Taylor Swift has shot down rumours that she has a sneaky third album called Woodvale on the way, blaming the speculation on a graphic design error.
After the 31-year-old dropped her second surprise album of the year, Evermore, last week, the Swiftie fandom was ablaze with speculation that a third record was on its way.
You see, fans noticed the faint phrase ‘Woodvale’ hidden in the trees in the artwork for Taylor’s first album of 2020, Folklore, and seeing as the star is a big fan of hiding Easter eggs in her work, many reckoned this was foreshadowing another eight-letter album.
But it turns out this Easter egg was actually just a printing error.
The Cardigan singer appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where the chat show host demanded to know whether Woodvale was the finale in the trilogy.
Taylor, appearing via videolink, said: ‘Okay, well, this takes a bit of explanation. So I tend to be sort of annoyingly secret agent-y about dropping clues and hints and Easter eggs. It’s very annoying but it’s fun for fans and it’s fun for me because they like to pick up on things… and then, sometimes I take it too far and I make a mistake.
‘Basically, when I was making Folklore, I was too afraid to even unveil the title of the album to even my closest teammates and management. I didn’t tell anybody the album title until right before it came out. And so I came up with a fake code name that had the same amount of letters as Folkore, chose a random name, chose “Woodvale.”’
Taylor mocked up the name on the album covers to see how it would look, before deciding she didn’t want the name on the artwork but then ‘we forgot to take the fake code name off of one of them’.
The star laughed as Jimmy said: ‘This album is like the third season of Lost.People are finding clues where there aren’t them.’
Taylor added: ‘Evermore had the code name “November,” but we remembered to take it off all the mockups of the album covers, so we learned our lesson.’
Still, that doesn’t explain the other so-called clues Swifties have discovered in the latest Taylor era.
Fans believe that the three coloured cardigans on sale on Taylor’s merch store, as well as the tan, grey and teal star confetti that came in some shipments of Folklore, signal that a third offering of music is coming.
But with just two weeks left in the year, we reckon Taylor deserves a little bit of R&R.
Evermore has received critical acclaim, with many publications noting its contrast to Folklore, and features collaborations with Haim, The National and Bon Iver.
Credit: Original article published here.