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Did Taylor Swift Just Hint That Her Next Re-Recorded Album Is ‘1989’?

Scrapped Albums That Were Never Released

Taylor SwiftDid Taylor Swift Just Hint That Her Next Re-Recorded Album Is ‘1989’?

Is Taylor Swift's next re-recorded album release for 1989?

On April 13, the "cardigan" singer appeared on an episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. During the show, she and the late night host took part in a skit that poked fun at her recent re-recording of "Hey Stephen."

Swift joked that she was inspired by horror author Stephen King, specifically referencing one of his books that was published in 1989 — but the sly references to her hit 2014 record didn't stop there. During the skit, the pop star managed to mention her 1989 single "Shake It Off," which sent fans down a rabbit hole.

Some Swifties believe that Swift dropped even more Easter eggs regarding her next re-recorded album when she showed off a collage of Colbert: One photo of the host was taken in 1989, while another photo featured a sticker of a seagull—a symbol prominently featured on the sweatshirt Swift wears on the 1989 album cover.

On Twitter, Swifties trended #1989TaylorsVersion and shared their own theories and clues.

One fan theorized that the first single from the potential re-release album, or even an album announcement, could be coming May 13. Swift spoke about Colbert's previous work address (513 West 54th St.) and also mentioned his Wikipedia page, which reveals his birth date as May 13.

Another fan realized that when Swift mentioned Colbert's height (5'11) and his fake social security number (33035...), the numbers added up to 30. At the time of the episode's airing, May 13 was exactly 30 days away.

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Scrapped Albums That Were Never Released

Britney Spears, The Original Doll (Circa 2005)

In December of 2004, Britney Spears rolled up to the KIIS-FM studios in Burbank, CA unannounced with a CD in her hand and asked if she could play a new song called “Mona Lisa” on air. She detailed plans for a new album titled The Original Doll that included the song, but her record label at the time, Jive Records, denied any plans for the album’s release. “Mona Lisa” was released on a promotional EP for Spears’ short-lived reality show with her ex-husband Kevin Federline titled Britney & Kevin: Chaotic, but the rest of the album is lost to this day.


The Weeknd, Scrapped Pop Album (Circa 2018)

Prior to the release of his My Dear Melancholy EP, The Weeknd told Time magazine that he had an entirely different, much more upbeat pop album ready to go. He did not reveal many details, but he alluded to his breakup with Selena Gomez for the reason why the album was shelved in favor of a darker project.


Lady Gaga, Unreleased Artpop Sequel Album (Circa 2014)

Lady Gaga’s 2013 album Artpop was certainly her most ambitious to date, but according to her posts in a Little Monsters chat room in late 2012, she was originally planning a sequel to the album that was set to feature more “experimental” tracks. She spoke of the potential follow up many times throughout the promotional run for the album, even telling the crowd at South By Southwest in 2014 that the project was complete and ready for release. It’s been five years since Gaga last mentioned the sequel album, and considering she has released Cheek to Cheek, Joanne and the soundtrack to A Star Is Born since, it might be safe to say the Artpop sequel has been shelved.


Prince and The Revolution, Dream Factory (Circa 1986)

Set to be Prince’s final album with The Revolution, Dream Factory was recorded between 1982 and 1986, and it featured more in-studio musical production collaborations between Prince and the band than ever before. After The Revolution dissolved in October 1986, the album was shelved, and to this day it is only available in bootleg versions.


Carly Rae Jepsen, Disco Sweat (Circa 2018)

In the four-year hiatus Carly Rae Jepsen took between 2015’s E•MO•TION and 2019’s Dedicated, she created a disco-inspired album titled Disco Sweat, which she revealed in an interview with SF Weekly. Fans speculated that a disco album from Jepsen might be in the works when she changed her Instagram bio in 2018 to “When you move it’s like a disco darling - - all my dreams come true.” Jepsen told SF Weekly that the album “will be buried in my backyard,” but perhaps she could give us a disco-tease on a potential Dedicated: Side B...if we ask nicely.


Iggy Azalea, Digital Distortion (Circa 2016/2017)

Fresh off of her infamous rapid rise and fall from the top of the charts in 2014, Iggy Azalea announced plans for her second official studio album titled Digital Distortion. The album was set to include the singles “Team,” “Mo Bounce” and “Switch” featuring Brazillian pop star Anitta, and it was rumored to feature collaborations with Zedd, Kesha and even Azalea’s longtime rival Azealia Banks. Originally planned for a 2017 release, Digital Distortion was shelved when Azalea switched labels from Def Jam to Island Records.


Charli XCX, Untitled Album (Circa 2017)

Just two months following the release of her Number 1 Angel mixtape in March 2017, Charli XCX tweeted that she was going to attempt to make an entire album in one day with frequent PC Music-affiliated collaborator A.G. Cook. While she claimed the album would probably never come out (and it hasn’t), two of the nine songs on the tracklist she tweeted of the one-day project have made their way onto other sets: “I Got It” featuring Brooke Candy, CupcakKe and Pabllo Vittar now lives on her Pop 2 mixtape, and “I Don’t Wanna Know” is set to appear on her third studio album, Charli.

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