Music is Music

Taylor Swift is having a “dream week.”

Rolling Stone Issue #1168

On October 12 she appeared on the cover of “Rolling Stone” for the second time in her life, which Swift calls “amazing”.

Well, maybe not if you consider all the buzz she’s been creating over the past few months.

It’s hard to believe she can possibly get any bigger than she is now, but her single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” smashed all kinds of records, debuting at Number 1 on Billboards Hot 100, staying there for two weeks, and selling more than 623,000 downloads in it’s first week. That’s the largest frame ever by a female artist, and the highest debut by a woman in the 22 years Soundscan has been collecting data (Music Mix, Grady Smith on Entertainment Weekly.com.)

Like I said…can she get any bigger than this?

Swift’s new album “Red” out October 22 is much more of a modern-pop sound than sweet, small-town country. In fact, if you had never heard of Taylor Swift and turned on a song like “I Knew You Were Trouble” or “Red”, you would say she’s not country at all.

“I really wanted to experiment with my sound and the amount of colors I can paint with,” Swift tells Rolling Stone. “Each song is so different from any other song, it’s a really exciting experience to listen to the album from top to bottom.”

It’s hard to imagine this is the girl I used to walk red carpets with, back before my mommy days and back in her “Teardrops on My Guitar” days. I remember doing interviews along side her, watching her ridiculously long legs grace past uninterested cameras and stations with her close to six-foot head held high. Hard to believe this is that same girl.

It seems like where there used to be a clear distinction between country, pop, and rock music, and where an artist used to have to place him/herself firmly in that niche to prove their loyalty and dedication, the lines are now much more fuzzy-if there at all. Many artists are collaborating across the board, “experimenting with sound” as Swift is doing, and trying their hand at all genres.

Music is music. And that’s how I think it should be.

Have you heard any of Taylor Swift’s new songs? Love them? Hate them? Sound off.

 

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