Okay, who else thought she was going on a break after her ‘Lover’ album? I’m a massive T-Swift fan but honestly, I can’t keep up…
Nonetheless, I am so excited to be blessed with some Taylor Swift tunes to my ears later TODAY. Yes, you heard that right, out of nowhere, our queen has announced that she will be releasing a brand new album called, Folklore, with 16 songs (or 16 + a bonus track if you get the deluxe edition) in which she “poured all of my whims, dreams, fears and musings into”.
I absolutely love it when artists release surprise albums or “go against” traditional release etiquette. Re: Ariana Grande, releasing too many albums and singles all in one go.
“Before this year, I probably would’ve overwrought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out to the world,” added Swift in her announcement post on Instagram.
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Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise 🤗Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine; @aarondessner (who has co-written or produced 11 of the 16 songs), @boniver (who co-wrote and was kind enough to sing on one with me), William Bowery (who co-wrote two with me) and @jackantonoff (who is basically musical family at this point). Engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, mixed by Serban Ghenea & Jon Low. The album photos were shot by the amazing @bethgarrabrant. Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys so much ♥️
Taylor Swift wrote and recorded the entire album in isolation. Her music video for “Cardigan” will be released tonight along with her album – she notes that she wrote and directed the shoot and the entire shoot was overseen by a medical inspector. Everyone wore masks, kept their distance, and Swift even did her own hair and makeup. Now that’s some dedication (and safety precautions) we can get behind.
Now, who’s excited?