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The Future of Music According to Taylor Swift – Episode 142 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast

Taylor Swift Wall Street Journal Future of Music is a Love StoryJoin us as we discuss Taylor’s biggest news this month! Although it’s not an album five announcement, Taylor Swift has now been published in the Wall Street Journal! In Episode 142 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, your hosts talk about the WSJ entitled “For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music is a Love Story.” It’s a wonderful piece, full of great “nuggets” of industry insider information. Feel free to share your thoughts on the article, and enjoy the episode!

Highlights from Episode 142 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast
Main Discussion – Taylor Swift’s Wall Street Journal Article
– Taylor admits piracy is on the rise, but believes artists should “realize their worth and ask for it.”
– Adam gets heated over what type of music is considered “art”
– Raise your hand if you plan on sharing Taylor’s music with your grandkids!!
– Taylor has always been a fan of the element of surprise (notice I did not say shock).
– Taylor Talk also enjoys the element of surprise… the people who’ve bought Taylor Talk t-shirts know this ;)
– Which would you rather have: an autograph or a selfie with a celebrity?
– Awesome alert: Taylor has finally addressed the eternal genre question!

Other Topics:
– Did you know that you can help raise money for charity AND get the chance to meet the cast of The Giver?
– Vote for Taylor so she can dominate the Teen Choice Awards!
– You know you’re a Swifty when you go to your parent’s office and fax other companies various pictures of Taylor….. Oops. Good going.
– What would Taylor do if Tim McGraw wrote a song called “Taylor Swift”?
– Swifties are listening to “Not In That Way” by Sam Smith

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Sam Smith performs ‘Not In That Way’ at Abbey Road | BRITs Critics’ Choice 2014

Speak Now, Swifties! It’s Time for RED – EDITORIAL

As we jump headfirst into the new Taylor Swift RED era, let’s take a look back at Speak Now. In this editorial, Mia, a regular site contributor, compares the RED singles to songs on Speak Now. She points out how Taylor uses similar themes to paint new colors of never getting back together, falling in love, and heartbreak.

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Today, Taylor’s new album RED has hit store shelves across the world. As you listen to RED for the billionth time this week, it might be a good idea to take a breather and think about how far we’ve come. Perhaps we can compare the two and compare the Red singles to the Speak Now songs?

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together = ??

The first single, released on the August 13 live webchat which blew up the hype for RED, blasting to #1 basically everywhere, is a very sassy song and unmistakably pop. Sassy and pop does not fit in with any Speak Now song, as most songs were country/pop, not just pop, so WANEGBT is going by itself.

Begin Again = Enchanted

Taylor finds the perfect guy after a bad relationship. It’s a two way street with the love stories of Taylor and Will Anderson of the band Parachute, who wrote the song “White Dress” about her, and Taylor and Adam Young, aka Owl City, who met each other at the Grammies in 2009. They don’t particularly sound similar, but it’s the story that matches.

“You don’t know why I’m coming off a little shy, but I do.” – “Begin Again”

“I’m wonderstruck, blushing all the way home.” – “Enchanted”

Similar, huh?

And isn’t it just a bit coincidental that both Will and Adam are singers? It seems that Taylor enjoys meeting musicians just as much as she likes music.

Red and State of Grace = Sparks Fly

“Red”, “State of Grace” and “Sparks Fly” all relate to crazy, intense relationships, and that’s why they’re similar. “Sparks Fly” is about having a love you shouldn’t have, “Red” is about having a love that’s hard to keep, and “State of Grace” is about having a love that is a struggle.

“My mind forgets to remind me, you’re a bad idea.” – “Sparks Fly”

“This love is great and wild.” – “State of Grace”

“Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you’re already flying through the freefall.” – “Red”

I Knew You Were Trouble = Dear John

Last time I checked “Dear John” wasn’t a dubstep song, but it’s not the music, it’s the lyrics. “I Knew You Were Trouble”, as the title suggests, is about someone who when Taylor was with, she saw “red flags and still went for it anyway, so shame on me.” “Dear John” is about someone who Taylor knew was trouble, but didn’t listen to the people warning her about him (“I ignored when they said run as fast as you can”).

So, as you rush to the store to buy your copy of RED, pull out your Speak Now CD and listen to it like it’s her newest album one last time.

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If you would like to be a site contributor and write an editorial for publication on Taylorswift13.org, email Diane at diane@taylorswift13.org.

Who could Taylor Swift’s “Red” Be About? – EDITORIAL

The following editorial was written by Mia (@safeandsoundxx), a writing contributor for Taylorswift13.org. If you would like to be a site contributor and write an editorial for publication on Taylorswift13.org, email Diane at diane@taylorswift13.org.

Taylor has released this week’s single from Red, and it’s none other than the title track, “Red”! It’s a really catchy song and sounds kind of country/rock/pop. But of course, whenever a new Taylor song comes out, the same question is asked. Who is it about?

The song’s main story of “Red” is about trying to forget somebody you once loved. Taylor said she wrote the song about “the fact that some things are just hard to forget. The emotions involved with them are so intense, and to me, intense emotion is red.”

I discovered an old tweet by Adam Young, aka Owl City, or the person “Enchanted” is about, which was very very similar to a lyric in the chorus. He tweeted: “Trying to forget someone you love is like trying to remember someone you never knew” (Click here to view tweet). In the chorus of “Red,” Taylor sings: “Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met.” Taylor met Adam at the Grammys in 2009, and then went on to write the song “Enchanted.” They never dated, so it’s unlikely that a song about missing your ex would be about someone who isn’t your ex.

But who do we know has broken Taylor’s heart, and has gotten pretty beat down by the two songs now released? Jake Gyllenhaal, who is Taylor’s last ex, and who dated her from October to December last year. Judging by “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which is highly likely to be written about Jake, “Red” is probably not set in the same time as WANEGBT. The song is probably set when Taylor actually had feelings for him, before she never ever wanted to get back together. Of course, no one really knows who any of her songs are about, so we may be completely right or terribly wrong. “Regretting him was like wishing you never found out love could be that strong.” That lyric from “Red” sounds like Taylor wished she hadn’t broken up with him. Is this why they got back together?

Anyhow, the song is super Swiftastic, it’s number #1 on iTunes and it’s a great sneak peek of what’s to come from the album. You should go buy it on iTunes if you haven’t already!

What We Know About RED & What We Can Guess – EDITORIAL

The upcoming album release of Red is burning up quickly on our calendars and Taylor is about to release tons of Red teasers!! Every Monday leading up to October 22nd, she’ll be revealing a 30-second clip of a new song, and then at midnight EST on Tuesday morning, that song will become available on iTunes. The hype for Red is about to blow up, but on the eve before the mania, let’s sit back and consider what we already know of “Red” and theorize what each known song could be about based on their titles and where they would fall in the track placement.

It’s no secret that Taylor’s favorite thing to write about is love. Crushes, relationships, breakups… nothing is out of bounds to this lyricist.

“I wrote a song called ‘Red,’” said Swift quoted in Rolling Stone Magazine. “Thinking about what that means to me and all the different emotions that are written about on this album, they’re all pretty much about the kind of tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships that I’ve experienced in the last two years . . . There’s nothing beige about any of those feelings, so I called the record Red.”

Taylor also was quoted as saying that this album will take the listener through all the ups and downs of a relationship. Potentially, the lyrics could tell a story through the order of the songs on the album. So far, (as of Sept. 25th), we know seven song titles: “Red,” “State of Grace,” “Everything Has Changed,” “Holy Ground,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and “Begin Again.” Although we’ve only heard two of the seven song titles in that list, we can hypothesize based on the titles as to what the song could be about, in keeping with the theory that the entire album tells the story of a relationship.

Stage 1: the Infatuation: “RED”
Truly, as Taylor equates the color “red” with any strong emotion pertaining to love, this song could go anywhere on the relationship timeline. The color “red” could symbolize the first blush of meeting someone new or the fiery way love can turn to hatred so powerfully. Still though, the song could convey all the crazy emotions connected with love, but such an overarching theme seems too ambitious to fit into one song, even for Taylor. Therefore, as Red is the name of the album, it will probably be placed near the beginning of the album, just as “Fearless” was track one on Fearless and “Speak Now” was track four on Speak Now. Because of “Red’s” probable location as one of the first songs on the album, the song will most likely be about how it feels in the flirting stages of a relationship, or rather, pre-relationship.

Stage 2: Falling in Love: “State of Grace,” “Everything Has Changed,” and “Holy Ground”
The titles “State of Grace,” “Holy Ground,” and “Everything Has Changed” seem to connote the happy, comfortable feeling of being in a new relationship. “State of Grace” could describe the utter bliss of loving your significant other and knowing that you are loved in return. “Everything Has Changed,” a sweet duet between Ed Sheeran and Taylor, may be about the way falling love can affect a person’s view of the world; after falling in love, the world seems to be a brighter, happier place, and literally, “everything has changed” for the better. “State of Grace” and “Everything Has Changed” seem to fit snuggly into the “falling in love” mold of a relationship timeline, but “Holy Ground” may not fit so easily. “Holy Ground” might convey the sacred space a couple seems to inhabit when they’re together… or Taylor could be using the phrase “Holy Ground” ironically. Perhaps “Holy Ground” refers to a sacred space that was violated or corrupted by a relationship, such as the breaking of one’s heart.

Stage 3: The Fall Out: “I Knew You Were Trouble”
In Taylor’s MTV interview with Sway Calloway, Taylor discussed the inspiration for the song “I Knew You Were Trouble.” In short, Taylor said the song’s about that ominous feeling you get when you know talking to this guy will be bad for you, but you dive headfirst anyway. It’s only when you’re knee deep in the relationship that you acknowledge your mistake.

Stage 4: The Not So Happy Ending (Breaking Up & Moving On): “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” & “Begin Again”
Yay! We’ve already heard “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “Begin Again” and know that they’re about breaking up and moving on, respectively. It’s possible that Taylor will use these songs to close the album, a triumphant statement announcing that she does not need her ex in her life anymore and she’s ready to “begin again” and fall in love with someone new. These two songs would end the album with a hopeful tone, in that despite love’s ability to be toxic, corrupting, and painful, love also has the capability to care, inspire, and forgive.

What do you think about these song titles and where they could point to on the relationship timeline? Share your opinions in the comments!

Which Ex Is We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together About? – EDITORIAL

Taylor Swift received a incredible honor when her newest single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart. This award comes as no surprise to the most devoted fans of Taylor, but one thing still remains a mystery: which one of Taylor’s former beau’s is this song really about?

Certainly, it can’t be about Conor Kennedy, Taylor’s new boyfriend, as the pair was seen cuddling and kissing in Cape Cod, Massachusetts a short while ago. Still, the breakup between Taylor and her previous lover must be still fresh in her mind as Taylor promotes her newest single about moving on… and here at Taylorswift13.org, we’re here to piece together just exactly WHO Taylor is moving on from!!

In a recent interview with Good Morning America, Taylor revealed the inspiration for the song:

“This guy walks in who is a friend of my ex’s and starts talking about how he’s heard we’re going to get back together. And that was not the case. … So I start telling them the story: break up, get back together, break up, get back together – just, ugh, the worst! And I picked up the guitar and Max [Shellback, co-writer] said, ‘This is what we’re writing.’ ”

WHAT DO YOU THINK?? Leave us your opinion in the comments below!!!

Taylor’s Pre-fame romances: Drew Hardwick (“Teardrops on my Guitar”) and Sam (“Should’ve Said No”) – 0% chance

Considering Taylor’s high school relationships happened well… in high school (that’s way over six years ago for 22 year old Taylor) it’s doubtful that WANEGBT was written about Drew or Sam. As Taylor penned the song in the more recent past, let’s consider some of Taylor’s more recent relationships.

Joe Jonas – 30% chance

Joe Jonas was Taylor Swift’s first celebrity boyfriend. The couple dated in the summer of 2008 and famously split a few months later over a 27 second phone call. Nearly immediately after the break up, Joe began dating Camilla Belle. Therefore, it is unlikely that Taylor and Joe ever got back multiple times, as the song implies (“I remember when we broke up the first time”).

Joe confirms this theory in an interview on 94.7 Fresh FM:

“I can say it’s not about me, because I don’t think we’ve ever tried another time.”

Still, Joe was spotted at one of Taylor’s Speak Now concerts in Los Angeles. Perhaps he was trying to rekindle the flame?

Taylor Lautner – 5%

After Joe Jonas, Taylor Swift dated the Twilight hunk, Taylor Lautner. The two met on the film set for Valentine’s Day and dated until December 2009. Even though the break-up must not have been easy for the former Taylor Squared, they seem to be currently on friendly terms. Taylor Swift wrote “Back to December” about Lautner as an apology for the way she treated him when they were dating. During a Speak Now show in Los Angeles, Swift pulled Lautner into a warm embrace on her way to the main stage. If Swift and Lautner seem to be on such good terms, it’s doubtful that Swift would write WANEGBT, a pretty spiteful song, about him.

The only argument in favor of WANEGBT being about Lautner is that it seems, even though they made such a cute couple, they are “never, ever, ever getting back together.”

John Mayer – 50%

After John Mayer’s interview with Rolling Stone in June 2012, Taylor and John are definitely “never, ever, ever getting back together.” According to the article, John was absolutely humiliated by “Dear John” and accused her of “cheap songwriting.”

“It made me feel terrible because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.”

But the question is: Why did John come out to criticize “Dear John” now? Taylor Swift released Speak Now in October of 2010, nearly two years ago, so why didn’t John Mayer speak his mind sooner? Maybe John Mayer asked Taylor if she wanted to get back together, but she refused. Then, Taylor went and wrote WANEGBT about John, and John went to trash Taylor in Rolling Stone as revenge. Who knows? Note: this is all pure speculation.

Jake Gyllenhaal – 99.99%

Taking into account Taylor’s past relationship history, it is highly likely that WANEGBT is about Jake Gyllenhaal. Jake is Taylor’s most recent ex-boyfriend (their relationship lasted from October 2011-December 2011) and it is rumored that the couple broke up and got back together more than once. Near the end of their relationship, Jake Gyllenhaal allegedly traveled to Nashville in order to win Taylor back. Obviously, it didn’t work.

A new MTV VMA Promo featuring Taylor Swift and Kevin Hart is perhaps the icing on the cake. In the promo, Kevin, the host of the 2012 VMA’s, accuses Taylor of writing WANEGBT about him and thrusts a poorly photoshopped picture in her face as proof. The picture is actually an old paparazzi photo of Taylor Swift walking with her arm around Jake Gyllenhaal. Could this be a hint, Taylor?

All in all, there are no apparent reasons why this song isn’t about Jake Gyllenhaal. If you come up with something, leave a comment below!

For more theories about who “We Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together” is about, check out Episode 26 of Taylor Talk: the Taylor Swift podcast.

What Will Be On Taylor Swift’s 4th Album?? – EDITORIAL #3

UPDATE: Taylor has released the title and first single off of her first album: READ MORE

More news has surfaced recently giving us more clues into Taylor Swift’s mysterious fourth album.

The first bit is about the release. As stated in a previous article, Taylor Talk co-host, Belle, covered an event for us in which Scott Borchetta appeared at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville to discuss Taylor, his own career, and Big Machine Records. He revealed the release date of Taylor’s next album will be sometime in October of this year.

The next bit is far more intriguing. The talk about Taylor’s appearance for the “Ethel” premiere at the Sundance Film Festival has spread around the Swifty community, as have the pictures featuring her with members of the Kennedy Family. [See them in our gallery] What hasn’t spread quite as quickly is what was disclosed in an interview with Rory Kennedy conducted by ABC’s Peter Travers. During “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” Kennedy revealed that Taylor had in fact written a song about the Kennedy family!!! (Source: ABC News)

This leads me to believe that maybe, just MAYBE, my previous analyses were wrong. In past editorials, I’ve speculated as to whether or not Taylor was writing about a recent heartbreak. Discussing the tracks on her new album, Taylor stated, “They’re sad, if I’m being honest.” However, she also discussed in several interviews, including a hilarious interview with Ellen, that she is not in a relationship, nor is she seeking one. The odds of a secret relationship are slim. Taylor could never hide something like that from the public’s eye, which makes her most recent relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal.

So WHAT are these sad songs about?? Let’s review some of the facts:
1) The songs are sad.
2) They are very different from her previous work.

My new guess is… drumroll please… Read more

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