“I’m slightly terrified for this year to end,” Taylor Swift told Billboard associate director of charts Keith Caulfield backstage at the 2013 American Music Awards. Swift’s fear is understandable: the country superstar has had another blockbuster year in a career full of them, with her Red tour bringing her fourth studio album to millions of fans and an artist of the year win at the AMAs on Sunday night (Nov. 24).
Swift has hinted at working on the follow-up to “Red” before, but backstage at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, the 23-year-old told Billboard that her fifth album might come sooner than expected.
“We got a lot already,” says Swift. “There are probably seven or eight [songs] that I know I want on the record. It’s really ahead of schedule for me. I’m just stoked because it’s already evolved into a new sound, and that’s all I wanted. And I would have taken two years to make that happen, but it just kind of happened naturally, so that’s all I could really ask for.”
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And while Swift would not reveal any song titles or a projected release date, the singer-songwriter hinted that the album may be out by Q4 of next year, or even sooner. “I think that’s a fair thing to expect,” Swift said with a laugh when asked about the end of 2014 as a potential release date.
Since its October 2012 release, “Red” has sold 3.8 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Click here for a full AMAs recap, including video of Swift’s artist of the year acceptance speech.