Taylor Swift fans are already freaking out about her surprise new album
It’s a good day to be a Swiftie.
Global pop phenom Taylor Swift has announced that her eighth studio album, “Folklore,” will debut at 9 p.m. Pacific tonight. She also released a track list of 16 songs, including “Exile,” featuring Bon Iver, “The 1,” “Cardigan” and “The Last Great American Dynasty.”
“Most of the things I had planned for the summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something that DID happen,” Swift said early Thursday in a statement shared on social media. “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 ...
“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.”
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folklore will have 16 songs on the standard edition, but the physical deluxe editions will include a bonus track called “the lakes.” Because this is my 8th studio album, I made 8 deluxe CD editions and 8 deluxe vinyl editions that are available for one week😄 Each deluxe edition has unique covers, photos, and artwork. Available exclusively at taylorswift.com
But wait, there’s more. A music video for “Cardigan” — written and directed by Swift — will also be released at the time of the album launch. In a follow-up statement, the “Lover” hitmaker explained that production on the project was “overseen by a medical inspector” while “everyone wore masks” and “stayed away from each other.”
“I even did my own hair, makeup, and styling,” Swift added, with a crying-laughing emoji.
Rounding out the collection are “My Tears Ricochet,” “Mirrorball,” “Seven,” “August,” “This Is Me Trying,” “Illicit Affairs,” “Invisible String,” “Mad Woman,” “Epiphany,” “Betty,” “Peace” and “Hoax.” A bonus track called “The Lakes” will also be included on “8 deluxe CD editions and 8 deluxe vinyl editions that are available for one week” exclusively on Swift’s website.
Surprise 🤗 Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my 8th studio album, folklore; an entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. Pre-order at https://t.co/zSHpnhUlLb pic.twitter.com/4ZVGy4l23b— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 23, 2020
Swift superfans were understandably shook by the surprise news, flooding social media Thursday morning with all-caps excitement, a slew of emojis and artwork from the forthcoming album, which is now available for preorder.
Here’s a sampling of the reactions.
SHE REALLY WENT FROM COUNTRY TO POP TO FOLK, TAYLOR SWIFT IS LITERALLY THE MUSIC INDUSTRY pic.twitter.com/tMBLFZ6U7M— Luuh (restricted) (@SwiftCamzz) July 23, 2020
did i spend the last 20 minutes making a taylor swift folklore edit? yes— 𝕤𝕠𝕟𝕒 ✰ (@alwynswiftly) July 23, 2020
do i regret it? not at all pic.twitter.com/3uU1ByFZLF
taylor swift really said drop everything now— roxanne (@xannedominique) July 23, 2020
TAYLOR SWIFT HAVING HIATUS FOR A LONG TIME THEN SUPRISINGLY DROPS AN ALBUM??? IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS??? WITHOUT TELLING EVERYONE??? WHO'S DOING IT LIKE HER??!!— 𝕞𝕒𝕩✨| ᶠˡᵒᵖᵖᵉʳ💀 (@rednumbaone) July 23, 2020
still cruel summer aint a single, not gonna get over it 🙂#Folklore pic.twitter.com/tXRShHHpdm
This is literally representing me being shook that @taylorswift13 is bringing out a new album without there being any signs at all. So excited for it !!! 😊☺️💕💕💕💕 #FolkloreIsComing pic.twitter.com/q6QFpRhvu2— Sharni (@SharniBudd) July 23, 2020
ok but can u drop a single song right now as a snack @taylorswift13— erin b. logan (@erinblogan) July 23, 2020
Damn @taylorswift13 for a minute I actually forgot I had depression so thank you for that— Steven Walker #folklore at midnight (@positivesteven) July 23, 2020
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