From country to pop: Taylor talks 1989

By admin
28 October 2014

With her fifth studio album, 1989, hitting stores across the world this week, 24-year-old Taylor Swift is attempting a total crossover from country music to pop.

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Shake It Off, the new album's first single, shot to the top of the pop charts when it was released on August 18. The singer-songwriter talks about her experiences with love and how she deals with criticism. 1989 is your first official pop album. Not only has the music changed, but your perspective on love seems to be different too. What has happened since your last record? Swift: "I think your idea of romance and love changes after you have actually experienced it. When I wrote 'Love Story' I was 17 years old. I hadn't been in love, and more importantly I hadn't been let down and disappointed over and over again. I think as you grow up you change your idea of what love and romance is. You realize there is not necessarily this 'happily ever after' myth that we were taught as children. Every day is a struggle. Even if you find a happy relationship, you are going to struggle to make it work."

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Is that the most important lesson you have learned the past few years? Swift: "That's one lesson that I have learned. The other lesson is that I really like being alone. And I have learned that you have to have a sense of humour about how you approach yourself and the criticism you receive." The video for your single Shake It Off is very ironic. Swift: "That video was something that I really loved because it showed this kind of metaphor for not fitting in. I think so many people go through life trying so hard to fit in, when [in fact] they'd find [plenty of] people they could relate to if they were themselves."

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Is it hard not to struggle with criticism? Swift: "Yeah, it is. It is a daily struggle to have self-confidence and to let things go because when you are an ambitious person you try really hard to control things. I control the music I write, I control the music videos I make and the photo shoots I do. There is so much of my career that I control. But I can't control whether they say that I bought a house in a city I have never been to before. So I have to let that go, I just have to let that happen." You identify yourself as a feminist. What does that mean to you? Swift: "My friends and I talk a lot about feminism. I think that it is an important thing to discuss for any girl and any group of girlfriends -what feminism means to them. Everybody has a different definition of it. For me it's basically a priority on making sure that people value and see women with the same importance as men and give them the same opportunities as men. One thing I have learned growing up is that as women we need to stick together and be at each other's side. I have surrounded myself with the smartest, most driven, ambitious and intelligent women in the last couple of years. It has made my life better. If you don't live your life from a feminist perspective, you could be threatened by them."

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Isn't it mutually exclusive to be a feminist and to dress very feminine or even sexy?

Swift: "I think that's where everybody has their own definition about feminism. In my definition of being a feminist the answer is: any women is allowed to own her sexuality as long as it is on her own terms. I believe that if you feel sexy and you feel more womanly and beautiful in a certain outfit, that's your decision: wear it! But I don't necessarily believe that we should be catering to some male fantasy. I don't think you should put on an outfit and go, 'Oh, what are guys going to think about this? Yeah, this is really going to turn on a lot men.'

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