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Taylor Swift Talks About Dubstep Decision On Red: “There Are Some Incredible Risks Taken Musically On This Album”
Taylor Swift is not one who abides by the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” She’s sold over 20 million albums worldwide with her uniquely personal musical style that blends confessional lyrics with pop-tinged-yet-still-Nashville-friendly instrumentals, but seems committed to shaking things up on her fourth studio album, Red. The first single from the album, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (watch the video!), is a pretty stark departure from her past material in that it’s an unapologetic swing for the pop music fences. That collaboration with Swedish hit-making machines Max Martin (Katy Perry, Britney Spears) and Shellback (Maroon 5, Adam Lambert) resulted in her first career #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, but Taylor’s willingness to experiment didn’t stop with Top 40 friendly beats. Rolling Stone‘s Patrick Doyle reported yesterday that there’s “one key track [on Red that] even features a dubstep-inspired bass breakdown.”
Taylor sat down with MTV’s Sway Calloway to discuss the “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” music video, her new album Red, her upcoming performance at the Video Music Awards, and more. Check out the interview and pictures below if you missed it!
Check out the behind-the-scenes video for Taylor’s Fashion Night Out ad!
You’ve probably already seen the Fashion’s Night Out public service announcement during a New York cab ride, on TV, or on Vogue.com, but what you haven’t witnessed is everything that went into creating this cameo-filled short. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the video featuring Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Usher, Olivia Wilde, Glee’s Darren Criss, and more—and get ready to shop for good on September 6.
Taylor Swift shot her eye-popping new video, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” with five different costumes — but without edits. She and her band rehearsed the video four times on a Los Angeles soundstage before they attempted to shoot it without stopping. And by the 18th time through, they finally captured it.
“This was a one-camera, one-shot, no-editing-involved video,” Swift told CMT.com. “So literally the minute we wrapped the final take, we watched it back — and we knew what the video looked like! It was surreal.”
The official music video for Taylor’s new song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is here! Check it out below and let us know what you think! It was directed by Declan Whitebloom, who also directed the videos for “Mean” and “Ours.”
EDIT: High quality screen captures from the video can now be seen in the gallery, thanks to calc0000.
How the pop superstar is turning bad romance into chart gold with her latest album, ‘Red’
“I went through a few roller coasters,” says Taylor Swift, reflecting on her relationships over the past two years. She channeled the turmoil into her fourth studio LP, Red, out October 22nd. “Trying to chronicle each step of the way was challenging, because you go to some really dark places with the lyrics. Then in the next track, you’re talking about how amazing it is to meet somebody new.”
After writing 2010’s smash Speak Now by herself, Swift veered in the opposite direction, co-writing with pop hitmakers such as Max Martin and Adele collaborator Dan Wilson. She wound up with nearly 40 potential songs; in between stops on the yearlong world tour that she wrapped in March, Swift joined her writing partners in L.A. and Nashville. “I felt like an apprentice,” Swift says. “They taught me so much about melodic sense, and they let me do what I love, which is the lyrics.”
The result is Swift’s most eclectic set ever, ranging from “State of Grace,” a howling, U2-style epic with reverb-drenched guitars, to a sweet acoustic duet with U.K. singer Ed Sheeran. Another key track even features a dubstep-inspired bass breakdown.