It's a big week for Taylor Swift fans, as they are finally able to get their hands on her highly-anticipated fourth album, Red. The album was released on Monday and quickly shot to #1 on the iTunes album chart, while five tracks are in the Top 10 on the iTunes singles chart. Swift says the digital chart actually plays a big role in determining which songs she might roll out on her next tour.
"[Fans] are all telling me their favorites. It's so much fun, because their favorites determine my set list for my shows on tour next year," Swift told MTV News at a Target listening party on Monday. "It determines a lot, so I'm just loving seeing the iTunes [songs] chart and getting to see which ones are floating to the top, and I will sit there and go, 'I didn't expect that. That's a really personal, emotional song. I didn't expect that to be right there at the top of the iTunes chart.'"
Fans are really gravitating to her duet with Ed Sheeran called "Everything Has Changed," and another track that has people talking is "I Knew You Were Trouble," which incorporates a hint of dubstep. The song, which Swift admits is her favorite on the album, was produced by Max Martin and Shellback. It also marks her 50th charting song on the Billboard Hot 100, which is a feat that only four other women in Hot 100 history have achieved: Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and ConnieFrancis (per ABC News).
"I brought in this chorus to Max Martin and Shellback and just kind of played it for them, and it was just piano/vocal, and I was like, 'At the end of the chorus, I want it to just explode,' and it ended up having a little bit of a flare to it that is reminiscent of dubstep," Swift told MTV. "It's very subtle, but I'm really excited because it actually sounds like the intensity of that emotion that I wrote about."
Overall, the singer says that the immediate success of Red is just a "crazy feeling." "These are songs that I've worked on for two years and worked so hard to make different from everything I've done before, and the fans are really getting that," she gushed. "I love that they are understanding that this is something completely new, and it's just a wonderful feeling."