Taylor Swift Announces New Album 'Midnights'

"The stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life," is due October 21

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Aug 29, 2022

Twilight: New Moon almost-star Taylor Swift will simply not step off our necks: the pop star has announced the release of her 10th studio album Midnights for this coming October 21. Which is frankly very soon and leaves little time for the emotional preparation required, but we'll make it work.

At last night's still-around MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), Swift accepted the Video of the Year award for her 10-minute "All Too Well" short film — her third time taking home the trophy, thus breaking the record for most VMA Video of the Year award wins. It was previously held between four artists, tied at two wins each: Swift ("Bad Blood" and "You Need to Calm Down"), Beyoncé ("Single Ladies" and "Formation"), Rihanna ("Umbrella" and "We Found Love"), and Eminem ("The Real Slim Shady" and "Without Me").

"I had sort of made up my mind that if you were going to be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand new album comes out October 21," the artist shared during her acceptance speech, adding: "And I will tell you more at midnight."

Midnights, "the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life," is now available for preorder via Swift's website. She revealed the album artwork on social media, accompanied by the following statement:

We lie awake in love and in fear, in turmoil and in tears. We stare at walls and drink until they speak back. We twist in our self-made cages and pray that we aren't — right this minute — about to make some fateful life-altering mistake.

This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams. The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching — hoping that just maybe, when the clock strikes twelve… we'll meet ourselves.

Midnights will mark the singer-songwriter's first new music since 2020's evermore (and an apparent return to uppercase), which she had previously followed with two re-recorded LPs, Fearless (Taylor's Version) and Red (Taylor's Version)in 2021 as part of a project prompted by not having ownership over her master recordings; they were purchased by music mogul Scooter Braun when his Ithaca Holdings LLC acquired Swift's previous label in 2019.

Watch Swift's full VMAs acceptance speech below, and get ready for the carriage to turn back into a pumpkin.

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