On her new album Fearless, Taylor Swift sings about falling in and out of love with various paramours, including JoBro heartthrob Joe Jonas. She isn’t sure if her former flame has heard the song “Forever & Always” — which Swift has previously admitted to being about Joe — because, she said, “I don’t talk to him.”
(One MTV Newser recalls Swift’s first trip to our offices, in the Newsroom blog.)
“With this situation, I feel like I owed it to my fans to be like, ‘Look, it happened, you weren’t crazy,’ and address it,” she told MTV News. “And I addressed it, and, you know, that’s a chapter in my life that’s closed now.”
Swift said references to her relationships on Fearless are more veiled than on past songs, like the VMA-nominated “Teardrops on my Guitar,” in which she calls out her former crush by name. “On this album, I had the opportunity to be more general, and it might have done me some good to be general,” she said.
“I like to write personal songs,” she added. “I like to write songs that are very obviously about people. It’s kind of hard to change your stripes. I like to write songs about love, and I like to write songs about relationships, and I like to write songs about boys.”
With the album’s first single, “Love Story,” at #1 on the country charts, Swift hopes to prove to everyone she’s in it for the long haul and isn’t scared to work hard to get there.
“I really thought about what that word ['fearless'] means to me, and I guess, to me, fearless doesn’t mean you’re completely unafraid and it doesn’t mean that you’re bulletproof,” she said. “It means that you have a lot of fears, but you jump anyway.”
Not only did she co-write all the songs on the album, she also co-produced them with longtime collaborator Nathan Chapman. Swift is particularly proud of one song, “White Horses,” which is about the dissolution of a relationship. “[It's] about that moment that you realize that the person you thought was going to be Prince Charming is really not going to sweep you off your feet, and he’s going to sweep someone else off their feet. There’s that moment in the letdown where you realize that. That was a hard one to write.”
Swift is up for various awards, including an AMA and a CMA, and although she holds both in high regard, she admits that a CMA win can prove she’s more than just an up-and-comer. “The CMA award nomination — that’s a big deal to me, because that’s the [Female Vocalist of the Year] category,” she said. “That’s not a New Artist category. So it’s cool to be considered in that way.”
Swift hopes to take that kind of recognition and apply it to the next steps in her career. But until she sees just how successful Fearless is, she’s holding her breath and hoping her star continues to rise.
“I think you can always hope as a new artist to go up and have your career go like this [she motions up] instead of like this [motions down],” she said. “The next couple weeks will be very telling.”