Taylor Swift Screams, Pulls Her Hair on Hollywood Reporter Cover, Says Spotify Decision Caused Other Artists to Thank Her

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Taylor Swift covered the 2014 "Rule Breakers" issue of The Hollywood Reporter. 

Only Taylor Swift can look perfect while having a meltdown! The “Blank Space” singer, 25, posed for the “Rule Breakers 2014” issue of The Hollywood Reporter in a printed blue gown, screaming and pulling her hair. 

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The singer-songwriter sat down with the entertainment magazine to talk about her whirlwind year, which has included a record-breaking album and a complete genre switch from country to pop music. 

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“The biggest challenge this year actually was convincing members of my own team that this was a good call,” she admitted to THR. “I’d get called in front of a group of people who have known me and worked with me for years who’d say, ‘Are you sure that you want call the album 1989? We think it’s a weird title. Are you sure you want to put an album cover out that has less than half of your face on it? Are you positive that you want to take a genre that you’ve cemented yourself in and completely switch to a new one that you are a newcomer to?’” 

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Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album, 1989, in late October.

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Swift’s fifth studio album debuted in late October, selling 1.2 million copies in the first week and making it the highest sales week since Eminem’s The Eminem Show in 2002. 

“The biggest struggle kind of turned into the biggest triumph when it worked out,” Swift concluded of her team’s doubts. 

But there was a bit of controversy following the album’s release, when Swift opted to take her music off of the popular distribution site, Spotify. 

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“I didn’t think that it would be shocking to anyone,” she said. “With as many ways as artists are personalizing their musical distribution, it didn’t occur to me that this would be anything that anyone would talk about. But I could never have expected so many text messages, emails, and phone calls from other artists, writers, and producers saying thank you.”

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