Taylor Swift’s 1989 “Pops” to the Top of the Charts

Taylor Swift’s 1989 “Pops” to the Top of the Charts

Annie Roebuck '15, News Editor

It would be quite the understatement to say that Taylor Swift had a big year in 2014.  Swift returned to the music scene with the release of her newest album 1989 in October. The album, her fifth one, sold 1.29 million copies within the first week.  At only 25 years old, Swift has continually wowed the music world, as well as her millions of fans worldwide, and she did not disappoint with this new album.  The album 1989 was named after the year in which Taylor was born and marked the artist’s transition from country-pop to pure pop music.

In interviews, Swift often remarked that she was inspired by the risks that pop artists of the 1980s took and stated that she not only wanted, but desperately needed to explore writing in a different musical genre.  Her album and songwriting exudes more confidence than ever before as she tells her fans to “Shake Off” the small stuff and the haters.  She also laughs with her critics in her satirical and sarcastic music video for “Blank Space” in which Taylor portrays a serial dater who is just looking for the next guy that comes along.  1989 will have you dancing on your feet and singing in your car, but also slowing down with vivid images of a whirlwind romance.  Personally, I know I will be listening to it on replay and counting down until June 6, 2015 when Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour stops at Pittsburgh’s own Heinz Field.

Taylor’s Secret Messages:

Think you are Taylor Swift’s biggest fan? If you buy a hard copy of 1989, you get a set of polaroid photos from a collection of 65 pictures with lyrics written on them.  Something you may not know is that in each of Taylor’s album lyric booklets are secret messages.  Often there are certain letters capitalized or in different colored font, which, once decoded, reveal a special message from Taylor about the song (perhaps a clue about who inspired it).  Here are the decoded messages for 1989.

  1. “Welcome to New York”: We begin our story in New York.
  2. “Blank Space”: There once was a girl known by everyone and no one.
  3. “Style”: Her heart belonged to someone who couldn’t stay.
  4. “Out of the Woods”: They loved each other recklessly.
  5. “All You Had to Do Was Stay”: They paid the price.
  6. “Shake it Off”: She danced to forget him.
  7. “I Wish You Would”: He drove past her street each night.
  8. “Bad Blood”: She made friends and enemies.
  9. “Wildest Dreams”: He only saw her in his dreams.
  10. “How You Get the Girl”: Then one day he came back.
  11. “This Love”: Timing is a funny thing.
  12. “I Know Places”: And everyone was watching.
  13. “Clean”: She lost him but she found herself and somehow that was everything.