Welcome back to the Coming Around Again podcast, part of the Pop Shop family, where host Andrew Unterberger and a variety of guests discuss notable anniversaries being celebrated in the music world. This week, we're taking a brief break from anniversaries to look back on the catalog of an artist in the news right now: Taylor Swift.
Mendes played his most recent Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit, "There's Nothing Holding Me Back," giving a blistering performance of the song that culminated in a surprisingly heavy rock breakdown at the end.
It's never been her primary narrative, but one of the fascinating subthemes of Taylor Swift's decade-plus as a songwriter has been her gradual embrace of sensuality. And it's hard not to feel like it wasn't all leading up to "Dress" -- Reputation's second-side land mine, and a blood-rushing slow jam that easily marks her sexiest song to date.
"Hang on, everybody, this one is gonna rock." That was Brad Paisley's introduction of Eric Church's performance of "Chattanooga Lucy" at the 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 8), and it didn't disappoint.