Swifties everywhere, rejoice. The day Taylor Swift and all of her followers (i.e. us) have been waiting for (and Jake Gyllenhaal has likely been dreading) is finally here: another album has returned home with the official release of Red (Taylor’s Version).
The rerecorded album is the second reworked album Swift has released this year in her journey to regain ownership of her music (she dropped Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in April), and listeners are obsessed. Especially since the latest album is one of her most-beloved and weighs in at an epic 30 tracks, with nine previously unreleased songs that didn’t make the first cut back in 2012.
Also new on the album are collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Gary Lightbody, Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton.
The most notable song on the new album is the much-anticipated 10-minute version of "All Too Well," which was already considered a masterpiece at five minutes long. However, once Taylor mentioned way back in 2012 that it was originally 10, there was no way the fans were going to rest until they had the super-long version in their ears. The new iteration is already getting amazing reviews from critics, and a short film starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien drops November 12 at 7pm ET.
Swift wrote, directed and also stars in the film, and has hinted there will be Easter eggs, so stay tuned.
Fans are already loving it all, especially since the album (and the four-disc vinyl) dropped a week ahead of the previously announced, November 19 release date.
Of course, Swift being who she is, has also helped fuel the Red frenzy with a whole bunch of hints and tidbits about the album over the past 24 hours. Let’s have a look at the kickoff campaign, shall we?
Minutes after Red (Taylor’s Version) dropped, Swift showed up to chat about it all with Meyers on his late-night show. There, she explained that she’s feeling a lot calmer about the new version of the album than she did back in 2012. She explained that knowing people have since heard some of the music makes it less nerve-racking this time around.
“It’s interesting to kind of go back and relive this nostalgia with fans who are the reason why I get to do this,” she said.
“And this time around, I get to really do things that I know they wish I would have done the first time. Because I’m always listening and I’m always lurking and I’m always listening to their opinions and their theories,” she continued. “They will let me know which songs should have been singles. They will let me know which songs did not get videos and should have gotten videos.”
Swift also tiptoed around rumours of who she was singing about (Red is speculated to be about Swift’s three-month relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal -- there's a lot of evidence, but Taylor won't say it), but she did admit that, back then, she was really sad.
Meyers didn’t come right out and name names, but he asked how Taylor thinks people who believed she was singing about them back then might feel now, a decade later.
“I haven’t thought about their experience, to be honest” she shrugged.
“That’s the biggest burn,” Meyers confirmed.
Taylor is a long-time SNL staple, having been on the show five times since 2009 (including a guest-star appearance for the show’s 40th anniversary). And let’s not forget that she once hosted the late-night sketch comedy, too (where she gave a pretty shady musical monologue). However, it’s been a couple of years since she graced that stage—her last appearance was in 2019 when she sang “Lover” and “False God.”
That dry spell is about to end this weekend when she joins host Jonathan Majors as the musical guest. So what is Swift going to do with her airtime this time around? Give everyone the 10-minute version of "All Too Well" that we deserve, of course. Or, at least, that’s what Swift has hinted she’ll be doing.
“What if it was not two songs, as much as it was one song that is the length of three songs?” she teased to Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on The Tonight Show this week, when he asked her which two songs people should expect.
In the same appearance, Taylor played "Box of Lies" with the host and, as if Swifties didn't have enough to fan over today, shouted out Selena Gomez (and Wizards of Waverly Place) before screaming, "I will do anything to bring up Selena Gomez! Anything!" Its a small moment, but we love a friendship as enduring and endearing as Swiftez. Jake Gyllenhaal was for now, besties are forever.
Even Starbucks is getting into the spirit for the release of Red (Taylor’s Version). The coffee franchise and Swift announced a major collaboration in honour of Red Cup Season on Friday morning, revealing that fans can order Swift’s favourite drink when they step in for a cuppa.
The news comes following tons of hints Swift dropped on Tiktok, which included lots of nods to fall, coffee and red cups. Now that it’s official, fans can order “Taylor’s Latte” or “Taylor’s Version,” which is her favourite drink: a grande caramel nonfat latte. Yum.
Swift can hint all she wants (and we will continue to love her for it), but at the end of the day, it’s her music that speaks the loudest of all. Fans are already diving into the lyrics and joyfully celebrating the return of Taylor’s music to where it rightfully belongs: in her arms.
Who knows what kinds of hints and fun Easter eggs are coming our way next, but let’s pour one (grande caramel nonfat latte) out for Taylor as she celebrates another successful album (re)launch.
Taylor shared that she wasn't going to make the All Too Well short film if she couldn't get Sadie Sink to star in it.
She told Seth Meyers, "The only two people I imagined playing the two characters were Sadie and Dylan. Sadie was the first one I went to and if she had said 'no', I don't think I would have made it. I don't think I would have made the film. I would have been like, 'This is a sign.'"
The short film premieres on YouTube at 7p.m. ET on November 12 and will also play at the AMC Lincoln Square theatre at 6:30p.m. ET on November 13.
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