Taylor Swift Talks About Her Journey Going from Country to Pop
Taylor Swift makes it to Billboard’s Woman of the Year for the second time. With the success of her new album “1989,” will she completely go pop on her next album? Read on for more details.
In an interview with Billboard magazine, Swift said she had to fight hard to keep the country sound off of her new album titled “1989.” Swift recalled Big Machine Records founder Scott Borchetta going into “a state of semi-panic” when she said that her album didn’t have any country songs in it. She recalls Borchetta pleading her to give him three country songs and suggested putting “a fiddle on ‘Shake it Off,’” for which Swift answered with a very firm no. Swift explains, “Because it felt disingenuous to try to exploit two genres when your album falls in only one.”
Swift experienced doubts from her team as well. She remembers being asked, “Are you really sure you want to do this? Are you sure you want to call the album ‘1989?’ We think it’s a weird title. Are you sure you want to put an album cover out that has less than half of your face on it?” Swift was frustrated and answered, “Yes, I’m sure.”
She was determined to stick to what she wanted to do, which is definitely paying off. Her album sold nearly 1.3 million copies in its first week and is gearing toward becoming the best-selling album of 2014. According to the NY Times, Swift’s album sold 230,000 copies in its sixth week, bringing the total to over 2.7 million. The album “1989” is well on its way to replacing the “Frozen” soundtrack, which has sold under 3.4 million copies.
Swift is also the first female artist to have back-to-back no.1 singles, “Shake it Off” and “Blank Space,” on Billboard’s Hot 100. “Blank Space” is still at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on its fifth week, establishing Swift’s longest reign in the list. She’s also the first female solo artist to perform back-to-back visits on Australian stadiums.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Swift revealed the surprising reaction she received from the industry after her recent Spottify issue (wherein she asked all her songs to be removed from the streaming service): “I could never have expected so many text messages, emails and phone calls from other artists, writers and producers saying thank you.”
There you have it for the scoop on Taylor Swift’s journey from country to pop music. What do you think of her songs so far? Sound off in the comments!
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