Taylor Swift Is Releasing a Surprise New Album ‘Folklore’!

Taylor Swift is dropping a new album, tonight!

Taylor surprised fans on Instagram on Thursday morning, July 23, with the big announcement saying, “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 [hug emoji] 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.”

She shared that she wrote and recorded this music “in isolation” but still got to collaborate with some “musical heroes” of hers, including Aaron DessnerBon Iver and Jack Antonoff.

“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.”

 

Taylor is also dropping the music video for her song “cardigan” tonight, which she wrote and directed.

“A million thank you’s to my brilliant, bad ass video team – cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, producer Jil Hardin, executive producer Rebecca Skinner, AD Joe ‘Oz’ Osbourne, editor Chancler Haynes, special effects wizards David Lebensfeld & Grant Miller, and set designer Ethan Tobman. The entire shoot was overseen by a medical inspector, everyone wore masks, stayed away from each other, and I even did my own hair, makeup, and styling.”