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How’s that for a key change?
Following Friday’s release of “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” — Taylor Swift’s painstakingly faithful re-recording of her Grammy-winning 2008 album — the pop star dropped a slew of new merchandise offerings, including a piece of jewelry her fans can’t stop talking (and tweeting) about.
The “Capture It, Remember It” vault key necklace ($30) is fashioned from antiqued copper and bears both the 31-year-old musician’s initials and a snippet of lyrics from the LP’s title track.
And while the bauble was ostensibly intended as a nod to the six never-before-heard tracks “from the vault” that Swift included on her new version of “Fearless,” its connection to her sophomore album runs deeper than that.
As a number of fans were quick to note, Swift wears an almost-identical key pendant on the cover art for 2008’s “Fearless” — although most of the necklace is obscured by her name and the album’s title. (More of the key is visible on the cover of the album’s “platinum edition,” which was released in 2009.)
“She’s not wearing the key necklace on the [“Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”] album cover like she used to- so she’s sharing it with us as merch,” one person observed on Twitter.
Added another, “I forgot that Taylor really used to wear key necklaces all the time during the fearless era and now she’s giving us one to the fearless vault.”
While the key necklace is notably MIA on the cover of Swift’s re-recorded “Fearless,” she still managed to sneak in another Easter egg with her choice of top: a Shakespearean-style cream blouse that, as fans pointed out, closely resembled the shirt worn by Romeo actor Justin Gaston in the “Love Story” music video 13 years ago.
Long famous for her “cryptic hint-dropping,” the “White Horse” hitmaker similarly used her merch to send messages about her music ahead of the release of her “Folklore” album last year; in addition to a T-shirt teasing her new lyrics, she included a cardigan that would later make a cameo in the music video for the album’s first single.
Swift is currently in the process of re-recording her first six studio albums, following music manager Scooter Braun’s acquisition (and subsequent sale) of her master recordings; “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” marks her first such re-release.
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