Music really does heal. Jimmy Fallon recently lost his mom and tonight was his first show back since the funeral. The team wanted a special show back and decided on a whim to ask Taylor Swift if she would come to perform since she had been in town to perform on SNL and attend her album release party!
Swift agreed without hesitation and performed a song off Reputation called “New Year’s Day.” Fallon introduced her saying:
“We have a big, big, big performance tonight. Her new album, Reputation, is crushing. It is CRUSHING. It came out on Friday and it sold over a million copies. She was fantastic on Saturday Night Live this weekend, and she wasn’t scheduled to be our musical guest tonight, but she’s her. We love her, performing a brand new song for the first time tonight: Taylor Swift.”
WATCH TAYLOR SWIFT PERFORM “NEW YEAR’S DAY” ON JIMMY FALLON
There is a line in the song that talks about squeezing hands three times, something Fallon had done with his mom in the hospital before she passed to let her know he loves her. It’s something his mom used to do when he was little. It was a beautiful moment and the whole audience was moved. One of the producers of the show shared in a series of tweets:
“But at the desk, you could hear his voice break when talking about our musical guest Taylor Swift, and that’s because he knew what he was about to say… Jimmy’s words about his mom were beautiful. “Mom, I’ll never stop trying to make you laugh. I love you.” I was crying. We all were. The story about his mom squeezing his hand 3 times to say “I love you” when he was a kid, and then him squeezing her hand in the hospital – he hadn’t told any of us that story… More on that in a second. First, a quick word about Taylor Swift. She was not scheduled to do our show today. But we wanted something special for this first show back, so we asked her on a complete whim, since she had been in town doing SNL. She said yes with zero hesitation. She sang “New Year’s Day.” No one had heard it. Suddenly she sings the line, “Squeeze my hand 3 times in the back of the taxi.” I nearly gasped. Tears. I think everyone in the audience started sobbing. I could see Jimmy silhouetted at his desk dabbing his eyes with a tissue. We all lost it. It was a beautiful coincidence in a beautiful performance. “Hold on to your memories, they will hold on to you,” Taylor sang. That hug between Jimmy and Taylor after the song was 100% real emotion. Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something beautiful for Jimmy and our show today, and we’re forever grateful. Thank you to Taylor, the Roots, Higgins, our whole staff and crew, and to all the FalPals, fans, and everyone who reached out to and supported Jimmy and his family. I can tell you it meant everything to him.”
“BIG REPUTATION, BIG REPUTATION, OOH YOU AND ME, WE GOT BIG REPUTATIONS AAH, AND YOU HEARD ABOUT ME, OOH.”
It’s safe to say we weren’t “…Ready For It?” Boom Boom Boom – Pow! Taylor Swift and The Starlights (fan-given name to her backup singers – Melanie Nyema, Kamilah Marshall, Eliotte Nicole and Clare Turton Derrico) took the stage at SNL to give two amazing performances of two songs off Swift’s new album Reputation. First up was “…Ready For It?” where they busted out amazing vocals and sultry dance moves.
You can watch the full performance below!
Swift also gave an acoustic performance of “Call It What You Want” where she picks up the guitar. She is accompanied by Agency (band) members) Paul Sidoti on Guitar and Mike Meadows on Cello. It’s so wonderful to see the gang together again! It’s getting us very excited for the Reputation Tour which will be announced closer to Swift’s 28th birthday! We can’t wait to find out when we can see all this live ourselves!!!!
WATCH TAYLOR SWIFT PERFORM “CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT” ACOUSTIC
Our girl is so happy!!!!!
We love the AGENCY + Starlights <3
Born March 12, 1994, Christina Grimmie came into this world knowing she was destined to sing and share her gift of music. Grimmie started out on YouTube and was a natural sensation, instantly growing followers every day. She sang covers and originals on her channel and even acted like a goofball showing that she is as normal as everyone. Grimmie was one of the most humble people you would want to know. She spent countless hours playing Smash Brothers online with her frands (name for fans).
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Grimmie would go on to release her first EP I in 2011. In 2013 she would release her first full length album called With Love. Eventually, this would propel the star to get noticed by the music industry and during auditions for season 6 of The Voice, the world was introduced to the amazing vocalist. Grimmie got a four chair-turn during her audition with her cover of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. With the ultimate opportunity of picking her own coach, she chose Adam Levine and went all the way to the finals where she took 3rd place for the show. During the finale, Levine announced that win or lose, he will sign Grimmie to his label. Grimmie went on to sign with Island Records and in 2015, she was named the iHeart Radio/ Macy’s Rising Star and performed at the 2015 iHeart Radio Music Awards.
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In early 2016 Grimmie released her second EP Side A saying that there might be a Side B down the line. In June of 2016 Grimmie was doing a concert in Orlando, FL with the group Before You Exit. During a Meet and Greet after the show, a man came up and opened fired on Grimmie, shooting her multiple times which led to the singer’s death. At the end of 2016 Grimmie won the Teen Choice Award for 2016 Choice Web Star: Music.
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In early 2017 it was announced Grimmie was posthumously signed to a major record deal with label Republic Records. The first single would be released on February 17th titled “Invisible” with a full album in the works from previously recorded songs by the late singer. Along with the release of the single was a lyric video which can be seen below.
All net funds raised by the sale of the single would go to establish the Christina Grimmie Foundation. See the link below to purchase “Invisible”.
Invisible on Itunes
It’s true The Vampire Diaries fans, Nina Dobrev is back on set of the beloved TV show which is in its final season! It was speculated that she might return for the finale, but things have not been looking hopeful until now! Dobrev confirmed the news and posted a picture of the script to social media!
The Vampire Diaries official Facebook page also shared a photo of Dobrev on set!! We are getting all the feels of seeing the beloved Elena return and seeing how this series will end. It’s going to be an emotional ending of an era for sure!
“I’m thrilled to bring this show to an end the way we always intended — with Nina back to help us say goodbye,” show runner Julie Plec said in a statement. Executive producer Kevin Williamson added: “I’m so excited to have Nina back to ensure our farewell episode is truly epic!”
The series finale airs March 10, 2017 on The CW.
Television is so much more exciting when Thompson Square is set to perform! The duo is made up of GRAMMY nominated husband and wife singer/songwriters Keifer and Shawna Thompson. Their latest single “You Make It Look So Good” was produced by GRAMMY winning producer, Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift).
The duo had their first born child earlier this year and have been married for 17 years! “You Make It Look So Good” is about not having the desire to settle down until you meet someone who changes everything, and suddenly everything you never wanted starts to look so good.
WATCH: Thompson Square’s Home Movie For “You Make It Look So Good”
Thompson Square will join Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford in the 10 AM hour of TODAY (all time zones) Friday October 28, 2016!
“You Make It Look So Good” jumped up 3 spots on Billboard this week and is soon to enter the top 50! It’s available across all digital retailers and streaming partners now.
Download the song here: http://geni.us/ymilsg
Stream it here: http://smarturl.it/streamymilsg