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New Taylor Swift album "Speak Now" coming Oct. 25

July 21, 2010 |  4:09 pm

Taylor Swift-Staples Center 4-2010 
Taylor Swift’s third studio album, “Speak Now,” will be released Oct. 25, the singer and songwriter announced this week on a Web chat. She talked about how she’s worked on it steadily, once again co-producing with Nathan Chapman, in the two years since the release of “Fearless,” which became the biggest selling album of 2009.

The first single, “Mine,” is scheduled to hit radio and other outlets Aug. 16, which she said reflects the notion that “I’m never ever going to go past hoping that love can work out. I’m always hopeful.”

She also talked about moving into a place of her own, into a condominium she bought recently in downtown Nashville, learning to cook for herself and get along without her parents and younger brother under the same roof.

But she videochatted most enthusiastically about “Speak Now,” a title, she said “that pertains to the album as a concept, and as an entire theme of the record….I write everything that I live, so you’ve got to give yourself a little bit of time to live a lot of things so you can write about a lot of things. My only option is to write about what I've been through, what I’ve lived. Thankfully, in the past two years I’ve experienced a lot of things that I’ve been dying to write about."

Much of it, she said, revolved around “things that I wanted to say in the moment that I didn’t. In life, you have a lot of situations that pop up, and people that come into your life, and sometimes you don’t get to tell them what you wish you would have told them, and this album is my opportunity to do that. Track by track, each song is a different confession to a different person.”

Swift said she’ll tour again after the album comes out, but no dates have been set.

--Randy Lewis

Photo of Taylor Swift in concert at Staples Center in April. Credit: Allen J.Schaben/Los Angeles Times

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