems almost unthinkable that November would still have more to give. But with new records from the likes of Björk, Angel Olsen, Shamir, Sharon Jones, and more still in the…