Taylor Swift has once again reached the top of the charts. This time, the top-rank status is all thanks to her single “Blank Space,” which is a smash from 1989, an album which has been described as her first official pop album. The 24-year-old songstress has been known in recent years for her country-pop efforts, and initially rocketed to star-status with her full-on country ditty “Love Story,” a Romeo-and-Juliet-style love song off her Fearless album.
“Fearless” is most certainly a word that one could use to describe Swift’s pursuits in both her professional and personal life. Taylor Swift has managed to top tabloids for not only her music and business ventures, but also because of her relationship woes. Harry Styles, Nick Jonas, Lucas Till, Taylor Lautner, and let’s not forget John Mayer, have all been linked to the blond beauty who seems to make the best out of the fleeting relationships by pumping out hits derived from her heartache.
This week’s top standings indicate that Swift’s creative tactics, regardless of how connected to her personal experience or not, are certainly working for her.
For the second week in a row, according to Billboard, Swift sits in the No. 1 spot atop the U.S. charts. Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 is Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” followed by Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” at No. 3, Maroon 5’s “Animals” at No. 4, and Swift’s “Shake It Off” at No. 5.
“Blank Space” is a track that sheds light on the pending emotions, both positive and negative, that may result from any relationship. However, the Daily Mail perceives both the song and the accompanying video as one appearing “to tell the story of how Swift’s dating life has been portrayed in the media – as ‘a man-eater.'”
Watch Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” video.
About 1989 as a whole, Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield makes a spot-on analysis.
“Deeply weird, feverishly emotional, wildly enthusiastic, ‘1989’ sounds exactly like Taylor Swift, even when it sounds like nothing she’s ever tried before. And yes, she takes it to extremes. Are you surprised? This is Taylor Swift, remember? Extremes are where she starts out.”
Swift’s decision to create a full pop album was made based on a natural development and motivation, as E notes in her words.
“I was just kind of following a natural inclination as a songwriter, and as I got further in, I just realized this isn’t gonna be something where I have a few pop songs on this album. This is a full pop album. It’s sonically cohesive. It has its own sound and I couldn’t be happier about it.”
Taylor Swift has already achieved writing more hit songs than what many musicians take an entire lifetime to achieve.
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