Explaining Taylor Swift to Someone in the 1990s

Taylor Swift's first hit song was released in 2006, when she was just 16 years old. Today she is a global superstar, but "global superstar" doesn't mean the same thing as it did in the '90s. Comedian Ryan George explains how much the world had changed in just the pop culture music scene in the past 30 years. He does this by setting up a TV show in which the host interviews a time-traveling correspondent who just arrived from 2024.

One part of this video will hit you in the stomach. The 1990s guy takes inflation into account, and guesses that tickets to see the biggest star of the future will cost as much as $50. Okay, let's cut the guy some slack and assume this is set in the very early '90s. Remember when the Eagles reunited in 1994 for the Hell Freezes Over tour? The tickets were $80 face value, but went for $150 or more when venues got tight. Yeah, we were astounded then, but that set the trajectory for concerts from that point forward.

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