When Taylor Swift released her fifth album, 1989, in 2014, she made a point to announce that it was her first all-pop project. But the writing was on the wall for her genre transition long before then.
In a new interview about her re-recorded 2008 project Fearless (Taylor's Version) with Audacy (formerly Radio.com), Swift says the newly released "From the Vault" song "Mr. Perfectly Fine" made it crystal-clear that she had more than country music on her mind.
"'Mr. Perfectly Fine' is a song that I wrote alone," she says of the track, which she recently co-produced with Jack Antonoff -- a now-frequent collaborator whom she first worked with on 1989 -- but was written back in her Fearless days. "It was definitely an early indicator of me creeping toward a pop sensibility. I've always listened to every type of music, and even though Fearless is a country album, there were always these pop melodies creeping in."