[lastfm]Taylor Swift[/lastfm]’s third album release, Speak Now, which will hit stores October 25, will be offered on vinyl on November 16. Taylor tells Entertainment Weekly, “The vinyl is really important to me, because I’m so in love with the concept of an album – a collection of memories from your life that you’re giving to people.It’s a piece of you. Buying them on vinyl is just taking that one step further and acknowledging that albums are important.” The superstar admits that she is a vinyl collector who buys albums at Nashville’s various used music stores.
[lastfm]Taylor Swift[/lastfm] explains why she loves vinyl records, noting, “There’s something so fascinating about the cover art, every single one of those was a decision by somebody and people put a lot of time and effort into it. With my albums, I have a lot of fun with the art direction and a lot of what I do is trying to visually express what the song says. You take the lyrics and you see what picture it paints and you try to do a photo set up that looks like it. We’re incorporating the same art in the vinyl album as we do in the CD, but it’s done in a different format. It’s really put forth in its own way.” Speak Now features Taylor’s latest hit single, “Mine,” which is climbing toward the top of the country charts.
[lastfm]Taylor Swift[/lastfm] is well aware of the feedback about her – the good, the bad and the ugly. She tells Billboard.com, “I care about what everyone thinks of me, and I’m not afraid to say that. There have been times when it’s absolutely leveled me and ruined my day. Then there are times when I can hear it and I’m kind of like, ‘Oh, I’ve heard that before,’ and I just continue on with my day.” Swift shares that her vocal presence, on the whole, is something that specifically concerns her. She claims, “That’s one of the areas that I have definitely put a lot of work into.” Billboard notes the result is her recorded voice is stronger on her upcoming album, Speak Now, which is set for release October 25.
Taylor is focused on promoting her new project and points out, “At the moment, I’ve just made space for putting out an album and then touring the world.” Swift has already mapped out many of the production elements for her 2011 show. She elaborates, “I already have drawings in my journal of what the stage should look like. I know a few of the set list orders, [and] I want there to be an entire wedding scene on the stage.” After headlining two stadium dates last year, Taylor plans to include more this time around. [lastfm]Kenny Chesney[/lastfm] booked as many as 13 stadiums in 2009, though she dodges specific numbers. Swift adds, “We’re still hammering out the final details. Any comparison to Kenny is good, though.”