The Florence + the Machine singer says she turned to Swift for advice about her new album

By Andrea Park
May 15, 2015 11:40 PM
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Count Florence Welch among the members of Taylor Swift‘s enviable #squad.

In the cover story of next week’s issue of Billboard, Florence + the Machine’s Welch receives a glowing endorsement from pal Swift.

“What sets Florence apart? Everything,” the “Blank Space” singer says. “Every time I’ve been around her, she is the most magnetic person in the room – surrounded by people who are fascinated by the idea of being near her.”

Swift continues: “But when she meets people, she pays them a warm compliment and immediately disarms them. There are very few people I’ve met in my life who are truly electric, and Florence is one of them.”

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Welch, 28, says she visits Swift whenever she passes through New York City. And when she began working on her new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which will be released in America in June, she turned to her superstar friend for advice.

“Taylor said that you must sing about what’s happening in your life,” Welch says. “It’s definitely not about trying to be vindictive. It’s about being honest.”

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Listeners will undoubtedly be able to draw similarities between this album and Swift’s recent 1989, in that, as Welch says, “This could’ve been a breakup record, but it was much more about trying to understand myself.”