Taylor Swift made a big announcement yesterday on Yahoo’s first ever worldwide livestream at the Good Morning America studios. The singer/songwriter named her fifth studio album ‘1989’ (the year she was born), and its set to drop on October 27th of this year.
Swift made history with her last album RED with the highest ever first-week album sales worldwide on iTunes. Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with the seven-time Grammy-Award winning artist to talk about her new album, the brief hiatus in between, and how her music has changed since RED.
"[RED] was a devastating record," Swift told Menendez. "It was about dealing with an intense heartbreak and ‘1989’ is about the phase after that where you brush yourself off and you’re ok."
Menendez joked with Swift about whether or not fans should expect a new album every two years.
"I don’t know if I’ll stay in that holding pattern of making an album every two years," Swift told Menendez. "I’d like [two years] to be the minimum…because I think you need to give yourself time to change and experience things and learn lessons so you have these things to tell your fans."
"Shake It Off" isn’t just the title of her new single, it’s a philosophy she’s embraced in her own life and one that she hopes to share with her fans.
"I want [this song] to be about the girl who’s criticizing someone in the 11th grade because she thinks her hair looks stupid and then that girl goes and cries in the bathroom because of it," Swift explained to Menendez. "These are the things that we go through in every stage of our life."
Taylor Swift is the first female artist to have three consecutive albums with six or more weeks at the #1 spot. The pressure is on, expectations are high, but Taylor is two years older, and two years wiser. Live, learn, write music…it’s a recipe that’s worked for Swift in the past, and there’s no sign that the same won’t be true for ‘1989.’