It's been over two years since her world-conquering '1989'. Here's what we know about the follow-up, 'Reputation'
With ‘1989‘, Taylor Swift became even more phenomenally famous than she was before. Since its release, fans have been eagerly awaiting new music from the singer. When will it turn up? What will it sound like? When will we be able to see her perform it live? Here are all the answers we have so far.
What’s the name of Taylor Swift’s new album?
The new Taylor Swift album will be called ‘Reputation‘. This is the musician’s sixth studio album.
When will the new Taylor Swift album be released?
Taylor has announced that ‘Reputation’ will be released on November 10 2017.
What will it sound like?
It was reported earlier this year that Swift had recruited Drake to help her make an album of “edgier R&B and hip-hop sounds”. The news came from an unnamed source so should be taken with a pinch of salt, but neither Taylor or Drake’s camps have denied the claims, which could suggest they’re true. Other than that, we’ve no real clues as yet.
On October 13, 100 very lucky fans were given the chance to hear ‘Reputation’ before anyone else. According to attendees at the secret listening party in London, the singer “picked all 100 of us herself” after “stalking” them on Twitter for the past year. “She has lurked me without me knowing,” wrote one fan.
One Twitter user said: “No album comes close to this one. It really tells a story,” adding that there was one particularly emotional song during which “literally everyone was sobbing.” Fans report receiving chicken nuggets, and ‘Reputation’-customised cookies and M&Ms throughout the evening. They also write that Swift was “the happiest she has ever been” and “the most happy I have seen her”.
Quickfire follow-up ‘Ready For It?’, the album’s official second single, is another mix of defiance and accusation. “Baby, let the games begin,” she sings, in a nod to the talk surrounding her next moves.
Taylor’s been doing a whistle-stop tour of London this October, where she’s believe to be filming a new music video. On October 15, she paid a surprise visit to Kentish Delight, a North London kebab shop.
Taylor’s also revealed a lyric video for ‘Gorgeous’:
And track number 14 on the album, ‘Call It What You Want’.
Do we know the tracklisting?
Yes! Taylor’s now released the full track list via a post on Instagram. The 15 song tracklist is:
‘…Ready For It?’
‘End Game’ (feat. Ed Sheeran and Future)
‘I Did Something Bad’
‘Don’t Blame Me’
‘Look What You Made Me Do’
‘So It Goes…’
‘King Of My Heart’
‘Dancing With Our Hands Tied’
‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’
‘Call It What You Want’
‘New Year’s Day’
Are there any guest appearances?
The ‘Reputation’ track-listing has revealed that Tay’s bestie Ed Sheeran, as well as rapper Future will appear on the second track of the album, ‘End Game’.
Have we seen any artwork yet?
Yes. The ‘Reputation’ album artwork features the singer in black and white, with newsprint covering her right hand side. When you look at the text closely, you can see that all the words say ‘Taylor Swift’. The artwork has triggered multiple memes online. See the cover below:
Who has she been working with?
As well as the Drake collaboration rumours, the pop star is said to have worked with Kesha on new music. It’s not been officially confirmed, but the latter posted a selfie on Instagram with the caption: “Making a FUCK OFF song with a casual Grammy award-winning secret person”. Fans have guessed that award-winner is Swift, especially seeing as the photo shows Kesha in Max Martin’s studio. The producer was one of the collaborators on ‘1989’, of course.