Taylor Swift recently started re-recording and releasing songs from her previous six albums after losing her songs’ masters. She is currently on her second album out of the six. Her re-released albums are “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” and “Red (Taylor’s Version).
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Besides her re-recording, Swift recently appeared in the news due to some comments by Damon Albarn disputing her abilities as a songwriter. His remarks were met with backlash from fans of the “Bad Blood” singer and fellow celebrities.
Due to the current curiosity surrounding her songwriting abilities, Swifties think this is the best time for the pop singer to release her “Speak Now” album. This is mainly because the singer wrote all 14 songs on the main tracklist alone, with no co-writers.
What Albarn Said About Swift
Albarn recently appeared in an interview with the Los Angeles Times magazine and made some unappreciated comments about Swift and her writing abilities. In the interview, he said that Swift didn’t write her songs, and at best, she co-wrote some of them. This, of course, was met with a lot of backlash by the public.
When pressed about Swift’s writing, he said, “That doesn’t count. I know what co-writing is. Co-writing is very different to writing. I’m not hating on anybody; I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes.”
He also admitted that regardless of whether the artist wrote the song, the outcome could still be great, highlighting Ella Fitzgerald as a famous singer who had writers for all her songs.
“A really interesting songwriter is Billie Eilish and her brother. I’m more attracted to that than to Taylor Swift. It’s just darker — less endlessly upbeat. Way more minor and odd. I think she’s exceptional,” he added.
Why Fans Think Swift Should Release ‘Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)’
Swift is known for her superb voice and mastery of songwriting. The artist has penned down most of her songs herself. In 2010, Swift took it to a whole new level when she released “Speak Now,” which had 14 songs on the main track written entirely by her.
Due to this, fans of the pop star think this is the perfect time for her to release the re-recorded album as a direct contradiction to Albarn’s damaging comments. One fan on Reddit posted, “Free promo for the entirely self-written Speak Now.”
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Another wrote, “Speak Now TV era starts NOW besties.” “Just imagine if she added something like: ‘Oh I forgot, Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) will be out tomorrow. Check out the credits if you have some time to spare (won’t take long, I promise),'” wrote another Reddit user.
A fan posted, “Next tweet: My next single is coming Friday, and it’s Mean (Taylor’s Version) from an album I wrote alone! LOL.”
Fan Theories That “Speak Now” Is Taylor’s Next Album
Right after Swift released the music video of “I Bet You Think About Me,” fans started thinking “1989” would be the next album on the list. However, due to a rather convincing TikTok, Swifties have switched gears.
A Flighthouse host named Carolina Sofia posted a video on the app dissecting Swift’s previous TikTok in October, where she had a Starbucks cup in her hand. She explained, “If you look at the bottom of the cup, which Taylor obviously wanted us to see, you’ll see […] three Gs.”
She continued, “Want to know what song stars with three G chords? It’s ‘Speak Now.’ And want to know what her third album was? It was Speak Now.” Although fans expected the album to be released on New Year’s Eve, the day came and went with no sign of “Speak Now.”
In the same TikTok, Sofia pointed out a possible date for the album release based on some clues. “We’ve seen Taylor talk about [the song] ’22’ nonstop for the past month,” she said. “Well, what if it has something to do with [the date] 2/2/2022? That’s a lot of twos, which by the way, is on a Wednesday.”
Swift’s Response To Albarn’s Comments
Although Swift hasn’t confirmed or refuted any news about the “Speak Now” album release, she wasn’t as quiet when she got wind of Albarn’s comments. The singer took to Twitter on January 24 and called out the “Blur” member.
@DamonAlbarn I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this. I write ALL of my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really fucked up to try and discredit my writing. WOW. https://t.co/t6GyXBU2Jd
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 24, 2022
The tweet read, “@DamonAlbarn, I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this. I write ALL of my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs, but it’s really f*** up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.”
In another tweet, she said, “PS, I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering.” Albarn apologized to her on Twitter not long after that.