Taylor Swift’s new album, “Speak Now,” was released today, but don’t expect to see the 20-year-old country star wearing lingere and writhing on a bed like some other pop stars you know and (used to) love. Scott Borchetta, the president of Swift’s record label Big Machine, says, “Taylor will do things on her own terms. There’s a lot of photo shoots she does that are, in her way, very sexy. If sexy to you means taking off her clothes, or doing a Rolling Stone cover in her underwear, I don’t think we’ll ever see that. That’s not who she is.”
Swift echoes that in her own way by saying, “I’ve kind of lived my life trying to be the age that I am in the right way,” adding, “trying to be 18 the right way, trying to be 19 the right way, 20 the right way. That’s what I’m working on now—trying to be 20 the right way. I feel like growing up, and musical evolution, should happen naturally, in the time they’re supposed to happen.”
Wow. Isn’t that refreshing?
According to The Wall Street Journal, Swift is, however, “looking to appeal to a more mature audience, even if it means leaving some of the Disney/Nickelodeon set behind.” Swift acknowledges that while she doesn’t cater her songwriting to her youngest fans, she is mindful of the impression she’s making on them in terms of being a role model. She says, “If I have a chance to matter to the growth and hopes and wishes of little girls, that’s something I can’t take lightly. So I do factor them in when I’m thinking about what to wear, and what to say, and whether or not to go out to bars even though I’m not 21.”
Taylor Swift: a parent’s dream.
To listen to the title track off Swift’s new album, visit the WSJ’s Speakeasy blog.