With Taylor Swift officially leaving the country stage, you can’t help but wonder that the country stage was, in some way, robbed of one of its most notorious stars. Taylor’s spot in country needs to be refilled. The options are quite abundant, with so many artists roaming around this stage, so the question remains very simple: who is going to take Taylor’s place?
Even though Taylor officially took a step forward in 2014 with her “1989” pop album, country still seems to cling to her, not having forgotten the great addition that she brought to the genre. Last Sunday Swift received her Songwriter/Artist of the Year Award when she attended the Nashville Songwriters Association gala dinner.
What is more fabulous is that this is her 7th award, a tremendous performance for the singer whose career literally exploded in the past year. And Swift is also thought to have had some mixed feelings about the fact that her songs were played on both pop and country radio stations. It cannot be so easy to sort of give up a part of yourself and move to another genre. While she felt successful, she might have thought about the past as well.
Cody Alan, the host and executive producer of both “CMT Radio Live” and “CMT After MidNite” declared that
“Taylor is an artist that broke through and crossed over into the mainstream.”
But while this can be perceived as a success, it can also be a downside because of how people perceive your music. Alan said that “it all comes down to good music” so it really depends if the artists that need to take over the country genre right now really have “the sound”.
And this brings us back to the original question: who is going to take Taylor’s place? There are a few alternatives that really stand out from the rest like Maddie & Tae, Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson or Sam Hunt. Or, we could see Taylor re-emerge again. According to her recent claims, she intends on taking a break from music once her “1989” tour is done.
Swift was not entirely sure about what she would do with her break, but she did say that song writing can be one of the main priorities. Success in another genre doesn’t necessarily mean that she cannot get back into country. It’s still worth a shot.
So what do you think? Who is going to take Taylor’s place? Or, can the place even be taken?
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