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A New Era

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Taylor Swift on stage during her Eras tour at the State Farm Stadium

From one city to another Taylor Swift has been one of the busiest performers this year. Releasing Midnights, Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), and her upcoming album 1989 (Taylor’s Version) has gotten everybody talking. Breaking musical record after musical record, leaves the question, is there anything Taylor Swift can’t do?

Taylor’s latest tour, “The Eras Tour” consists of a 3+ hour setlist described as an homage to her albums. It’s expected to be the highest-grossing tour of all time with an anticipated revenue of one billion dollars. Tickets were so sought after Ticket Master broke down when the tour dates had officially become available for sale.

Since the Ticket Master crash, the demand for tickets has been high and prices have been increasing rapidly. Tyler Nierva (‘26) said “If I had the money, the most I would pay to go to the eras tour would be $2,000.” 

Throughout Swift’s 19 years as a musician, she’s attracted a large fanbase a.k.a. Swifties. Taylor’s strong fanbase can tend to deter new fans or average music enjoyers from her music. Many people can find Swifties obnoxious or overbearing.

Leslie Barton (‘26) said “Taylor Swift has changed the face of music and will go down in history, and for that, I respect her. Her fans have proved time and time again how committed they are to her, and her music has been revealed in such a way that one might confuse her for some holy figure if they heard a discussion in passing.”

Throughout the past year on tour, Taylor has released easter eggs alluding to her rerecorded (Taylor’s Version) albums. Dedicated Swifties have been decoding each and every “easter egg” to find out which album is next and their release dates.

Tyler believes “Taylor Swift’s connection to her fans separates her from other artists, a lot of people including me feel they have “grown-up” with Taylor since she’s been relevant for so long. All the easter eggs and hidden clues in her music videos and interviews have been great for marketing new releases, they give fans something to be excited about.”

Contrary to Tyler, many people aren’t fans of Taylor. For Leslie, there are many reasons why he dislikes Taylor. Although Swift has hundreds of songs Leslie finds he can’t relate to any of them.

Most importantly, Leslie said “For a while, I didn’t mind her at all, but as she gained in popularity, and people would ask me if I listened to Taylor Swift, it wasn’t uncommon to get a rather nasty response when I said no. I’ve had so many people act like it’s something horrible that I don’t like her music. This continued occurrence——though no fault of the artist herself——made me dislike Taylor Swift and her fans a bit more, because a lot of them were just plainly rude to me for having different interests.”

 

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