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TAYLOR Swift knows what time it is.
And it's not just show time, although she is on stage in front of thousands in Detroit as part of her super-sized Red tour.
"50,000 people have opted in to hear me sing about my feelings for two hours," Swift tells the mainly female crowd. "I'm told I have lots of feelings..."
Even with her tongue in cheek, those feelings are responsible for 26 million album sales and 75 million downloads in seven years - each album followed by a tour that grows in size.
It's playing to her fans where Swift is most comfortable. She can't be misquoted by nosy journalists. And she can express her sense of humour to let everyone know the diss-and-tell songwriter is firmly in on the joke.
"You never talk to him again and then you write a whole album about him," Swift says at one point, acutely aware the audience all have different assumptions about who "he" is. And they know she'll never tell.
Introducing Arms, a fan request, Swift says "I can imagine it's hard to make a relationship last. I wouldn't know ...".
She ushers Stay Stay Stay in by proudly noting "See, they don't always leave..."
Interviewing Taylor Swift is tricky. She's simultaneously open and closed. Her ability to swerve off topic during a warm anecdote is politician-like.
Personal questions are off limits, in the most polite way.
But when President Obama uses your break-up songs as a punchline to attack his political opponents, you know you occupy a rare place in pop culture.
"It's crazy to take in what's happened in the last few years," Swift says, deftly side-stepping specifically referencing her Presidential shout out. "There's no way to wrap your mind around it, no way to fully comprehend it without changing your own perception of yourself, which I'd never want to do."
"As a writer it's really important I keep my mind in check, that's the only thing that keeps me here, what comes out of my mind. So I spend a lot of time thinking about my perspective, how to look at life, how to stay happy but still feel things. Not protect myself too much but shield myself from unnecessary pain and insecurity."
Swift taps her head and jokes "You don't want to get inside here, it's very complicated".
Some of Swift's best lyrics are about the joys of falling helplessly in love (Treacherous, Love Story, Sparks Fly, Begin Again) but for the world beyond her direct fanbase, she's the bitter ex-girlfriend who gets successful revenge in song.
She doesn't mind.
"Break-ups are hard," Swift says. "And you need music to get through them. I am happy to be your go-to break-up musician.
"People like music when they're in love but they don't need it as much. You need music when you're missing someone or you're pining for someone or you're forgetting someone or you're trying to process what just happened.
"The heartbroken are a special kind of people. When you're in that spot, when you're going through it, I'll be there to hold your hand."
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Looking back on the past year, what was the highlight for you?
Taylor Swift: For me, the highlight of this year was that fans went out and bought more than a million copies of "Red" in its first week of release. That was such an unbelievable feeling, knowing that many people wanted to hear about the last two years of my life. When I put out an album, it’s like me releasing my version of events, the way I felt at my highest and lowest points. Sharing that with the world is a vulnerable position to put yourself in, and having it be so celebrated by my fans was almost an indescribable feeling of joy and relief and "Oh, good, they understand me."
What song really made an impact on you this year?
I’m obsessed with "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line. It’s the catchiest thing I’ve heard in years, and I love the Nelly version too. They’re out on tour with us right now, so I get to hear it all the time. I’m also absolutely smitten with “I Love It” by Icona Pop. It’s the way reckless abandon sounds in my head. I play it right before I go onstage.
What new talent emerged or came into his or her own this year that blew you away?
Tegan & Sara have been around for years and I’ve always loved them, but I feel like they really stretched sonically on this new album, "Heartthrob." I was just so impressed by it, and there isn’t a song on it I don’t love. So I guess, in my mind, I categorize them as the new Tegan & Sara. To see artists evolve like that is so inspiring.
What to you was one of the biggest losses this year in music?
I think losing George Jones deeply saddened everyone in Nashville. His influence on country music and his legacy will last forever. On top of all of that, he was a very sweet man and I'm so sorry we've lost him. George Jones never stopped wanting to be onstage. He played live shows until the day he died, and that passion for performing is something I look up to.
What was your favorite music-related meme or viral video this year?
I like the app where you can make your own memes. I make memes all the time and send them to my friends. I also love basically any cat-related YouTube video. Yes, I’m that girl. And I thought the goat video for “I Knew You Were Trouble” was brilliant—I showed it to everyone on my tour.
Was there a surprising sound or music trend that pricked up your ears?
I love that ballads became huge hits this year and that unexpected songs and artists got lots of airplay. Ed Sheeran, the Lumineers and fun. are some of my favorites right now, and they’ve all had big hits with songs that have substance and real instruments. I like it!
What music trend hurts your ears?
I don’t like to feel like I’m in a club when I’m in my car and I turn on the radio. Anything that ceases to be a song and just sounds like house music kind of stresses me out.
How do you live like a high roller when you're in Las Vegas?
Room service. I don’t care. I love it.