When Taylor Swift announced that she was in the process of rerecording her older music, she promised “plenty of surprises.”
And fans think she hinted at her first one on Sunday.
The Grammy-winning musician, 30, tweeted a cryptic message that there was “not a lot going on at the moment,” along with a black-and-white photo of herself perched on a couch.
not a lot going on at the moment pic.twitter.com/54uGPH1ysF
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 22, 2020
Given that Swift posted the same phrase the day she wrote “Folklore” lead single “Cardigan” and wore the words on a t-shirt in her “22” music video, the artist’s tweet sent fans into a frantic mission to decipher a deeper meaning.
They analyzed each detail in the photo — from the eye glasses sitting on the table resembling the ones she wore in the “We Are Never Getting Back Together” music video to the 22 spaces in the window, which could serve as a reference to the song “22” or the “Red” release date on October 22, 2012.
Swift’s fans began speculating that she’d finished rerecording the album, which was lauded as one of her best by many critics and fans alike.
RED IS DEFINITELY COMING pic.twitter.com/aOjhPYpxDm
— elizabeth (betty)🇲🇽 (@YeeHawSwiftie) November 22, 2020
[THREAD] Re-recording of 'Red' will be released on December 12th. There are too many clues, here they are. pic.twitter.com/C6eq6HRUJr
— Taylor Swift World (@TSWorId) November 22, 2020
ITS THE 22ND NOVEMBER DON’T EVEN TRY AND TELL ME ITS NOT RED RELATED pic.twitter.com/kITzP0IHoj
— alice ミ☆ (@supercutofalice) November 22, 2020
this is taylor swift re-recording RED, and you can’t convince me otherwise pic.twitter.com/yyQ050Nrvk
— ahmed ™ (@ahmedswift13) November 21, 2020
April 28 till November 22:
58 weeks, 5+8= 13!
November “22”: RED album
It’s AMAs and Taylor is back to social media with the same caption as before the big announcement for #Folklore
TAYLRO SWIFT IS COMING pic.twitter.com/oiudisZhNK
— Oliver Jose (@MissingLuci) November 22, 2020
On Monday, Variety reported that Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings LLC, which previously obtained the rights to Swift’s catalog as part of its June 2019 acquisition of Big Machine Label Group LLC, sold the master rights to her first six albums for $300 million.
Shortly after the news broke, Swift issued a statement to fans via Twitter telling them that Braun refused to let her bid on the master rights until she signed “an ironclad NDA” that would prohibit her from speaking negatively about him.
She added that her legal team deemed the NDA to be “NOT normal.”
And though she said she knew that Braun sold the master rights to Shamrock Holdings, Swift refused to work with the investment fund because Braun would continue to profit from her work.
Instead, she said she’d started rerecording her old music, as her old contract barred her from doing so until November 2020.
“I have recently begun re-recording my older music and it has already proven to be both exciting and creatively fulfilling,” she wrote in her note.
Swift added, “I have plenty of surprises in store.”
Been getting a lot of questions about the recent sale of my old masters. I hope this clears things up. pic.twitter.com/sscKXp2ibD
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 16, 2020
“Red” not only holds a special place in many of her fans’ hearts, but Swift recently singled out the 2012 album as her one “true breakup album” on Tuesday’s episode of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums” podcast.
“I look back on this as my only true breakup album — every other album has flickers of different things,” she explained.
Swift continued: “This was an album that I wrote specifically about a pure, absolute to the core heartbreak, and you do a lot of vacillating and changing when you’re going through something like that. So this record actually is an accurate depiction symbolically of that.”