Taylor Swift had to fight label to keep country music off of new album 1989

December 17, 2014 11:30 AM

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Swift’s latest album, 1989, marks her first official foray into pop, and it has been a smash success, debuting at No. 1 across all genres and selling more than a million copies in its first week. But when she first broke the news to Big Machine label head Scott Borchetta that her new album was not country, “he went into a state of semi-panic,” she tells Billboard.

Borchetta asked Swift to include three country songs on the album, and also suggested adding a fiddle to its lead track, "Shake It Off."

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