If you just so happened to feel the ground around you rattle a bit last month at the MTV VMA's, that's probs because Taylor Swift announced she's releasing an album in now *checks calendar* just over three weeks. While receiving the top honor at this year's award show, the singer used her acceptance speech to reveal that her tenth studio album will be debuting on October 21, 2022.
“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 the certified anthem “All Too Well (10-minute version).” She continued, “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,” before teasing more details at midnight.
True to her word, Tay shared deets on her social media shortly after the awards show ended, including the title of the upcoming project: Midnights.
And because she always has so much (!!) to give, we can't help but note that the announcement came almost a year after the singer released Red (Taylor's Version) in November 2021, which...was an out of body experience that I'm still actively recovering from lol. Anyway! Here's everything to know about Taylor's upcoming studio album Midnights—get ready to take notes:
What is the new album about?
Real Swifties know that Taylor could legit be writing about produce and the song would be a hit for *at least* 10 weeks, but for those of you who need a bit more than blind faith to keep you going until mid-October, here goes!
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 29, 2022
“This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams. The floors we pace and the demons we face. 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 twelve...we'll meet ourselves. Midnights, the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life, will be out October 21. Meet me at midnight,” Taylor wrote online.
TL;DR: It's gonna be a new classic.
Is there cover art yet?
Yes! And she's stunning! Behold:
Shimmery blue shadow? ✅ Dreamy film quality? ✅ Semi-menacing-but-deeply-alluring flame? ✅ Obsessed already.
How many songs will be on the album?
Oh, just the most Taylor-esque number of all: 13. (Not only is this the singer's lucky number, but it's also the date she was born.) Sadly, the track titles aren't public yet, but we *do* know that there's an A side with a total of six songs as well as a B side with a total of 7 songs.
Do we know any of the names?
In short: yes! Taylor kicked off her “Midnights Mayhem With Me” TikTok series on September 21 at—yep, you guessed it!—12 on the dot. In the premiere episode, the singer dished that she would slowly and randomly reveal the tracklist for Midnights while sitting next to an old-fashioned lottery ball cage with the unrevealed song numbers. Once she chose a ball at random, we'd be clued in to the corresponding title. Okay, leave it to Tay to find *the* most creative way to give us major intel on the album!
The singer took no time during the first episode to choose a ball, and we quickly learned that the title of track 13—her fav number 🥺—would be called “Mastermind.” Her second video came the very next day at the same time, and even featured a very special guest: her cat Meredith. In it, Tay gifted us yet another treat in the form of the name of track 8, “Vigilante Shit,” which marks the first time a curse word has appeared in one of her song titles!!
On September 26, the singer once again posted a vid of her sitting next to the lottery ball machine and announced, “Good evening, and welcome to another episode of ‘Midnights Mayhem With Me.' I’m about to unveil another track from the Midnights album. Here we go!” After giving the cage a couple of spins, the number 7 was chosen and we were told that its name would be “Question...” And just 12 hours ago, the songstress revealed yet another title—this time track number 6—, “Midnight Rain.”
To say I'm obsessed with this series is a serious understatement lol.
Has she dropped any Easter eggs?
Fans think Taylor might be hinting at a Reputation re-release since a line from her acceptance speech acknowledged that her win was “an indication we did something right”—which could be a reference to the song “Call It What You Want” in which she repeats, “I did one thing right.”
Fans also noticed the singer’s stunning, crystal-covered dress was pretty much identical to the one she wore in her “Look What You Made Me Do” music video, which kicked off the Reputation era...plus, she even sported the matching updo! And IDK about you, but this TikTok she posted of herself in the ensemble over Blackpink’s song “Pink Venom” legit SCREAMS the iconic album:
What does the internet have to say about all of this?
Simply put...a lot lol.
— kenz | 5 (@mackenzi_dugan) August 29, 2022
HELP WE REALLY WENT FROM "is taylor even going to the vmas?" TO "NEW ALBUM OCT 21" LMAOAO
— dani 🤍 (@danismidnights) August 29, 2022
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) August 29, 2022
Taylor Swift releasing an album called Midnights (!!) in October (!!!) is a gift to witchy autumn girls everywhere 😭🖤✨
— De Elizabeth (@deelizabeth_) August 29, 2022
found out who my real friends are when taylor swift announced a new album and only 2 people texted me
— cecilia oberdoerster (@ceciliazinnia) August 29, 2022
no cuz i literally woke up thinking i dreamt taylor swift announcing a new album so i woke up disappointed and then realized it was actually real lol
— paris rae (@parisrae13) August 29, 2022
Two words: Fully agree^^
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