Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Finally Turns One
Happy Birthday, 1989.
Today (Oct. 27) marks the one-year anniversary of Taylor Swift releasing 1989 aka. the album that gave us more pop and synth and less country, aka. the album that inspired a fight with Spotify and started a friendship with Apple Music, aka. the album that birthed this generation’s #squad, aka. the best-selling album of 2014.
Tay Tay celebrated on Twitter:
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 27, 2015
And then there’s us. Since Oct. 27, 2014, we’ve basically spent every other day reporting on the professional, personal, squad, and pet-related activities of Ms. Swift on Celebuzz. If you think about it, we’ve been in a 1989 birthday party for one whole year. In case you’re only joining the celebration now, here’s what you may have missed:
October 2014: 1989 is born. “Shake It Off” is the single diehard fans and newbies have been waiting for. It’s so good Kelly Clarkson offers a cover. Also: we can’t stop playing Taylor’s behind-the-song messages from the deluxe edition.
November 2014: 1989 breaks records with some 1.29 million copies sold in its debut week. Tour dates are announced. “Blank Space” is released as the album’s second single and shoots to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Our brief love affair with Sean O’Pry from the music video begins. Taylor removes all her albums from Spotify.
December 2014: Taylor is named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. Taylor celebrates 25th birthday with A-listers including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Selena Gomez. “Shake It Off” receives three Grammy nominations.
January 2015: 1989’s sales pass the four million copies mark.
February 2015: “Style” is released as 1989’s third single. Don’t remember the music video? We don’t either. Taylor blanks out at the Grammys but collaborator and pop music legend Max Martin takes home the award for Producer of the Year (Non-Classical). Charli XCX takes a stab at covering “Shake It Off.”
March 2015: Billboard confirms 1989 outsells both Red and Speak Now after only 19 weeks of release.
April 2015: Taylor and boyfriend Calvin Harris make their romance official. Taylor is nominated for a sh*t ton of Billboard Music Awards.
May 2015: One by one, Taylor teases her “Bad Blood” music video cast before the clip’s Billboard Music Awards debut. Taylor takes home a sh*t ton of Billboard Music Awards. “Bad Blood” becomes 1989’s third number one single. The 1989 World Tour kicks off in Japan.
July 2015: After the MTV VMA nominations are announced, Taylor starts a non-fight with Nicki Minaj on Twitter. Kelly Clarkson continues to slay as the Queen of Covers and takes on “Blank Space.” U.S. Women’s Soccer Team and Taylor set real deal #SquadGoals at 1989 show in New Jersey.
August 2015: “Wildest Dreams” is released as 1989’s fifth single as the album passes the five million copies sold mark. Taylor and Nicki Minaj bury the hatchet by performing together at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Taylor brings her squad. “Wildest Dreams” the video premieres. Ryan Adams announces 1989 cover album.
September 2015: Taylor dethrones Kim Kardashian as the most followed person on Instagram. Taylor wins her first Emmy. Mick Jagger briefly joins Taylor’s onstage squad. Ian McKellen says no thanks. Ryan Adams releases 1989 cover album.
October 2015: Taylor receives six American Music Award nominations. She graces the covers of Vogue Australia, NME, and GQ. Taylor is named the co-chair for the 2016 Met Gala. 1989 turns one and becomes only the fifth album to spend its first year of release in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart.