Taylor Swift was named New York City’s global welcome ambassador for tourism and released her first pop album, 1989.
Taylor made the announcement on “Good Morning America” Oct. 27 and couldn’t be more excited.
“I’m so enthusiastic about this city,” said Swift, whose new track Welcome to New York is already a monster hit. New York was a huge landscape for what became this album. It’s affected my life in ways I’m not even aware of fully.”
Taylor has lived in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood since last spring, and has been urging her friend Selena Gomez to move to NYC.
“New York City is unlike any city in the whole world,” said Swift, 22. “It’s almost like it has its own heartbeat. You can find fashion that inspires you, art that inspires you, humanity that inspires you. Everywhere you look, it’s impossible not to fall in love or be affected by something in New York City.
“I think what brought me to New York is still a little bit of a mystery to me. Every day I would wake up with this feeling like, ‘I need to be in New York.’ New York kind of pulled me here like a magnet. I was intimidated by the fact that I was bright and bold and loud.
“Now I know that I should run towards things like that. I should run towards things that are absolutely, overwhelmingly electric. There’s so much happening right in front of you, so many stories playing out, that for my writing it definitely helped inspire an album that is by far the one I am most proud of in my career.”
Swift’s first pop album, 1989, has received stellar reviews. Taylor said she wanted to try something new, and couldn’t be happier with the results.
“I could have made Red twice,” she said. “I could have done the same thing over again but, instead, I decided to go in a completely different direction, and I’m so happy I did. I feel so without a doubt [that] this is the best thing I’ve done.”
As a newly transplanted New Yorker, Swift can’t wait to perform on Dick Clark’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” With Ryan Seacrest. “I’m so excited,” Taylor said. “It’s going to be so great.”