Taylor Swift may have only just released her re-recording of Fearless, but fans are already speculating that her 2014 album 1989 is next in line.
Yep, if the rumours are to be believed, then we may have Swift‘s version of bangers like ‘Blank Space’ ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘Style’ coming our way very soon.
The guessing game began when some dedicated Swifties noticed what seemed to be some references to the album during Swift’s appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
The interview saw Swift make specific mention of 1989, as well as its lead single ‘Shake It Off’.
On top of that, Swift denied that her song ‘Hey Stephen’ from Fearless was about Stephen Colbert, and instead said it was dedicated to Stephen King, whose short stories she enjoys.
As it turns out, Dark Visions – a collection of short stories by King – was released in 1989.
DARK VISIONS BY STEPEN KING (THE COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES TAYLOR MENTIONED) CAME OUT IN 1989 pic.twitter.com/tI2Kr8vt65
— jessica (@enchantedjess13) April 14, 2021
Adding fuel to the fire, Swift also mentioned Colbert’s cameo on Law & Order, which is set in New York. Of course, ‘Welcome to New York’ is a track on 1989, which was largely influenced by Swift’s move to the city.
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SHE MENTIONED 1989, SHAKE IT OFF, LAW AND ORDER WHICH TAKES PLACE IN NY. THIS WHOLE INTERVIEW SCREAMS 1989 TAYLOR’S VERSION pic.twitter.com/9uqaOcBbxy
— Cecilia ✨💛💛 (@ceci20GS2) April 14, 2021
It appears that Swift’s reference to Law & Order may have also been a nod to one of its stars, Mariska Hargitay. Hargitay appeared in the music video for ‘Bad Blood’, another single from 1989.
This may be a stretch but Stephan mention her squad. When I think squad, I think Bad Blood mv. Mariska Hargitay was in that mv and she plays Olivia Benson on Law and Order which Taylor also mentioned in the in the interview. Could be another hint at 1989 TV? #TaylorSwift #LSSC
— Ali💛💛 (@calmedown13) April 14, 2021
As for when we can expect the new version to drop, it seems Swift may have already hinted at that too. As part of a joke about Swift being obsessed with Colbert, she recalled his former work address, which featured the street number 513.
Swift also claimed she read Colbert’s Wikipedia page, which states that he was born on May 13th (13/5). Because of the repeated references to the numbers 13 and five, it seems entirely possible that the rerecorded 1989 album or another announcement to do with it may drop on May 13th.
I CHECKED STEPHEN COLBERT’S WIKIPEDIA PAGE AND LOOK WHAT I FOUND 👀 SHE’S ANNOUNCING 1989 (TAYLOR’S VERSION) ON MAY 13TH I SWEAR pic.twitter.com/2CvvQX2rl9
— 𝔠𝔥𝔞𝔬𝔱𝔦𝔠 𝔩𝔦𝔟𝔯𝔞 (taylor’s version) 🔮 (@moftherosa) April 14, 2021
Although some of these conclusions may seem a little far-fetched, we all know that Swift has a long history of dropping Easter eggs with clues for her fans, and her version of Fearless was no exception.
Well, only time will tell if these sleuths have indeed cracked the code.
For more on this topic, head over to the Pop Observer.