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  1. ‘Shake It Off’ Released to Fanfare and Controversy

    Taylor Swift seems to have shaken her country roots right off in favor of mainstream stardom. Music critics are already calling her latest single one of the most infectious tunes of the year, but old fans who expected a bit more of the girl with a guitar and a bit less of Swedish mega-producer Max Martin may be disappointed. The song’s video has also sparked accusations of cultural appropriation and black exploitation. Taylor hasn’t simply gone pop — she’s gone positively Miley.

    Rolling Stone, USA Today, New Yorker, Daily Beast

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