AOL: Why did you call the album 'Fearless'?
SWIFT: I really wanted to make sure it was the right choice, so I took that word "fearless" and I applied [it] to each one of the things that my songs deal with: getting your heart broken, having to face the fact that you're not going to be with the person you thought you were going to be with, someone apologizing to you over and over again for something they're never going to stop doing, having faith that maybe someday things will change. All of those things I thought had a fearless element to them. Also, I think that the word "fearless" doesn't necessarily mean that you don't have any fears. I think that sometimes being fearless is having fears but jumping anyway.
AOL: Part of the charm of 'Love Story' is the "just say yes" refrain. When was the last time that you just said yes to trying something new?
SWIFT: I bought red lipstick the other day. I'm the kind of person who's really modest with lipstick or any kind of color at all, and I think people are going to throw something at me if I wore red lipstick! But my best friend and I were in the makeup store, and I just looked down and saw the red lipstick and said, 'I need a change. I'm doing it!' I bought it and wore it out of the store, and I felt like I was making this daring change.
AOL: 'White Horse' is the current single mainly based on its huge sales on iTunes. Why you think people are responding to that song so strongly?
SWIFT: On this album, I deal with a lot of fairy tale themes. Sometimes they turn out good, sometimes they turn out bad. 'Love Story' was a really happy ending -- you put everything you have into love and it works out. Then in the song 'White Horse,' you put everything you have into love and you get your heart broken. It blew my mind that such a personal song was the one people were talking the most about, because I always felt like the more personal my songs were, the more I could just relate to them. But, really, more people have been able to relate to those songs -- the ones that I wrote when I was really going through something terrible.
AOL: When you were growing up, what was your favorite fairy tale?
SWIFT: The one I loved the music to the most was 'The Lion King.' There are about 4,000 videos of me as a little kid singing 'Lion King' songs. Like, running up to random strangers on the beach and just breaking out in song!