Taylor Swift is Becoming Less Country, More Pop, with Newest Single ‘Shake It Off’ [VIDEO]

While Taylor Swift may have become famous as a country-pop artist, her latest album – entitled 1989, her birth year – leaves the country behind. Swift’s new pop-focus is exemplified in the album’s first single, “Shake It Off.”

Inspired by music of the late 1980s, 1989 is Swift’s first album in two years. Discussing the album’s genre and style, as well as two-year gap between 1989 and her previous album, Swift told Rolling Stone:

Two years gives you enough time to grow and change; change what you believe in and what’s influencing and inspiring you…In the process, my music changed. I woke up every single day not wanting, but needing, to make a new style of music. This album is a rebirth for me.

Swift co-wrote the single, “Shake It Off,” with Max Martin and Shellback, who both also worked on Swift’s big hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” The music video features Swift attempting different kinds of dance with people who are actually experienced in the particular style. Swift also talked to Rolling Stone about filming the music video, saying:

It takes a long time to figure out who you are and where you fit in in the world. I’m putting myself in all these awkward situations where the dancers are incredible, and I’m having fun with it, but not fitting in. They’re doing the most beautiful things, and I’m being embarrassingly bad at it. It shows you to keep doing you, keep being you, keep trying to figure out where you fit in in the world, and eventually you will.

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