Taylor Swift hosted a live web chat this afternoon to announce details of her new record, Speak Now, which she’ll release October 25th worldwide. The title, she said, “pertains to the album as a concept, and as an entire theme of the record, more than I can even tell you.”
Swift has been writing the album for two years, she said, since Fearless came out. “You gotta give yourself time to live a lot of things so you can write about a lot of things,” she said. “Thankfully, in the past two years I’ve experienced a lot of things that I’ve been dying to write about. A lot of things that I’ve wanted to say in the moment that I didn’t… Track by track, each song is a different confession to a different person.”
The album was written entirely by Swift, and co-produced by Swift and Nathan Chapman, with what Swift estimated to be 60 percent of the songs recorded in Chapman’s basement. First single, “Mine,” will be released to radio sometime mid-August. Swift said “Mine” is about “my tendency to run from love. It’s a recent tendency. Every example of love in my life has ended in goodbye. The song is about finding the exception to that.” The album will also include “Sparks Fly,” an old song that became a fan favorite after she played it live. Swift plans to tour “the world” after the album’s release.
On the acting front, Swift noted she would love to be in another movie someday, but is too busy with her music career at the moment. She also answered personal questions from fans, involving her favorite summer outfits (sundresses and homemade headbands), her favorite coffee (Starbucks lattes) and her tips for first-time songwriters. “The more it seems like a journal entry, the better,” she encouraged.
The chat is still going on Swift’s Ustream channel. Anyone else watching? What do you think? And who’s excited for Ms. Swift’s new album?
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