When we thought that Taylor Swift was done being the most productive queen of the year, she surprised us with yet another music video, which is full of nods to her past.
The Grammy winner, who is widely acclaimed for the messages hidden beneath her songs, has recently dropped the music video for “I Bet You Think About Me” on Monday, November 15, just three days after the release of the re-recorded version of her 2012 album, Red. Directed by Blake Lively, the video was teased the day before its release, when Swift tweeted, “Surprise! New Music Video Tomorrow.” She added, “I finally got to work with the brilliant, brave, & wickedly funny @blacklively on her directorial debut. Join us as we raise a toast and a little hell.”
“I Bet You Think About Me” is one of the tracks added to Red (Taylor’s Version). Although the song was previously unreleased, the music video drew references to other albums in Swift’s catalog, particularly 1989 and Speak Now. From that, fans have already speculated and started making predictions about which of her LPs will be the next to get a re-released version.
After a highly publicized dispute between the 31-year-old award-winning personality and her former record label, Big Machine, Taylor Swift initially decided to re-record her first six albums in 2019. Her first re-release was Fearless (Taylor’s Version), which debuted in April of this year.
“Artists should own their own work for so many reasons, but the most screamingly obvious one is that the artist is the only one who really *knows* that body of work,” the singer wrote on Instagram in February. “For example, only I know which songs I wrote that almost made the Fearless album. Songs I absolutely adored but were held back for different reasons. Those reasons seem unnecessary now. I’ve decided I want you to have the whole story, see the entire vivid picture, and let you into the entire dreamscape that is my Fearless album,” she added.
Taylor Swift took a similar approach for Red (Taylor’s Version), which included nine previously unreleased songs and a newly-expanded ten-minute version of a fan favorite, “All Too Well.” She also released a 14-minute long short film of the track, which featured Stranger Things star Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien.
When Red (Taylor’s Version) debuted on Friday, November 12, the Pennsylvania native credited her fans with helping her make the decision to re-record her earlier albums. “It would never have been possible to go back and remake my previous work, uncovering lost art and forgotten gems along the way if you hadn’t emboldened me,” she tweeted at the time. “Red is about to be mine again, but it has always been ours,” she added.At the end of her “I Bet You Think About Me” video, Taylor Swift can be seen wearing a bright red dress similar to the voluminous gown that she wore on the deluxe edition cover of Speak Now. Fans now speculate that the next album to get re-released is her Speak Now album instead of 1989.