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The Summer Taylor Swift Releases "1989" – Again

The highly anticipated Amazon Prime series "The Summer I Turned Pretty" has sparked rumors about what could be Taylor Swift's next re-released album.

Gavin Casalegno and Lola Tung in "The Summer I Turned Pretty"

When the trailer for the book-turned-to-series dropped last month, Swifties couldn't ignore the appearance of "This Love" (Taylor's Version), aka the second and newest re-release from her 2014 album "1989." Fans can't help but wonder, is the song a sign of more to come? Swift has been reimagining her past albums since the spring of 2021, including "Fearless," "Red," and the 10-minute song and short film "All Too Well."

With her last re-release coming late last year, Swift's fans are definitely anticipating this new album and luckily, the star has left several promising hints. During the Las Culturistas Culture Awards last week, Swift appeared in two prerecorded videos accepting her wins of the evening. In one, a sign hanging behind her read "1989 Secret Session Nashville" and the other included Swift pulling a cookie tray from the oven and saying "I have been hard at work on this batch."

Seems pretty promising, right?

More than that, Swift's most dedicated fans have made other connections to the "1989" album. On Twitter, they declared that her look in the acceptance videos - blue vest, bangs, shorter hair- had clear parallels to the aesthetic of her "1989" era. The inclusion of Swift's music in "The Summer I Turned Pretty" is just another signal to fans that "1989" will be coming very soon.

Lola Tung in "The Summer I Turned Pretty"

Swift's music in this series is not only significant for the star either. "The Summer I Turned Pretty" author Jenny Han has openly expressed her historical love of Swift, telling Glamour that Swift's music has always been a source of inspiration for her when writing. And while Han wouldn't say much about the significance of "This Love" appearing in the trailer, she did note the way that her adaptation of "The Summer I Turned Pretty" book series into television loosely relates to Swift's "Taylor's Version" albums.

In the end, even if the release of "1989 (Taylor's Version)" is farther off than we think, the use of it in "The Summer I Turned Pretty" still remains significant. Swift's music always evokes a romantic, coming-of-age vibe that fits perfectly into the narrative of a young girl growing into womanhood. And alongside other great artists like Olivia Rodrigo, Kim Petras, Ariana Grande, and more, Swift maintains her authority on love-infused, summer-fling hits.


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