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Taylor Swift

Album Red

Story of Song

In an interview with Taylor Swift on the Red album, she described the story behind each song. About the country pop song Red Taylor explained: “Red is a song that I wrote half way through this album (Red) and it changed what this album became because this song is about correlating different emotions to different colors, and it hit me all of a sudden.. most of the emotions I felt in this process of making this album were red emotions.. all the intense ones, the happy and the angry.. you know.. end of the spectrum, and it really changed my outlook on where this record was going because to me this song is very different.. very descriptive”.  A typical Swift album and single based around bad relationships she went through in the past. Taylor explained: “Red the song was a real turning point for [the] Red album. When I wrote that song my mind started wandering to all the places we could go. If I were to think outside the box enough go in with different people, I could learn from and have what they do rub off on me as well as have what I do rub off on them.

Taylor’s status was not “RED” at all when the song came out; it’s all bittersweet experiences for Swift. Taylor has expressed all the feelings she went through with this particular ex relationship in colors.

Release date

Red was released on June 21, 2013




Big Machine

Chart Rankings

US – 6

UK – 26


The song Red was a huge success for Taylor, with its similarly titled album selling 1.208 million copies in its first week only and topping the sales charts in 42 countries. The single reached number 2 on the US Hot Country songs but remained at number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Artist’s age on release date

Taylor was 23 years old when she released Red.

Cover Versions

In the CMA Awards version ‘Red’ was performed featuring Alison Kraus, Edgar Meyer, Eric Darken, Sam Bush and Vince Gill.


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