to put the thirst of our fandom into perspective, since the release of taylor’s debut album in 2006 the longest we’ve gone without new material from her is the 426 day period between the release of speak now and her collaboration with the civil wars for safe and sound
today, however, marks 728 days since 1989 was released
so we’ve already been waiting 302 days longer than ever before for ts6
“Real life is a funny thing, you know. I think most of us fear reaching the end of our life and looking back regretting the moments we didn’t speak up. When we didn’t say ‘I love you’. When we should have said 'I’m sorry’. So there’s a time for silence, and there’s a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you’ll know it. I don’t think you should wait. I think you should speak now.”
Okay but the fact that Taylor Swift wrote her first album as a freshman in high school is ridiculous. Whether or not you like her music, you have to appreciate the fact that writing an album that has sold over 5 million copies at 14 years old is incredible.
Here’s some more color about the 6x platinum certification 1989 just received. Sales are normally counted as such: albums sold, 10 tracks=1 album, 1500 streams=1 album.
Brian Cantor, the editor of Headline Planet, believes that Big Machine and Republic are under-reporting sales - essentially leaving out track sales and streams - because Taylor’s camp only wants their certifications to refer to pure, full album sales in digital or physical form. That total therefore does not reflect any singles sold on iTunes, or YouTube plays and Apple Music stream.
This means that, if she was counting sales like her peer artists, she’d be just shy of 8x platinum at the minimum, but she’s opting to take a “cut” in exchange for integrity. That’s a bold move but I love her for it.