The Leak Debate

The question on many Taylor Swift fan’s lips at the moment is weather or not to listen to her new album 1989 which has leaked on the internet following its early release in Europe. Due out in one day, the difference between having the album now or tomorrow doesn’t seem to make a big difference. For Swift fans however, it has cause a massive divide


One one side of the debate are those who take the news of the leak with glee.

” Well, to all the anti-leak people… If I wasn’t a 100% sure  I would  buy the album on Monday, now that I have listened to it I am a 200% sure i’m going to get my copy! It’s AMAZING!”

commented one of the down loaders.  Indeed if you scoured the internet throughout the past week, along with the usual excitement that is aroused any time Swift releases a song, there was also a high level of concern about the sound of this latest album which claimed to be ‘ 80’s inspired pop.’

the pre-release of the boppy ‘ Welcome to New York’ sparked fears that this new sound was void of the traditional emotion charged lyrics that won swift fans world wide.

Others have been angrily reporting any leak sites to Taylor Nation, who are in lock down mode as the deadline to the album release trickles from days into hours. On this side of the debate fans claim that it is disrespectful to listen to the music before the artist intended and that they need to wait and buy the album like everyone else.

Both sides have a point, however swift fans are notorious for putting their money on swift, with over a million copies expected to be sold in the first week of the album’s release.

Taylor has been teasing fans with lyrics from each track on Instagram, showing off her lyrical ability, that of a mastermind.

Time magazine are one of few who have previously heard the album, predicting big things for track number 10, I Know Places which  they claim as a ‘ sonic masterpiece’.

The debate will rage on into the hours until the 27th arrives and the album will predictably hit number one world wide.


Seasoned Songs

Last year when I was  on exchange in Flagstaff Arizona, around this time of the year, it was starting to get very cold on the mountain top. As I marveled over the fact that Halloween was drawing close and carving out pumpkins. I also noticed how relevant all the hits on the radio were for the season. It was all about the ‘ sweater weather’ vibe.

As Christmas drew nearer, i found it so cool listening to my Christmas playlist and having actual snow and warm fires to sit by. My American friends  couldn’t quite comprehend how we Australians not only had an Australian summer over Christmas, but also listened to songs such as ‘ Walking in a Winter Wonderland.’

‘ Isn’t that weird?’

As Australians, we grow up with a lot of music that is disconnected from our current lives, yet still seems to fit in perfectly. Calvin Harris’ hit  ‘ Summer’ came out just before winter, as did numerous  other hits. it made me wonder, do we therefore just have the same hits at the top of the charts for a longer amount of time?

I am sure that some of the hits on now have currently been up there for quite some time. I also noticed that when Christmas songs play in Australia, as soon as new years hits, they’re gone. We live by a rule that as of the first of december, christmas music is allowed for one month. As soon as that month is up, it’s straight back to the summer playlists. If we played it from October till February like America does, then we would end up with a very strange mix of songs.

Down in Aus it’s all about the beach, the  fast hits and the lazy afternoons by the pool, rather than by the fireside. I wonder if more kids in Australia stop believing in Santa at an earlier age because they know that the songs of Santa coming down the Chimney on a cold night and wearing a velvet red suit would be far too hot. Besides, most of the houses in Australia don’t have Chimney’s. It just doesn’t get cold enough.

Funnily enough, the most connected to home i felt throughout December was when I was in Phoenix and songs about christmas’ in California came on. It was almost like having it actually snow during December was too real! the point of this, is that people can connect to songs in different and unique way since we also listen to music in unique ways.

So, when you are considering how people listen to music, remember that music is as diverse as people,

and even though it’s 36 degrees outside, sometimes i want  to listen to winter wonderland.