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The Daily Mashup: James Taylor to Taylor Swift

8 Jul

#HASHTAGGING (1)James Taylor is an American folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is known best for his famous songs “Fire and Rain,” “Something in the Way She Moves,” “Carolina in My Mind,” and his recording of “You’ve Got a Friend.” After Taylor came out with his breakout song “Fire and Rain” in 1970, he became and has remained one of the most recognized and well-liked artists in the industry. Taylor has battled with depression and drug abuse throughout his lifetime. Taylor Swift is an American country turned pop singer-songwriter, known for her narrative songs describing personal experiences. She is one of the best-selling artists of all time and the youngest person to make it on Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women” list. She is a megastar in the music industry, owns four Guinness World Records, and is the first artist since The Beatles to stay six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums.

Quotes:

“I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others.” -James Taylor

“I hope you know that who you are is who you choose to be, and that whispers behind your back don’t define you. You are the only one who gets to decide what you will be remembered for.” -Taylor Swift

Here are a few similarities:

Turns out, Taylor Swift was named after James Taylor. Swift’s parents were fans of James Taylor and Swift’s mother thought giving their daughter a gender neutral name would help her make a business career for herself. Swift’s parents introduced her to James Taylor’s music at a young age and he turned into one of Swift’s largest role models.

Swift and Taylor both got their start in the music business at a young age. In fact, they both noticed their talent and enjoyment of music at age 14. James Taylor wrote his first song on guitar at age 14 and started a band with his friend Danny Kortchmar who immediately recognized Taylor’s talent. When Swift was 12, she learned how to play three chords on a guitar and wrote her first song, “Lucky You.” As an eighth grader, Swift made a artist development deal and traveled to Nashville multiple times. When Swift was 14, her family moved to Nashville to help her pursue her dreams of being a country music star.

These talented people moved from their hometowns as teens to pursue a music career. James Taylor checked into McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts during his senior year of high school for his depression. Taylor was grateful for the time he spent there making strides towards being mentally healthy. Taylor finished out his schooling in the hospital and after graduating at age 18, he checked out of McLean and headed to New York City. His friend Kortchmar convinced him it was the place to form a band. They called themselves The Flying Machine and they only lasted a year before the band broke up and Taylor went solo. At age 14, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee to get serious about making it in the music business. Her parents were huge supporters. Swift says of her parents, “They knew nothing about the industry and had no involvement in entertainment, but I was obsessed with it and so they did their research and read up about it to help me in every way they could. They’re amazing people.” Her big move from her home in Pennsylvania to Tennessee paid off and Swift got signed to a record deal that same year.

Speaking of record deals, James Taylor and Taylor Swift both completed firsts when signing at their record companies. James Taylor, at age 19, was connected to Peter Asher, the head of The Beatles’ new record label, Apple Records. Asher showed Paul McCartney some of Taylor’s music and McCartney immediately noticed his greatness. Taylor became the first non-British act signed to Apple Records. Taylor Swift, at age 14, was signed to Sony/ATV Tree publishing house. Swift was the youngest songwriter ever signed by the company. However, Swift left the Sony/ATV Tree at age 15, unhappy with the company wanting her to only record other artist’s songs until she was 18 and would be ready to release her own album. Swift felt she was already ready to do so and a year later she signed with the new independent record label, Big Machine Records. Swift was one of the very first artists to be signed with the company. At age 16, she immediately started writing her debut album, Taylor Swift, released a year later.

These musicians might have very different styles and audiences, as well as a large age difference, but they both fought for the #1 Billboard spot in 2015. James Taylor’s Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, his 1971 album, reached No. 2 in the album charts and was his most popular album. That’s until 2015, when he released Before This World at and it skyrocketed to the top. Before This World replaced Swift’s 1989 at the #1 Billboard spot.

Talent is something neither of these artists lack. They each lay claim many grammy awards. James Taylor is a five-time Grammy winner, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 200, and was named Person of the Year by Grammy Award-sponsored MusiCares. Taylor Swift is a seven-time Grammy winner, was honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010, and is the only woman ever named twice for Billboard’s Woman of the Year.

Taylor Swift listened to James Taylor growing up admiring his music greatly and he quickly became one of her idols. With Swift’s rise in fame, she reached out to Taylor to perform with her. James Taylor and Taylor Swift have performed together on two separate occasions, once in 2011 during Swift’s Speak Now World Tour and once in 2012 when Swift appeared as Taylor’s special guest during a concert at Tanglewood. James Taylor said of Swift, “She and I worked together, and we just hit it off. I loved her songs, and her presence on stage was so great. She told me that her mom had me in mind when she named her Taylor. When she called and asked if I would join her at the end of the last tour to celebrate the end of a successful tour on her part, I jumped in.”

 

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The Daily Mashup: Michael Jackson to Michael Bublé

2 Jul

go exploreMichael Jackson is the “King of Pop” and his album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with over 50 million copies sold worldwide. Jackson has won hundreds and hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in history. He is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Dance Hall of Fame. As the The New York Times describes him, “in the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else.” In other words, he’s a big deal. Michael Bublé is a Canadian singer who has made a name for himself in the music industry. His 2007 album, Call Me Irresponsible, making it to the number one spot in the UK, Canada, US, and several European charts. His voice and persona have repeatedly been compared to Frank Sinatra and he remains one of the most well-liked singers in the industry with fans of all ages. Bublé has been quoted saying Michael Jackson was the singer who had the biggest impact on him growing up.

Quotes:

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” -Michael Jackson

“I mean what I say when I say it, and that allows your audience to connect. That’s the number-one reason why any music is successful, because you make people feel something.” -Michael Bublé

Here are a few similarities:

Jackson and Bublé don’t just have singing in common, they were both raised Christian. Jackson was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, a Christian denomination. As a young boy, Jackson was required to do missionary work and went from door to door distributing the Jehovah’s Witness magazine, Watchtower. Later in his life, he was excommunicated from the religion because he was becoming too “worldy” and they disapproved of his Thriller music video. Bublé was raised as a Roman Catholic. When he was a teenager, Bublé admitted to sleeping with his bible and praying to become a singer. Bublé’s interest in music came as early as the age of five due to his family playing Bing Crosby’s White Christmas album at Christmas time.

Speaking of interest in music, these two talented singers realized their music ability at age 13. When Michael Jackson was eight years old, he starting singing in the Jackson 5. Jackson was seen as a prodigy and even though he was the youngest, he quickly became the lead singer of the group. Jackson evolved into a teen idol and he left the Jackson 5 to start his solo career at age 13. He realized he could make it as a solo performer and started straying from the “bubblegum pop” music of the Jackson 5 to a more adult and complex sound. Michael Bublé was 13 when he and his family first realized he was a talented singer. Young Bublé was in the car with his family at Christmas time and they were singing along to “White Christmas.” Apparently, he took his family by surprise when he powerfully sang the words “May your days be merry and bright.” His first singing shows started at age 16 and got a singing manager at age 18.

During their humble beginnings, the Jackson and Bublé boys were both talent show winners. A year after Michael Jackson joined the Jackson 5, the group won a major local talent show when they performed James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good).” This win gave them recognition and the Jackson 5 was being hired to play at clubs and as openers to distinguished stars such as Gladys Knight and Etta James. When Michael Bublé was 18, he entered a local talent contest and won. However, he was disqualified because he was underage. Bublé took the advice of the talent show’s organizer Bev Delich and then entered the Canadian Youth Talent Search, which he also won. Delich then became Bublé’s manager and the young singer took every gig he could get, from talent shows, to cruise ships, to malls, to bars. He was discovered performing at a business party by the Prime Minister’s aide at the time who then introduced Bublé to the big shot Grammy-winning producer David Foster, who had also worked with Michael Jackson.

It wasn’t long into either Jackson or Bublé’s careers before they started being recognized for their excellence. These men won multiple grammy awards. Jackson has recieved 13 Grammy awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He recieved 8 Grammys for just the Thriller album alone. Bublé was nominated for the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his first and second album, but won it for his third, forth, fifth, and sixth albums. Pretty impressive.

A nice similarity between these successful people is that instead of keeping all of their earnings to themselves, they both gave a lot to charity. Michael Jackson is known for his contributions to the less fortunate. In fact, in 200, Guinness World Records recognized Jackson as the most giving entertainer, contributing to a total of 39 different charities. He was also given an award from President Ronald Reagan to commemorate Jackson’s contribution to charities helping those recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, as well as a Drunk Driving Prevention campaign. Jackson gave all of his share of the proceeds from his Victory Tour and all the profits from the single “Man in the Mirror” to charity. He even started his own charity for underprivileged children called Heal the World Foundation in 1992. What an amazing human being. Michael Bublé follows in Jackson’s footsteps by his $50,000 contribution to those affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in Australia and continuing to support a number of charitable projects. One of these is called Children’s Charity Believe in Magic, for which he took part in their Believe in Magic Wristband Fundraiser.

 

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By Molly Mae Force, Cool Girls Reporter. Connect with me on LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/in/mollymaeforce

Look out for my upcoming book: Mashup Madness: History Made Fun Through Past and Present Icons

 

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Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep

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Ben Franklin to Ben & Jerry

Mr. Darcy to Mr. Grey

 

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