So, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 14 years, you’ll definitely know who Taylor Swift, aka one of the hottest women in music right now, is. Ever since the start of her career back in 2006, it was clear to see that she was extremely talented. Taylor’s audience continued to grow steadily after each album, but it wasn’t until her 2014 record, 1989, that she solidified her place as one of the music industry’s main pop girls. 1989’s transition from soft, country music into more powerhouse pop performances was really a poignant moment for Taylor, and it marked the start of a new era – becoming one of the most influential and memorable female albums of all time, which has now sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Of course, there were some huge singles from her previous album, Red, which were considered to fall into the pop genre, but on the whole, 1989 really was the start of something special.
All throughout 2014-15, Taylor Swift really was the talk of the town. Almost every young teen all over the world was wearing red lipstick, taking Polaroids, and wearing ‘I heart New York‘ tees, all thanks to Miss Swift. Taylor was constantly spotted with her celebrity friends and was never out of the press. However, this would all come to a halt in 2016/2017, when we didn’t see Taylor anywhere. In her documentary Miss Americana on Netflix, Taylor said that “no one physically saw me for a year,” after growing tired of fighting for people’s respect.
Taylor Swift Came Back Stronger Than A 90’S Trend.
Undoubtedly, this drought was a hard time for Swifties, us here at THP included, but we can’t even imagine how much harder it would have been for Taylor. Which is why, when she came back – it made history. After a year of silence, Taylor’s Instagram posts all disappeared, just before new ones started to be posted. Taylor Swift came back with a darker edge, that nobody expected – and it was the perfect revenge. With her 2017 record, reputation, Taylor proved that she could not be silenced any longer and that she was stronger than those who tried to tear her down.
First of all, the album was a masterpiece: lyrically and in terms of production. It was like nothing we had ever heard before, but it was created so perfectly. The album was a huge success, becoming the fastest album in history to reach the #1 spot on US iTunes, only six minutes after its release! The record was also certified platinum just four days after the initial release. reputation then proceeded to sell 1.28 million copies in the US in its debut week, making it the best selling album of 2017.
The lead single from the album, ‘Look What You Made Me Do,’ now has over 1.7 billion views on YouTube, making it one of her most watched music videos in her entire discography! The video is iconic and contains numerous hints and Easter eggs that eagle-eyed fans spotted straight away. In May of 2018, Taylor began the Reputation Stadium Tour, which was one of her most successful tours to date. The stage production was insane – with snakes, fireworks, and well-illustrated visuals. The support acts were Camila Cabello and Charli XCX, and the two even joined Taylor on stage during each show to perform a song as a group.
I’m The Only One Of Me, Baby That’s The Fun Of Me!
After her comeback album’s worldwide success, Taylor returned in August of 2019, with her seventh studio album – Lover. This album seemed to contrast to reputation, being centered around love and the happiness that comes with it – which could link to the fact that Taylor slowly started to lowkey confirm her romance with long-term boyfriend Joe Alwyn. The two singles for the album – ‘ME!’ and ‘You Need To Calm Down’ were much more colorful, vibrant, and happy than her previous singles. They even featured collaborations from Brendon Urie and had a huge celebrity presence in the music videos. Lover is one of Taylor’s longest albums, with 18 tracks that run for 1 hour and 1 minute. Fans swooned over Taylor’s colorful personality throughout the whole of the Lover era, but they never expected it to be so short but sweet.
I’m Doing Good, I’m On Some New Sh*t.
Just under a year after the release of Lover, Taylor dropped her surprise eighth studio album – folklore. The soft indie-folk album is made up of 17 songs and was written, produced, and put out all during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the help of Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner, and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). The album was a complete shock, but it was everything we needed and more. folklore was streamed 80.6 million times globally in the first 24 hours, which made it 2020’s biggest debut. Swifties all over the world were going crazy on social media, and even started numerous TikTok trends for the tracks. Taylor also surprised fans by teaming up with streaming service Disney+ to share a Long Pond Studios performance of folklore, with a track-by-track introduction and an insight to the meaning behind the lyrics – of course, accompanied by The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bleacher’s Jack Antonoff.
As if this wasn’t already enough – Taylor surprised fans again, with another album release in the same year! On December 11th, Taylor’s ninth studio album, evermore, was welcomed into the world. When announcing the album on Twitter, Taylor explained that she “just couldn’t stop writing songs,” and described the album as folklore‘s sister. The deluxe version of evermore is made up of 17 beautifully written and produced songs, all having a similar sound to those on folklore. We’re so glad that Taylor wasn’t ready to say goodbye to this era because neither were we! It really created a strong sense of hope and peacefulness, which was exactly what the world needs right now. Of course, evermore was a huge success and it placed at number 1 on the charts.
Now, What 2021 Is Looking Like For Taylor Swift…
After ending 2020 on such a high, fans were excited to see what Taylor Swift had up her sleeve for 2021 – and we were definitely not let down. The 63rd annual GRAMMY award show took place on March 15th, and it was a win for both Taylor, and for Swifties. Taylor was nominated for six GRAMMYS – including Album Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. folklore was awarded the GRAMMY for Album of The Year, which made history as Taylor became the first female artist to ever win album of the year three times – what an achievement! As well as winning the award, Taylor gave an outstanding mashup performance of cardigan, willow, and august – alongside Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner. You can watch the performance HERE. Taylor’s look for the night left fans speechless – a gorgeous floral dress with a matching face mask, designed by Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Oscar de la Renta.
You’re A Flashback In A Film Reel
A blast from the past, that means so much more than that. In 2019, Taylor confided in fans about an ongoing situation with her previous record label and her owning the rights to her music. She explained that the royalties from her first six albums were not being given to her. This resulted in her signing a new contract with Republic Records and announcing the re-recording of her first six albums. This was huge, exciting news for fans because all we want is for Taylor to be happy, and own the right to her masters!
Just a few days ago, on April 9th, 2021, Taylor Swift released her first re-recorded album – Fearless (Taylor’s Version) which is made up of 26 tracks, including six unreleased songs from the vault, that were written but never put out back in 2008. The album reached the number one spot on its release date, and the three singles have already surpassed millions of streams.
There has been a lot of speculation amongst fans regarding which album Taylor will be re-recording and releasing next, with a lot of Swifties hoping for Taylor’s hit record 1989. Keen-eyed fans have linked the similarities to two commercials and used it as a theory for which album is next. Back in December of 2020, Taylor shared a commercial for the dating app Match, which featured a clip from ‘Love Story (Taylor’s Version)’ – which soon became the lead single for her first re-recorded release. You can watch the commercial HERE. In late March of 2021, the official trailer for Universal Picture’s upcoming movie Spirit Untamed was put out. The trailer featured a clip of ‘Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)’ – a track that originally comes from 1989 – which is why fans are anticipating this to be the next re-recorded album. Watch the trailer HERE.
Whichever album does come next, we’re more than happy either way. It’s so refreshing to see Taylor succeeding in everything that she is doing right now, and we’re only four months into the year. If the last few months are anything to go off, we are certain that 2021 is about to be the year of Taylor Swift, and we are definitely here for it.
Listen to her new album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) HERE.
Which re-recorded album are you hoping for next? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us over at @TheHoneyPop!
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