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L.A. radio talk show host Mike Gallagher has a theory as to how Taylor Swift became a national superstar.
According to him, Swift’s popularity was a result of her talent as a songwriter, even though her records have yet to produce smash hits.
“The problem that many artists face is that the success of their records relies on the quality and creativity of the songs,” Gallagher said at the Los Angeles Times Playback: The Best of Pop, Rock & Rap in Los Angeles on Saturday. “Taylor, on her first album, released in 2003, had already created a sound that was unlike any other in contemporary pop music.
L.A. radio talk show host Mike Gallagher has a theory as to how Taylor Swift became a national superstar
“She had created a sound, a musical sound, that, for the first time, had a commercial application. As the other sounds in pop music were simply being used for entertainment purposes by the mainstream, Taylor had taken an artistic approach and had created a sound that was a commercial entity within the marketplace. She’s a songwriter, even though she wasn’t recording as a songwriter.”
This explanation has been popular with Swift critics, who have said that her star power has been attributed to her songwriting skills that have been well known and appreciated in pop music circles but which have not translated to commercial success.
Gallagher, who has been talking on the radio talk show The Mike Gallagher Show, believes Swift’s success comes down to her ability to draw on her own unique creative instincts.
“While many artists are trying to write what is expected of an artist, including, in some cases, having a song that is derivative from the most successful songs of the past, Taylor has created songs that have the earmarks of her own voice and style,” Gallagher said.