A recent selfie has fans freaking out.
If there’s one thing that Taylor Swift loves, it’s leaving a breadcrumb trail for her fans.
The musician is famous for the secret clues that she’ll hide in Instagram posts, liner notes, and interviews. She doesn’t do much press — instead, she chooses to bypass the media entirely, communicating with her loyal listeners directly.
As a result, every now and then there’ll be a sudden flurry of excitement in corners of the Taylor fandom, as a new post is trawled over for secret clues.
The newest enigma? This seemingly innocuous selfie, posted across Instagram and Twitter.
Not a lot going on at the moment pic.twitter.com/NaRCqgCH4Y
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) April 27, 2020
The first clue? That caption. “Not a lot going on at the moment” is the phrase that was printed across Swift’s shirt in the video for ’22’, making the line something of a pun.
Certainly sounds like Swift’s both alluding to one of her biggest hits, and also making a joke about being up to something major.
? | Taylor’s latest Instagram post contains the same caption as the quote written on her shirt worn for the “22” music video!
“Not a lot going on at the moment” pic.twitter.com/Z9R1JSL9cf
— Taylor Swift Updates (@swiftsupdates) April 27, 2020
Which is why, according to a lot of longterm fans, Swift’s suggesting that she’s re-recording Red, one of her most acclaimed albums.
Wait, Why Do Fans Think Taylor Swift Is Re-Recording Red?
For the last little while, Swift has been embroiled in a legal battle with Scooter Braun, the music tycoon who broke Justin Bieber into the mainstream. Braun bought Swift’s masters, meaning that he now owns her entire back catalogue.
Horrified that someone who has caused her personal angst now owns her music, Swift vowed to record “copycat” versions of the albums — new recordings which sound substantively like the originals, but which belong exclusively to Swift.
So, that’s the backdrop against which the selfie dropped. Fans already knew that Swift had the ability to re-record old albums since at least last November. This selfie seems like pretty strong indication that she’s up to Red.
— Ulii Ht (@ulii_ht) April 28, 2020
— kins/AFTERGLOW IS MINE!!! (@fearlesskins) April 27, 2020
@taylorswift13 on Instagram “Not a lot going on at the moment”
— Ruairí (@GlaadSwiftie) April 27, 2020
TAYLOR SWIFT IS RE-RECORDING RED OMG ???❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/2stvGiTA2a
— Owned by Taylor Swift ?? (@DieguitoRepGT) April 27, 2020
Fans speculate Taylor Swift may be re-recording her 4th studio album ‘Red’ after she captioned a selfie that matches a shirt she wore for the ‘22’ music video.
This comes as Taylor confirmed last year that she would be interested in recording her past albums. pic.twitter.com/3em6Xu6nE8
— Pop Base (@PopBase) April 28, 2020
If that is the case, it’ll be a double-win for fans. Braun has long disrespected Swift’s artistry — he recently dropped a live album that the performer didn’t know about until it had already hit shelves — and so getting one over him would be a great victory.
On top of that, it’ll also be an opportunity to once again indulge in Red, one of the most perfect pop albums of the last decade.
Seems like a pretty good deal to me.