Taylor Swift was recently honored for the sixth time for songwriter-artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. She later told The Associated Press she has been working on her new album for the past six months and says it will be different.
She explained, “I think the goal for the next album is to continue to change, and never change in the same way twice. How do I write these figurative diary entries in ways that I’ve never written them before and to a sonic backdrop that I’ve never explored before?”
Speaking about her Red collaborators – Shellback and Max Martin – she describes how they pushed her when they wrote We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and 22.
“I’ll bring in ideas and they’ll take such a different turn than where I thought they were going to go, and that level of unexpected spontaneity is something that really thrills me in the process of making music. What if we did this? What if we made it weirder? What if we took it darker? I love people who have endless strange and exciting ideas about where music can go.”
Swift also protests being labeled a “pop star” when being compared to Madonna.
She stated, “I would never see myself that way, I see myself as kind of this girl who writes songs in her bedroom. You can kind of dress it up all you want and you can put together an amazing theatrical production, you can become a better performer as time goes by, and you can try to excite people, but I’m always going to be a girl who writes songs in her bedroom in my own personal perception of myself.”