1. New Haircut. New Era.
In February, Taylor grew out her trademark bangs and cut her long locks. Anyone who’s ever gone for the major hair chop knows it makes you feel like a new person.
New Person=New Music
2. Relocation to NYC.
Taylor bought a new home in the Big Apple in March.
And ever since, she’s been gracing our Twitter feeds and Google Alerts every day with mini dresses, playful rompers, and knock-out crop co-ords.
New Location=New Music
3. Model Status
If NYC can do this to Taylor’s wardrobe, imagine what it could do to her music.
New Style=New Music
4. Spending Time in the Studio
On Valentine’s Day, Taylor posted this photo of herself with Max Martin and Shellback. Swift worked with them on “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and “22.” Safe to say that a photo of them back in the studio means Album 5 is in the making.
Max Martin and Shellback=New Music
5. End of the Red Tour
June marked the end of the Red era with the last leg of the tour culminating in Asia, where Taylor also conveniently dropped a few hints at what’s to come.
First Album Five news from Taylor: “It’s already my favorite thing that I’ve ever created. So the idea that, after Asia, I get to go back and finish everything and get everything completely done and wrapped up for a new project, it’s very exciting.”
End of Tour=New Music
And Swifties everywhere were like. “Album 5! It’s actually happeniiiiiiiiiiing!!!!!!!”
6. Instagram Hint
And Taylor left this little message for everyone, as the Red tour wrapped up, along with the caption “Just so you know…”
Cryptic Messages=New Music
7. New Cat
In mid June, Taylor adopted another cat, Olivia Benson, making everyone in the world wish they were a cat. She’s cute, she’s fluffy, and she’ll break your heart with cuteness.
New Cat=New Music
Maybe we’ll get a song that samples that meow? Or at least a shout-out to Olivia and Meredith?
8. Interviewing with Rolling Stone?
In July, Taylor was spotted strolling through Central Park and snacking under a gazebo with a Rolling Stone reporter.
Rolling Stone Interview=New Music
Taylor is set to perform on the MTV VMAs on August 24th. We all know what that means! New “explosive” performance, NEW MUSIC! Two years ago, Taylor gave her first live performance of “We are never ever getting back together” (the first of many singles from her fourth album, Red)…TRADITION, people, TRADITION!
Performing at the VMAs=New Music=TRADITION
10. Performing at iHeartRadio Music Festival
Taylor is set to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 19th and 20th. Two years ago, about a month before the release of Red, Taylor performed at the festival including the first single from her fourth album. TRADITION! In fact, we’ve heard from a pretty reliable source (aka the LA morning radio DJ at iHeartRadio, Kristen Cruz) that Taylor plans to perform “new songs” as in PLURAL SONGS!
Performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival=New Music
11. Appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
On Wednesday, August 13th, Taylor is set to appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote The Giver, but who’s to say there won’t be a little nudge-nudge, wink-winking about Album 5?
Late Night Talk Show Appearance=New Music
12. Instagram Clues
On August 4th, Taylor posted this video with the caption “So, here’s your first clue…”
Two days later, on August 7, 2014, Taylor posted this picture with the caption “Cluuuuue number twooooo…”
Clues from T-Swift herself=NEW MUSIC for sure
AUGUST 18TH AT 5PM SOMETHING IS HAPPENING!
This is not a drill, people. New single? New album title? Live video chat? World Domination? Guess we’ll have to wait for clue number 3.
13. Party at Taylor’s NYC apartment with Radio hosts
On August 6th, Taylor apparently hosted a gathering of radio hosts at her place where, naturally, they posed with her past awards, as you do on a typical Wednesday evening. It’s a sign, she’s warming them all up for the new music to come.
Partying with Radio Show Hosts (aka networking at its finest)=New Music