- For the lyrics go to Red (lyrics)
|Promotional single by Taylor Swift from the album Red|
|Released||October 2, 2012|
|Recorded||Blackbird Studios (Nashville, Tennessee)|
|Genre||Country pop, pop rock|
|Producer||Dann Huff, Nathan Chapman, Taylor Swift|
"Red" is a Taylor Swift song from her 4th album Red. It was released on October 2, 2012, in the US by Big Machine Records, as the second single released during the four weeks preceding the release of the album. The song debuted at number six on the US Billboard and at number two on the Hot Digital Songs chart. It also debuted at number two on the Hot Country Songs chart, behind Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".
Taylor performed the song on the October 1, 2012 episode of ABC's Good Morning America. In the lyrics of the song, she compares her emotions towards a former boyfriend to different colors. "Losing him is blue, like I'd never known. Missing him was dark grey, all alone. Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met. But loving him was red."
Before singing the song, she explained:
|“||"I wrote this song about the fact that some things are just hard to forget, because the emotions involved with them were so intense and, to me, intense emotion is red. Thinking about what that means to me and all the different emotions that are written about on this album - they're all pretty much about the tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships that I've experienced in the last two years. All those emotions - spanning from intense love, intense frustration, jealousy, confusion - in my mind, all those emotions are red. There's nothing in between; there is nothing beige about any of those feelings."||”|
She told Billboard magazine
|“||I think the reason I said that was because I made the record exactly the same way I made the last three. I knew I hadn't jumped out of my comfort zone, which at the time was writing alone and working with Nathan. [Red] the song was a real turning point for Red the album. When I wrote that song my mind started wandering to all the places we could go. If I were to think outside the box enough, go in with different people, I could learn from and have what they do rub off on me as well as have what I do rub off on them.||”|
"Red" received positive reviews from music critics, most praising Swift's strong lyrics.
Rebecca Macatee of E! Online, found the lyrics to be a rainbow of fruit flavors: ”She…goes through myriad colors to describe her feelings… We’re not sure what color Swift’s heart is, but we’re sure it’s pretty.” Laurence of Music City Post, noted the track’s melodic strength: “With a lot of heart on the sleeve lyricism (...) and a hefty guitar solo, ‘Red’ does nothing by half measures." Rolling Stone responded favorably to the record, noting that the song marries her heartbreak anthems with a radio-friendly sound "with banjos flying, strings swelling and guitars wailing, Swift keeps her lyrics simple but effective[.]" The Pop Fairy gave a negative review: "“Red” is (...) another love song by America’s favorite cougar of the moment. (...) The only unique thing about the song is the thing I can’t stand, the electronic ‘R-R-Red’ that repeats after the chorus.” Finishing with 'A little more effort would be nice.', giving the song a grade 'C'.
Swift performed the song live for the first time at the BBC Radio Teen Awards on October 7, 2012, which was held at the Wembley Arena in London.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||5|
|Japan (Billboard Japan Hot 100)||76|
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||14|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||26|
|US Billboard Hot 100||6|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||2|
- ↑ Williott, Carl (September 21, 2012). "Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ Nabs Countdown Campaign With iTunes & ‘Good Morning America’". Idolator. Buzz Media. http://idolator.com/6927062/taylor-swift-red-countdown-itunes-good-morning-america. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- ↑ "Swift explains why Red was chosen as the album title". 2012-12-15. http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107859438859/.
- ↑ Macatee, Rebecca (2012-10-02). "Listen: Taylor Swift Debuts New Single "Red"; Donates Concert Tickets to Internet-Pranked School". E! Online. http://www.eonline.com/news/350586/listen-taylor-swift-debuts-new-single-red-donates-concert-tickets-to-internet-pranked-school. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
- ↑ "Taylor Swift – Red". Music City Post. 2012-10-02. http://www.musiccitypost.tv/2012/10/02/taylor-swift-red/. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
- ↑ "Taylor Swift Describes Color of Heartache on 'Red'". Rolling Stone. 2012-10-02. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/taylor-swift-drops-twangy-title-track-for-red-20121002. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
- ↑ "Taylor Swift’s “Red” Is More Beige". E! Online. 2012-10-02. http://thepopfairy.com/2012/10/01/review-taylor-swifts-red-is-more-beige/. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
- ↑ "Australian-charts.com - Taylor Swift - Red". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
- ↑ "Template:BillboardID?f=793&g=Singles Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Taylor Swift. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
- ↑ "Lescharts.com - Taylor Swift - Red" (in French). Les classement single. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
- ↑ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. GfK. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
- ↑ "Japan Billboard Hot 100" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. January 3, 2013. http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail/?a=hot100. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- ↑ "Charts.org.nz - Taylor Swift - Red". Top 40 Singles. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
- ↑ "Spanishcharts.com - Taylor Swift - Red" Canciones Top 50. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
- ↑ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- ↑ "Template:BillboardID?f=379&g=Singles Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Taylor Swift. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
- ↑ "Template:BillboardID?f=357&g=Singles Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Songs for Taylor Swift. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2012-10-11.