The surprises just keep coming. After shaking up the music industry with her comeback track ‘ME!’ featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, Taylor Swift is back in the game to officially announce the arrival of her forthcoming album… and we can’t calm down.
Here’s everything we know about TS7 so far.
Her new album is called Lover.
In typical Taylor Swift fashion, the ‘ME!’ songstress made the grand reveal through a spontaneous Instagram Live session with Swifties, where she unveiled the title of her seventh studio album – aptly titled Lover (well, she’s got a long list of ex lovers after all).
Going live tomorrow on Instagram at 5pm ET 😁 pic.twitter.com/l4tnhj84tG
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 12, 2019
But betcha didn’t know that her album title was actually hidden in the music video of ‘ME!’, which was filled with a ton of easter eggs. In an interview with Independent, she hinted that “you see it once and you hear it twice”. Any eagle-eyed Swifties managed to spot it?
There will be 18 tracks on the album.
T-Swift revealed that Lover will feature a total of 18 tracks, which makes it her longest album yet. 2017’s Reputation had 15 tracks, while 2014’s 1989 had 13 tracks.
It’s a “very romantic” album.
We think it’s safe to say that the old Taylor is truly dead. Leaving her Reputation era behind, she lets her lover instincts take over in Lover. “It’s very romantic and not just simply thematically, like it’s all love songs or something,” she added. “I think you can find romance in loneliness, sadness or going through conflicts in your life. It just kind of looks at those things with a romantic gaze.”
Lover, album out August 23. Cover shot by the artistic genius that is @valheria123 💗 Pre-add, pre-save, pre-order (all the pre stuff you feel like doing) Can’t wait for you to hear this. https://t.co/SGjcCUYZdM pic.twitter.com/IPy54raQUF
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 13, 2019
Her second single just dropped.
A month and a half after the release of the Brendon Urie-assisted ‘ME!’, Taylor finally dropped the much-anticipated follow-up single ‘You Need To Calm Down’. An accompanying music video will come out on 17 June, where she will first premiere on Good Morning America before going on YouTube. Meanwhile, check out the colourful lyrical video below:
More collaborations on the way?
Besides new music, the pop star also has a fashion collaboration with British fashion designer Stella McCartney in the works. In the Instagram Live, Taylor revealed that the clothing line will be inspired by the Lover album. “She’s a woman I respect so much,” she said of Stella McCartney. “I respect what she creates and how she creates it. There’s so much whimsy and imagination to the clothing that she designs, and I’ve worn a lot of her stuff recently.”
And there’s more. Just a few days ago, Katy Perry sparked collaboration rumours when she posted and tagged Taylor in a picture of a cookie platter on Instagram. The words “peace at last” are written on top of the plate along with the location tag “Let’s Be Friends” – to which Taylor commented with 13 pink heart emojis. 13. OF. THEM. Need we say more?
The album will be released in August.
The date you’re looking for is 23 August. And it should come as no surprise to ardent Swifties who should’ve known that Taylor’s favourite number is none other than 13. Add up 8, 2 and 3 and you get the magic number. Voila.
Taylor Swift’s new album Lover is available for preorder now.
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