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8 Crucial Facts About Taylor Swift's New Album "1989"

Spoiler alert: She wrote a song with Imogen Heap!

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Here’s everything we know about the fall’s most hotly anticipated album:

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1. Most of the album was written with Max Martin and Shellback.

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No pop transformation would be complete without the help of these legendary hitmakers. Taylor first collaborated with them on 2012's Red and invited them back to helm 1989. They produced the album's super-successful first single, "Shake It Off."

2. She’s got a new take on romance.

In case you haven't heard, Taylor Swift is taking a decisive break from men and dating. In an interview with Rolling Stone, she talked about how much she's loving the single life and making new girlfriends. She wrote a song about her altered view of romance, which is titled "Wildest Dreams," according to fans.

3. She's more upset with backstabbing frenemies and tabloid lies than her exes.

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While there is plenty of heartache on 1989, Taylor's apparently saved most of her ire for mean girls and the media. As reported by Rolling Stone, there's a track titled "Bad Blood" about a female friendship turned sour. While Taylor doesn't name the frenemy in question, smart money is on Katy Perry. Attendees to the "1989 Secret Sessions," where Swift has been playing the entire album in an intimate setting for a select group of fans, also report that there's an equally sassy track where Taylor fights back against the perception of her as a needy, toxic person.

The most blogged-about song will be one where she parodies her own romantic image. A lot of people won't get the irony. But it's wicked fun.

Chris Willman@ChrisWillmanFollow

The most blogged-about song will be one where she parodies her own romantic image. A lot of people won't get the irony. But it's wicked fun.

2:03 AM - 21 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

4. She worked with mega-producer Ryan Tedder.

Not only did Taylor enlist the talents of Max Martin and Shellback for 1989, she also wrote with hitmaker Ryan Tedder for the first time. While Ryan has written with artists like Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and Adele, he's called Taylor "the fastest writer I have worked with."

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5. She's finally getting a little political.

While Taylor's been aggressively non-political for most of her career, there's a song on the new record that will make LGBTQ fans very happy, according to fans who've heard the album. Between this and her recent embrace of feminism, it seems like Taylor is finally comfortable standing up for her beliefs.

I'll also say that if you think gay-supportive messages matter in pop, there is a moment on @taylorswift13's album to make you very happy.

Chris Willman@ChrisWillmanFollow

I'll also say that if you think gay-supportive messages matter in pop, there is a moment on @taylorswift13's album to make you very happy.

3:04 AM - 21 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

6. She reteamed with friend and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff.

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Taylor teased 1989's '80s-pop-inspired sound almost a year ago with a song she wrote for the One Chance soundtrack with Jack Antonoff titled "Sweeter Than Fiction." While the single failed to make a splash, Taylor continued to write with Jack and a handful of their collaborations made her album, including a song that's rumored to be about her relationship with Harry Styles called "Out of the Woods" and a love song titled "You Are In Love."

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7. There's at least one old-school Taylor ballad.

The oldest song on the album is produced by the man behind her biggest country hits, Nathan Chapman. While most of the album is uptempo pop music, fans should rest assured that there's at least one song that showcases Taylor's singer-songwriter side.

8. The album-closer was co-written by Imogen Heap.

The most surprising collaboration on 1989 might be the one Taylor is most excited about. In 2012, she told Time that it was her "dream" to work with the indie-pop songstress. While the song title is still unknown, it's about realizing you’ve moved on after a breakup, according to fans who've attended the 1989 Secret Sessions.

For a @taylorswift13 favorite I might have to go with one she cowrote with Imogen Heap that closes the record, called...oops, almost slipped

Chris Willman@ChrisWillmanFollow

For a @taylorswift13 favorite I might have to go with one she cowrote with Imogen Heap that closes the record, called...oops, almost slipped

1:23 AM - 21 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Speaking of new albums, congrats @taylorswift13 on finishing yours! You're a #MegaWoman! Such drive+talent. Can't wait to get my copy ;) x

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Speaking of new albums, congrats @taylorswift13 on finishing yours! You're a #MegaWoman! Such drive+talent. Can't wait to get my copy ;) x

5:32 AM - 23 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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