The games have begun: Taylor Swift’s sixth album, Reputation, is out now, fully unlocking its chamber secrets for all the world to hear. As with Taylor’s previous albums, there are some details that might not be detected on the first, or even fifth, listen. Whom certain songs could be written about is just the half it. Below are the fun facts to know about Swift’s Reputation that help complete the listening experience.
Taylor executive-produced it.
As with 1989, Swift is credited as an executive producer on Reputation. But now, she’s the only artist involved with that title. She controlled the narrative and made all the album’s executive decisions. She was also hands-on in the studio, co-producing each the six songs she made with Jack Antonf, equal to what she produced on 1989. (In theory, the title could also mean a higher paycheck for her efforts.) She previously shared EP credit with this album’s other frequent producer and songwriter, Max Martin, on 1989, but that was the old Taylor. The new Taylor doesn’t put anyone else’s name at the top her work.
There are only eight (and a tiny half) collaborators.
The ship is slightly tighter this go-around. Taylor wrote and co-produced the album with Martin, Antonf, and Shellback. Swedish writer-/producer Oscar Holter (who co-wrote “Bon Appétit” for Taylor’s enemy Katy Perry) co-wrote and co-produced “Dancing With Our Hands Tied.” Tove Lo writer Oscar Görres co-wrote “So It Goes …” One Max Martin’s right-hand men, Ali Payami – and also another one Perry’s Witness collaborators – co-wrote and co-produced “… Ready for It?” This time around, Swift has two features: Ed Sheeran and Future, both appearing on “End Game.” (She has also given songwriting credit to Right Said Fred for interpolating “I’m Too Sexy” on “Look What You Made Me Do.”) Unlike 1989, which at least had Imogen Heap, no other woman worked on Reputation. Unless you count the album’s tiniest collaborator …