Taylor Swift’s new album is a reboot of an old album: Fearless, her 2008 chart-topping juggernaut that made her the biggest star on the Billboard charts. But Fearless (Taylor’s Version)—filled with banjos, steel guitars and fiddles—is also a reminder for those who forgot: Swift was once the top act in country music, too. From Dolly Parton to Shania Twain, the Chicks to Faith Hill, no country artist has ever crossed over to pop the way Taylor did, utterly dominating one genre before she took over another. In this episode, Chris Molanphy focuses on Taylor: the country years, dissecting how she gradually, step by step, became the new queen of pop one irresistible song at a time. She went from interviewing bigger stars on MTV’s red carpet one year, to being the talk of the Video Music Awards the next—even before Kanye took that microphone away from her. He told Taylor he would let her finish, but the game was already over. Swift had the most played song in the USA. Podcast production by Asha Saluja, with help from Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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55m · April 17, 2021
Taylor’s Version of Country, Part 1
@Nick @Sam Fascinating documentary style programme; considered, detailed, knowledgeable, interesting and engaging. Love the exploration of parallels between Taylor Swift and Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain and others. Very listenable 🎶🎶a month ago·2 likes·
Yep totally agree, very listenable and it's made me re-view my take on Taylor Swift that's for sure. I should probably check out her first couple album's!a month ago·1 like·