During a live chat Tuesday (July 20), fans were treated to some surprising news when Taylor Swift revealed that her new album, Speak Now, would be hitting stores October 25. The songstress also spoke about the album’s first single, “Mine,” shooting a video for the new song and how excited she is to share some of her life experiences from the past year.
“It’s called Speak Now, and that pertains to the album as a concept and as an entire theme of the record more than I can even tell you,” Swift said during the Ustream chat, which eventually reached 58,000 viewers.
“I’ve been working on it for two years, so ever since we put out Fearless, I’ve been writing for this record and sort of conceptualizing it and putting it together in my head and sort of figuring out what I want it to be,” she added. “I like to take a lot of time in between albums to work up the next one and see what it is.”
The album, which Swift explained was written solely by her and is tentatively set to include 14 tracks, is full of firsthand experiences.
“For me, I write everything that I live, so you got to give yourself a little bit of time to live a lot of things so you can write about a lot of things, and my only option is to write about what I’ve been through and what I’ve lived, so thankfully, in the past two years, I’ve experienced a lot of things that I’ve been dying to write about and a lot of things that I wanted to say in the moment that I didn’t,” she explained.
“Mine,” which is set to premiere in mid-August, is about Swift’s “tendency to run from love.”
“It’s been sort of a recent tendency, and I think it’s because, for me, every really direct example of love that I’ve had in front of me has ended in goodbye and ended in breakups and things like that,” she explained. “So I think I’ve developed this pattern of running away when it comes time to fall in love and stay in a relationship. The song is sort of about finding the exception to that and finding someone who would make you believe in love and realize that it could work out, because I’m never ever going to go past hoping that love works out.”
Later in the chat, Swift spoke about filming the video for “Mine,” and while she didn’t speak about the clip’s concept, she did gush about the “gorgeous” location — even admitting that she’d love to live there one day.
Earlier this month, the pop star was photographed shooting a wedding scene dressed in a cream gown and arm-in-arm with her groom. She was later spotted kissing the groom while boating on a lake in another scene.
The singer spoke about a song called “Sparks Fly” that she’s performed on very few occasions, confirming that it will be included on the forthcoming album. “I played that song at one or two shows, and you guys really jumped on it and made it something I had to put on the album, because you guys really showed interest in it.”
Aside from moving into her very own place, Swift told fans that she plans to tour after she releases the album.
Back in May, the singer told MTV News that she was well under way with the project, citing “boys and love” as the album’s main inspirations. “I’ve been writing it for the last two years, so this summer it’s all about the finishing touches and getting in there in the studio and recording the last couple songs,” she said.
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