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October 31, 2012

New Album: Taylor Swift’s “Red”

by Faith A. Middleton

Six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift released her fourth full-length studio album, “Red”, on Monday, October 22nd. Her previous album, “Speak Now”, garnered over one million album sales in its first week. The 22-year-old singer/songwriter has been featured on multiple magazine covers, including “Seventeen”, “Vogue” and “Glamour”. At 19 years of age, she was the youngest person to be featured on the cover of “Billboard” magazine. Swift has earned awards such as Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year. Her website, TaylorSwift.com recently announced the dates and cities of her third world tour.

“Red” is a pop-country album with sixteen songs. There are two duets: the first is “The Last Time” ft. Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol; the second is “Everything Has Changed” ft. Ed Sheeran. The track list is as follows: 1. State of Grace 2. Red 3. Treacherous 4. I Knew You Were Trouble 5. All Too Well 6. 22 7. I Almost Do 8. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together 9. Stay Stay Stay 10. The Last Time 11. Holy Ground 12. Sad Beautiful Tragic 13. The Lucky One 14. Everything Has Changed 15. Starlight 16. Begin Again

Swift collaborated with pop writers for a few songs on “Red”, such as Max Martin for “I Knew You were Trouble”, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, and “22”. This is a substantial difference from “Speak Now” in which she wrote the album entirely alone.

In its first week, “Red” has sold 1.21 million copies, making it the highest-selling first week for an album in more than a decade. A deluxe edition of the album can be purchased from target stores. It includes 6 bonus tracks: 1. The Moment I Knew 2. Come Back…Be Here 3. Girl at Home 4. Treacherous (Original Demo Recording) 5. Red (Original Demo Recording) 6. State of Grace (Acoustic Version).

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