On Saturday, Taylor Swift brought her massive stadium spectacle to New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, surprising 55,000 shrieking fans by inviting Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump onstage for "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" and hovering over the crowd on a platform during "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Backstage after the show, Swift told Rolling Stone she is already looking ahead to her next album, the follow-up to last year's Red.
"The floodgates just opened the last couple weeks," she says of the songwriting process. "I'm getting to that point where I'm irritating to be around because I'll be with you for half the conversation and then the second half of the conversation I'm clearly editing the second verse of whatever I'm writing in my head."
On Red, Swift experimented with pop collaborations, writing with hitmakers like Max Martin, Shellback and Dan Wilson. And she already has a list of artists she wants to work with on her next LP.
"I really loved collaborating," she says. "You work with a lot of different people and you find the people you have this dream connection with in the studio. I know those people and I know the ones I want to go back to. But I also have a really long list of the people I admire and I would really love to go and contact. So that's kind of where that is."
But one thing is for sure: she's not looking to repeat Red.
"I think that the idea of having a different approach to every single one of my albums is so exciting to me. I never want to make the same record twice. Why do it? What's the point? It's so overwhelming that when you're starting a project there are such endless possibilities if you're willing to evolve and experiment. If you're willing to become a different version of yourself, you can really go anywhere with it. And that's kind of where I am. The kind of the laboratory experimental stage of really catching onto a new thing that I'm liking."
And what is that 'new thing'?
"I can't tell you," she says with a smile.