Taylor Swift and John Mayer air it all out. (Theo Wargo/Wire Image)Since its release this week, Taylor Swift's album "Speak Now" has been called the year's biggest debut.
"Expectations are high, very high," Keith Caulfield, a Billboard chart analyst told MTV yesterday. "It speaks volumes about how big a star she is…She's able to engage people in a way that's different than most other artists."
Not that different. Swift's songs rely on a device employed by a lot of her contemporaries: gossip. In her commercial for the album, Swift promises to "name names," but here's a preview, leaked to the media last week: "Dear John" is about John Mayer breaking her heart. "Back to December" is an homage to her brief romance with "Twilight's" Taylor Lautner and "Better Than Revenge" is about Joe Jonas and his next girlfriend after Swift.
Incredibly, the romantic trysts of a woman who just turned 20, has the potential to break headline news and make a lot of middle-aged industry veterans very rich. And it's not just execs on Swift's label. Expect MayerRead More »from The gossip song: Turning teen drama into cash