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For the last two years, I've been working on an album called Red, Taylor says. I called it Red because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles. In my mind, when you experience love that's fast paced and out of control and mixes infatuation, jealousy, frustration, miscommunication, and all of those lovely emotions...in retrospect, it all looks red."
After writing her last album (Speak Now) entirely by herself, for this record Taylor collaborated with several artists, producers, and songwriters she had always wanted to work with for the album's 16 tracks, including the lead single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." While Nathan Chapman serves as the lead producer, a variety of producers were involved in the recording process. Swift co-wrote the album with people "from all different places in music". Collaborators include Dan Wilson, Butch Walker, Max Martin and Ed Sheeran.
RED, released on Big Machine Records, has topped the sales charts in 42 countries worldwide, with international sales topping 920,000 albums thus far. Taylor now has worldwide career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads. The fan response to Taylors RED album and tour has been matched by the projects critical acclaim, with the album earning rave reviews from critics around the globe. Vanity Fair dubbed Taylor officially the new Mick Jagger, calling her international chart-topper We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together the years best pop song. VF asks, Who is more interesting in pop right now? and praises Taylors hooks and insouciance, lauding her music as canny and knowing.
Lauded by The New York Times as one of the most important pop artists of the last decade, and by Rolling Stone as one of the few genuine rock stars weve got these days, 22 year-old Taylor Swift is a six-time GRAMMY winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industrys highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Taylor is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure. She holds the record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman, and for the second-largest song sales week overall.
Taylor, who writes all of her own songs, has an album on Rolling Stones prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, and Time magazine has named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is Billboards youngest-ever Woman of the Year, and her more than 100 industry award wins have included the American Music Awards Artist of the Year, the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Musics Entertainer of the Year and three European Music Awards.
Rolling Stone has described the album as "Swift's most eclectic set ever", ranging from "State of Grace," a howling, U2-style epic with reverb-drenched guitars, to a sweet acoustic duet with U.K. singer Ed Sheeran. Another key track even features a dubstep-inspired bass breakdown. The album's lead single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", was released in August 2012. The song became Swift's first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, recording the highest ever one-week sales figures for a female artist.
"Red" puts Swift the artist front and center with big, beefy hooks that transcend her country roots for a genre-spanning record that reaches heights unseen since Shania Twain's "Up!" - a 2002 release so tireless in efforts to people-please it was released with two discs' worth of pop and country takes of its 19 songs. Much of "Red's" first half, for example, is Swift swinging for the pop rafters and rarely missing - even if she runs the risk of alienating her country core in the process." - Billboard.com
'Red' is Swifts fourth album since her breakout debut in 2006, and its the most consistently surprising of the lot... Completely aware of the scope of her fame, Swift is more often the teacher than the student in her new songs, and in this role shes offering lessons on the importance of musical versatility while continuing her laser-beam focus on the emotional workings of her heart." - Randall Roberts, LA Times
"The wide-reaching, massive ambitions of Taylor Swifts latest album, Red, should come as no surprise. Swifts career and her music have been headed towards full-fledged crossover success for some time... Folkies threw a fit when Dylan went electric, but that doesnt mean he hadnt been warning them all along... It would be easier to take issue with Reds glaring crossover aspirations if Swifts full-fledged pop experimentations didnt fit so well." - Jon Bernstein, Consequence Of Sound
1. State of Grace
4. I Knew You Were Trouble
5. All Too Well
7. I Almost Do
8. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
9. Stay Stay Stay
10. The Last Time (featuring Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol)
11. Holy Ground
12. Sad Beautiful Tragic
13. The Lucky One
14. Everything Has Changed (duet w/Ed Sheeran)
16. Begin Again