Taylor Swift Surprises Fans with New Album, ‘Folklore’

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One good thing to come out of the coronavirus pandemic is new of a new album from pop superstar Taylor Swift.

The 30-year-old surprised fans on Wednesday night (July 23), with the announcement of her new album called folklore, to be released Thursday night (July 24) at midnight.

“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, she wrote alongside a black and white photo of herself standing in the forest. “And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise 🤗Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into.”

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She went on to give credit to those she collaborated with including, “@aarondessner (who has co-written or produced 11 of the 16 songs), @boniver (who co-wrote and was kind enough to sing on one with me), William Bowery (who co-wrote two with me) and @jackantonoff (who is basically musical family at this point). Engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, mixed by Serban Ghenea & Jon Low. The album photos were shot by the amazing @bethgarrabrant.”

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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. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise 🤗Tonight at midnight 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; @aarondessner (who has co-written or produced 11 of the 16 songs), @boniver (who co-wrote and was kind enough to sing on one with me), William Bowery (who co-wrote two with me) and @jackantonoff (who is basically musical family at this point). Engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, mixed by Serban Ghenea & Jon Low. The album photos were shot by the amazing @bethgarrabrant. 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. Love you guys so much ♥️

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She went on to say, “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. Love you guys so much ♥️.”

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Taylor then shared all the songs that will be included on her much anticipated album.

“folklore will have 16 songs on the standard edition, but the physical deluxe editions will include a bonus track called “the lakes,” she added. “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.”

In addition, Taylor announced that the music video for the song “cardigan, which Taylor wrote and directed, will premiere Thursday night (July 24) at midnight alongside the album.

“A million thank you’s to my brilliant, bad ass video team – cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, producer Jil Hardin, executive producer Rebecca Skinner, AD Joe ‘Oz’ Osbourne, editor Chancler Haynes, special effects wizards David Lebensfeld & Grant Miller, and set designer Ethan Tobman,” she wrote. “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.”

Midnight can’t come soon enough.

folklore Track Listing

“the I”
“cardigan”
“the last great american dynasty”
“exile” (featuring bon iver)
“my tears ricochet”
“mirrorball”
“seven”
“august”
“this is me trying”
“illicit affairs”
“invisible string”
“mad woman”
“epiphany”
“betty”
“peace”
“hoax”
BONUS TRACK: “the lakes”