Swift transforms into the most manly of men for her new self-directed video.
Throughout her many years spent in the public eye, Taylor Swift has faced unimaginable scrutiny over both her professional and personal lives.
But the 30-year-old pop star is still chugging along, having released her seventh studio album, Lover, last year to generally favorable reviews. On one of the record's highlights, "The Man," Swift ponders how she might be perceived and spoken about if she were a man. To help bring that vision to life, she was made over into Tyler Swift—yes, that's really her in prosthetics—to play a macho, manspreading dude in the new music video for "The Man," which she directed herself.
Swift is a known fan of subtle references in her material, and "The Man" comes full with a basket of Easter eggs. Here are just a few that we caught—knowing her, there are likely many more hidden in there.
Taylor of Wall Street
In the second verse, Swift sings: "I'd be just like Leo in St. Tropez." From commanding an office to being surrounded by scantily clad women on a boat, the music video draws a few visual parallels to The Wolf of Wall Street, in which Leonardo DiCaprio starred as infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort.
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After posting cryptic messages on her Instagram story, it's clear that many of Azealia Banks's behaviors were a cry for help.
Content warning: This article contains depictions of suicidal ideation.
Eight years ago, Azealia Banks was positioned to be the next big thing in hip-hop.
The Harlem rapper's debut single, "212," had spread through the Internet like wildfire. Banks was only 20 years old at the time and had just left her record label, XL Recordings, due to creative conflicts. Despite being strapped for cash and admittedly depressed, Banks released "212" as a free download from her website. The unforgettable hip-house track would reinvigorate her tumultuous music career.
Swift's announcement demonstrates her endless dedication to advocating for artists' rights.
On Wednesday night, CBS News released a snippet of their interview with Taylor Swift.
In the interview, Swift alluded to the possibility of re-recording her old music, which is now owned by dominating-industry manager, Scooter Braun. The next morning, the singer sat down with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts. Discussing her upcoming album, Lover, Swift exclaimed, "It's the first one that I will own!"
When Roberts pivoted to the subject of the singer's music catalogue, Swift disclosed that the rumors of re-recording were true: "It's something I'm really excited about doing, because my contract says that starting November 2020 (so next year) I can record albums one through five all over again. I'm really excited about it."
FULL INTERVIEW: @RobinRoberts chats with @TaylorSwift13 about her new album #Lover! #TaylorSwiftOnGMA… https://t.co/kgJQrvPoce— Good Morning America (@Good Morning America)1566477586.0
In November 2018, Swift announced her departure from long-time label, Big Machine Label Group, to join Republic Records and Universal Music Group. Then, in July 2019, news broke that Scooter Braun acquired Taylor Swift's masters, meaning he now owns all her old recordings. Typically, music labels own the master recordings of their signed artists, but now Scooter Braun has the right to make, sell, or distribute copies of Swift's music—and keep the profits for himself.
Swift's plans to re-record her music demonstrate her endless dedication and advocacy for artists' rights, such as being fairly compensated in the new streaming economy and to own their masters. For those who have been wishing Taylor would go back to country music, well, now she will, but to make an important statement. The music she wrote on her bedroom floor, "playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums" will finally belong to her, and those songs will be recorded by the grown version of herself she always hoped to become: A music superstar.
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