Perry responds by extending an invitation to write a song together “about the subject we know best” for an upcoming album.August 2009: Things continue to be friendly and mutually flattering between the two in the months following, judging from a glowing social media exchange in which Perry made plans to catch up with Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards after the latter tweeted a photo at her. Police reportedly spotted him walking out of the ocean; he told the arresting officers he had swum two miles to meet Taylor Swift. This spring, a man was arrested in the wee hours of the morning near her estate in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Sales of Taylor Swift song downloads have topped 75 million; according to the Recording Industry Association of America, she is the No. Since 2006, she has placed 43 songs in the Top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100 pop chart as the lead performer, more than any other artist in that period. Her path to stardom has defied the established patterns; she falls between genres, eras, demographics, paradigms, trends.She looked the picture of health: She greeted me in her big, open-plan kitchen, wearing a loose-fitting white-lace frock and friendly grin.But when she spoke, what came out was a croak, a husky voice pitched about two octaves lower than Bea Arthur’s. You’re safe.” Swift had been sick all week, fighting the kind of head cold best treated by curling up in bed with a magnum of Ny Quil. She’d come home to Nashville to wrap up a seven-month-long North American tour in support of her fourth album, Red, which was released in October 2012.She can write the sickly sweetest love song you’ve ever heard and churn out the most bilious, vindictive, name-naming, slut-shaming breakup ballad; often, they’re the same song.Swift’s influence has reverberated through popular music, yet she remains sui generis, a genre of one.