Taylor Swift has once again delighted us with a surprise album announcement, which she declared during her speech following a win for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Swift took home three VMA awards for her 10-minute version of 'All Too Well', including best long-form video, best direction, and video of the year.
"I had sort of made up my mind that if you were going to be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand-new album comes out October 21st," Swift said.
"And I will tell you more at midnight.”
Following the success of her previous three albums over 2020 and 2021, including re-recordings of Red (Taylor’s Version), Folklore, and evermore, fans are more excited than ever to see what the starlet comes up with next.
The pop icon waited until midnight, fittingly, to announce the record’s title.
Swift’s brand new album is named Midnights, which she describes as the stories of '13 sleepless nights scattered throughout [her] life'.
To describe the music, she wrote: “We lie awake in love and in fear, in turmoil and in tears.
"We stare at walls and drink until they speak back. We twist in our self-made cages and pray that we aren’t – right this minute – about to make some fateful life-altering mistake.
"This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.
"The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching – hoping that just maybe, when the clock strikes twelve … we’ll meet ourselves.”
Kept completely under wraps until now, many fans had expected her 'Taylor’s Version' re-recording another of her Big Machine catalogue.
Set to be released later this year on the October 21, with the fresh material of her 10th album likely to delight our ears.
In 2021 Swift broke a record set by the Beatles, for the fastest accumulation of three No. 1 albums in the UK, with Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Folklore and evermore spiking the charts in the space of 259 days.
This might set a new precedent for records to come, starting with the release of Midnights.
If Midnights reaches No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with a previous 10 songs matching their height in this peak position, she’ll tie with Barbra Streisand for the most No. 1 albums by a female artist.
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It remains to be seen whether Swift will maintain her lowkey, acoustic, Americana sound or bring back the pure pop of her Lover era.
The cover art suggests a grittier side to the artist’s catalog, but whether Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff will be back as producers is also unknown.
So far, we know the album has six tracks on the A side and seven more on the B side, and that’s about all.
It seems, however, that this might be one of Swift’s most intimate and vulnerable albums to date. And we can’t wait to go on this journey with her.
Available in vinyl, cassette, and CD form, each with collectable memorabilia, the record is available for Swifties to pre-order for $29.99 (£25.60 or USD $20.56).
Midnights will be available on most major streaming platforms beginning October 21.
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