To all Swifties: A new album is on the way.
While receiving the top honour at MTV’s annual Video Music Awards, the 32-year-old singer used her acceptance speech to announce her 10th studio album would come out on 21 October.
“You guys, I’m just so proud of what we made, and I know that every second of this moment that we wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it weren’t for you, the fans,” she told the audience, while accepting the video of the year award for her song All Too Well (10-minute version).
“Because I wouldn’t be able to re-record my album [Red (Taylor’s Version)] if it weren’t for you. You emboldened me to do that. And I had sort of made up my mind that if you were going to be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand new album comes out October 21st. And I will tell you more at midnight.”
At midnight, Swift’s official website crashed. On social media, she shared the title and cover of the 13-track album, describing it as “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life”.
“This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams,” Swift wrote on Instagram. “For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching — hoping that just maybe, when the clock strikes 12… we’ll meet ourselves.”
The album cover features a cat-eyelinered, glittery-eye-shadowed Swift contemplating the flame from a lighter. She concludes her social media statement with, “Meet me at midnight.”
Midnights will be Swift’s 10th studio album, and her first album of new songs in almost two years.
Last year Swift broke a record set 50 years ago by the Beatles, for the fastest accumulation of three No 1 albums in the UK. Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Folklore and Evermore all hit No 1 in the UK in the space of 259 days, beating the record of 364 days set by the Beatles between 1965 and 1966.
Taylor Swift wrote, directed, and appeared in the film, which expands on the rerecorded Taylor’s Version of the song from her 2012 album, Red.
“All Too Well: The Short Film” marks the third time Swift has walked away with Video of the Year at the VMAs. She was honored in 2015 for “Bad Blood” and in 2019 for “You Need to Calm Down.”
On Sunday, the short also nabbed Swift VMAs for Best Longform Video and Best Direction.
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