Taylor Swift on Out of the Woods, Lena Dunham and more

Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.

Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.

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Taylor Swift, a pop/country-turned-pop-and-only-pop performer who truly needs no introduction, has unleashed another single from her forthcoming album, 1989. Following the album’s lead single, Shake It Off, comes Out Of The Woods, an epic pop single that may or may not be about a certain One Direction singer. (#RIPHaylor)

Calling SiriusXM Hits 1 to speak with Spyder Harrison about her new single, Taylor covered everything from working with Jack Antonoff (of fun. and Bleachers) to how she’s evolved as an artist.

On 1989: “This album is something I’m so proud of. I think really challenging myself as far as songwriting goes and creating a different sound was the most fun thing about putting this album together. I’m so excited for people to hear it.”

On Out Of The Woods’ quick rise to number one on the iTunes chart: “[Out of the Woods] went straight to number one in, like, 20 minutes! And my co-writer, Jack Antonoff, and I were just sitting up texting each other last night into the wee hours of the morning, just freaking out over it.”

On Taylor’s friendship with Lena Dunham: “Lena’s been around for most of Jack and I working together. Me being best friends with her is the reason why Jack and I ever talked. One day we were all hanging out at my house at the beach, and Jack and I started talking about music, and within five minutes we were writing a song.”

On Taylor’s evolution as an artist: “I definitely have gone through a lot of different phases in my emotional life, and the entire world has gotten to watch them. So, that’s an interesting dynamic. But then again, it’s also on my own terms. Since I’m a songwriter and since I’ve written all of my own music, I never felt puppeted by someone else.”

On how Taylor emotionally connects with her fans: “I think any emotions we go through in our teenage years are volatile and intense, but they’re valid. I think that’s why my fans get along so well, and why we understand each other. They have so many people who are so far removed from their teenage years telling them, ‘Why are you being so dramatic?’ But I was just there a few years ago, so I always try to encourage them that it’s OK to be feeling what they’re feeling.”

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