Fans went to work after Taylor Swift dropped mysterious numbers, New York references, music names and extra ‘Easter eggs’ throughout her interview with Stephen Colbert. They got here to at least one conclusion.
Fans are satisfied that Taylor Swift dropped “Easter eggs” left and proper throughout her interview with Stephen Colbert that aired on April 13. From cryptic numbers to tongue-in-cheek references to throwback songs, followers don’t suppose the 31-year-old pop star was merely being quirky throughout her Tuesday night time look on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert that appeared extra like a deliberate skit than an interview. Fans suppose these supposed clues added as much as one conclusion, too, which we’ll reveal after breaking down all these Easter eggs.
— kelsea (taylor’s model) 💛💛 (@kelsealovestay) April 14, 2021
The interview begins with Stephen cheekily asking if Taylor’s music, “Hey Stephen,” is concerning the late night time tv host. It was a related query, because the singer simply re-recorded the music (together with all of the opposite tracks on her 2008 album Fearless) for Fearless (Taylor’s Version), which got here out on April 9. Taylor dropped what gave the impression to be her first clue when she replied, “No, Stephen…I mean I first recorded that song in 2008. I think I was like 18…I mean, you were probably about 44 years, 179 days old, give and or take several hours.”
Taylor Swift speaking to Stephen Colbert about all of the easter eggs and numerology she’d be dropping throughout her interview pic.twitter.com/MOJnvxT4LP
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Stephen stated that’s “shockingly specific,” to which Taylor stated in a deadpan voice, “Like i said, I’m a big fan.” So a lot so, the singer revealed that she despatched a signed CD to Stephen’s workplace: “513 West 54th Street, New York, New York, 10019 2nd Floor Office, Facing the street.” Another clue?
The subsequent main clue gave the impression to be her Stephen-inspired temper board, which Taylor joked that she made for “three days” to get her again “in the same headspace” that she was in whereas writing “Hey Stephen” in 2008. Taylor burdened that the temper board wasn’t simply plastered with varied images of the discuss present host over time by declaring the large pizza within the nook. Fans had so much to say concerning the pizza, which we’ll get to.
Taylor then began making references to 1989, her album from 2014. “‘Hey Stephen’ is not about you, anymore than my album 1989 is about that year you spent waiting tables on the lunch shift at Scoozi, an Italian restaurant in the river north area of Chicago, that by the way serves a really incredible slice of pizza,” Taylor stated. Again with the pizza! With that stated, a fan — amongst others — pointed out that “there are 5 pieces of pepperoni on the pizza and 1989 is her fifth album.” The pizza additionally gave the impression to be “New York-style pizza,” one other fan pointed out, and one of Taylor’s 1989 songs is named “Welcome To New York.”
the way in which taylor swift pointed on pizza with 5 pepperoni, plus the truth that pizza has grow to be a staple meals in New York City.
5 pepperoni = fifth album which is “1989.”
— CHRISTIAN 💙💙💙💙💙 (@cowboylikesnake) April 14, 2021
Taylor assured that that is merely widespread information for anybody who “frequently checks” Stephen’s Wikipedia web page, and instructed him, “You Need To Calm Down.” Yup — one other 1989 Easter egg! She then jokingly revealed who “Hey Stephen” is absolutely about: horror writer Stephen King. “The Dark Tower series changed my life, plus The Shining, The Stand, and don’t even get me started on his short stories…absolutely luminescent,” she stated. Well, one fan did their analysis and tweeted that the writer’s quick story assortment referred to as Dark Visions (comparable in title to Dark Tower) got here out in 1989.
wait a min… the quick tales taylor talked about is darkish visions by stephen king got here out in 1989… TAYLOR SWIFT WHEN I CATCH YOU- pic.twitter.com/M6zYPooreP
— mylinh⸆⸉ (@everlores_) April 14, 2021
Taylor then stated that if she had actually wrote the music about Stephen (the Colbert one), it will’ve went like, “Hey Stephen I love you on the TV, and all the stuff you did on The Daily Show and that time you were on Law & Order, your 5’11”, your center title is Tyrone. Social safety quantity is 33035.” Again with the numbers — followers identified the social safety quantity provides as much as 14, as you possibly can see within the tweet beneath.
so taylor swift stated these particular issues on stephen colbert:
2008, 18, 44 years, 179 days, 513, 54, big apple, 1989, scoozi chicago, stephen king, darkish tower, the shining, the stand, 511, shake it off, 33035 and YNTCD
3+3+0+3+5 = 14
might 14th is a friday
yntcd is observe 14 💙 pic.twitter.com/qjrFSMA3H1
— benjy 💛💛 (@cowboylikebenjy) April 14, 2021
Taylor left followers with one final obvious clue: one other music title from 1989. “Take the feeling that you’re feeling and just ‘Shake It Off,’ right? But that song is about you.” On high of all this, Taylor was sporting a cardigan for the interview (the title of her hit 2020 music from folklore).
Of course, this led followers to imagine that Taylor’s subsequent re-recorded album can be 1989 — they simply don’t know when, if true. “Not Normal People (swifties): taylor is releasing 1989 in may bc there was a seagull on the poster and she said 33035179 which adds up to 31 which is 13 backwards and 31 days from now is may 14,” one fan teased. Many others appeared to suppose that Taylor’s subsequent undertaking is arriving May 14th as effectively, however there have been every kind of theories on Twitter (we shared some widespread ones above). One fan mixed all of the Easter eggs in a single tweet, which you’ll see beneath:
particular issues taylor stated on stephen colbert:
2008, 18, 44 years 179 days, 513, 54, big apple, big apple, 1989, scoozi’s chicago, you’ll want to relax, stephen king, darkish tower, the shining, the stand, 511, 33035, shake it off
do what you’ll with this information. #TaylorSwift
— julianne (@swiftzys) April 14, 2021
Taylor is on a mission to re-record her first six albums, after leaving her masters behind when she parted methods with Big Machine Records (previously owned by Scott Borchetta) in 2018. Taylor at present doesn’t personal all her music, regardless of writing and recording the handfuls of songs herself; Taylor’s lawyer, Donald Passman, alleged that Scott “never gave Taylor Swift an opportunity to purchase her masters, or the label, outright with a check in the way he is now apparently doing for others,” per an announcement given to HollywoodLife in July of 2019.
“For years, I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work,” Taylor defined in a Tumblr put up in June of 2019. She added, “Instead, I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in.” Taylor’s nemesis, Scooter Braun, went on to accumulate the rights to her masters that summer season after his Ithaca Holdings LLC firm acquired Big Machine Label Group from Scott. Scooter then bought the recording rights to Taylor’s first six albums to an funding agency referred to as Shamrock Capital in Nov. 2020, based on The New York Times. Amid all this music drama, followers have rallied alongside Taylor and sworn to solely take heed to her re-recorded albums (which is precisely why they’re so excited for the brand new 1989 to drop, every time it does).