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Grammy winner Taylor Swift arrives on 1st visit to Japan

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Grammy award-winning country-pop singer Taylor Swift touched down in Japan for the first time Sunday at Narita airport. As she came through the arrival terminal at 6 a.m. after an overnight flight from Australia, she was greeted by nearly 150 excited fans who had camped outside the terminal all night.

She greeted fans cheerfully and signed autographs, grinning widely when she received a card saying "Welcome to Japan, Congratulations on your Grammys!"

Swift, 20, was originally set to visit Japan last July, but the H1N1 outbreak delayed the songstress' travel plans. She had been studying Japanese by herself for the visit, and put her skills to work chirping out, "Nippon daisuki! Domo arigato!"

Swift, who won the coveted Best Album of the Year Grammy for "Fearless," will perform at Zepp Tokyo on Feb 17 in celebration of the release of her movie "Valentine's Day."

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Make sure the auto-tune is plugged in. She is sweet and all, but she can`t sing in tune.

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I love her personality more than her music.

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i love her music , her songs, and i love her voice.. welcome to japan taylor... here's hoping that one day she would come and do a concert here in my country..or any of the asean countries.. <3 taylor swift

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She's a terrific singer! And the world loves white women with blonde hair, especially in Japan.

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She is gorgeous, and I LOVE HER MUSIC

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Nippon daisuki?

She hasn`t been here before so how does she know?

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American airhead.

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Maybe she likes sushi or comics or sony or other japaniiizy thingiis

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"Nippon daisuki! Domo arigato!”

Lol,yeah,I'm sure you do.

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Does "studying" in this context mean googling "things that make Japanese girls scream "kawaiiii!!!!"?

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“Nippon daisuki! Domo arigato!”, she should have followed that up by pointing to her nose. Is that a cake she is holding?

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Nippon daisuki? Obviously she hasn't been here long enough...LOL!

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She's a terrific singer! And the world loves white women with blonde hair, especially in Japan.

Alphawolf,

That may have been the only reason she won those Grammys.(Great White Hope) She is overrated because she can't sing a lick!

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i heard she can use chopsticks so she'll fit right in

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She is sweet and all, but she can`t sing in tune.

She'll fit in well here then!!

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Pump24

She won the Grammy for the best album of the year. I would say that she can sing and that your opinion is questionable.

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smartacus,

She won the Grammy for the best album of the year. I would say that she can sing and that your opinion is questionable.

Winning best album of the year doesn't mean a person can sing. Could you show me evidence that it equals good singer?

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biglittleman...agree with you.

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She's only popular because of the Kanye West stunt, a promotional stunt. Notice the year before Bruno fell onto Eminime, who later admitted it was fake. It's modern marketing.

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This girl is sweet-white-girl from south BORING. Like there weren't a hundred others, more talented and more deserving of a Grammy. America loves it some conformists.

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hell, just because of all these negative comments, i am gonna go to I-tune store and buy her album.Couldn't freakin' worse than madonna.........

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i am gonna go to I-tune store and buy her album.Couldn't freakin' worse than madonna.........

definitely also much cheaper !

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Not even out of the airport and it's "Nippon daisuki!" ha ha ha, wait til she tries to get an apartment without a guarantor, ha ha ha!

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I'm sure the Kanye West debacle had some influence on her award. How much influence is debatable. I definitely do NOT believe it was a publicity stunt because Kanye is now generally viewed in the U.S. as being the end of a male organ and I can't see anybody agreeing to having THAT happen to their reputation just for publicity.

For those of us not past our first Rosetta Stone disc of Japanese, what is the Eigo translation for daisuki?

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"She's only popular because of the Kanye West stunt"

Nonsense ! She was popular "waaaay" before that "stunt". Taylor SWift is popular because-

-She hit the bigtime as a teenager.

-She writes most of her own stuff- and some for other artists as well.

-She transcends a variety of music formats from country to adult contemporary to easy listening. Her brand of country has been labeled "Country pop" which has been void of a female star for years.

-She has a distinctive voice ! And yes she can sing- just not everyday 24-7. But then again "nobody" can do that- Not even the Canadian stars who were asked to sing just one song on one night for the opening of the OLympic games- some bad lip synching there kids ! If you want to hear a good live performance, youtube her cover of George Straits "Run"- the J wife became a fan overnight with that one.

-Finally, she's long, lanky, and as cute as a buttons ear- all at the age of 20 ! This is a real talent here folks. She writes her own stuff, plays guitar, and has tapped into a huge market eager to hear something pleasant. Stories most people can relate to about young love and love lost. She deserved the Grammy for best album- and the other three she won also. Congratulations to her- enjoy the trip to Japan.

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if it's a genuine blond rather than a fake blond dye or blond wig toting oriental, then the japanese will fall for it and worship it, obviously. lol. pathetic.

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I really respect those who are talented enough to write their own songs as well as hits for others.

If she loves Japan enough, she might do a cover of one of Miyuki Nakajima or Takuro Yoshida's songs one of these days.

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And yes she can sing- just not everyday 24-7.

Branded,

That means she can't sing. If you are only suppose to sing in a good day then that sounds like "luck". A real singer can sing almost anytime, anywhere at the drop of a hat and sound good or better. That is why some people are OK, Good or Great. She doesn't fit any of them.

You just supported the fact she can't sing. You should raise your standards my friend.

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"A real singer can sing almost anytime, anywhere at the drop of a hat and sound good or better."

Nonsense ! Many great "singers" have been lip-synching their concerts and events for years. Michael Jackson holds the record for the most sales of an album-"Thriller." Yet he lip synched his way through Billie Jean on the night of Motown's anniversary program. You are confusing a great singer with a great performer ! Allergies, colds, overuse, etc. all put their toll on the vocal chords- you'd be hard pressed to name a singer who has sounded lousy on ocassion- Hell even Frank Sinatra had his off nights.

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Did someone actually compare this embryo in a skirt to Frank Sinatra, or Michael Jackson?

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"Did someone actually compare this embryo in a skirt to Frank Sinatra, or Michael Jackson?"

No ! There was no comparison between any of those names given. Simple "examples" were presented in a discussion about everyday singing- now move on people, nothing to see here.

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Branded,

You are saying she can't sound good all the time because even great singer have bad days.

Your logic is flawed my friend.

1)Just because great singers have bad days. 2) Taylor Swift has quite a few bad days. 3) Doesn't mean Taylor Swift is a great singer.

You have yet to prove she is a good singer. Grammy awards have already be proven to be a false indicator of singing ability.

Now a great singer can sing without music or anything.(acapella) Taylor Swift has never done that. That is proof and examples why people have doubts about her singing ability.

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No blm- "your logic is flawed"

"You have yet to prove she is a good singer. Grammy awards have already be proven to be a false indicator of singing ability."

So by your logic, the following are bad singers-

-Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Glen Campbell, Nora Jones, Tony Bennet etc, etc, etc

After all, they've all won the Grammy award for Album of the year ! Odd how so many records have been sold by these "bad" singers. But you know best. I would be interested in your choice for a good singer- Bob Dylan maybe... Nah, he too has won the grammy for AOY.

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Branded,

So by your logic, the following are bad singers-

Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Glen Campbell, Nora Jones, Tony Bennet etc, etc, etc

Where are getting this crazy logic from? Are you thinking about what you are even saying? No one on this thread said people with Grammy's are bad singers. We all said the Grammy's are not a good indicator of good singers. Do you not understand that?

It is also ironic that all those people can sing well acapella or with little or no music. So you continue to support my argument.

Taylor Swift doesn't sing well acapella. See the connection?

Your logic is flawed my friend. In understanding of what we are saying and what you are saying.

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Branded,

Three reasons why she won the Album of the year

1)Tapped into the teen market.

2)She is a cash cow.

3)Kanye West.

She is a mediocre singer and writer at best. Anyone seriously comparing her to the talents of Lady Ga Ga or even Beyonce Knowles are out of their mind. Her image helped her win "Album of the Year" nothing more.

Please tell again why is she a good singer? I given you reasons why she isn't good and why she won AOY.

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BLM; "Three reasons why she won the Album of the year"

1) She writes and sings her own stuff- the music industry respects that. 2) She appeals to a wide range of listeners. 3) No competition !

-Teen market ? Since when do teens have money to spend ? -A cash cow ? That means she's a succesful artist right ? -kanye West ? He didn't show up till she was already a star.

Now, I'll as you again since you seem to be avoiding the question- who, in your opinion, is a good singer ? The two ladies you've mentioned- Lady Gaga- has suits filed against her for artistic theft, and Beyonce- the same women that keeps falling on her tush at every show it seems- neither write, play, sing, or produce their own music. Time to show some repect to Taylor Swift, singer songwriters like her are a rare breed.

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I hope she has blocked off some 'down time' while she's here to have some corrective plastic surgery done to fix those funky eyes of her. She's no beauty and her voice is pure irritation. But she's "popular" and I guess that warrants a flight over.

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good on taylor. now if she wants more publicity?: visit, Raratonga, and watch their dancing. Wear one of their black cocunut shell bras; put on a skirt of her own tahitian influence and, DANCE, YEAH! I want to see her belly, legs, and feet. I've seen a video of her rolling her hips. She can DO IT to it; she works her mojo!

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Lady gaga and beyonce a talent? Hell no! Lady gaga is an attention seeking whore, the only reason she is big is because of her weird dressing plus her catchy damn tone her lyrics are so generic. Beyonce is just an ass shaking diva she should learn to cover up some more but she is a great singer. Taylor is a talent but not a great vocalist, but I don't need a great vocals to appreciate a good song. Taylor's album is better than lady gaga and beyonce combined.

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Libchen

Lady gaga and beyonce a talent? Hell no! Lady gaga is an attention seeking whore, the only reason she is big is because of her weird dressing plus her catchy damn tone her lyrics are so generic. Beyonce is just an ass shaking diva she should learn to cover up some more but she is a great singer.

That means Beyonce has talent! Do you think everybody are great singers.

Moderator: Readers, the subject is Taylor Swift.

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Branded,

Now, I'll as you again since you seem to be avoiding the question- who, in your opinion, is a good singer ? The two ladies you've mentioned- Lady Gaga- has suits filed against her for artistic theft, and Beyonce- the same women that keeps falling on her tush at every show it seems- neither write, play, sing, or produce their own music. Time to show some repect to Taylor Swift, singer songwriters like her are a rare breed.

Once again, you are not making since! You said she is a good singer. You reasons are because she writes her own songs and won album of the year.

That is a good songwriter, not a good singer! You and Libchen both admit Beyonce is good singer. You also both admit Taylor Swift is not a good vocalist. Doesn't vocalist equal singer?

So once again my point is as it has been from the beginning. She is not a good singer! And everyone here disgreeing with me are saying the same thing.

Taylor is a talent but not a great vocalist, but I don't need a great vocals to appreciate a good song.

Libchen

So a great song doesn't have to have a good singer. You admit she is not a good singer. Thank you.

BLM; "Three reasons why she won the Album of the year" 1) She writes and sings her own stuff- the music industry respects that. >2) She appeals to a wide range of listeners. 3) No competition !

Branded,

I asked why is she a good singer? Before you said she was a good singer. Now you are saying why she one Album of the Year. I already told you why she won AOY.

In your reasoning you still haven't said why she is good singer because from the beginning I said she isn't a good singer. None of reasons prove she is a good singer. It proves she won AOY for other reasons. The same reasons I had already told you before.

Do you understand your logic doen't make sense? Even Libchen argument doesn't make sense.

Do you not understand what you are saying?

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Branded,

Alicia Keyes! Does that answer your question?

1) Good Singer (classically trained)

2) Can play instruments

3) songwriter (For herself and other)

She is a Grammy award winner and the songs she has written for others have also won Grammy's.

Alicia Keyes True talent! A rare-breed indeed.

Moderator: Since you make no reference to Taylor Swift, your post is off topic.

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"Branded,

Alicia Keyes! Does that answer your question? This is an example of why I don't believe Taylor Swift is a good singer.

Alicia:

1) Good Singer (classically trained)

2) Can play instruments

3) songwriter (For herself and other)

She is a Grammy award winner and the songs she has written for others have also won Grammy's.

Alicia Keyes True talent and Good singer! A rare-breed indeed.

Taylor Swift OK songwriter and Not a very good singer!

IntheKnow wrote:

She's no beauty and her voice is pure irritation. But she's "popular" and I guess that warrants a flight over.

BINGO! He hit the nail on the head.

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