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Taylor Swift Shares Details On Surprise Studio Album

The artist announced that she’ll drop a new album, “Folklore,” featuring other high-profile collaborators.

Singer Taylor Swift is seen on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2020 in Park City, Utah. | Getty Images
Singer Taylor Swift is seen on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2020 in Park City, Utah. | Getty Images

We are far from out of the woods on national upheaval, but we will be graced by a surprise Taylor Swift album.

Swift announced via Twitter on Thursday that her eighth studio album will drop tonight at midnight. The album “Folklore” will include 16 songs, plus bonus track “The Lakes” — all of which Swift said she wrote and recorded while self-isolating, as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

"Before this year I probably would've overthought when to release this music at a 'perfect' time, but the times we're living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed," Swift wrote in an image posted on Twitter. "My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That's the side of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys so much."

Swift said she collaborated with Aaron Dessner, who co-wrote and produced 11 songs, as well as his fellow The National members, Bon Iver, and Jack Antonoff. Antonoff was closely involved on Swift’s last album “Lover,” not to mention last week’s comeback of “The Chicks” and seemingly every other high-profile woman pop star to date. 

The artist’s latest record may be a “surprise,” but it looks like the result of characteristically impeccable planning. The black-and-white photography behind the project featured on her website resembles a Free People catalogue. 

“Because this is my 8th studio album, I made 8 deluxe CD editions and 8 deluxe vinyl editions that are available for one week,” Swift wrote on Instagram. 

This album drop comes after Swift was named Artist of the Decade at the 2019 American Music Awards. It also follows an increasingly political awakening for Swift, who had long stayed mum on her views, as well as the January release of her documentary “Miss Americana,” in which the historically private artist opened up about her struggles as a rising star in the music industry.