Surprise! Taylor Swift announces new album, ‘folklore,’ coming at midnight

Taylor Swift made a surprise announcement this morning, revealing that she’s releasing a new album, folklore, at midnight tonight.

“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,” the global music superstar and 10-time Grammy winner wrote on Instagram, along with a black and white photo of her alone in the woods. “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,” she continued. “I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine.”

Among those collaborators are Bon Iver and Jack Antonoff, the latter of whom’s worked with Taylor on her previous albums 1989, Reputation and Lover.

“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,” Taylor 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. Love you guys so much.”

folklore will include 16 tracks, but the deluxe version will feature a bonus track called “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,” Taylor added. “Each deluxe edition has unique covers, photos, and artwork. Available exclusively at taylorswift.com.”

Taylor also revealed the music video for the track “cardigan” will debut tonight, which she wrote and directed.

Here’s the folklore track list:

“the 1”
“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: “lakes”

By Andrea Tuccillo
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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

 

 

folklore will have 16 songs on the standard edition, but the physical deluxe editions will include a bonus track “the lakes.” Because this is my 8th studio album, I made 8 deluxe CDs & 8 deluxe vinyls available for 1 week😄 Each has unique covers & photos https://t.co/zSHpnhUlLb pic.twitter.com/tG34e0MpgJ

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 23, 2020

 

 

The music video for “cardigan” will premiere tonight, which I wrote/directed. 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 pic.twitter.com/2hNXnzFbwY

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 23, 2020

 

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