Last year, Swift released her seventh album, Lover. The fans were ecstatic, as she hadn’t released an album since Reputation, in 2017.
Normally, Swift takes takes a few years in between albums, to write new songs, finalize production, embark on a new world tour, and focus on spending time with family/friends.
So, it was quite a surprise to fans when she announced that her newest album will be released at mid-night, tonight.
Swift’s upcoming album is called Folklore, and marks her eighth studio album.
Although Swift admitted that she was initially contemplating the right time to release the album, the pandemic changed her perspective.
“… 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”.
Folklore will consist of 16 songs on the standard edition, but an added bonus song will be available on the deluxe edition. The song titles are as follows:
- “The 1”
- “The Last Great American Dynasty”
- “Exile” (ft. Bon Iver)
- “My Tears Ricochet”
- “This Is Me Trying”
- “Illicit Affairs”
- “Invisible String”
- “Mad Woman”
17. “The Lakes”
Just when fans thought the surprises were over, Swift dropped another major bombshell.
A music video for “Cardigan” has been fully filmed and edited. Swift wrote the song, and directed the music video, and all production was done in the midst of a global pandemic. However, Swift assured the public that a medic was on set the entire time, to check for temperatures, and ensure proper social distancing guidelines. She even admitted that acted as her own hair stylist and makeup artist.
According to the Taylor Nation official Instagram page, the “Cardigan” music video will be premiering later tonight, at 12AM, EST.
New merchandise is also available on Swift’s website, and includes: a variety of Folklore-themed apparel, phone cases, pop sockets, posters, and more.
To commemorate Swift’s eighth album release, Swift has also announced the launch of eight unique deluxe CD editions, and eight unique deluxe vinyl editions — available for purchase, for a limited time only.