Taylor Swift has been catching flak from country fans for her pop sensibilities since she began delivering Top 40 hits in 2006.
With new album 1989 coming out later this month, Swift has made it clear there will be fewer country influences than ever before in her songs. She's even branded it as "pop" (gasp!).
"What I meant by that is ... I think one thing that I've been doing throughout my career is I've always implemented different kinds of sensibilities from different genres in my music," she told CMT. "And that's been something I've been proud of. But I have never put together an album quite as sonically cohesive as this album.
"I've always wanted an album that had a very distinctive sound, and this one is very synthesizer-based and automated drums and layered vocals. I think that the most authentic thing to do, and the most authentic way to approach it was to be honest about what it was."
We appreciate and respect Swift's honesty, mostly because "Shake It Off" was a banger to end all bangers.
The Nashville-based songstress also made recent waves when she threw shade at the town's industry.
"This time around I've chosen the brave and bold way of going about things," she told Vogue. "Because with this album I've completely changed the sound of everything I've done until now. So it's interesting to not be afraid of that. You know, I don't want to hurt people's feelings, I don't want to betray Nashville, whatever, but essentially it comes down to challenging yourself as an artist."
1989 is out worldwide on Oct. 27.