Taylor Swift just released her new single, “Red,” which also happens to be the title track of her latest album. The album took two years to make, but a number of people thought Taylor was done with it after just one.
“The first year was me writing and getting my thoughts together and going into the studio and creating demos,” Taylor said. “At the end of that year, I handed in all these songs to my label and my label said, ‘You’re done. Congratulations. This is the record.’ I thought that I was just showing them what I’d written so far, but they thought, ‘This is the finished album—awesome.’”
When Taylor turned in the ‘first draft’ of her album, she knew she still had a ways to go. The songs were good, but she didn’t feel they were different enough. “One of my big fears is to end up making music that sounds the same every time, and being predictable,” she said. “Having people go ‘Oh, I guess Taylor’s putting out another record again. I guess we’ll know what that’s gonna be.’”
Taylor is already hard at work on her next album, but it will be at least another year before it’s released. She’s going through the same process to make sure she avoids writing songs similar to what can be found on Red before she lets fans hear her new music.