After talking about getting ready to get ready to start writing her fifth album, Taylor Swift is finally doing the thing. Swift told fans on Tuesday that she's getting down to work on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to her multi-platinum smash Red. "Sitting in the studio writing the next album (!!!!)," she wrote.
Sitting in the studio writing the next album (!!!!) and wanted to thank you for the American Music Award nominations! http://t.co/rflPLMgVZh— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 29, 2013
She also thanked fans for voting for her at the upcoming American Music Awards, which take place on November 24. She's up for Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock, Favorite Album Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist Country and Favorite Album Country.
Swift, who is currently filming "The Giver," also racked up eight nominations for the fourth-annual American Country Awards (December 10), including Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year: Female, Single of the Year: Female, Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration, Touring Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year.
Swift recently told the Associated Press that she's planning to go into a new direction on the album, possibly teasing that fresh sound with the bright pop ditty "Sweeter Than Fiction" from the "One Chance" soundtrack. The synth-heavy song, co-written by Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, has some serious 1980s new wave influence and was inspired by the story of "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts, who rose to fame after appearing on the U.K. talent show.
"I think the goal for the next album is to continue to change, and never change in the same way twice," she told AP. "How do I write these figurative diary entries in ways that I've never written them before and to a sonic backdrop that I've never explored before? It's my fifth album, which is crazy to think about, but I think what I'm noticing about it so far is it's definitely taking a different turn than anything I've done before."
While Swift said it was too early to say who her main co-writers might be on the new album, she said her "absolute dream" collaborators on Red were pop maestros Max Martin and Shellback, who challenged her more than anyone ever has as a songwriter. "I've never learned so much," she said. "I've never just been so excited to show up to the studio every day, just because you never know what we're going to put together."