Taylor Swift announces surprise new album

The album was recorded during isolation


Taylor Swift has announced the surprise release of her eighth studio album.

The singer recorded the album, entitled Folklore, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Posting photos of herself in the woods, Taylor wrote on Instagram:  “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.”


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Taylor continied: “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,” she added.

Taylor also shared a track list for the album, which includes 16 songs.

The news comes less than a year after Taylor released her seventh studio album, Lover, in August 2019.