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Taylor Swift × Red (Taylor’s Version)

Following the long-awaited release of Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift has yet again made history in the music industry. The ultimate version of her 2012 classic, Red (Taylor’s Version) has become Taylor’s 10th album to move over one million album equivalents during its release week.

Red (Taylor’s Version) consists of an astounding 30 songs, including nine unreleased tracks – “Better Man (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Nothing New (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Phoebe Bridgers], “Babe (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Message in a Bottle (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Chris Stapleton], “Forever Winter (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Run (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Ed Sheeran], “The Very First Night (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” and “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [10 Minute Version].

Red (Taylor’s Version) debuted at #1 in the U.S. and marked the biggest album sales debut in the U.S. with 39k units, and the highest first week sales of any female artist in 2021. Total consumption reached an astonishing 605k units.

Taylor has become the only artist to successfully debut atop the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 for a third time, and in less than 16 months. The new version of “All Too Well” celebrates Taylor’s fourth #1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100. “All Too Well” also became the longest song to enter and reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After going live, Red (Taylor’s Version) surpassed Spotify’s biggest opening day streams of all-time for a female with over 90 million streams, a record earlier held by Taylor herself. Red (Taylor’s Version) is Taylor’s fifth successive album to surpass 50 million Spotify streams in only 24 hours. The album has accomplished the greatest streaming week of 2021 for an album by a female artist, surpassing 300 million streams.

The album has also attained the leading vinyl album sales week since tracking first began in 1991. Red (Taylor’s Version) topped the past record that was also set by Taylor in 2021 with Evermore. With the release of this album, Taylor has also now locked in the record for fastest accumulation of four #1 albums by a solo artist in history.

To celebrate the release of Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor wrote and directed the short film All Too Well The Short Film, inspired by the 10-minute-plus song of the same name. The 13-minute film stars Sadie Sink, Dylan O’Brien and Taylor Swift.

Taylor continued to launch a full-scale television takeover appearing on an array of shows. Taylor performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (watch HERE), Late Night With Seth Meyers (watch HERE), Good Morning America (watch HERE) and Saturday Night Live (watch HERE) with a performance of the 10 minute version of “All Too Well.”

Festivity revolving the release continued with the release of the official music video for “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Chris Stapleton]. The filmic release was directed and co-written by Blake Lively and stars actor Miles Teller and Taylor (watch HERE).

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Jesse Royal – Royal Review

By: Skyler Johnson

Jesse Royal is back at it again with his sophomore album: Royal. The Jamaican musician hasn’t released any music for two years and is now coming back with a new album. I’ve gotten the privilege to listen to this album so I can tell you all about it. 

The album as a whole is continuation of Royal’s previous works, and are solid pieces of the roots reggae genre. The album is relatively short, only containing eleven songs, four of which having been previously released (LionOrder, Dirty Money Rich Forever, Natty Pablo), but each song is solid. There aren’t any major duds on the list. The songs center around the themes of wealth, and the importance of wealth in our lives. 

High Tide or Low

The album starts off with this song,  that beautifully and perfectly begins the album. Starting off with the intro of classical music and the soft drop with Royal’s stunning vocals, and continuing with a solid reggae beat makes this a great opening track and a great listen overall. 

LionOrder and Dirty Money

The next two songs have previously been released. Needless to say, these are both great songs that fit well within the album. “LionOrder” comes in with a slower beat which contrasts perfectly with “Dirty Money’s” fast-paced pre-chorus and chorus.

Natty Dread 

“Natty Dread” has a catchy beat with an excellent chorus, and is overall a nice love song, with lyrics more challenging than in most love songs. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs off the album. 

Home

More lowkey then the previous few songs, I really enjoyed listening to “Home”. It’s slower, and takes some influence from R&B. The result is a beautiful song about family that I really enjoyed. It’s not all the time that I see musicians talking about family as beautifully as Royal talks about it, and with such an excellent beat to go along with it. 

Rich Forever

The previously released “Rich Forever” comes next with one of the best beats in the album. The chorus has an excellent bass riff and the pace is perfect. The drop is also solid, and the buildup is excellent as well. “Natty Pablo” is also a great track, and has some solid beats, though it’s hard to follow up “Rich Forever.”

Black

“Black” is a fast-paced hard-hitting song and one of my favorites off of the album. This isn’t a dance album but this song could be played at a club and I’d dance to it. It definitely is the song to listen to whenever you want to get up and move, and will be the one that gets stuck in your head the most.

Like Dat and Differences 

These next two songs and are clearly the worst off the album, which is why they’re strategically placed between two of the better songs on the track, “Black” and “Strongest Link.” “Like Dat” is reminiscent of emo rap, which is a genre that’s oversaturated as it is. “Differences’” is better but also not very memorable. This isn’t to say that either of these are bad songs, they’re just not the best. 

Strongest Link

Last but not least is this song. It hits hard from the beginning and remains hard-hitting throughout it’s four minute runtime. Also, the lyric, “It’s funny how money, how money turns friends into foes” will replay in my head over and over again. 

Overall, this is a great album, filled with a lot of bangers. Definitely give it a listen!