Swift sees "Red"
Monday, October 22, 2012
– Taylor Swift is seeing "Red" today. That's because her new disc is finally out with 16 songs. The Swift onslaught started with the release of the first single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
She released other songs leading up to today's release of the music. "Red" is the follow-up to "Speak Now."
While Swift is dominating the release news, Lady Antebellum is out with its first holiday disc, "On This Winter's Night," featuring mainly covers of well-known holiday tunes. The dozen songs include the title track, I'll Be Home For Christmas, All I Want for Christmas is You and Blue Christmas.
Australian husband and wife duo Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson release their second disc together, "Wreck and Ruin." Chambers has forged a solo career in the U.S.
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Wreck & Ruin
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