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Taylor Swift on 'Speak Now' Follow-Up: 'I've Written 25 Songs So Far'

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The songstress tells THR that she expects to have a new offering by this time next year.

Taylor Swift is a busy woman.

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In the midst of her worldwide Speak Now tour and promoting the launch of her very first perfume, Swift is also hard at work on what will be her fourth studio album. The songstress spoke with The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, Oct. 18, while meeting with Los Angeles fans who were anxious to get their hands on a bottle of her new scent, Wonderstruck.

“I’ve written 25 songs so far, so it’s coming along really well,” Swift said of her follow up to 2010’s Speak Now. “I’ve been writing a lot, and I like to take 2 years to make a record. We’re at the end of year one and I still have a year left to go to write.”

“It’s looking really great,” she added.

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Based on Swift’s three previous album releases, fans should likely expect a new offering in the fall of 2012. Her debut release, Taylor Swift, hit stores on Oct. 24, 2006. Her sophomore album, Fearless, followed on Nov. 11, 2008, while Speak Now made its debut on Oct. 25, 2010.

The 21-year-old is known not only for her heartfelt and storied lyrics, but a signature style both on and off stage. It isn’t often that Swift parts with her signature blonde curls (save for one show-stopping appearance at the 2010 American Music Awards, where she debuted bangs and a sleek, straight ‘do), but will she ever pursue a more drastic change?  

“Yes, I have considered that on certain days,” she confessed. “I think about either cutting bangs, or cutting it. But I don’t think I’m ever gonna cut it drastically -- at least not in the near future, because my publicist right now is sort of twitching with fear.”

“I don’t want to shock people, that’s never been the goal,” she added. “But it might be nice to change things up every now and then.”

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The singer’s scent is on sale now, retailing at $49.50. The Elizabeth Arden fragrance features notes of fruit and floral, with a touch of “sweet indulgence.” Swift is hardly the first musician to expand into the world of cosmetics, but she specifically credits Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani as her inspiration for creating a truly “signature smell.”