Taylor Swift has announced the release of a new album called Midnights, which will be released on October 21st.
In a note accompanying the album’s announcement, Swift wrote that Midnights comprises “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life.”
“This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams,” she explained. “The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go search – hoping that just maybe, when the clock strikes twelve … we’ll meet ourselves.”
Update – September 16th: A newly released teaser video confirms Jack Antonoff’s involvement as a producer and offers a snippet of music.
Midnights serves as Swift’s tenth full-length to date, and her first original release since dropping folklore and evermore in late 2020. Last year, she released newly recorded versions of Fearless and Red as part of an ongoing project to re-record her first six studio albums in a bid to regain control of her catalog after Scooter Braun bought and then sold the rights to those master recordings without her input. More recently, she teased 1989 (Taylor’s Version) with by releasing “This Love (Taylor’s Version).”
Swift teased the release of Midnights during her acceptance speech for Video of the Year (“All Too Well”) at the 2022 VMAs on Sunday evening. As one fan pointed out, the timing of the announcement coincides with the 13th anniversary of Kanye West famously interrupting Swift’s VMAs acceptance speech. The album’s release date — October 21st — is also the birthday of West’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.
Midnights, the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life, will be out October 21. Meet me at midnight.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 29, 2022