Taylor Swift released on Friday her seventh studio album Lover after dropping a music video for the project’s title track.
Taylor Swift has surprised fans not only with the announcement of her new album Folklore, but that it will be released tonight at midnight EST in the US and 5am (24th July) in the UK.
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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, folklore. Surprise 🤗Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine; @aarondessner (who has co-written or produced 11 of the 16 songs), @boniver (who co-wrote and was kind enough to sing on one with me), William Bowery (who co-wrote two with me) and @jackantonoff (who is basically musical family at this point). Engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, mixed by Serban Ghenea & Jon Low. The album photos were shot by the amazing @bethgarrabrant. 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. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys so much ♥️
Signalling to fans that an announcement was on the way Taylor posted a mosaic set of images of her within the forest on Instagram. It was then revealed the images (Shot by Beth Garrabrant) when put together made up the cover art for her new release Folklore. Accompanying the cover art came the announcement of her eighth studio album which was written and recorded during isolation.
The track listing for Folklore is as followed:
1. The 1
3. The Last American Dynasty
4. Exile (ft. Bon Iver)
5. My Tears Ricochet
9. This Is Me Trying
10. Illicit Affairs
11. Invisible String
12. Mad Woman
17. The Lakes (Bonus Track)
Lover is available in stores and on music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, Tidal, Sound Cloud and YouTube Music, among others.
The fantasy clip mostly takes place inside a snow globe
Taylor Swift has released the music video for her latest single ‘Lover’ – watch the colourful clip above
The song is the title track from the singer’s brand new album, which has been released today (August 23). It follows two years on from 2017’s ‘Reputation’.
Swift has now shared the visuals for ‘Lover’, which takes place largely within a snow globe. Swift and actor/dancer Christian Owens are the stars of the romantic fantasy clip, showing them in various scenes in a fancy home within the snow globe. The singer co-directed the video along with Drew Kirsch.
The album contains 18 tracks including “I ForGot That You Existed,” “Cruel Summer,” “Lover,” “The Man,” “The Archer,” “I Think He Knows,” “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince,” “Paper Rings,” “Cornelia Street,” “Death By a Thousand Cuts,” “London Boy,” “Soon You’ll Get Better” featuring the Dixie Chicks, “False God,” “You Need to Calm Down,” “Afterglow,” “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie, “It’s Nice to Have a Friend,” and “Daylight.”
“The album is very much a celebration of love, in all its complexity, coziness and chaos. It’s the first album of mine that I’ve ever owned, and I couldn’t be more proud. I’m so excited that #Lover is out NOW,” Swift tweeted on Thursday.
According with Nielsen Swift’s Reputation scored the best-selling week of 2017 – and became the year’s highest-selling album in total so far – as the singer’s latest Number One LP sold over 1.2 million copies in its debut week.
fourth time Swift crossed the platinum plateau in an opening week – following 2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s Red and 2014’s 1989 – making her the first artist to achieve four million-selling weeks, Billboard reports. Reputation also notched the 10th best sales week in Nielsen Music history.
Reputation is Swift’s sixth studio album and was released on Nov. 10 through Big Machine Records. It is her fifth No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Dec. 2-dated chart (where Reputation launches at No. 1).According to Nielsen, Reputation sold an astonishing 41 percent more albums than the other 199 albums on this week’s Billboard 200 combined.
A recent journalistic investigation from BBC questioned why does Taylor Swift write so many one-note melodies?
Take, for example, her first US number one, Our Song. establishes another of Taylor’s trademarks: The one-note melody. These static vocal lines, where she sings at one pitch for a sustained period, crop up on all of her her albums – and increase in frequency when she switches lanes from country to pop.
You can hear it on all four songs she’s released ahead of her new record, Reputation, which comes out this Friday. It’s most apparent on the lead single, Look What You Made Me Do, where the entire chorus is delivered in a sinister monotone.
But it’s less of a cop-out than you might think, and here’s why. Repetitive melodies that centre around a single note are part of that appeal. They emphasise her relatability by mimicking the cadence of speech.
It helps that her lyrics are effortlessly conversational and vernacular. “We are never, ever getting back together” is a clumsy song title but it makes perfect sense in Taylor’s brand of teen-speak. The impression is that you’re hanging out with a friend, chatting about boys (and it’s almost always about boys)…