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20
Taylor Swift released her TTPD variants on the same day as Billie Eilish's album release
Added 24 days agoSource: CeleBitchy
Taylor Swift released her TTPD variants on the same day as Billie Eilish's album release
In April, Billie Eilish gave an interview to Billboard about her new album and her attempts to change the music industry and make the industry more environmental and less wasteful. One of the big headlines from Billie?s interview was that she said that too many artists are being wasteful with how many variants they do. In music parlance, ?variants? are multiple versions of the same album, offered in vinyl, CD or digital. Many big artists are ?gaming the system? for record sales and charting by offering twenty different variants of their albums with ?new songs? or remixes or what have you. While Billie didn?t name names in the Billboard piece because multiple artists are guilty of it many people did think of Taylor Swift immediately. The variant issue is Taylor?s whole deal these days, it?s her modus operandi for dominating the charts and sales. She gets her Swifty army to buy the same album like twenty different times, all to get ?new songs? or whatever.

Skip ahead to last week. Billie Eilish released her new album, Hit Me Hard and Soft. On the very same day, Taylor decided to drop new variants of The Tortured Poets Department, an album which had only been out for less than a month. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Earlier this year, Billie Eilish was forced to hit back after she was accused of shading Taylor Swift in comments about ?wasteful? artists during an interview with Billboard. Speaking to the publication for a sustainability-centered interview, Billie criticized how normalized it has become for artists to sell multiple variants of the same album. At this point, it?s important to point out that Billie herself sells multiple vinyl variants of her albums, but they all have the exact same tracklist so that fans aren?t forced to buy every version in order to hear all of her songs. She also uses 100% recycled vinyl and scraps for each variant.

?We live in this day and age where, for some reason, its very important to some artists to make all sorts of different vinyl and packaging? which ups the sales and ups the numbers and gets them more money,? she explained in the interview. I cant even express how wasteful it is. It is right in front of our faces, and people are just getting away with it left and right,? Billie went on. I find it really frustrating as somebody who really goes out of my way to be sustainable and do the best that I can and try to involve everybody in my team in being sustainable ? and then its some of the biggest artists in the world making fucking 40 different vinyl packages that have a different unique thing just to get you to keep buying more.?

Taylor Swift did not publicly acknowledge any of the discourse at the time, but people believe they have now spotted some seriously shady activity from the star. On Thursday, it was announced that Taylor will release three new digital versions of her latest album, The Tortured Poets Department, on Friday, May 17. Each version includes a first draft phone memo of one of three of Taylor?s songs; either ?The Black Dog,? ?Who?s Afraid of Little Old Me?? or ?Cassandra.? To hear all of the original drafts, fans must purchase all three of the newly available variants at $5.99 each.

And it didnt take long for people to notice that the three new variants were dropping on the same day as Billie?s third album, Hit Me Hard and Soft ? thus putting the two in competition in the music charts.

[From Buzzfeed]

I?m including some tweets below, cited in Buzzfeed?s coverage, which seem to be gaining traction. Like, I don?t pay attention to Taylor?s eleventy billion variant drops because I?m not a Swiftie and I really don?t give a sh-t. Taylor is going to bleed her fans dry if it?s the last thing she does and her fans play her games willingly. The answer is convincing her fans to stop playing her stupid cash-grabbing games. And yes, Taylor absolutely did this on purpose, dropping these digital variants on the same day as Billie?s album drop. Petty petty petty. While I do think Billie was referencing Taylor in the Billboard interview, Billie was also generalizing in the hope that more artists would rethink their wasteful, system-gaming, fan-scamming variant strategy. I hope Billie says some sh-t about Taylor?s private planes next. This could end up being a pretty good beef.

billie?s statement about artists releasing 40 vinyl packages to get people to buy more really got into her? doing this on her album release day is so nasty https://t.co/T9Q0oj4hA9

pop culture gal (@allurequinn) May 16, 2024

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MAY
20
Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez went to dinner & Emme's school event on Sunday
Added 24 days agoSource: CeleBitchy
Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez went to dinner & Emme's school event on Sunday
Y?all, I don?t even know what?s happening with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez anymore. InTouch Weekly got the ball rolling last week when they claimed that Original Bennifer was headed for divorce and it wasn?t even Ben?s fault. That?s when other outlets got involved People Magazine reported that Ben and J.Lo hadn?t been seen together in 47 days, then their sources confirmed that Ben and Jen were living separately in LA. Us Weekly?s sources claimed that they?ve been on the outs for weeks, if not months. Then on Friday, they were seen together at a school play for one of Ben?s kids they arrived separately but they were photographed together.

These photos are from Sunday Jennifer arrived at a Brentwood movie theater separately from Ben, but they ended up leaving together and grabbing dinner at BOA Steakhouse. He drove, they were photographed at multiple locations and they seemed to be sending a signal to the public that they?re not divorcing? yet. They?re working through their sh-t, maybe. It?s worth noting that Friday?s joint appearance was for one of Ben?s kids, and Sunday?s theater trip was seemingly for a school event for Emme. So Ben and Jen are still showing up for their stepkids. And I?ve always felt that Ben completely adores Emme in particular. I wonder if Emme is telling them to work out their sh-t.

Over the weekend, a source told Entertainment Tonight: Jen and Bens relationship is not over yet, but they have been staying in separate homes and the tension has been high. They are taking a second to figure out what each of them is going through and wants. Both of them have been very down. High tension? Okay. Ben was also seen without his wedding ring over the weekend, but he wore his ring for Sunday?s outing.

Again, Jennifer has a movie premiere tonight. Will Ben show up? Is this all just gossip for Jen to promote her movie? Or is this just two melodramatic Leos being melodramatic??

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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