Awhen the clock struck midnight early monday, taylor swift hit the streets – instagram and Twitteri.e. to let the world know: another album is coming.
The one titled midnightwill tell the “stories of 13 sleepless nights” scattered throughout Swift’s life, and will be released at midnight on October 21.
Here’s everything we know so far about Swift’s new album.
IN Video Music Awards on Sunday night, the pop star won video of the year for “It’s All Too Good (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)”, starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien.
“I know every second of this moment that we wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it weren’t for you, the fans,” Swift said in her acceptance speech. “Because I wouldn’t have been able to re-record my albums if it wasn’t for you. You encouraged me to do this.
“And I kind of thought that if you’re going to be so generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun time to tell you that my brand new album is coming out on October 21st,” she continued. “And I’ll tell you more at midnight.”
Date of issue
As we all too well know by now, there are no such things as coincidences for Taylor Swift. While October 21st may not seem particularly important, the date does coincide with several other pop culture milestones.
Perhaps most importantly, the movie My policeman– featuring Harry Styles, who Swift previously dated – is out on October 21. Fans speculate that the 2014 song “style” from 1989 the album was about Swift’s relationship with Styles.
Kim Kardashian’s birthday also falls on Oct. 21 — another celebrity Swift seems to have written about in the past, with “2020.long story short” off forever. (The couple came into conflict in 2016(when Kardashian posted a series of Snapchat videos in which her then-husband, Kanye West, openly discussed Swift’s reference in his 2016 song “Famous.”)
And perhaps most innocuous of all, Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen is scheduled to release her latest album, The loneliest timealso on 21 Oct
As revealed in Swift’s late-night posts, the 13-track tracklist is currently labeled just like this: Side A includes “Track One”, “Track Two”, “Track Three”, “Track Four”, “Track Five” and “Track Six” and side B includes “Track Seven” through “Track Thirteen”. (An impressively short lineup for an artist like Swift, whose latest album, Red (Taylor’s Version), contains no less than 30 songs.)
“We lie awake in love and in fear, in turmoil and in tears,” Swift captioned her message post on Instagram. “We stare at the walls and drink until they speak. We curl up in cages of our own making and pray that we’re not—right now—about to make some fateful, life-changing mistake.”
It remains unclear whether Swift will rename the songs to something a little more specific, but as some have speculated, the ambiguity of the titles is in line with the light-hearted choice to style each title of forever and folklore in lower case.
“This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through horrors and sweet dreams,” Swift continued in the caption. “The floors we walk and the demons we face. For all of us who wandered around and decided to leave our lanterns burning and go looking – hoping that maybe when the clock strikes twelve… we’ll meet ourselves.”
midnightwhen released, it will mark Swift’s third album (post forever and folklore), produced during the pandemic—five albums if you include the two recently reissued “Taylor versions” (Red (Taylor’s version) and Fearless (Taylor Version).) The singer-songwriter will also soon have four albums (incl midnight), which are yet to be circumnavigated.
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