She never misses a beat, Taylor Nation.
Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s trying to keep his head above water, we’ve got bills to pay and nothing figured out. The Queen of Sparks just made the cover of TIME magazine with a powerful title: The Power of Taylor Swift. Unfortunately, we don’t have a subscription, but we can give you a few quotes from the associated article, where Taylor discusses 1989, Spotify, the 1989 World Tour and her female role models.
“I didn’t want people to know the emotional DNA of this album,” Taylor tells TIME. “I didn’t want them to see a smiling picture on the cover and think this was a happy album, or see a sad-looking facial expression and think, oh, this is another breakup record.” And that she did. Her cover is enigmatic but also reminiscent of the 80’s. Whether the 80’s band A Flock of Seagulls was an accidental or intended reference is not clear, but there’s definitely a vibe to that era with the polaroid theme.
“Being a songwriter means you’re very attuned to your own intuition and your own feelings even if they hurt,” she says about songwriting. She’s the quintessential songwriter to embody that thought. Taylor is never detached from her songs, they soar because she sings them and she soars because she writes them. It’s a very intimate relationship.
She also addresses feminism and female artists. “In the beginning, I liked to think that we were all on the same playing field,” she says. “And then it became pretty obvious to me that when you have people sort of questioning the validity of a female songwriter, or making it seem like it’s somehow unacceptable to write songs about your real emotions—that it somehow makes you irrational and overemotional—seeing that over the years changed my view.”
You can read more about her views on TIME magazine.
On other news, watch as BBC’s Greg James goes for a ride and a lip sync sing-along with the Daydream herself! The track is Blank Space. The place is London. Let’s go to the video!
Oh, and this answer to the question of being a fan of the Knicks really feeds my impossible dream that she will add a concert (or three) at the Madison Square Garden: “And ever since then I’ve had this kind of sparkly, magical opinion of Madison Square Garden and the Knicks, since they let me sing when I was a little kid.”
Taylor will be at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball in Los Angeles, California on December 5, Capital FM’s Jingle Ball in London, UK on December 7 and z100’s Jingle Ball 2014 in New York City, New York on December 12. The Sparkly Dressed has been nominated for three People Choice Awards: Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off”. The show airs on January 7. You can vote here.
Coming up on the Calendar!
- November 23: “Blank Space” performance at the 2014 American Music Awards.
- November 27: Taylor Swift performs at Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS.
- December 5: KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball in Los Angeles, California.
- December 7: Capital FM’s Jingle Ball in London, UK.
- December 12: Billboard Women Music Awards. Taylor Swift has been selected as 2014 Woman of the Year for a second time.
- December 12: Taylor Swift will perform at the z100’s Jingle Ball 2014.
- December 13: If you don’t know, I’m not telling you.
- December 31: Taylor Swift headlines New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.