Which Taylor Swift album performed better, ‘Speak Now’ or ‘1989’?


Taylor Swift has been on a historic journey since 2021 as she sets out to re-record all of her debut albums. The move comes after his feud with Scooter Braun in which his masters were sold to a private entity he owns in a deal worth nearly $500 million.

The singer’s bold move has helped her gain even more traction with her fans and led her to discover new audiences who appreciate her bold act. But which of Swift’s albums performed better; Speak Now Where 1989.

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‘Speak Now’ was a bridge between Taylor Swift’s past fairy tale music and soul-searching

Swift wrote Speak Now while on tour and did so without the help of a co-writer. The singer noted that she aimed to convey emotion and used the album as a diary of her feelings as she began her journey into adulthood. Swift said she strayed from the starry-eyed romance and fairytale themes of her previous album Fearless and used Speak Now to explore introspection and reflect on one’s relationships.

For example, in one of the songs called “Back to December”, the star asks a former lover to forgive her, making it one of the first times she expresses remorse in her songs. The album’s title track was inspired by events in the life of Swift’s friend, who learns of her ex-boyfriend’s marriage to another woman.

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The song “Innocent” is about forgiving a man who wronged the young singer. The single was inspired by the Kanye West MTV incident in which he interrupted his acceptance speech to vouch for Beyoncé. Speak Now ranked number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling over one million copies in its first week of sales.

The album also had 11 charts on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female artist to achieve such a feat. The album was also the third best-selling album of 2010, selling 2.9 million copies in the United States. Speak Now was certified 6x platinum by the RIAA.

‘1989’ marked Taylor Swift’s transition to pop

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Swift began her musical career as a country singer-songwriter with hits like “Tim McGraw,” making her one of the top country music stars of the era. However, as she and her audience grew, so did her musical style and 1989 gave him the perfect bridge to transition into a global pop phenomenon.

The album’s opening track, “Welcome to New York,” is about the singer embracing her newfound freedom after moving to New York. Swift satirized the media’s perception of her as a promiscuous woman in “Blank Space” and spoke about an unhealthy relationship in “Style.”

According to Swift, listening to “Out of the Woods” gives you a great representation of what 1989 is on, as he is inspired by a relationship that gave him constant anxiety due to his fragility. “Shake It Off” was Swift’s way of shaming her detractors and proving that negativity doesn’t bother her. The album also contains “Wildest Dreams” which is about an illicit affair with a man who cannot be trusted.

1989 was marketed as the singer’s “first official pop album” and sold 1.287 million copies in its first week of sales. The album topped the Billboard 200 for 11 nonconsecutive weeks and sold over 6 million copies by the end of 2019. The RIAA certified 1989 9x platinum, performing even better than Speak Now.

Will Taylor Swift release both re-recorded albums at the same time? Some fans believe it

Swift posted wares on her website on May 5, 2022, derived from Speak Now and 1989. A TikTok fan noted that when they purchased the items, the email revealed that the items would be shipped the same day despite having different orders. The user suggested that the shipping date could be a reference that Swift plans to do a double album release.

Swift also dropped several clues with its merchandise, from the price of Fearless (Taylor version) being $19.89 to Red (Taylor’s version) being $20.10. Eventually, fans will just have to wait to find out when the singer releases her re-recorded albums.

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