Taylor Swift may have seen record-breaking success with her first official pop album, 1989, but it appears Swift is already preparing to take a step back from the spotlight following the conclusion of 1989’s world tour later this year.
In a new cover story interview with NME magazine, Taylor Swift reflects on the mega success of her debut pop album and reveals her plans for new music following the end of the 1989 era.
While fans are gearing up for what industry analysts are predicting to be one of the most competitive fourth-quarter album releases to date, with rumors suggesting fall releases for Drake, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, One Direction, and Adele, Swift admits that she’s considering taking some time off from music.
When asked about her plans for new music following the end of her 1989 world tour, Taylor Swift admits she “should take some time off” before going on to explain that she feels people may actually “need a break” from her.
“I think people might need a break from me. I’m going to… I don’t know. Hang out with my friends. Write new music. Maybe not write new music. I don’t know.”
While Swift is uncertain whether or not she’ll be working on new music during her rumored hiatus, Taylor does admit that she isn’t fearful of being able to outperform 1989’s chart-topping success.
“How could the next one be as big?” Swift explained of a 1989 follow-up record. “Maybe the next album will be a bridge to somewhere else. Or maybe I’ll just go ahead and change everything.”
While Taylor may feel that people are ready for a break from her music, Swift hints at her own desire to take some time off from the industry by highlighting her frustrations with constantly having to be in the spotlight.
“I’m in the news every single day for multiple different reasons,” Swift explained, noting that if she allows her anxiety to get the best of her, she feels that people are just “waiting” for her to mess up.
Despite the constant rumors plaguing her personal life, including those surrounding her relationship with DJ Calvin Harris, Swift admits that she leans on her mom for support when she’s feeling overwhelmed by the media.
“A lot of the time I need to call my mom and talk for a really long time, just to remind myself of all the things that are great and all the things that matter.”
Taylor Swift further reveals that while people may have a certain image of her and her music, she doesn’t strive for absolute perfection.
“Not to try and sound like the good witch in The Wizard of Oz or something but I really do want to do good things with what I have,” Swift admitted. “I don’t think my brain could cook up very shocking things for the sake of being shocking.”
While Swift may not be keen on using sensationalism to drive album sales or keep her name in the headlines, Swift has certainly had her fair share of shocking moments in 2015.
Swift made headlines earlier this year for her brief social media “misunderstanding” with Nicki Minaj over a MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Video of the Year, which occurred just months after Taylor shocked the industry by boycotting Apple’s new music streaming service over the company’s reluctance to adequately pay artists for the rights to their music.
Similarly, the Guinness World Records revealed just weeks ago that Swift will be featured in the 2016 edition of their annual publication for her accomplishment in receiving the “Most Million-Selling Weeks on U.S. Album Charts” for being the first artist to bring in three million-selling weeks on the Billboard 200 album charts since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking record sales in 1991.
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