Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) is coming. On Friday, May 5, during her first of three shows at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Taylor Swift revealed that her next re-recorded album, due July 7, will be her 2010 third studio album.
All of Swift’s fans got to partake in the declaration as well, in light of the fact that the Taylor Country Instagram account went live from the show for the onstage moment. She directed fans’ focus toward the screens around the stadium, which read: ” Speak Now. Taylor’s Version. Available July 7.
When the Eras Tour attendees’ light-up wristbands at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium turned purple at the end of the show on Sunday, Swift fans knew something was wrong. Purple is the color that represents Speak Now, which fans have long conjectured would be the following re-recording. On Friday night, Nashville’s John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge also changed its lights to a bright violet hue to commemorate the announcement.
Speak Now spawned two top 10 singles in “Mine” (No 3 peak on the Billboard Hot 100) and “Back to December” (No 6), plus four other singles — “Mean” (No 11), “Ours” (No 13), “Sparks Fly” (No 17) and “The Story of Us” (No 41) — that charted on the Hot 100.
Upon its October 2010 release — following Swift’s mainstream breakthrough with 2008’s Fearless, which won the album of the year Grammy — Speak Now became the first Swift album to cross the 1 million sales mark in its debut week, launching at No 1 on the Billboard 200 with 1.047 million copies sold. According to Luminate, Swift’s third album has sold 7.8 million equivalent album units in the United States as of April 27.
Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) will follow Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version), the two of which were released in 2021, as the third re-recorded studio album in her six-album attempt. After being unable to purchase the master recordings of her back catalog, Swift announced plans to re-record her first six studio albums in 2019. Midnights, Swift’s tenth studio album, had the biggest debut week of any album in 2022 and was released instead of a re-recorded album last year.