Jun 14

Taylor Swift on new pro-LGBTQ single: “It’s about…people who put so much energy…into negativity”

UMG/RepublicSwifties everywhere are freaking out over Taylor Swift's new single "You Need to Calm Down," which addresses online trolls, especially those who are homophobic.  In a video she made for Beats One, Taylor explains the thinking behind the song.

"I've observed a lot of different people in our society who just put so much energy and effort into negativity and it just made me feel like, 'You need to just calm down,'" she explains. "Like, 'You're stressing yourself out. This seems like it's more about you than what you're going off about. Just calm down.'"

The part of "You Need to Calm Down" which seems to be capturing most fans' attention is the second verse, where Taylor sings, "Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?/Sunshine on the street at the parade/But you would rather be in the dark ages/Makin' that sign must've taken all night."

She warns, "Control your urges to scream about all the people you hate/'Cause shade never made anybody less gay" -- and adds, "You need to just stop, like, can you just not step on his gown?"

The lyric video makes sure to spell "glad" as "GLAAD", and also highlights the letters "EA" in several words. Given the song's pro-LGBTQ message, most are interpreting that as a reference to the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Taylor has started a petition in support of the Equality Act.

LGBTQ Swifties are especially happy with the song, turning #ShadeNeverMadeAnybodyLessGay into a trending topic.

One wrote, "@taylorswift13 releasing a pro-LGBTQ song, during National Pride Month, is the Pride Month present we all deserve!"

"@taylorswift13 writing a song telling homophobes to calm down is everything I never knew I needed," wrote another.


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   Jun 14

#NeverReallyOver: Katy Perry launches online “place” where we can “heal from our broken hearts”

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In conjunction with her latest hit "Never Really Over," Katy Perry has set up a special space online where fans can come to "heal" from their "broken hearts."

It's a Tumblr page called NeverReallyOver, and a note posted their explains, "This is a place to heal from our broken hearts. A place to learn that there’s a push and pull to healing. While sometimes it can feel like those old relationships will never really be over, through time and self-care, you’ll learn to heal. And finally, let things go."

The page invites fans to "share your Never Really Over story. Whether a romantic relationship, old friendships, family stories, pets we loved, moments we can’t forget…some things are never really over." 

The site provides a postcard and GIF stickers which you can download to create your "healing note," which you can then submit for a chance to be featured on the page.

Fans have already flooded the page with messages illustrating the many different ways relationships can go, ranging from, "Actually, thank God it's over...my ex-girlfriend cheated on me," to "broke up with my high school sweetheart. Five years later, we live together with 6 cats," to "I still miss the way we were together."

In other "Never Really Over" news, you can watch an alternate ending to the song's video if you listen to it now on Spotify. 

In the original clip, Katy leaves the new age retreat, sees her ex in a passing van and starts running after it.  But while you listen using the mobile app, you'll see a clip of Katy dropping a bottle just as the van passes by.  As she bends down to pick it up, she misses seeing her ex's hand, thereby avoiding another round of heartbreak.

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   Jun 14

#NeverReallyOver: Katy Perry launches online “place” where we can “heal from our broken hearts”

Capitol Records

In conjunction with her latest hit "Never Really Over," Katy Perry has set up a special space online where fans can come to "heal" from their "broken hearts."

It's a Tumblr page called NeverReallyOver, and a note posted their explains, "This is a place to heal from our broken hearts. A place to learn that there’s a push and pull to healing. While sometimes it can feel like those old relationships will never really be over, through time and self-care, you’ll learn to heal. And finally, let things go."

The page invites fans to "share your Never Really Over story. Whether a romantic relationship, old friendships, family stories, pets we loved, moments we can’t forget…some things are never really over." 

The site provides a postcard and GIF stickers which you can download to create your "healing note," which you can then submit for a chance to be featured on the page.

Fans have already flooded the page with messages illustrating the many different ways relationships can go, ranging from, "Actually, thank God it's over...my ex-girlfriend cheated on me," to "broke up with my high school sweetheart. Five years later, we live together with 6 cats," to "I still miss the way we were together."

In other "Never Really Over" news, you can watch an alternate ending to the song's video if you listen to it now on Spotify. 

In the original clip, Katy leaves the new age retreat, sees her ex in a passing van and starts running after it.  But while you listen using the mobile app, you'll see a clip of Katy dropping a bottle just as the van passes by.  As she bends down to pick it up, she misses seeing her ex's hand, thereby avoiding another round of heartbreak.

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