When Taylor Swift decided to shed her country roots in favour of pop, the world waited to see if the superstar’s risky move would pay off.
The quirky singer wasn’t worried about the haters… she’s the queen of marching to the beat of her own drummer. “It’s really nice to branch out and make a creative change and still know that they’re going to recognize the ‘me’ in there,” Taylor told namesake radio personality Taylor Kaye of KISS 92.5.
And critics are completely charmed by the outcome, as the 24-year-old’s new album dropped this week to rave reviews. It’s first single, “Shake It Off,” debuted in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (the 22nd song ever to premiere at number one).
“On this new stage, Ms. Swift is thriving,” says John Caramanica in the New York Times. “And crucially, she is more or less alone, not part of any pop movement of the day. She has set herself apart and, implicitly, above.”
In her interview with KISS 92.5, Taylor is brought to tears talking about bullying; reveals her newest social media obsession; rewrites the language of feminism and shares advice for her younger self.
Watch the videos below.
Taylor on her mom’s new “jarring” habit, why she’s excited about 1989 and the “sweetest thing” that brings her to tears:
The pop star applauds Emma Watson and invents a new word for feminism:
The newest (not that new) social media platform that’s got Taylor Swift obsessed:
Taylor speaks candidly about living with security and how it effects dating:
Taylor’s advice for her 12-year-old self and a lesson in “finger tutting”: