Taylor Swift 1989
Following up the smash success of “Shake It Off,” on Oct. 14 Taylor Swift released a second song from her forthcoming pop record, 1989. The new track, “Out of the Woods,” was co-written by Swift and Jack Antonoff of the band fun. (and the side project Bleachers), who told Billboard that their inspiration for the song came from the “anthemic” sound of music from 1980s movies.
Swift took to her Tumblr to post the lyrics for fans, while JustJared.com has the full “Out of the Woods” audio.
The song debuted on iTunes at midnight and quickly shot to the top slot, edging out Swift’s earlier single, “Shake It Off,” which itself has already been downloaded more than a million times in just the U.S. These singles precede the release of the new Taylor Swift album, which is due out on Oct. 27. The new release has a lot to live up to, as it will follow in the wake of three consecutive chart-topping, multi-Platinum releases from the seven-time GRAMMY recipient.
Over the next two weeks leading up to the 1989 release, Swift is planning to build excitement for the record through social media, especially through her fan-centric Instagram account. Swift will also reveal one lyric from the new album per day through her official Twitter account.
For the next 13 days leading up to 1989, I'll be posting one lyric from each of the 13 tracks each day. #1989— Taylor Swift (@TaylorSwift13) Oct 14, 2014
The Taylor Swift “Out of the Woods” release also follows the Oct. 10 announcement that Swift has been named Billboard Woman of the Year for 2014. The only artist to receive the award twice, Swift previously snagged the title in 2011. Since then, she has logged 11 top-40 singles, album sales in excess of five million copies, 10 Billboard Music Awards for record sales, and three GRAMMYs, in addition to a host of other awards.
Although the Taylor Swift tour in support of 1989 hasn’t yet been announced, the singer most recently performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, and she’ll also headline Jingle Ball Los Angeles in December.
In addition to her work in support of the album, Swift will be busy giving back to rising artists this year as one of the guest mentors on NBC’s The Voice. Swift will be working with all the season seven coaches, including Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Pharrell Williams, to give advice to all their talented contestants.