Taylor Swift to release surprise eighth album ‘Folklore’ tonight

It features collaborations with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, The National's Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff

Taylor Swift has announced she will release a new album  tonight (July 24), featuring collaborations with the likes of Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon, The National‘s Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff.

The record, her first since 2019’s ‘Lover’, will be released tonight (23 July) at midnight EST in the US and 5am in the UK.

Posting on Instagram, Swift said the new record was an opportunity for her to pour out “all of my whims, dreams, fears.”

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The release comes after coronavirus forced the singer to cancel all of her touring commitments – including a huge headline slot at Glastonbury.

“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,” she wrote.

Swift went on to explain that the record will feature an array of star-studded guests, including Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, and The National’s Aaron Dessner. Dessner has since confirmed that his brother Bryce and bandmate Bryan Devendorf also feature on it.

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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. 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 ♥️

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Swift added: “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.”

The record was engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, and mixed by Serban Ghenea and Low.

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The singer also shared the tracklisting, which you can see in full below, and confirmed that the music video for album track ‘Cardigan’ will debut tonight.

The release comes less than a year after Swift released her seventh album ‘Lover’, which NME described as “frequently dazzling”.

She also appeared in person at February’s NME Awards, where she picked up the award for Best Solo Act In The World.

More recently, Swift spoke out about the US census, saying it erases transgender and non-binary people.

Swift backed the campaign to dismantle statues to racist figuresthe Black Lives Matter movement and more. In June, she announced she would be giving her employees Juneteenth off “from now on” and pledged to “never let privilege lie dormant”.

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