Singer Taylor Swift or how her fans like to call her T Swizzle surprised everyone on 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”
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.”
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.”
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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
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.
“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.”
The entire set list:
“The Last Great American Dynasty”
“Exile” (featuring Bon Iver)
“My Tears Ricochet”
“This is Me Trying”
“The Lakes” (Bonus Track)