Pop mega-star Taylor Swift shocked the audience at the 2022 VMAs, as well as the press and, perhaps most importantly, her fans, when she made the surprise announcement that a new studio album was on the way.
Picking up several awards throughout the evening, jaws hit the floor when she said: ‘Because you’ve been so generous, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand-new album comes out on October 21.’
Since then, we’ve learned more and more about the record, titled ‘Midnights’.
And yep, you guessed it – the album is being released at midnight. However, that’s 12am EST – making it 5am in the UK on Friday, October 21.
Those who have pre-saved the album on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music will be able to listen from the second the clock strikes five.
The album title and song names were released in true Taylor style, with the US superstar been playing a form of online bingo with Swifties.
Taylor videoed herself picking out numbered ping pongs and then telling her fans the song title that corresponded to the number, leaving it entirely to chance. She called the mini-series ‘Midnights Mayhem With Me.’
Track four of the album, ‘Snow On The Beach’, will feature Lana Del Rey, and Taylor has described the song as being about ‘falling in love with someone at the same time as they are falling in love with you, in this sort of cataclysmic, fated moment…’
A brand-new tour has recently been confirmed to be accompanying the album with a pre-sale ticket code available with the album pre-order.
Taylor Swift has been one of the names floated for the Glastonbury Festival 2023 line-up, though that’s not exactly unusual for Taylor.
She was eventually billed to headline the festival in 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic forced the festival’s cancellation. Though it was thought she might remain on the bill for the festival’s return in 2022, the headline slots went to Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish, and Sir Paul McCartney.