Taylor Swift Announces New Album, Releases New Single

When Taylor Swift announced that she had some “pretty cool news” to share with the world, my first thought was “She’s engaged!” My second thought was that she had a new album, which seemed as equally realistic as the first thought. So, just like every other Swift fan, I geared up for the August 13 live video announcement.

Not even a minute into the webcast, she announced there would be a new album slated for an October 22 release, Red.

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 So far, so good! A minimalist title with a minimalist album cover, something uncharacteristic for extremely girly Swift. (Plus, it was cute that she wore a red dress with red lipstick – “It’s all in the details”.) Her explanation that all the emotions she felt in her “0 to 60, hit the wall, explodes” relationships during the last two years could only be explained as ‘red’.  And as we’ve heard from the last three albums, Taylor is very in tune with her emotions and is not afraid to write about them. But alas, she did not write all of the songs herself! She mentioned that she worked with and co-wrote songs with “some of her favorite people” (one being Ed Sheeran), which will be interesting to see. She didn’t give a date for the inevitable tour, but she mentioned that planning was in the works.

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  Listening through her Q & A, I couldn’t help but think that there was something else she was about to announce. I was right. Her new single, which by the title alone seems like it belongs on one of her earlier, less mature albums, did not quite fit with the whole ‘minimalist’ image she portrayed earlier. Ok pause – let’s think back to her first album, categorized under country. Just the right amount of twang, but still poppy enough to survive on contemporary radio stations. Next, Fearless, which was even less of a country album, but who cares, she was big by then. Speak Now came along and it was harder to say that she was “country”, except for ‘Mean’. Now, if you forget that she ever came from country roots at all, you end up with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’. Don’t get me wrong, I love Taylor Swift. I think she’s a fantastic role model. The only issue I see is that she’s less and less herself and more a product of a record label. Maybe I’m just nostalgic for the Swift of the past.

All that aside, I really love the new single. It’s catchy, it’s fun to sing to, it’s easily relatable to the majority of the 15-25 age demographic. I just don’t think Taylor Swift when I hear it, which makes me concerned about the rest of the 16 song album.

I’m curious, who do you think the song was written about?


 

Taylor Swift Tickets, 2011 Speak Now Tour

Taylor Swift Tour Dates 2011 – Speak Now Tour Venue Avg Price
5/27/11 Taylor Swift CenturyLink Center-Omaha $92
5/28/11 Taylor Swift CenturyLink Center-Omaha $80
5/29/11 Taylor Swift Wells Fargo Arena-IA $165
6/2/11 Taylor Swift BankAtlantic Center $147
6/2/11 Taylor Swift BankAtlantic Center $181
6/3/11 Taylor Swift BankAtlantic Center $170
6/4/11 Taylor Swift Amway Center $257
6/7/11 Taylor Swift Nationwide Arena $145
6/8/11 Taylor Swift Bradley Center $273
6/11/11 Taylor Swift Ford Field $110
6/14/11 Taylor Swift Xcel Energy Center $290
6/15/11 Taylor Swift Xcel Energy Center $191
6/18/11 Taylor Swift Heinz Field $149
6/21/11 Taylor Swift First Niagara Center $206
6/22/11 Taylor Swift XL Center $250
6/25/11 Taylor Swift Gillette Stadium $189
6/26/11 Taylor Swift Gillette Stadium $259
6/30/11 Taylor Swift Greensboro Coliseum $199
7/1/11 Taylor Swift Thompson-Boling Arena $158
7/2/11 Taylor Swift KFC Yum Center $132
7/14/11 Taylor Swift Bell Centre-QC $139
7/15/11 Taylor Swift Air Canada Centre $201
7/16/11 Taylor Swift Air Canada Centre $225
7/19/11 Taylor Swift Prudential Center $312
7/20/11 Taylor Swift Prudential Center $375
7/23/11 Taylor Swift Prudential Center $262
7/24/11 Taylor Swift Prudential Center $189
7/28/11 Taylor Swift Van Andel Arena $167
7/29/11 Taylor Swift Bankers Life Fieldhouse $158
7/30/11 Taylor Swift Quicken Loans Arena $106
8/2/11 Taylor Swift Verizon Center-DC $341
8/3/11 Taylor Swift Verizon Center-DC $208
8/6/11 Taylor Swift Lincoln Financial Field $211
8/9/11 Taylor Swift Allstate Arena $203
8/10/11 Taylor Swift United Center $689
8/10/11 Taylor Swift Allstate Arena $179
8/13/11 Taylor Swift Scottrade Center $169
8/14/11 Taylor Swift Scottrade Center $98
8/19/11 Taylor Swift Rexall Place $193
8/23/11 Taylor Swift Staples Center $165
8/24/11 Taylor Swift Staples Center $161
8/27/11 Taylor Swift Staples Center $191
8/28/11 Taylor Swift Staples Center $194
9/1/11 Taylor Swift HP Pavilion At San Jose Arena $239
9/2/11 Taylor Swift HP Pavilion At San Jose Arena $256
9/3/11 Taylor Swift Power Balance Pavilion $184
9/6/11 Taylor Swift Rose Garden Arena $221
9/7/11 Taylor Swift Tacoma Dome $258
9/10/11 Taylor Swift Rogers Arena $137
9/11/11 Taylor Swift Rogers Arena $147
9/16/11 Taylor Swift Bridgestone Arena $124
9/17/11 Taylor Swift Bridgestone Arena $128
9/20/11 Taylor Swift CenturyLink Center-LA $129
9/21/11 Taylor Swift BOK Center $228
9/24/11 Taylor Swift Arrowhead Stadium $114
9/27/11 Taylor Swift Pepsi Center $217
9/28/11 Taylor Swift EnergySolutions Arena $170
10/1/11 Taylor Swift Philips Arena $245
10/2/11 Taylor Swift Philips Arena $229
10/2/11 Taylor Swift Philips Arena $233
10/4/11 Taylor Swift Verizon Arena-AR $81
10/5/11 Taylor Swift New Orleans Arena $271
10/8/11 Taylor Swift Cowboys Stadium $189
10/11/11 Taylor Swift KFC Yum Center $194
10/14/11 Taylor Swift United Spirit Arena $190
10/15/11 Taylor Swift Chesapeake Energy Arena $228
10/20/11 Taylor Swift Valley View Casino Center $188
10/21/11 Taylor Swift Jobing.com Arena $147
10/22/11 Taylor Swift Jobing.com Arena $214
10/25/11 Taylor Swift AT&T Center $269
10/26/11 Taylor Swift Erwin Center $181
10/29/11 Taylor Swift Rupp Arena $139
10/30/11 Taylor Swift FedEx Forum $167
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