Fans of Taylor Swift are looking forward to Record Store Day (Taylor’s Version)!
The “All Too Well” artist has been announced as the Global Ambassador for Record Score Day 2022. The 15th annual Record Store Day (RSD) will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022. The annual event honors independent record stores and celebrates fans’ love of music.
Taylor Swift Is ‘Very Proud’ To Be Named This Year’s Ambassador For Record Store Day
In a statement, the “I Bet You Think About Me” singer said, “I’m very proud to be this year’s Ambassador for Record Store Day.”
“The places where we go to browse and explore and discover music new and old have always been sacred to me,” she continued. “Record stores are so important because they help to perpetuate and foster music-loving as a passion.”
“They create settings for live events,” she went on. “They employ people who adore music thoroughly and purely. Those people and shops have had a rough few years and we need to support these small businesses more now than ever to make sure they can stay alive, stay eccentric, and stay individual.”
She concluded her statement, saying, “It’s been a true joy for me to watch vinyl sales grow in the past few years and we, the artists, have the fans to thank for this pleasant surprise. Happy Record Store Day, everyone! Stay safe out there.”
Taylor Swift, 32, seems like a natural fit for RSD. Not only is she one of the best-known musical artists of the decade, but the vinyl editions of “folklore,” “evermore,” and “Red (Taylor’s Version)” were some of the three best-selling vinyl albums of 2021.
Record Store Day co-founder Carrie Colliton said that although they are “pretty picky” about who they let represent them, the “cardigan” singer seemed like a natural fit.
“The role of RSD Ambassador is, of course, something we take seriously in the sense that it helps us do our job of shining a light on these special places,” she began.
“We’re pretty picky about the people we invite to ‘wear the sash,’ and we always want to make sure those Ambassadors genuinely love record stores and are creative about ways to celebrate them,” she said. “But mostly it’s a title we want people to have fun with, and we know that our RSD 2022 Ambassador loves having fun, loves music, and loves record stores.”
She added, “For our 15th Record Store Day, we’re teaming up with a woman who does all that and just happens to be one of the biggest artists on the planet.”
Is Taylor Swift Going To Release New Music On April 23?
Fans better keep an eye out for easter eggs because it’s very possible that the “You Belong With Me” singer is going to be releasing some new music soon!
According to the press release, Swift will reveal a “special RSD 2022 release” to honor the 15th annual celebration. In past years, Swift has helped to promote the annual event by releasing special versions of her albums “1989” and “Speak Now.”
During the early days of the pandemic, the press release noted that the “mirrorball” singer “took her support a step further, directing fans to record stores around the country where they could find autographed CDs, bringing much-needed traffic and attention at a time of business uncertainty. She also then made a quiet, thoughtful gesture to a store she knows well, Grimey’s New and Pre-loved Music in Nashville.”
In a joint statement, Anna Lundy and Doyle Davis of Grimey’s said, “Swift has shown her love and support for independent record stores by not only supporting our shop specifically during the dark, early days of the pandemic, when she directly donated to help us support our staff, but also by steering her eager, excited, and dedicated fans to independent record stores, places that many of them visited for the first time while in search of her signed CDs.”
“As Swift has grown as an artist, we’ve watched her fans grow with her and have been delighted to see her taking control of her recordings and working with musicians like Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, artists whose music has resonated in shops like ours for years,” they continued. “We can’t think of a better choice for RSD Ambassador for 2022!”
RSD AMBASSADOR (Taylor’s Version)
Thanks to @taylorswift for putting on the sash and serving as the first ever GLOBAL RECORD STORE DAY AMBASSADOR, helping us celebrate the culture of the independent record store around the world. #RSDAmbassador #RSD15 #RSD2022 #April23 pic.twitter.com/D4Jr1eCrMV
— Record Store Day (@recordstoreday) January 20, 2022