1989 (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift’s 4th of 6th recorded albums is due out October 27, 2023. And in true Taylor form where “known of it is accidental”, that is exactly 9 years after the original release superstar’s first full-blown pop album. 1989 gave us massive hits “Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, “Wildest Dreams”, “Style”, and “Bad Blood”. It also gave Swift her 2nd Grammy for Album of The Year. So needless to say 1989 Taylor’s Version has been highly anticipated by fans and critics alike. And one of the most exciting parts of these re-records Taylor is doing, are the addition of the Vault Tracks. Each (Taylor’s Version) album so far has featured two collaborations on those vault tracks. So who will be featured on 1989 Taylor’s Version?
1989 (Taylor’s Version) Announcement
This question was posed to me by a dear friend and co-worker almost immediately after the announcement. For reference, I am the undisputed biggest Taylor Swift fan in our office. I anticipated the announcement and was watching on TikTok live. I would have bet money (and I’m not a gambler) that is was going to be announced at some point in LA. And once I saw the blue dress for the Speak Now set I knew. A blue Folklore dress further confirmed, and then when she walked out for the 1989 set in a blue outfit (for the first time all tour for all these costumes), the Swifties went feral. It was confirmed before it was confirmed.
And I would have said from day 1 that my two guesses for collaborators on 1989 (Taylor’s Version) would be two artists- Selena Gomez and Harry Styles. A good portion of the album is written about Styles, and how epic would a version of “Style” be featuring Swift’s ex. The two seem to be on good terms now, and share a lot of the same fan base. And whether or not it’s a version of that track or another I’d be shocked if he isn’t featured on 1989 Taylor’s Version. Selena Gomez has been a close friend of Taylor Swift’s since the Fearless days. And if there was ever to be a collab 1989 is the perfect album for that to happen on.
The other artist I’m starting to get suspicious of is Kelsea Ballerini. The country-pop star is close friends with Swift. She also wore the signature 1989 blue in multiple public appearances around the time of the announcement. Fans (it’s me, I’m “fans”) have been dying for a song from the two artists for years.
The Odds of Artists Featured On 1989 (Taylor’s Version)
Our friends at BettingExpert.com actually shared with us the betting odds of artists collaborating on this upcoming re-record. Previous collaborators have included Hayley Williams and Fall Out Boy (Speak Now Taylor’s Version), Maren Morris and Keith Urban (Fearless Taylor’s Version), and Chris Stapleton and Ed Sheeran (Red Taylor’s Version). So who does BettingExpert think could be featured? Let’s take a look at the 5 most likely suspects.