Taylor Swift announces new album “folklore” to drop at midnight

American pop queen Taylor Swift is releasing a surprise eighth studio album titled “folklore”  at midnight on Thursday.

Swift announced the release of the album in a “surprise” tweet on Thursday, she wrote, “an entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into”.

The tweet of the famous singer also included a photo of the album’s cover art as well as a longer statement where Swift confirmed the album will feature collaborations with Bon Iver among other artists.

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She wrote: “Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I had planned that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise!”

She added: “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).

“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.”

Swift added that the album will have 16 songs on the standard edition. A bonus song, “The Lakes” will be included on physical deluxe editions.

There will be eight deluxe CDs and vinyls available for one week after the album’s release, and each deluxe edition will have “unique covers & photos.”

The album is available for pre-order on Swift’s website.

The singer also announced that a music video for “Cardigan” will also be out at midnight as well, which she wrote and directed.

“Folklore” comes just nine months after the release of Swift’s seventh album “Lover” in August 2019, marking the fastest turn-around time between albums for the artist.

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