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Jake Gyllenhaal Has ‘No Interest’ In Drama Stemming From Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’ Release

After the release of Taylor Swift’s “Red (Taylor’s Version)” on Nov. 12, Jake Gyllenhaal has been thrusted into the spotlight. Gyllenhaal, who’s starred in films such as “Donnie Darko,” “Brokeback Mountain,” and Spider-Man: Far From Home” dated Swift for three months in 2010.

Despite the short time, Gyllenhaal seemed to have left quite an impression on Swift. Her newly extended, 10-minute song “All Too Well,” along with a short film, is supposedly inspired by  — and drops hints about — their breakup.

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Swift’s song features lyrics such as “I’ll get older but your lovers stay my age,” and “you said if we had been closer in age maybe it would have been fine,” which are in reference to Gyllenhaal’s preference of dating girls much younger than himself. At the time of dating, Gyllenhaal was 29, while Swift was 20.

Gyllenhaal, 40, is currently dating 25-year-old Jeanne Cadieu. Despite the sudden onslaught against the actor, he seems to be paying no mind according to E! News. “Jake has no interest in any of it,” an insider told the entertainment news site. “He doesn’t read gossip or pay any attention to that.”

Meanwhile, another insider told US Weekly that Gyllenhaal — who was seen the day after the release of Swift’s album at an event in Los Angeles on Nov. 13 —  is in “good spirits,” and was proud to have presented an award on sound editing at the event.

Swift is well-known for writing songs based on her many boyfriends — and subsequent breakups — with hits such as “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Forever And Always,” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which doesn’t exactly carry subtly.

The pop star is currently re-recording and re-releasing all her albums because she doesn’t have ownership of the originals. That honor belongs to Shamrock Holdings, who acquired the rights from record executive Scooter Braun and Big Machine Records.

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Thus, the only way for Swift to legally regain control of all her songs past November 2020 was to recreate them, which is also why there are extended versions. Swift also released “Fearless” in April, which originally came out in 2008.

“Red” originally released in November 2012. As The Daily Beast notes, “Red (Taylor’s Version)” caught listeners by storm, and sold an estimated 500,000 copies last week, which broke Spotify records and ended up being the high first-week sales total of 2021.

Having announced the re-release back in June, Swift pushed up the release by a week, and kicked off the revamped album by appearing on two late night shows – one with Jimmy Fallon on Nov. 11, and then another with Seth Meyers.

Taylor Swift’s fans — commonly known as “swifties” — have bombarded Gyllenhaal’s social media pages in an effort to defend their idol, drawing criticism for their somewhat aggressive attacks in the process.

Although there is clear bad blood between the two, the credibility of Swift’s lyrics have been questioned. There is also some hypocrisy present within Swift’s lyrics, as she too has dated younger men. In 2012, 22-year-old Swift dated 18-year-old Conor Kennedy, who was still in high school at the time.

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Artists like Anderson .Paak and Taylor Swift are already planning out their legacies as a means of keeping control of their music catalogues as their careers continue to develop.

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Taylor Swift Says She’s Going To Start Releasing New Versions Of Her First Six Albums

The re-recordings have been in the works for some time now after Swift has been battling over the ownership of her master recordings.

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Taylor Swift Calls Out Scooter Braun For Selling Her Masters In $300 Million Deal 

Taylor Swift has called out Scooter Braun for selling her master recording to a US private equity firm without her knowledge. She also claimed that he attempted to use a non-disclosure agreement as a means to “silence [her] forever” regarding the potential sale of her masters and the past conflict the two major music industry heads have had regarding Braun’s ownership of Swift’s past music.

This battle dates back to when Swift was a 15-year-old new artist entering into the music industry. Swift initially signed a six-album deal with Big Machine when she first began her career, this deal entailed that Big Machine would hold and own the rights to her master recordings of these six albums. 

After the six albums, Swift left Big Machine and signed a new deal with Republic that gave her more creative control and ownership over her music. Regardless of this new deal, Big Machine still owned the masters from the first six albums, so when Scooter Braun bought Big Machine in June of 2019, he thus had total control over Taylor Swift’s discography from the beginning of her career. Braun’s purchasing of the label is what brought this battle to the public eye, after Swift called Braun out last year for his purchasing of her music. 

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“My musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it through incessant, manipulative bullying over the years.”

Braun and his team initially responded to these claims in November 2019 by stating that “Scooter was never anything but positive about Taylor,” and that he was open to all possibilities in regard to selling Swift’s masters. Now, one year later, Braun has sold the master recordings to Shamrock Capital in a deal that’s reportedly worth $300 million. The announcement of this deal prompted Swift to take to social media to explain to her fans what this actually meant. 

“This was the second time my music had been sold without my knowledge.” 

If Taylor Swift actually owned the masters to her first six albums, as an artist, she would not only be able to have the satisfaction of owning the work she created from a young age, but also she would be earning a greater royalty and sales revenue over the music and have more control over  how it’s used (in commercials, movies, TV). 

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This is unfortunately an issue that happens to so many young artists entering into the industry; they sign contracts when they’re young that trap them in multiple album deals where they aren’t actually able to own or profit from their own work. Similar situations have happened to artists like Jojo, Tinashe, Kesha, even Prince and The Beatles. 

Within the statement posted to her twitter, Swift also claimed that Scooter’s team wanted her to sign a non-disclosure agreement that would bar Swift from ever talking about Braun again unless in a positive manner.  “I would have to sign a document that would silence me forever before I could even have a chance to bid on my own work … He would never even quote my team a price. These master recordings were not for sale to me,” the artist stated. She also shared the letter sent to Shamrock Capital back in October when the private firm contacted Swift themselves to inform her that the sale of her masters was occurring. 

Shamrock Capital have also released a statement regarding the sale: “Taylor Swift is a transcendent artist with a timeless catalogue. We made this investment because we believe in the immense value and opportunity that comes with her work. We fully respect and support her decision and, while we hoped to formally partner, we also knew this was a possible outcome that we considered.”

Taylor has claimed in the past when this battle with Braun first began that she was in the midst of re-recording all the master recordings of her first six albums so that she would be able to have ownership over those new and fresh recordings that she created as a fully independent artist.


Taylor Swift To Receive ‘Artist Of The Decade’ Award

The 2019 American Music Awards will be honoring Taylor Swift as the “Artist of the Decade.” The prestigious award was announced by Dick Clark Productions and ABC Studios this past week according to Forbes Magazine. Swift recently celebrated the 13th anniversary of her first album and the start of her long and successful career. With both of these major accomplishments occurring within the same week, Swift is truly having an Artist of the Decade moment. 

Mark Bracco, Dick Clark Productions’ Executive Vice President of Programming and Development, released the following public statement along with the Artist of the Decade announcement this past Wednesday, October 30th:

“Taylor’s impact on music this decade is undeniable and her performances on the American Music Awards have been truly spectacular. We’re thrilled to honor her as our Artist of the Decade and can’t wait for her to blow everyone away with an epic, career-spanning performance unlike any other!” 

This year Swift is nominated for five American Music Awards for her seventh studio album Lover. The album has been one of Swift’s most well-received projects and is the first album she wrote and recorded under her own control and management. Swift made recent controversial headlines when Scooter Braun, manager to artists like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, acquired the master recordings of her first six albums. Since then Swift has announced plans to re-record her entire discography to regain creative control over her own work.

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CBS reported that this year, her album Lover has earned her nominations for favorite female artist, favorite adult contemporary artist, and artist of the year. The album itself is nominated for favorite pop/rock album and her music video for her second single “You Need To Calm Down” is nominated for favorite music video.  Swift is up against some serious competition including other artists who had successful years such as Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Halsey and Lil Nas X. However, Swift is the most decorated American Music Award female recipient in history, already claiming a total of 23 awards, and with the already secured Artist of the Decade title, I doubt she’s nervous. Michael Jackson currently holds the record for the artist with the most American Music Awards, however, Swift is only two away from beating his record, something she could accomplish this time around. 

Besides her first self titled Taylor Swift album released in 2006, every single one of her albums has scored the number one spot on the Billboard top 200 for albums; Fearless, 1989, Red, Speak Now, reputation and Lover. The singer-songwriter has also earned five No. 1 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with her popular singles “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space,” “Bad Blood”, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “Look What You Made Me Do” (Forbes). 

According to Billboard, Swift is the first person to receive this award since the 2000 American Music Awards where Garth Brooks was given the prestigious title for the 90’s. That same show also included fan-voted Artist’s of the Decade for the ’50s (Elvis Presley), the ’60s (the Beatles), the ’70s (Stevie Wonder) and the ’80s (Michael Jackson). This year the American Music Awards will be taking place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 24th on ABC. 

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Obama Criticizes Cancel Culture

In keeping with the tradition of American presidents who have left office, former President Barack Obama has chosen to almost entirely avoid commenting on American politics, instead choosing to focus his time and energy on the Obama Foundation, a charitable organization that recently held its third annual summit. At this event, Obama spoke about a number of issues, but his comment that generated the most attention concerned “cancel culture,” or the widespread attitude of criticizing a person online who was caught engaging in improper behavior in an attempt to end their public presence. 

Though it is arguably now widespread, cancel culture is a phenomenon that has emerged only recently, in the wake of the hyper-awareness of people’s lives and the unprecedented speed of the spread of information afforded by social media. It is a fiercely controversial phenomenon, as some claim that it is an unfair form of mob justice whereas others posit that it enables just retribution when other aspects of the culture fail to appropriately punish bad behavior.

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Obama came out in favor of the former argument, characterizing the attitudes of people who engage in cancel culture as self-indulgent and unhelpful. “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised, and you’re always politically “woke,” he said, “you should get over that quickly.“ While not referring to the phenomenon by name, Obama made his thoughts on the matter clear, asserting that “the world is messy, there are ambiguities,” and that “people who do really good stuff have flaws.” From Obama’s point of view, the form of mob justice aimed at ending the careers of public figures through social media attacks is injudicious, as it doesn’t allow for nuance or mutual understanding. 

Obama implicitly compared cancel culture to “slacktivism,” a derogatory term describing people who purport to be activists but constrain their political speech and behavior to often-anonymous comments on the Internet, accomplishing nothing except engendering in themselves a sense of self-righteousness. Obama specifically called out young people on college campuses, whom he feels in recent years have normalized and encouraged attitudes of judgmentalism over forgiveness when they should instead be focused on trying to bring about more meaningful change. Obama may have been thinking of Justin Trudeau, whom he endorsed for Canadian Prime Minister despite revelations of Trudeau’s past wearing of blackface and brownface costumes.

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Though Obama didn’t specifically mention any examples of the phenomenon, stories of people affected by cancel culture have been widespread in recent years. Most recently, Ellen DeGeneres had to defend her decision to sit next to former President George W. Bush at a baseball game, explaining that despite their political difference, she considered Bush a close friend, and adding that becoming friends with people you disagree with is essential, particularly in the current hyper-partisan political landscape. Non-celebrities are also prone to being punished by cancel culture; for instance, a school security guard was recently fired for telling a student not to call him the n-word, in a case that was widely considered to be the result of an excessively strict zero-tolerance policy that fails to take into account context, even when that context is exculpatory.

Other celebrities have also come out against cancel culture. Dave Chapelle, a comedian famous for his unapologetic takes on social commentary and political issues, took Obama’s side in the debate, asserting that “the First Amendment is first for a reason,” and stating that he doesn’t get mad at comedians whom he knows to be racist. Taylor Swift has also complained about cancel culture; during an interview with Vogue, the singer who herself has been a target of cancel culture described the experience as “isolating,” adding that she doesn’t “think there are that many people who can actually understand what it’s like to have millions of people hate you very loudly.”