Taylor Swift reveals Speak Now (Taylor's Version) tracklist: Including collabs with Hayley Williams & Fall Out Boy

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Taylor Swift has unveiled the full tracklisting for her latest re-recorded album, Speak Now (Taylor's Version), including some very special features that will probably (definitely) make you re-enter your emo phase.

Listen, we've all been there.

Announced in May , Speak Now (Taylor's Version) will drop July 7 and include new versions of all 14 tracks from the original album (originally released in 2010) plus new versions of deluxe edition bonus tracks Ours and Superman.

As now become Taylor lore, in addition it will also include six tracks taken 'from the vault' of the Speak Now era, including Electric Touch, which features emo legends Fall Out Boy , and Castles Crumbling, which features Paramore 's Hayley Williams .

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Sharing her motivation for teaming up with these artists in particular, Taylor wrote on Instagram : "Since Speak Now was all about my songwriting, I decided to go to the artists who I feel influenced me most powerfully as a lyricist at that time and ask them to sing on the album. They’re so cool and generous for agreeing to support my version of Speak Now. I recorded this album when I was 32 (and still growing up, now) and can’t wait to unveil it all to you on July 7."

Released in 2010, Speak Now peaked at Number 6 on the Official Albums Chart and spawned the hit single Mine, which made Number 30. It also included the fan favourite track The Story of Us, which pointed to the new, pop-leaning direction that Taylor would pursue on her subsequent albums Red and 1989.

You can revisit all of Taylor Swift's biggest singles on the Official Chart here

Since the original Speak Now era, Taylor has reeled off nine consecutive Number 1 albums in the UK, breaking a record previously held by Madonna . Among this string of chart-toppers are her previous re-recorded albums Fearless (Taylor's Version) and Red (Taylor's Version).

More impressive still, Shake It Off - the song that kicked off Taylor's transition into pop music full time - just  last year became the latest (and potentially one of the last ever) tracks to cross the 1 million pure sales mark in the UK .

She is now midway through her campaign to re-record and re-release each of her first albums. For Taylor, it's a way of taking ownership of her music since the original masters weren't sold to her when she left her old record label, Nashville-based Big Machine, in 2018.

The three LPs still left to cover are her self-titled debut, 2014's bombastic pop opus 1989 and 2017's controversial reputation. 

Taylor Swift's Speak Now (Taylor's Version) album tracklist in full

  • Mine (Taylor’s Version)
  • Sparks Fly (Taylor’s Version)
  • Back to December (Taylor’s Version)
  • Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)
  • Dear John (Taylor’s Version)
  • Mean (Taylor’s Version)
  • The Story of Us (Taylor’s Version)
  • Never Grow Up (Taylor’s Version)
  • Enchanted (Taylor’s Version)
  • Better Than Revenge (Taylor’s Version)
  • Innocent (Taylor’s Version)
  • Haunted (Taylor’s Version)
  • Last Kiss (Taylor’s Version)
  • Long Live (Taylor’s Version)
  • Ours (Taylor’s Version)
  • Superman (Taylor’s Version)
  • Electric Touch (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault) [feat. Fall Out Boy]
  • When Emma Falls in Love (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)
  • I Can See You (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)
  • Castles Crumbling (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault) [feat. Hayley Williams]
  • Foolish One (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)
  • Timeless (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)

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"I decided to go to the artists who I feel influenced me most powerfully as a lyricist," she wrote of her new collaborators.

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Drop everything now, Swifties! Taylor Swift just unveiled the Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) tracklist, including the names of vault songs and collaborations with Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Fall Out Boy .

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According to the artwork — in which Swift poses in a flowing purple dress and ballet slippers — Williams will guest on a vault track called “Castles Crumbling,” while Fall Out Boy will appear on a vault track titled “Electric Touch.”

“They’re so cool and generous for agreeing to support my version of Speak Now,” she added of her collaborators.

As Swift has previously explained in regards to Red (Taylor’s Version) and Fearless (Taylor’s Version) , her 2021 re-recorded projects, vault songs are previously unreleased tracks that were ultimately cut from their respective original albums. As revealed in her post, the other (solo) vault songs on the updated Speak Now are “When Emma Falls In Love,” “I Can See You,” “Foolish One” and “Timeless.”

Re-recorded versions of all 14 songs from the original Speak Now will also appear on the new version — which arrives July 7 — as will 2010 bonus tracks “Superman” and “Ours.”

“I recorded this album when I was 32 (and still growing up, now) and can’t wait to unveil it all to you on July 7th,” Swift concluded her post, referencing a lyric to track 11, “Innocent.”

Swifties have been waiting for this since early May, when the “Anti-Hero” singer first announced that Speak Now would be the next of her albums to get the “Taylor’s Version” treatment during an Eras Tour concert in Nashville. “I first made Speak Now, completely self-written, between the ages of 18 and 20,” she wrote on Instagram after the show, also revealing the album’s front cover art.

And while Fall Out Boy’s involvement likely comes as a major surprise to many, a lot of Swifties had already detected that Williams would be featured on Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) prior to Swift confirming it in her Monday announcement. That’s because the “Still Into You” singer did some major teasing at a meet and greet last week, winkingly telling a fan who’d given her a Speak Now friendship bracelet that the gift was “coming at a very interesting time.”

See Swift’s announcement below:

I’m VERY excited to show you the back cover of Speak Now (my version) including the vault tracks and collaborations with Hayley Williams from @paramore and @falloutboy . Since Speak Now was all about my songwriting, I decided to go to the artists who I feel influenced me most… pic.twitter.com/UJOqUNfCGp — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 5, 2023

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Speak Now received generally positive reviews from music critics, who complimented Swift's songwriting and themes. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling approximately 1,047,000 units in its first week. Due to strong digital sales, all fourteen songs from the standard edition of the album charted on the Billboard Hot 100, with the lead single " Mine " having the highest peak of number three. Six singles were released from the album, including the US Country number-one hits " Sparks Fly " and " Ours ". Speak Now was also an international success, charting within the top 10 in several countries, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Swift promoted the album with an international tour, Speak Now World Tour , throughout 2011. According to Swift's label Big Machine Records, as of September 2011, Speak Now has sold over 5.8 million copies worldwide. [1] The album has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and, as of October 2012, has sold 4.2 million copies in the United States.

  • 1 Background and recording
  • 2.1 Promotional singles
  • 2.2 Title significance
  • 3 Writing and lyrical content
  • 5 Marketing
  • 7.1 Accolades
  • 8 Commercial performance
  • 9 Deluxe edition
  • 10 Track listing
  • 11 Outtakes
  • 12 Spotify streams
  • 13 Physical booklet (Deluxe edition)
  • 14 Photoshoot
  • 15 Personnel
  • 16.1 Weekly charts
  • 16.2 Year-end charts
  • 17 Certifications
  • 18 External links
  • 19 References

Background and recording

Swift worked on the album for two years prior to its release. [2] Swift wrote all of the songs on the album without co-writers. Speaking on a live webcast on July 20, 2010, she said, "I actually wrote all the songs myself for this record. It didn't really happen on purpose, it just sort of happened. Like, I'd get my best ideas at 3:00 am in Arkansas, and I didn't have a co-writer around and I would just finish it." [3] In an analysis of Swift's lyrics, The Oxonian Review noted themes of regret and solitude, highlighting that "December is a month to get through so we can return to the beginning, and is certainly not a month to relish. Yet, Swift goes there—'all the time'—in 'Back To December' by delivering an apology to an ex-boyfriend, which she never did on her prior two albums." [4] Music writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine viewed that the album musically is "no great progression from Fearless but rather a subtle shift toward pure pop with the country accents [...] used as flavoring". [5]

Recording sessions for the album took place at several recording locations, including Aimeeland Studio, Blackbird Studios, and Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, Pain in the Art Studio, and Starstruck Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and Stonehurst Studio in Bowling Green, Kentucky. [6] Some of the songs feature live strings, and some, a full orchestra. [7]

"Mine" August 4, 2010

Promotional singles

"Speak Now" October 5, 2010

Title significance

According to Big Machine Records president/CEO Scott Borchetta , the album's original title was Enchanted . He explained: "We were at lunch, and she had played me a bunch of the new songs. I looked at her and I'm like, 'Taylor, this record isn't about fairy tales and high school anymore. That's not where you're at. I don't think the record should be called Enchanted. " After the discussion, Swift then excused herself from the table. By the time she came back, she had the Speak Now title, which comes closer to representing the evolution that the album represents in her career and in her still-young understanding of the world. [8] The title represents a common theme throughout the album, which is speaking up about things that Swift wished she had said in the moment, but didn't.

Writing and lyrical content

Swift wrote all of the songs by herself. The opening track, " Mine ", is also released as the lead single from the album. Swift explained that the uptempo country-pop song is about her tendency to run from love. [9] Critics praised the song, although some calling is "formulaic" for resonating her earlier work. [10] " Sparks Fly " was composed by Swift when she was sixteen, prior her debut to the music scene, [11] and first performed during one of her concerts in 2007. The song has gone several revisions on its lyrics, and removed the banjo that originally has. [12] Swift explained that the song is "falling for someone who you maybe shouldn't fall for, but you can't stop yourself because there's such a connection and chemistry." [13] " Back To December " is the third track from the album, and was released as the second single from the album. It received positive reviews from critics, who regarded it as one of the highlights of Speak Now. The song is one of two songs where Swift has first incorporated an orchestra on record, [14] and lyrically it is the first time that Swift ever apologizes to someone in a song. [15] Critics have speculated that the song is Swift's apology to her ex-boyfriend Taylor Lautner . [16] The title track followed, which released first as a promotional single. [17] The upbeat country-pop song relies on acoustic guitar and is a narration of from the perspective of a person who crashes her former love's wedding in attempt to win him back. [18]

" Dear John " is the second longest track of Taylor's career which clocks six minutes and forty five seconds. [19] The song is an "open letter" to an ex-boyfriend, and it is speculated that the song is written to John Mayer , whom Swift has dated from late 2009 to early 2010. [20] The song is about being manipulated and betrayed by someone you loved. [19] The Grammy-winning song " Mean " is the sixth track of the album. Critics said that it is one of her most country-sounding song. [21] The song's lyrical content addresses those who question Swift's ability to sing. [22] " The Story Of Us " followed which narrates the awkwardness that takes place between two people after they break up. [23] It's a power pop song with a vibrant beat, electric guitars and a fast-paced chorus. [24] [25] " Never Grow Up " is a sweet ballad addressed to a young child from Swift feeling alone as she spends her first night in her new apartment of her own. [26] Swift explained that the song is about "the fact that I don't quite know how I feel about growing up". [27]

The power ballad " Enchanted " serves as the ninth track of the album. The song starts with guitar strings and lyrically, it finds Swift singing about meeting a guy she's attracted to without knowing if her instant infatuation is at all reciprocated. [28] [29] The song has a length of five minutes and fifty two seconds, thus making it the third longest song in the album. [29] "Better Than Revenge" is one of Swift’s vengeance songs aimed at the young actress Joe Jonas pursued after breaking up with Swift. [30] The song contains pop punk elements which has been compared to Paramore's Misery Business by several critics. [31] "Innocent" is a soft rock tune written in response to last year's Kanye West contretemps on the MTV Video Music Awards . [32] The song is about someone who has lost his path their life, but whose "string of lights are still bright to me." [33] "Haunted" is the most dramatic song on the album. It's a symphonic rock song, starts off with violins and other string instruments, and it is the second song in the album to incorporated an orchestra. [14] The song is about after a break up, and involves Swift demanding that the guy to "finish what he started." [34]

" Last Kiss " is a folk pop ballad song. Swift explained that the song "is sort of like a letter to somebody." [35] The song is rumored to be about Joe Jonas . [20] The song clocks six minutes and seven seconds, making it the second longest song on the album. The closing track " Long Live ", which also known as "We Will be Remembered", is about her band and her fans. It is a look towards the future, to wonder what story will be told then about today. [29] Swift said that "this song for me is like looking at a photo album of all the award shows, and all the stadium shows, and all the hands in the air in the crowd. It's sort of the first love song that I've written to my team." [36]

Speak Now was released worldwide on October 25, 2010, through Big Machine Records . [37] [38] It was made available for digital download by iTunes. [39] The album's official cover was premiered through Us Weekly on August 18, 2010. [40] It was also released on vinyl LP on November 22, 2010. [41] On December 20, 2010 a karaoke version of the album was released featuring the album as a CD+G and a DVD. [42]

Swift performed the song "Innocent" at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010. Some of the tracks were previewed in advance of the release date: " Speak Now " on October 4, " Back To December " on October 11, and " Mean " on October 18, 2010. [43] These three were subsequently released to the iTunes Store the following day, respectively. [44] Additionally, "The Story Of Us" was previewed October 22, 2010, through Comcast on-demand and XfinityTv.com. [44] "Speak Now" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number eight and on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at number sixty the week of October 11, 2010, selling 217,000 digital downloads. [45] [46] [47] "Back To December" debuted at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, with 242,000 digital downloads. [48] "Mean" debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 163,000 downloads. [49] All fourteen songs on the standard edition of the album have charted on the Billboard Hot 100, with ten tracks debuting the week of the album's release. The highest-charting of these was " Sparks Fly " at number seventeen with 113,000 downloads. [50] [51]

On July 15, 2011, Swift's official website announced that she had partnered with Elizabeth Arden to launch a fragrance, which was released in October 2011. The fragrance's name, " Wonderstruck ", is a reference to the song " Enchanted ". [52] The fragrance made its in-store appearance on November 16, 2011. [53] On November 8, 2011, Swift released two more promotional singles from the album, "If This Was A Movie" and "Superman", both were made available for digital download by iTunes. [54]

"Haunted", along with the promotional releases, charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number ninety-eight [55] and Billboard Hot Digital Songs at number seventy-one.

To promote the album – a tour – entitled the Speak Now World Tour was announced on November 23, 2010 by Billboard . [2] The tour began with a six-day leg in Asia, from February 9 to 21, 2011. [2] The tour then ventured in Europe during the month of March, before Swift began the North American leg of the tour on May 21, 2011. The North American leg ended in New York City on November 22, 2011, with a total of 80 shows. [56] The tour extended into 2012 in Oceania. [57]

Critics have praised the tour with Billboard.com claiming that "Swift’s two-hour production was an overwhelming experience. There's an enormous amount of detail that worked to make the Speak Now Tour a sort of next step in country concert presentation....it blended the pacing, the music and the artist's personality in a way that transfixed." The Korean Focus Times praised it by saying, "Taylor Swift charms Korea in style, radiant...with pitch-perfect and sincere vocals. The dedication of the fans present was boundless, the cheers of the crowd were sometimes louder than the music itself." The New York Times claimed the tour "went off, as did every number, with clockwork professionalism and thousands of voices singing along and screaming between the lines. Ms. Swift, 22, is their superstar....her songs are taut, tuneful narratives." [58]

On August 10, 2011, Swift released a music video for "Sparks Fly", which featured clips taken from four different locations of the tour, which includes one from the show in Newark, New Jersey. The footage with the rain was captured during one of the summer shows in a stadium. [59] A live album of the tour was released on November 21, 2011. The DVD and Blu-ray included with the CD feature all seventeen song performances taken from the North American leg of the tour. [58]

Critical reception

Speak Now received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, based on 20 reviews. AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine commended Swift's mature lyrics and stated, "she writes from the perspective of the moment yet has the skill of a songwriter beyond her years". [5] Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times wrote that "she makes memorable music by honing in on the tiny stuff: the half-notes in a hummed phrase, the lyrical images that communicate precisely what it’s like to feel uncomfortable, or disappointed, or happy". [63] Rudy Klapper of Sputnikmusic called it "the best pop record of the year". [31] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called Speak Now a "bravura work of nontransparent transparency ... the most savage of her career, and also the most musically diverse. And it's excellent too, possibly her best". [68]

MSN Music's Robert Christgau said that, although the songs are "overlong and overworked", they "evince an effort that bears a remarkable resemblance to care—that is, to caring in the best, broadest, and most emotional sense". [60] Dave Heaton of PopMatters observed "a richer array of narratives and even more songs about that process of turning your life into a narrative". [29] Theon Weber of The Village Voice perceived Swift's songwriting strength as "not confessional, but dramatic" and stated "Like a procession of country songwriters before her, she creates characters and situations—some from life—and finds potent ways to describe them". [69] Weber described the album's songs as "iceberg songs" and elaborated on how Swift's talent grows "in proportion" to her artistic freedom:

In a mixed review, Allison Stewart of The Washington Post called the album "ridiculously entertaining [...] a lengthy, captivating exercise in woo-pitching, flame tending and score-settling", but found it "long: 14 wordy, stretched-thin, occasionally repetitive songs". [32] Slant Magazine's Jonathan Keefe found Swift's singing "technically poor" and her lyrics "generally lack[ing] the variety and sophistication of her compositions", which he called "expertly crafted pop music". [66]

Several music critics and publications included Speak Now in their year-end list. The album was ranked number thirteen on Rolling Stone ' s year-end best albums list for 2010. [70] About.com listed Speak Now as the best pop album of 2010, calling it "a highly personal, intimate musical document that pulls listeners in with both humor and grace". [71] Allison Stewart of The Washington Post named the album the tenth best of 2010, [72] and The New York Times' Jon Caramanica rank Speak Now number two in his top ten albums list, stating that "her songs are more diverse, her images more severe, her blade sharper." [73] Jim Malec of American Noise rank Speak Now number six on his Top 10 Country Music Albums of 2010 and named it the "most courageous" release of 2010. [74] PopMatters ranked it at number five on its list of the best country albums of 2010, [75] while The Boot ranked it at number two on its top ten country albums of the year. [76] In June 2012, the album was included in the "50 best female albums of all time" list by Rolling Stone, ranking at number forty-five. [77]

Aside from critic polls, the album was nominated in 2011 Juno Awards for International Album of the Year, losing to Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. It received nominations in 2011 Billboard Music Awards, including Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Country Album in 2011 Billboard Music Awards and won the latter. [78] Speak Now was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 2012 Grammy Awards and won the Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for her song "Mean". [79] The album is also nominated for Album of the Year in Academy of Country Music Awards, [80] Country Music Association Awards, [81] and American Country Awards, [82] and won the favorite country album in American Music Awards of 2011. [83]

Speak Now has won 4 awards from 10 nominations.

Commercial performance

Speak Now debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, its sales of 1,047,000 copies making it just the 16th album in United States history to sell one million copies in a single week. It was the second biggest debut ever for a female artist— later pushed down to third biggest by Lady Gaga's Born This Way and then fourth by her own album, Red , [93] - the second biggest ever by a country album, the biggest in five and one half years, and the biggest of 2010. [94] [95] Speak Now also set a new record for the biggest one-week sales tally for an album by a female country artist, surpassing Shania Twain's Up! . [95] It is Swift's second US number-one album. [94] In its second week on the Billboard 200, the album remained at number one and sold 320,000 copies. [96] It dropped to number two and sold 212,000 copies in its third week. [97] In its fourth week, Speak Now dropped to number nine and sold 146,000 copies. [98] In its fifth week, it rose to number four and sold 241,000 copies. [99] Speak Now returned to the top spot on its eight week with over 259,000 copies sold. [100] The album was able to top the Billboard 200 again on the succeeding three weeks, giving a total of six non-consecutive weeks at number one. [101] After only 10 weeks in release, Speak Now became the third best-selling album of 2010 in the United States, with sales of 2,960,000 copies. [102] The album had sold 681,000 digital copies as of January 2012, making it the tenth best selling digital album of all time. [103] On October 25, 2010, the album was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), [104] and, as of October 2012, it has sold 4.2 million copies in the US. [105] It is Swift's third album to reached this plateau, following Taylor Swift and Fearless , making her the first female solo artist to top the 4 million mark with three studio albums in a row in a decade. [106]

All fourteen songs on the album and three bonus tracks have charted on the US Billboard Hot 100, eleven of them charted concurrently making Swift just the third artist in history and first female artist to have over ten concurrent Hot 100 hits. Speak Now is also the only album in history to spawn seventeen Hot 100 hits. It produced four top ten, seven top twenty, and nine top thirty hits. [107]

Speak Now also garnered success outside the US. The album entered at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 62,000 copies. [108] It stayed at the top spot on its second week and was later certified triple platinum by the Music Canada for shipments exceeding 240,000 copies. [109] Speak Now also debuted at number one on Australian Albums Chart, became Swift's first number one album in Australia. [110] It was later certified triple platinum by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). [111] The album topped the New Zealand Albums Chart for two weeks and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). [110] [112] Speak Now also charted within the top ten in five more countries including the United Kingdom where it debuted at number six on the Top 40 Albums chart and has been certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). [110] [113]

As of February 2012, "Mine" sold 2,081,000 copies, "Mean" sold 1,809,000 copies; "Back To December" sold 1,688,000 copies; "Ours" sold 1,224,000; "Sparks Fly" "The Story Of Us" and "Speak Now" have sold approximately 841,000 and 500,000 respectively copies. [114]

Deluxe edition

A deluxe edition was released exclusively to the Target and features an alternate cover, with Swift in a red dress instead of the standard edition's violet. It was released on the same day as the standard edition and includes three additional tracks ("Ours", "If This Was A Movie", and "Superman"), acoustic versions of "Haunted" and "Back To December", a pop remix of "Mine", and 30 minutes of enhanced video content: the music video for "Mine", as well as behind-the-scenes footage of its production. [115] [116] [117] Released on her official website the Target deluxe edition was made available for digital download by Scattertunes. [118] A deluxe edition was also released internationally featuring the same three bonus songs, acoustic songs and behind the scenes feature from the deluxe edition at Target. The international deluxe edition contains the US versions of "Mine", "Back To December", and "The Story Of Us", and the pop mix video for "Mine". [119] [120] [121] On November 8, 2011, the three bonus songs were released individually as singles on iTunes and Amazon.com [54] [122] [123] and the bonus remixes were released individually as singles on iTunes. [124] On January 17, 2012, the Target exclusive deluxe edition was released to other retail stores. [125]

Track listing

All tracks written by Taylor Swift . All songs produced by Nathan Chapman and Swift, except where noted.

  • " Bother Me "
  • " Castles Crumbling "
  • " Electric Touch "
  • " Foolish One "
  • " His Lies "
  • " I Can See You "
  • " Let's Go "
  • " Someone Just Told Me "
  • " Timeless "
  • " When Emma Falls in Love "
  • " Wonderful Things "

Spotify streams

Physical booklet (deluxe edition).

SpeakNowScans1

Main article: Speak Now photoshoot

Credits for Speak Now adapted from liner notes. [126] [127] [128] [129]

Year-end charts

Certifications, external links.

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  • "iTunes — Music — Mine (Pop Mix) – Single by Taylor Swift" . Itunes.apple.com. November 8, 2011 . http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mine-pop-mix-single/id475655954 . Retrieved November 28, 2011 .
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Looking back at Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' ahead of re-recording's release

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"Speak Now (Taylor's Version)" is almost ours.

Just as "Speak Now" was Taylor Swift's third album released in her career, this new version is the singer's third re-recorded album. It drops on July 7, following in the footsteps of "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" and "Red (Taylor's Version)," both of which Swift released in 2021.

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This is the story of "Speak Now."

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Why the album was titled "Speak Now"

Despite "Speak Now" not being a single, Swift clearly felt a strong connection to it.

"I just kept going back to 'Speak Now,' because I think it's a metaphor for so many things we go through in life, that moment where it's almost too late, and you've gotta either say what it is you are feeling or deal with the consequences forever," she told New York Magazine in 2010 about settling on a title for the album.

In the booklet that accompanied the album, Swift elaborated on what the phrase meant to her and how that related to the theme of the album.

"These songs are made up of words I didn't say when the moment was right in front of me," she wrote. "These songs are open letters. Each is written with a specific person in mind, telling them what I meant to tell them in person."

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What Swift said about the songs on "Speak Now"

Swift also said she considers the songs on "Speak Now" to be different "emotions."

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in 2010, she explained, "There are some that are about infatuation and adoration and the positive, magical feelings of love. But then there are the ones that deal with when it goes wrong, which it oftentimes does, and all the different ways that it can go wrong, and all the different ways it can make you feel, and all the different phases of that you go through."

As for why it was important for her to write all the songs herself, Swift said it was about proving those who doubt her wrong.

"When I was 18, they were like, 'She doesn't really write those songs.' So my third album I wrote by myself as a reaction to that," she told Rolling Stone in 2019 when reflecting on "Speak Now."

What awards "Speak Now" won

"Speak Now" received album of the year nominations from the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Association Awards, winning top country album at the Billboard Music Awards.

In terms of the Grammys, the album was nominated for best country album and ultimately took home two trophies for the song "Mean": best country solo performance and best country song.

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Fun fact about the "Mean" music video: actress Joey King appears in the clip.

How the album -- and its songs -- performed on the charts

When "Speak Now" debuted, 11 songs from the album made the Billboard Hot 100 -- the most ever by a female artist at the time.

No songs hit No. 1 on the chart, but "Mine" reached the highest spot at No. 3, followed closely behind by "Back to December," which topped out at No. 6, and the title track, which peaked at No. 8.

"If This Was a Movie," one of the songs off the deluxe version that was left off the tracklist for the re-release, climbed to No. 10.

The album "Speak Now" spent six weeks in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and 186 weeks on the chart in total.

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What Swift has said about the "Speak Now" re-release

Swift announced "Speak Now (Taylor's Version)" when performing in Nashville during her Eras Tour back in May.

"I always looked at this album as my album, and the lump in my throat expands to a quivering voice as I say this. Thanks to you, dear reader, it finally will be," she wrote in a statement posted to Instagram.

Also in the Instagram post, Swift opened up about her experience writing the album between the ages of 18 and 20, saying, "The songs that came from this time in my life were marked by their brutal honesty, unfiltered diaristic confessions and wild wistfulness."

"I love this album because it tells a tale of growing up, flailing, flying and crashing … and living to speak about it," she added.

Swift unveiled the tracklist for "Speak Now (Taylor's Version)" in June, revealing that it will feature six songs from the vault in addition to the songs we already know and love.

Better yet, these new tunes will also feature some emo vibes as Fall Out Boy is featured on "Electric Touch" and Paramore's Hayley Williams is featured on "Castles Crumbling."

Of collaborating with these artists, Swift said she felt they "influenced me most powerfully as a lyricist" at the time of the original "Speak Now" release," calling them "cool and generous" for supporting her on this new version of the album.

The other songs from the vault include "When Emma Falls in Love," "I Can See You," "Foolish One" and "Timeless."

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It's safe to say that Taylor Swift 's Eras Tour has well and truly surpassed every single expectation we had. The Eras Tour officially opened its doors in Glendale, Arizona on March 17th where Taylor performed songs from all 10 of her albums.

Since then, Taylor has released her eleventh album, ' The Tortured Poets Department ', and has now added seven of those songs to the setlist too. But what songs have been cut to make room for the new tracks?

On May 9th in Paris, France, Taylor changed the entire Eras Tour setlist as fans know it. Popular songs have now been removed and the eras section order has been moved around.

Here's all the songs in Taylor's Eras Tour setlist, including every song featured in the show, how many songs she plays, every single surprise song and all the 'The Tortured Poets Department' tracks that have been added to the setlist.

Plus, all the updates to the setlist and what to expect for the European Eras Tour dates.

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What songs are on Taylor Swift's The Eras Tour setlist?

Taylor Swift The Eras Tour setlist: What songs will Taylor play?

How many songs does Taylor Swift play on the Eras Tour setlist?

The average Taylor Swift concert used to be around 2 hours long but The Eras Tour is a whole different beast... The concert is a whopping 3 hours and 15 minutes long, and Taylor performs a huge 45 tracks within that timeframe.

Not all the tracks are performed in full – some are shortened versions. There's also a couple of additional little interludes that pop up throughout the show.

For context, on the Rep tour, Taylor performed 19 tracks in total, including several mashups that featured some of her older songs. For The 1989 World Tour, she performed 18 songs, while 17 songs were performed on The Red Tour and the Speak Now World Tour.

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Taylor Swift New Eras Tour setlist: What songs does Taylor Swift perform on the Eras Tour?

Taylor now only has two more legs of the Eras Tour to complete: Europe and the second U.S. and Canada leg. International fans heading to the shows in 2024 thought they had a pretty solid idea of what to expect, but she has now turned everything on its head with a brand new setlist and a new ' The Tortured Poets Department ' section.

The Eras Tour set list features a mix of her highest charting songs, lead singles, fan favourites, outright bangers and tracks that stand out as milestones in her incredible career so far.

On March 31st, during her show in Arlington, TX, Taylor confirmed that the setlist will have some changes as the tour goes on. We now know that the entire setlist has changed. On May 9th 2024 in Paris, Taylor changed the order of the setlist and removed a handful of songs. Seven 'Tortured Poets Department' songs were also added.

The Eras sections now go in this order: 'Lover', 'Fearless', 'Red', 'Speak Now', 'Reputation', 'Folklore and Evermore' (now combined), '1989', 'The Tortured Poets Department', Surprise Songs and 'Midnights'.

Here's Taylor Swift's new Eras Tour setlist in order, based on Paris Night 1 setlist:

  • Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince (shortened)
  • Cruel Summer
  • You Need To Calm Down (shortened)
  • Fearless (shortened)
  • You Belong With Me
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  • I Knew You Were Trouble
  • All Too Well (10 Minute Version)
  • …Ready For It?
  • Don’t Blame Me
  • Look What You Made Me Do
  • champagne problems
  • illicit affairs (shortened)
  • my tears ricochet
  • marjorie (shortened)
  • Blank Space
  • Shake It Off
  • Wildest Dreams (shortened)
  • Bad Blood (shortened)
  • But Daddy I Love Him
  • So High School (shortened)
  • Who's Afraid of Little Old Me?
  • The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived
  • I Can Do It With A Broken Heart
  • Surprise Guitar Acoustic Song
  • Surprise Piano Acoustic Song
  • Lavender Haze
  • Midnight Rain
  • Vigilante Shit

All Eras Tour setlist changes and updates so far:

Six songs have now been permanently removed from the Eras Tour setlist: 'The Archer', 'Long Live', 'The 1', 'The Last Great American Dynasty', 'Tis The Damn Season' and 'Tolerate It'.

The 'Folklore' and 'Evermore' sections have now been combined in the setlist, as they are 'sister' albums.

Seven songs from 'The Tortured Poets Department' have now been added .

  • On March 31st 2023, 'Invisible string' was replaced by 'the 1'. Both songs have now been removed.
  • On July 7th and 8th, Taylor performed 'Long Live' after 'Enchanted'. The song remained on the setlist until May 2024, when it was removed.
  • On July 22nd, Taylor replaced 'tis the damn season' so she could perform 'No Body, No Crime' with HAIM. 'Tis the damn season' returned to the main setlist on August 24th in Mexico City, before being removed in May 2024.
  • For all the shows where Phoebe Bridgers appeared as a support act, Taylor performed 'Nothing New' with her during the Red (TV) section.
  • On May 26th and May 27th 2023, Ice Spice joined Taylor on stage to perform 'Karma'.

As of June 27th 2024, there is still no section on the tour dedicated to her debut album, 'Taylor Swift ' .

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Taylor Swift's last tour was back in 2018 with the Reputation Stadium Tour

What surprise songs has Taylor Swift performed?

Much like her other tours, Taylor performs two surprise songs for each show. In 2023, Taylor played an additional 124 songs from her own discography. (Plus one of Gracie Abrams' own songs.)

The list has been reset for the 2024 shows, and Taylor has now introduced mashups.

Here's the full list of all the Surprise Acoustic Songs Taylor has performed on The Eras Tour so far:

  • 'mirrorball' and 'Tim McGraw' (Glendale, AZ – Night 1)
  • 'this is me trying' and 'State of Grace' (Glendale, AZ - Night 2)
  • 'Our Song' and 'Snow on the Beach' (Las Vegas, NZ – Night 1)
  • 'cowboy like me' (with Marcus Mumford) and 'White Horse' (Las Vegas, NZ – Night 2)
  • 'Sad Beautiful Tragic' and 'Ours' (Arlington, TX – Night 1)
  • 'Death By a Thousand Cuts' and 'Clean' (Arlington, TX – Night 2)
  • 'Jump Then Fall' and 'The Lucky One' (Arlington, TX – Night 3)
  • 'Speak Now' and 'Treacherous' (Tampa, FL – Night 1)
  • 'The Great War' (with Aaron Dessner) and 'You're On Your Own, Kid' (Tampa, FL – Night 2)
  • 'mad woman' (with Aaron Dessner) and 'Mean' (Tampa, FL – Night 3)
  • 'Wonderland' and 'You're Not Sorry' (Houston, TX – Night 1)
  • 'A Place In This World' and 'Today Was A Fairytale' (Houston, TX – Night 2)
  • 'Begin Again' and 'Cold as You' (Houston, TX – Night 3)
  • 'The Other Side of the Door' and 'Coney Island' (Atlanta, GA – Night 1)
  • 'High Infidelity' and 'Gorgeous' (Atlanta, GA – Night 2)
  • 'I Bet You Think About Me' and 'How You Get The Girl' (Atlanta, GA – Night 3)
  • 'Sparks Fly' and 'Teardrops On My Guitar' (Nashville, TN – Night 1)
  • 'Out of the Woods' and 'Fifteen' (Nashville, TN – Night 2)
  • 'Would've Could've Should've' (with Aaron Dessner) and 'Mine' (Nashville, TN – Night 3)
  • 'gold rush' and 'Come Back... Be Here' (Philadelphia, PA – Night 1)
  • 'Forever & Always' and 'This Love' (Philadelphia, PA – Night 2)
  • 'Hey Stephen' and 'The Best Day' (Philadelphia, PA – Night 3)
  • 'Should've Said No' and 'Better Man' (Foxborough, MA – Night 1)
  • 'Question...?' and 'Invisible' (Foxborough, MA – Night 2)
  • 'I Think He Knows' and 'Red' (Foxborough, MA – Night 3)
  • 'Getaway Car' (with Jack Antonoff) and 'Maroon' (East Rutherford, NJ – Night 1)
  • 'Holy Ground' and 'False God' (East Rutherford, NJ – Night 2)
  • 'Welcome To New York' and 'Clean' (East Rutherford, NJ – Night 3)
  • 'I Wish You Would' and 'the lakes' (Chicago, IL – Night 1)
  • 'You All Over Me' (with Maren Morris) and 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever' (Chicago, IL – Night 2)
  • 'Hits Different' and 'The Moment I Knew' (Chicago, IL – Night 3)
  • 'Haunted' and 'I Almost Do' (Detroit, MI – Night 1)
  • 'All You Had To Do Was Stay' and 'Breathe' (Detroit, MI – Night 2)
  • 'Mr. Perfectly Fine' and 'The Last Time' (Pittsburgh, PA – Night 1)
  • 'seven' (with Aaron Dessner) and 'The Story of Us' (Pittsburgh, PA – Night 2)
  • 'Paper Rings' and 'If This Was A Movie' (Minneapolis, MN – Night 1)
  • 'Dear John' and 'Daylight' (Minneapolis, MN – Night 2)
  • 'I'm Only Me When I'm With You' and 'evermore' (Cincinnati, OH – Night 1)
  • 'ivy' (with Aaron Dessner), 'I miss you, I’m sorry' (with Gracie Abrams) and 'Call It What You Want' (Cincinnati, OH – Night 2)
  • 'Never Grow Up' and 'When Emma Falls In Love' (Kansas City, MO – Night 1)
  • 'Last Kiss' and 'dorothea' (Kansas City, MO – Night 2)
  • 'Picture To Burn' and 'Timeless' (Denver, CO – Night 1)
  • 'Starlight' and 'Back To December' (Denver, CO – Night 2)
  • 'This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things' and 'Everything Has Changed' (Seattle, WA – Night 1)
  • 'Message In A Bottle' and 'Tied Together With A Smile' (Seattle, WA – Night 2)
  • 'right where you left me' (with Aaron Dessner) and 'Castles Crumbling' (Santa Clara, CA – Night 1)
  • 'Stay Stay Stay' and 'All of the Girls You've Loved Before' (Santa Clara, CA – Night 2)
  • 'I Can See You' and Maroon' (Los Angeles, CA – Night 1)
  • 'Our Song' and 'You Are In Love' (Los Angeles, CA – Night 2)
  • 'Death By A Thousand Cuts' and 'You're On Your Own, Kid' (Los Angeles, CA – Night 3)
  • 'Dress' and 'exile' (Los Angeles, CA – Night 4)
  • 'I Know Places' and 'King of My Heart' (Los Angeles, CA – Night 5)
  • 'New Romantics' and 'New Year's Day' (Los Angeles, CA – Night 6)
  • 'I Forgot That You Existed' and 'Sweet Nothing' (Mexico City – Night 1)
  • 'Tell Me Why' and 'Snow on the Beach' (Mexico City – Night 2)
  • 'Cornelia Street' and 'You're On Your Own, Kid' (Mexico City – Night 3)
  • 'Afterglow' and 'Maroon' (Mexico City – Night 4)
  • 'The Very First Night' and 'Labyrinth' (Buenos Aires – Night 1)
  • 'Is It Over Now?'+ 'Out of the Woods' mashup and 'End Game' (Buenos Aires – Night 2)
  • 'Better Than Revenge' and 'Slut!' (Buenos Aires – Night 3)
  • 'Stay Beautiful' and 'Suburban Legends' (Rio de Janeiro – Night 1)
  • 'Dancing With Our Hands Tied' and 'Bigger Than The Whole Sky' (Rio de Janeiro – Night 2)
  • 'ME!' and 'So It Goes...' (Rio de Janeiro – Night 3)
  • 'Now That We Don't Talk' and 'Innocent' (São Paulo - Night 1)
  • 'Safe & Sound' and 'Untouchable' (São Paulo - Night 2)
  • 'Say Don't Go' and 'it's time to go' (São Paulo - Night 3)
  • 'Dear Reader' and 'Holy Ground' (Tokyo - Night 1)
  • 'Eyes Open' and 'Electric Touch' (Tokyo - Night 2)
  • 'Superman' and 'The Outside' (Tokyo - Night 3)
  • 'Come In With The Rain' and 'You're On Your Own, Kid' (Tokyo - Night 4)
  • 'Red' and 'You're Losing Me' (Melbourne – Night 1)
  • 'Getaway Car/August/The Other Side of the Door' and 'this is me trying' (Melbourne – Night 2)
  • 'Come Back...Be Here/Daylight' and 'Teardrops On My Guitar' (Melbourne – Night 3)
  • 'How You Get The Girl' and 'White Horse/Coney Island' with Sabrina Carpenter (Sydney – Night 1)
  • 'Should've Said No/You're Not Sorry' and 'New Year's Day/Peace' (Sydney – Night 2)
  • 'Is It Over Now?/I Wish You Would' and 'Haunted/Exile' (Sydney – Night 3)
  • 'Would've Could've Should've/Ivy' and 'Forever & Always/Maroon' (Sydney – Night 4)
  • 'Mine/Starlight' and 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever/Dress' (Singapore – Night 1)
  • 'Long Story Short/The Story of Us' and 'Clean/Evermore' (Singapore – Night 2)
  • 'Foolish One/Tell Me Why' and 'This Love/Call It What You Want' (Singapore – Night 3)
  • 'Death By A Thousand Cuts/Babe' and 'Fifteen/You're On Your Own, Kid' (Singapore – Night 4)
  • 'Sparks Fly/Gold Rush' and 'False God/Slut!' (Singapore – Night 5)
  • 'Tim McGraw/Cowboy Like Me' and 'Mirrorball/Epiphany' (Singapore – Night 6)
  • 'Paris' and 'loml' (Paris – Night 1)
  • 'Is It Over Now?/Out Of The Woods' and 'My Boy Only Breaks His Favourite Toys' (Paris – Night 2)
  • 'Hey Stephen' and 'Maroon' (Paris – Night 3)
  • 'The Alchemy/Treacherous' and 'Begin Again/Paris' (Paris – Night 4)
  • 'I Think He Knows/Gorgeous/' and 'Peter' (Stockholm – Night 1)
  • 'Guilty As Sin?' and 'Say Don't Go/Welcome To New York/Clean' (Stockholm – Night 2)
  • 'Message In A Bottle/How You Get The Girl/New Romantics' and 'How Did It End?' (Stockholm – Night 3)
  • 'Come Back Be Here/The Way I Loved You/The Other Side of the Door' and 'Fresh Out The Slammer/High Infidelity' (Lisbon – Night 1)
  • 'The Tortured Poets Department/Now That We Don't Talk' and 'You're On Your Own, Kid/Long Live' (Lisbon – Night 2)
  • 'Sparks Fly/I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can)' and 'I Look In People's Windows/Snow on the Beach' (Madrid – Night 1)
  • 'Our Song/Jump Then Fall' and 'King of my Heart' (Madrid – Night 2)
  • 'The Prophecy/Long Story Short' and 'Fifteen/You're On Your Own, Kid' (Lyon – Night 1)
  • 'Glitch/Everything Has Changed' and 'Chloe, Sam, Sophia or Marcus' (Lyon – Night 2)
  • 'Would've, Could've, Should've/I Know Places' and ''Tis The Damn Season/Daylight' (Edinburgh – Night 1)
  • 'The Bolter/Getaway Car' and 'All Of The Girls You've Loved Before/Crazier' (Edinburgh – Night 2)
  • 'It's Nice To Have A Friend/Dorothea' and 'Haunted/Exile' (Edinburgh – Night 3)
  • 'I Can See You/Mine' and 'Cornelia Street/Maroon' (Liverpool – Night 1)
  • 'This Is What You Came For/Gold Rush' and 'The Great War/You're Losing Me' (Liverpool – Night 2)
  • 'Carolina/No Body, No Crime' and 'The Manuscript/Red' (Liverpool – Night 3)
  • 'I Forgot That You Existed/This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things' and 'I Hate It Here/the lakes' (Cardiff)
  • 'Hits Different/Death By A Thousand Cuts' and 'The Black Dog/Come Back...Be Here/Maroon' (London – Night 1)
  • 'thanK you aIMee/Mean' and 'Castles Crumbling' (with Hayley Williams) (London – Night 2)
  • 'us' (with Gracie Abrams) and 'Out of the Woods/Is It Over Now?/Clean' (London – Night 3)

Taylor has 'reset' the surprise song list, which means anyone attending a show in 2024 can anticipate hearing a song she's already performed. She previously stated that she will only play each surprise song once during the tour, unless she messes one up.

There's also no rules for Taylor repeating songs from Midnights as surprise songs, which means fans may get to hear the likes of 'You're On Your Own Kid' and 'Snow on the Beach' again at some point in the future.

We'll update this article with every Surprise Acoustic Song – and every surprise song that she will play again – after every show.

Will Taylor Swift change the Eras Tour setlist to include The Tortured Poets Department?

Will Taylor Swift change the Eras Tour setlist?

Aside from a few song changes, the Eras Tour setlist remained the same throughout the 2023 shows and every show up until the release of 'The Tortured Poets Department'. During the first Paris show in May 2024, Taylor changed the order of the setlist, removed six songs and added seven new ones from 'TTPD'.

  • Read more: Taylor Swift Cuts Six Songs From Eras Tour Setlist: See The Full List

Fans attending the European shows might end up hearing Taylor perform ' Castles Crumbling ' with Hayley Williams at some point, as Paramore will be supporting her throughout those tour dates. Unlike Phoebe Bridgers and HAIM, who joined Taylor on stage to perform 'Nothing New' and 'No Body, No Crime' respectively on the nights they were support acts, a 'Castles Crumbling' duet might be more likely to appear as a surprise song.

Taylor will finish her European leg in London in August 2024, before returning to North America in November 2024. It's possible that she may make more changes to the final leg of the show.

What are Taylor's most performed songs on tour?

Before she embarked on The Eras Tour, Taylor’s top 3 most performed songs are ‘Love Story’ (491 times), ‘Our Song’ (404 times) and ‘You Belong With Me’ (381 times).

Of course, almost all of Taylor’s most performed songs are from her first two albums. As the list goes on, the 'Speak Now' bops, 'Red' bangers and '1989' hits start to weave their way in.

If you’re wondering what Taylor’s most played songs from her first five albums are, here’s a break down:

  • Taylor Swift : ‘Our Song’, ‘Tim McGraw’ and ‘Picture To Burn’
  • Fearless: ‘Love Story’, ‘You Belong With Me’ and ‘Fifteen’
  • Speak Now : ‘Sparks Fly’, ‘Mean’ and ‘Mine’
  • Red : ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ and ‘Red’
  • 1989 : ‘Shake It Off’, ‘Blank Space’ and ‘Out of the Woods’

Taylor has only had the chance to perform songs from Reputation on the Reputation Stadium Tour so far, but ‘Ready For It?’, ‘Delicate’ and ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ take the top spots when it comes to live performances of the Rep tracks.

Due to the cancellation of Lover Fest, Taylor hasn’t been able to perform Lover on a tour setting. Folklore, Evermore and Midnights will also be making their tour debut on the Eras Tour.

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For The Record: How Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' Changed Her Career — And Proved She'll Always Get The Last Word

The third Taylor Swift album to receive the 'Taylor's Version' treatment, 'Speak Now' isn't just a time capsule for the superstar — it was the turning point for her both personally and professionally.

As Taylor Swift began work on her third album, she knew all eyes were on her. The singer had solidified her status as a bonafide country-pop superstar thanks to her sophomore LP, 2008's Fearless , which earned Swift her first four GRAMMYs, including Album Of The Year. Meanwhile, her personal life had become non-stop fodder for the tabloids; critics painted her as a boy-crazy maneater ready to chew up exes for the sake of hits.

While her first two records had largely centered on romantic daydreams and small-town adolescence, Swift's new level of fame meant her next set of music would involve more high-profile subjects. Like, say, the rapper who'd tried to humiliate her in front of the entire world at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Or the Hollywood starlet she was convinced had stolen her pop star boyfriend. Or the critic who had taken a particularly vicious swipe at her on his well-known industry blog. All of those moments pinwheeled around a common theme: speaking up, speaking out, speaking her truth. And the result became Speak Now .

"These songs are made up of words I didn't say when the moment was right in front of me," Swift wrote in the LP's liner notes. "These songs are open letters. Each is written with a specific person in mind, telling them what I meant to tell them in person."

Swift's Speak Now era officially began in August 2010, when she released "Mine" as the album's lead single. The rollout was expedited by two weeks after the song leaked on the internet, but even with an earlier-than-planned release, the star immediately proved she was pushing her songcraft past the high school hallways and teenage fairytales of her first two albums — a level of maturity that rang through Speak Now .

"Mine" told an altogether different kind of love story, one that confronted the daunting realities of adulthood head-on. Instead of the hopeless romantic fans had come to know on past hits like "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me," Swift positioned herself as the jaded protagonist at the tale's center, one whose walls are only broken down by this new, grown-up kind of love.

Becoming her fourth top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100, "Mine" also contained a particularly flawless turn of phrase in its chorus — "you made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter" — that remains, to this day, one of the best examples of Swift's razor-sharp talent for crafting the perfect lyric.

The rest of Speak Now — which Swift wrote entirely alone as a mic drop against critics — proved to have the same kind of brilliance. Swift had unleashed a new layer of her songwriting ability; not only did she dive deeper into the unveiled honesty of her diaristic style, but she also hinted at the whimsical storytelling that was to come on future albums, particularly 2020's folklore and evermore . But above all, Speak Now showed that Swift would never leave anything unspoken again.

Swift's evolution as a songwriter mirrored her growing success: Upon its October 2010 release, Speak Now sold an eye-popping 1,047,000 copies in its first week. The seven-digit sales figure nearly doubled Fearless ' opening week tally of 592,300, and became the first album to achieve the million-copy first-week feat in more than two years. (The achievement also foreshadowed the records Swift would break with her subsequent releases, most recently her majorly record-breaking 10th album, Midnights .)

Nearly every track on Speak Now had fans and the press hunting for clues about who was on the receiving end of Swift's open letters. There's "Back to December," a break-up ballad written for Taylor Lautner, and "Better Than Revenge," a condescending clapback at Camilla Belle for "sabotaging" her romance with Joe Jonas . She even offered Kanye West a surprising amount of grace after their viral VMAs moment on the downtempo ballad "Innocent."

Arguably the most talked-about Speak Now subject was (and still is) John Mayer , who had two songs aimed squarely at him: pop-punk-fueled single "The Story of Us" and "Dear John," a devastating dressing down of their 12-year age gap. The latter even mimicked Mayer's trademark blues guitar as Swift wailed, "Dear John, I see it all now, it was wrong/ Don't you think 19's too young/ To be played by your dark, twisted games when I loved you so?/ I should've known."

Perhaps the most victorious moment from Taylor's Speak Now era, though, came from "Mean." The banjo-tinged tune served as a deliciously twangy clapback to critic Bob Lefsetz, who had publicly derided Swift's 2010 GRAMMYs performance with Stevie Nicks , just hours before she was awarded Album Of The Year for the first time.

Not only did "Mean" end up winning Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 2012 GRAMMYs, but Swift also got the last word by performing the single during the ceremony. In the final chorus, Swift landed her knock-out punch — the music dropped out completely as she triumphantly declared, "But someday I'll be singin' this at the GRAMMYs/ And all you're ever gonna be is mean."

Nearly 13 years after Speak Now was first unveiled, Swift is now on the precipice of giving her beloved third album its highly anticipated Taylor's Version re-release — appropriately the third project after Fearless and Red to be re-recorded in her history-making quest to own her life's work.

The new edition of Speak Now will contain all 14 tracks on the original LP as well as sixth single "Ours" and fellow deluxe cut "Superman." (Though released in March to celebrate the start of The Eras Tour , "If This Was a Movie" was mysteriously left off the (Taylor's Version) tracklist.) It will also feature six vault tracks from the era, including collaborations with Paramore 's Hayley Williams ("Castles Crumbling") and Fall Out Boy ("Electric Touch"), two acts Swift said "influenced me most powerfully as a lyricist" back when she was recording the album in 2010. 

As the lone LP in her now 10-album discography to be written solely by Swift's pen, Speak Now undoubtedly holds a special and solitary place in the superstar's heart. Looking back on the album after announcing the Taylor's Version release at her first Nashville Eras Tour stop , she made clear it has only become more meaningful over the last 13 years. 

"I first made Speak Now , completely self-written, between the ages of 18 and 20," she wrote in a social media post announcing the album . "The songs that came from this time in my life were marked by their brutal honesty, unfiltered diaristic confessions and wild wistfulness. I love this album because it tells a tale of growing up, flailing, flying and crashing…and living to speak about it."

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"Let Yourself Be Idiosyncratic": Moby Talks New Album 'Always Centered At Night' & 25 Years Of 'Play'

"We're not writing for a pop audience, we don't need to dumb it down," Moby says of creating his new record. In an interview, the multiple-GRAMMY nominee reflects on his latest album and how it contrasts with his legendary release from 1999.

Moby ’s past and present are converging in a serendipitous way. The multiple-GRAMMY nominee is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his seminal work, Play , the best-selling electronic dance music album of all time, and the release of his latest album, always centered at night .  

Where Play was a solitary creation experience for Moby, always centered at night is wholly collaborative. Recognizable names on the album are Lady Blackbird on the blues-drenched "dark days" and serpentwithfeet on the emotive "on air." But always centered at night ’s features are mainly lesser-known artists, such as the late Benjamin Zephaniah on the liquid jungle sounds of "where is your pride?" and Choklate on the slow grooves of "sweet moon."  

Moby’s music proves to have staying power: His early ‘90s dance hits "Go" and "Next is the E" still rip up dancefloors ; the songs on Play are met with instant emotional reactions from millennials who heard them growing up. Moby is even experiencing a resurgence of sorts with Gen Z. In 2023, Australian drum ‘n’ bass DJ/producer Luude and UK vocalist Issey Cross reimagined Moby’s classic "Porcelain" into "Oh My." Earlier this year, Moby released "You and Me" with Italian DJ/producer Anfisa Letyago .  

Music is just one of Moby’s many creative ventures. He wrote and directed Punk Rock Vegan Movie as well as writing and starring in his homemade documentary, Moby Doc . The two films are produced by his production company, Little Walnut , which also makes music videos, shorts and the podcast "Moby Pod ." Moby and co-host Lindsay Hicks have an eclectic array of guests, from actor Joe Manganiello to Ed Begley, Jr., Steve-O and Hunter Biden. The podcast interviews have led to "some of the most meaningful interpersonal experiences," Moby tells GRAMMY.com.  

A upcoming episode of "Moby Pod" dedicated to Play was taped live over two evenings at Los Angeles’ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The episode focuses on Moby recounting his singular experiences around the unexpected success of that album — particularly considering the abject failure of his previous album, Animal Rights . The narrative was broken up by acoustic performances of songs from Play , as well as material from Always Centered at Night (which arrives June 14) with special guest Lady Blackbird. Prior to the taping, Moby spoke to GRAMMY.com about both albums.  

'Always centered at night' started as a label imprint then became the title of your latest album. How did that happen?  

I realized pretty quickly that I just wanted to make music and not necessarily worry about being a label boss. Why make more busy work for myself ?

The first few songs were this pandemic process of going to SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube and asking people for recommendations to find voices that I wasn’t familiar with, and then figuring out how to get in touch with them. The vast majority of the time, they would take the music I sent them and write something phenomenal.

That's the most interesting part of working with singers you've never met: You don't know what you're going to get. My only guidance was: Let yourself be creative, let yourself be idiosyncratic, let the lyrics be poetic. We're not writing for a pop audience, we don't need to dumb it down. Although, apparently Lady Blackbird is one of Taylor Swift 's favorite singers .   

Guiding the collaborators away from pop music is an unusual directive, although perhaps not for you?  

What is both sad and interesting is pop has come to dominate the musical landscape to such an extent that it seems a lot of musicians don't know they're allowed to do anything else. Some younger people have grown up with nothing but pop music. Danaé Wellington, who sings "Wild Flame," her first pass of lyrics were pop. I went back to her and said, "Please be yourself, be poetic." And she said, "Well, that’s interesting because I’m the poet laureate of Manchester." So getting her to disregard pop lyrics and write something much more personal and idiosyncratic was actually easy and really special .  

You certainly weren’t going in the pop direction when making 'Play,' but it ended up being an extremely popular album. Did you have a feeling it was going to blow up the way it did?

I have a funny story. I had a date in January 1999 in New York. We went out drinking and I had just gotten back the mastered version of   Play . We're back at my apartment, and before our date became "grown up," we listened to the record from start to finish.   She actually liked it.   And I thought,   Huh, that's interesting. I didn't think anyone was going to like this record .  

You didn’t feel anything different during the making of 'Play?'

I knew to the core of my being that   Play   was going to be a complete, abject failure. There was no doubt in my mind whatsoever. It was going to be my last record and it was going to fail. That was the time of people going into studios and spending half a million dollars. It was   Backstreet Boys   and   Limp Bizkit   and   NSYNC ; big major label records that were flawlessly produced.   Play   was made literally in my bedroom. 

I slept under the stairs like Harry Potter in my loft on Mott Street. I had one bedroom and that's where I made the record on the cheapest of cheap equipment held up literally on milk crates. Two of the songs were recorded to cassette, that's how cheap the record was. It was this weird record made by a has-been, a footnote from the early rave days. There was no world where I thought it was going to be even slightly successful. Daniel Miller from Mute said — and I remember this very clearly — "I think this record might sell over 50,000 copies." And I said, "That’s kind of you to say but let's admit that this is going to be a failure. Thank you for releasing my last record."   

Was your approach in making  'Play'  different from other albums?  

The record I had made before   Play ,   Animal Rights , was this weird, noisy metal punk industrial record that almost everybody hated. I remember this moment so vividly: I was playing Glastonbury in 1998 and it was one of those miserable Glastonbury years.   When it's good, it's paradise; it's really special.   But the first time I played, it was disgusting, truly. A foot and a half of mud everywhere, incessant rain and cold. I was telling my manager that I wanted to make another punk rock metal record. And he said the   most gentle   thing, "I know you enjoy making punk rock and metal. People really   enjoy   when you make electronic music." 

The way he said it, he wasn't saying, "You would help your career by making electronic music." He simply said, "People enjoy it." If I had been my manager, I would have said, "You're a f— ing   idiot. Everyone hated that record. What sort of mental illness and masochism is compelling you to do it again?" Like Freud said, the definition of mental illness is doing the same thing and expecting different results.   But his response was very emotional and gentle and sweet, and that got through to me.   I had this moment where I realized,   I can make music that potentially people will   enjoy   that will make them happy.   Why not pursue that?  

That was what made me not spend my time in ‘98 making an album inspired by Sepultura and   Pantera   and   instead make something more melodic and electronic.  

After years of swearing off touring, what’s making you hit stages this summer?  

I love playing live music. If you asked me to come over and play Neil Young songs in your backyard, I would say yes happily, in a second. But going on tour, the hotels and airports and everything, I really dislike it.   

My manager tricked me. He found strategically the only way to get me to go on tour was to give the money to animal rights charities. My philanthropic Achilles heel. The only thing that would get me to go on tour. It's a brief tour of Europe, pretty big venues, which is interesting for an old guy, but when the tour ends, I will have less money than when the tour begins.  

Your DJ sets are great fun. Would you consider doing DJ dates locally?  

Every now and then I’ll do something. But there’s two problems. As I've become very old and very sober, I go to sleep at 9 p.m. This young guy I was helping who was newly sober, he's a DJ. He was doing a DJ set in L.A. and he said, "You should come down. There's this cool underground scene." I said, "Great! What time are you playing?" And he said "I’m going on at 1 a.m." By that point I've been asleep for almost five hours.

I got invited to a dinner party recently that started at 8 p.m. and I was like, "What are you on? Cocaine in Ibiza? You're having dinner at 8 p.m .  What craziness is that? That’s when you're putting on your soft clothes and watching a '30 Rock' rerun before bed. That's not going out time." And the other thing is, unfortunately, like a lot of middle aged or elderly musicians, I have a little bit of tinnitus so I have to be very cautious around loud music.

Are you going to write a third memoir at any point?  

Only when I figure out something to write. It's definitely not going to be anecdotes about sobriety because my anecdotes are: woke up at 5 a.m., had a smoothie, read The New York Times , lamented the fact that people are voting for Trump, went for a hike, worked on music, played with Bagel the dog, worked on music some more went to sleep, good night. It would be so repetitive and boring. 

It has to be something about lived experience and wisdom. But I don't know if I've necessarily gotten to the point where I have good enough lived experience and wisdom to share with anyone. Maybe if I get to that point, I'll probably be wrong, but nonetheless, that would warrant maybe writing another book.

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The Environmental Impact Of Touring: How Scientists, Musicians & Nonprofits Are Trying To Shrink Concerts' Carbon Footprint

"It’s not just [about] a single tour, it’s every tour," singer Brittany Howard says of efforts to make concerts more sustainable. From the nonprofit that partnered with Billie Eilish, to an MIT initiative, the music industry aims to curb climate change.

Beloved by fans around the globe, yet   increasingly unaffordable   for many artists, concert tours are central to the world of entertainment and   local economies . After the pandemic-era   global shuttering of concert venues   large and small, tours are back, and bigger than ever.   

Taylor Swift ’s Eras Tour is   smashing records , selling more than four million tickets and earning more than $1 billion. But that tour made headlines for another reason: as reported in   Business Insider   and other outlets, for a six-month period in 2023, Swift’s two jets spent a combined 166 hours in the air between concerts, shuttling at most a total of 28 passengers.  

Against that backdrop, heightened concerns about the global environmental cost of concert touring have led a number of prominent artists to launch initiatives.   Those efforts seek both to mitigate the negative effects of touring and communicate messages about sustainability to concertgoers.  

A   2023 study   sponsored by Texas-based electricity provider Payless Power found that the carbon footprint of many touring bands was massive. In 2022, concert tours in five genres — country, classic rock, hip-hop/rap, metal and pop — were responsible for CO 2   emissions totaling nearly 45,000 metric tons. A so-called greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide contributes to climate change by radiative forcing; increased levels of CO 2   also contribute to health problems.   

No serious discussion of climate issues suggests a worldwide halt to live music touring, but there exists much room for improvement. Both on their own and with the help of dedicated nonprofit organizations, many artists are taking positive steps toward mitigating the deleterious effects that touring exerts upon the environment.   

Smart tour planning is one way to lessen an artist’s carbon footprint.   Ed Sheeran ’s 2022 European run minimized flights between concert venues, making that leg of his tour the year's most environmentally efficient. Total carbon dioxide emissions (from flights and driving) on Sheeran’s tour came to less than 150 metric tons. In contrast,   Dua Lipa ’s tour during the same period generated 12 times as much — more than 1800 metric tons — of CO 2 .   

In July, singer/songwriter and four-time GRAMMY nominee Jewel will embark on her first major tour in several years, alongside GRAMMY winner Melissa Etheridge . During the planning stage for the 28-city tour, Jewel suggested an idea that could reduce the tour’s carbon footprint.

"I always thought it was so silly and so wasteful — and so carbon footprint-negative — to have separate trucks, separate lighting, separate crews, separate hotel rooms, separate costs," Jewel says. She pitched the idea of sharing a backing band with Etheridge. "I’ve been trying to do this for 25 years," Jewel says with a laugh. "Melissa is the first person who took me up on it! "  

The changes will not only reduce the tour’s carbon footprint, but they’ll also lessen the cost of taking the shows on the road. Acknowledging that there are many opportunities to meet the challenges of touring’s negative impact upon the environment, Jewel emphasizes that “you have to find [solutions] that work for you.”

Sheeran and Jewel aren’t the only popular artists trying to make a difference. A number of   high profile   artists have become actively involved in creating the momentum for positive change. Those artists believe that their work on sustainability issues goes hand in hand with their role as public figures. Their efforts take two primary forms: making changes   themselves, and advocating for action among their fans.   

The Climate Machine  

Norhan   Bayomi   is an Egypt-born environmental scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a key member of the   Environmental Solutions Initiative , a program launched to address sustainable climate action. She’s also a recording artist in the trance genre, working under the name   Nourey .   

The ESI   collaborates with industry heavyweights   Live Nation, Warner Music Group and others as well with touring/recording acts like   Coldplay   to examine the carbon footprint of the music industry. A key component of the ESI is the   Climate Machine , a collaborative research group that seeks to help the live music industry reduce carbon emissions. "As a research institution, we bring technologies and analytics to understand, in the best way possible, the actual impact of the music industry upon climate change," says John Fernández, Director of the ESI.   

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"I’m very interested in exploring ways that we can   bridge between   environmental science, climate change and music fans,"   Bayomi   says. She explains that the tools at the ESI’s disposal include "virtual reality, augmented reality and generative AI," media forms that can communicate messages to music fans and concertgoers. Fernández says that those endeavors are aimed at "enlisting, enabling and inspiring people to get engaged in climate change."  

The Environmental Solutions Initiative cites Coldplay as a high-profile success. The band and its management issued an   "Emissions Update" document   in June 2024, outlining   its   success at achieving their goal of reducing direct carbon emissions from show production, freight, band and crew travel.   The established target was a 50 percent cut in emissions compared to Coldplay’s previous tour; the final result was a 59 percent reduction between their 2022-23 tour and 2016-17 tour.   

A significant part of that reduction came as a result of a   renewable-energy   based battery system that powers audio and lights. The emissions data in the update was reviewed and independently validated by MIT’s Fernández.   

Change Is Reverberating  

Guitarist Adam Gardner is a founding member of Massachusetts-based indie rockers   Guster , but he's more than just a singer in a rock band. Gardner is also the co-founder of   REVERB , one of the organizations at the forefront of developing and implementing climate-focused sustainability initiatives.   

Founded in 2004 by Gardner and his wife, environmental activist Lauren Sullivan,   REVERB  began   with a goal of making touring more sustainable; over the years its focus has expanded to promote industry-wide changes. Today, the organization promotes sustainability throughout the   industry  in   partnership with music artists, concert venues and festivals.   

REVERB initiatives have included efforts to eliminate single-use plastics at the California Roots Music & Arts Festival, clean energy projects in cooperation with   Willie Nelson   and   Billie Eilish , and efforts with other major artists. Gardner has seen sustainability efforts grow over two decades  

"It’s really amazing to see the [change] with artists, with venues, with fans," Gardner says. "Today, people are not just giving lip service to sustainable efforts; they really want to do things that are real and measurable."   

The   Music Decarbonization Project   is one tangible example of REVERB’s successes. "Diesel power is one of the dirtiest sources of power," Gardner explains. "And it’s an industry standard to power festival stages with diesel generators." Working with   Willie Nelson , the organization helped switch the power sources at   his   annual Luck Reunion to clean energy. At last year’s festival, Nelson’s headlining stage drew 100 percent of its power from solar-powered batteries. "We set up a temporary solar farm," Gardner says, "and the main stage didn’t have to use any diesel power."   

Billie Eilish was another early supporter of the initiative. "She helped us launch the program," Gardner says. Eilish’s   set at Lollapallooza 2023   drew power from solar batteries, too.   

With such high-profile successes as a backdrop, Gardner believes that REVERB is poised to do even more to foster sustainable concerts and touring. "Our role now," he says, "isn’t just, ‘Hey, think about this stuff.’ It’s more how do we push farther, faster?"   

Adam Gardner believes that musicians are uniquely positioned to help make a difference where issues of sustainability are concerned. "When you’re a musician, you’re connecting with fans heart-to-heart. That’s what moves people. And that’s where the good stuff happens."   

Small-scale, individual changes can make a difference — especially when they’re coordinated and amplified among other concertgoers. Gardner provides real-world examples. "Instead of buying a plastic bottle, I brought my reusable and filled it up. Maybe I carpooled to the show." Conceding that such steps might seem like drops of water in a giant pool, he emphasizes the power of scale. "When you actually multiply [those things for] just one summer tour, it adds up," he says. "And it reminds people, ‘You’re not alone in this;   you’re   part of a community that’s taking action."   

Gardner understands that REVERB’s arguments have to be framed the right way to reach concertgoers.   "Look," he admits, "It’s a concert. We’re not here to be   a buzzkill . Our [aim] now is making sure people don’t lose hope." He says that REVERB and its partners seek to demonstrate that, with collective action and cultural change, there is reason for optimism.   

"There’s a wonderful feedback loop between hope and action," Gardner says with a smile. "You can’t really have one without the other."   

Sustainable Partnerships  

Tanner Watt is Director of Partnerships at REVERB; he works directly with touring artists to develop, coordinate and implement initiatives that bring together his organization’s objectives and the specific personal concerns of the artists. "I get to come up with all the fun, big ideas," he says with a wide smile.   

Watt acknowledges that like every concertgoer, each touring artist has a certain level of responsibility where sustainability is concerned.   "And everyone can be doing something," he says, noting a number of straightforward actions that artists can put in place while on tour.   "They can eliminate single-use waste. They can donate hotel toiletries that [would otherwise] hit the landfill."   

Watt stresses that artists can lead by example. "Nobody wants to listen to an artist telling them what to do if they’re not doing it themselves," he says. "But we believe that everybody cares about something." He suggests that if an artist has cultivated a following, "Why not use [that platform] to be that change you want to see in the world?"   

Each artist has his or her own specific areas of concern, but Watt says that there’s a base level of "greening" that takes place on every REVERB-affiliated tour. Where things go from there is up to the artist, in coordination with REVERB. Watt mentions Billie Eilish and her tour’s sustainability commitment. "The Venn diagram of food security, community health, access to healthy food, and the impact on the planet is a big cause for her," he says. " So   there’s plant-based catering for her entire crew, across the entire tour."  

Speaking to   Billboard , Eilish's mother Maggie Baird said championing sustainability starts with artists. "If artists are interested, it does really start with them telling their teams that they care and that it’s foremost in their thoughts." In the same conversation, Eilish called the battle for sustainability "a never-ending f–king fight."   

Watt acknowledges that with so many challenges, it’s important for a concerned artist to focus on the issues that move them the most, and where they can make the biggest difference. " Jack Johnson   is   a great example," he says. While Johnson is a vocal advocate for many environmental issues, on tour he focuses on two (in Watt’s words) "cause umbrellas": single-use plastics solutions and sustainable community food systems. Each show on the tour hosts tables representing local nonprofit organizations, presenting concertgoers with real-world, human-scale solutions to those specific challenges.   

Four-time GRAMMY winner   Brittany Howard   is another passionate REVERB partner. "Knowing that I wanted to make my tours more sustainable was a start," she tells GRAMMY.com, "but working with REVERB really helped me bring it to life on the road. REVERB has helped us with guidelines and a green rider to keep our stage, greenrooms and buses more sustainable."  

After listing several other specific ways that her tour supports sustainability, Howard notes, "By supporting these efforts, I am helping ensure future generations have access to clean water, fish, and all that I love about the outdoors." A dollar from every ticket sold to a Brittany Howard concert goes toward support of REVERB’s Music Decarbonization project. "I’m also excited to see industry-wide efforts that are reducing the carbon pollution of live music," Howard continues. "Because it’s not just [about] a single tour, it’s   every   tour."  

There’s a popular aphorism: "You can’t manage what you can’t measure."   From its start, REVERB has sought not only to promote change, but to measure its success.   "As long as I’ve been at REVERB, we’ve issued   impact reports ," says Tanner Watt. "We include data   points, and   give the report to the artists so they understand what we’ve done together." He admits that some successes are more tangible than others, but that it’s helpful to focus on the ones that can be quantified. "We’re very excited that our artists share those with their fans."   

Watt is clear-eyed at the challenges that remain. "Even the word ‘sustainable’ can be misleading," he concedes, suggesting that the only truly sustainable tour is the one that doesn’t happen. "But if folks don’t step it up and change the way we do business in every industry — not just ours — we’re going to get to a place where we’re forced to make sacrifices that   aren’t   painless." Getting that message across is REVERB’s aim. "We can’t stop the world," Watt says. " So   we find ways to approach these things positively."   

Watt says that the fans at concerts featuring Jack Johnson and the   Dave Matthews Band   — both longtime REVERB partners — are already on board with many of the sustainability-focused initiatives which those artists promote. "But there are lots of artists — and lots of fan bases — out there that aren’t messaged to, or have been mis-messaged to," he says.   "I’m really excited to find more ways to expand our reach to them, beyond mainstream pop music.   Because these are conversations that are meaningful for everyone, regardless of political affiliation or other beliefs."   

Reimagining The Planet’s Future  

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Met does more than front   AJR , the indie pop trio he founded in 2005 with brothers Jack and Ryan. Met has a PhD in sustainable development and is a climate activist; he's also the founder/Executive Director of   Planet Reimagined , a nonprofit that promotes sustainability and activism through its work with businesses, other organizations and musicians.   

"I’ve spent years traveling around the world, seeing the direct impact of climate change," Met says. He cites two recent and stark examples. "When we pulled up to a venue in San Francisco, the band had to wear gas masks going from the bus into the venue, because of forest fires," he says. AJR’s road crew had to contend with a flash flood in Athens, Greece that washed out their hotel. "And in Rome, some of our crew members fainted because of the heat."   

Encouraged by representatives from the United Nations, Met launched Planet Reimagined. Met’s approach focuses on tailored, city-specific actions to empower fans and amplify diverse voices in the climate movement. Through social media and live shows, Met strives to galvanize climate activism among AJR fans. And the methods he has developed can be implemented by other touring artists.   

Met points out that one of the most climate-unfriendly parts of the entire concert tour enterprise is fans traveling to and from the concerts. And that’s something over which the artist has little or no control. What they can do, he says, is   try   to educate and influence. Working closely with Ticketmaster and other stakeholders, Met’s nonprofit initiated a study — conducted from July to December 2023, with   results published in April 2024   — to explore the energy that happens at concerts. "In sociology," he explains, "that energy is called collective effervescence." The study’s goal is to find ways to channel that energy toward advocacy and action.   

Polling a quarter million concertgoers across musical genres, the study collected data on attitudes about climate change. "Seventy-three percent of fans who attend concerts believe that climate change is real, and that we need to be doing more about it," Met says. "Seventy-eight percent have already taken some sort of action in their lives." He believes that if his organization can activate even a fraction of the estimated 250 million people annually who attend concerts around the globe, "that’s the ballgame."   

Met’s goal is to do more than, say, get concertgoers to switch from plastic to paper drinking straws. "At   scale   those things make a difference. But people want to see actions where there’s a track record," he says; a return on investment.   

AJR will be putting a plan into action   on   the second half of their upcoming arena tour.   Part of the initiative is encouraging concertgoers to register to vote, and then actually vote.   Beyond that, Met has specific actions in mind. "At every single stop, we’re putting together materials around specific policies that are being debated at the local level," he explains. "We give people a script right there, so they can call their elected representative and say, ‘I want you to vote [a certain way on this issue].’"   

He believes the initiative will lead to thousands of people contacting – and hopefully influencing – their representatives.   With regard to sustainability issues, Met is convinced that "the most impact that you can have as an artist is when you give fans ways to pick up the mantle themselves."  

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Taylor Swift performs with Stevie Nicks at the 2010 GRAMMYs

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11 Artists Who Influenced Taylor Swift: Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Tim McGraw & More

From Paul McCartney to Paramore, Emily Dickinson and even "Game of Thrones," read on for some of the major influences Taylor Swift has referenced throughout her GRAMMY-winning career.

As expected, much buzz followed the release of Taylor Swift 's 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department , on April 19. Fans and critics alike have devoured the sprawling double album’s 31 tracks, unpacking her reflections from "a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time" in search of Easter eggs, their new favorite lyrics and references to famous faces (both within the pop supernova’s closely guarded orbit and the historical record). 

Shoutouts abound in The Tortured Poets Department : Charlie Puth gets his much-deserved (and Taylor-approved) flowers on the title track, while 1920s screen siren Clara Bow, the ancient Greek prophetess Cassandra and Peter Pan each get a song titled after them. Post Malone and   Florence + the Machine ’s Florence Welch each tap in for memorable duets. Relationships old (Joe Alwyn), new (Travis Kelce) and somewhere in between (1975’s Matty Healy) are alluded to without naming names, as is, possibly, the singer’s reputation -era feud with Kim Kardashian. 

Swift casts a wide net on The Tortured Poets Department , encompassing popular music, literature, mythology and beyond, but it's far from the first time the 14-time GRAMMY winner has worn her influences on her sleeve. While you digest TTPD , consider these 10 figures who have influenced the poet of the hour — from Stevie Nicks and Patti Smith to Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Arya Stark and more.

Stevie Nicks

If Taylor Swift is the chairman of The Tortured Poets Department , Stevie Nicks may as well be considered its poet laureate emeritus. The mystical Fleetwood Mac frontwoman earns an important mention on side A closer "Clara Bow," in which Swift ties an invisible string from herself to a pre- Rumours Nicks ("In ‘75, the hair and lips/ Crowd goes wild at her fingertips"), and all the way back to the 1920s It Girl of the song’s title.

For her part, Nicks seems to approve of her place in Swift’s cultural lineage, considering she penned the poem found inside physical copies of The Tortured Poets Department . "He was in love with her/ Or at least she thought so," the Priestess of Rock and Roll wrote in part, before signing off, "For T — and me…"

Swift’s relationship with Nicks dates back to the 2010 GRAMMYs, when the pair performed a medley of "Rhiannon" and "You Belong With Me " before the then-country upstart took home her first Album Of The Year win for 2009’s Fearless . More recently, the "Edge of Seventeen" singer publicly credited Swift’s Midnights cut "You’re On Your Own, Kid" for helping her through the 2022 death of Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie .

Patti Smith

Swift may see herself as more "modern idiot" than modern-day Patti Smith, but that didn’t stop the superstar from name-dropping the icon synonymous with the Hotel Chelsea and punk scene of ‘70s New York on a key track on The Tortured Poets Department . Swift rather self-deprecatingly compares herself to the celebrated Just Kids memoirist (and 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee) on the double album’s synth-drenched title track, and it’s easy to see how Smith’s lifelong fusion of rock and poetry influenced the younger singer’s dactylic approach to her new album. 

Smith seemed to appreciate the shout-out on "The Tortured Poets Department" as well. "This is saying I was moved to be mentioned in the company of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Thank you Taylor," she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of herself reading Thomas’ 1940 poetry collection Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog .

Emily Dickinson

When it comes to iconic poets, Swift has also taken a page or two over her career from Emily Dickinson. While the great 19th century poet hasn’t come up explicitly in Swift’s work, she did reference her poetic forebear (and actual sixth cousin, three times removed !) in her speech while accepting the award for Songwriter-Artist of the Decade at the 2022 Nashville Songwriter Awards.

"I’ve never talked about this publicly before, because, well, it’s dorky. But I also have, in my mind, secretly, established genre categories for lyrics I write. Three of them, to be exact. They are affectionately titled Quill Lyrics, Fountain Pen Lyrics and Glitter Gel Pen Lyrics," Swift told the audience before going on to explain, "If my lyrics sound like a letter written by Emily Dickinson’s great-grandmother while sewing a lace curtain, that’s me writing in the Quill genre," she went on to explain.

Even before this glimpse into Swift’s writing process, Easter eggs had been laid pointing to her familial connection to Dickinson. For example, she announced her ninth album evermore on December 10, 2020, which would have been the late poet’s 190th birthday. Another clue that has Swifties convinced? Dickinson’s use of the word "forevermore" in her 1858 poem "One Sister Have I in Our House," which Swift also cleverly breaks apart in Evermore ’s Bon Iver-assisted title track ("And I couldn’t be sure/ I had a feeling so peculiar/ That this pain would be for/ Evermore").

The Lake Poets

Swift first put her growing affinity for poetry on display during her folklore era with "the lakes." On the elegiac bonus track, the singer draws a parallel with the Lake Poets of the 19th century, wishing she could escape to "the lakes where all the poets went to die" with her beloved muse in tow. In between fantasizing about "those Windermere peaks" and pining for "auroras and sad prose," she even manages to land a not-so-subtle jab at nemesis Scooter Braun ("I’ve come too far to watch some name-dropping sleaze/ Tell me what are my words worth") that doubles as clever wordplay on the last name of Lake Poet School members William and Dorothy Wordsworth.

Swift revealed more about why she connected to the Lake Poets in her 2020 Disney+ documentary folklore: the long pond studio sessions . "There was a poet district, these artists that moved there. And they were kind of heckled for it and made fun of for it as being these eccentrics and these kind of odd artists who decided that they just wanted to live there," she explained to her trusted producer Jack Antonoff . "So ‘the lakes,’ it kind of is the overarching theme of the whole album: of trying to escape, having something you wanna protect, trying to protect your own sanity and saying, ‘Look, they did this hundreds of years ago. I’m not the first person who’s felt this way.’"

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney and Swift have publicly praised one another’s work for years, leading to the 2020 Rolling Stone cover they posed for together for the special Musicians on Musicians issue . The younger singer even counts Sir Paul’s daughter Stella McCartney as a close friend and collaborator (Stella designed a capsule collection for Swift’s 2019 studio set Lover and earned a shout-out of her own on album cut "London Boy").

However, Swift took her relationship with the Beatles founder and his family a step further when it was rumored she based Midnights deep cut "Sweet Nothing" on McCartney’s decades-long romance with late wife Linda. While the speculation has never been outright confirmed, it appears Swift’s lyrics in the lilting love song ("On the way home, I wrote a poem/ You say, ‘What a mind’/ This happens all the time") were partially inspired by a strikingly similar quote McCartney once gave about his relationship with Linda, who passed away in 1998. To add to the mystique, the Midnights singer even reportedly liked a tweet from 2022 espousing the theory.  

The admiration between the duo seems to go both ways as well, with the former Beatle admitting in a 2018 BBC profile that the track "Who Cares" from his album Egypt Station was inspired by Swift’s close relationship with her fans.

From her days as a country music ingénue to her ascendance as the reigning mastermind of pop, Swift has credited the Chicks as a seminal influence in her songwriting and career trajectory. (Need examples? Look anywhere from early singles like "Picture to Burn" and "Should’ve Said No" to Evermore ’s Haim-assisted murder ballad "no body, no crime" and her own Lover -era collab with the band, "Soon You’ll Get Better.") 

In a 2020 Billboard cover story tied to the Chicks’ eighth album Gaslighter , Swift acknowledged just how much impact the trio made on her growing up. "Early in my life, these three women showed me that female artists can play their own instruments while also putting on a flamboyant spectacle of a live show," she said at the time. "They taught me that creativity, eccentricity, unapologetic boldness and kitsch can all go together authentically. Most importantly, they showed an entire generation of girls that female rage can be a bonding experience between us all the very second we first heard Natalie Maines bellow ‘that Earl had to DIE.’"

"Game of Thrones"

When reputation dropped in 2017, Swift was on a self-imposed media blackout, which meant no cover stories or dishy sit-down interviews on late-night TV during the album’s roll-out. Instead, the singer let reputation speak for itself, and fans were largely left to draw their own conclusions about their queen’s wildly anticipated comeback album. Two years later, though, Swift revealed the dark, vengeful, romantic body of work was largely inspired by "Game of Thrones."

"These songs were half based on what I was going through, but seeing them through a 'Game of Thrones' filter," she told Entertainment Weekly in 2019. "My entire outlook on storytelling has been shaped by ["GoT"] — the ability to foreshadow stories, to meticulously craft cryptic story lines. So, I found ways to get more cryptic with information and still be able to share messages with the fans. I aspire to be one one-millionth of the kind of hint dropper the makers of 'Game of Thrones' have been."

Joni Mitchell

Swift has long made her admiration of Joni Mitchell known, dating back to her 2012 album Red , which took a cue from the folk pioneer’s landmark 1971 LP Blue for its chromatic title. In an interview around the time of Red ’s release, the country-pop titan gushed over Blue ’s impact on her, telling Rhapsody, "[Mitchell] wrote it about her deepest pains and most haunting demons. Songs like ‘River,’ which is just about her regrets and doubts of herself — I think this album is my favorite because it explores somebody’s soul so deeply."

Back in 2015, TIME declared the "Blank Space" singer a "disciple of Mitchell in ways both obvious and subtle" — from her reflective songwriting to the complete ownership over her creative process, and nearly 10 years later, Swift was still showing her appreciation for Mitchell after the latter’s triumphant and emotional appearance on the GRAMMY stage to perform "Both Sides Now" on the very same night Taylor took home her historic fourth GRAMMY for Album Of The Year for Midnights .

Fall Out Boy & Paramore

When releasing the re-recording of her third album Speak Now in 2023, Swift cited two unexpectedly emo acts as inspirations to her early songwriting: Fall Out Boy and Paramore . 

"Since Speak Now was all about my songwriting, I decided to go to the artists who I feel influenced me most powerfully as a lyricist at that time and ask them to sing on the album," she wrote in an Instagram post revealing the back cover and complete tracklist for Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) , which included Fall Out Boy collaboration "Electric Touch" and "Castles Crumbling" featuring Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams .

For one of Swift’s original career inspirations, we have to go all the way back to the very first single she ever released. "Tim McGraw" was not only as the lead single off the 16-year-old self-titled 2006 debut album, but it also paid reverent homage to one of the greatest living legends in the history of country music. 

In retrospect, it was an incredibly gutsy risk for a then-unknown Swift to come raring out of the gate with a song named after a country superstar. But the gamble clearly paid off in spades, considering that now, when an entire generation of music fans hear "Tim McGraw," they think of Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift's 'The Tortured Poets Department' Is A Post-Mortem Autopsy In Song: 5 Takeaways From Her New Album

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Songbook: An Era-By-Era Breakdown Of Taylor Swift's Journey From Country Starlet To Pop Phenomenon

Upon the arrival of Taylor Swift's 'The Tortured Poets Department,' take a deep dive into her discography and see how each album helped her become the genre-shifting superstar she is today.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on April 19 to reflect the release of The Tortured Poets Department.

The world now knows Taylor Swift as a global pop superstar, but back in 2006, she was just a doe-eyed country prodigy. Since then, she's released 11 studio albums, re-recorded four as "Taylor's Version," and cultivated one of the most feverish fan bases in music. Oh, and she's also won 14 GRAMMY Awards, including four for Album Of The Year — the most ever won by an artist.

Swift has become one of music's most notable shapeshifters by refusing to limit herself to one genre, moving between country, pop, folk and beyond. A once-in-a-lifetime generational storyteller, one could argue that she is music's modern-day maverick, constantly evolving both her music and the culture around her.

Every album era has seen Swift reinvent herself over and over, which has helped pave the way for artists to explore other musical avenues. In turn, Swift hasn't just become one of the biggest artists of all time — she's changed pop music altogether.

To celebrate Taylor Swift's newest era with The Tortured Poets Department , GRAMMY.com looks back on all of her albums (Taylor's Versions not included) and how each era shaped her remarkable career.

Taylor Swift : Finding Her Place In Music

In a genre dominated by men, the odds were already stacked against Swift when she first broke into country music as a teenage female artist. The thing that differentiated her from other writers — and still does to this day — is her songwriting. She didn't want to be just "another girl singer" and knew writing her own songs would be what set her apart. 

Written throughout her adolescence, Taylor Swift was recorded at the end of 2005 and finalized by the time Swift finished her freshman year of high school. Serving as a snapshot of Swift's life and teenhood, she avoided songwriting stereotypes typically found in country music. Instead, she wanted to capture the years of her life while they still represented what she was going through, writing about what she was observing and experiencing, from love and friendship to feeling like an outsider. 

As a songwriter, Taylor Swift set the tone for what would be expected of her future recordings — all songs were written by her, some solely and others with one or two co-writers. One writer in particular, Liz Rose , applauded Swift's songwriting capabilities, stating that she was more of an "editor" for the songs because Swift already had such a distinct vision. 

The album's lead single, "Tim McGraw," an acoustic country ballad inspired by Swift knowing her relationship was going to end, represents an intricate part of Swift's songwriting process; meticulously picking apart her emotions to better understand them. With its follow-up, "Our Song" — which spent six consecutive weeks on the top of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart — she became the youngest person to solely write and sing a No. 1 country single; she also became the first female solo artist in country music to write or co-write every song on an album. 

Although Swift's eponymous debut is underappreciated now — even lacking its own set on Swift's Eras Tour — Taylor Swift 's forthcoming rerecording is arguably the most anticipated by fans, who are eager to hear the songs with the singer's current and more refined vocals. Still, for fans who haven't properly explored Taylor Swift , it's easy to tie together Swift's earlier work to her current discography. 

On the track "A Place In This World," a song she wrote when she was just 13, Swift sings about not fitting in and trying to find her path. While her songwriting has developed and matured, feeling like an outsider and carving her own path is a theme she still writes about now, as seen on Midnights ' "You're On Your Own, Kid." 

Even as a new country artist, critics claimed that she "mastered" the genre while subsequently ushering it to a new era — one that would soon see Swift dabble in country-pop. 

Fearless : Creating A Different Kind Of Fairytale

If Taylor Swift was the soundtrack to navigating the early stages of teenhood, Fearless is Swift's coming-of-age record. More than its predecessor, Fearless blurs the line between country and pop thanks to crossover hits like "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me," yet still keeps the confessional attributes known in country songwriting. 

Most of Fearless is Swift coming to terms with what she believed love to be. On the album's liner notes, Swift says Fearless is about "living in spite" of the things that scare you, like falling in love again despite being hurt before or walking away and letting go. The 2008 version of Taylor wanted to "believe in love stories and prince charmings and happily ever after," whereas in Swift's Fearless (Taylor's Version) liner notes, she looks back on the album as a diary where she was learning "tiny lessons" every time there was a "new crack in the facade of the fairytale ending she'd been shown in the movies." 

Much of Fearless also sees Swift being reflective and nostalgic about adolescence, like in "Never Grow Up" and "Fifteen." Still wistful and romantic, the album explores Swift's hopes for love, as heard in the album's lead single "Love Story," which was one instance where she was "dramatizing" observations instead of actually experiencing them herself. 

Unlike the slow-burn of Taylor Swift , Fearless went straight to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and stayed there for eight consecutive weeks. It won Swift's first Album Of The Year GRAMMY in 2010, at the time making her the youngest person to win the accolade at age 20. To date, it has sold 7.2 million copies in America alone. It might not be the romantic tale Swift dreamed of growing up, but her sophomore album signalled that bigger things were to come.

Speak Now : Proving Her Songwriting Prowess

Everything that happened after the success of Fearless pushed Swift from country music's best-kept secret to a mainstream star. But this meant that she faced more publicity and criticism, from naysayers who nitpicked her songwriting and vocals to the infamous Kanye West incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

For the first time since becoming an artist, she was forced to reckon with the concept of celebrity and how turning into one — whether she wanted it or not — informed her own writing and perception of herself. No longer was she the girl writing songs like "Fifteen" in her bedroom — now she was working through becoming a highly publicized figure. Speak Now is the answer to those growing pains. 

Along with having more eyes on her, Swift also felt pressured to maintain her persona as a perfect young female role model amid a time when her peers like Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato were attempting to rebrand to be more mature and sexier. During her NYU commencement speech in 2022, she reflected on this era of her life as one of intense fear that she could make a mistake and face lasting consequences, so the songs were masked in metaphors rather than directly addressing adult themes in her music. But that also resulted in some of her most poignant lyrics to date.

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Writing the entire album herself, Swift used Speak Now to prove her songwriting prowess to those who questioned her capabilities. Much like her previous two albums, Swift included songs that were both inspired by her own life and being a fly on the wall. The album's title track pulled from the saying, "Speak now or forever hold your peace," inspired by a friend's ex-boyfriend getting engaged; meanwhile, "Mean" was everything Swift wanted to say to a critic who was continuously harsh about her vocals.

Retrospective and reflective, Speak Now is an album about the speeches she could've, would've and should've said. From addressing the aforementioned VMA incident in the forgiving "Innocent" to a toxic relationship in "Dear John," Speak Now also hinted that her rose-colored glasses were cracked, but Swift (and her songwriting) was only becoming stronger because of it.

Red : Coming Into Her Own

Highly regarded as Swift's magnum opus, Red sees the singer shed the fairytale dresses and the girl-next-door persona to craft a body of work that has now been deemed as her first "adult" record. On Red, Swift focused on emotions evoked from a hot-and-cold relationship, one that forced her to experience " intense love, intense frustration, jealousy and confusion " — all feelings that she'd describe as "red." 

Unlike most of her previous writing that had been inspired by happy endings and fairytales, Red explores the lingering pain and loss that can embed itself within despite trying your hardest to let go. In her liner notes, she references Pablo Neruda's poem "Tonight I Can Write," stating that "Love is so short, forgetting is so long" is the overarching theme for the album. She plays with time — speeding it up in "Starlight," dabbling in the past in "All Too Well," and reframing it in "State of Grace" — to better understand her experiences. 

After releasing country-pop records, Red toed the line between genres more than ever before. Swift leaned further into the full pop territory by working with esteemed producers Max Martin and Shellback for the dubstep-leaning track "I Knew You Were Trouble," the punchy lead single "We Are Never Getting Back Together," and the bouncy anthem "22." But even when the pop power players weren't involved, her country stylings still leaned more pop across the album, as further evidenced with the racing deep cut "Holy Ground" and the echoing title track. 

The slight change of direction became polarizing for critics and fans alike. Following the more country-influenced Speak Now , some critics and fans found the pop songs on Red were too pop and the lyrics were too repetitive, possibly indicating that she might be selling out. If that wasn't enough, Red became an era where Swift's personal life went from speculation to tabloid fodder, with misogynistic headlines and diluting her work to just "writing about her exes." It's an era that would eventually inspire many tracks on Red 's successor, 1989 , like "Blank Space" and "Shake It Off."

Commercially, Red debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 1.2 million copies in its first week, becoming the fastest-selling country album and making Swift the first female artist to have three consecutive albums spend six or more weeks at the top of the chart. The impact of Red extended beyond its own success, too. Often mentioned as a record that inspired a generation of artists from Troye Sivan to Conan Gray , Swift's confessional, soul-bearing authenticity set a new standard for straightforward pop music. 

1989 : Reinventing Into A Pop Genius

The night Red lost the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year in 2014, Swift decided that her next album would be a full-on pop record. After years of identifying as a country artist and flirting with pop, Swift departed her roots to reinvent herself, no matter what her then-label or critics had to say. And in true Swiftian fashion, turning into a pop artist didn't just prove her genre-shapeshifting capabilities — it further solidified her as an artist who is at her best when she freely creates to her desires and refuses to adhere to anyone.

1989 was lauded by critics for its infectious synth-pop that was reminiscent of the 1980s, yet still had a contemporary sound. Swift opted to lean more into radio-friendly hits, which resulted in songs like "Style," "Wildest Dreams," "Blank Space," and "Shake It Off," all of which became singles. And where some might trade a hit or two at the expense of their artistic integrity, Swift didn't falter — instead, her lyrics were just as heartfelt and intimate as they were on prior albums.

After exploring pop-leaning sonics she first found with Red , Swift worked with Martin and Shellback again on most of 1989 . This reinvention brought new (and very important) collaborators as well. Swift's now-frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff credits her as the first person to take a chance on him as a producer with "I Wish You Would" and "Out Of The Woods"; both tracks exemplified how future Antonoff-produced songs would sound on albums like reputation, Lover and Midnights .

At the time, 1989 became Swift's best-selling album to date. It sold nearly 1.3 million copies within release week in the U.S., debuting atop the Billboard 200 and reigning for 11 non-consecutive weeks. The album also earned Swift several awards — including her second Album Of The Year GRAMMY, which made her the first female artist to ever win the award twice. 

Following the release of 1989 , Swift became a cultural juggernaut, and the album has had an omnipresence in music since. Swift didn't just normalize blending genres, but proved that you can create a sound that is uniquely yours by doing so. In turn, Billie Eilish , Dua Lipa and more pop stars have refused to conform or stick to what they've done prior. 

reputation : Killing The Old Taylor

For years, Swift was on a strict two-year cycle — she'd release an album one year, tour the next, and then release a new album the following year. But following the heightened scrutiny and highly publicized tabloid drama that followed the end of the 1989 era, Swift completely disappeared for a year. She stayed away from public appearances, didn't do any press, and missed the album schedule fans became accustomed to. It wasn't until summer 2017 when she returned from her media (and social media) blackout to unveil the fitting title for her new album: reputation .

Born as a response to the naysayers and name-callers, reputation follows Swift shedding her public image — which includes the pressure to be perfect, the drama, and the criticism — by declaring, "There will be no further explanation. There will just be reputation." Leaning on the same tongue-in-cheek songwriting techniques she used while penning "Blank Space," Swift wrote from the mindset of how the public perceived her.

When Swift released the lead single "Look What You Made Me Do," a song she initially wrote as a poem about not trusting specific people, many assumed the album would center on vengeance and drama. Although Swift said that the album has its vindictive moments — even declaring that the "old Taylor" is dead on the bridge of "Look What You Made Me Do" — it's a vulnerable record for her. Swift described reputation as a bait-and-switch; at their core, the songs are about finding love in the darkest moments. 

Swift still remained in the pop lane with reputation , largely leaning on Antonoff and the Martin/Shellback team. The sound almost mirrored the scrutiny Swift faced in the years prior — booming electropop beats, maximalist production and pulsing synthesizers dominate, particularly on "End Game," "I Did Something Bad," and "Ready For It…?" But the "old Taylor" isn't entirely gone on songs like "Call It What You Want," "So It Goes…" and "New Year's Day," where she lets her guard down to write earnest love odes.

Even after Swift spent some time away from the spotlight, the public didn't immediately gravitate toward her return. And even despite matching the 1.2 million first-week sales of her previous releases, some concluded that the album was her first commercial failure when compared to 1989 . With time, though, it became clear that the response to reputation became muddled with the public's overall perception of her at the time — some even claimed that Swift was ahead of her time with the album's overall sound.

For her 2023 TIME Person of the Year profile , Swift described reputation as a "goth-punk moment of female rage at being gaslit by an entire social structure." For years, she felt the pressure to be "America's Sweetheart" and to never step out of line. Writing reputation became a lifeline following the events that catalyzed it  — a way to shed the so-called snakeskin and make peace with however the public wanted to view her. 

Lover : Stepping Into The Daylight

After finding love amongst chaos with reput ation, Swift was learning to deal with the anxiety and fear of losing her partner — became a major theme of another aptly titled album, Lover . Both sonically and visually, Lover was a complete change from reputation . After touring reputation , Swift found that her fans saw her as "a flesh-and-blood human being," inspiring her to be "brave enough to be vulnerable" because her fans were along with her. Stepping away from the dark and antagonistic themes around reputation encouraged Swift to step into the light and be playful with her work on Lover .

Swift also found a new sense of creativity within this new mindset, one where she aimed to still embed playful themes in her songwriting but with less snark than that of "Blank Space" and "Look What You Made Me Do." Leaning into Lover being a "love letter to love," Swift explored every aspect of it. Tracks like "Paper Rings" and "London Boy" exude a whimsical energy, even if they center on more serious themes like marriage and commitment. Other songs, including "Death By A Thousand Cuts" and "Cornelia Street," are Swift at her most vulnerable, reflecting on a love lost and grappling with the extreme worry that comes when you could potentially lose someone. 

Looking at Lover retrospectively, it's an album that almost symbolizes a bookend in her discography. She was playful yet poignant, picking apart her past lyrics and feelings and looking at them with the perspective of someone who was once on top of the world, hit rock bottom, and survived in spite of it. This evolution is mentioned throughout Lover, particularly in a direct callback to 2012's Red , "Daylight," which sees her describe her love as "golden" rather than "burning red." 

Lover also marked the first time Swift divulged into politics and societal issues, like campaigning against Donald Trump, releasing the Pride-infused "You Need To Calm Down," and feeling disillusioned by the political climate with "Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince." Swift's documentary Miss Americana explores this change further, discussing how she regrets not being vocal about politics and issues prior, in addition to opening up about her body image issues and mental health struggles.

Lover became Swift's sixth No. 1 album in America, making her the first female artist to achieve the feat. But Lover was more than any accolades could reflect — it was Swift's transitional album in many ways, notably marking the first album that she owned entirely herself following leaving Big Machine Records for Republic Records in 2018.

folklore : Looking Beyond Her Personal Stories

After the pandemic started and Swift cancelled her Lover Fest, she spent the early stages of quarantine reading and watching a myriad of films. Without exactly setting out to create an album, she began dreaming of fictional stories and characters with various narrative arcs, allowing her imagination to run free. The result became folklore , 2020's surprise archetypal quarantine album.

Crafting a world with characters like the folklore love triangle between those in "betty" and "august," as well as Rebekah Harkness from "the last great american dynasty" (who once lived in Swift's Rhode Island mansion), was Swift's way of venturing outside her typical autobiographical style of writing. She'd see visceral images in her mind — from battleships to tree swings to mirrored disco balls — and turned them into stories, sometimes weaving in her own personal narrative throughout, or taking on a narrator role and speaking from the perspective of someone she had never met. 

She worked remotely with two producers — again working with her right-hand man Jack Antonoff, and first-time collaborator Aaron Dessner from The National . Some songs, like "peace," were recorded in just one take, capturing the essence and fragility in the song's story, whereas the lyrics for the sun-drenched "august" were penned on the spot as Swift was in her makeshift home studio in Los Angeles.

Another aspect that separated folklore from her previous work was the obvious decision not to create hits made for radio play, so much so that Dessner claimed that she made an anti-pop record at a time when radio wanted clear "bops." Sonically, it ventured into genres Swift hadn't explored much outside of a few folkier tracks on Lover . Rather than relying on mostly electronic elements, Swift, Antonoff and Dessner weaved in soft pianos, ethereal strings, and plucky guitars.

folklore 's impact on the zeitgeist at a time where everyone was stuck at home helped shape people's quarantine experience. Fans rejoiced at having songs to comfort them during difficult times, and artists like Maya Hawke , Gracie Abrams , and Sabrina Carpenter credit folklore for inspiring them to create and be even more emotionally honest in their songwriting. After its release, folklore became the best-selling album of 2020 after selling 1.2 million records. At the 2021 GRAMMYs, folklore took home Album Of The Year , making her the fourth artist in history to win three times in the Category. 

evermore : Embracing Experimentation

It was exciting enough for Swifties to experience one surprise album drop from Swift, an artist who typically has an entire album campaign calculated. So when evermore was released just six months after folklore , fans were in shock. 

Like its (literally) folklorian sister, evermore was a surprise release at the end of 2020, marking the first time Swift didn't have distinct "eras" between albums. She felt like there was something "different" with folklore , stating in a social media post that making it was less like she was "departing" and more like she was "returning" to the next stage of her discography. In turn, the album served as a similar escape for Swift as folklore did.

Bridging together the same wistful and nostalgic themes as heard on its predecessor, evermore sees Swift venture even further into escapism. She explores more stories and characters, some based in fiction like "dorothea," and some real, like "marjorie," written in dedication to Swift's grandmother. 

Evermore follows folklore 's inclusion of natural imagery and motifs, like landscapes, skies, ivy, and celestial elements. In contrast to the fairytale motifs and happy endings of Fearless , evermore saw Swift become fixated on "unhappy" endings — stories of failed marriages ("happiness"), lifeless relationships ("tolerate it"), and one-time flings ("'tis the damn season"). 

Sonically, evermore is a slight departure from its sister record; where folklore relies on more alt-leaning and indie-tinged sounds, evermore takes the sonics from all of Swift's past records — from pop to country to indie rock — and features all of them on one album. Country songs like "cowboy like me" and "no body, no crime" reaches back to Swift's earlier work in narrative building, seamlessly crafting a three-party story with ease. "Closure" is a "skittering" track that has the same energy as tracks like Lover 's "I Forgot That You Existed," whereas the ballad "champagne problems" is thematically reminiscent of Swift's Speak Now track "Back To December" where she takes responsibility for her lover's heartache. 

Working mostly with Dessner on evermore , Swift was emboldened to continue creating and opted to embrace whatever came naturally to them rather than limiting themselves to a sound. Swift felt a "quiet conclusion" after finishing up evermore , describing that it was more about grappling with endings of all "sizes and shapes," and the record represented a chapter closing. Even so, its poetic lyricism and mystical storytelling cleverly foreshadowed what was to come with subsequent albums, particularly The Tortured Poets Department .

Midnights : Encapsulating Her Artistic Magic

After coming out of the folklorian woods following folklore and evermore , fans and critics alike were intrigued to see what direction Swift would take on her next studio album. On Midnights , Swift leaves behind indie folk sounds and returns to the pop production of 1989 and Lover .

Her most conceptual album to date, Midnights charts 13 sleepless nights and explores five themes, from self-hatred and revenge to "what if" fantasies, falling in love, and falling apart. They are the things that keep her up at night, like the self-critiquing in "Anti-Hero," her rise to fame in "You're on Your Own, Kid," and the anxiety of falling in love again in "Labyrinth." Similarly to Swift's cheeky songwriting style that sees her create caricatures of herself in songs like "Blank Space" and "Look What You Made Me Do," she doubles down on claims she's "calculated" on "Mastermind," a song about devising a plan for her and her lover. 

Although the album is a departure from the two pandemic sister albums, the overall creation process didn't differ too much. In addition to working alongside Antonoff (and bringing Dessner in for the bonus-track-filled 3am Edition), Swift's worldbuilding is still the throughline that connects Midnights and Swift's recent albums, whether she's dreaming of a Parisian escape in "Paris" or using war imagery as a metaphor for the struggle of love in "The Great War."

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Following the success with folklore and evermore , Swift's intrigue was at a then-all-time high upon the release of Midnights . Along with breaking several streaming records — including becoming the first album to exceed 700 million global streams in a week — it was Swift's 11th No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200, and was the highest-selling album of 2022 (and, remarkably, the second best-selling of 2023).

To say that Swift's celebrity has become otherworldly since the release of Midnights would be an understatement. Celebrating her genre-defying and varied discography through The Eras Tour has resulted in old songs having a resurgence, new inside jokes and Easter eggs within the fandom, and a plethora of new listeners being exposed to Swift's work. 

As a result, there has arguably never been more excitement for a Taylor Swift album than for The Tortured Poets Department — especially because the announcement came on the heels of her lucky 13th GRAMMY win in February. Midnights helped further solidify Swift's larger-than-life status at the finale of the 2024 GRAMMYs, too, as she became the only artist in history to win Album Of The Year four times. 

The Tortured Poets Department : A Grief-Stricken Poetic Odyssey

It’s been a while since Swift has penned a full-fledged breakup album. On The Tortured Poets Department , she navigates the five stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance — after her long-term relationship ended. Taking a page from the release of folklore and evermore , she dropped a double album and announced The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology at 2 a.m. on release day. Throughout a total of 31 tracks, the prolific songwriter shelved the glittery pop radio-friendly tunes in favor of more subdued, synthy and heart-wrenching songs. 

On Instagram, Swift described the album as a collection of poetic songs that reflect the "events, opinions and sentiments from a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time," Swift pulled out the fountain and quill pens to craft songs about the "tortured poets" in her life — sometimes musing about lovers, sometimes taking aim at villains, and sometimes pointing the finger at herself. 

TTPD is also her most confessional album thus far. It pokes fun at so-called fans who overstep with her personal life ("But Daddy I Love Him"), says goodbye to a city that gave her a home ("So Long London"), and muses on how her own celebrity has stunted her growth ("Who's Afraid Of Little Old Me?"). To help explain this chapter of her life, Swift brings together a myriad of collaborators — from Stevie Nicks as fellow poetess, to duets with Florence Welch and Post Malone — and leans on real and fictional characters, like Clara Bow, Peter Pan ("Peter"), and Patti Smith .

In the same post, Swift declared that once she’s confessed all of her saddest stories, she’s able to find freedom. Yet The Tortured Poets Department (and its accompanying 15-track anthology) spends much time reflecting: she toys with her own lore, self-referencing past songs from albums like 1989 and poems from her reputation era. 

Fourteen years ago, Swift declared that she would never change, but she’ll never stay the same either. The Tortured Poets Department proves that in the throughline of Taylor Swift's many artistic eras is a commitment to exploration and a love of autobiographical lyricism.

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Taylor Swift’s New Nod to Travis Kelce at London Eras Tour Is a Total Bullseye

During her june 21 eras tour show in london, taylor swift performed one of the signature touchdown celebrations of boyfriend travis kelce, who attended the concert with his brother jason kelce..

Taylor Swift  isn't being delicate about her feelings for Travis Kelce .

In fact, the "Fortnight" singer added in a special nod to the Kansas City Chiefs tight end during her June 21 Eras Tour  show at London's Wembley Stadium , which Travis attended alongside brother Jason Kelce , sister-in-law Kylie Kelce and close friend Ross Travis . 

During her performance of "So High School," Taylor, 34, mimed drawing back a bow and arrow like an archer before she sat down on the bleachers to sing. The cute gesture referenced one of Travis' signature moves  when he's celebrating a touchdown at Arrowhead Stadium.

And the NFL star's reaction to the moment was nothing short of adorable. In a video shared to TikTok June 21 , Travis, also 34, was seen singing along to the entirety of th e Tortured Poets Department track while watching the stage with a huge smile on his face. 

Of course, this isn't the only reference to the football player in Taylor's performance of "So High School," which fans believe was inspired by their romance.

While sitting on the bleachers, the Grammy winner and her backup dancers also do a rendition of the swag-surf —a move Travis' Kansas City Chiefs often do when celebrating a win. 

So high school ?? #LondonTSTheErastour @taylorswift13 pic.twitter.com/OVbM2FTczp — charly (@daylightlover28) June 21, 2024

As for what the New Heights podcast host thought of that choreography addition? It's safe to say it earned his approval. After all, Travis previously shared it's his favorite song on the album and he  had a "blast" watching the updated version of the show in Paris alongside Taylor's pal Gigi Hadid and her boyfriend Bradley Cooper . 

"It was an all-around lovely night," Travis recalled during a May 15 episode of New Heights . "I don't know if they're just getting better or if I'm just forgetting how good they are."

He added, "It was electric."

Keep reading to relive all the electric moments in Travis and Taylor's love story.  

July 2023: So, Make the Friendship Bracelets

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce 's love story began in July 2023, when the singer's Eras Tour made a stop at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

As a huge Swiftie, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end caught the show with hopes of giving Taylor a friendship bracelet with his number on it . However, he failed to complete the pass due to her pre-show rituals.

"I was disappointed that she doesn't talk before or after her shows because she has to save her voice for the 44 songs that she sings," Travis shared on the July 26 episode of his  New Heights podcast. "So, I was a little butt-hurt I didn't get to hand her one of the bracelets I made for her."

Summer 2023: This Is Him Trying

After publicly recounting his fumble—a move Taylor would later describe as "metal as hell" —Travis decided to shoot his shot and invite the Grammy winner to watch the Chiefs play at Arrowhead Stadium.

"I threw it out there, I threw the ball in her court," he shared on The Pat McAfee Show . "I told her, you know, 'I've seen you rock the stage in Arrowhead, you might have to come see me rock the stage in Arrowhead and see which one's a little more lit.' So, we'll see what happens in the near future."

August 2023: Enchanted to Meet You

Travis was rocking a mustache—which he debuted in August during training camp—when he was first introduced to Taylor .

As he later noted of the era, "That 'stache and the 87 jersey was pretty iconic there for a little bit, and I had it when I met Taylor for the first time."

September 2023: Sparks Fly

By early September, a source close to the situation told E! News that Travis and Taylor were " texting and talking here and there ."

"It's been very low-key," the insider explained, "as he's been in season."

September 2023: Cheer Captain

Accepting Travis' invite, Taylor joined the athlete's mom Donna Kelce at Arrowhead Stadium to watch him and the Chiefs take on the Chicago Bears. After the game, Taylor and Travis were seen packing PDA at a local bar .

Though folklore had it that it was the couple's first in-person meeting, the "Karma" singer later clarified the two had spent a "significant amount of time" getting to know each other beforehand.

As Taylor noted, "We would never be psychotic enough to hard launch a first date." 

October 2023: Team Up

As an indication that the relationship was heating up, Taylor brought her squad —including friends Blake Lively , Ryan Reynolds , Sophie Turner , Hugh Jackman , Sabrina Carpenter and Antoni Porowski —to watch the Chiefs play against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

October 2023: It's Nice to Have a Friend

Another sign that Travis could be The 1 ? Taylor started bonding with Brittany Mahomes —the wife of Travis' BFF and teammate Patrick Mahomes —in and outside of NFL games .

October 2023: Welcome to New York

The couple took their romance to TV, making a surprise appearance on the Oct. 14 episode of Saturday Night Live . Their Big Apple takeover also included the after-party for the NBC sketch show and a date night at the Waverly Inn .

November 2023: Karma Is Her Boyfriend

During a bye week, Travis traveled down to Argentina to catch the South American leg of Taylor's Eras Tour. Not only did the NFL star bond with Taylor's dad , Scott Swift , at the Nov. 11 show in Buenos Aires, but he also got a special shoutout from the stage.

" Karma is that guy on the Chiefs ," Taylor sang, "coming straight home to me."

After the show, the Midnights  artist was seen running up to Travis backstage and greeting him with a passionate kiss .

December 2024: Speak Now

Taylor addressed the lavender craze surrounding her appearances at Travis' games.

"I'm going to see him do what he loves, we're showing up for each other, other people are there and we don't care," she told Time . "The opposite of that is you have to go to an extreme amount of effort to make sure no one knows that you're seeing someone."

December 2023: You, Who Charmed Her Dad

The music superstar turned Travis' Dec. 17 game into a family affair, bringing her dad to cheer on her man .

January 2024: All the Midnights

Taylor and Travis spent their first New Year's Eve together, sharing a romantic kiss when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1.

January 2024: Chosen Family

Continuing to bond with Travis' family, Taylor hung out with his brother Jason Kelce and sister-in-law Kylie Kelce at the Chiefs' game against the Buffalo Bills.

January 2024: Saved by the Perfect Kiss

Taylor joined Travis on the football field when the Chiefs won the AFC Championship , a victory that cemented the team's spot in the 2024 Super Bowl . The couple shared a celebratory kiss before exchanging the L-word .

"Tay, I'm gonna enjoy with the guys," he told her. "I love you—so much it's not funny."

February 2024: Super Bowl Champs

The pair locked lips on the field after Travis led the Kansas City Chiefs to victory on Feb. 11, 2024 in Las Vegas.

February 2024: TikTok Official

Taylor posted footage of Travis on social media for the first time Feb. 12, poking fun at how she took her parents clubbing with the athlete after the Super Bowl.

June 2024: Instagram Official

Taylor's first Instagram pic featuring Travis was a selfie of the two with  Prince William and his and wife  Kate Middleton 's eldest kids  Prince George and  Princess Charlotte backstage at the singer's Eras tour show at Wembley Stadium in London.

June 2024: Travis' Eras Tour Stage Debut

While attending his seventh Eras tour concert, and second show at London's Wembley Stadium, the NFL star joined his girlfriend onstage as a backup performer during her performance of "I Can Do It With a Broken Heart."

A year of the Eras Tour: A look back at Taylor Swift's record-breaking show

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One year ago, the crowd in Glendale, Arizona, erupted into a massive cheer in State Farm Stadium when Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me" began playing and the backdrop screen transitioned to a countdown clock starting at 2:24.

None of the Swifties who traveled from all over the state of Arizona and the nation, dressed to the nines as one of her 10 eras, knew the tour would be three-plus hours. The fan screaming next to me from Pennsylvania who bought a ticket on StubHub.com for about $400 didn't know that we would go era-by-era through a 44-song track list. I don't think the singer, herself, knew when she hid inside a cleaning cart wheeled backstage, that her show would lead to a billion-dollar enterprise, Time magazine person of the year and an inundation of friendship bracelets. I didn't know the behemoth success following the Eras Tour star would send me packing from Phoenix to Nashville, Tennessee, to become the inaugural Taylor Swift reporter.

Swift's dancers flowed onto the stage through fog with pink, purple and orange parachute flaps. A compilation of songs from Swift's 10 albums — or eras — played as "it's been a long time coming" boomed into the stadium. Goosebumps covered the arms of thousands and tears cascaded down cheeks as the flaps revealed Miss Americana rising to begin her "Lover" set.

Eighty three shows later, here's a look back at the unprecedented tour that set a Guinness World Record . And fair warning, like her tour this article is an extensive rollercoaster.

Swept up in the hype, the world became Taylor Nation. Glendale, "Erazona ," was renamed "Swift City." Las Vegas lit up its arches in all 10 era colors. Arlington, Texas, dubbed one of its streets "Taylor Swift Way." Tampa, Florida, gave Swift a key to the city and invited her to be an honorary mayor. Houston renamed its venue "NRG Stadium (Taylor’s Version)."

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Nashville, Tennessee, dedicated a bench in Centennial Park to the hometown singer. A Philadelphia radio station, 96.5 FM (WTDY), renamed itself Ninety-Swift-Five W-T-A-Y. Gov. Philip D. Murphy dubbed the "Taylor Swift ham, egg and cheese sandwich" the "state sandwich of New Jersey." Chicago lit up the top of Willis Tower in her album colors. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey renamed his city "Swiftie-apolis," and Santa Clara, California, Mayor Lisa Gillmor switched the city's name to "Swiftie Clara."

Internationally, fans in Brazil caught the attention of Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes and Father Omar, the rector of the Christ the Redeemer Sanctuary, who arranged to project a  "Junior Jewels" inspired T-shirt  onto the Christ the Redeemer statue. Flinders Station in Melbourne , Australia, flashed a wallpaper glaze of lights to welcome the Eras star. Singapore painted the Marina Bay Sands Resort all colors of vibrant lights.

It's a cruel summer with you

All four seasons met the fifteen dancers, four backup singers, six bandmates and hundreds of production and crew members, adding unpredictable weather to the mix. Mother Nature danced in a lightning storm to "Fearless" in Tampa and made the song "Midnight Rain" a reality in Nashville . Rain poured through the open-roofed stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where Swift pushed puddles forming on her piano . The Swiftie fandom created its own natural phenomenon in Seattle after a seismologist registered a 2.3 magnitude earthquake on her Richter scale.

The intense heat in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, caused Swift to throw water bottles to fans and temporarily halt her show. Ana Clara Benevides Machado, 23, passed out and died of heat exhaustion. The heartbreaking news prompted changes at the Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos to allow fans access to water. Swift invited Benevides' family to her concert in São Paulo.

I want you to think of the memories made

Swift incorporated custom messages into each tour stop. At her international destinations, she welcomed fans in their custom languages. "Bienvenidos al Eras Tour," she said in Mexico City before hoisting her hands in the air. While donning either her pink or blue guitar before the title track of "Lover," she commonly announced the stadium attendance often record-breaking.

Outside of stadiums, thousands "Taylorgated," or showed up without a ticket to hear Swift's beats and dance on the concrete. Tens of thousands more logged on to watch livestreams from fans with tickets who agreed to spend concert time holding up their mobile devices in a tricep-burning position.

The number of viewers would jump before the "Champagne Problems" speech and acoustic set. To keep things fun and interesting each night, fans filled out "Swiftball" ballots guessing the singer's outfits from four "Lover" bodysuits and accompanying "The Man" jackets, three "Fearless" dresses, two "Evermore" dresses, six "Speak Now" gowns, three bedazzled "22" shirts, five "Folkore" dresses, four "1989" crop top and skirt combos, six "Midnights" T-shirt dresses, three "Midnight Rain" body suits and four "Karma" faux fur jackets. To see how many times the Eras star wore each outfit, check out the "Data Swiftie."

For fans who wanted to get alerts to watch the shows without having to calculate time changes, Swift Alert became the app for that .

Double clap, audience chants

A secret language formed between fans and Swift as new traditions popped up along the tour. The four lines fans screamed at the top of their lungs, no matter the city or country, were "cause shade never made anybody less gay" in "You Need To Calm Down," "what a shame she's f----d in the head" in "Champagne Problems," "f--- the patriarchy" in "All Too Well (10 Minute Version)" and "don't call me kid, don't call me baby" in "Illicit Affairs."

Swift started every show strong with a very important question: Did her fans know the bridge to "Cruel Summer?" "Prove it!" she'd yell at some stops and the audience would, every single time, bellow, "I'm drunk in the back of the car." For "The Archer," fans printed and dispersed signs that read, "We will stay," to hold up when Swift asks, "Who would stay?"

In the "Fearless" era, fans double clapped with "13" drawn on the back of their hands in the middle of the bridge to "You Belong With Me." A trend of marriage proposals during "Love Story" picked up during the 2024 leg with partners popping the question as Swift sang, "He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring."

During "Marjorie," Swifties turned their phone flashlights on in tribute to Swift's grandma. Fans started timing the standing ovation and ear-shattering applause after "Champagne Problems." Livestreamers, like Tess Bohne , would display a clock and fans guessed if the cheers would surpass one, two or three minutes.

A snake shape slithered through the light-up braceklets handed out before the show at the start of the "Reputation" era. Fans yelled "1, 2, 3, let's go b----" before the first verse of "Delicate" as Swift counts on her fingers. Later in the song, Swift sings, "Do the girls back home touch you like I do?" and fans reply, "No, they don't." On rare occasion, Swift would let out a three-note riff during her "Don't Blame Me" belt.

After rereleasing her third album, the "Speak Now" singer added "Long Live" to the set list, bringing the total to 45 tracks. In the first verse when she croons "the crowds and stands went wild," the crowd indeed went wild.

In the "Red" era, Swift crowned a deserving fan with a black fedora during "22." They were typically children, but one adult Swiftie was crowned in Melbourne . Dancer Kameron Saunders had the only speaking line on the tour besides Swift during her song "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." He said "like ever" at the American shows, but when the tour went international, he switched up the phrase each night. And yes, we track that. Swift knew all too well each crowd had "10 minutes to spare," and she played her longest song, in total, for about 14 hours.

She was only tied to the "Invisible String" for five shows and traded the opening "Folklore" era number to "The 1" in Arlington, before news of her split from actor Joe Alwyn . She brought "Invisible String" back for one night in Nashville because the Tennessee capital is home to Centennial Park. Nashvillians also noticed that Swift switched a note during "The 1" lyric "you meet a woman on the internet and take her home." She kept the key change for every succeeding show.

Right before the first lyric of "Style" during the "1989" set, fans began a tradition of saying, "What time is it?" to which the singer replied, "Midnight, you come and pick me up." In Sydney, Australia, a "Blank Space" chant from the 1989 World Tour was reborn and repeated in Singapore. Taylor Nation, Swift's marketing team, tweeted that it hopes fans at every tour stop going forward shout their city. In Philadelphia, a "Bad Blood" remix originated when Swift noticed a security guard hassling a fan . "She's fine. She wasn't doing anything. Hey! Stop! Hey, stop!" became the cool thing to say after, "It's so sad to think about the good times, you and I." Fans also incorporated a Kendrick Lamar line from the "Bad Blood" remix: "You forgive, you forget, but you never let it go."

And then came the surprise set . (More on her collaborators and announcements below.) Each night, Swift performed one song on the guitar and one on the piano that she hadn't yet performed on the tour. That is until 2024, when she added mashups and threw out her rule of never repeating songs. At the end of the set, she swan dives into a hole in the stage. Fans later caught a red light that turned green to signal it was safe to jump.

After meeting her at "Midnights," fans sang Jack Antonoff's version of "Anti-Hero." When Swift sings "tale as old as time," the crowd chimes in, "Taylor, you'll be fine." Tyler Conroy made a viral video of him screaming , "Where you going Taylor?" during "Bejeweled" before she sings, "I'm going out tonight," and the trend caught on like a blaze ripping through the Lover house. Finally, after Swift changed the lyrics to, "Karma is the guy on the Chiefs," in Argentina with her boyfriend Travis Kelce in the crowd, that became the standard for fans. She has only sang it that way four times, when he was in attendance in Buenos Aires, Sydney and Singapore.

If you would direct your attention to the back screen

In addition to boosting economies everywhere she went, Swift created an abundance of news. She announced "Speak Now (Taylor's Version)" in Nashville. She announced a new version of "Midnights" and premiered the "Karma (Remix)" music video featuring Ice Spice as the upstart rapper joined Swift in East Rutherford, New Jersey. She released "Speak Now (Taylor's Version)" right before her Kansas City, Missouri, stop and then debuted the "I Can See You" music video starring Taylor Lautner and Joey King who were at the show. Lautner backflipped on the catwalk.

It might have seemed strange that Swift ended the American leg of her tour on a Wednesday in Los Angeles, but not to the eagle-eyed Swiftie who realized the date was 8/9. That's the day she announced the rerecording of her fifth album, "1989 (Taylor's Version)." The album came out during her break before her Argentina tour dates. It topped the Billboard charts and allowed her to bypass Elvis for the most weeks with an album at No. 1.

Then, she announced her 11th album, "The Tortured Poets Department," at the Grammys after winning her 13th career award. At her tour stops in Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore, she revealed there were four total versions of "Tortured Poets" and told fans they would get a different bonus track on each one : "The Manuscript," "The Bolter," "The Albatross" and "The Black Dog."

Welcome to the acoustic set

One of the most anticipated portions of an Eras Tour show is the acoustic set. At most of the concerts, she only spoke before the guitar song. In rare instances, she tested the microphone before the piano song and made an announcement.

Occasionally she invited collaborators to join her onstage. Marcus Mumford surprised fans in Las Vegas to play "Cowboy Like Me." Her co-producer and close friend Aaron Dessner from The National joined her six times on stage, in Tampa (twice), Nashville, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Santa Clara. Jack Antonoff came out to play "Getaway Car" in New Jersey. Maren Morris did a "You All Over Me" duet in Chicago. When their opening acts were canceled for weather, Gracie Abrams performed "I Miss You, I'm Sorry" and Sabrina Carpenter sang a dyad mashup of "White Horse" and "Coney Island."

Some of the surprise songs came with hidden messages. Fans speculated she sang "Bigger Than The Whole Sky" as an ode to a fan who died , "End Game" to Travis Kelce watching her show from the VIP tent and "Gold Rush" as a congratulations to Jason Kelce for retiring. She has performed "You're On Your Own Kid" five times, in Tampa, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Tokyo and Singapore.

And he never thinks of me, except when I'm on TV

To close out the first year of the Eras Tour, Swift released the third film version of her concert to streaming service Disney+. This version included "Cardigan" and four acoustic songs: "Maroon," "Death By A Thousand Cuts," "You Are In Love" and "I Can See You."

The second version came out on Swift's birthday, Dec. 13. Fans could rent it for 48 hours at a price of $19.89, and it included "The Archer," "Wildest Dreams" and "Long Live" cut from the original movie.

The original movie was released Oct. 13, in the middle of the Hollywood strikes. Swift did what studios and streaming services were unable to: make a deal with SAG-AFTRA. She worked with the unions and was able to market and show her movie how she saw fit. The film made more than $250 million globally and got her nominated for a Golden Globe award .

Would you be interested in one more song?

If you're still with me on this walk down Eras Tour Lane, it's important to make one final note before the tour resumes in Paris in May. Before her magnum opus took off higher than the "Bad Blood" flames, Swift chose "Mirrorball" and "Tim McGraw" to be her very first surprise songs. She ended year one with the same two songs, but flipped the instruments she played them on in a full-circle moment.

Her new album will come out April 19 and the full Eras Tour is streaming on Disney+, which begs the question: What her show will look like come Paris? She has a two-month break before 69 shows scheduled for Europe and North America. She also has two rerecords left to release: "Reputation (Taylor's Version)" and her self-titled debut album.

If there's one thing any Swiftie knows, it's Taylor Swift's ability to make news and create lasting memories through her record-shattering tour. What a first year; on to year two!

Follow Bryan West, the USA TODAY Network's Taylor Swift reporter, on  Instagram ,  TikTok  and  X as @BryanWestTV .

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Hayley Williams Wears Purple Dress, Sharpies Lyrics on Arm for ‘Eras Tour’ Duet With Taylor Swift 

Hayley Williams Wears Purple Dress, Sharpies Lyrics on Arm for ‘Eras’ Duet as Ode to Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift and Paramore’s Hayley Williams brought it back to the Speak Now era during the 14-time Grammy winner’s second Eras Tour concert in London.

Swift, 34, enlisted Williams, 35, for an acoustic rendition of their “Castles Crumbling (Taylor’s Version)” duet on Saturday, June 22, at Wembley Stadium. While Swift opted for her blue, high-low “surprise song” costume, Williams’ look paid tribute to the origins of their friendship .

Williams, whose band Paramore is the European opening act for Swift’s Eras Tour , rocked a lilac halter dress. The frock paid homage to Swift, who notably wore a purple minidress during her 2011 Speak Now world tour . Swift and Williams, who co-wrote “Castles Crumbling” as a vault track for the 2010 LP, even performed a duet on the road at the time.

“You had me come down a grand staircase,” Williams recalled on Saturday of their last touring duet. “I barely remember it!”

Stars at Eras in London

Related: See Every Celebrity Who Attended Taylor Swift's London 'Eras Tour' Shows

After the two women finished playing “Castles Crumbling” on Saturday, Swift noticed handwritten ink down Williams’ shoulder.

“This is a Speak Now tour thing,” Swift quipped with a laugh. “I always used to write Sharpie all down my arm.”

Hayley Williams Wears Purple Dress, Sharpies Lyrics on Arm for ‘Eras’ Duet as Ode to Taylor Swift

On Saturday, Williams wrote “I remember this moment” in cursive across her bicep, a nod to Swift’s “Long Live.” The track briefly appeared on Swift’s Eras Tour setlist following the July 2023 release of Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) but has since been cut to make room for a Tortured Poets Department section after the album’s April debut.

Several hours after the concert, Williams shared an Instagram Story pic of Swift from the 2011 tour when she wore the OG purple dress and wrote “we all learn to make mistakes and run from them” down her arm.

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During Swift’s Speak Now tour, she often wrote lyrics on her arm from other musicians instead of her own prose, choosing lines from artists including pal Selena Gomez , Andy Grammer , Alanis Morrissette and Faith Hill .

“I have written lyrics on my arm for the last tour, and it was really a fun thing to do because it could be a song I’d never heard before,” Swift told Taste of Country in October 2012. “It could be a song that somebody just said, ‘Oh here, I really like this one line in this one song,’ you know, in the dressing room before I’d go on, and I’d just write it on my arm!”

Swift revisited the trend in her “I Can See You” music video , which dropped in July 2023 alongside her re-recorded Speak Now LP, writing the “Long Live” lyrics on her arm.

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Taylor Swift visited Cincy 1 year ago. Our favorite memories, plus what has happened since

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Sunday and Monday mark one-year since Taylor Swift took over Cincinnati with two Eras Tour shows .

The concerts, which filled up Paycor Stadium on June 30 and July 1, 2023, put a spotlight on the Queen City and Swift's tour has since reportedly become the highest grossing tour of all time .

And it's still creating headlines.

Last weekend, her shows in London saw celebrities (and royalty) come out in droves. Swift's boyfriend, University of Cincinnati alum Travis Kelce, made an internet-breaking appearance onstage .

So in honor of the year mark of Swift's Cincinnati visit, we pulled together our five favorite moments from the two concerts, as well as five notable milestones in Swift's life/career since the shows. A lot happened that weekend. Even more has taken place since.

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5 memorable moments from Taylor Swift's Eras Tour shows in Cincinnati

Celebrities traveled to the queen city.

No, Cincinnati isn't London, New York City or Los Angeles, but there were still notable guests at Swift's shows here last year.

"Stranger Things" star Millie Bobby Brown  was spotted at a VIP tent before Swift took the stage June 30. Our photographer, Sam Greene, documented it in a photo. Brown's now husband, actor Jake Bongiovi, was also in attendance to see the "Midnights" singer perform.

Taylor Swift gave Cincinnati not 2, but 3 surprise songs

Swifties across the globe went wild during the July 1 show, as Swift performed three surprise songs for the Cincinnati audience , a changeup from the two surprise tracks she normally plays at her shows. The weather forecast for the night forced Swift to move up the show by an hour, which cut Gracie Abrams' opening act from the lineup.

Abrams still performed that night, though, as she sang her song "I Miss You, I'm Sorry" alongside Swift during the pop star's highly anticipated acoustic portion. Swift also sang her "Call It What You Want" from "Reputation" and "Ivy" from "Evermore."

The Cincinnati boy came home

Also during the July 1 acoustic portion, Cincinnati native and The National founder Aaron Dessner, who has collaborated with Swift on multiple albums , took the stage in his hometown. He performed "Ivy" with Swift, a track he co-wrote and produced on her 2020 album.

"It's hard to describe what it felt like to play 'Ivy' from 'evermore' last night with (Taylor Swift) in the town I grew up in, where I learned to play music in the first place," Dessner wrote on Instagram afterward , alongside a video of the performance. "Grateful as always to Taylor and all of you for listening."

Fans showed up in a big way

Swift has a dedicated fan base, and they certainly made their presence felt during her Cincinnati shows. People lined up for blocks just to purchase official Eras Tour merch . Fans who couldn't buy tickets to the shows sat outside Paycor Stadium just to hear Swift sing.

You can see our interactions with the fans in the merch line in the video above and how long the line was in the TikTok below.

Taylor Swift gave Cincinnati a Fourth of July weekend it'll never forget

Thanks to Swift's shows, an  Airbnb study named Cincinnati the No. 1 trending destination in the world for Fourth of July weekend last year. And it all lived up to the hype. Here's what I wrote for my key takeaway directly after Swift's June 30 Eras Tour show.

As a millennial, Taylor Swift has written the soundtrack for many of our lives. She is the voice of a generation. And that bleeds through every song during her Eras Tour shows.

But she is also quite possibly the performer of our generation. The production value of her concerts are top-notch. Swift takes fans through numerous musicals each night, with sets that include pine trees, a cabin and a moss-covered piano. The wristbands put on a high-quality light show synchronized to the music, and the show ends with beautiful fireworks.

It's like a Fourth of July celebration from when we were kids but during a concert of one of the greatest artists to ever release a song.

Every detail of the Eras Tour is well thought out, and Swift gives her devoted fan base more than just a show. She gives them a once-in-a-lifetime experience they'll never forget.

What has happened in the year since Taylor Swift visited Cincinnati?

Swift has had an eventful year since her two Cincinnati shows. Here are five notable milestones that have happened since she came to town.

Swift released 'Speak Now (Taylor's Version)'

Just six days after she performed in Cincinnati, Swift released the re-recorded version of her 2010 album, "Speak Now."

Like all her other re-recordings, the move came with a lot of excitement, as she also gave fans six vault tracks, including "I Can See You," "Electric Touch" with Fall Out Boy and "Castles Crumbling" with Hayley Williams.

She hard launched her new boyfriend (who has Cincinnati ties)

After performing here, Swift took her Eras Tour to Kansas City , which laid the groundwork for her relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end, and University of Cincinnati alum, Travis Kelce .

The two catapulted their couple status into the public eye when Swift attended the Chiefs' game against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 24, 2023, and they haven't looked back since. The pop star was there when Kelce and the Chiefs won the Super Bowl in February, and the NFL star has been to numerous Eras Tour shows, including the June 23 concert in London when he joined her onstage.

Another re-recorded album

"Speak Now" wasn't the only re-recording to come out within the past year. Swift released her version of the 2014 album "1989" in October 2023.

This time she came out with five vault songs, including the highly popular "Is It Over Now?" and "Say Don't Go."

She won a Grammy for Album of the Year

Swift's "Midnights" album won her a Grammy for Album of the Year in February, the 14th Grammy of her career.

She became the first artist to win an Album of the Year four times.

Taylor released her 11th album

During the 2024 Grammys, Swift surprised everyone when she announced she was releasing her 11th album, "The Tortured Poets Department."

The record has since found an abundance of success. Following its April 19 release, Swift became the first artist to take up all 14 of the top 14 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 list .

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  • Taylor Swift's documentaries and concert films give fans an intimate look into her concerts and personal life, showcasing her incredible stage presence and genuine screen presence.
  • The Eras Tour movie stands out as a complete experience that celebrates all of Taylor Swift's eras and is considered her best concert film.
  • Miss Americana is one of Taylor Swift's most revealing documentaries, delving into her life as a global superstar who stands up for what she believes in and addresses heavy topics like her eating disorder.

Taylor Swift has made various intriguing documentaries and concert films throughout her career, from smaller-scale films like Speak Now World Tour Live to Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour . The singer-songwriter was born to be on stage and loves giving fans a closer look into her concerts with films like City of Lover Concert or The Eras Tour . Swift has allowed a handful of her concerts to be captured for the enjoyment of her fans, and she's also featured in a documentary revealing her life off the stage.

In recent years, Swift has taken on acting roles in movies , but it's her nonfiction films where audiences can appreciate her best performances as well as her most genuine screen presence. The life of a worldwide superstar who can't go anywhere without causing a scene is quite fascinating. With the Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour movie releasing in October 2023 (and Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor's Version) making its streaming debut on Disney+ in March 2024) , it is worth taking a look back at some of her earlier documentaries and concert films and seeing how they rank against one another.

Every Taylor Swift Documentary In Release Order

In total, Taylor Swift has released eight concert films and documentaries over the years of her impressive career. Starting in 2010 with her Fearless movie, the singer-songwriter has built upon the success of her songs and albums by debuting accompanying films and documentaries featuring a rare glimpse at her personal life. Hopefully, Swift plans to continue using this strategy for her future projects.

8 Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour Live (2011)

Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour Live premiered in November 2011 and features footage of the pop star's second world tour promoting Taylor Swift's third studio album , Speak Now . The film doesn't include commentary but showcases Swift's incredible stage presence, even at the young age of 22. Her performances of songs like "Dear John," in which fireworks explode as the singer belts the high note at the end of the bridge, prove her talent.

Unlike Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour Live , The 1989 World Tour Live features commentary from Swift and her close friends, giving it an edge over the previous film.

Swift knew how to command a crowd early in her career, which is how she went from playing two shows at Madison Square Garden to three sold-out nights at MetLife Stadium during her third concert tour. Looking back on it, Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour Live was a sweet beginning to Swift's career and is nostalgic to watch. The movie captured every mesmerizing moment of the whimsical concert and is a fun time all around. However, Swift has released many other concert films and documentaries that are of better quality.

Even upon the initial release of the DVD and CD set, critics lauded her showmanship on the DVD, but did not have praise for her live vocal abilities. Swift's vocal skills have only improved with time, making her live performances and concert tour recordings even better.

Who & What Is Taylor Swift's "Champagne Problems" About? Lyrics & Meaning Explained

One of the songs that Taylor Swift performs during The Eras Tour is "champagne problems," and many wonder about the inspiration behind the lyrics.

7 The 1989 World Tour Live (2015)

For Taylor Swift's fifth studio album, 1989 , she took the show on the road again in 2015 and later released the concert as a movie on Apple Music. This was around the time Swift had removed all her music from Spotify and influenced Apple Music to change their policy regarding paying their artists with an open letter posted on her Tumblr account. Unlike Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour Live , The 1989 World Tour Live features commentary from Swift and her close friends, giving it an edge over the previous film.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour movie captures most of the artist's record-breaking three-hour concert, all three film versions featuring over 40 songs.

One part that makes the film special is when Swift discusses all the guests she brought out during her shows. A few of the most memorable singers were Mick Jagger, Alanis Morissette, and The Weeknd. Of course, viewers might have been disappointed that the concert filmed for the streaming special didn't actually include any of those special guests.

However, one of The 1989 World Tour Live 's weaker aspects is the quick cuts that make it feel disorienting. For example, there is a goofy clip where Swift seems to be levitating as the dancer she's leaning on has been inexplicably edited out. The editing unfortunately plays against The 1989 World Tour Live . The special was available to stream on via Apple for five years before it was removed from the platform.

6 Taylor Swift: City of Lover Concert (2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Taylor Swift's Lover era was cut short. However, in late 2019, before the pandemic, the pop star took her album promo to Paris, France. There, Swift performed multiple songs from Lover for fans at the Olympia in Paris. This show is presented in the short film Taylor Swift: City of Lover Concert , which aired on ABC in May 2020.

The concert showcases Swift's sharp vocals, specifically from her acoustic performance of "Cornelia Street," which is undoubtedly a highlight of Taylor Swift: City of Lover Concert . It also features upbeat pop hits like "You Need to Calm Down," demonstrating Swift's versatility as a music artist. Airing the special during the lockdown was the perfect way for Swift to uplift her fans with memories of a happier time.

Interestingly, for fans who attended the concert (by winning tickets to the smaller-than-stadiums- venue), there were 16 songs in the set - eight from Lover and and eight from other Swift projects. Those viewing the special on TV, however, only got to see the eight performances of songs from Lover , which was something of a missed opportunity.

Taylor Swift: City of Lover isn't available on streaming, but performances of each song featured in the film are on YouTube.

5 Taylor Swift: Journey To Fearless (2010)

Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless feels like a lifetime ago compared to how far Taylor Swift has come in her career. While the special was eventually released in full on DVD, it was initially a three-episode series that aired on The Hub, which has since been rebranded as Discovery Family. Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless showcases Swift's first tour in 2009-2010 promoting her second studio album, Fearless. The film features commentary from Swift, her mother, and some of her bandmates as she talks about the experience of taking Fearless on the road.

The singer talks about her post-show meet and greet, in which her team members chose fans from the audience to meet her after the show for free. She also discusses how incredible it is to do what she loves for a living. Fearless is the album that launched Swift into the spotlight, and Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless is a nostalgic look back on how she ended up as the biggest pop star on the planet. Eleven years later Swift re-recorded the Fearless songs and released Fearless (Taylor's Version) .

Because of the interviews and behind-the-scenes aspects, it acts more as a docuseries than a true concert special. That works in the special's favor for a lot of fans and critics who already know that Swift is a great performer, as they enjoy seeing how those performances are pulled off.

4 Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour (2018)

Taylor Swift dominated the music industry with her fifth studio album, 1989 . But after the drama between her and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in 2016, Swift fell from her pedestal and rebranded herself with her sixth album, reputation . Today, millions of people fight for a chance to secure Taylor Swift tickets, but back in 2018, she had to fight a bad reputation from social media and the press. The Reputation Stadium Tour was so special because it was for the fans who stood by Swift during some of her most difficult days.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour could be a record-breaking box office hit. Here is how much it is expected to earn and how much it cost to make.

Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour was released in 2018 on Netflix and chronicled the Reputation Stadium Tour from start to finish. Swift revisited older songs like Speak Now 's "Long Live" but also performed almost all the reputation tracks like "I Did Something Bad" and "Don't Blame Me." It's special rewatching this tour movie because it takes fans back to when Swift's real friends, whom she sings about in "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things," and her real fans were all that mattered. Unfortunately, Netflix removed Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour from its streaming library in 2024.

At the time, the tour was the biggest selling North American tour for any artist, so it made sense that one of the last dates would be recorded for fans who couldn't make it to a show. The footage was praised for great camera work and its ability to showcase Swift's performances and balance them with the emotional reactions of the huge crowd. It earned comparisons to a full-scale Broadway musical production.

3 Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (2020)

One of the best things that came out of the Lover era ending was the creation of folklore and evermore . However, before the release of evermore , Swift celebrated her eighth studio album folklore (one of the albums Swift owns ) with Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions on Disney+ with a more intimate concert film. In the documentary, Swift takes fans through her writing process, from the love triangle she sings about in "cardigan," "august," and "betty" to the people pleaser's anthem "mirrorball."

Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions also features folklore co-writers and producers Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, who joined Swift in the Long Pond Studio in New York to perform all 17 tracks on the album. What was unique about this experience was that the three had actually worked on the album in isolation during periods of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, not working together until they actually met up to perform them and record the documentary. It gave a unique window into a very different process for Swift.

The documentary shows how Swift's creativity came to life during a time of global uncertainty and fear. It was the perfect way for Swift to connect with her fans in a time of social distancing and isolation, years before it was safe for her to perform the songs in stadiums worldwide. The Long Pond Studio Sessions holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics who were impressed with just how Swift and her team pulled it all off.

2 Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (2023)

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Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour is a film rendition of the colossal worldwide event that sees the legendary pop star hit the stage in a specially curated film event. Performing the hits of her over seventeen-year career in music, The Eras Tour highlights Taylor Swift and her team as they put on a show of a lifetime.

One year after Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour , the singer-songwriter released her seventh studio album, Lover , and planned a much smaller tour called Lover Fest. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the pop star to cancel the concerts. In the years between the worldwide shutdown and opening night of the Eras Tour, Swift wrote and released three albums — folklore , evermore , and Midnights . Additionally, she began releasing her rerecorded albums in 2021, so Swift had a lot of material to work with while planning her next tour.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour gives people new ways to experience Taylor Swift's concert. Here is how to watch the movie in theaters or on streaming.

The biggest question was how Taylor Swift would promote so many albums on tour. Swift's response was the three-and-a-half-hour-long Eras Tour, a journey through all her albums, which quickly became the highest-grossing tour of all time. When fans struggled to get tickets due to extreme resale prices, Swift brought the show to the big screen via a movie directed by Sam Wrench. It was a jaw-dropping success, and Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour ultimately broke records and became the highest-grossing concert film of all time.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour premiered in theaters on October 13, 2023, and Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor's Version) made its streaming debut on March 14, 2024, on Disney+.

Fans went wild in theaters by dancing, starting conga lines, and forming large circles during the ending credits, where they held hands and spun around like a coven inspired by "willow." Moviegoers stocked up on Swift's merch, such as popcorn buckets and soda cups. However, those who didn't get to see Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour and experience the camaraderie in theaters can now watch a longer version of the film (with more songs) — Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor's Version) on Disney+ . Swift went all out with this tour and this movie, and her efforts paid off tremendously.

Swift has released several concert films in her 17-year career, but Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour knocks the rest out of the park, or as Swift might prefer, out of SoFi stadium. It is a complete and immersive experience that almost matches the feeling of watching the concert live. Ultimately, Taylor Swift: T he Eras Tour lives up to its name, celebrating all of Swift's eras and taking viewers on a journey through her awe-inspiring career.

1 Miss Americana (2020)

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Miss Americana is a documentary on the popular singer and songwriter Taylor Swift. The documentary was directed by Lana Wilson and debuted on Netflix in January 2020. The film follows Swift through several years of her life as she grew to become a pop culture icon in the music industry.

One of Taylor Swift's most revealing documentaries is Netflix's Miss Americana . The documentary, directed by Lana Wilson, dives into Swift's life as a people-pleasing global superstar trying to stand up for what she believes in. The film contains clips of Swift planning her would-be-canceled 2020 Lover Fest tour and recording songs for her album Lover . However, Miss Americana also covers heavier topics like Swift's eating disorder and her 2017 sexual assault trial.

Miss Americana takes its name from Lover 's seventh track, "Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince," one of the first times Swift got involved with politics, just like in the Miss Americana documentary. One memorable scene shows Swift arguing with her father and her management team over her need to speak out against Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn's blatant homophobia and other dangerous ideologies. Miss Americana presented a side of the singer fans hadn't seen before, but it's one that Taylor Swift should consider showing more often.

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Swifties Band Together to Show Palestinian Solidarity at Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour

Published: June 26, 2024

Author: Chantelle Lee with Time

When Hadiyyah Mohamed brought out a Palestinian flag during the first Edinburgh show of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour on June 7, she knew that it was unlikely the megastar would see it or her braided bracelet with the colors of the Palestinian flag—her seat was high up in a nosebleed section.

“No one saw except for the people that were really close around me,” Mohamed tells TIME. “It was my way of enjoying a Taylor Swift concert, as well as showing my support and my solidarity for the Palestinians.”

Last month, #SwiftiesForPalestine was trending on X, garnering more than 100,000 posts in about a day, as Swifties used the hashtag to demand that Taylor Swift “Speak Now” on Gaza. The online callout came after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah that killed at least 45 Palestinians sparked outrage around the world.

Some celebrities, such as Ariana Grande, have shared social media posts in support of Palestinian people. Others have been even more vocal in their show of solidarity—Melissa Barrera was fired from her leading role in Scream 7, after she posted in support of Palestinian people; and Kehlani called out their peers in the music industry for remaining silent on the conflict and raised more than $555,000 for families in Gaza, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Macklemore demanded a cease-fire in his song, “Hind’s Hall,” a reference to when protesters took over Hamilton Hall at Columbia University and “renamed” the building for 6-year-old Hind Rajab, who was killed by Israeli troops. But Swift has not publicly spoken out on the conflict.

Now, Swifties have taken the online movement to the international leg of the singer’s Eras Tour. The international leg of the tour started in August 2023, but only recently have fans gained attention for bringing Palestinian flags, kaffiyehs, signs, or friendship bracelets—an Eras Tour tradition—to express support for Palestinians. While Swifties initially wanted to bring these symbols to pressure Swift to speak out in support of Palestinian people—and while many still hope she will—fans also said they were inspired to participate in the trend to raise awareness among other Swifties and concertgoers about the situation in Gaza.

Calling on Swift to “Speak Now”

Earlier on in her career, Swift was known for not posting online or speaking publicly about politics. But in 2018, she broke that silence and endorsed two Democratic candidates in Tennessee. Since then, she endorsed President Joe Biden in the 2020 election and has expressed support for abortion and LGBTQ+ rights. In 2023, after Swift encouraged fans to register to vote via a post on her Instagram story, Vote.org recorded more than 35,000 registrations.

“We can see that her impact is so powerful,” Swiftie Keli Thomson, who lives in Glasgow, says. “It is a shame that she’s not used that platform. I am hoping that she will eventually come around to it.”

Mohamed, 22, has been a Swiftie for as long as she can remember. But now, the lifelong fan criticizes Swift for not speaking out, saying “silence is violence.”

“I am disappointed in Taylor Swift,” Mohamed, who lives in Edinburgh, says. “I still do love Taylor Swift songs and I really do think she’s an amazing artist. But at this point, we need her to speak now. We need her to speak up.”

Swift’s publicist did not return a request for comment.

After Thomson, 30, saw #SwiftiesForPalestine trending on X, she encouraged other fans who were planning to attend the shows in Edinburgh, like she was, to make friendship bracelets and bring Palestinian flags. She wasn’t sure that bringing these items would prompt Swift to speak out, but thought that “it would be a wasted opportunity not to try.”

Thomson went to two shows in Edinburgh earlier this month. On the first night, she was a little disheartened—while she had brought a Palestinian flag, she was too far back from the stage for Swift to see her and ended up just hanging the flag on the back of her chair for most of the night.

“I think the reality of it kicked in when I was there,” Thomson says. “It is obviously much bigger when you get in there and see the amount of people that are there and realize for this to be impactful, we really do need to get more people involved.”

“We weren’t the only ones”

There was a moment that made Thomson hopeful. She had made some friendship bracelets for the concert. Friendship bracelets are an Eras Tour tradition—because Swift mentions “friendship bracelets” in the song “You’re on Your Own, Kid,” fans often show up to her concerts wearing and exchanging bracelets that have references to Swift’s songs.

Thomson had made a few special bracelets—two that said “Free Palestine,” and one that said “Eyes On Rafah.” While waiting in line for food at the concert, she gave one of the “Free Palestine'' bracelets to another Swiftie. The two fans ended up having a “really hopeful conversation” about the conflict in Gaza, Thomson says.

For 24-year-old Jemima Elliott, exchanging a bracelet didn’t lead to a conversation, but it still made her night. Elliott, who lives in Newcastle, England, attended the second night of the Eras Tour show in Edinburgh earlier this month, and wore a “Free Palestine” badge on her jacket. She had also made small cardboard signs that said “Swifties 4 A Free Palestine” and “Speak Now For a Free Palestine.”

“It’s really frustrating when there’s someone whose work you really admire and you really love, who kind of has that huge, astronomic level of influence, but doesn’t use that to stand out for things,” Elliott says. Bringing in the signs and wearing the badge “felt like the bare minimum” she could do, she adds.

Another fan noticed Elliott’s “Free Palestine” badge and then gave her a friendship bracelet that said “Speak Now for Gaza.”

“Receiving that friendship bracelet made my absolute night,” Elliott says. “It felt like we weren’t the only ones who were thinking about Gaza, who were wanting Taylor to do better.”

One Swiftie managed to give one of these special friendship bracelets to Swift’s current number one fan: her boyfriend, Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

Alethea Shapiro, who lives in Naples, Fla., was at the first London show Friday when she saw Kelce in Wembley Stadium. Shapiro weaved through the crowd to pass a “Swifties For Palestine” bracelet along to the star athlete.

“I really had to seize the moment because it was like the closest we got to Taylor and him, like both of them have very big platforms,” Shapiro, 45, says. “Maybe he passed it along to Taylor.”

Kelce’s publicist did not return a request for comment.

Shapiro went to several Eras Tour shows in the U.S., has been to a show in Lyon, France, and multiple shows in the U.K., including Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff, and London. She started an Instagram account, called @SwiftiesForPalestine, that has about 3,700 followers and shares information about the conflict in Gaza. For many of the shows she’s attended in Europe, she’s brought something—like a flag, a kaffiyeh, or an outfit that includes references to the conflict—to show solidarity with Palestinian people.

“This is the start of something”

It’s not clear when the #SwiftiesForPalestine movement began or who started it—while Swifties have only recently gained attention for it on the European leg of the Eras Tour, a post on X from earlier this year indicates that some Swifties were planning to make friendship bracelets in support of Palestinian people starting with the Melbourne show back in February.

One thing is clear, though: Fans plan to continue doing this for Swift’s upcoming shows.

Shapiro is hoping to attend some of the final London shows in August, and has tickets for shows in Miami and Vancouver in the fall. She hopes that Swifties will continue voicing their support for Palestinian people at each concert.

“If Taylor’s not going to do it, then we can still do something,” Shapiro says. “We can still speak out. And I just think it’s really beautiful that people who are around the world, all different nationalities and races and languages, sexualities, can come together and unify for Palestine.”

Thomson is also planning to go to the last London show in August. And this time, she’s planning on making even more friendship bracelets that express support for Palestinian people.

“It just needs to grow. It just needs a little bit more time,” she says about the movement. “I think this is the start of something.”

Does Swiftie activism bring about change?

This isn’t the first time the Swiftie fandom has galvanized around a political cause. In 2022, thousands of fans banded together to launch an online campaign calling for the breakup of Ticketmaster, after many of them were unable to get tickets to the U.S. leg of the Eras Tour.

After the Ticketmaster fiasco, two political science researchers at the University of Notre Dame started researching Swifties, and found that fans who had a personal experience with the issue of a lack of market competition tended to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission at higher rates. Erin Rossiter, one of the researchers, says that while it’s not clear the extent to which Swifties’ complaints led to the U.S. Department of Justice suing Ticketmaster and its parent company, she and her colleague “like to think and speculate” that this grassroots effort among Swifties “shed light on this issue.”

Their research, which they’re in the process of submitting for peer review, offers some “cautiously optimistic evidence” that people become engaged and take action on political issues that they care about, Rossiter says.

Now, the public is seeing a similar kind of political activism among Swifties with regards to the conflict in Gaza, Rossiter says. While there may be division within the Swiftie community, the fandom is often “interconnected” and “coordinated,” she says.

“This can lend them to be politically motivated as well. They’re very willing to use their time and resources to solve a problem, which is like what we felt with Ticketmaster,” Rossiter says. “This group has a history, and they know how to work together in this way and they’re very good at it.”

And others have noticed this. Volunteers with the Edinburgh Gaza Genocide Emergency Committee (EGGEC)—a coalition of organizations that stand in solidarity with Palestinian people—handed out flyers, friendship bracelets, and Palestinian flags outside of the concert venue in Edinburgh on June 8 to raise awareness among fans heading into the show.

“I think if her fans mobilize and if her fans use their big voices—a lot of them have big social media platforms—if they can use that to raise awareness, then you can mobilize a huge crowd of people and bring awareness into the music industry and into those spaces,” says Ameerah Al, an EGGEC volunteer who handed out flyers and flags on June 8.

When #SwiftiesForPalestine was trending on X, one fan started a GoFundMe, raising nearly $14,000 CAD to go toward Medical Aid for Palestinians, a British organization that offers medical services to those in need. One Swiftie who attended two London shows this past weekend donated the money she would’ve spent on merchandise to Care For Gaza, a nonprofit that helps Palestinian families.

Rossiter points out that Swift herself has not been the leader of these movements—both the action against Ticketmaster and the solidarity campaign for Palestinian people have been fan-led initiatives.

“It doesn’t lessen the disappointment among the fans when she doesn’t say anything, but they are still a very motivated group without her,” Rossiter says.

While Mohamed hopes that Swift will speak out publicly in support of Palestinian people, she isn’t sure that will really happen. On the off chance Swift saw Mohamed waving the flag at the first show in Edinburgh, Mohamed says she “would feel heard.”

“That’s the point, really, for me to wave that flag,” she says. “And it’s not only me—for Palestine to feel heard because for years, it’s been 76 years, their yearnings, their pleas, have been gone unheard of.”

Originally published by Chantelle Lee with Time at rooneycenter.nd.edu on June 26, 2024 .

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W hen Hadiyyah Mohamed brought out a Palestinian flag during the first Edinburgh show of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour on June 7, she knew that it was unlikely the megastar would see it or her braided bracelet with the colors of the Palestinian flag—her seat was high up in a nosebleed section.

“No one saw except for the people that were really close around me,” Mohamed tells TIME. “It was my way of enjoying a Taylor Swift concert, as well as showing my support and my solidarity for the Palestinians.”

Last month, #SwiftiesForPalestine was trending on X, garnering more than 100,000 posts in about a day, as Swifties used the hashtag to demand that Taylor Swift “Speak Now” on Gaza. The online callout came after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah that killed at least 45 Palestinians sparked outrage around the world. 

Some celebrities, such as Ariana Grande , have shared social media posts in support of Palestinian people. Others have been even more vocal in their show of solidarity— Melissa Barrera was fired from her leading role in Scream 7, after she posted in support of Palestinian people; and Kehlani called out their peers in the music industry for remaining silent on the conflict and raised more than $555,000 for families in Gaza, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Macklemore demanded a cease-fire in his song, “Hind’s Hall,” a reference to when protesters took over Hamilton Hall at Columbia University and “renamed” the building for 6-year-old Hind Rajab, who was killed by Israeli troops. But Swift has not publicly spoken out on the conflict.

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Now, Swifties have taken the online movement to the international leg of the singer’s Eras Tour.  The international leg of the tour started in August 2023 , but only recently have fans gained attention for bringing Palestinian flags, kaffiyehs, signs, or friendship bracelets—an Eras Tour tradition—to express support for Palestinians. While Swifties initially wanted to bring these symbols to pressure Swift to speak out in support of Palestinian people—and while many still hope she will—fans also said they were inspired to participate in the trend to raise awareness among other Swifties and concertgoers about the situation in Gaza.

Calling on Swift to “Speak Now”

Earlier on in her career, Swift was known for not posting online or speaking publicly about politics. But in 2018, she broke that silence and endorsed two Democratic candidates in Tennessee. Since then, she endorsed President Joe Biden in the 2020 election and has expressed support for abortion and LGBTQ+ rights. In 2023, after Swift encouraged fans to register to vote via a post on her Instagram story, Vote.org recorded more than 35,000 registrations .

“We can see that her impact is so powerful,” Swiftie Keli Thomson, who lives in Glasgow, says. “It is a shame that she’s not used that platform. I am hoping that she will eventually come around to it.”

Mohamed, 22, has been a Swiftie for as long as she can remember. But now, the lifelong fan criticizes Swift for not speaking out, saying “silence is violence.”

“I am disappointed in Taylor Swift,” Mohamed, who lives in Edinburgh, says. “I still do love Taylor Swift songs and I really do think she’s an amazing artist. But at this point, we need her to speak now. We need her to speak up.”

Swift’s publicist did not return a request for comment.

After Thomson, 30, saw #SwiftiesForPalestine trending on X, she encouraged other fans who were planning to attend the shows in Edinburgh, like she was, to make friendship bracelets and bring Palestinian flags. She wasn’t sure that bringing these items would prompt Swift to speak out, but thought that “it would be a wasted opportunity not to try.”

EDINBURGH SWIFTIES! I think we have a chance to make a statement. Make Palestine bracelets, bring Palestine flags, front rows take signs!! The impact Taylor could have is insane, and we cannot let it slide. Spread this far and wide - tell your pals going!! #SwiftiesForPalestine pic.twitter.com/I4vUqdcuBY — keli {bandea}🌻 (@iambandea) May 29, 2024

Thomson went to two shows in Edinburgh earlier this month. On the first night, she was a little disheartened—while she had brought a Palestinian flag, she was too far back from the stage for Swift to see her and ended up just hanging the flag on the back of her chair for most of the night.

“I think the reality of it kicked in when I was there,” Thomson says. “It is obviously much bigger when you get in there and see the amount of people that are there and realize for this to be impactful, we really do need to get more people involved.”

“We weren’t the only ones”

There was a moment that made Thomson hopeful. She had made some friendship bracelets for the concert. Friendship bracelets are an Eras Tour tradition—because Swift mentions “friendship bracelets” in the song “You’re on Your Own, Kid,” fans often show up to her concerts wearing and exchanging bracelets that have references to Swift’s songs. 

Thomson had made a few special bracelets—two that said “Free Palestine,” and one that said “Eyes On Rafah.” While waiting in line for food at the concert, she gave one of the “Free Palestine'' bracelets to another Swiftie. The two fans ended up having a “really hopeful conversation” about the conflict in Gaza, Thomson says.

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For 24-year-old Jemima Elliott, exchanging a bracelet didn’t lead to a conversation, but it still made her night. Elliott, who lives in Newcastle, England, attended the second night of the Eras Tour show in Edinburgh earlier this month, and wore a “Free Palestine” badge on her jacket. She had also made small cardboard signs that said “Swifties 4 A Free Palestine” and “Speak Now For a Free Palestine.”

“It’s really frustrating when there’s someone whose work you really admire and you really love, who kind of has that huge, astronomic level of influence, but doesn’t use that to stand out for things,” Elliott says. Bringing in the signs and wearing the badge “felt like the bare minimum” she could do, she adds.

Another fan noticed Elliott’s “Free Palestine” badge and then gave her a friendship bracelet that said “Speak Now for Gaza.”

“Receiving that friendship bracelet made my absolute night,” Elliott says. “It felt like we weren’t the only ones who were thinking about Gaza, who were wanting Taylor to do better.”

The best friendship bracelet I could have been given 💜🇵🇸 #FreePalestine #SwiftiesForPalestine pic.twitter.com/da0sleAasM — Jemima 🍉 #StopRosebank (she/her) (@arantingreader) June 10, 2024

One Swiftie managed to give one of these special friendship bracelets to Swift’s current number one fan: her boyfriend, Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce .

Alethea Shapiro, who lives in Naples, Fla., was at the first London show Friday when she saw Kelce in Wembley Stadium. Shapiro weaved through the crowd to pass a “Swifties For Palestine” bracelet along to the star athlete.

“I really had to seize the moment because it was like the closest we got to Taylor and him, like both of them have very big platforms,” Shapiro, 45, says. “Maybe he passed it along to Taylor.”

Kelce’s publicist did not return a request for comment.

Shapiro went to several Eras Tour shows in the U.S., has been to a show in Lyon, France, and multiple shows in the U.K., including Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff, and London. She started an Instagram account, called @SwiftiesForPalestine , that has about 3,700 followers and shares information about the conflict in Gaza. For many of the shows she’s attended in Europe, she’s brought something—like a flag, a kaffiyeh, or an outfit that includes references to the conflict—to show solidarity with Palestinian people.

Palestine FLAG DROP completed ☑️ 🇵🇸🍉 I hope this gets this keeps the conversation and focus on @taylorswift & Swifties around the world to #speaknow about PALESTINE!!! 🇵🇸✊🏽🍉🎵❤️‍🩹💔 JOIN OUR GLOBAL MOVEMENT on Instagram @swiftiesforpalestine 🇵🇸🫶 #FLAGDROP #SwiftiesforPalestine … pic.twitter.com/XFlS7c4vGI — Alethea⸆⸉ @swiftiesforpalestine Insta official (@Women2Dc) June 3, 2024

“This is the start of something”

It’s not clear when the #SwiftiesForPalestine movement began or who started it—while Swifties have only recently gained attention for it on the European leg of the Eras Tour, a post on X from earlier this year indicates that some Swifties were planning to make friendship bracelets in support of Palestinian people starting with the Melbourne show back in February.

thats me!! #LisbonTStheErasTour #TSTheErasTour https://t.co/0In0Je92mb pic.twitter.com/0oIPC9OvsM — sofia🍉 (@faeriee_soiree) May 25, 2024

One thing is clear, though: Fans plan to continue doing this for Swift’s upcoming shows.

Shapiro is hoping to attend some of the final London shows in August, and has tickets for shows in Miami and Vancouver in the fall. She hopes that Swifties will continue voicing their support for Palestinian people at each concert. 

“If Taylor’s not going to do it, then we can still do something,” Shapiro says. “We can still speak out. And I just think it’s really beautiful that people who are around the world, all different nationalities and races and languages, sexualities, can come together and unify for Palestine.”

Thomson is also planning to go to the last London show in August. And this time, she’s planning on making even more friendship bracelets that express support for Palestinian people.

“It just needs to grow. It just needs a little bit more time,” she says about the movement. “I think this is the start of something.”

i think my fave thing abt liverpool eras n1 was being sat directly behind someone who was showing their support for palestine head to toe, they waved a palestine flag, i gave them one of the free palestine bracelets we’d made & they gave us free palestine bands in return 🇵🇸🍉 pic.twitter.com/Yf48Fg49Kd — sahi | milfsincrime 🌸🍉 (@badboybelzer) June 16, 2024

Does Swiftie activism bring about change?

This isn’t the first time the Swiftie fandom has galvanized around a political cause. In 2022, thousands of fans banded together to launch an online campaign calling for the breakup of Ticketmaster, after many of them were unable to get tickets to the U.S. leg of the Eras Tour.

After the Ticketmaster fiasco, two political science researchers at the University of Notre Dame started researching Swifties, and found that fans who had a personal experience with the issue of a lack of market competition tended to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission at higher rates. Erin Rossiter, one of the researchers, says that while it’s not clear the extent to which Swifties’ complaints led to the U.S. Department of Justice suing Ticketmaster and its parent company, she and her colleague “like to think and speculate” that this grassroots effort among Swifties “shed light on this issue.”

Their research, which they’re in the process of submitting for peer review, offers some “cautiously optimistic evidence” that people become engaged and take action on political issues that they care about, Rossiter says.

Now, the public is seeing a similar kind of political activism among Swifties with regards to the conflict in Gaza, Rossiter says. While there may be division within the Swiftie community, the fandom is often “interconnected” and “coordinated,” she says.

“This can lend them to be politically motivated as well. They’re very willing to use their time and resources to solve a problem, which is like what we felt with Ticketmaster,” Rossiter says. “This group has a history, and they know how to work together in this way and they’re very good at it.”

And others have noticed this. Volunteers with the Edinburgh Gaza Genocide Emergency Committee (EGGEC)—a coalition of organizations that stand in solidarity with Palestinian people—handed out flyers, friendship bracelets, and Palestinian flags outside of the concert venue in Edinburgh on June 8 to raise awareness among fans heading into the show.

“I think if her fans mobilize and if her fans use their big voices—a lot of them have big social media platforms—if they can use that to raise awareness, then you can mobilize a huge crowd of people and bring awareness into the music industry and into those spaces,” says Ameerah Al, an EGGEC volunteer who handed out flyers and flags on June 8.

#swiftiesforpalastine #LyonTSTheErasTour pic.twitter.com/BY9xExPW6b — monica (@monikeramirez) June 3, 2024

When #SwiftiesForPalestine was trending on X, one fan started a GoFundMe , raising nearly $14,000 CAD to go toward Medical Aid for Palestinians , a British organization that offers medical services to those in need. One Swiftie who attended two London shows this past weekend donated the money she would’ve spent on merchandise to Care For Gaza , a nonprofit that helps Palestinian families.

Rossiter points out that Swift herself has not been the leader of these movements—both the action against Ticketmaster and the solidarity campaign for Palestinian people have been fan-led initiatives.

“It doesn’t lessen the disappointment among the fans when she doesn’t say anything, but they are still a very motivated group without her,” Rossiter says.

While Mohamed hopes that Swift will speak out publicly in support of Palestinian people, she isn’t sure that will really happen. On the off chance Swift saw Mohamed waving the flag at the first show in Edinburgh, Mohamed says she “would feel heard.”

“That’s the point, really, for me to wave that flag,” she says. “And it’s not only me—for Palestine to feel heard because for years, it’s been 76 years , their yearnings, their pleas, have been gone unheard of.”

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