1989 (Taylor Swift album)

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1989
A polaroid of a young woman with shoulder-length blonde hair wearing red lipstick and a long-sleeved sweater with a picture of birds in the sky. Her face is cut off by the frame above the nose and "T. S." and "1989" are written on the white polaroid frame with black marker.
Studio album by Taylor Swift
Released October 27, 2014 (2014-10-27)
Genre Pop
Label Big Machine
Producer
Taylor Swift chronology
  • 1989
  • (2014)
Singles from 1989
  1. "Shake It Off"
    Released: August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18)

1989 is the upcoming fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It is set to be released on October 27, 2014 by Big Machine Records. The album is preceded by the digital release of the single "Shake It Off", for which Mark Romanek directed its music video.[2]

Background and production

As of October 2013, Swift was "six months deep in the songwriting process".[3] In November 2013, the singer told Billboard that, "There are probably seven or eight [songs] that I know I want on the record. It's already evolved into a new sound, and that's all I wanted."[4] In February 2014, Swift confirmed she was again working with Max Martin and Shellback, this time writing "a lot more than three songs together."[5] Diane Warren and Ryan Tedder have also worked on the album.[6]

Release and promotion

Swift began teasing about an announcement in August 2014. On August 4, she posted a video on Instagram in which she pushes the number 18 in an elevator.[7] On August 6, she tweeted an image of the time 5:00 and the next day a screenshot from a Yahoo! homepage.[8] She later confirmed on August 13, 2014 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that a Yahoo! live stream session would take place on August 18, 2014 at 5pm.[citation needed] Swift announced the album details during a Yahoo! live stream on August 18, 2014. She first premiered the album's first single, "Shake It Off", which was written and produced by herself, Max Martin, and Shellback. She then unveiled the album cover, a polaroid picture with "T. S. 1989" written underneath. The music video for "Shake It Off", directed by Mark Romanek, was also premiered during the live stream. It features professional dancers, Swift, and several fans picked from Instagram, Twitter, and fan letters she received. The album was made available for pre-order after the live stream ended.[2]

Composition

Swift described the album as her "first documented, official pop album", stating that she was inspired by the late 1980s pop while recording it.[2]

Track listing

1989 — Standard edition[9]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Track 1"   Taylor Swift    
2. "Track 2"   Swift    
3. "Track 3"   Swift    
4. "Track 4"   Swift    
5. "Track 5"   Swift    
6. "Shake It Off"  
  • Swift
  • Martin
  • Shellback
  • Martin
  • Shellback[10]
3:39
7. "Track 7"   Swift    
8. "Track 8"   Swift    
9. "Track 9"   Swift    
10. "Track 10"   Swift    
11. "Track 11"   Swift    
12. "Track 12"   Swift    
13. "Track 13"   Swift    

Release history

Country Date Edition Format(s) Label
United States[12] October 27, 2014
  • Standard
  • Deluxe
Big Machine

References

  1. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (August 18, 2014). "Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Single Review: The Country Superstar Goes Full Pop". Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Mansfield, Brian (August 18, 2014). "Taylor Swift debuts 'Shake It Off,' reveals '1989' album". USA Today. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ Talbott, Chris (October 12, 2013). "Taylor Swift talks next album, CMAs and Ed Sheeran". The Associated Press. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ Lipshutz, Jason; Caulfield, Keith (November 25, 2013). "Taylor Swift Talks Next Album at AMAs: 'We Got A Lot Already'". Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Taylor Swift on new album, dating and keeping her clothes on – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs". Marquee.blogs.cnn.com. February 6, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Diane Warren on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014". YouTube. January 27, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ Newman, Melinda (August 4, 2014). "Taylor Swift drops hints about her new album...we think". HitFix. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ Strecker, Erin (August 7, 2014). "Taylor Swift Drops Two More Clues About New Music". Billboard. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "1989 by Taylor Swift". iTunes Store. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kreps, Daniel (August 18, 2014). "Taylor Swift Dismisses the Haters, Dances With Fans for New Song 'Shake it Off'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "1989 (Deluxe Edition) by Taylor Swift". iTunes Store. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Taylor Swift: Pre-Buy 1989". Taylor Swift. Retrieved August 19, 2014.