It's Pop Week here at MTV News, and that means we're catching up with and getting to know everyone who's going to make a splash in pop music and culture over the next 12 months. Whether they're just arriving on the scene or are already the name on everyone's lips, these are the artists we expect big things from in 2009.
[artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist] just recently wrapped work on the video for her next single, "White Horse." For her last few videos she's had a slew of cute guys making cameos — including singer/actor Tyler Hilton and [artist id="2408193"]Miley Cyrus'[/artist] beau Justin Gaston — and this time around she's hired "Laguna Beach" and "One Tree Hill" star Stephen Colletti.
"I watched ['Laguna Beach'] on and off, but I saw him on 'One Tree Hill' and thought he was really awesome on that," Taylor told MTV News. "He had sort of the look we were going for ... because the guy in the video is supposed to look really sweet and someone who just looks like he would never lie to you.
"But in the video, he does," she added. "So I thought he would be perfect for it and, actually, he did an amazing job."
Swift once again teamed up with director Trey Fanjoy, who previously directed the 19-year-old in videos for "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "Love Story." "It's been really fun working with her," Swift said. "This video is a lot different than the other videos that we've made, 'cause usually we've gone for bright colors and me looking straight to camera and singing. [This video is] a little more introspective." Swift explained that this time around, shooting the video required her to get very emotional and cry her eyes out over Colletti's character.
"There's an emotional scene in there where I had to cry for, like, three hours ... bawl my eyes out for three hours," she said. "It was really interesting and sort of a new thing for me."
Swift also talked a bit about the song, which, like the video, stems from a very emotional place in her life. "[It's] about that moment where you realize the person you thought was going to be Prince Charming and sweep you off your feet is really not going to sweep you off your feet," she explained. And, in addition to breaking up with you, he ends up falling in love with someone else. "He sweeps somebody else off their feet and it's going to be something that you're going to have to get over," she said. "There's that moment in the letdown where you realize that, and you realize that person isn't your future — they are your past."