Taylor Swift announced a new album as she won the top honor at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday.
Swift made her bombshell at the end of the performance, hosted by LL Cool J, Jack Harlow, and Nicki Minaj. The singer expressed her gratitude for being recognized among such excellent directors and performers as she accepted the top honor of the evening. We couldn’t have produced this short film without the audience’s support, and I’m so happy with what we accomplished every moment. If it weren’t for you, she said, “I wouldn’t be able to re-record my albums… You gave me the confidence to do that.”
Swift revealed late Sunday that her tenth studio album, “Midnights,” would be released on October 21. According to Swift’s social media posts, “Midnights” is “the story of 13 sleepless nights strewn throughout my life.” She continued, “This collection of late-night music, a voyage through terrors and lovely dreams. “The demons we confront and the floors we pace.” Swift is seen posing at a table in low light, resting her head in one hand while holding out the receiver of a landline phone in the other in an Instagram photo that will undoubtedly be combed through for clues.
In less than two years, Swift’s fifth studio album, “Midnights,” is now available for pre-order on her website and on “moonstone blue marble” vinyl, CD, cassette, and download. Folklore and evermore, two LPs she recorded while in isolation, were released in 2020. “Folklore” won the Grammy for Album of the year and will be released in July 2020. The first in her planned series of re-recorded replicas of her previous albums, “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” and “Red (Taylor’s Version),” appeared in 2021. This action was triggered by the sale of Swift’s previous record label without her consent, which gave her new authority over her recordings.
Taylor Swift has a long history of having career-defining moments at the annual VMAs, from being interrupted onstage by Kanye West to winning video of the year in 2015 for “Bad Blood.” But on Sunday night’s (August 28) show, she outdid them all by announcing her 10th studio album and winning video of the year, one of the night’s most important prizes, for her independently directed “All Too Well” music video.
Naturally, this came as a shock to the Swiftie community, whose members had only been confident a few hours earlier that the singer of “I Bet You Think About Me” would even be attending this year’s VMAs. As well as speculating about which of Swift’s rerecorded albums (Speak Now? 1989? Reputation?) she planned to release after Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version), they had also spent the previous few months discussing it. Many people hadn’t even considered creating a brand-new album.
Swifties are very excited for her next release. Since a new version of “Bad Blood” from that Album was featured in the soundtrack to the upcoming animated comedy film “DC League of Super-Pets,” fans have been speculating about a potential new version of “1989,” her pop breakout from 2014.
Fans are Excited about her new Album. Since the eligibility period for the 65th annual Grammy Awards ceremony concludes on September 30, “Midnights” will be too late to be eligible for the next ceremony. The Album has a good chance of becoming one of the biggest commercial successes of the year, rivaling releases like Harry Styles’ “Harry’s House” (which had the biggest opening of the year thanks in part to vinyl sales), Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti,” “Encanto.”
Is it just me, or does anyone else still feel that Taylor Swift’s unexpected appearance at the VMAs, winning three awards, and surprising announcement of her 10th studio album was simply a long, fantastic fever dream? On Twitter, one perplexed supporter wrote.
Another person, who hadn’t planned on staying up until midnight on Sunday to see Swift’s news, wrote, “Taylor swift announcing an album called midnights and then depriving me of mine is such a Taylor swift thing to do.”
Based on Swift’s artwork and description after the announcement, some Swifties have already started formulating predictions about Midnights. One person remarked, “Track five on midnights is about to be the most track five track five Taylor swift has ever track five,” alluding to the Folklore singer’s penchant for placing her most heartfelt tracks at the fifth position on each of her albums’ track lists.
Another person commented, “I spend all my nights overthinking, making up fictitious scenarios, sobbing, and wondering what I could have done better in the past. “Taylor Swift’s Midnights is for me.”