“I look back on this as my true breakup album, every other album has flickers of different things,” she says in an audio grab. “But this was an album that I wrote specifically about pure, absolute, to the core, heartbreak.”
It might have been a painful time for Taylor, but boy Swifties love the album. Released in 2012, Swift’s first foray into pop debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (with 1.21 million first week sales) and finished the year as the second best-selling album. It was also Swift’s first chart leader in the U.K., and it ruled surveys in Canada, Australia and elsewhere.
Listen to the snippet below.