2014: The Year in Taylor Swift

The performances, music videos and news stories that made a platinum year

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September 8th: The Gossip Mill Gets Ahold of Taylor Swift's 'Rolling Stone' Cover
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September 8th: The Gossip Mill Gets Ahold of Taylor Swift's 'Rolling Stone' Cover

In her September Rolling Stone cover story, Swift revealed the tales behind tracks like "Out of the Woods" and "Bad Blood" well before everyone had a chance to take a listen and do their own guessing. "Out of the Woods," co-written by fun. and Bleachers' Jack Antonoff, was immediately placed into the pantheon of new tracks connected to her brief affair with One Direction's Harry Styles, having drawn inspiration from a snowmobile accident with an ex. "Bad Blood," however, turned out be the track with the juiciest gossip. It was inspired by a falling out with a fellow (and unnamed) pop star who had "tried to sabotage an entire arena tour," as Swift put it. In what appeared to confirm immediate speculation, Katy Perry tweeted, "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing…" the day after the article dropped. 

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