why didn't this get released as a still

anonymous asked:

Ok this is random but it's 2am in the morning and this is somehow bothering me😅 I love Zens voice a lot but why is nobody talking about v voice too? I think it's sound way better then jumins (no offense he's on place3rd) but like I literally saw no one talking about his voice so here is the v's voice appreciation squad (Zens still my number 1 but don't tell him he will get cocky) ;) And yeah this ask didn't make any sense 😂

I’m so sorry, you sent this ask when the V-day DLC was just released and it was pushed down and devoured by all the dlc gushing. 
I agree, anon. Zen and Yoosung are my favs and I wish their voice actors could sing. Speaking of which  ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉
Here, have this. It’s V’s singing voice. Mmmmhmmm

While being locked in the Helvault would be a good reason for Nahiri disappearing, we have ample reason to believe Sorin didn't know about it.
  • Ugin: You did WHAT! Why on earth didn't you pull her out to reseal the Eldrazi?
  • Sorin: Are you nuts? She about tore Innistrad asunder the first time.
  • Ugin: And you beat her when you established you were at a weakened state and your angel hadn't leveled up high enough to handle a level 30 Lithomancer. Try again.
  • Sorin: And unleash all those demons also in there?
  • Ugin: You never thought her powers might be useful enough to include a back door to get out to defend her home and instead... wait, you locked her up with DEMONS! You better have a real good explanation.
  • Sorin: Um... Vampire longevity is usually tied to shortsightedness?
  • Ugin: You used that line on Olivia Volderan to belittle her and set yourself as her superior. As much as that would make sense that you're a hypocrite, I've known you long enough to know you better. Besides, that doesn't explain why you did nothing about the situation when Nahiri was freed from the Helvault just over TWO YEARS ago. One more chance Sorin.
  • Sorin: *sweats*
  • Sorin: *Still sweating*
  • Ugin *glares*
  • Sorin: You know what? Screw it. I'm covering for no one anymore. The truth is I didn't get or force her help because when the Eldrazi were originally released because Nahiri hadn't been retconned to the Helvault yet. In fact, I'm pretty sure the Helvault hadn't even been invented yet when it happened. And then as a lazy cover, I'm pretty sure any other question in reliability or logic will be written off with "Well, Sorin is an asshole after all." Well you know what! I have feelings too. My personality is not a scapegoat for filling in plotholes to make this whole goddamn mess add up. I am an anti-hero, maybe lawful evil at worst. Had I known all this baggage came with being a black aligned protagonist, I would have never signed the contract. *Starts crying*
  • Ugin (thinking): Jeez, and I thought I had it rough possessing that dragon fan boy's mind for over two years.

anonymous asked:

hahahaha I actually think its pretty funny that only people that come from their class get akamaized, lol? as if paris didn't have like millions of people?

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Babe, Hawkmoth targets that class because he knows Ladybug has something to do with that class, or more likely, is in that class. Thomas still hasn’t released the real episode order yet, but if Pharaoh happened pretty early on, then that means Alya told the entire Parisian population what year Ladybug was in, and with a little extra research, what school she was in. 

There’s a reason why their class gets targeted so much, the victims aren’t only like… Chosen randomly, Thomas is smarter than that.

After knowing Ladybug is connected to that class (thanks to the Ladyblog), Hawkmoth is probably starting his search for Ladybug inside that very class. He’s trying to corner her, ticking off her classmates, process of elimination. He’s down to 2 people by now, Marinette and Adrien. Shouldn’t be too hard to figure it out, then, since there’s only one girl left.

PLUS, considering Ladybug did almost nothing to hide the fact she had a HUGE CRUSH, THE SIZE OF CANADA on Adrien right in front of Gabriel (Jackady episode), and Gabriel was witness to her blushing and CANADA-SIZED CRUSH on Adrien during the Pigeon episode… Hmm… Making the connection shouldn’t be too hard, I don’t think. 

If that doesn’t make you excited for S2, then I don’t know what to tell you. 

Heechul's Interview with Women's Central - PART 2
  • I have been curious from just now, how do the members get along?
  • Heechul: The bands in the past are formed by people who have the same interest but idol groups are kids who don't know each other being put together. It doesn't matter if we have the same interest, there will definitely be conflicts within the group. The question is how to resolve the conflicts. We must have some conflicts first before we can develop a relationship. SJ has more members so even if there are quarrels, at most they will fight to solve the problem. If 2 members of a 5-6 members group fight, the other kids will not know what to do. But if 2 members of our group fight, the rest, 9-10 of us, will continue to play. Though it might be awkward at first, they will make up as we play.
  • What kind of fights?
  • Heechul: I heard that there isn't a a group that fights like us. We said in broadcasts too that there were direct quarrels.. we talked about slapping each other too. Doing so (fighting) reduces misunderstandings. After our relationship gets deeper, quarrel will lessen.
  • Never fought over money before?
  • Heechul: The amount of money we get for each member is the same so we never fight over money. We just take our own portion. But like I did War of Words alone, the pay from that will go to me. The pay from concerts is unconditionally 1/n (divided equally).
  • When was SJ the most popular?
  • Heechul: 2009 during Sorry Sorry. At that time we consecutively got number 1 on the charts in Taiwan. After that for the next 3 years, our albums got number 1 in Taiwan too.
  • You must have made a lot of money.
  • Heechul: I spent a lot of it away. Because I bought a weird piece of land and got cheated.
  • So your asset is 50million? 100million?
  • Heechul: Aye~! Let's skip this question. If you keep doing this I will go to a rival company and tell them everything that I didn't say here. And I will tell them everything I said in Women's Central is not true! I am done for if I reveal that here or talk about money.
  • Hahaha, ok I know.. But the money you make also have ups and downs?
  • Heechul: Of course, I make more when we release albums or have concerts but I don't get anything during enlistment. Actually SJ was at its peak when I was doing military service.
  • Why did you got to the army at the best moment to make money?
  • Heechul: Because I was impatient. People around me advised me to go later but I still went in like that. I hated it that I had to go to the Army office every time I go for overseas shows, so I thought I might as well enlist. Even the company can't stop me. I went into public service because of my injury from an accident. I went in quietly and came out quietly.
  • How is the life of public service?
  • Heechul: Others might read/study a lot in these 2 years and received certifications, but for me, I only think about not being in other people's sight and to not create troubles. Because I don't want to attract attention, I wore simple clothes and took the subway to and from work.
  • Even so, I think many people found out?
  • Heechul: Even those elders who don't know that I am a SJ member will look at me. Because I am handsome. (laughs) The funny thing is, those people who saw me when I am working were quiet. "Omo, Heechul ssi, hi," just like that, ended. But when it is time to knock off, if 2 or 3 people recognize me, they will go like "Oh Kim Heechul! Kim Heechul!" Those people whom I bumped into when I am going to work are sometimes the same as those peopl I bumped into when I knock off. But they are quiet when they are going to work and they will ask to take photos together when they knock off, it was a total change. Those who go to restaurants or pubs alone will not be involved with scandals. Those who hangout with women will create scandals.
  • Looks like many fan went to look for you at Sungdong Office.
  • Heechul: It was like this at first. But my thinking was 'I am a public soldier now, I am not a celebrity during enlistment' so I told those fans who came "It cause inconvenience for me if you come like this. Don't come anymore" And they really stopped coming. My fans are obedient and look after me well.
  • I heard that fans are obedient because you are scary.
  • Heechul: Because they know my temper (laughs). But that was all in the past, I have changed a lot.
  • Looks like you felt a lot of emotions during public service.
  • Heechul: Loving my job, thankful for the present, thoughts like this. In the past, I will have bad mood if someone asked me for my autograph in a restaurant, I will not eat and just leave while nagging. Nobody likes to be interrupted during meals. No manners (laughs). But while working in the district, many people asked for photos and autographs and I gave them. My way of thinking has changed a lot. To me it isn't something that is tiring, but to others, it is something that will become a precious memory. I reflected a lot on my past.
  • Men becomes more matured when they come back from the army.
  • Heechul: Aiya~ but it will be uninteresting if a celebrity becomes matured. I want to be immature in an appropriate way. I can't get into trouble. I want to live as happily as I can within the laws of Korea.
  • I mean something like this.
  • Even the way one looks at women changes after the army.
  • Heechul: The way I look at women is the same from before to now. I like those who are elegant and pretty. Because my character is like a blade so it is best if I find a woman who is like a sheath. She can slowly guide me, age doesn't matter.
  • Looks doesn't matter?
  • Heechul: I don't look at face and height. But I look at the figure, I like girls with nice legs.
  • Looks like you have met a lot of women.
  • Heechul: Not a lot, but just right. I don't always have a girlfriend. My longest relationship was 5 months. Actually I am the kind who doesn't like to meet women. Up to middle school, I only played computer games. I only know about the female characters in games. I have no feelings for real-life women. To be honest, the female characters in games are prettier. But I have a little more feeling of wanting to get in a relationship after 30 years old. If I were to get into a relationship, I want to date with a normal girl. Holding hands on the street, doing things like how normal couples do.
  • But then everyone can still recognize you.
  • Heechul: Of course there will be some sacrifice. Even so, compared to both being celebrities, the attention from the media will still be smaller if she is a normal person. Recently my fans have been telling me to stop playing games and get married. Told me not to slip into the game characters and prefers me to meet a real girl instead. I am thankful to my fans, I have brought a lot of troublesome matters to them. When I took photos with women, or when I talk about women in broadcasts, no matter how cool my fans are, there are still possibilities that they dislike it. However they have been very understanding, I am really thankful.
  • Didn't you have any special impressions of any fans?
  • Heechul: Hahahaha... but those fans that I remember have already gotten married. I even sent them flowers. The relationship with my fans is even higher than of working colleagues and family. No matter what happens, we will still move forward hand in hand. Actually I can't talk well and I have a short temper too but fans have been taking care of this immature oppa, I am really thankful.
  • You like kids a lot? Recently in Superman Returns, you took good care of the kids.
  • Heechul: In the past I used formal language with the kids, I didn't know what to do. But those kids who were born recently are really cute. I am also very curious how pretty a kid who looks like me will be. So I told my mum I want to quickly have a child but I don't want to get married. Mum said I am crazy. Marriage is really a very far away topic. I am not familiar with dating, how can I be responsible to a woman? I am not confident yet. I would rather co-habitat first and if both of us get along then we get married, it doesn't sound too bad like this.
  • You are very honest, but no matter what, you do have thoughts to get married.
  • Heechul: Because I am immature, I can't date a girl for a long time. I didn't do well too but I want to get married. After dating, it there are thoughts of getting married, we will get married naturally.
  • How will you treat a woman?
  • Heechul: I will just do whatever I want, that's why I didn't have a relationship for a long time. I never lie or say empty words. On my girlfriend's birthday I even told her 'We are not married, why do I need to give a gift?' Just like this, I hurt the girl's feelings. I won't get married instantly, we must date and then get married naturally. But I seem to spoil it too early. I think maybe expressions are important. When the girl makes me a lunchbox, even if it's tasteless, maybe I have to tell a white lie ans say it's delicious.
  • You are the kind that can express love.
  • Heechul: I am the kind that can look after someone from the back. There was once when I fell sick, my girlfriend brought me a lunchbox. While eating I was thinking 'my girlfriend traveled so far for me, this isn't good'. So from then on I never tell her when I was sick. I don't want her to be worried for me. When my girlfriend is sick, I will let her rest, I will leave the medicines at her doorstep and leave. I was afraid that if I asked her to come out to get the medicine, she will feel burdened. I hate the idea of male chauvinist.
  • That is quite manly. Then how would you like girls to express themselves?
  • Heechul: In the past, I hate it when others try to restrict me. I don't like it when company or parents try to restrict me but it's different with a girlfriend. Calling each other in the morning to chat, calling each other when going out, it's really interesting. I felt restricted when I first did that, isn't there a song 'Sweet Restrictions', I like that kind...
  • Have you prepared surprises for girls before?
  • Heechul: On the 100th day anniversary with my girlfriend, I booked a restaurant, put up some balloons and smoke, play some music in the background, a surprise like this. I had a bad fight with her the day before, so I rented the restaurant in the last minute. I was quite lost and didn't know what to do so I just curled up and didn't dare to look at my girlfriend's eyes. It was my first time doing such a thing since I was born. I want to tell my guy friends, the effect of a project like this can only last for a week. In the end it's still better to treat her well consistently.
  • Even if it was rented in the last minute, a surprise like this is not bad.
  • Heechul: Hong Seok-cheon hyung was the one who came up with this idea. And that was his shop. If I am dating, it will be good to date a normal girl. Walking on the streets, hand in hand, I want to do stuff like what other normal dating couples do.
  • When did you first start dating a girl?
  • Heechul: When I was 22 and was still a trainee. She was older than me. We broke up after seeing each other for 2 weeks. We went to DVD room to watch Lion King. When I am reading manga or playing games, I really hate to have people walking around me or touching me. There was a sad scene and I was going to cry but my girlfriend kept caressing me, so I turned my face away, after that we broke up.
  • It's a little unbelievable, sounds like an idol's answer.
  • Heechul: It's true! Hyung, I was too childish at that time.
  • You prefer games and movies to girlfriends?
  • Heechul: There was once I broke up with a celebrity girlfriend over computer games. "Oppa, do you like games or do you like me?" I replied "I like both." "What? Oppa, how can you say this?", "It doesn't mean you like me" and then she got angry and wanted a break up so we broke up.
  • Are you still playing games?
  • Heechul: Of course, recently I am playing LOL with Lee Minho of The Heirs. We can't meet up so we just went back to our respective homes. After schedules, I connect my computer, Minho is often there. We will open the chatroom and chat there while playing.
  • You have said before that it's better to invest in game characters because they won't leave you unless you delete the game.
  • Heechul: I said this in a broadcast before. Although i got 'bashed' by many females, I have also given hope to many people who likes to stay in. When I was doing the radio broadcast, my female fans decreased and male fans increased. There was once when Girl's Days came over as guests for Valentine's Day special and they said that they will make chocolates in the past for their boyfriends and the boyfriends loved it. So I told them "They are all lying. I told them boys prefer gas vouchers or gift vouchers over chocolates. I really got scolded by many female listeners but the male listeners cheer for me.
  • You will go to any game broadcasts?
  • Heechul: I have been to Gamenet League of Legend broadcast, I am Carry, before. I did some commentation and also played the game. Although I did the commenting for 4 hours, it was really fun. I was afraid that the TV station might be worried of my fees so I didn't go get the money. During meal gathering, I also paid for the bill. Actually I really want to be On Gamenet MC. But there are many circumstances which I can't anticipate so I didn't do it. Next time if there is a chance, I must try it.
  • The company doesn't object this? Super Junior's Kim Heechul hosting a game show.
  • Heechul: The words I hate most is 'Why did you appear in such a show?' or 'Why did you meet such a low class person?' We work together so where does all this grading come from? In this world I hate talks about 'classes' the most. 'You have lowered your class,' then I will say 'So what? no matter where I am, who I am with, I am still Kim Heechul.' If I can, I really want to do everything that I want to do.
  • How do you manage your human network?
  • Heechul: I don't manage it. I just hangout with people who gets along with me. A lot of celebrities hide things from each other and cares about 'classes' so it's hard to get close, but I am not like this. I am honest and I don't like to lie. Those close to me includes Ma Dongsuk, Cho SeHo, Son Dambi, Taeyeon, Park shinhye etc. Regardless of gender, we are drinking buddies. I will meet with good actors, good singers and good comedians, none of those around me cares about 'classes'.
  • Looks like everything you do is 4 dimensional and you have your own way of thinking.
  • Heechul: One of the reason why I live in the dorm is because I love to play. When I drink too much in a banquet or gathering... in occasions like these, there will definitely be women. When I drank too much, women will come over and do aegyo and say 'Can't we drink more in Oppa's house?' If I am living alone, there might be more cases like this, so living in a dorm really suits me.
  • Are you telling me that there are women who will tell men that they want to drink in their homes?
  • Heechul: There are really a lot, hyung you have never encounter this?
  • This is the difference between an idol and a middle age man. In my life, when I was young and still single, I have never heard of 'let's go drink more in your home' before.
  • For Kim Heechul, phrases like 'the world of 4 dimensions' and 'full of confidence' have been following you.
  • Heechul: Because it is the truth. To be honest, during my debut period, anyone around me will feel annoyed and burdened by me. But being a DJ, meeting many people, it has taught me how to judge situations. My bipolar may have impacted negatively on some broadcasts. After knowing this, I will work harder towards a more positive direction, seems like my personality has changed too. I also have more feelings after finishing my military service and coming back
  • What do you think your charm is?
  • Heechul: The sense of surprise. To be able to see something unexpected, isn't that interesting? When I just debuted, some say I look like Japanese. But then they found out that I grew up in Gangwon-do, a man who looks like a girl but has a frank character and can drink well, many people like the sense of surprise like this.
  • Which one do you like best between singing, variety, acting, DJ and MC?
  • Heechul: I feel happiest to be a singer. Especially when I hear the explosive screams from the fans during concerts. This sense of excitement can only be felt on stage together with fans. So no matter where I go, I will say that I am a Super Junior and a singer.
  • When will Super Junior comeback?
  • Heechul: This year we will have a new album as well as a world tour. And it is Super Junior's 10th anniversary. We are often energetic, this time we will be able to do very well too. I wish that Super Junior will always be happy. This is a battle concerning how far we can move forward. When I was little, I thought that it is most important to be handsome and charming but from some point onwards, I felt that this is all useless.
  • To Kim Heechul, Super Junior is...
  • Heechul: In the beginning when there were 13 members in the group, people asked what do we have left after dividing it (profits) between 13 people. A lot of talks like this. But the truth is, our existence cannot be bought with money. When we go to TV stations, or anywhere else, we will be proud. Super Junior is not a job for me, it is a harbour where I can rest. Other than the members, who can accept me when I throw a tantrum when I am in a bad mood? Anyone can accept me when I make noises in a good mood. I become more careful when I get more popular but I don't have to be like this with the members. Sometimes I go naked and I don't close the door when I shower, just open the door and go in. I think it's good to have a relationship like this. The members' existence is now something I cannot be without in my life.
  • Lastly tell us your plans.
  • Heechul: I am thankful to be able to get into the company despite always creating troubles in school. My parents are also happy with my current success. I feel proud when my parents are happy to see me on variety shows. When I am tired, I often think about what I will be if I am not a celebrity. I am not someone will plan far into the future. I am someone who plans for the future like what I am planning now for tomorrow to do my best.
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(Hopeful) Season 3 Episode Opening in Agents of SHIELD
  • Opening: Jail Cell. Skye is inside
  • Skye: I'm telling you, for once, I didn't do this.
  • Coulson: I believe you, but the fact remains I can't exactly pull Director of SHIELD privilege to get you released. Why did they arrest you anyway?
  • May: It says she hacked into the New York Stock Exchange and sent the money to the Rising Tide Slush Fund.
  • Skye: I swear, I didn't do it. I'm not even truly apart of the Rising Tide anymore!
  • Coulson: That still leaves us the problem of getting you out of here legally.
  • May: Without revealing your either an Inhuman or an Agent of SHIELD.
  • Skye: Relax, mom. I know a guy.
  • Beat Panel: Coulson and May both look at her
  • Skye: I've been keeping up with a friend from St. Agnes. He's a lawyer.
  • Camera: turns toward the door. We hear a "tap tap" and then it creaks open revealing Matt Murdock in a suit and his red glass.
  • Skye: Hey Matt!
  • Matt: ... Skye? Why are you in prison?
  • Skye: Falsely accused of a crime, if you can believe it. Oh! I met my parents!
  • Matt: Congratulations. And?
  • Skye: They were horrible. Anyway. Coulson is the guy on your (pauses) left. Melinda May is on your right. They took me in a few years ago. You guys should probably say something.
  • Coulson: Is he blind?
  • Matt: Not deaf, though. (Matt holds out his hand, waiting. Coulson takes it and gives it a firm handshake)
  • May: Melinda May. (they shake hands. May is more sensitive than Coulson.)
  • Skye: So... want to take my case?
  • Sound: Theme. Roll opening.

anonymous asked:

I HAD A DREAM LAST NIGHT IN WICH WE FINALLY HAD UNKNOWN ROUTE AND I JUST DIDN'T REALIZE IT WAS A DREAM UNTIL NOW GOD WHY?!?

Noooooo I had a similar dream a while back but I don’t even remember what happened in his route…

Low-key though, if Cheritz doesn’t release a route for Unknown (and/or V) I’d totally be willing to collab on making a fan-route for him. As in, I’m good at programming and Photoshopping and could make chatroom edits for it and everything. We could get some fanartists on board to make CGs, too. There wouldn’t be voiced phone calls or Visual Novel sections… but it could still be pretty damn cool :3c

anonymous asked:

I'm still confused about the Red Lotus goals. Was it ending the Avatar Cycle and Rebirth of the natural order via Apocalypse from the start, or raise and brainwash the Avatar into releasing Vaatu and taking out world leaders, and they just realized it wouldn't work with Korra now, so they decided to get rid of her because she would just be in their way? Also, why didn't they ever tell on Unalaq? To protect the Red Lotus? What do you think?

It’s easy to get confused, because the Red Lotus’ plans seemed to shift multiple times.  So, let’s start from the beginning:

Opening the spirit portals and freeing Vaatu was always part of the plan.  Presumably, the initial idea would have been to force the Avatar to open the portals, then remove Raava from the Avatar so she and Vaatu could fight as they did before Wan came along.  That wouldn’t have required a willing Avatar or even a dead one, necessarily, depending on how they planned to get Raava out of the Avatar, because an Avatar without Raava is no Avatar at all.  After that, they’d start assassinating world leaders and create their “natural order.”

Unalaq came up with the idea of raising Korra to accomplish the Red Lotus’ goals.  Presumably, under this plan, Korra would willingly relinquish Raava, restarting the ancient Raava-Vaatu conflict, and then she’d use her still-considerable abilities to help the Red Lotus assassinate world leaders until her death as the last Avatar.

The attempt to kidnap Korra failed, of course, so Zaheer’s team got imprisoned and Unalaq rethought his plan.  When the time came to open the spirit portals, he decided that he’d rather become a Dark Avatar himself and destroy Raava (which makes a certain kind of sense for someone who feels like the natural order is chaos, really) rather than follow the original plan.  He still had a lot of Red Lotus-like goals, though – unseal the portals, create a world with no nations or separation between man and spirits, etc.

That… was a partial success, since Korra decided that Unalaq was right about the spirit portals, but Unalaq got himself killed in the process.  Meanwhile, Zaheer got airbending and broke out of prison.

I don’t think Zaheer was ever the biggest fan of the raise-the-Avatar plan, and even if he was, it wouldn’t work with a fully-grown Korra.  Since the portals were already open, removing the Avatar became their highest priority.

As for why they didn’t rat Unalaq out, I’m not convinced that they knew he was a traitor until he went Dark Avatar.  The Red Lotus are pretty hardcore about their goals; they might have thought that Unalaq’s apparent betrayal would be worthwhile if he managed to succeed at Harmonic Convergence, because they wouldn’t get another shot at that and Unalaq outing himself to save them probably wouldn’t have been the best way to succeed.  And, of course, by the time they realized that Unalaq betrayed them, there was very little time for them to say anything, and they’d probably be worried that knowing Unalaq’s goals would reveal too much about them to be worthwhile anyway.

Why Taylor Swift Didn't Need Kanye West To Get Famous

FEB 18, 2016

By Madeline Berg
FORBES STAFF 

When Kanye West released his latest album, The Life of Pablo, last week at New York’s Madison Square Garden, he shared more than fast-paced raps and celebrity cameos; he reignited a seven-year-long feud between him and Taylor Swift.

“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b***h famous,” sings, or slurs, West in his song “Famous.” The claim is the latest in a contentious history between the two stars, which notoriously began at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech for Best FemaleVideo, saying Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” should have beaten Swift’s “You Belong With Me.”

The beef, which many thought was over for good this past August when Swift awarded West with the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs, reemerged with West’s new song and his leaked rant backstage at SNL this past Saturday, in which he calls Swift a “fake ass.” While West’s camp says they received Swift’s approval of the lyrics, Swift’s team firmly denies it. 

Swift, too, wants it to be known that she condemns the lyrics, using her acceptance speech at Monday night’s Grammy Awards to contest West’s claim: “As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”

In this latest battle, a decisive winner can be named: Swift. The pop-star was both famous and successful well-before West interfered with her VMA speech. While we don’t have a crystal ball, it seems likely she would have grown into an industry-dominant force even without his  interruption.

In the year leading up to the August 2009 VMAs, Swift played at least 95 shows, according to Pollstar, with each one grossing an average of $125,000. Not only does this mean Swift pulled in millions of dollars from touring alone, but also that she had hundreds of thousands of fans who would come out to see her.

In addition to her lucrative touring, Swift’s popularity—or fame—can be gleaned from the success of her album Fearless, which was released in November 2008. In the first week of its release, the album sold 592,000 copies and 129,000 digital copies, making it the largest U.S opening by a female artist in 2008. The album continued on to be the number one selling album in the U.S. in 2009, receiving seven times platinum certifications and topping the Billboard charts for 11 consecutive weeks.

At the time, Swift was also seen as a valuable advertising tool for many brands, likely because of the valuable young fan base she brought with her. From 2008 to 2009, she appeared in the “Got Milk?” campaign, was the face of L.E.I. jeans and shilled for Venus. 

And, as a critical darling, she had the accolades to accompany this success. She won the Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist in 2008 and for Album of the Year in 2009. She took home five American Music Awards the same year, including Artist of the Year, an award she also won at the 2009 Billboard Music Awards. The list goes on, but the praise was pouring in long before West entered the picture.

Between her touring, music sales and endorsements, it seems safe to say that Swift had countless fans and awards before West ever interrupted her. But while West is not responsible for Swift’s fame,both he and Swift have benefitted from the scandal over the years. Over the last six years, FORBES has Swift earning over $350 million and West earning over $150 million.

By being a part of one of the most talked-about pop culture moments of the year, Swift entered the vernacular of many who weren’t privy to her music. In addition, she became the hero in the situation, taking the whole incident in stride, while West appeared as the bully. 

And Swift will continue to benefit from West’s overreaches. His latest slur has provided her with an opportunity to vocalize the feminism she touted through her much-publicized girl squad and in the parade of female guests on her 1989 tour. According to a message from Swift’s rep, “she cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.”

Of course, Swift’s success has grown exponentially since the feud began. She now grosses an average of $4 million at each tour stop, and her latest album, 1989, spent over 68 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. It was the best-selling album of 2014 and the second best-selling album of 2015, moving over five million copies in less than two years. Swift’s clout in the music industry is undeniable: She made waves when she pulled her music from Spotify’s free tier and had everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to Mick Jagger as guests on her 1989 World Tour.

And with the opportunity to nail West while simultaneously accepting one of the biggest Grammys of the night, it looks like Swift has the upper-hand—at least for now. Your move, Kanye.

anonymous asked:

But in what way does the fader interview helps Zayn's image. 1d fans are going to hate him. How does this affect his returning? I'm sure zayn didn't say most of that crap, but I don't understand why management would think this is helping him? Help please?

First, 1DHQ isn’t necessarily trying to help him.  They’ve actually been trying to trash the boys all year.  There’s a bit of a tug of war between still trying to earn some profits off of them until the last minute, but first priority seems to have been trashing the boys.

Second, Zayn’s solo album wouldn’t necessarily try to capture the exact same demographic as 1D’s.  The point is the opposite actually.  While he’ll hopefully get to release some good music that he’s wanted to release and not been able to, it’s also about capturing older fans who wouldn’t necessarily listen to 1D. 

The market he’s heading into is the R&B and rap market which has a distinct image.  The “I don’t give a fuck” and “I came from being disadvantaged to succeeding but I still remember my roots” image.  That’s exactly what’s in that article.  Feeding the public a nice, digestible package at first can be much more effective than telling the whole truth.  Having ditched a boy band because he’s too cool for it doesn’t hurt the image either.

Exactly how much of that image is something Zayn has agreed to in order to help jump start his career and how much is 1DHQ trying to make him seem like an unstable mess and a jerk is hard to tell at times.  

1DHQ would be happy if they burned the bridges between Zayn and the fandom so that it’s hard for Zayn to return.  They would also be happy if they made him look erratic, aggressive, and unstable because then they could continue to blame him and the rest of 1D for every bad thing that’s happened.

I think some things we’re seeing have been negotiated.  New Team wants something and 1DHQ wants something, so they either compromise or trade concessions.  Maybe New Team let 1DHQ run their narratives about Zayn, but they’re doing their best to spin it into a good solo image for Zayn to start with.

Technically New Team isn’t in control at all until the management change starts and won’t be fully in charge until the management transition ends.  They’re not going to be able to fix everything right now, but they can do their best within the limitations.  Whether Zayn has a different management company that will actually be calling the shots or not is unclear, but even if he does, they’re in the same current position as New Team.