Frank Turner declined label’s ‘rubbish’ idea of collaborating with Taylor Swift on new album

Polydor wanted Swift to guest on Turner's upcoming album 'Positive Songs For Negative People'

Frank Turner has revealed how he almost collaborated with Taylor Swift

The singer-songwriter revealed details of his forthcoming sixth LP ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’. The follow-up to 2013’s ‘Tape Deck Heart’, the record will be released on August 6.

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The album contains a song Turner wrote about Christa McAuliffe, a primary school teacher who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. Giving a track-by-track run-through of the record in this week’s issue of NME, available digitally and on newsstands now, the singer describes how his label (Universal subsidiary Polydor) initially wanted Swift to guest on the track due to her previous work with the album’s producer Butch Walker.

“I wanted the end [of the song] to be sung by an American woman [pretending] to be Christa,” Turner said of the song ‘Silent Key’. “The record label were suggesting some of the more famous people that Butch has worked with, like, fucking Taylor Swift. No contact was ever made but they were like, ‘Let’s ask Taylor’. I was like, ‘That’s a fucking rubbish idea’.”

The song eventually featured a guest appearance from singer-songwriter Esmé Patterson.

Speaking about the album as a whole, Turner described ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’ as “a record about standing up again once you’ve fallen down, coming out of the tornado shelter once the town has been destroyed and starting to rebuild”.

Frank Turner recently shared a video for the album’s lead single ‘The Next Storm’. Watch it here. Turner has also confirmed a UK headline tour throughout November. The 11-date tour begins on November 5 in Llandudno, Wales and finishes with a show at London’s Alexandra Palace on November 26. Tickets go on general sale at 9am this Friday (June 19).

Frank Turner plays:


Llandudno, Venue Cymru Arena (November 5)
Southampton, Guildhall (6)
Falmouth, Princess Pavillion (9)
Glasgow, Barrowland (13)
Newcastle, University (14)
Nottingham, Rock City (15)
Birmingham, Academy (18)
Sheffield, Academy (19)
Bristol, Colston Hall (21)
Manchester, Academy (23)
London, Alexandra Palace (26)

Frank Turner recently confirmed that his ninth straight appearance at Reading and Leeds Festival this year will be an official record. Turner will play the festival without his Sleeping Souls band, headlining the Festival Republic Stage with a special solo appearance in August.