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A New Deep Dive Into Her Career

Taylor Swift is being honored by Billboard Magazine as the Woman of the Decade, and the new cover story is a deep dive interview into her career. Swift hits on a wide range of topics, including social media and the state of the music industry, as well as her transition from country music to pop's reigning queen.

She explained that she missed the camaraderie that exists in country music.

“I had so many mentors in country music. Faith Hill was wonderful. She would reach out to me and invite me over and take me on tour, and I knew that I could talk to her. Crossing over to pop is a completely different world. Country music is a real community, and in pop I didn’t see that community as much."

Country Vs. Pop

Swift continued, explaining that the insular nature of the pop community is starting to change. Perhaps Swift's own attempts to weaponize the "squad" played a hand.

"Now there is a bit of one between the girls in pop — we all have each other’s numbers and text each other — but when I first started out in pop it was very much you versus you versus you. We didn’t have a network, which is weird because we can help each other through these moments when you just feel completely isolated."

Dealing With Haters

The narrative around Swift is often her versus her haters, and she doesn't shy away from addressing that in the interview either.

"“It’s sort of an amalgamation of all of it. People who aren’t active fans of your music, who like one song but love to hear who has been canceled on Twitter. I’ve had several upheavals of somehow not being what I should be. And this happens to women in music way more than men. That’s why I get so many phone calls from new artists out of the blue — like, ‘Hey, I’m getting my first wave of bad press, I’m freaking out, can I talk to you?’ And the answer is always yes! I’m talking about more than 20 people who have randomly reached out to me. I take it as a compliment because it means that they see what has happened over the course of my career, over and over again."

What Needs To Change In The Industry

Swift has been feuding with Scooter Braun very publicly over the ownership of the masters of her first six albums. She addressed the controversy and framed it within a broader issue in the music industry.

"We have a long way to go. I think that we’re working off of an antiquated contractual system. We’re galloping toward a new industry but not thinking about recalibrating financial structures and compensation rates, taking care of producers and writers.

We need to think about how we handle master recordings, because this isn’t it. When I stood up and talked about this, I saw a lot of fans saying, ‘Wait, the creators of this work do not own their work, ever?’ I spent 10 years of my life trying rigorously to purchase my masters outright and was then denied that opportunity, and I just don’t want that to happen to another artist if I can help it. "

Is Change Possible?

Although there is a long way to go in terms of the ownership of creators, Swift hopes that the industry is capable of change.

"I want to at least raise my hand and say, ‘This is something that an artist should be able to earn back over the course of their deal — not as a renegotiation ploy — and something that artists should maybe have the first right of refusal to buy.’

God, I would have paid so much for them! Anything to own my work that was an actual sale option, but it wasn’t given to me."

You can read more of Swift's interview here.

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