Taylor Swift has proved that she’s a force in the music world and New York Magazine is taking a look at the reasons why.
The 23-year-old covers the latest issue of the magazine which features the headline “Not Katy, Not Miley, Not Gaga. Why Taylor Swift is the biggest pop star in the world.” Well, judging from the recent album sales of all three of the above mentioned, which were in the mid to upper 200,000 range, Taylor is dominating with 1.2 million copies of her last album, Red, sold in the first week.
With her latest album, Taylor crossed over into the mainstream even more than before. This had many wondering if she still classified as Country music, but it looks like her Country roots hold strong. “Country radio is much more like a family than any other group of people that I’ve met,” Swift said. “They just say, ‘Look, we’ve known each other for years. You’ve stood by us, and we’ve stood by you. That’s how this works.’ I love being a part of the country-music community.”
Even with the power of Country radio, and radio in general, it’s Swift’s words that really connect with listeners. The singer/songwriter is able convey real and raw emotions with her catch tunes. “I think that allowing yourself to feel raw, real emotions in public is something I am never going to be afraid to do,” she said. “Hopefully that’s the case, if I can remain a real human. I’m fine with being honest with my fans about the fact that it’s okay that everything isn’t okay all the time. I love my life, I love my career, I love my friends—but things are not okay all the time. So I don’t sing about things being okay all the time.”
Speaking of being honest in her songs, there is always speculation about which of her ex-boyfriends inspired which songs. “There’s a spin on every single celebrity out there,” she said. “I know that one of my spins is: ‘Oh, Taylor’s heartbroken. Oh, Taylor fell in love and the guy broke her heart. She’s sad all the time, and lonely.’ I mean, they can say that all they want. Those are real feelings that every single person goes through. I think that it’s okay to be mad at someone who hurt you. This isn’t about, like, the pageantry of trying to seem like nothing affects you. I’m a songwriter. Everything affects me.”
When speaking of hearing from ex-boyfriends, Taylor shared, “I heard from the guy that most of Red is about. He was like, ‘I just listened to the album, and that was a really bittersweet experience for me. It was like going through a photo album.’ That was nice. Nicer than, like, the ranting, crazy e-mails I got from this one dude. It’s a lot more mature way of looking at a love that was wonderful until it was terrible, and both people got hurt from it—but one of those people happened to be a songwriter.”
So, with all of the success that Taylor has achieved, will she ever stop? “When I’m 40 and nobody wants to see me in a sparkly dress anymore, I’ll be, like: ‘Cool, I’ll just go in the studio and write songs for kids.’ It’s looking like a good pension plan.”
We have to say, this might be one of our favorite articles about Taylor as of recent. To read the full article, go here.