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Even Taylor Swift has her limits

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Earlier this summer

Taylor Swift’s Soldier Field shows help set new, ‘all-time’ Chicago hotel record, agency says

* Last week

Taylor Swift fans solve 33 million Google puzzles to unlock new song titles

* Today

The surprise attendance of pop superstar Taylor Swift at Sunday’s Kansas City Chiefs game also brought an unexpected surge in sales of Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce’s jersey, according to sports retailer Fanatics.

“Yesterday, Travis Kelce was one of the top five selling NFL players and saw a nearly 400% spike in sales throughout the Fanatics network of sites, including NFLShop.com,” said a spokesperson for Fanatics, the NFL’s official e-commerce partner.

* Last week

When Taylor Swift speaks, her fans listen.

On Tuesday morning, the singer posted a short message on Instagram encouraging her 272 million followers to register to vote. Afterward, the website she directed her fans to — the nonpartisan nonprofit Vote.org — recorded more than 35,000 registrations, according to the organization.

* I reached out to the Illinois State Board of Elections the other day to ask if they’d seen any uptick in voter registration since Taylor Swift encouraged her fans to register. Matt Dietrich…

There’s so much fluctuation in the statewide total that it’s really not possible to attribute changes to any one thing.

The statewide total actually went down a bit from before she did that Instagram post on Tuesday. It was 8,111,267 million on Sept. 13 and 8,038,939 million on Sept. 20. Those reports are run and posted weekly on Wednesdays. As of [Sept. 22] the statewide total is 8,038,367.

* Related…

* Missed Taylor Swift live? No worries, concert film to hit the big screen in Springfield: Swifties unite! “Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour Concert Film” will hit the Route 66 Twin Drive In, 1700 Knights Recreations Dr., and AMC Theatres in Springfield beginning Oct. 13.

       

10 Comments
  1. - Lurker - Tuesday, Sep 26, 23 @ 3:01 pm:

    She’s a force!
    (that’s right, I used the banned punctuation because even Rich will allow it — we are all afraid of the Swifties)


  2. - H-W - Tuesday, Sep 26, 23 @ 3:04 pm:

    I love the Rt 66 Drive-In. My wife and kids and I have been there many times over the years, even though we live 2.5 hours away. We used to make a weekend event out of going to that venue. It is an Illinois institution worthy of designation.


  3. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Sep 26, 23 @ 3:14 pm:

    There might not be much of an overlap left in the audience listening to TS, and people able to legally register to vote in the US who also haven’t registered yet.

    Either way, that’s still 35k new people who are now registered to vote - and that’s good.


  4. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Sep 26, 23 @ 3:26 pm:

    I’d love to see her keep this voter registration message going and growing over the next year. I suspect many of the Swifties who registered following this call may move or even forget they did so before the next national election.

    Either way it’s good. But it would be more effective in the lead up to a big election.


  5. - Amalia - Tuesday, Sep 26, 23 @ 3:42 pm:

    from Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey, thank you for noting the power of our beloved person. [in case you don’t keep up, Taylor named her cats after the longest running character in tv drama…Olivia from Law and Order SVU…and another major female tv character, from Shondaland’s Grey’s Anatomy (Shonda Rhimes, South Suburban gal, tv writer and producer amazing) Meredith Yes, TayTay is a cat lover.]


  6. - hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Sep 26, 23 @ 3:51 pm:

    I’m giving Taylor credit for singlehandedly increasing the 12-17 y o female demo rating for the Bears game on Sunday.

    https://twitter.com/SportsTVRatings/status/1706680631113965837


  7. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Sep 26, 23 @ 4:38 pm:

    Swifties probably took one look at State Election Board website and passed.


  8. - George Ryan Reynolds - Tuesday, Sep 26, 23 @ 5:01 pm:

    Swifties coming for Rich in 3..2..1..


  9. - ANNON'IN - Tuesday, Sep 26, 23 @ 5:08 pm:

    Good to see Capt. Fax getting with it…very Swifty


  10. - Give Us Barabbas - Tuesday, Sep 26, 23 @ 6:32 pm:

    One of her concerts actually set off earthquake detectors when she got all her fans jumping up and down to the beat of their favorite Taylor songs. She’s certainly influential.


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