Taylor Swift keeps on giving.
On Sept. 21, 2022, at midnight (of course), she released a TikTok video to begin her series "Midnights Mayhem With Me" to reveal her track listing one by one. The first track revealed, via a bingo ball cage, was Track 13 ("because of course"), called "Mastermind."
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Swift's most recent sales announcement was her Midnights Lavender Edition.
Available exclusively at Target, the Midnights Lavender Edition vinyl features a marbled, pale purple record. The cover art matches the regular Midnights edition, save for pale purple text instead of deep blue.
The Midnights Lavender Edition CD features three bonus tracks, also available exclusively from Target.
Here's everything we know so far about Midnights by Taylor Swift, including its release date, tracks, Swiftie fan theories, Easter eggs and more. Be sure to check back for updates as they arrive! (And one Easter egg already figured out: "Midnights" may be a reference to the lyric "I want your midnights" from Swift's 2017 reputation closing track "New Year's Day.")
Everything to Know About Taylor Swift's Midnights
When does Taylor Swift Midnights come out?
Midnights will drop at, appropriately, midnight on Oct. 21, 2022.
Swift often releases albums in the fall (heck, Red became a meme for #sadgirlautumn following every "Hot Girl Summer"), but Swifties were quick to note some potentially deeper meanings to this particular release date: For one, the numbers 10+2+1 add up to 13, Swift's lucky number—and it's also her nemesis Kim Kardashian's birthday. While it's obviously possible (probable, even!) that these are both mere coincidences, in Swiftie-land, there are no coincidences.
What is Taylor Swift's Midnights about?
Swift said that Midnights is about "the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout [her] life."
"We lie awake in love and in fear, in turmoil and in tears. We stare at walls and drink until they speak back. We twist in our self-made ages and pray that we aren’t—right this minute—about to make some fateful life-altering mistake," she wrote in her album announcement.
She continued, "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."
How many songs are on Taylor Swift's Midnights?
Midnights will have 13 tracks—Swift's famous lucky number, of course. The Target exclusive Midnights Lavender Edition CD will have three bonus tracks for a total of 16.
It remains unknown so far whether other potential Midnights deluxe editions will have more songs or if bonus tracks will be released "from the vault" at some point in the future.
What is the Taylor Swift Midnights cover art?
The main cover art for Midnights features Swift with her hair down, rocking sparkly blue eyeshadow, winged black eyeliner, and pink lipstick. She looks down at an out-of-focus flame from a lighter. The Midnights title is written in gradients of blue over a white background, and text reading "Side A" and "Side B" accompanies a track list of just numbered songs.
Of course, in her complete and proud capitalist nature, Swift will release several other limited editions of Midnights with different covers. The singer made the announcement on TikTok (or "Swiftok," of course) on Sept. 1, 2022.
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One of the editions is the Jade Green edition. The text is in a deep green gradient and features Swift lounging on a wicker chest-like bench with one foot resting on a plush chair. Next to her is a keyboard, and she stares at a vinyl record on the carpet to her right. The vibe is very "late night 1970s." There is wood paneling on the wall behind her that's also the backdrop of her online store for Midnights.
The Midnights Blood Moon special edition vinyl is designed to resemble, well, a blood moon. In the cover art, which features dark, warm reddish-brown text, we see Swift once more in a wood-paneled room, sitting on a plush midnight blue chair holding a landline phone receiver. She appears pensive, which one might if they were stuck in the decade before their birth.
A third special edition is the Midnights Mahogany edition. On the cover art, an apparently unhappy Swift has her eyes closed and her hand over one side of her face as she sits against a wood-paneled wall.
What is Taylor Swift's Midnights tracklist?
No full tracklist is available yet, but watch this space for updates! Here's what we do know so far: There will be 13 tracks on the album, divided into "Side A" and "Side B" (like for classic vinyl and cassette releases). "Side A" will have the first six songs, and "Side B" houses the remaining seven.
The Midnights Lavender Edition CD from Target will have three bonus tracks and obviously doesn't have a "Side A" or "Side B."
The track listing is as follows so far:
What is Taylor Swift's Midnights track 5?
Every Swift album's fifth song is usually her most gut-wrenching and emotional lyrically. Her past "track 5s" have included "Cold As You" from her self-titled debut; "White Horse" from Fearless; the vicious, John Mayer-inspired "Dear John" from Speak Now; fan-favorite and likely Jake Gyllenhaal-migraine-inducer "All Too Well" from Red; "All You Had to Do Was Stay" from 1989, "Delicate" from reputation, "The Archer" from Lover; the vicious "my tears ricochet" from folklore; and "tolerate it" from evermore.
While we don't yet have a title for the fifth track of Midnights, watch this space for updates (and, obviously, breathless Swifties' analysis).
Is Taylor Swift working with Jack Antonoff on Midnights?
Swift's longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff is back for Midnights after having contributed tracks to 1989, Reputation, Lover, folklore, and evermore. She confirmed his work on the project in an Instagram video set to the song "Life You Lead" by Niceboy Ed—who just happens to be a pal of her longtime boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
Is Taylor Swift releasing a new album in 2022?
Swift is indeed dropping a new album this year! She announced that her next record will be called Midnights, sending fans into a tizzy just after midnight on Aug. 29, 2022.
What is Taylor Swift's new song 2022?
We know the final track from Midnights so far. Track 13 is called "Mastermind," Swift announced on Sept. 22, 2022. She didn't reveal whether it would be released as a single.