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Taylor Swift always lets her family and friends listen to her new tracks first - because they're "not afraid" of upsetting her with criticism.

The Love Story hitmaker is celebrating after her latest album, Speak Now, sold more than one million copies in its first week of release in the U.S.

Taylor Swift admits her latest offering was subject to the opinion of her closest pals and relatives before she decided on the final track list, as she values their opinions so much.

She tells Britain's The Sun, "I keep my family very close to me and they are very honest with me. They're not afraid of hurting my feelings. I encourage my friends to be honest with me too. I usually play them songs in the early phases and if I can gauge a negative reaction, I can either work on it or just write a different song.

"You're vulnerable after playing a song to someone for the first time because if they say they don't like it, it can change your opinion of it."

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