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- Taylor Swift 2007
At the end of that interview Taylor Swift told me, “In 10 years, I’ll be 27. I hope I’m still doing this. I’d love to be headlining.”
Well, she’s doing it, and more.
Only two months ago, it seemed all but certain that Ed Sheeran, Rihanna and Bruno Mars would have a lock on their positions as 2017’s most popular artists. That was before Taylor Swift changed the game with the Nov. 10 release of her sixth album Reputation.
Meanwhile, 2017 finds Swift spending an ungodly amount of time ducking paparazzi, appearing on magazine covers, and sharing photos with her 105 million Instagram followers. A new app called The Swift Life, which will serve as a dedicated social network for her fans, was announced last week.
And while the artist’s crossover into the pop world is undeniable, the album closes on an unexpected note with “New Year’s Day,” a poignant ballad that marks Swift’s return to country radio playlists.
- Taylor Swift 2017
As I watched last month when Swift was named a Time magazine Person of the Year as a part of the Silence Breakers, I wasn’t surprised. Even 10 years ago, I described her as having a “heartening maturity.” She wasn’t just riding on country love song themes in those early days; she was also using her guitar and her pen to work through issues like eating disorders and body image.
“The cool thing about songwriting,” she told me back then, is that “every experience in your life you can turn into a positive.”
My only regret from that decade ago with Taylor? I didn’t go to that concert at Cowboys.
But as the 17-year-old version of Swift might note, it gave me a great story to tell.