'The next Taylor Swift' is not what the world needs

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Hollywood loves copying a success story.

That’s why there are a ton of movie sequels and TV reboots galore. Because if something makes money, why wouldn’t you want to replicate that?
Following that pattern in the music industry is not always as easy.
    That’s why I often chuckle whenever I hear someone referred to asthe next (填空).”
    Music is so personal that it’s virtually impossible to create a carbon copy of an artist, even if the singer sounds like the artist.
    In the case of Taylor Swift, it’s a bit more complicated.
    Swift’s confessional songs, some inspired by her high-profile romances, musicality, girl-next-door-ness and connection to her fan base, have led to the kind of royaltiesand royal treatmentany aspiring singer-songwriter would want to replicate.
    Here are just a few of the new artists who have been compared to her:
    Olivia Rodrigo attends the premiere of the Disney+ show "歌舞青春: The Musical: 该系列" in报价bank, 加利福尼亚州, 在 2019.

    Olivia Rodrigo: The Disney star used to be best known for her starring role in “歌舞青春: The Musical: 该系列,” but the 17-year-old has expanded her resume.
    Her recent debut song, “驾驶执照,” has been burning up the charts and breaking Spotify records.
    The Taylor Swift comparison came into play because plenty of fans theorize that Rodrigo’s song of heartbreak (which she co-wrote with producer Dan Nigro) is about her co-star and speculated former boyfriend, Joshua Bassett.
    Penning a cathartic tune about an ex is peak Swift.
    Grace VanderWaal attends the premiere of Disney's "Stargirl&报价; 在三月 10, 2020, 在洛杉矶.

    Grace VanderWaal: When VanderWaal auditioned forAmerica’s Got Talent” 在 2016, judge Simon Cowell declared herthe next Taylor Swift.
    It made sense. The then-tween was adorable as she played the ukulele and sang a song she had composed herself.
    Her performances kept impressing the audience as well as the judges, and the 12-year-old was crowned the winner of the show’s 11th season.
    现在 17, and a seasoned performer with both an album and a starring role in the Disney+ filmStargirl,” VanderWaal is living the dream.
    But she’d rather you not compare her to Swift, 根据 一个 2016 report in Teen Vogue.
    Priscilla Block was named one of CMT's "Next Women of Country&报价; class of 2021.

    Priscilla Block: One singer-songwriter who probably wouldn’t at all mind a Swift comparison is Block.
    The up-and-coming artist has long admired the musical superstarso much so that Block moved from Raleigh, 北卡罗来纳, to Nashville, 田纳西州, to pursue a career in country music. In a twist of fate, she ran into her role model in 2014 while wearing a shirt from Swift’s Red Tour.
    As I’m leaving work, I hear honking and see waving! Who is it? Taylor Swift herself,” Block wrote in a Facebook post. “She pulls her car overand says, ‘I love your shirt!'”
    The pair chatted and took selfies. “This girl has been my idol since I started writing music, and I think that today was a wink in the right direction!” Block wrote.
    Thanks to TikTok, Block is well on her way with songs such asPMS,” and her body-positive anthemThick Thighs,” which captured the attention of record labels.
    最终, there is and only ever will be one Taylor Swift. And given how much music she has already given us and will hopefully continue to, there doesn’t appear to be the need to have another.

    For your weekend

    Three things to watch:
    ‘Night Stalker: 寻找连环杀手’
    Retired Sgt. Frank Salerno, formerly a Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective, is featured in "暗夜魔王: The Hunt for a Serial Killer.&q报价

    Don’t watch this if you are home alone.
    The Netflix documentary about the case of Richard Ramirez, who terrorized California during the summer of 1985, is both well done and scary as hell. The true-crime series focuses on the work of homicide detectives Frank Salerno and Gil Carrillo.
    I thoroughly enjoyed it and my CNN colleague Chloe Melas 说过, “I wasn’t expecting much more than a crime doc. I was wrong. This is what I’ve been craving since the network’s ‘Making a Murderer.It’s terrifying, binge-worthy content that kept me up all night. And oh yeah, lock your doors, y’all.
    “暗夜魔王: 寻找连环杀手” is currently streaming.
    ‘Wendy Williams: The Movie
    Ciera Payton stars in "Wendy Williams: The Movie.&报价;

    The radio host turned talk show queen executive produced her own biopic.
    Wendy Williams: The Movieis billed asa revealing look at Wendy’s journey, from her scrappy upstart days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show. Despite all the naysayers and obstacles Wendy encountered throughout her life, her strength and determination have allowed her to thrive.
    The TV movie starring Ciera Payton debuts Saturday on Lifetime.
    '周六夜现场’
    John Krasinski is set to host "SNL&报价; when it returns this weekend.

    We have a new US President and vice president now, so it almost feels like we have to watch “周六夜现场” 这周末.
    The late-night sketch show returns Saturday with John Krasinski hosting and Machine Gun Kelly making his “SNL” debut as a musical guest.
    I can’t wait to see what the cast does with recent current events!
    Two things to listen to:
    Rivers Cuomo of Weezer performs during the Rock in Rio festival at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro on September 28, 2019.

    The rock band Weezer kind of lucked out with its new album, “OK Human.
    This is probably the best possible time for this album,” the band’s frontman, Rivers Cuomo, told NME. “It’s about feeling isolated and alienated and secluded, so it’s the perfect album for now.
    It was originally scheduled to be released after the plannedVan Weezer” 专辑, but like with everything else, the pandemic changed all that.
    OK Humandrops Friday.
    Jazmine Sullivan sings onstage during the Whitaker Peace &安培; Development Initiative "Place for Peace&报价; gala at New York's Gotham Hall on September 27, 2019.

    With a title likeHeaux Tales,” you know Jazmine Sullivan’s latest album is raw and real.
    R&B singer wrings every bit of emotion from her songs of sexual freedom, love and love lost. This time around, she has an assist from fellow artists including Anderson .Paak, 埃里. and Ari Lennox.
    Heaux Talesis out now.
    One thing to talk about:
    Phoebe Dynevor (剩下) and Regé-Jean Page (对) are shown in a scene from "Bridgerton,&报价; which has been a huge hit for Netflix.

    Was this a blooper or a smart marketing ploy?
    Some eagle-eyed viewers of the Regency-era Netflix seriesBridgertoncaught a historical inaccuracy in the show, which is reminding folks of the “权力的游戏” water bottle and coffee cup oopsies.
    Social media was abuzz after a viewer posted theyspotted a single yellow line and a telecoms manhole coverin a since-deleted tweet.
    Turns out those weren’t around in the 19th century, when the series is set.
    The cynic in me can’t help but wonder if the gaffe was intentional to further help the show go viralnot that it needs it.

    Something to sip on

    贾斯汀·汀布莱克 (剩下) and Jessica Biel (对) attend the season three premiere of USA Network's "The Sinner,&报价; 二月 3, 2020, in West Hollywood, 加利福尼亚州.

    Parenting can be tough in normal circumstances, so my hat is off to Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel for trying to balance their need for privacy with the public’s desire to know.
    I try to be conscious of making sure we can live a life where we’re not weirdly private but we’re conscious of making sure they can be kids for as long as possible,” Timberlake said. “And not have the weight of somebody else treating them differently because of something that their parents do.
      As much as we often admire stars for their fame and wealth, imagine if everything you didgood or badwas fodder for others to consume?
      The trade-off for sharing their art with the world isn’t necessarily allowing the world all access to these celebslives.

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