Sorry, Miley Cyrus.
Mover over, Katy Perry.
Take a seat, Lady Gaga.
According to New York Magazine, Taylor Swift is the Biggest Pop Star in the World.
The publication has given the young star this title and featured her on its latest cover, with Swift taking on her critics in one portion of the lead story.
“[They] can say that all they want,” Taylor says of those who criticize her for singing about her exes. “Those are real feelings that every single person goes through.” I think that it’s okay to be mad at someone who hurt you. This isn’t about, like, the pageantry of trying to seem like nothing affects you. I’m a songwriter. Everything affects me.”
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On her dreams coming true: “I always wanted to know and I always used to daydream about what it would be like to stand on a really big stage and sing songs for a lot of people, songs that I had written…Daydreaming was kind of my No. 1 thing when I was little, because I didn’t have much of a social life going on. I didn’t always have 14,000 people wanting to hang out with me on a Saturday night.”
On the country music industry: “Country radio is much more like a family than any other group of people that I’ve met. They just say, ‘Look, we’ve known each other for years. You’ve stood by us, and we’ve stood by you. That’s how this works.’”
On being open and honest: “I think that allowing yourself to feel raw, real emotions in public is something I am never going to be afraid to do. Hopefully that’s the case, if I can remain a real human. I’m fine with being honest with my fans about the fact that it’s okay that everything isn’t okay all the time. I love my life, I love my career, I love my friends – but things are not okay all the time.”
On her future in the music business: “When I’m 40 and nobody wants to see me in a sparkly dress anymore, I’ll be, like: ‘Cool, I’ll just go in the studio and write songs for kids.’ It’s looking like a good pension plan.”
Who do you think is the Queen of Pop Music?