At long last, the time has come: Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated rerecord of her third studio album, “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” which was originally released in 2010, was released Friday at midnight Eastern time. I’m Michael Blackmon, The Washington Post’s comments editor, and I kept the party going Friday by inviting all Swift aficionados to chat about the latest release.
Emily Yahr, a fabulous Style reporter who has chronicled some of the biggest moments of Swift’s career, joined the chat. She has covered the first night of the Eras Tour; delved into the nitty-gritty details of the time Swifties turned a mysterious book into a bestseller; and has done deep dives into the fandom, including how Swift fans became expert internet sleuths and cultivate communities among themselves.
Kyley Schultz, an assignment editor who manages the #PostSwifties Slack group, also joined us to talk about her favorite vault tracks and more.
This chat is now over, but you can read a transcript of it below. Questions may have been edited for accuracy and clarity.
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