Taylor Swift new album: ‘Folklore,’ will drop at midnight

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Surprise! Taylor Swift announces new album, ‘Folklore,’ will release at midnight

Hannah Yasharoff USA TODAY
Published 8:56 AM EDT Jul 23, 2020

Less than a year after the release of her album “Lover,” Taylor Swift surprised fans Thursday with an announcement that her eighth studio album, “Folklore,” will be released at midnight EDT. 

“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,” Swift, 30, wrote in a series of Instagram posts Thursday morning. “And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise”

Swift fans are used to the singer dropping clues up to months in advance about her next musical endeavor, but she did away with the long buildup this time. Instead, the hints took place over the course of less than 10 minutes Thursday morning, while Swift posted nine separate Instagram photos to create a mosaic image of herself isolated in the woods before the album reveal came.

The entire 16-song album was written “in isolation,” she said, describing it as a project she “poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into.”

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A music video for the song “Cardigan” will release at the same time. Amid coronavirus shutdowns in the United States, Swift noted that the “entire shoot was overseen by a medical inspector, everyone wore masks, stayed away from each other, and I even did my own hair, makeup, and styling.” 

Swift’s self-titled debut album was released nearly 14 years ago. Since then, fans have followed the singer from a country music newbie to a world-famous pop star, averaging about one album every two years. 

Her latest album, 2019’s “Lover,” ushered in a new era of calm for Swift, who had dealt with a tumultuous past few years with tabloid headlines, record label dramas and other personal challenges that played out on the public stage. Her teases for “Folklore” hint at a similarly quiet, zen vibe. 

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“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 wrote. “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.” 

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Contributing: Maeve McDermott

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