I've never met Taylor Swift (yet!), and she's never told me any part of her master plan for world domination. But from all accounts, it seems to be going quite well -- and I, for one, welcome our new pop megastar overlord. So, consider what follows as purely speculative, though I do have my reasons, and I believe you'll find the argument compelling.
Here it is: Taylor Swift is very likely on a quest to perform every potential song of the summer for 2015 on her 1989 World Tour. And I have evidence.
Since May 5, when the 1989 World Tour kicked off in Tokyo, Taylor has seen fit to make every show on the tour more grandiose, more star-studded and generally more incredible (or at least try to). In June, she brought out her infamous #squad plus Emma Watson during a massive gig in London's Hyde Park. A month later, her MetLife Stadium show featured the U.S. Women's Soccer Team. You see? Bigger and bigger.
But those guests are part of the larger T.S. narrative of #squadgoals, something breezier and more based in friendship than part of an actual domination plan. When it comes to inviting musicians up to play with her, Taylor's every move is surgically precise. Here's the proof.
"Can't Feel My Face" With The Weeknd (July 10, MetLife Stadium)
"Jealous" With Nick Jonas (July 11, MetLife Stadium)
The next night, Tay and Nick teamed up for "Jealous," which technically came out last September, but that was fall, so it still qualifies to be a 2015 song of the summer contender, OK?
"Want To Want Me" With Jason Derulo (July 14, Nationals Park)
It's kind of hilarious to watch Tay's face as Jason, um, gets a little more comfortable while singing his awesome, smooth, summery hit in D.C.
"Honey, I'm Good." With Andy Grammer (July 18, Solider Field)
"Take Your Time" With Sam Hunt (July 19, Solider Field)
Night two in Chicago saw country dude Sam Hunt and Tay bench it for a rendition of his soulful, aching "Take Your Time."
"Shut Up And Dance" With Walk The Moon (July 24, Gillette Stadium)
"Trap Queen" With Fetty Wap (August 8, CenturyLink Field)
Last night's "Trap Queen" duet with Fetty Wap in Seattle pretty much makes my argument air-tight, I'd posit. At this point, is there really any doubt as to Tay's master plan?
The 1989 World Tour continues until December. That's still plenty of time for a cameo from Tay's BF Calvin Harris and a rousing, stadium-shaking rendition of REAL song of the summer "How Deep Is Your Love," if you ask me.