During her short (and wildly successful) career thus far, Taylor Swift has never been accused of being “too Nashville” to succeed with mainstream music fans. Rather, her songs seem to contain just enough torch and twang to appeal to country music aficionados (if not necessarily country “purists”) AND pop music fans alike. However, her latest single, “The Story Of Us,” is the furthest that Swift has dared to venture from the kind of sound that most would classify as “country music” to date.
In fact, the song would be more aptly classified as “power pop” than anything else, what with all those crunchy guitars and that propulsive drumbeat. It’s the closest that T-Swizzle has come to Kelly Clarkson territory, and represents as a very interesting career decision for her. However, it’s one that’s hardly without precedent. After all, Shania Twain wrote the crossover playbook back in the mid-90s, fusing country-based sound with radio-friendly rock production techniques, courtesy of superproducer Mutt Lange, and moving some 48 million albums in the United States alone. Still, “The Story Of Us” is the furthest that Taylor has dared stray from the Nashville hegemony, a choice that spells interesting things for the rest of her career as an artist who clearly wants to appeal to everyone.
And while we’re on the topic of Taylor, we’ll have the full video for “The Story Of Us” premiere for you at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. But that’s not all! For more exciting news on the Taylor Swift front, follow along…
Here’s a press release that hit our inbox earlier today. Feast away!
MTV News and Taylor Swift to Exclusively Premiere New Music Video ?The Story of Us? and Answer Fan Questions LIVE during ?MTV First: Taylor Swift?
Tuesday, May 24 at 7:53pm ET on MTV and MTV.com
TeenNick to Premiere ?The Story of Us? Music Video On-Air on Tuesday, May 24 at 10:56pm ET;
?The Story of Us? to Debut Online at 8pm ET on Tuesday, May 24 on MTV.com, VH1.com and MTV’s International Sites across 150+ Territories
New York, NY (May 20, 2011) ? On Tuesday, May 24th, 4-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift will exclusively sit down with MTV News? Sway Calloway to premiere her new music video, ?The Story of Us,? from her multi-platinum Speak Now album and answer fan questions LIVE during ?MTV First: Taylor Swift.? Beginning at 7:53pm ET on MTV, and MTV.com, Taylor will introduce the never-before-seen music video and be interviewed by Sway LIVE on-air. Immediately following, she will stay on for an additional 30-minute interview with Sway on MTV.com where she will answer questions about her album, upcoming tour and much more. Fans can get in on the action and submit questions beginning today through MTV.com or via Twitter (using @MTVNews / hash-tag #AskTaylor).
At 8pm ET, the music video will debut online on MTV.com, VH1.com and MTV?s International sites across 150+ territories. Later that night, TeenNick will premiere ?The Story of Us? music video on-air at 10:56pm ET.
Additionally, a 30-second sneak peek of ?The Story of Us? will air during the broadcast of VH1?s ?Big Morning Buzz Live? on Tuesday, May 24 at 9:30 AM ET/PT. The full video will also appear on ?VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown? on Saturday, May 28 at 9:00 AM ET/PT.
“The Story of Us” was released last month as a single from Swift’s third studio album, Speak Now. Swift wrote ?The Story of Us? about encountering an ex-boyfriend at an awards show, and it was the last song Swift wrote for the Speak Now album ? she has said that when she finished it she knew the album was complete.
Speak Now was released on October 25 of last year by Big Machine Records and sold 1,046,718 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release, the biggest U.S. album debut since 2005. Taylor, whose record sales now top 20 million albums, is on tour in support of Speak Now, and is currently slated to play 98 shows in 17 countries in 2011. The North American leg of the tour kicks off May 27th in Omaha, Nebraska.