Taylor Swift paints love "Red" in new album

Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:33pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop star Taylor Swift has won over a legion of devoted fans in the past six years with her raw, honest lyrics of romance and heartbreak.

Now, at the grand age of 22, the five-time Grammy winner is says her new record "Red," to be released on Monday, "the most adventurous album I've ever made."

"'Red' is really kind of diary entries of the last two years of my life," Swift told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"There were beginnings and ends and there were ups and downs, and lessons that I learned and then had to learn all over again the exact same way ... the ups and downs of the whole experience of falling in love and being let down and letting go and starting over," she said.

"Red," Swift's follow-up to her 2010 best-seller "Speak Now," sees the singer-songwriter collaborate with the likes of British singer Ed Sheeran and pop music producer Max Martin.

The catchy pop-infused lead single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" was an instant hit when it was released in September, becoming Billboard's most-downloaded first week digital single.

And like many of Swift's other songs, it had fans guessing over which of her many brief but high-profile romances she was referring to.

John Mayer? Joe Jonas? Taylor Lautner? Jake Gyllenhaal? Swift isn't telling.   Continued...

Taylor Swift performs during the second day of the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Marcus