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‘folklore’ Is Taylor Swift’s Answer To Releasing An Album Mid-Pandemic

Taylor Swift announced the surprise release of her eighth album, Folklore just yesterday. The Grammy-winning songwriter produced and co-wrote much of the album alongside Aaron Dessner of the National. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon also appears on the record, alongside Taylor Swift’s regular collaborator, Jack Antonoff.

This will be Swift’s eighth album and her second release this year after the Miss Americana single ‘Only The Young’.

Writing on Instagram, Swift said: “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.” She wrote and recorded the music in isolation, collaborating with “some musical heroes” remotely.

“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,” Swift ended her note. “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.” 

Folklore comes less than a year after Swift’s last studio album, Lover, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 867,000 album-equivalent units, marking her sixth consecutive No. 1 album in the United States. The surprise album drop is a new move for Swift, who previously mastered the art of the protracted album rollout full of pre-release singles, music videos and social media clues for eagle-eyed fans. 

The album is dropping the same day as Kanye West is set to drop his own album, potentially re-igniting their old feud.


Tracklist for Taylor Swift’s Folklore:

  1. “The 1”
  2. “Cardigan”
  3. “The Last Great American Dynasty”
  4. “Exile” (featuring Bon Iver)
  5. “My Tears Ricochet”
  6. “Mirrorball”
  7. “Seven”
  8. “August”
  9. “This Is Me Trying”
  10. “Illicit Affairs”
  11. “Invisible String”
  12. “Mad Woman”
  13. “Epiphany”
  14. “Betty”
  15. “Peace”
  16. “Hoax”
  17. “The Lakes” (deluxe physical edition bonus track)
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