1975’s Matty Healy will not be involved in Taylor Swift’s remake of “1989,” a spokesperson for the pop star has confirmed.
According to The Sun, the 1975 singer would have collaborated with Swift on his next album ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’. The LP is a re-recording of the star’s 2014 release.
The Sun had claimed that Swift and Healy, who split a few months earlier this year, had recorded a track together and that Swift would release the song regardless of their split.
Now, DailyMail.com has confirmed that there will be no such collaboration on ‘1989 (Taylor Version)’: “There is no Matt Healy or The 1975 on this album,” they claim.
An insider told The Sun earlier this week: “They’re not even in touch anymore, but there are no hard feelings and Taylor will still release the song.” Taylor was a big fan of The 1975 long before she and Matty met. The band worked with her on their ‘Midnights’ album, but the songs they made never came to light.
“He has a few songs with the band to choose from, but he will release the song they did when they were together.”
Like Swift’s other revised works, ‘1989 (Taylor Version)’ will likely feature bonus tracks and inclusions “from the vaults” to give fans something new beyond the re-recordings. This does not necessarily mean that the Healy-Swift collaboration will not emerge.
In 2020, Swift confirmed that she had begun re-recording her first six albums after ownership of her catalog changed hands for the second time in less than two years. Apparently, this decision responds to an attempt to claim ownership of his work.
Last November, Healy revealed that The 1975 were working on Swift’s last album, ‘Midnights,’ but said those songs “never came out.”
During an interview with Kroq’s DTS Sound Space, Healy recalled how Swift heard part of her band’s latest album ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’ through producer Jack Antonoff before it was released.
Antonoff worked as a producer on that album, as well as “Midnights,” and has helmed many of Swift’s other studio projects.
Asked if the star had “returned the favour” and let Healy and the company have a first look at ‘Midnights’, the singer replied: “Yes. We worked on it a bit. But then [esa] the layout never came”.
Some members of the audience booed in response to the revelation, to which Healy replied: “No, no, it doesn’t work like that. It didn’t work for reasons that can’t be criticized. She’s amazing.”
While Swift and Healy were moving forward, the 1975 flows increased by 14% between May 3 and May 11, 2023.
Earlier this year, Swift made a surprise appearance at The 1975 concert at the O2 to perform her hit “Anti-Hero” live and cover 1975’s “The City”. 12) at the MTV VMAs – see the full list of winners here.