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Taylor Swift dropped her LWYMMD music video and consider me shook

REVIEW | Love her or hate her, you can't deny that Taylor has a gift for theatrics.

"Honey I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time."

In Taylor Swift's new music video for her single "Look What You Made Me Do," her snake is serving the tea, but today I am. I was watching the VMA's Sunday night when I decided to check Twitter to see what people were saying about Lorde's unique performance, when I saw that the internet had exploded because T. Swift had released her LWYMMD music video. *Sigh* "Guess I'll watch it," I thought, mourning the old Taylor days when I was inspired by her, before all of the shady games with Kanye and petty clapbacks. Don't get me wrong the LWYMMD music video is incredibly petty, but you can't deny Taylor Swift for the theatrical genius she is after seeing it.

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After watching it I stared at the screen for a while. "What did I just watch?" I thought. So, I watched it again and here's what I can say. The music video was shot by Joseph Kahn who also co-produced it. The quality is obviously impeccable. Kahn has been behind many other iconic videos like Taylor's very own "Bad Blood" and "Blank Space", Britney Spears' "Toxic", and Katy Perry's "Waking Up in Vegas" and many more. The lyric video's aesthetic was said to be based on the Alfred Hitchcock film, Vertigoalso produced by Kahn. We can see traces of this in the music video as well, but with more nods toward pop culture from the past thirty years and definitely a lot of symbolic Swiftisms. It seems like the video is divided by four acts.

Act 1 | RIP Old Taylor

Zombie Taylor in LWYMMD (Elite Daily)

We all laughed over the weekend about the line, "Old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh. Cause she's dead," but Taylor was the one laughing when she showed up in the first few seconds of her music video as a literal zombie. She was noticeably wearing the dress she wore in her "Out of the Woods" music video, but looked, well- terrifying. She also lies in a grace wearing a dress she wore to one of her many awards ceremonies.

Taylor Swift in "Out of The Woods" (Celebrity Dresses)

Act 2 | Calling out her haters

We next saw her soaking in a tub of diamonds with one symbolic dollar bill said to represent the $1 she won in the case against the DJ who grabbed her butt.

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She then sits on a golden throne flanked by snakes. One even serves her tea. Etched into her throne and the columns is famous Shakespeare line, "et tu brute" from when Julius Caesar's closest friend helps to murder him. Fans speculate that this is in reference to former gal pal Katy Perry. The snakes are in obvious reference to all of the hate mail Taylor got from Kim K fans during the Kimye conflict last year. All the while, Swift is adorned in snake jewelry and traded her wild curls for sleek, straight hair her signature cat eye and red lip exemplified.

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Swift next crashes a really expensive looking car dressed eerily similar to Katy Perry in "Waking Up in Vegas," holding one of her ten Grammy's. While Perry has been nominated, but not yet taken one home. She has a pet cheetah with her that wears a "13" collar, why? 13 is Taylor's lucky number and she's been known to be a crazy cat lady, but this time, her cat is just as ferocious as she perhaps suggesting that Swift herself is no more a domestic house cat but a wild feline.

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She then sat in a golden bird cage perhaps suggesting she's been trapped by the media.

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Act 3 | Squad scrutinization

Swift then is seen hopping on a motorcycle with other gorgeous girls and robbing Stream Co. which is clearly a reference to her battle with streaming services in the past years. She's seen assembling an army of lifeless, mannequin looking gorgeous girls at "Squad U" which is probably a reference to Taylor's reputation for always having a squad of model friends. She then dances with a group of men with I heart TS crop tops. Fans have noticed there are eight which is the same number of known significant exes of the singer.

Taylor laying in a pile of her model army. (Vevo)

Swift with her I Heart TS boys. (Vevo)

Act 4 | New Taylor officially dominates Old Taylor

The video ends on an iconic note that people will no doubt be discussing for years. New Taylor dressed in out of character, dark clothing stands on top of a pile of people who as we zoom in, we recognize as all of the iconic past versions of Taylor Swift including her swan outfit in Shake it Off, her You Belong with Me Outfit, her Red Tour circus look, and many more. At the end of the video, New Taylor paints "Reputation" on an aircraft called TS6 (in reference to her next album), and the most prominent old Taylors stand in front of the aircraft and engage in a hilarious dialogue that references a lot of Taylor's most controversial moments in the media from her "annoying surprised face," at awards shows, to her being called fake, and more. Most notably, one Taylor calls another a "bitch" which is what caused the conflict with Kanye last year when he called her that in his song "Famous."

All of the Taylors (Vevo)

Love her or hate her, it's clear that Taylor is a master at what she does and the LWYMMD music video is petty, but a petty work of art. Honestly? I'm into it. While it's important to remember some of her actions in the past look incredibly questionable, celebrities are people and we don't know everything about them as much as we'd like to think that. This video is a clear representation than there is more than meets the eye, so I'm giving Taylor the benefit of the doubt and looking forward to Reputation on sale November 10th.

Watch the full LWYMMD video here.

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Miley Cyrus is the queen of Twitter trolling

The morning of the VMA's Miley posted a throwback of her 2013 performance.

"Cause we're gonna go all night till we see the sunlight, alright."

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If you have followed Miley Cyrus at all, you know she's a legendary daddy's girl, first starring on Hannah Montana beside him and always talking about him in interviews. The only lapse in this was after her 2013 VMA's performance of "We Can't Stop." Miley shed her former innocent branding and traded cowboy books for leotards and showed the world a different side of her. An inappropriate foam figure side of her. Billy Ray Cyrus was just about speechless in interviews after, but still supportive of his daughter and her endeavors. Looks like Miley didn't forget either. Just before the VMA's Miley tweeted this to her dad.

The singer edited a photo of her dad into the photo trolling both him and well all of us who talked smack about her unique performance. In fact, she kept this promise and her performance at the VMA's this year was far from twerking and foam fingers. Much like her new single and what appears to be the general aesthetic of her new album, it was fun and eccentric but refined. Miley wore a hot pink romper inspired by Elvis much like the style of her performance that she varied between the upbeat single version and a more stripped down rockabilly style. She even Tweeted about The King himself.

She started alone on the stage with a genuine performance of the first verse until her elderly backup dancers came out whom she sometimes even fondly addressed by name on stage. Just like her music video, the ensemble of elders were dressed in their favorite clothing of their youth and rocked out to Miley's song with her. At a point Miley also danced with a group of tots on toy motorcycles continuing her vision of all-inclusive music. Miley hilariously sang to one of the elderly ensemble dancers the lyric "what goes up must come down," the elderly woman grabbing her breasts making it clear that this song is about aging and learning and doing so gracefully. Perhaps my favorite thing about the performance was her dad Billy Ray rocking out nearby to his daughter's performance and that Miley tweeted that she will be sitting next to her sister Noah Cyrus who also performed. Cue: tears.

Miley's album Younger Nowcomes out September 29th and we can't wait. Watch the full video here.

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Everyone is ready for the new VW bus to hit the market

Our throwback generation is behind this nostalgic comeback.

"Our goal is clear: we want to make the fully electric, fully connected car a bestseller around the world. The iconic car of the electric age must be a Volkswagen."

I audibly gasped when I saw that Volkswagen is finally bringing back the VW micro bus. My love for Volkswagen goes way back and I could be bias, as my first car was a little red bug. On the contrary, back when I was looking for my first car, I was dead set on getting a vintage bug from the seventies, but when my mom refused to trust me with a stick shift, I had to choose between the new model that was about to come out and the generation of VW Beatle that was already on the market. I rolled my eyes at the futuristic design of the 2011 model. Futuristic is everything I don't think of when I think Volkswagen, but the company has a different vision. They hope to be the leaders in electric cars and that starts with the new micro bus model and though it also has that same futuristic look, I'm very into it this time around.

New VW Bus on the move. (Business Insider)

The new model reportedly has a lot of innovative features that lend themselves to the spirit of the old micro bus but are well-adapted for a modern consumer. For one, the front seats will have a feature where they can swivel backward to face the back seats. This feature definitely highlights the VW bus' history of being used for gatherings, camping, hang outs, and more. The center console will also be able to slide along a track making it easier for everyone to have access to controlling the music in the car as there seems to be an attachment for music devices to be plugged in. Another great feature are the expansive windows. If you look at promo photos of the new model, you'll notice there is a lot of window, providing you with a great 360 view of your surroundings so like tradition, VW bus owners will want to take this car on road trips to beautiful places.

Other cool features include the steering wheel which appears to be a touch screen that pops out of the dashboard and seems to be customizable in height. The front of the bus will also replace the need for a trunk leaving more room in the actual bus. Most importantly, the bus will be totally electric which will make environmentally conscious consumers very happy. While many are pumped for it's release there is a mixed reaction to consumers on Twitter.

One negative reaction to the new VW bus

One claims VW is their savior.

The buzz is predominately positive exclaiming that it's a cool idea and that we're excited to see this classic model reimagined; however, some express concern with Volkswagen's past attempts with electronics and also the lack of electronic car charging stations in existence. Some even scoff at Volkswagen as a company because of its Nazi origins though the company is clearly no longer owner by Hitler or his followers. Ultimately, I put that far out release date of 2022 on my calendar and I'm excited to hear more about the model.

Check out their promo here.

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Lorde's performance at the VMAs was dynamite!

Lorde said forget about traditional performances and broke the norm with a serene but moving performance.

But the dynamite was surprisingly silent Sunday night...

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I had almost forgotten the VMA's were on but as I stumbled into my local bar to pick up some takeout, Jack Antonoff took the stage to announce Lorde's performance. "I've seen her walk barefoot through New York and eat sushi from a gas station," Jack Antonoff mused about Lorde. He also said that it was an honor to watch her create some of the most important music in the past two years and referred to her as Ella which made us, "aw," at how close the producer and artist appear to be.


Lorde took the stage and spritely placed a cassette tape into a boom box, just as we had seen her do earlier this month in her collaboration with Vevo. We waited patiently for the beat to drop and for Lorde to start singing; however, it never happened. Instead, we were left with a performance unique to anything I've seen before. Lorde wore a metallic tinfoil-esque peplum style dress over khaki pants with some comfy kicks. Her hair was half up, half down and textured. Her laid back hair style doubled as both her performance style and her red carpet look paired with a "moon princess" gown as she described it. She looked stunning in both looks.

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Lorde's lack of singing did not cause for a lack of performance. She proceeded to do an interpretive dance that while was simple, perfectly accented the best parts of the track and the song. Even better? She looked like she was in bliss the entire time she did it. There has now been a statement released that Lorde was coming down with the flu before the show and decided to opt for a vocal-less performance, but honestly before I even knew that, I just loved the concept of the artist rocking out to her own song. We're so self-critical it was nice to see Lorde get down to her song the exact same way us fans do. I feel like this performance though simple was a really great representation of our generation.

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If you were to look at VMA performances, I think that people will definitely recognize her performance as essential 2017 pop culture. That's one of my favorite things: when music and pop culture merge seamlessly each contributing to the other. The fact that she used a cassette definitely is really pointed at how concerned with throwback us nineties babies are. The carefree tune also aligns with our generations habit to let loose when we can in this stressful environment. Everything down to the comfortable, unique look she wore for the performance screams 2017 and I loved it. Apparently she also became a GIF and what is more 2017 than that?

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Lorde was nominated for two VMA awards this year, one for Best Editing for "Greenlight," the first single from her sophomore album Melodrama.

She was also nominated for Artist of the Year. Unfortunately, she didn't bring home any VMA's this year, but all eyes are definitely on her for the brilliant artist she is blossoming into at just twenty years old.

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