Rating Pop Punk Bands By Their Taylor Swift Covers

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On YouTube you'll find a ton of pop punk bands covering Taylor Swift's 2012 hit single "I Knew You Were Trouble" because of course. Let's take a look, and rank them from Worst to Worstest.

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Breakup Songs: Why is Adam Levine a Hero Where Taylor Swift is a Punchline?

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The cultural appraisal of Taylor Swift is simple. She is a country-laced pop-star who dates a lot of famous people, and sings a lot of songs about her exes. This isn't untrue -- she admitted it herself when I saw her play a few weeks ago. It's become the narrative. Taylor has taken thinly-veiled shots at John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal, there are dozens of coded subjects throughout her discography, there are even reports that "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" exists because she knew the ubiquity of a world-conquering single would serve as the ultimate public shaming. That she's judged by her relationships is partially her own doing. She's consorted publicly, serially, and hasn't been shy about documenting her personal life in a public forum.

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The Month in Press Release Idiocy

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You can keep your fancy-pants Pitchfork criticism. For my money -- and believe me, I have none of it -- the finest music prose isn't some college boy's flower-power review of the new long player by England's hottest beat group. It's not some hepcat rap blogger carving up Weezy's toots with a silver fork and knife, pal. For the best pop writing, you've gotta get down in the trenches and wallow in the serious shit. Buddy, I'm talking about the press releases.

These are dispatches from hell itself, the front lines where art fights commerce and loses. Written by men and women who maybe aren't the fanciest writers, maybe aren't the brightest, but they've got a god-damned job to do: whatever the cost to their souls, they're gonna tell you what kind of shoes Justin Bieber is pretending to like this week. They're going to throw themselves down in the muck and the slime and they're going to dig up the story on Taylor Swift's latest brand collaboration. I salute these brave reporters, and it's the least I can do to make fun of them until I throw up laughing.

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Taylor Swift - Prudential Center - 3/28/13

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Riverfront Times
Better Than: Being trouble.

Something happens when Taylor Swift does nothing.

It doesn't matter whether doing nothing follows dressing up and dancing like a hipster, or flying over the crowd (while singing) on an elevated platform, or just a good old-fashioned strut across the stage. That's because when she pauses, stares out with her subtle, charming smile, she's in complete control of the room. When that room seats 18, 711 people (and all of those seats are full), one can't help but wonder: How the hell does she make this look so easy? Well, it's a fairly simple answer. Taylor Swift was born to entertain.

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An Exclusive First Look At Some of Taylor Swift's Trashed Fan Mail

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Of the many things that Taylor Swift is known for, her extremely dedicated fan-base has to be the most notorious (Haha it's totally not, and you know what is, but let's just go with it). Unfortunately for them, it was revealed earlier this week that instead of their fan mail reaching her beautiful blue irises, it may have ended up heaped inside of a nasty Nashville dumpster. We did some dumpster-diving and found a few. Here are some that stood out.

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Defend Your Ballot: Drew Millard, Pazz and Jop 2012 Contributor

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You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 2013. Here, Noisey's Drew Millard defends his ballot.

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Taylor Swift + Pizza = Synergy? Ordering Red From Our Local Papa John's

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Jamie Lees
If you get an extra pizza, make it into a Taylor Swift face!

By Jaime Lees

When I found out that Taylor Swift's new album, Red, would be available via Papa John's Pizza delivery, I pretty much had the same thoughts I had upon hearing the first single off of Red: The fuck? Followed by: Mmmm. Tasty.

Modern record labels are working hard to find new ways to get the product to a paying audience. From free promotional downloads to bonus gifts to direct crowd-sourcing, there are many inventive ways to advertise and distribute new albums.

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New On The Hot 100 This Week: Taylor Swift's "Ronan," PSY's "Gangnam Style," And More

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This week's Hot 100 debuts include big names and the viral video of the year—and, surprisingly, a nearly year-old track by Beyonc√©. "Dance For You" was released on the deluxe version of 4 a little less than year ago and has been on the Hot R&B Songs chart since April; for a good but nowhere near great record, it's showed remarkable staying power.

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Live-Blogging The 2012 Video Music Awards: We Are Never Ever Ever Gonna Use Tonight As A Bellwether

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How much Swiftian shock will we see tonight?
Has the live-blog been obliterated by Twitter? Let's find out on MTV's biggest night of the year, the Video Music Awards, which this year will feature Taylor Swift (in business casual on the double-decker red carpet right now), Frank Ocean, Rihanna, and Green Day, among others, as well as honors to various clips designed to big-up the biggest pop tracks of the year.

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Hot 100 Roundup: Taylor Swift's Kiss-Off To Country, Mumford & Sons' Folkie Rave, And More

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Editors' note: Each week in this space, chart-watcher Robert Myers will offer his reactions to all the new entries on the Hot 100, Billboard's big board for popular songs.

Late August on the pop charts used to be what I called the summer doldrums—almost the entire music industry went on vacation, resting up for the autumn onslaught of new releases. Now that singles have re-established themselves as the major form of product, though, and the promotion cycle is faster and more omnipresent than ever, there's no telling when a major star is going to drop something big. So this week we get new Taylor Swift, new Mumford & Sons, and even something new from country, the genre that still holds closest to the old ways (I mean Jake Owen). No one gets a vacation anymore.

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