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Girly girl dress up games free online: How Taylor Swift Went From Sweetheart to Snake (and Back Again?)

By 2014, Swift was the most popular country-music act in the world, but not yet the most popular music act in the world. And so she released 1989 , her first true front-to-back pop album, with synthesizers and programmed percussion supplanting her acoustic guitar, largely produced by Max Martin as well as Lena Dunham’s ex-boyfriend Jack Antonoff. It was a pop blockbuster, with songs so polished and precision-engineered for Top 40 it seemed like Swift had consulted some demonic algorithm developed to lodge a song in the brain forever, to get it played at football games, bat mitzvahs, and weddings as well as rodeos. “A lot of people who couldn’t get over the country part of her were finally listening to her,” Rolling Stone critic Brittany Spanos said. While the country music market still had a robust album-buying culture and had its own touring circuits and Nashville darlings, working within a genre pigeonholed Swift, even if she was clearly producing music that felt as much pop as country on Red . Although some country fans felt betrayed, the positioning of 1989 as Swift’s big transition allowed her access to a new market and announced that she wanted the whole market. Despite a sharp industrywide decrease in record sales, 1989 was a massive success, exceeding commercial expectations by hitting 5 million U.S. sales in its 36th week of release, making it the fastest-selling album in a decade and ginning up the best reviews of Swift’s life. “It remains her masterpiece, her strongest piece of work,” Lui said. “It was a firm demarcation between Taylor the country music star and Taylor the global pop star and cultural phenomenon.”

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