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Taylor Swift Hints at Surprise Collaborations for 'Red'

Country star will start revealing new music this week

September 23, 2012 5:30 PM ET
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Taylor Swift performs during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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During her performance at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas this weekend, Taylor Swift wasn't quite ready to showcase material from her forthcoming album, Red, due out October 22nd. But she is getting close.

"I want to unveil the songs one by one," Swift told Rolling Stone before her set. "Starting this week I’m gonna start unveiling new music." On Monday, the singer/songwriter will reveal a 30-second snippet of a new track on Good Morning America; the song will be available on iTunes the next day.

But Swift is not giving away the whole album prior to release. "I really want there to be so many surprises left on the record for when it comes out eventually, some collaborations that haven’t been talked about and some songs that are definitely what make the album so unique," she said.

The singer performed her new "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" at the Vegas show, where she shared a stage with the likes of Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Pitbull, Linkin Park and Deadmau5. Swift was a big fan of the diverse bill."When I go watch side-stage, it’s gonna be hit after hit and after hit, watching other artists play," she said. "I want to see Mary J. Blige and I want to definitely get out there to see Pink and Brad Paisley and Aerosmith."

Perhaps she'll also get some ideas for next year's tour for Red, which she is already planning. "When I write a song, the first thing I think about is, 'Okay, this is a message to a person, what are they gonna think when they hear it?'" she said. "The second thing I think of is, 'Ooh, how are we gonna play this in concert? What’s the lighting gonna be like? What costumes are we gonna have?' So the visual part of the story comes to me pretty quickly after I write the song."

There are a few songs on the new album that stand out to Swift when she thinks of their potential visual components. "There’s a song called 'Holy Ground' I’m really excited about, Jeff Bhasker produced it. There’s a song called 'I Knew You Were Trouble' that I wrote with Max Martin and Shellback that I’m stoked about."

Swift contributed music earlier this year to The Hunger Games. As a visual songwriter, what other movies would she have liked to write music for? "I think (500) Days Of Summer was a really inspiring movie for just seeing a visual and trying to write music for that love story," she said. 

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