Yesterday (November 12) Swift released a re-recording of her 2012 fourth album, which arrived with a series of “From The Vault” bonus tracks.
During an interview on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Swift hailed Bridgers as “one of my favourite artists in the world”, adding: “If she sings it, I will listen to it. I just love her voice.” She then explained how her team-up with the ‘Punisher’ musician came about.
“I try not to cold-call people. It can go very bad,” Swift said. “But I do send a very long text that I’ve crafted over many days. And I’ll send the song because I don’t want them to ever feel pressured to say yes to something, creatively, if it doesn’t gel with what they want to do.
“With Phoebe, I reached out and I sent her this song called ‘Nothing New’, which I wrote when I was 22. And it’s really, really special to me because it was the first time I was not a shiny new artist.”
She continued: “I sent it to Phoebe and said, ‘It would mean the world to me if you would do this as a duet’. ‘Cause I really wanted another female artist who I loved to sing it with me because I think it has a very female artist perspective that we go through that experience.
“And her response was, ‘I’ve been waiting for this text my entire life’. It was like, ‘Yes!‘ [Laughs].”
Bridgers later shared a clip of the conversation on Twitter, writing: “True story.”
true story https://t.co/4pCP2ifeuj
— traitor joe (@phoebe_bridgers) November 12, 2021
Elsewhere, Bridgers recalled how she became emotional while recording her vocals for ‘Nothing New’. “It’s just been a dream,” she said. “I just am so excited to have people take it at face value the day that it comes out, because I got teary recording it. I just couldn’t be more excited.”
Upon the album’s release yesterday, Bridgers tweeted: “I was 18 when ‘Red’ came out. How is this real.”
Swift is remaking her first six studio albums – up to and including 2017’s ‘Reputation’ – following the controversial sale of her masters in recent years. The star released ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ in April before sharing a re-recording of ‘1989’ single ‘Wildest Dreams’ in September.