If you’re a Swiftie, or maybe even if you aren’t, you know Taylor Swift loves to plant easter eggs. Usually about her next album or collaborative project on social media, in interviews, and even in the way she dresses. Her secret clues and hidden teasers began the infamous Swiftie Fan Theories, which have lived in our minds rent-free ever since they started!
Taylor acknowledged her love of teasers in an interview during Red (Taylor’s Version) release week with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. She explained the origin of the hints as a way to incentivize fans to read her lyrics – back when she wrote secret messages inside her lyric booklets. She wanted people to truly understand the songs, but the messages quickly took on a life of their own!
All I started thinking of was how do I start hinting at things? Like how far is too far in advance? Can I hint at something three years in advance?
Taylor Swift on The Tonight Show
Ever since that interview, we’ve been contemplating everything. With Taylor’s re-records being released in a different order than the original albums, fans have been searching for clues as to which album is next. The Swifties have some fan theories…
The current debate dividing the fandom is which will come first: Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) or 1989 (Taylor’s Version). We’re here to give you the breakdown of each argument and maybe connect some dots! Or maybe this will wind up being another Five Holes In The Fence…
Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)
Fans have been speculating for months! These theories date back to January 2022, when Taylor Nation posted this graphic announcing Taylor’s Record Store Day ambassadorship. The graphic has purple and red text, matching the colors of the Speak Now and Speak Now Deluxe covers. It also has exactly thirteen purple stars and they posted it thirteen weeks before Record Store Day.
You might argue that the graphic was just meant to promote Record Store Day in a bright way that’d get our attention. But that’s not our only hint that Speak Now is the next rerecording! Shortly after Red (Taylor’s Version) came out, signed copies popped up on her site for $20.10 – the Speak Now album came out in 2010. And the price was written in (you guessed it) purple.
Fans also speculate that because of the song ‘Back to December,’ Taylor could announce Speak Now TV that month, inviting us as fans “back to December.”
One of her most recent merchandise collections was heavily themed with the color purple. This included purple heart-shaped pool floats and a tie-dye t-shirt with “Taylor’s Version” printed on the front.
1989 (Taylor’s Version)
While there have also been many hints at a 1989 drop – including single releases, merchandise drops, and official trademarks – it doesn’t look like it’ll be soon. Taylor is currently dealing with a legal dispute surrounding the lyrics of ‘Shake It Off’ and whether they’re too similar to those of 3LW’s ‘Playas Gon’ Play,’ written by Nathan Butler and Sean Hall. Unfortunately, no real moves have been made recently, good or bad.
But don’t let this hinder your love for 1989! Taylor released ‘This Love (Taylor’s Version)’ so it could be part of the soundtrack for Amazon Prime’s The Summer I Turned Pretty, and we’ve also heard ‘Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)’ thanks to the original song trending on TikTok.
Speaking of ‘Wildest Dreams,’ we have a Taylor TikTok (or should we say SwiftTok?) to discuss! Taylor celebrated the release of the ethically-sourced ‘Wildest Dreams’ in a TikTok video captioned “when you set a date in November with Red but someone mentions 1989.”
Was this video an elaborate easter egg hinting at a new 1989 era last September? Maybe the glitch in the middle and her wink are all part of the master plan?
The latest development in the case for 1989 came on August 16th, when Taylor secured the trademark for “1989 TAYLOR’S VERSION.” This means she legally owns that phrase and can now produce merchandise and even an album cover… 🙂
So, there you have it! Do you think Speak Now TV or 1989 TV is coming next? Because we can’t say for sure. Regardless, we can’t wait to find out and will be streaming non-stop once they become available.