The Associated Press
NASHVILLE - Songwriting is the topic of the moment for Taylor Swift.
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Taylor Swift was recently named songwriter- artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International for a record-setting six times.
The 23-year-old pop star was honoured for a record sixth time as songwriter-artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, surpassing guys like Vince Gill and Alan Jackson.
She earned the award with 14 hits in the top 30 over the last year, a tribute to the popularity of her fourth album, Red.
As Swift accepts the award, sheâs six months deep in the songwriting process for her next album. âI think the goal for the next album is to continue to change, and never change in the same way twice,â the seven-time Grammy winner said.
âHow do I write these figurative diary entries in ways that Iâve never written them before and to a sonic backdrop that Iâve never explored before? Itâs my fifth album, which is crazy to think about, but I think what Iâm noticing about it so far is itâs definitely taking a different turn than anything Iâve done before.â
Swift sat down for an interview after the ribbon-cutting on the new $4-million US Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in her adopted hometown of Nashville.
Next month you leave on a stadium tour of Australia, making you the first female solo performer to tour that country since Madonna 20 years ago. Madonna was the top pop star in the world at the time. Do you see yourself as that kind of pop star?
I would never see myself that way. I see myself as kind of this girl who writes songs in her bedroom. You can kind of dress it up all you want and you can put together an amazing theatrical production; you can become a better performer as time goes by, and you can try to excite people, but Iâm always going to be a girl who writes songs in her bedroom in my own personal perception of myself.
You said recently youâve been working on songs for the new album for about six months. What can you tell us about what you have planned?
Itâs too early to tell who are going to be my predominant collaborators, but I do know that my absolute dream collaborators were Shellback and Max Martin on the last project. Iâve never been so challenged as a songwriter. Iâve never learned so much. Iâve never just been so excited to show up to the studio every day, just because you never know what weâre going to put together.
Iâll bring in ideas and theyâll take such a different turn than where I thought they were going to go, and that level of unexpected spontaneity is something that really thrills me in the process of making music. âŠ âWhat if we did this? What if we made it weirder? What if we took it darker?â I love people who have endless strange and exciting ideas about where music can go.
How far are you willing to push the boundaries of your sound?
I definitely think that with music my favourite thing about Nashville is that itâs a music hub that accepts and allows all genres to be present, and I think thereâs been a kind of fusing of genres lately that for me makes me really happy and excited. I am blown away at getting six CMA nominations in a year that I pushed the boundaries of what a genre is more than ever before. Iâm so happy that people understood what I was doing conceptually.
Getting those six CMA nominations to me signified that this community knew that I was not running from where I come from. I was exploring, and I think the more people who know what country music is, the more people will gravitate toward Nashville.