Reputation was released on November 10, 2017, and is the sixth studio album by Taylor Swift. The album mostly received positive reviews and was the second best-selling album of 2017 worldwide, and the US best-selling album of 2017. Reputation lead single “Look What You Made Me Do” was released on September 2 and it broke a string of records, including the record for the most plays in a single day on Spotify and more. Some of the other song this album include are “Ready For It”, “Gorgeous”, and “Call It What You Want” which also received many positive reviews from the critics – The album contains parts of the Pop, electropops, ynth-pop. Much the same as the album's title suggests a considerable lot of its lyrical themes, for example, dealing with fame and media coverage of celebrities. Greg Kot, from Chicago Tribune, described the album as "another shift, this time into electronic pop". Taylor Swift said several of the reputation songs were inspired by the epic fantasy TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. Entertainment wrote "she says, 'At the time, I was making reputation and I didn’t talk about it in interviews, so I didn’t reveal that a lot of the songs were influenced by the show.'”. Taylor Swift also added that the album ended up transforming into a split album, one end being the weaponized songs about revenge, and the other about hoping to discover love “something sacred throughout all the battle cries”. “These songs were half based on what I was going through, but seeing them through a Game of Thrones filter,” Swift says – The cover art also portrays these themes, which showcases Swift over a background of a tabloid publication. The title of the album is also derived from some of the song’s lyrics like from the “End Game” lyrics 'Big reputation, big reputation, ooh, you and me we got big reputations, Big reputation, big reputation, Ooh you and me would be a big conversation', and from the “Delicate” lyrics 'My reputation's never been worse'.
Released in 2017, 15 tracks, 55 min
You never know what you have until it’s gone. That could easily be a Taylor Swift lyric, but more accurately, it’s how I feel about every Taylor Swift album when a new era starts. Swift is notorious for releasing one of the worst songs on her records as the leading single, making me always look back fondly to the previous record and all of its deep cuts and intricacies. Swift has recently released “ME!” the ridiculously upbeat lead single off her upcoming seventh record Lover and followed it up with “You Need To Calm Down.” Kudos to Swift for finally going political in a song (“You Need To Calm Down” has specific lyrical references to gay rights) but it’s not a well written song. The lyrics are badly constructed, and the production is bland at best. I listened to the song this morning, and immediately afterward put on Reputation so I could reminisce on the great records of Taylor Swift’s past.
Taylor Swift has always been familiar with drama in music and love areas which inspired her in making new singles or even the whole albums about it. The album Reputation is her response to the disses by Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West, and a famous singer Katy Perry. When it comes to Kanye West and his wife, all of the drama began back in 2009 when Kanye insulted Taylor publicly. Kanye made a scene at the VMAs when he rushed the stage and told Taylor Swift: “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.” That made the whole world take Taylor's side in this drama and turn against Kanye. It looked so wrong, rude and disrespectful! Taylor was only 19 years old back then and he totally ruined her special moment. He apologized the same year. But was it sincere? In 2010, his apology inspired her to make a song "Innocent" after which Kanye kept apologizing. But, suddenly, in 2013 Kanye said he doesn't feel sorry for what he did back in 2009 and regrets his apology. Two years later, they finally found peace and became friends. It didn't take Kanye long to cause new drama with the release of his song "Famous" in which he, in front of the whole world, insulted Taylor with lines: "For all my Southside niggas that know me best I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex Why? I made that bitch famous (Goddamn) I made that bitch famous" in which he claimed to be the one who made Taylor Swift famous because, after the scene in 2009, her popularity increased drastically. He took the role of the victim here and Kim and him released the video of Taylor agreeing to these lyrics but in the video is shown that she heard only the lines: "For all my Southside niggas that know me best I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex" not the two lines after these where he took the credits for her popularity and success. Taylor released a statement where she said she wasn't aware of the lyric "I made that bitch famous" and that she's totally not okay with that. She also added Kanye wanting her to promote the single on her Twitter feed which she, of course, refused to do. Four days after Kanye's song was released, Taylor won an award for her album 1989 after what she said: "There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world." and we can all see who is she referring this to. On November 10th, 2017 Taylor released a new album called Reputation and she gave us much to talk about!
The Thick Production in Taylor Swift’s Reputation Unleashed a Bad-Ass Video Game Simulating Adventure or the Continuum of a Cinematic Marvel Film.
The Album Reputation which won American Music Award for Favorite Album Pop/Rock, and Billboard Music Award for Top Selling Album really hit home for me in a fiery attitude type of way versus the average happy go lucky material and I’m not just saying this as I’m not really an average Taylor Swift fan. My attention was definitely caught before this Reputation Album initiated with her LP 1989 but sometimes times the happy go lucky concepts over all can be a bit typical and boring. Yet, when her sixth album finally dropped on November 10th of 2017 with all this assertiveness, and certainty in sustaining a publicly appointed bad girl reputation, was freshening and surprising to say the least. From “Ready For It” to “End Game”, to “Look What You Made Me Do”, the themes gave very polished, advanced video game aesthetics and just kept me tuning in over and over. Taylor Swift is known for being the Easter egg Queen and its widely known that she has the most enthusiastic fans to find interesting and insightful clues about her projects before being released out to the public in her music videos and songs.Things things range from the release date of a single or album, a connecting piece of visionary material to even imagery hints at the animal mascot of an entire era. Reputation was an album where all of those things were engraved into the virtual world of her music videos and I wouldn’t mind if she came back to this kind of concept musically as it was out of the norm for her and it showed her versatility almost like trying on an gorgeous dress or hopping into a muscle sports car.
For the R&B star, a lot has happened since she came into spotlight. From the issues of racism, to relationships that did not go as planned and the endless list. In her sixth album, Reputation, Taylor Swift gives her opinion on some of these issues – Considering the circumstance surrounding the time of the release of the album, it is difficult to assume the words are meaningless. Taylor Swift used the album as a platform to express herself. The songs are not just mindless pop hits but they are stories. She used the album to tell her own side of different stories and also what she expects or expected from different situations. It is like an encrypted message that requires the listener to relate the words in the song to different phases of her life. The words in the tracks are majorly focused on three things: lust, loss and revenge, but sprinkled all around are her notions on topics such as gender, power and freedom of speech.
What can a star do that everything she touches makes it a worldwide success that reaches the corners of the earth that we would never have imagined existed? A star with more than 83 million followers on Twitter, more than 68 million on Facebook, more than 33 million subscribers on YouTube and more than 117 million on Instagram. Well, I can only think of one thing: reaffirm her place as the American Queen she has become or, perhaps I should say, the Queen of the World. With a bunch of successes behind her that have been the envy of many artists who have not been able to reach that height and with the enormous responsibility of satisfying all those admirers that I have just enumerated (plus those who silently love her and have all her albums, but they do not dare to say it), Taylor Swift raises her reputation with her album, Reputation. Caring to the last detail in both, the music and the videos that adorn a lot of the issues and including responses to many of her detractors, the jump to the confirmation that we have Taylor Swift for a long time, is giant and leaves a long way of distance for who wants to reach her. It seems impossible that after this, someone can remove her from the throne. From the cover you can see the tone of the singer's posture, with those images that appear to be newspaper notes and her challenging face, she wants to make clear to those who thought that she could not do anything else, that she is not only capable of that and more but also that she is someone so important to many, that she is big enough to call attention whenever she proposes it. An album that also invites that aspirational feeling that is very necessary for many who need an inspiration, a role model, something that gives meaning to their lives to keep fighting to be someone in this world. An intelligent album in the selection of themes and guest artists (without abusing this resource as much as many others). An album that also has the virtue of taking seriously the primary reason for the business of music: entertain. An album that meets the highest quality standards in the recording of songs and in the production of each and every one of the videos. We are facing a record so versatile that you can listen at any time, enjoy it in privacy or at any weekend party. And above all, we have an album that says things, because nowadays, it is difficult to find songs that dare to say things in this musical genre. If someone does not find the content of this album interesting, it is because they do not want to listen to it.
Official Music Videos
Featuring Version Videos
Remix Version Videos
- Nov 10, 2017
- Big Machine
- Taylor Swift (also exec.)
- Jack Antonoff
- Max Martin
- Ali Payami
- Oscar Görres
- Oscar Holter
- Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California
- MXM Studios, Los Angeles, California and Stockholm, Sweden
- Rough Customer Studio, Brooklyn, New York
- Seismic Activities Studios, Portland, Oregon
- Tree Sound Studios. Atlanta, Georgia
Reputation (stylized as reputation) is the sixth studio album by American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released on November 10, 2017, through Big Machine Records. The record was primarily produced by Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback and Swift herself, who also serves as the executive producer. Featured artists included on the album are English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and American rapper Future.Continue reading at Wikipedia...
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