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#ICYMI: Taylor Swift Forsaking Country Past With New Album?

In case you missed it, Taylor Swift debuted a new music video for “Shake it Off” via an exclusive Yahoo.com live stream premier yesterday.  The highly anticipated premier ran after a week of very big hints that included New York City skywriting that told fans it was coming.  When the clock struck 5pm on the east coast, Swift introduced her video during the stream with an impromptu dance number in front of a studio audience. She also announced her plans to follow up her hit Red album with the release of her 5th studio effort, entitled 1989.

“Two years gives you enough time to grow and change; change what you believe in and what’s influencing and inspiring you,” Swift said of the two years between Red and 1989. “In the process, my music changed. I woke up every single day not wanting, but needing, to make a new style of music. This album is a rebirth for me.”

Reborn? Maybe. Artists are always discussing reimagining themselves and having self-discovery, so, at least for now, we’ll just have to wait and see. She did undoubtedly accomplish her goal of looking for a new sound in “Shake It off” though. With the help of Shellback and Max Martin, two song writing and production power houses behind hits for other mainstream pop stars like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Pink, Arianna Grande and many others, Swift was able to take what she started with them on tracks like, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and push that vibe to its pop star limits.

This is kind of a big deal considering the fact that Swift made her debut as Country music’s song writing darling behind hits like “Tim Mcgraw” and “Teardrops on My Guitar” Compare the three songs in the related media, and you’ll know exactly what we mean. Check it out.

 

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“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

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“Tim McGraw”

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“Teardrops On My Guitar”

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