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Taylor Swift Calls ’1989′ Her ‘Musical Rebirth’ + Reveals ‘Shake It Off’ Meaning on ‘GMA’

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After Taylor Swift‘s worldwide livestream yesterday, the singer took some time to speak to ABC News reporter Amy Robach about her upcoming album ’1989,’ her new single ‘Shake It Off,’ and how she chooses her friends in a segment that aired on ‘Good Morning America’ this morning (Aug. 19).

“The message in ['Shake It Off'] is a problem we all deal with on a daily basis. We don’t live just in a celebrity takedown culture, we live in a takedown culture,” she explained about the insanely catchy track. “People will find anything about you and twist it to where it’s weird or wrong or annoying or strange or bad. You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don’t understand you — you have to have more fun than they do.”

And speaking of fun, Taylor had a specific person in mind while recording the track.

“We need drums that make even the person who’s having a terrible night at a wedding, and she’s like, ‘I’m not in the mood to dance,’ and then it comes on and she’s like, ‘That’s my song!’” Taylor revealed. “That’s the dream.”

The 24-year-old singer also reportedly described the sound of her upcoming album, ’1989,’ referring to it as “sort of an almost musical rebirth in that it’s my first pop album.”

“I feel like for the last two years there’s been sort of a sonic evolution happening and I’ve been experimenting more and more,” she explained. “And I think you have to follow, just this intuition, this gut feeling. As a songwriter, you just write to write a certain kind of music and you don’t know why.”

Taylor may not know why she chooses to follow the style of a certain kind of music, but she does know why she picks the friends that she does.

“I choose my friends based on people who I have things in common with, or people who challenge me,” she revealed. “There’s something really inspiring about being around people who know what they want. People who are passionate about something. You want to be around smart, exciting people; I think that just brings you up.”

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