UPDATE: We'll take this news "All Too Well."
On Thursday, Sept. 30, Taylor Swift surprised fans by announcing a new release date for her re-recorded Red album.
"Got some news that I think you're gonna like—my version of Red will be out a week earlier than scheduled (including the 4 disc vinyl) on November 12," she shared on Instagram Stories. "Can't wait to celebrate the 13th with you and our new/old autumn heartbreak album."
We are never ever prepared for this kind of announcement—like, ever.
"I've always said that the world is a different place for the heartbroken. It moves on a different axis, at a different speed. Time skips backwards and forwards fleetingly," she wrote in a personal letter. "The heartbroken might go through thousands of micro-emotions a day trying to figure out how to get through it without picking up the phone to hear that old familiar voice. In the land of heartbreak, moments of strength, independent and devil-may-care rebellion are intricately woven together with grief, paralyzing vulnerability and hopelessness."
"Imagining your future might always take you on a detour back to the past," she continued. "And this is all to say, that the next album I'll be releasing is my version of Red."
Originally released in October 2012, the album featured massive hits including "Everything Has Changed," "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "22."
Many fans believe the breakup album was partially inspired by Taylor's relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal. According to the performer, who has been dating Joe Alwyn since 2017, the process of re-recording brought along some new emotions.
"Musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person. It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end," she explained. "Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild and tortured by memories past. Like trying on pieces of a new life, I went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators. And I'm not sure if it was pouring my thoughts into this album, hearing thousands of your voices sing the lyrics back to me in a passionate solidarity, or if it was simple time, but something was healed along the way."
"Sometimes you need to talk it over (over and over and over) for it to ever really be…over," the 31-year-old artist continued. "Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I just couldn't stop writing."
According to Taylor, this will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on the album. And one of the tracks is ten minutes long, which fans speculate is "All Too Well."
The re-recording of Red comes after Taylor's April release of a Fearless (Taylor's Version), which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Based on the Internet's initial response, Taylor's latest album will have the same success.
Originally published Friday, June 18, 2021 at 12:46 p.m. PST