Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” album was a huge success, breaking records and captivating audiences worldwide. As Taylor regains control of her music catalog, we revisit the controversies and relationships that inspired her songs during that era.
“Innocent”: Taylor wrote this song after Kanye West infamously interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. It expressed forgiveness, although her feelings toward West may have changed over time.
“Long Live”: With “Speak Now,” Taylor’s fanbase, known as the “Swifties,” began to grow. “Long Live” became a beloved track, serving as a love letter to her fans and bandmates.
“Back to December”: Rather than targeting her ex-boyfriend Taylor Lautner, Taylor used “Back to December” as an apology. Lautner is unconcerned about any negativity surrounding him when Taylor re-releases “Red (Taylor’s Version).”
“Mean”: Taylor penned “Mean” in response to a harsh critique by music critic Bob Lefsetz after her performance with Stevie Nicks in 2010. Lefsetz had claimed she couldn’t sing and wouldn’t have a lasting career. He has since been proven wrong.
“Dear John”: This track confronts singer John Mayer for his treatment of Taylor during their relationship in 2009. July 7th, the release date of the re-recorded version, might be a challenging day for Mayer. Fans anticipate a bonus track that will further criticize him.
The Feuds: Taylor Swift has been involved in several high-profile feuds throughout her career. From Kanye West to Scooter Braun, these conflicts have played out in the media and influenced her music.
The Fan Connection: Taylor’s connection with her fans, the Swifties, has always been strong. They have supported her through thick and thin, making her one of the most beloved artists in the world.
As Taylor prepares to release “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” fans eagerly anticipate the reimagined songs and the potential for new revelations and stories from that era.