“Speak Now” will be the next album in Taylor Swift’s “Taylor’s Version” series of re-recorded albums, and she gave fans in her hometown of Nashville the opportunity to be the first to hear the official news. Fans have plenty of time to pre-order the violet vinyl from Swift: She stated that it would be available on July 7 in all forms. She remarked, to gasps as fans knew from the language that the long-awaited news was going to happen.
“I think rather than me speaking about it,” adding, “I thought I would show you, so if you would direct your attention” to the vast screens… Before starting the “Speak Now” track “Sparks Fly” as a surprise song, the album cover and release date were displayed there. The announcement at Nissan Stadium in Nashville prompted the city to illuminate the Cumberland River bridge nearby with purple lights.
She sent a post to her social media platforms about ten minutes after making the announcement. She added, using the abbreviation “icky,” “It fills me with such delight and joy to announce that my version of Speak Now will be available July 7 (just in time for July 9th. (The reference to July 9 refers to a specific mention of that day in the lyrics of “Last Kiss,” which is thought to be the day in 2008 when she traveled to Texas to see her ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas.)
It fills me with such pride and joy to announce that my version of Speak Now will be out July 7 (just in time for July 9th, iykyk 😆) I first made Speak Now, completely self-written, between the ages of 18 and 20. The songs that came from this time in my life were marked by their… pic.twitter.com/oa0Vs5kszr
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 6, 2023
I wrote Speak Now entirely by myself between 18 and 20. The songs that emerged from this period of my life were distinguished by their frank honesty, unvarnished diary-like admissions, and extreme melancholy. This album is one of my favorites since it depicts growing up, struggling, taking off, falling, and surviving to tell the tale. I can’t wait to celebrate Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) with you on July 7th with the six extra songs I’ve released loose from the vault.
— Taylor Nation (@taylornation13) May 6, 2023
When the Nashville concert began on Friday, the audience had a good idea of what would come. After her previous show this past Sunday, wristbands distributed to the audience turned purple, and LED banners entering Nissan Stadium were purple. Swifties had long conjectured about which of her albums—”1989″ or “Speak Now”—would be the next to receive the re-recording-plus-bonus-tracks treatment, but the evidence was steadily mounting in favor of her third release.
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With hardly a minute’s notice, the Taylor Nation Instagram account went live to broadcast the spoken news to followers. Swift appears on the new album’s cover in a dress reminiscent of the one she wore on the front of the first album in 2010, but with a more somber face that clearly distinguishes her from the 20-year-old who appeared on the Big Machine edition’s cover.
There will be six bonus “Vault” tunes, although Swift did not immediately reveal their names or other details. The 22-song total for the release is confirmed by a web page that appeared shortly after the announcement. It states that the LP edition will be a three-record set, delivered on “three unique violet marble color vinyl discs.”
Swift has only played one song, “Enchanted,” from the “Speak Now” album every night so far on the Eras Tour. This is significantly fewer performances than she has given from any previous album she has released, except for her debut, which has no nightly representation. That odd decision to make the album virtually MIA in the three-hour-plus sets didn’t give fans reason to believe that she dislikes the album;
instead, it heightened speculation that she might be holding off on adding additional material from “Speak Now” until she was ready to reveal the re-recording. Swift’s declaration came immediately after she had transitioned to the B-stage for the solo-acoustic “surprise songs” part, which is performed toward the end of each show on tour.
Swift did not dedicate both of the surprise slots to the album, although using the occasion to debut “Sparks Fly,” a song from “Speak Now” that had not yet been performed on tour. The second unexpected song on Friday was “Teardrops on My Guitar,” which was from a different album and was completed, perhaps counterintuitively, on the piano rather than the guitar.
Only “Fearless” and “Red” from Swift’s Big Machine songs have so far been released in “Taylor’s Version” editions; all of Swift’s Big Machine releases have been recorded entirely from scratch. As a result of her public outrage over her Big Machine library being sold against her will, fans have been buying and streaming only the versions where she owns the recordings outright, resulting in excellent sales for the new albums.
Numerous bonus tracks of songs that Swift wrote during those times but never published are also present on the “TV” editions. Thirteen years ago, “Speak Now” set a record for Swift because it was the first and only album on which she wrote every song herself. This was perceived as a response to skeptics who assumed that Swift’s co-writers on her first two albums must have done the bulk of the work. After stating her point, Swift continued to write with her writing partners for the next single, “Red.”
Even though it would be another few albums before she officially declared herself a pop artist, the album is recognized for signaling a more determined swing toward pop from her country roots. It also signaled Swift’s transition towards still-bolder composition, as shown in “Dear John,” one of her most jarringly honest songs. “Mine,” “Back to December,” “Mean,” “The Story of Us,” “Sparks Fly,” and “Ours.”
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(the last of which did not appear until a deluxe edition with extra tracks was later published) Six songs from the album made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Speak Now” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with more than a million copies sold in its first week, even though none of the album’s tracks reached the top spot. The Big Machine eventually spent six weeks at the top and received a six-time platinum certification.
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