Taylor Swift releases album tonight with guest appearances from …


The world tour that Taylor Swift would bring to our country on June 20 was canceled, but the singer has been anything but still. At midnight, the American pop star releases her eighth album, ‘Folklore’, with some surprising guests.

It is an iron law, her fans know. Taylor Swift leaves at least two years between the release of her albums. So the surprise is great now that the singer comes up with a new work just a year after ‘Lover’. “Normally I would think too hard about the” perfect “moment, but in the time in which we live nothing is guaranteed, I realize now,” writes the singer on Instagram when announcing “Folklore”, her eighth album that Friday appears.

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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 wrote the new songs in isolation after the coronavirus wiped her extensive tour schedule. She could count on the cooperation of some of her great heroes: Aaron Dessner, guitarist at The National, was in charge of eleven of the sixteen songs and Bon Iver lent his writing and singing skills to the song ‘Exile’. Furthermore, the singer also mentions on Instagram as ‘Lover’ producer and ‘musical family member’ Jack Antonoff and William Bowery, for the time being a blank page and thus possibly a pseudonym.

Along with the album, the music video for single ‘Cardigan’ is released. The 30-year-old pop star takes control, just like in the previous single ‘The Man’ (and given the corona measures also her own styling, hair and make-up, the singer gives along with a wink).

Taylor Swift isn’t the only pop star with a lockdown album. The British Charli XCX recorded ‘How I’m feeling now’ in forty days earlier this year. Carly Rae Jepsen, known for ‘Call me maybe’, also dropped that she has the prospect of a quarantine plate.

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The music video for “cardigan” will premiere tonight, which I wrote/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 ??

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