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Taylor Swift Looking To 'Evolve' On Next Album

'Love is always going to be a huge theme in what I write about,' singer tells MTV News after premiering 'Safe & Sound' video.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Sway Calloway

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<P>In 2010, <a href="">Taylor Swift</a> released the <a href="/news/articles/1679095/grammys-2012-taylor-swift-performance.jhtml">Grammy-winning <i>Speak Now.</i></a> The album was a study in the complexities of love and life, full of ponderings on the romance of new love and the pain of a broken affair. Drawing inspiration from her own life, the album topped the charts and kept Swift ever-present. </p><div class="player-placeholder right" id="" width="240" height="211"></div><p> As she embarks on her next album release, she tells MTV News that she's still got work to do, even if her bosses at the record label are ready to pull the trigger on it. "So far, I've been writing so much in the last year and the label keeps telling me, 'All right, we're finished; all right, we're satisfied; OK, this is done now.' And then I just keep writing and I keep turning it in in different versions," she told MTV News' Sway during <a href="/news/articles/1679207/taylor-swift-safe-and-sound-music-video-premiere.jhtml">"MTV First: Taylor Swift,"</a> when she dropped her video for her "The Hunger Games" track, <a href="/news/articles/1679213/taylor-swift-safe-and-sound-civil-wars.jhtml">"Safe &amp; Sound."</a> "I'm going to work on it until I literally have zero time left to work on it, because I'm having so much fun working on this album," she explained. "I made my last album, <i>Speak Now,</i> with this idea I really wanted to make an album without writing with anyone else just because I always wanted to do that. And now I have a different approach to this record. I'm getting to work with people that I've always wanted to work with." That means that she's seeking out some assistance "from all different places in music." "I'm trying to be as much of a sponge as possible," she explained. "You have to evolve and try new things and change and that's what I've loved to do with this album." But just because she's trying some new things musically doesn't mean she's quite ready to move on from writing about love. "I think that love is always going to be a huge theme in what I write about just because there are no two similar relationships, there are no two times that you feel love the same way or hurt the same way or [feel] rejection [in] the same way. It's all different and I'm fascinated by that," she said. "I really love to go back to human interaction and the way we make each other feel. But that at 22 is different than it was at 18 or 19 when I made my last album and 16 and 17 when I made <i>Fearless.</i> As you grow, you change in the way you process emotion." <i>What are you hoping to hear on Taylor Swift's next album? Leave your comment below!</i></p>

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'The Voice' Returns For Second Season With Big Post-Super Bowl Show

Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine spar during first round of blind auditions.
By John Mitchell

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<P>"The Voice" returned to NBC for its second season immediately following Super Bowl XLVI and got right to business, kicking off the first round of blind auditions with coaches <a href="/music/artist/levine__adam/artist.jhtml">Adam Levine</a>, <a href="/music/artist/cee_lo/artist.jhtml">Cee Lo Green</a> and <a href="/music/artist/shelton_blake/artist.jhtml">Blake Shelton</a> each picking up one team member and <a href="/music/artist/aguilera_christina/artist.jhtml">Christina Aguilera</a> scoring two. </p><div class="player-placeholder right" id="vid:731358" width="240" height="211"></div><p> Seven hopefuls stepped in front of the judges' revolving chairs, each hoping at least one would turn and ask them to be on their team. Two contestants got all four judges' approval, but one, 24-year-old Daniel Rosa from Riverside, California, didn't get a single judge to turn their chair and was sent packing. <big><b>The Players:</b></big> <b>RaeLynn</b><br> A teenager raised on a Texas farm, RaeLynn entered the competition: with one thing in mind: to win over judge Blake Shelton, who is married to country singer Miranda Lambert, a big hero of RaeLynn's. She decided to sing Lambert's "Hell on Heels" despite being warned that last season Shelton didn't respond well when a contestant auditioned with one of his wife's songs. But confident in her choice, she did it anyway and wowed Shelton and Levine. Ultimately, she chose to stick with her roots and keep things country. <b>Team Blake</b> <b>Jesse Campbell</b><br> One of many inspiring stories told during the show, we were introduced to 42-year-old homeless father Jesse Campbell and his family. He'd barely uttered a few notes before Aguilera, Green and Levine swiveled around (Shelton followed soon after). "You followed through above and beyond my expectations," she told Campbell, promising to fight for him along the hard road to the "Voice" finals. Trusting that Aguilera knows a thing or two about how to get the most out of strong vocalists, Jesse picked the "Not Myself Tonight" singer. <b>Team Xtina</b> <b>Juliet Simms</b><br> Simms has been living the rock-and-roll life since she was a teen and is now, at 25, looking to take that next step. Simms tackled a big song too &#8212; "Oh! Darling" by the Beatles &#8212; but brought a rough, throaty edge and rocker swagger to the track that immediately attracted Levine, Cee Lo and, eventually, Aguilera. "You brought the house down," Christina said to Simms. Competing over the singer's affections even devolved into a bit of mudslinging between Aguilera and Levine, who bickered back and forth over who could better serve Simms in the contest. She decided to go with neither and picked the most eclectic guy on the panel. <b>Team Cee Lo</b> <b>Chris Mann</b><br> Another of the night's tear-jerker back stories came from Mann, a talented classical musician working in Nashville whose mother is fighting pancreatic cancer. The 29-year-old Wichita, Kansas, native was the second contestant of the competition to bowl over the judges with a big, classic voice. "Now that's a voice," Xtina proclaimed. "I love it!" Her enthusiasm led him to pick the "Beautiful" Grammy winner, and in the first night of competition, she nailed down the two best voices in the game so far. <b>Team Xtina</b> <b>Tony Lucca</b><br> Hey, that guy looks familiar! Lucca was at one time a Mouseketeer alongside Christina, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears on "The Mickey Mouse Club." But it was more important here that he tore the roof off the joint with a rocking rendition of "Trouble" that earned a swivel of approval from every judge on the panel. All pleaded with him to join their team, but Aguilera seemed oblivious to the fact that she knew him as a child (a lot has happened since then, we'll give her that). He went with Shelton, probably hoping a little of the country-rock cool that's kept him at the top of the charts for the last few years rubs off. <b>Team Adam</b> After he left the stage, Aguilera realized who Lucca was and ran backstage to greet him, his wife and young daughter. She also revealed, "Britney had the biggest crush on you!" Oh, what could have been... <i>Which "Voice" contestant was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.</i></p>

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