In anticipation of Taylor Swift’s upcoming album, Speak Now, set for release worldwide on October 25, 2010 (via Open Road Recordings in Canada, a new track from the album will be made available each week for purchase exclusively on iTunes during the three weeks leading up to the album release.
The iTunes countdown pre-release tracks and previews are scheduled to launch as follows:
October 5: 12:01 a.m. – Speak Now available for purchase at iTunes.ca.
October 12: 12:01 a.m. – Back To December available for purchase at iTunes.ca.
October 19: 12:01 a.m. – Mean available for purchase at iTunes.ca.
Speak Now contains 14 tracks, all written solely by Taylor, who co-produced the project with Nathan Chapman. The first single from the album, Mine, was released last month and reached the top of the iTunes charts in less than six hours. Mine is currently #11 at Country Radio, #13 on Billboard’s all-genre Canadian Hot 100 chart, and #14 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs Chart. Mine is currently the #1 Most Played video at CMT Canada, and is Top 10 on the Much Music countdown. The complete track listing for Speak Now is as follows:
2. Sparks Fly
3. Back to December
4. Speak Now
5. Dear John
7. The Story of Us
8. Never Grow
10. Better Than Revenge
13. Last Kiss
14. Long Live
Last week, Taylor joined Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Lionel Richie in Los Angeles for an All For The Hall Guitar Pull to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. CNN had this to say about her performance: “As for Swift, she more than held her own with this bunch of veteran singer/songwriters two and three times her age. The acoustic setting showcased the intimate nature of her songwriting, and her voice sounded strong against the quiet backdrop…The performance for the Country Music Hall of Fame proved she had every right to share the spotlight with such icons as Kristofferson, Gill, Harris and Richie. Her unique ability to grow the country music audience, while effortlessly nabbing awards like the 2010 Grammy for Album of Year, speak to her impact as an artist.”
Taylor, who was just named Billboard’s top-ranking “Hottest Music Star Under 21,” is currently in Milan for a performance this week on X Factor Italy. She travels to Paris later in the week for a gala celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Roberto Cavalli fashion house. Taylor also recently received a 2010 CCMA for her album Fearless which won Top Selling Album overall.
Speak Now is available for special pre-sale on the site www.SpeakNow13.com.