By Jen Kucsak
Taylor Swift Had a Secret Listening Party for 1989, and We’re Secretly Dying Inside
If you’re anything like me, then you’ve probably been more enamored with those pictures of Taylor Swift out and about holding her cat named Olivia Benson (after her favorite “Law & Order” character, duh) than worrying about the songstress’s fifth studio album titled 1989, which is due out October 27th. And if “Shake It Off” is anything to go by, we’re beyond excited for her pop music cross over.
Even Taylor herself is excited. She’s so excited, she invited 35 of her biggest Swifties to her home in Los Angeles for a secret listening session of the upcoming album back in September. According to posts on social media, Taylor hung out with her fans, had them meet her parents and cat (obvi) and even baked them cookies. She explained the inspiration behind each song and even dished about her relationship with One Direction’s Harry Styles.
No big deal. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to dance around my room to “Shake It Off” and dream of the day when TSwift will be my best friend. Perhaps she’ll even help me name my new kitten after one of my favorite TV characters, Liz Lemon.
Mariah Carey’s ‘Elusive Chanteuse’ Tour Begins in October
Do you like the title ‘The Elusive Chanteuse Show’? If you answered yes to that question, think again, because the tour is so elusive, you most likely won’t even be able to see it.
‘The Elusive Chanteuse Show’ kicks off October 4th in Tokyo, followed by stops in Singapore, Malaysia, China, and the Philippines, with no apparent stops in America. This marks the pop superstar’s first tour since 2009 as well as her first time touring Asia since 2006. The set list promises “an exciting mix of her biggest hits, fan-favorite album cuts, never-before-performed selections from her [14th studio album] and many more surprises!”
What kind of surprises, you say?
While we’re guessing Nick Cannon will probably not be in attendance, the songstress has been quoted as saying, “I can’t stop writing songs, so don’t be surprised if you hear a brand new song that I just wrote the night before the show in your city!” Well, thanks Mariah, because you most certainly aren’t going to be in our city! So for now, we’ll just have to suffice scouring social media to hear these supposed “brand new songs.”
Our Favorite Halloween Songs
It’s that time of the year again. But before you put on your sexy Halloween costume (because well, every costume has to be sexy, right?) be sure to throw together a playlist of some spooky songs to get into the mood. Here are our top five favorites.
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson
You can’t have a Halloween party without the most-downloaded Halloween-themed hit of all-time! That’s right, according to Nielsen SoundScan, with digital sales to-date of 3.4 million, “Thriller” is the ultimate Halloween anthem.
“Monster Mash” by Boris Pickett
Sure, it’s a little old school, but it’s a graveyard smash! For those who grew up in the early rock ‘n roll era, this is the jam. Although, even if you know nothing about early rock ’n roll, it’s still fun to listen to and it’s sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.
“The Time Warp” from the Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack
This signature song from The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a perfect song for any Halloween party. Partially because it’s so much fun, but also because it gives you dance instructions step by step so you can’t screw up!
“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.
Guess he ain’t afraid of no ghost! Not only is this a fun Halloween anthem, but it was also quite the popular jam back in the 80s and we bet you didn’t know that it was also nominated for an Academy Award back in 1984, but lost to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You.”
“Day-O” by Harry Belafonte
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! OK, we know this might have more of a Jamaican – Calypso vibe, but since it’s from one of our favorite Halloween-themed flicks of all time, we’re going to add this onto the list, too.