CREATED Dec. 30, 2013
Taylor Swift is starting to reveal details of her next album, still in progress. On her last album, 2012's "Red," Taylor worked on the songs with prominent co-writers and others she could absorb new techniques from, and she's doing more of the same for the next project, expected in the fall of 2014 or sooner.
"I'm really loving collaboration right now," she tells Billboard
. "I see it as a bit of an apprenticeship. I want to be around people who love writing songs and have done it for years. Every time I'm in a studio I'm learning, like how to build a drum track, and getting a new perspective on things. It's so thrilling to keep learning on your fifth album."
She continues, "As soon as [an album] comes out I'm figuring out what the next one will be. It's gotten to the point where each one is a reinvention, which is what I like best. I like it when it sounds new and people don't know where you're going to go next."
While fans wait for that project to be completed, they at least have one new Taylor song to tide them over. "Sweeter Than Fiction," her end-credits song from the film "One Chance," received a Golden Globe nomination this month. After watching a screener of the film, Taylor began writing the song from the perspective of one of the characters. As Billboard reports, "Once she had a lyrical hook and a working title, she collaborated with fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff to finish writing the song and produce it. It is only the second song she has written for a film, and she figures there's good reason to do more.
"I think it's a bit of a relief to take the focus off of my own life," she tells the magazine. "It can get pretty intense writing [personal] details -- that's a very vulnerable place to put yourself in. But there's a specific type of thrill you get from that recounting of your life. There's a different kind of thrill you get hoping you have accurately portrayed someone else's emotions that you're seeing so well done by these actors . . . The actors did such a great job it was fairly easy to get inside their heads."
In semi-related news, Nashville newspaper The Tennessean
has named Taylor its "Tennessean of the Year" for her role as "worldwide ambassador for Tennessee’s capital city," as well as being "an example to millions of young (and not-so-young) people of how to turn damaged feelings into healing creativity, and a financial booster to some of the city’s most important institutions." As previously reported here, she made hefty donations to both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Nashville Symphony this year.