Taylor Swift's latest album Red was significant not only for its humongous sales (1.2 million copies in its first week!), but also for tracks that abandoned the country sound she broke out with. Her poppy smash singles "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "I Knew You Were Trouble." and "22" were the work of pop-producer extraordinaire Max Martin, who apparently is playing a major role is T.Swift's upcoming LP.
Idolator quotes a Rolling Stone story that says Martin has worked "on most of" Tay Tay's upcoming record, which means this will probably be her poppiest yet. RS also quotes Scott Borchetta, CEO of Taylor's country label, as saying, "Will country stations play a complete pop song just because it's her? No. But when she comes to town, her friends at country radio will come and see her."
For fans who love the Taylor Swift they hear on Top 40 radio these days, this is probably great news. But for those who first fell in love with her self-titled debut album ("Teardrops on My Guitar," anyone?), this is likely not the direction they hoped for.
Taylor recently said that the new LP is "already my favorite thing that I've ever created." Big words coming from a girl who's sold more than a million albums in a week for two different records.
But how are you taking this new development? Vote in our poll or sound off in the comments below. And in case you're yearning for old-school T. Swift, take a gander through these 24 throwback pics of a younger, more countrified version of Taylor.