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A Swift Comeback

Posted 11/10/2017 by Kathryn Schroeck

Fans are excited for Taylor Swift’s brand new persona and the new music coming soon. photo by Andrew Villescas

Taylor Swift makes a long awaited comeback with a new album.

American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is soon to release her sixth album and give her fans the music they’ve been eagerly awaiting. The upcoming album Reputation is set to come out on Friday November 10th, 2017. Singles “Look What You Made Me Do,” “…Ready For It?,” “Gorgeous,” and “Call It What You Want” were released prior to the album, raising excitement amongst fans. Prior to dropping the big news, Swift left hints for her fans, including removing all posts from her social media dating back to 2015.

Swift’s self-titled debut album was released in 2006 when she was just 16 years old, and included songs written throughout her freshman year of high school with a country style. As Swift matured, she slowly started to diverge from the country genre. Her second and third studio albums, Fearless (2008) and Speak Now (2010) were considered country-pop while Red (2010) and 1989 (2014) were Swift’s first albums not including country tracks. The singles that have already been released from the upcoming album suggest no connection to Swift’s country roots.

While the famous singer is known for her hit singles “You Belong With Me,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Shake It Off,” and “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift is separating from her past work and plans to begin with a clean slate. While her previous albums remain available for purchase and streaming, all previous posts from her social media have been removed and Swift’s plan is to launch a fresh start to her career. “I am so excited to see what is to come, I am expecting to see Taylor being a lot happier and producing better music since she has distanced herself from negative issues in her life, allowing her to be an even stronger influence,” senior Dani Kuta described.

Taylor Swift has not been on tour since 2015, but she made a visit to Denver in early August for a court case involving her accusation of a sexual assault. During Swift’s Red Tour at the Pepsi Center in 2013, David Mueller, radio DJ, known as Jackson when on air for 89.5, KYGO, supposedly assaulted Swift during a meet and greet following her performance. Due to his action reported by Swift, Mueller was fired from his job at KYGO, leading him to sue Swift as well as her mother and her managers. Swift countersued Mueller for a famous one dollar in order to stand up for her sexual assault. Kuta, as well as senior Lucy Peterson and junior Grace Jarecke attended the first day of the court case and were publicized in many global articles for being the first three to enter the public viewing, as well as standing up for sexual assault at a young age. “[The case is] shedding light on the issue and I hope bringing more attention to it” illustrated Peterson, as quoted in The New York Times.

After a three year wait for new music from Swift, fans are eager to hear the new album and learn more about the new image Swift is creating for herself. The long wait for new music should pay off, and Swift should be back and better than ever.