Singer Taylor Swift performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" to promote her new album "1989" in New York, October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Swift's new gig as New York City's global welcome ambassador is getting a Bronx cheer (not that she knows what that is) from locals who questioned her street cred and mocked the videos she made for the city's tourism agency, NYC & Company.NYC & Company spokesman Chris Heywood defended Swift as the perfect choice for the city's global ambassador.Her new album, "1989," released Monday, is pure pop, marking a break with country.Her appointment as global tourism ambassador coincided with the release of her single, "Welcome to New York," which is on track to sell 1 million copies in a week. Pauline Frommer, a born-and-raised New Yorker who wrote "Frommer's EasyGuide to New York City," acknowledged that immigrants make New York great, adding, "Taylor Swift is certainly one of our most talented new arrivals". But she questioned how Swift could represent the city.
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