Taylor Swift Announces New Album Will Drop Tonight. This Is Not A Drill.

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How’s this for an enchanting surprise?

Quite unexpectedly Taylor Swift announced Thursday morning that her eighth studio album, folklore, will drop tonight at midnight. It’s “an entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into,” she explains.

In a note, Swift shares that the 16-song project was written and recorded in isolation, and that it will include collaborations with Aaron Dessner, Bon Iver, William Bowery and “musical family” Jack Antonoff. “cardigan” will have a music video premiering tonight as well. 

folklore follows last August’s Lover, which included the singles “You Need to Calm Down” and “The Man,” among others. In January Miss Americana, a documentary about the last few years of her life debuted on Netflix. (Mashable named it one of the best films of the year thus far.)

Pre-Coronavirus, Swift was scheduled for her Lover Fest tour this summer, planning to kick off the four U.S. shows in late July. Obviously, those have now been postponed.

“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,” Swift writes in the conclusion of her note. “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.” 

Amen. 


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