TONY RODRIGUEZ, HOST: And we’re right back with Taylor Swift.
And she’s back.
She’s in town.
We’re in the studios.
And we just caught up with Taylor, and we asked her about her new album.
You know, we thought it was going to be her last album.
So why the change?
And why the return?
She says, You know.
TAYLOR SWIFT: I’m going to keep going, and I’m so happy with it.
RODRIQUEZ: But did you know you were going to do it?
SWIFT (as she walks to the mic): Oh, it was not a surprise.
RODE: Oh, great.
And Taylor says, I’ll tell you something about my last album, because I’m not the one that’s going to put out the album.
SWIFT : It was the way I wrote it.
And I think it was a little bit different, but it was very much in my head.
Rode: And then you guys were like, I have no idea what you’re talking about.
SWITZ: I think I had a good time writing it.
That’s how I write songs.
R: You’re not the kind of person who likes to listen to the words, right?
SWIT: No, I don’t.
ROBERTS: And when you think about the album, does it feel like you’ve done this for a long time?
SW: Well, I think the album’s been in the works for a while, and it’s just been really good to write and write and then write and play.
ROTATION: You guys did the album last year.
You wrote the last song on it.
You recorded it.
Do you think it’s as good as you’d hoped?
SW, on her new record: Yeah.
ROPPER: The last song was pretty good.
But the last album was good, too.
I think there’s a lot more room for improvement.
So, is it a record that you were looking forward to writing?
SW Swift: Well the last one was very important.
I was very grateful for the opportunity to do this album.
It’s been an incredible experience.
ROPER: So you have a new album coming out in a month.
I know there’s so much controversy about it, and you’ve had to deal with some of that, but you’ve also had to live with some pretty heavy criticism.
But what do you feel is the most important part of the whole thing?
SWAY: Well I mean, I feel like it’s the most challenging part of it.
I feel that, you know, I’ve done everything I can.
ROSENBERG: The fact that you have to deal in the media, and people have been like, you’re a terrible songwriter.
SWAY, on the media criticism: Well it’s not really about the media.
I mean there are things that I’ve said that are not true, and there are a lot of things that have been said that have not been true.
But I think what people really want to know is, are you still really the Taylor Swift that we all knew?
And I say, you’ve got to put the time in, and go into this album with this vision.
And it’s very important for me, as a human being, that I write in the way that I want to write.
ROSTER: But you said earlier this year that you think there were people who wrote your last album who were disappointed in it, that you don’t feel that you’ve accomplished what you wanted.
SW Swift, on what she calls her fans: Well we were like a bunch of little kids with our mommy problems.
You go to a party, and everybody’s trying to dance, and they’re all dancing the same way.
ROGER: And you’re not doing that, right, Taylor?
Swift, to the crowd: I don’ know.
I don ‘t feel like I’m doing anything new.
RROOT: But it’s interesting, because you do have the capacity for new things, you do not need to be afraid to do something new, and maybe it’s because you’re older.
SW: And I’m really lucky to be able to be a part of my family.
RORN: Do you have any plans for the future?
SW SW: I haven’t been thinking about it.
Like I said, I want people to be really excited about this new album, and that’s the only thing I’ve been thinking of.
ROTH: Thank you very much.