Almost a decade later, Swifties finally got to hear the ‘1989’ vault track ‘Say Don’t Go,’ which Taylor and Diane co-wrote together!
On the occasion of the ninth anniversary of the original album, the fans finally got their hands on 1989 (Taylor’s Version) on October 27, 2023, via Republic Records. Making it the fourth re-recorded album by singer-songwriter Taylor Swift as a part of Swift’s response to her 2019 masters dispute. Since its release, fans have been streaming the album nonstop and reminiscing about the time when they first heard the songs back in 2014, as it won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
Moreover, critics and academics have considered 1989 an album that transformed Swift’s status into a pop icon!
Due to this, the “From the Vault” tracks have also gained a lot of praise. Out of the five previously unreleased tracks, “Say Don’t Go” has also been making the rounds of the internet because on Sunday, Warren, 67, revealed that Swift, 33, had sent her a bunch of beautiful white flowers to celebrate the release of song which they collaborated on years ago that has finally been made available to stream on the re-recorded album.
She shared a picture of the beautiful floral gift on X (formerly known as Twitter) among her followers, thanking the pop star for acknowledging her contribution to the track as a co-writer.
The gift was also accompanied by a note from Swift reading, “Diane, It was a dream come true to write with you. I hope you love ‘Say Don’t Go’ as much as I do!! Sending the biggest hug to you! Love, Taylor.” In addition to this, the songwriter wrote, “Just got this from @taylorswift13, not the cat I already had that 😻. If U want to know why she is the biggest artist on the planet, this kind of kind and classy gesture is one more reason why #SayDontGo.”
Just got this from @taylorswift13, not the cat I already had that😻. If U want to know why she is the biggest artist on the planet, this kind of kind and classy gesture is one more reason why #SayDontGo 🎵🎶🎧❤️ pic.twitter.com/YymkwI5MDr
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) October 29, 2023
Warren’s career was jump-started in 1985 with “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge. In the late 1980s, she joined forces with the UK music company EMI, where she became the first songwriter in the history of Billboard magazine to have seven hits, all by different artists, on the singles chart at the same time, prompting EMI’s UK Chairman Peter Reichardt to call her “the most important songwriter in the world”. She has been rated the third most successful female artist in the UK.
Warren has been nominated for 14 competitive Academy Award nominations without a win; she received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2022. She has won an Academy Honorary Award, Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and three consecutive Billboard Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year. Her debut album, “The Cave Sessions Vol. 1,” was released on August 27, 2021.
Moreover, this isn’t the only time that Taylor and Diane have collaborated on a song together. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, which was published last week, Warren also opened up about sitting down with the “Lavender Haze” singer to write the breakup ballad “from scratch.” “Everything has its time, you know?” said Warren of the song finally being released.
“It took a while to see the light of day, but I’m glad it finally did. It was worth the wait.” Warren added that Swift was “very particular about how she said certain things” while working on the lyrics of the track. “She’s deeply aware of how her fans want to hear something. I can’t explain it, but that’s probably why she’s the biggest f—ing star in the world,” she told the magazine.
In a separate post, Warren also thanked Billboard for ranking “Say Don’t Go” at the number one spot.
At last, according to preliminary estimates from data tracking firm Luminate:
Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) sold over 250,000 copies in the United States on its first day of sale. The album earned the third-largest sales week of 2023 after only one day. The album’s sales will continue to rise in the following days, with the current tracking week finishing on Thursday, November 2. Just like a decade ago, upon its official release, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) has also received widespread acclaim from music critics, with emphasis on Swift’s vocals and sound production.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 27, 2023