Taylor Swift Confirms Fan Theories On Track Titles For ‘Red’ Rerecording
A day after releasing a mysterious video that fans speculated contained hints at an upcoming record, Taylor Swift confirmed that her followers had correctly guessed title tracks and celebrity features on her soon-to-be-released rerecording of her 2012 album Red.
Swift confirmed fan theories that singer-songwriters Phoebe Bridgers, Chris Stapleton, Ed Sheeran and Foster The People’s Mark Foster would appear on the new album, based on their names appearing in a a crossword puzzle created by clues from the video.
Red (Taylor’s Version) will include rerecordings of the original 16 tracks featured on the 2012 album, along with 14 other bonus songs Swift originally wrote for the album that didn’t originally make the cut.
Fans correctly guessed many of the bonus tracks, like a new version of Swift’s 2012 song “Ronan,” and recordings of “Better Man,” and “Babe” two songs Swift wrote that were recorded and released by country bands Little Big Town and Sugarland.
Red (Taylor’s Version) is slated to be released Nov. 19th.
Swift is known for dropping hints about upcoming releases and projects for her fans to pick up on: “I love that they like the cryptic hint-dropping. Because as long as they like it, I’ll keep doing it. It’s fun,” Swift told Entertainment Weekly in 2019. Swift has begun the process of rerecording her hefty discography after feuding with her former record label, Big Machine Records. According to Swift, when celebrity record executive Scooter Braun acquired Big Machine Records in 2019, he also took control of her master recordings and blocked her from using her earlier recordings during performances and in projects like her 2020 Miss Americana Netflix documentary. Swift released Fearless (Taylor’s Version), the re-recording of her 2008 Grammy-winning album, in April.
Taylor Swift Fans Say Singer’s Strange New Video Hints At Future Songs And Celebrity Collaborations (Forbes)