- According to Taylor “it’s very different” (x)
- Taylor on writing for her 5th album on Capital FM- "There is so much thats happened in the last year and a half for me to draw inspiration from that it’s really gonna be very interesting." (x)
- Taylor on her 5th album - “I don’t think too much about, ‘We need more down tempo. We need more up tempo, we need more mid-tempo on the record,’ Because to me, that seems a little scientific. I just want to make an album that’s well-rounded emotionally. Is it a sad record? Is it a happy record? Is it a mixture of all emotions? Thankfully, I think that’s what this record is: it’s a mixture of all the emotions that go along with the ups and downs of a relationship” (x)
- Taylor talking about the 5th album at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - “I think the goal for the next album is to continue to change, and never change in the same way twice. How do I write these figurative diary entries in ways that I’ve never written them before and to a sonic backdrop that I’ve never explored before? It’s my fifth album, which is crazy to think about, but I think what I’m noticing about it so far is it’s definitely taking a different turn than anything I’ve done before.” (x)
- Taylor on album 5 - "With this album, I’m not trying to open up a new chapter; I’m trying to start a completely new book." (x)
- Scott Borchetta on album 5 "Well earlier today we got together and she played me seven new songs, and she’s just on fire. The level of desire and passion that she has just to keep getting better, she’s an artist that just really never wants to just say ‘Well okay this is good enough’. It’s always gotta be better. She’s in amazing creative place right now." (x)
- Taylor wrote a song with Diane Warren, Diane said it’s a "great song" (x)
- Taylor wrote a song with Ryan Tedder "I did a little stuff with Taylor, who’s probably the fastest songwriter I ever met in my life. I can go on record saying that Taylor is genuinely the quickest songwriter I’ve ever- for anyone who doubts it she writes her own stuff. Any idea and you’re like “Yeah I don’t know if I like that lyric” and she’ll have three options, replaced within 10 seconds, she’s like bam bam bam. She’s bit of a prodigy, bit of a songwriting prodigy." (x)
- According to Scott Borchetta Taylor worked with Max Martin and he said the album will be more POP. (x)
- Taylor also worked again with Johan Shellback (x)
- Mama Swift said to a fan how Taylor’s new music is "un-real, she can’t even explain how amazing it is and how excited they are" (x)
- She did not collaborate again with Ed or Gary Lightbody.
- Ed Sheeran said “I’ve heard most of the new record which is pretty, pretty good. Very, very good. The standard just keeps getting raised. When you hear how good the songs are on the last record and then you hear these ones… It’s weird, she’s just growing as a songwriter, I guess.” (x)
- Ed Sheeran also said “It’s really fucking good. She’s stepped up her game.” (x)
- Scott Swift said the album will come out October
- Scott Swift said to a fan “Album five is so good that not one song from Red would make it on to the tracklist” (x)
- Taylor said recently "it’s already my favourite thing that I’ve ever created"
Taylor Swift out and about in New York - June 18, 2014
Taylor Swift performing Sparks Fly in Jakarta.
Throughout all of the changes that have happened in my life, one of the priorities I’ve had is to never change the way I write songs and the reasons I write songs. I write songs to help me understand life a little more. I write songs to get past things that cause me pain. And I write songs because sometimes life makes more sense to me when it’s being sung in a chorus, and when I can write it in a verse.
Never believe anyone who tells you that you don’t deserve what you want.
PHILADELPHIA, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced a $50,000 gift from seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift, which will be used to create specialized programming for teens with cancer treated at CHOP’s Cancer Center. The first initiative will be to establish a high-tech music therapy cart for teens to create and produce their own music while they go through cancer treatment.
"We are thrilled that Taylor Swift has chosen to support The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Cancer Center," said Steven M. Altschuler, MD, chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. "Her gift will help lift the spirits of many CHOP patients during a difficult time."
"Taylor Swift’s music is an inspiration to so many of our teen patients," said Lamia Barakat, Ph.D., psychologist and director of the Psychosocial Services Program at CHOP’s Cancer Center. "We can think of no better way to use her gift than to grow our Adolescent and Young Adult initiative designed to support the emotional well-being of our teens with cancer."
In 2010, the Cancer Center at CHOP embarked on an Adolescent and Young Adult initiative, recognizing that outcomes for teen cancer patients are improved when they are treated by a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program of psychosocial services geared specifically towards teens rather than younger children. One important component to meet teens’ unique developmental needs involves providing emotional support and building resiliencies.
"Teenagers who are being treated for cancer have emotional and social needs that are different than their younger counterparts. They’re facing a frightening diagnosis and treatment during what is already a time of great physical, social and emotional change," said Stephanie Rogerwick, child life manager at CHOP’s Cancer Center.
To address the needs of this special population, the Hospital’s Cancer Center has created several programs to support teens, and this high-tech music therapy cart will be an innovative resource to further support their emotional well-being. It will be available in patients’ rooms and in the Center’s teen room.
"Essentially a recording studio on wheels, this new tool will enable our Music Therapy Team to eliminate traditional barriers, and allow for limitless musical expression by our teen patients," said Rogerwick.