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Welcome to Taylor Swift's POP Transformation (A Review of the "1989" Album)

Updated on December 5, 2014
A scene from Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" music video
A scene from Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" music video | Source

Taylor Swift, Country No More!

There are only a handful of artists in the entire history of music who have changed their genres successfully and the latest is the 24 year old Taylor Swift. Taylor was a born Country music star. She achieved so many accolades a Country artist and she managed to build a whole empire of "Swifties" with her Country music. As she said Country music was her life calling--and she lived that life to the maximum.

However changes are part of life and Taylor Swift made a HUGE change in her life. After the very successful "RED" album, Taylor decided to go full POP. It wasn't quite sudden though. She had been hinting her desire towards more POP music with tracks such as "I Knew You Were Trouble", "22", "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and a few more.

Still, a full POP album was quite a surprise to all of us and for me, quite honestly, it was a welcome change.

I love the Taylor Swift POP era.

Album cover of "1989" by Taylor Swift
Album cover of "1989" by Taylor Swift | Source

Taylor Swift and "1989" Album

"1989" is Taylor Swift's 5th studio album. It was named "1989" based on the year she was born in. This album reflects back to a time where POP music was huge all around the world. And Taylor wanted all of us to re-live what she experienced back then.

The Success of "1989"

Taylor Swift was the first artist in 2014 to have an album with 1 million plus sales in the first week on sales. It was a huge achievement in an era where album sales have dropped to a record low due to the Internet. "1989" reached 1.287 million sales in the opening week.

The first single of "1989" came out and it was a full POP song. Fans were quite mesmerized by the awesome new beat and this huge change. But it was very well received. "Shake It Off" rose to the top of many music charts all around the world.

Then came "Out Of The Woods" and it just blew "Shake It Off" and all the Swifties as well. Ever since it came out, it was reigning the POP charts as well. It was a rather slower and darker song than "Shake It Off" and it was getting clearer where this album was headed.

A beginning of a 1989 POP era...

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Taylor Swift in "Blank Space" music video
Taylor Swift in "Blank Space" music video | Source

Taylor Swift - "Blank Space"

Taylor Swift later released music video and that's the best thing that happened to POP music in this year. Taylor Swift looked gorgeous and ferocious in the music video which showed an act of a 'crazy girlfriend'.

"Blank Space" spoke about a girl who never could keep one man in her life. Men come and she drives them away when she sees the littlest flaw in them. She is the jealous type and Taylor did the part perfectly. "Blank Space" music video has gained 134 million views in less than a month.

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"1989" Full Track List

  1. Welcome To New York
  2. Blank Space
  3. Style
  4. Out Of The Woods
  5. All You Had To Do Was Stay
  6. Shake It Off
  7. I Wish You Would
  8. Bad Blood
  9. Wildest Dreams
  10. How You Get The Girl
  11. This Love
  12. I Know Places
  13. Clean
  14. Wonderland (Deluxe)
  15. You Are In Love (Deluxe)
  16. New Romantics (Deluxe)

A Review of "1989" Album

"1989" a full POP album and it has 13 tracks in the standard edition and 3 bonus tracks in the deluxe edition, making it a total of 16 tracks. All of them were written by Taylor Swift with help from Ryan Tedder, Max Martin, Shellback and Antonoff. Max Martin produced music for most of the tracks and his signature electric music and synthesizers are all over the album.

Most of the tracks are based on personal life experiences of Taylor Swift.

"Welcome To New York" is about Taylor Swift moving to New York from Nashville and how she saw the big city and how it was a huge part in the making of this record breaking album. She said she was overwhelmed by New York City.

"Shake It Off" is about her attitude towards her haters. It is the perfect reply to all her haters. She doesn't hate back, she doesn't even care. She just 'shakes it off' and keeps on going her journey 'making up the moves up as she goes'.

"Bad Blood" is rumored to be about her cold war with Katy Perry.

"Clean" is about how she feels detached from all her past bad experiences. She says she has moved on, This is a new chapter for Taylor Swift and she is ready for a better future. She is finally 'clean' of all the impurities.

Pretty much every song has it's unique meaning behind the POP lyrics and beats. Visit my blog JustRandomThings.Com if you want a complete description of each song.

Taylor Swift performing "Shake It Off" at VMA 2014
Taylor Swift performing "Shake It Off" at VMA 2014 | Source

"1989" Era

This is a new era for Taylor Swift and her fans--Swifties. Taylor is bigger than ever and she is ready to take on the world. She is very active on social media--interacting with fans. She even made up "1989 Secret Sessions" to meet up with her fans. This new Taylor is a happier Taylor and a more successful one too.

Taylor Swift will soon be beginning her "1989 World Tour", the ticket sales start on December 5, 2014.

It will be a long and busy year ahead for Taylor Swift. She will be travelling around the world on tour and promoting her album and making everyone happy. She is just the perfect role model.

POP didn't change Taylor's good-girl behavior. She still dresses decently on stage and off stage (take notes Ariana, Rita Ora, Miley and a thousand others).

This is beginning of a new POP era. It is absurd to say Taylor will not go back to Country again. Country music was what she was born for, and POP is just another branch she wanted to conquer. She will be with POP at least for another album, or even more. But it is safer to say she will be on both Country and POP charts for a long time to come.

What Do You Think?

So that was my opinion on the "1989" era of Taylor Swift. Being a massive fan of her, my review may have been quite biased. So I would love to hear from you.

Adore her, criticize her, and comment on her. I will accept everything equally and try to answer you as best as I can.

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      Nimesh De Silva 2 years ago

      @Robin Mackenzie

      Wow, thank you so much. I had no idea this hub had such a power. :)

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      Robin M Goliama 2 years ago from Tanzania Dar-es-salaam

      This is such an engaging article for Swifties and such an invitation to those who aren't yet swifties.