Popular American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album “1989” on Oct. 27, 2014, transforming her early career’s country style, with albums such as “Fearless,” into a modern-day pop style.
In what critics proclaim as her “first official pop album,” “Blank Space,” and “All You Had to Do Was Stay,” give off an electropop feeling with an upbeat tempo, a diversion from slower, country songs that Swift fans are accustomed to with her previous songs, such as “Teardrops on My Guitar” and “Love Story.”
As with most of Swift’s songs, the tunes are decidedly personal, based on heartbreaks with former boyfriends. For example, “Blank Space” features a line written to Swift’s ex-boyfriend, Harry Styles, a member of the popular boy-band, One Direction.
Besides drawing on past relationships for song ideas, Swift also makes tribute to New York City, her new home before “1989” was released, with a song titled “Welcome to New York.”
Swift’s album also features new instruments, such as a saxophone on the album’s first single, “Shake it Off.” The song derives from Swift’s idea of “shaking off” and not paying attention to whatever people, or in her case, the critics, say.
Swift’s album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at the number one spot, selling 1,287,000 copies to date.
Preview Swift’s newest album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfWlot6h_JM&list=PL3ISLyaTThCmCslOVs1nkHban4dleONXi