As you might have heard, Taylor Swift has been crossing the country touring behind 2010’s Speak Now and performing a new cover song, often with a surprise guest, at each city along the way, leaving in a trail of camera phone YouTube videos and exclamation point-filled tweets in her wake. In Atlanta she played “Yeah” with Usher and “Live Your Life” with T.I.; in Nashville she played “That’s What You Get” with Hayley Williams and “Just to See You Smile” with Tim McGraw; and when we saw her at Newark’s Prudential Arena back in July she played a solo cover of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Tonight and tomorrow, Swift concludes the tour with two shows at a sold-out Madison Square Garden; if we’re lucky, two of the following four possible guests will join her on stage.
4. Nicki Minaj
Swift already brought out Minaj for a runthrough of “Super Bass” at a Los Angeles show earlier this year, but is there a better way to win over New York crowds than by bringing out the Queens MC to perform old mixtape hits like “Itty Bitty Piggy,” “I Get Crazy,” or even “Jump Off 2007”? Probably, but when Justin Bieber is freestyling over “Otis” on Power 105, you need to step your game up somehow.
3. Titus Andronicus
Since joining Twitter under the @titus_ndronicus moniker, the band (or at least frontman Patrick Stickles) has been putting musician after musician, from Kurt Vile to Jay-Z, on their public #SHITLIST. Still, the pride of Glen Rock have yet to say anything bad about Swift, and perhaps she’ll return the favor by inviting them to join her onstage before they head to Shea Stadium for tonight’s big benefit concert with Ted Leo and the So So Glos. Maybe they’ll even cover “Sixteen Blue” by Stickles’s beloved Replacements, a song that’s only a melody and some decent lyrics away from being a great Swift B-side.
2. A Fiat
The new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth merges the acclaimed Abarth European track performance with state-of-the-art amenities to deliver road-course capability with everyday refinement, plus its inspired ergonomics ensure that Swift will remain comfortable whether she has her hand on the three-spoke steering wheel with shaped thumb rests or the leather-wrapped gear shift, or even if she wants to recline on the high-back performance bucket seats. Besides, it worked for J.Lo, kind of.
1. The Throne
Although we might have an outside shot at a Jay-Z “Empire State of Mind” duet, the Roc Nation CEO would have to do some serious peacemaking to bring Kanye and Swift to the same stage. Still, if Jay can make amends with Nas, anything is possible. If this happens, expect “that shit cray” to finally become a trending topic.