Earlier this month, Taylor Swift announced that she had huge news for her fans and during a scheduled live web chat last night (August 13th), she announced that she would be releasing her fourth studio produced album ‘Red’ on October 22nd.
After revealing the cover art, which focused on her red lips, she answered questions from her fans explaining the inspiration behind the album. “I wrote a song called ‘Red,’” said Swift. “Thinking about what that means to me and all the different emotions that are written about on this album, they’re all pretty much about the kind of tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships that I’ve experienced in the last two years . . . There’s nothing beige about any of those feelings, so I called the record Red.”
The follow up to her 2010 release ‘Speak Now,’ ‘Red’ will feature 16 songs including the title track and unlike her previous effort, it will also feature collaborations with a number of other artists and songwriters.
One of those guest artists is Ed Sheeran, who wrote a song with Swift while sitting on a trampoline.
“Ed and I wrote a song while sitting on a trampoline that was so much fun and we loved so much that we actually ended up recording it as a duet,” said Swift. “Speak Now, I wrote it completely on my own and I didn’t have any co-writers and you know, that was an amazing way to make a record and I was really proud of it.”
She continued: “But when it came to approaching this album I really wanted to go back to the drawing board and think about a different way to approach it. And so I just thought, ‘Why not call all of my songwriting, producing and artist heroes and see if they want to work together, and just make the call and see? When I did that, I got the opportunity to work with some of my absolute favorite people in music. This album is full of co-writes and it’s full of different people producing different things, and it’s got a lot of collaborations going on . . . I’m so excited to for you to hear the new direction of things.”
While the album has already been completed, fans can expect Swift to announce tour details in the coming weeks. ‘Red’ is available for pre-order and the first single ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ is now on iTunes.
Watch Taylor Swift Talk With Her Fans Via Live Web Chat Below: