Taylor Swift talks to Time about kissing Spotify goodbye, having no real peers and putting up with irrational levels of scrutiny as the singer’s blockbuster album 1989 establishes her status as the biggest force in music.
Talking about her much-questioned decision to leave the streaming service, T-Swizzle said, “I tried it and I didn’t like the way it felt.
I think there should be an inherent value placed on art.
I didn’t see that happening, perception-wise, when I put my music on Spotify.” She further added, “Everybody’s complaining about how music sales are shrinking, but nobody’s changing the way they’re doing things.
They keep running towards streaming, which is, for the most part, what has been shrinking the numbers of paid album sales.” Swift later declares, “I think that people should feel that there is a value to what musicians have created, and that’s that.” The “Out Of The woods” singer talks about the doubts people around her had as she prepared her new album.
The youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house told Time, “When I wanted to call the album 1989, people on the team questioned that.
Every single element of this album has been called into question, and I’ve had to say ‘No, this is how we’re doing it.’ And the fact that we came out and did the kind of numbers we did in the first week – you have no idea how relieved I was, because it was all on me if this didn’t work.
It was a little hard to sleep the night of the album release.” Tay shared her interesting take on her songwriting and how catchy she wants her tracks to be, “I want people to have songs that I write stuck in their heads, but I don’t want it to absolutely perturb them that they have the song stuck in their head,” she explains.
“I’m talking about songs that sound like they were cooked up in a lab.
Like, anything that makes you think there are eight songwriters on this.” When asked about her role models and whose path does she try to imitate, TSwift said, “I can’t find anyone, really, who’s had the same career trajectory as mine,” she says.
“So when I’m in an optimistic place I hope that my life won’t match anyone else’s life trajectory, either, going forward.” However, Taylor admitted she admires some women, “I do have female role models in the sense of actresses like Mariska Hargitay.
I think she has a beautiful life, and an incredible career, and I think she’s built that for herself…
and Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa.
I really love her business, and how she sticks to who she is, and how people relate to it.” Basically, the continuous attention on her every move affect how she behaves in her everyday life.
“It’s honestly like, if I’m in the mood to be held accountable for every single article of clothing on my body, and whether it matches, and if it clashes, and if it’s on trend, then I go out,” she tells the magazine.
“But if I’m not interested in undergoing that kind of debate and conversation – regarding how I’m walking, whether I look tired, how my makeup is right, what’s that mark on my knee, did you hurt yourself? – I just don’t go out.
I try to evaluate whether I’m in the right emotional space to deal with that, and if I’m not, then I just stay in.
And I’m perfectly happy staying in.”