There is no Svengali directing the career of Taylor Swift. She calls the shots.
Two illuminating facts about her decision-making:
1. She used to watch VH1’s “Behind the Music” every day, a show that chronicled the fates of pop musicians, and concluded that most were blinded by success. “A lack of self-awareness was always the downfall,” she says.
2. She refuses to compromise. While she was making her first pop album, “1989,” her label urged her to throw in some country twang that might bring along her established audience.
Swift, 25, says she was trying to create the most “honest” album possible, and felt the label executives wanted her to “be a little disingenuous” in hopes of capitalizing on both markets. “No, let’s not,” she told them. “Let’s choose a lane.”
— Adapted from “Taylor Swift on ‘Bad Blood,’ Kanye West, and How People Interpret Her Lyrics," Chuck Klosterman, GQ.