As Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year prepares to release her fifth album, 1989, she finds herself, as always, in the glare of a blinding spotlight of expectation – but if you think that scares her, you haven’t been paying attention. She calls 1989 her most sonically cohesive collection, and armed with first single, “Shake It Off,” she’s ready to blaze into the next phase of her still-young career, where she’ll continue to dance like no one’s watching, write like she stole our collective diary, and inevitably soar to ever-greater heights. All that’s left to wonder is how many more lives she’ll lift in the process.

Whitney Pastorek about Taylor Swift

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It’s really annoying me that people think that the country genre “wants her back” or it’s dumb that they’re congratulating her. Most of you don’t really get the country genre. It’s not a bunch if individual artists, it’s a family. Everyone knows everyone, they’ve written with someone, gone on tour with someone, or just been a fan of someone. They all live in Nashville, they see eachother at the grocery store or out at dinner. They are all family. And we all know that Taylor hasn’t been country country since her first album. But they never said goodbye to her. Because she still thought of herself as a country artist, and she still supported country music. Country music began to expand, more and more people started to listen to it. And she’s the reason for that. She’s one of the reasons that country expanded as much as it did. She’s had an incredible journey, crossed over and undoubtedly one of the most successful artists on the planet. And…she started in the underdog genre. The genre that today does consist of more pop and the question “what is country” has so many definitions. Whether it’s a mandolin, the twang in a voice, or confessional song writing, it’s not just about beer and girls. And country music has Taylor to thank for all the fans they have, for how far their music has reached. Do you really think that just because she has a pop album out that they’re going to just drop her after all she’s done? After her education center at the hall of fame, or her exhibit, or the money she donated after the floods? She may live in New York, but we all know Nashville is her home. That’s where she’ll always go back to. And one day, Taylor’s gonna be 50 and maybe have kids and we all know she’s still gonna be writing music. And she’s still gonna consider Nashville her home. They’re always going to be there with open arms when she wants to go back. They don’t let people go. I’m just tired of people thinking that the country genre is pathetic for holding on to her when there’s no reason to say goodbye, just a “see you later, baby girl. Have fun out there. We’re so proud of you, thanks for all you’ve done for us. We’re here for you always.” That’s all they’re saying by supporting her, and congratulating her.