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Swift speaks out about third CD

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 – Taylor Swift's third studio album will be released worldwide on Oct. 25, Swift announced this afternoon during a web chat. "Speak Now" will contain 14 songs all written solely by Swift. She co-produced the project with Nathan Chapman, and the first single from the new record, Mine, will be out Aug. 16.

"I'm so exited," she said, while clapping her hands. "I'm so so excited."

"It's been a process of two years writing it, recording it...picking it apart and putting it back together."

"I didn't have any co-writers. It was not on purpose. It just happened that way. I'd get my best ideas at 3 a.m. in Arkansas and I didn't have a co-writer around so I would just finish it...It just so happened that the songs that made the cut for the album, I wrote myself."

"Working with him is so much fun and so natural," she said of Chapman, who has produced Swift previously. "We made a lot of the album in Nathan's basement. Maybe I'd say 60 percent of the album we'd record in Nathan's basement studio."

Swift said her band played on the record "a little bit too."

As for the single, "It's a song that's about kind of my tendency to run from love. It's been a recent tendency. I think because for me, every direct example of love that I've had in front of me has ended in good bye, has ended in break ups. I think I've sort of developed this pattern or running away...This song is sort of about the exception to that."

Swift said the video for the song was shot in Portland, Maine. "I absolutely fell in love with it," she said of Maine. "When I am old and I have silver hair or white, I don't know which one will be, I want to live in Maine, have a house...and have a lot of cats. It's a whole fantasy for me."

"I miss you," Swift said to her fans. "We've been off the road for a few months."

"My summer's going awesome. The summer has been 99 percent focused on then new record and one percent focused on the fact that I actually just move into my first place, like officially moved in. I am so excited. I've been antique shopping."

Sparks Fly will be on "Speak Now" as well. She said many fans had heard the song in concert. She said she played in "maybe one or two shows, and you guys just jumped on it."

"Saying the right thing at the right moment is so crucial that most of us start to hesitate, for fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. But lately what I've begun to fear more than that is letting the moment pass without saying anything," Swift said from Nashville. "These songs are made up of words I didn't say when the moment was right in front of me. These songs are open letters. Each is written with a specific person in mind, telling them what I meant to tell them in person."

Swift said picking the songs was hard. She said she played songs for her mother and band among others. "The ones that would get the best reactions were the ones that I put on the record."

"To a certain extent, it's may the best one win," she said of selecting songs.

Starting Aug. 20, "Speak Now" will be available for special pre-sale on the site

Swift said her next tour will happen "most likely" after the new disc comes out. "There are a lot of places we're going to go," she said. "So, I'm really stoked." She talked about touring overseas as well.

Swift said her favorite shows on the tour were shows at Tiger Stadium in Detroit and Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. "It was wonderful," she said.

Swift gave a lot of shot outs to her fans. "Those memories, they always make me smile. It's good to know that you all are there." She thanked fans for their gifts. "I keep everything," she said. She said one of her favorite gifts was a "puzzle piece project" with fans around the world making them. She put the pieces together, and the design was the shape of a heart.

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