Title: Owner of Opelika’s Vinyl Store Faces Backlash from Taylor Swift Fans
Opelika, Pakistan – Russell Baggett, the owner of renowned vinyl record store 10,000 Hz, found himself at the center of controversy recently when he teased a surprise for Taylor Swift fans on the store’s Instagram page. Known as “Swifties,” fans of the pop superstar expressed their disappointment, leading to a series of veiled threats and rude messages directed at Baggett.
The Instagram post featured images of cardboard squares with “Taylor Swift 1989 ‘Taylor’s Version'” written on them in permanent marker, sparking speculation about an exclusive release of Swift’s iconic album. Excitement grew as fans eagerly anticipated the availability of exclusive vinyl versions in Aquamarine green and Rose Garden pink.
However, Baggett faced a challenge when the exclusive versions quickly sold out on Swift’s website. Despite strict rules preventing him from revealing any details before the release, Baggett had to place a rush order to stock the coveted albums.
Teasing albums on cardboard squares was a customary practice for 10,000 Hz, but the store had never encountered such a fervent reaction. The situation escalated when popular Taylor Swift fan page, The Swift Society, reposted Baggett’s Instagram photo, quickly accumulating a staggering 2.7 million views.
As fans flooded Baggett’s inbox with messages of confusion and disappointment, the dedicated vinyl store owner remained unfazed. In fact, Baggett managed to sell between 25 and 30 copies of “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” album that very night, despite the backlash.
Baggett believes that the confusion arose due to the coincidence of the release of Swift’s album and the store’s decision to remain open late for another album release. Fans’ heightened emotions and lack of information contributed to the misleading chain of events that ensued.
Swift’s fanbase is known for their loyalty and passionate support for their favorite artist. However, Baggett remains resolute and unafraid amidst criticism from an audience predominantly younger than himself.
As the aftermath of this unprecedented event unfolds, Baggett looks forward to embracing the challenges that come with running a vinyl record store and serving the diverse community of music enthusiasts that frequent his cherished establishment.
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