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(AUDIO) Taylor Swift is Feeling the Anxiety of Starting Her Next Album

June 23, 2013

Taylor Swift released her Red album seven and a half months ago and she says she’s begun writing for her next album. “All the anxiety is starting, and when the anxiety starts then the writing happens right afterward, usually.” Taylor tends to release an album every two years and she explains,” I like to write for about two years before I’m finished with an album because at this point I kind of know that whatever I write in the first year is gonna get thrown away because I’m gonna like it but it’s gonna sound a little bit like the last project I had. And then the second year usually ends up sounding like the next project.”

Red was a departure from the sound of her Speak Now album and this next one will be different from Red because Taylor says, “I feel like at this point staying the same is the easy way to go but it’s not the way that I want to go creatively. I think you need to challenge yourself, I think you need to change up your influences. I think you need to be inspired by different things than you were inspired by before and it’s harder to call up people you don’t know and work with them for the first time. And it’s hard to think of topics you haven’t covered and think of new ways to say old emotions that everyone feels. But that’s the goal at this point.”

One of the things Taylor is most thrilled about is her fans willingness to allow her to grow and explore musically. “I think one of the things that I’m happiest with, in the last year, is the acceptance level in country music for me experimenting and for me trying to evolve and challenge myself musically,” she said backstage at the CMA Music Festival. ”Because I think it’s never felt better to be on that stadium stage performing knowing that everyone’s been so welcoming of change.”

If Taylor follows in her usual album release pattern, her next album will be released in the fall of 2014. Taylor just released the title track from her current album, Red to country radio.


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Taylor Swift – writing for next album 1:16

“Yeah, it’s starting. All the anxiety is starting, and when the anxiety starts then the writing happens right afterward, usually. I like to write for about two years before I’m finished with an album because at this point I kind of know that whatever I write in the first year is gonna get thrown away because I’m gonna like it but it’s gonna sound a little bit like the last project I had. And then the second year usually ends up sounding like the next project. So I think at this point I feel like staying the same is the easy way to go but it’s not the way that I want to go creatively. I think you need to challenge yourself, I think you need to change up your influences. I think you need to be inspired by different things than you’ve been inspired by before and it’s harder to call up people you don’t know and work with them for the first time. And it’s harder to think of topics you haven’t covered and think of new ways to say old emotions that everyone feels. But that’s the goal at this point. And I think one of the things that I’m happiest with, in the last year, is the acceptance level in country music for me experimenting and for me trying to evolve and challenge myself musically, because I think it’s never felt better to be on that stadium stage performing knowing that everyone’s been so welcoming of change.”

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