Tell us about your (eight-year) friendship with taylor swift.
Taylor is the most loyal friend anyone could ever have. She was one of the first people to see my video (“Good for You”) and she was so thrilled about it and told me how amazing it was and how excited she was for me. There’s always some doubt in the back of your mind about whether you’re moving in the right direction musically and Taylor is so smart and has very good instincts about music and about videos. It meant so much to be to know that she really liked what we did on the video. and what is your take on Beyoncé? Beyoncé is a very powerful woman who has so much energy and determination. She is one of the hardestworking artists in the business and has a beautiful sense of who she is and what she wants to accomplish. She’s very inspiring. I love Beyoncé. What kind of work went into Revival and what message will it send to your fans? I’ve never worked harder on an album. I spent a year in the studio recording it and worked with amazing people. It’s been an important transition on so many levels for me. I think people will see that this album has so much more relevance to who I am as a young woman making her way in life like so many other women in their early 20s. I’m very proud of this album—it’s a much more intimate and revealing picture of who I am. some of your songs reflect a deeper, richer kind of vocal expression? It was a matter of finding my voice and my tone as a way of expressing the emotions I was feeling. It took me a year of working on the album to finally find my voice. In some of my other albums I was using my voice in a different way because I always had a lower register and I had a lot of insecurities about that. Now I don’t feel I need to push myself to sing at