Taylor Swift announced on social media that she will be dropping her eighth album. The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter shocked fans with the announcement. Her eighth album, Folklore, was scheduled for release at midnight EST on July 23.
“Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album,” she wrote. According to Swift, she wrote and recorded the music while in isolation. Adding that despite this, she still got to collaborate with some of her musical heroes.
For this album, Swift produced and co-wrote most of the songs with Aaron Dessner, Bon Iver, and Jack Antonoff.
According to Dessner, Swift approached him back in April to talk about writing songs together. “The momentum never really stopped,” he wrote on Twitter.
Swift added, “Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world.”
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This album immediately follows Swift’s 2019 album, Lover.
According to Swift, she’s “poured all of [her] whims, dreams, fears and musings” into the album.
The singer has remained relatively quiet for the earlier part of 2020. Since the release of her Netflix documentary, Miss Americana. The premiere of the music video of the song “Cardigan” will kickstart the album’s release.
Prior to the album’s release, Taylor Swift revealed the track list, which consists of sixteen songs and one bonus track. It includes a collaboration with the American folk band, Bon Iver.
Meanwhile, Kanye West has also announced that he will release his new record, Donda: With Child, on Friday. West and Swift’s well-known rivalry started back in 2009. When West famously interrupted Swift’s VMA speech.