Swift produced the song with Nathan Chapman. The song was released on August 30, by Big Machine Records , as the fourth single from Swift's second studio album, Fearless The song was inspired by Swift's freshman year of high school at Hendersonville High School , where she first experienced heartbreak, along with her best friend Abigail Anderson.
After writing it, Swift asked Anderson for authorization to record the song due to personal references in the song ; Anderson affirmed and it was ultimately included on Fearless. The music video for "Fifteen" was directed by Roman White. It was filmed using a green screen and is heavily accentuated with special effects. The video features Swift walking through a garden, where she relives many memories with Anderson. Swift partnered with electronics retailer Best Buy for 15, a program that allowed teens to help decide how funds would be distributed among various charities.
She described it as incorporating things she wished someone would have told her in a song when she was younger. You don't know anything, but you think you know everything", Swift said. After the completion of composing "Fifteen", Swift became very nervous to show Anderson the song, for she did not know how her friend would respond. If one girl can kind of learn from it or connect to a song like that, it's totally worth it.
Swift attributed the event to the fact that she is most likely to cry over when her loved ones undergo pain, as she witnesses it, rather than her own experiences. She went to say "Fifteen" usually gets her every time.
The lyrics of "Fifteen" have Swift narrating about multiple events. In the first verse , Swift details first entering high school with intentions of merely staying out of her peers' way. The second verse bears Swift meeting Anderson and gossiping about the school's queen bees with her.
Successively, Swift describes first dates  and falling in love for the first time. The song was met with widespread critical acclaim.
Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone believed "Fifteen" was exemplary in that "Swift is a songwriting savant with an intuitive gift for verse-chorus-bridge architecture". Rosen compared her songwriting in the track to that of producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin , who he referred to as "Swedish pop gods". He continued, "Her music mixes an almost impersonal professionalism — it's so rigorously crafted it sounds like it has been scientifically engineered in a hit factory — with confessions that are squirmingly intimate and true.
Petridis continued, "You applaud her skill, while feeling slightly unsettled by the thought of a teenager pontificating away like Yoda. Following the release of Fearless , on the week ending November 29, , "Fifteen" debuted at number seventy-nine on the Billboard Hot  Its appearance, along with six other songs, on the chart tied Swift with Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus for the female act to have the most songs charting on the Billboard Hot in the same week,  a record later surpassed by Swift herself when she charted eleven songs at once in On the week ending January 23, , the song peaked at number nineteen in Canada.
White began with the intention of creating a video different than others Swift did in the past. To do so, he believed he needed to set the video outside of high school. White explained, "Well, I think I really wanted this video to kind of be an evolution for Taylor [ And create this world, somewhere you walk in on this desolate desert and you start to sing about all these great memories you have The garden grew when Swift felt happy, but at the sight of pain and negative emotions, clouds appear and the garden dies, which also symbolized Swift's best friend Abigail Anderson's broken heart.
Swift's friend, Anderson, portrayed herself in the video. The love interests of both Swift and Anderson were cast by Swift after she received images of them via e-mail.
The first day consisted of actors, including Swift and Anderson, filming before a green screen. It's just Taylor walking around a giant green screen. And to think that every single thing in that video was created is amazing, 'cause a lot of people worked really hard on it", White said. The video begins with Swift, barefoot and clad in a white sundress, approaching a tall, arched doorway which materializes in the middle of a barren landscape. Swift looks at a photograph of herself and her friend tucked into the arch and, then, passes through the doors.
On the other side of the arch, animated flowers and vines grow across the scenes. People and objects from a high school fade in and out of view. Swift walks through the memories and begins to play an acoustic guitar beneath a tree.
Afterward, Anderson appears, sitting at a desk before a chalkboard in the field of flowers. Swift sits down beside her and the two begin to whisper and laugh to each other. In the next scene, Swift plays a namesake Taylor brand guitar while Anderson goes on her first date; she kisses her date, but pushes him away when he tries to go further. Her love interest and all surroundings dissolve to show Anderson sitting alone on a stone bench.
Swift approaches her and hugs her tightly as the field around them turns dark and stormy. The video then alternates between Swift singing in the rain and hugging her friend. After the landscape deteriorates, the video transitions to reality, where Swift, wearing a black trench coat, stands in the rain, across the street from a high school.
Swift then sees a student at the entrance; the two make eye contact and the video concludes. To date, the video has over million views on YouTube. The music video premiered on October 9, on CMT. Greenblatt believed the video was reverential and painterly, but criticized it by saying "Fifteen"'s most powerful lyrics were outdone by the dreamy design. The performances of "Fifteen" set on a small platform located at the opposite end, parallel to the stage in the arena.
Frehsee described the entire concert as an "elaborate spectacle that doesn't slow down, even when the singer hauls her acoustic guitar into the audience to play a sweet, stripped down set of tunes including 'Fifteen'. This song was most recently performed on her Reputation Stadium Tour during the second show in London, in place of " All Too Well ", in honor of the concert being the fifteenth show of the tour.
Swift partnered with electronics retailer Best Buy for 15, a program that allowed teens to help decide how Best Buy's " 15 Fund" would be distributed among various charities. Within the PSA, which was released on February 9, , scenes of Swift reminiscing on high school and encouraging originality and uniqueness were inter-cut with scenes of her singing "Fifteen".
The announcement was shown at each stop during the North American leg of the tour. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the Taylor Swift song. For other uses, see 15 disambiguation. Nathan Chapman Taylor Swift. A second audio sample of "Fifteen", a ballad which has Swift reminiscing on events that occurred at the age of fifteen and cautioning young girls to not fall in love easily.
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