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Is Taylor Swift's 1989 Album Next On Her List To Re-Release? We Investigate

ELLE logo ELLE 5 days ago ELLE Team

Taylor Swift is the queen of dropping hints, but she's also the queen of confusion. With the re-release of two albums already under her belt (2008's Fearless (Taylor's Version) came out in April 2021 and 2012's Red (Taylor's Version) in November 2021), fans are anxiously waiting for the next one to drop.

Along with Speak Now and 1989, it is believed that the singer also intends to re-record 2006's Taylor Swift and 2017's Reputation, bringing us six albums in total. In case you've forgotten, Taylor left Big Machine Records in 2018 to sign with Republic Records. This caused a pretty big dispute with Big Machine, causing her to lose the rights to the masters of her first six albums. Because of this, she made the decision to re-record and re-release her first six albums, allowing her to own the rights exclusively.

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So, why is the internet so convinced that 1989 will be the next album she re-releases? As always, there are a few different hints that have been dropped, which date back to April 2021.

Swift appeared on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss Fearless (Taylor's Version), where she presented him with a giant collage board full of 1989 easter eggs. As a sweet joke, she pretended one of her earliest songs, Hey Stephen, was actually written about him, with the mood board said to represent her undying affection. In it, she had pictures of various things which fans took to be 1989 Easter eggs.


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For example, one photo of him was taken in 1989, there's a pizza slice which could be a reference to the pizza party she threw for friends after announcing the album, there was an NYC Citi Bike which was thought to reference Welcome To New York... the list goes on.

Then, in September 2021, Taylor dropped the first re-recorded single from 1989 titled, Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version) which was featured in the trailer for the animated movie Spirit Untamed. This trailer later went viral on TikTok, with people using it as proof that 1989 would be dropping soon.

In November 2021, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote Red (Taylor's Version) and dropped a reference to her 1989 song, Wonderland.

Fast forward to May 2022 and she releases another song from the album list, titled 'This Love (Taylor's Version). Then, in In June 2022, Taylor re-ignited the 1989 rumours once more when gave her acceptance speech at the Las Culturistas Culture Awards through a pre-recorded video, where the 1989 Secret Session Nashville chalkboard was spotted hanging on the wall behind her. She also made a reference baking during the speech, with fans linking it back to the time she famously baked cookies for fans during the 1989 Secret Sessions.

Exhausted yet? Same. As always with Taylor, all of these things could mean everything or they could mean nothing. Either way, we're desperate for her to re-release any album at this point. But, with a rumoured collaboration with the Jonas Brothers on the 1989 album, we're definitely most excited for it to drop.

There's still no official word on when she might be dropping the album in its entirety, and in classic Taylor style she could easily surprise everyone by dropping Speak Now instead. For now, we'll just have to sit patiently and listen to the first two re-recorded albums on repeat.

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