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Taylor Swift Says ‘1989’ Is the Happy Place After a Breakup

Taylor Swift‘s worldwide live stream let fans know a whole lot about what the 24-year-old’s new music would sound like. One thing she made clear was that this new album, ‘1989,’ would bring a brand new side of her.

Swift has always been known as a singer who sings about heartbreak and relationships, but she’s flipping the switch. The star says ‘1989’ is going to be more about that point in a breakup when you start to accept and heal — a happy kind of album.

“‘1989′ is such a different album from ‘Red,'” she tells Fusion. “[With ‘Red’] you’d hear mandolin on one song and then on the next song you’d hear dubstep. And you’d just sort of think, ‘What?’ It was also emotionally — it was a very devastating record. It was about dealing with an intense heartbreak and ’1989′ is about the phase after that where you brush yourself off and you’re okay.”

Swift, now 24, says she’s grown a lot since ‘Red.’ As a result, ‘1989’ will be less about relationships gone wrong and more about how she’s matured in life.

“Writing ‘Red,’ I was 21 and 22,” she explains. “Back then, I think my priorities were different. I was very enamored by romance and the idea of that. 24? At this point, I just want to be with my friends and I want to make music and I want to play shows and I want to travel the world. I want to define my life on my own terms.”

Fans surprised by this shift should know they’re not alone — Swift has even surprised herself lately.

“I think my life has changed in ways that have surprised me,” she shares. “Deciding to spend my time in New York, cutting my hair, becoming all of a sudden surrounded by this great group of strong, beautiful, smart women who challenge me and push me forward — those are all changes in my life.”

“With this album, I try not to do anything too overtly,” Swift continues. “Yes, my life is consisting of priority on friends right now, but I don’t have any song that’s like ‘Best Friend Anthem.’ I really am trying to put these messages across subtly, and tell stories where those aspects of my life are felt rather than said to you.”

‘1989’ — which will feature the singer’s fun new single ‘Shake It Off’ — is out on Oct. 27.

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