Taylor Swift You Belong With Me Live Music Video

Country pop star Taylor Swift goes underground to the Times Square subway station to perform her smash hit single, 'You Belong With Me.' (2009 MTV Video Music Awards)
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Taylor Swift Love Story Official Music Video

"Love Story" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country artist Taylor Swift. It is the first single from her second studio album, 2008's Fearless. The song was released in September 2008, and by November it reached the top of the Billboard country chart for two weeks, becoming her third Billboard Number One. It also became her first top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
As with most of the songs on Fearless, Swift wrote "Love Story" herself. "Love Story" is Swift's first international single, venturing into other markets outside North America and Australia. The single is also Swift's first to receive remixes for the clubs. As of the week ending February 8, 2009, "Love Story" has been downloaded more than 3 million times, making it the most downloaded country song in history. In addition, "Love Story" became the first country crossover recording to hit number one on the Nielsen BDS CHR/Top 40 chart.

The song is part of the tracklist for Now That's What I Call Country Volume 2.

Love Story first came out on the internet in 2007. In an article for Billboard, Swift described "Love Story" as "a love that you've got to hide because for whatever reason it wouldn't go over well. I spun it in the direction of Romeo and Juliet; our parents are fighting. I relate to it more as a love that you cannot really elaborate on — a love that maybe society wouldn't accept [or] maybe your friends wouldn't accept."

The song is a mid-tempo, accompanied by banjo and guitar. The chord progression is a simple I-V-vi-IV, very common in pop music. In the lyrics, the narrator alludes to Romeo and Juliet and The Scarlet Letter to describe a lover whom her father will not let her see. In the end, however, the father reconciles and the lover proposes to the female narrator. The proposal is accompanied by a modulation in key up a tone, from D to E. Swift has repeatedly mentioned in interviews that the song was written around the lyrics, "This love is difficult, but it's real."

The Pop Mix replaces the Country-style instruments (i.e. the banjo) and adds a heavier bassline, a drum loop, and heavier electric guitars.

The International Radio Mix is a hybrid mix of the album version and pop edit, keeping the storybook theme of the original song with a pop overtone arrangement.

In June 2009, Swift performed "Thug Story," a parody of "Love Story," with T-Pain for the CMT Music Awards.

The song received a mostly positive response from critics. Jim Malec of The 9513 gave "Love Story" a thumbs-up rating. Although he said that the song had a "wonderful, idealized ending" and that it seemed to comprise too much of a plot line for a four-minute song, he nonetheless made note of the lyrics, saying, "the complications and difficulties surrounding her affair are just as grave as Juliet’s… the fact that Swift, arguably the genre’s biggest star at the moment, has done so here is a breath of fresh air, even if the song does otherwise follow a disappointingly unoriginal pattern." He added, "None of these criticisms, however, will have a major impact on the song’s effectiveness, or on its ability to strike a resonant chord with its intended audience… what’s more, 'Love Story' shows an artist willing to take chances by venturing from the format’s standard song structure, and to let her personality shine through–even if the lyric generally follows a well-worn path."

Nick Levine from the UK website Digital Spy gave the song 3 stars and praised Swift for knowing her "way to a radio-friendly chorus" and stated she "has enough charm to pull off lyrics that essentially rewrite Romeo & Juliet with a happy ending". He concluded his review of the song by saying "Like a Meg Ryan rom-com, this is completely corny but hard not to like".

The song, however, has received criticism in some circles as the story of "Romeo and Juliet" is concidered a tragedy rather than a love story. It has been expressed that the song implies a false representation of the true ideals of Shakespeare's play, and creates a widespread miseducation of classic literature.

"Love Story" was released as a single on September 12, 2008. For the chart week of September 27, 2008, it debuted at number 25 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, becoming Swift's highest debuting song on that chart in her career. For the chart week of November 22, 2008, it became her third number one on the Hot Country Songs chart, although it only spent thirteen weeks on that chart. On the Billboard Hot 100, the song debuted at number 16 making it Swift's third-highest debut on that chart in her career (behind "Fearless", which debuted at number nine, and "You're Not Sorry", which debuted at number 11) and peaked at number four. It has also become her biggest airplay hit peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart and number one on the Billboard Pop 100 Airplay chart. As of February 20, 2009, "Love Story" was the first country crossover to reach number one on the Top 40 pop chart.[citation needed].As of May 20, it has sold 3,473,674 legal digital downloads.

On 22 February 2009, "Love Story" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 22 on downloads alone. On 1 March 2009, "Love Story" climbed to number two, behind Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You". Swift is the first country singer to have a top 10 hit in the UK since Shania Twain's "Party for Two", which charted at number ten in 2004, and Faith Hill was number ten in 2008 with "There You'll Be" on a re-entry. "Love Story" has so far spent 24 weeks inside the UK top 100 singles chart, with seven of those in the top ten. It is to date Swift's most succesful single in the UK.

The song proved to be hugely successful in Oceania as well. In Australia, it spent two non-consecutive weeks at number-one on the ARIA Singles Chart (the weeks ending March 23 and April 6, respectively) and a record of eleven weeks at number two on the same tally. In New Zealand, it peaked on the RIANZ Singles Chart at number three; however, it did reach number one of the Top 10 Radio Airplay Chart, and held that place for eight weeks. It was also certified Platinum on August 30, 2009, selling over 15,000 copies.

On the chart week of June 6, 2009, the song reached Number One on the U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart becoming her first Number One single on this chart.

The music video premiered on Country Music Television on September 12, 2008.
The video begins with Swift seeing a man, that is sitting under a tree in the present day, played by Justin Gaston. Then, there are some video scenes alternating flashbacks and present scenes. Taylor Swift, dressed in a fancy gown, is seen singing outside a castle while she is waiting for her prince. She is singing and some scenes alternate with the past, where she is dancing during a gala with her boyfriend. The "love story" ends with the prince's arrival and the video comes back to the present. The boy is seen getting up and they approach each other. The video draws from the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, even including the actress who played Lydia in the background. source: wikipedia
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