Taylor Swift appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday to plug her new album, 1989, and perform two songs at an outdoor stage in front of nearly 15 thousand fans who lined Hollywood Boulevard outside Kimmel’s studio.
The 24-year-old singer/songwriter told Kimmel she’s “more confident” about this album than she’s been about any of her previous releases.
Taylor said it’s a “really nice feeling” to have but added, “it’s almost like you’re releasing this thing into the world that you spent two years with, and it’s just been mine for two years and now it’s everybody elses.”
Taylor joked that it’s like she’s "sending it off to college."
Earlier in the week, Kimmel had fans submit questions for Taylor via Skype, and he read one of them on the air. A fan asked if all our memories were erased, but Taylor could pick one song from 1989 that we all would remember, which would it be and why?
Swift said she would choose the song “Clean,” the last track on the album. She wrote it with British singer/songwriter Imogen Heap. Taylor said of the tune, "It's just a song that's really special to me and it's been one that kind of everyone is really talking about." Taylor told Kimmel, "I think it's a song that might help people go through things."
Kimmel also told the story of Taylor showing up at the studio in 2005 when she was 14 years old to try to get on the show. “Taylor came to our show with her mom and her guitar, and somehow she got a hold of the guy who books bands here, Scott Igoe, and she asked if she could play a song for him,” Kimmel recalled.
Kimmel said Igoe told Taylor she wasn't allowed in the show’s green room because they served alcohol and he threw her out.
Flash forward to Thursday night: Kimmel announced on the show that he’s decided to make it up to Taylor by having security guards “toss” Igoe, who still works for Kimmel, out of the building.
Later in the show, Taylor performed her hit "Shake It Off," and the song "Out of the Woods."
1989 arrives Monday, October 27, the same day Taylor appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and makes her debut later that night as a mentor on The Voice.
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