Say a midnight prayer for the Swifties in your life—we’re going to need it. Following Taylor Swift’s surprise appearance and well-deserved wins for her “All Too Well” short film at this year's MTV VMAs, the singer-songwriter shocked fans by announcing that her tenth studio album Midnights is coming October 21.
“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,” Swift wrote in a first-look promotional post shared via Instagram. “Midnights, the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life, will be out October 21. Meet me at midnight.”
The forthcoming record will have 13 tracks in an homage to her favorite number. It will also be her first album since the joint release of Folklore and Evermore in 2020, with the exception of two rerecorded albums she dropped in 2021: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version).
Secret agent Swift prides herself on her ability to hide big projects and announcements from the public. Nevertheless, there have been signs that a new album cycle could be coming soon. Recently the habitually ultraprivate star has been spotted about town more and more.
And the glamorous look Swift wore to the 2022 VMAs—an Oscar de la Renta naked dress dripping in crystals, paired with bejeweled cat eyes and a bright red lip—marked a major stylistic shift from the pastoral “cardigan and a nap dress” vibe of her Folklore era. But there’'s nothing more Taylor than a dramatic pivot.
Stay tuned—we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
Originally Appeared on Glamour