When Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 comes out at the end of October, it’ll have been two years since her last release, Red. Just with each album’s first single (“Shake It Off” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” respectively), we can already see a shift in the direction the singer’s music is taking, with a change from songs about romance and heartbreak, to a tune about moving on. And, she says, those differences will be even more noticeable once 1989 is released.
“1989 is such a different album than Red,” she tells Fusion, adding. “Emotionally, [Red] was a very devastating record. It was about dealing with an intense heartbreak. And 1989 is about the phase after that…where you brush yourself off and you’re okay.”
So, what’s so different in her life these days? “Writing Red, I was 21 and 22, and back then I think my priorities were different,” she explains. “I was very enamored by romance and the idea of that. 24? At this point, I’m just really like…I just wanna be with my friends, and I wanna make music, and I wanna play shows and I wanna travel the world. And I wanted to find my life on my own terms. That’s my list of priorities now which is different than it was a couple of years ago.”
It’s obvious that Taylor has chosen chicks before d–ks these days — she’s recently been hanging out with a bevy of new friends, including Lorde, Karlie Kloss, Jaime King and many more. But her entire album won’t be filled with songs like “22” (off Red). “I think with this album, I try not to do anything too overtly,” she says. “Yes, my life is consisting of priority on friends right now, but I don’t have any song that are like a BEST FRIEND ANTHEM! I really try to put these messages across subtly and tell stories where those aspects of my life are felt rather than said to you.”
1989 hits stores on Oct. 27, and this Sunday, Taylor will be performing at MTV’s Video Music Awards.