Taylor Swift famously wears her heart on her sleeve when writing lyrics about loves past and present, and her new album “Red” offers a peek inside her roller-coaster romances.
Swift titled her album “Red” to symbolize the ups and down of love. “I called it that because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles. . . . In retrospect, it all looks red,” Swift said, according to People magazine.
The superstar singer may be just 22 years old, but Swift — who just broke it off with high-schooler beau Conor Kennedy — has certainly had her fair share of relationships to know a thing or two about trials of the heart.
Swift sings about “Blue like I’ve never known/ Dark gray all alone” in the album’s namesake single. On the pop-tastic “I Knew You Were Trouble,” she sings, “I knew you were trouble when you walked in/ So shame on me now.” The wrenching “State of Grace” is probably Swift’s most vulnerable, in which she croons, “So you were never a saint/ And I’ve loved in shades of wrong/ We learn to live with the pain/ Mosaic broken hearts.”
Relationships are tricky for Swift, who is still trying to figure it all out. “I don’t know how to have a normal relationship because I try to act normal and love from a normal place and live a normal life, but there is sort of an abnormal magnifying glass, like telescope lens, on everything that happens between me and anybody else,” she told Katie Couric, according to Entertainment Weekly. “So I don’t know how to do that correctly or anything. I don’t really know that much about love, it turns out.”
Bearing her heart on tracks helps the singer understand herself better. “The dust settles and I go to my own corner and actually figure out what I thought about [the relationship],” she told Couric. “Sometimes I don’t actually know how i feel about it until a write the song.”
Billboard reported that Swift’s “Red” is set to debut atop the Billboard 200 with sales over 1 million in its first week. Industry sources believe “Red” will hit 1.1 million in sales, making her the only female to have two albums rocket over a million in a single week’s frame.
On Friday, Swift announced that her next tour will kick off March 13 in Omaha, Neb. She will go on to play 29 states and three Canadian provinces.