Taylor Swift Talks Fearless Followup, John Mayer

The stuff dreams are made of?

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In an interview with Elle Magazine (we read it all the time) Taylor Swift spilled the beans about her next record, the followup to 2008’s best-selling record, Fearless.

“There are definitely breakup songs on this record, but not too many,” says the Wyomissing, Pennsylvania-born Swift, 19 (Swift wrote last year’s “Forever and Always” about her breakup with the Jonas Brothers’ Joe Jonas). “I like to balance out the amount of happy songs, breakup songs, sentimental songs, I-miss-you songs, angry songs. I don’t want to try and harp on the same emotion too much because I feel like if you make the ‘angry’ album, that’s going to lose people.”

Joe might be gone from the picture, but it looks like John Mayer is just arriving. Swift explains how the two hooked up via Twitter.

“He Twittered the other day that he wrote a song, and he wants to make it a duet with me,” Swift tells Elle.

The Mayer tweet read:

“Waking up to this song idea that won’t leave my head. 3 days straight now. That means it’s good enough to finish, It’s called ‘Half of My Heart’ and I want to sing it with Taylor Swift. She would make a killer ‘Nicks’ in contrast to my ‘Petty’ of a song.”

“I freaked out when I heard,” Swift says, “because I’ve been such a big fan of John for such a long time. I’m really excited about just the idea that he would even mention me in his Twitter!”

Mayer and Swift have since teamed up on stage – in May, the new Petty-Nicks tandem dueted on Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland” and her Swift’s “White Horse” at an L.A. gig.

YouTube’s got the goods. As one commenter wrote, “it’s the stuff dreams are made of…”

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