Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’ credits reveal writers including Zoë Kravitz and Joe Alwyn
The song, which features on Taylor Swift’s new album, “Red”, has reportedly been in the works for nearly 17 years.
Speaking at the Billboard Music Awards in New York over the weekend, the singer hinted that there had been a long, complex history behind the track’s release.
The pop star revealed that the track was written by a group of friends but that the song’s structure has been tweaked many times and even written by multiple collaborators.
The “End Game” song was given to her friends at school by her former manager and then-boyfriend Paul Ryan, while her ex-husband, the actor-songwriter Taylor Kinney, was also put on the track.
Speaking at the Billboard Music Awards in New York over the weekend, the singer hinted at how the track, which features on her new album, Red, has been written since it was first heard on her seventh studio album, Speak Now.
Speaking to the New York Times, she revealed that the song was written by a group of friends but that the song’s structure has been tweaked many times and even written by multiple collaborators. “The song was written between a dozen different people in total,” she said.
“It started out as sort of like a family of friends and it grew into this whole family. Then I asked myself, ‘Who else is still in there?’ [And] that’s when we really started to collaborate – I don’t call them collaborators.”
The song is a remake of a song she first sang on a demo at a piano in her parents’ backyard. The lyrics refer to a character in the song “The Only Exception”, from the band Blondie’s debut album, The Next Day.
Earlier this year, Taylor revealed that her Red album was “all about love” saying it was “a love letter to my husband, [and] a love letter to myself”.
Swift, who is set to hit the stage on Saturday, December 14 at the Staples Center, will also play her