Taylor Swift Explains Her Move to Pop in CMT Hot 20 Interview

Superstar Also Talks Cats at the iHeartRadio Festival

Taylor Swift caught up with CMT Hot 20 Countdown ’s Cody Alan at the recent iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas, filling the host in on her new pop direction and her continued devotion to her cats.

“We have a lot to get to, but let’s get to the most important thing first, and that is, how are the cats?” Alan asked the “Shake It Off” superstar.

“The cats are so good. They’re here,” Swift replied. “Anywhere in America I can bring them. Anywhere outside of America, it’s not legal. But in America, if I’m in the country, I have the cats.”

Swift was in Las Vegas to perform at the two-day iHeartRadio Festival, which featured performances by One Direction, Jason Derulo, Nikki Minaj, Lorde, Ariana Grande and others, while the list of country stars included Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church and the Zac Brown Band.

Ahead of the release of Swift’s new album, 1989, Alan took the opportunity to ask what she meant by declaring her new music “pop” in interviews with the press.

“What I meant by that is … I think one thing that I’ve been doing throughout my career is I’ve always implemented different kinds of sensibilities from different genres in my music,” she explained. “And that’s been something I’ve been proud of. But I have never put together an album quite as sonically cohesive as this album.

“I’ve always wanted an album that had a very distinctive sound, and this one is very synthesizer-based and automated drums and layered vocals. I think that the most authentic thing to do, and the most authentic way to approach it was to be honest about what it was.”

1989 is scheduled for an Oct. 27 release.

For more from Cody Alan’s interview with Taylor Swift at the iHeartRadio Festival, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown Sunday (Oct. 5) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.