It seems as if some folks out there in the world think that Taylor Swift's evolution from precocious teenage Country singer to worldwide Pop superstar means that she's too big or doesn't care about the genre which remains her bedrock foundation.
Not unlike Shania Twain, Swift tapped into a zeitgeist where she was able to straddle the fences of pop and country music quite nicely. But as her last album, the dual format (but mostly pop-oriented) RED proved, Swift wanted to make music that appealed to as many people as possible throughout the world, and that meant making the album she's releasing in October, 1989, a full-on Pop album. Even as she takes this excursion, she's not leaving Nashville, nor is she leaving Country music behind.
Taylor Swift's not abandoning country music.
Taylor Swift simply wanted to make a Pop music album for a Pop music crowd (many of whom are Country music fans too). Swift will return to Country music in the future and it won't be because her 'pop career is over,' it'll be because the album she makes dictates the genre she releases it in, just like it has for 1989.
What's funny about this whole 'she used us' commentary is that Swift clearly does have enough respect for the genre to not muddy it's already murky musical identity (the latest existential 'crisis' for a genre in perpetual existential debates) with an all-out Pop music album getting time on the Country charts.
So, for those fans out there who think Taylor Swift has abandoned her roots to explore the world, just slow your roll. She will return to Country music when she next makes a Country music album, be it 1, 2, or even five years from now. And like Garth Brooks, when she does come back, we'll welcome her with open arms.
Again, Taylor Swift's not abandoning country music and we're not abandoning her.