Is Taylor Swift Dropping a Surprise New Album? 6 Things She Must Address
It's time, Tay. Taylor Swift has released new music every two years since 2006 — so where's the next record? A new theory suggests that the pop star will drop a surprise album on October 23.
The Washington Post's Emily Yahr came up with the specific date, and her reasoning is pretty convincing. It's one day before the anniversary of Swift's self-titled debut album, and all of the numbers added up together (10/23/16) come to 13, Swift's favorite number. (The most recent offering, of course, was her blockbuster, Grammy-winning 1989, which dropped on October 27, 2014.)
Swift has a ton of material to write about. Here, Us Weekly has rounded up 6 things that she must (pretty please!) address — starting with her headline-making recent romances and splits. Find out what we hope to hear in her new album in the video above, and detailed below!
1. Calvin Harris Romance
The "Style" singer is known for taking pen to paper to write about her famous exes. She's previously wrote songs about Jake Gyllenhaal, Harry Styles, John Mayer, Taylor Lautner and Joe Jonas. So, why wouldn't Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston make the cut?
Us confirmed in June that Swift and the Scottish DJ, 32, amicably split after 15 months of dating. The following month, things looked less than amicable when Harris accused Swift of making him "look bad" when it was revealed that she ghost-wrote his hit "This Is What You Came For." Despite his heated tweets, however, the two have recently started texting again.
"They are going to run into each other around town and at events, and they need it to be cool," a source told Us last month. "They are cool again but absolutely [have] no plans to get back together. It was more of an olive branch between them."
2. Tom Hiddleston Split
Shortly after that breakup, Swift dated Thor star Hiddleston, 35, for three months. (Us broke the news of their split in September.) The "Blank Space" singer didn't wallow, however. She's been spending time with pals like Lily Aldridge and Cara Delevingne, and (wait for it!) has been working on new music in the studio, according to another close pal, Gigi Hadid.
3. Kimye Feud
Swift writes about more than just former flames, of course. She's previously reflected on the, well, bad blood she's had with Katy Perry and Camilla Belle. Frenemies that she's yet to discuss include Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. This year, Swift reignited her feud with Kimye over the rapper's controversial "Famous" lyrics.
"I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous," he raps on his track. West was referencing the time he ambushed Swift on stage when she was accepting the Video of the Year award at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009.
Swift's rep told Us that the remark was "misogynistic." West, meanwhile, insisted Swift knew about the line. In July, Kardashian posted, via Snapchat, a recording of the musicians speaking about the song on the phone. Swift retaliated by posting on Instagram that it was "character assassination."
The trio haven't appeared to make up just yet. Last month, West fueled the flames even more when he sang "Famous" three times during a concert in Swift's hometown of Nashville. "F--k Taylor Swift," he chanted to the crowd.
4. Squad 4 Life
From the runway to the studio! Swift could totally give a shout-out to her gal pals, aka her girl squad. From boy talk to baking in the kitchen, Swift's new album could potentially have another song like "22." Swift enlisted some of her gal pals to star in the upbeat music video for the 2012 hit.
Swift usually has her famous friends by her side. They always get an invite to her annual Fourth of July bash, and she even asked a bunch of them to join her on stage during her 1989 concerts. This week, member Hailee Steinfeld told BBC Radio 1 that the gang keep in touch with a WhatsApp group chat.
In addition to Steinfeld, other members of the girl squad include Selena Gomez, Aldridge, Hadid, Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Lena Dunham, Lorde, Martha Hunt and Jaime King.
5. Demi Lovato Drama
Swift and Lovato had a falling out years ago — and the former Disney star won't let anyone forget it. Back in February, Lovato slammed Swift after the "Style" singer donated $250,000 to Kesha amid her lawsuit against Dr. Luke. "Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I'll be impressed," Lovato tweeted.
Earlier this month, Lovato touched on the subject again while speaking about feminism with Glamour magazine. She even sniped at Swift's girl squad. "I think that having a song and a video about tearing Perry down, that’s not women’s empowerment," she said, referring to Swift's 2014 song "Bad Blood". "We all do things that aren’t, but I have to ask myself, Am I content with calling myself a feminist? Yes, because I speak out."
6. Cat Lady Goodness
Bonus! Because, why not? Swift is obsessed with her felines, Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson — and so are her fans. The star often shares adorable videos of the kitties on social media.
Swift could have been inspired to cover the cute subject, too. In August 2015, Swift and Lisa Kudrow sang the actress' TV hit "Smelly Cat" during the 1989 World Tour in L.A. Kudrow often belted out the tune at Central Perk as Phoebe Buffay in the comedy smash Friends.
For more topics that Swift should cover — and suggested song titles she should use — watch the video above!
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