Taylor Swift's return to the airwaves arrived sooner than the country-pop superstar expected this week: A low-quality leak of Swift's first Speak Now single "Mine" leaked yesterday, leading her label to rush-release the track to iTunes and radio nearly two weeks before its scheduled August 16th release date so fans would hear the real deal rather than a warped, sped-up version. Swift took the leak in stride, posting on Twitter, "I landed in Japan and got 20 texts and looked at iTunes and got tears in my eyes. And so, we begin again," with a screen grab of "Mine" atop iTunes' Top Singles Chart. (At press time, "Mine" is still Number One on the iTunes Top Singles chart.)
Last week, Swift chatted with fans about "Mine," a catchy time capsule of a relationship similar to previous Swift smashes "Love Story" and "You Belong to Me." "It's a song that's about my tendency to run from love," Swift said. "Every really direct example of love I've had in front of me has ended in goodbye and in breakups and things like that, so I've developed this pattern of running away when it comes time to fall in love and stay in a relationship and this song is about finding an exception to that and finding the person that makes you believe in love and realize that it can work out."
As Rolling Stone previously reported, Swift will release Speak Now, the follow-up to her multiplatinum and Grammy-winning Fearless, on October 25th. All of Speak Now's 14 tracks were written solely by Swift and form a loose concept album. "Each song is a different confession to a person," Swift told fans in an online chat last week. "In the past two years, I've experienced a lot of things that I've been dying to write about. A lot of things I wanted to say in the moment that I didn't."