Taylor Swift surprised fans on Monday evening with the announcement that she'll release a new album, Red, on October 22nd – her first LP since 2010's Speak Now. The singer-songwriter revealed the news during a live chat with fans, during which she previewed her new single and spoke about her inspiration for the record.
"I wrote a song called 'Red,'" said Swift. "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."
During the YouTube session, which at one point had an audience of over 70,000 viewers, Swift played Red's first single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," a pop-leaning tune with lyrics that adamantly assert the end of her relationship with a recent, unnamed beau (the song's reference to "an indie record that's much cooler than mine" suggests John Mayer as a possible suspect). "It's a really romantic song," she said sarcastically of the tune, which went on sale via iTunes and Google Play immediately after the chat.
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