hmv's Albums of 2014: Taylor Swift
A little background…
Things couldn't really have gone much better for Taylor Swift over the last two years. Her fourth album Red has been a stupendous success, selling over six million copies worldwide and yielding seven singles, including 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' and 'I Knew You Were Trouble', two tracks that were pretty much glued to the radio throughout 2013.
Her tour in support of that record, which visits the UK next month, has already netted over $115 million in profits and seen her graduate to filling football stadiums. No pressure when it comes to the follow-up then…
What It's Called?
There's no word on that yet, but given Swift's first and third album had two word titles and her second and forth had single word titles, we can perhaps expect this to be a single word. Or maybe three? Or four? Who knows?
What Will It Sound Like?
The singer has recently spoken about her new record and has promised "a total reinvention". She also told Entertainment Weekly recently that the album will "revolve around a confessional storyline and filling my fans in on what my life has actually been." Whatever it ends up like sounding like, it's likely to retain the big pop sensibilities that have served her so well in the past.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Swift is back writing with Max Martin, the man who helped her pen both 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' and 'I Knew You Were Trouble'. She's also promised a series of big-name collaborations; with Justin Timberlake, Sia and her old friend Ed Sheeran rumoured to already be onboard.
The singer has already said that she has "a really long list of the people I admire and I would really love to go and contact" for collaborations. As well as this, she has also duetted live on tour with the likes of Carly Simon, Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, Ellie Goulding, Hunter Hayes and countless others. It's pretty likely some of them will show up on the next album…
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
With the huge success of Red, Swift's label will be pushing hard for her to keep up her pattern of releasing a record every two years, meaning it's pretty likely this will emerge in 2014.
The singer has also said that she already has "seven or eight songs that are completely ready", which suggests she'll certainly be ready to put a record out.
Her tour wraps up in the early part of 2014, which gives her a clear block of time to finish up the record. Baring a disaster, you can expect this to come out in autumn of 2014.