2014: The Year Of Taylor Swift
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2014

  • Posted by: Lily Trotta

Her album may be called 1989 but there's no doubt that the real year of Taylor Swift is 2014. She gave up trashing boys and phony country music, came out with a record-breaking album, battled Spotify, and more. Here's a brief recap of Taylor Swift's very busy year: Let's begin with something important. One of the most fundamental parts of 2014 for Taylor was the proud display of her passion for two-piece dresses. Taylor mastered the two-piece dress in 2014. She wore them to awards ceremonies, live performances, and in her daily life. The fashion change-up coincides with her announcement of 1989, which she called her first all-pop record. Check out these two-pieces. That's love.
Speaking of love, Taylor started looking at love from a new perspective this year. In an interview with Fusion, our beloved T-Swift recalled the her 2012 album Red was "devastating" as it dealt primarily with heartbreak. 1989, on the other hand, is about the phase after a breakup when you can be happy and fun and free again, which is exactly how she behaved in 2014. She basically broke up with breaking up.
That interview was intended to promote 'Shake It Off', the first single off of 1989, which, by the way, spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum. The video got lots of attention, too.
But 'Shake It Off' was only one of Taylor's mega giant humongo hits! It was knocked out of it's Number One position by 'Blank Space', Taylor's second single. This made her the first woman in Billboard history to succeed herself for the Number One spot. The first two promo singles off of the album, 'Out of the Woods' and 'Welcome to New York', respectively, also performed alarmingly well. Even T-Swift's ex Harry Styles of One Direction had good things to say about the tracks, in spite of Taylor referencing their relationship in 'Out of the Woods' (old habits die hard, Tay Tay).
And then there's 1989 itself, the undeniable pop album of the year, which has received about a zillion reviews and caused quite a stir given just how different Taylor's sound is in 2014 than it ever was before. It also sold over 1.2 million copies in the first week.
Now, you have to wonder whether Taylor would have sold so many records if she wasn't so fond of advocating the "value of music". The latter part of T-Swift's glory year was spent in an all-out war with Spotify. Taylor refused to release 1989 to the streaming service, then decided to pull her catalog entirely, saying that Spotify is a grand experiment that doesn't pay artists adequately and that art should be purchased. There has been an outcry of support for both Tay Tay and Spotify, who are both feeling the depth of the move. In fact, with the Billboard charts beginning to take streaming into account, Taylor will have to find new ways to be heard if she wants to stay on top. Maybe Google gave her a good price for her soul. But, duh, Taylor's just going to shake it off and bask in the wonder of her many awards from 2014, including the Billboard Music Award for Woman of the Year and the Dick Clark Award for Excellence, among others.
And that's not all! She also loves her fans so much that she invites them over for cookies and music. Oh yeah, and she moved to New York City and was elected queen.
Enjoy 2015, Taylor, it's been waiting for you!
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