Taylor Swift Says Her New Album ‘Midnights’ Will Be “A Journey Through Terrors & Sweet Dreams”

Taylor Swift made a huge announcement during the 38th annual MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), which aired on Sunday (Aug. 28) at 8:00 p.m. ET. on MTV. The 32-year-old pop superstar, who took home the trophy for Video of the…

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Taylor Swift made a huge announcement during the 38th annual MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), which aired on Sunday (Aug. 28) at 8:00 p.m. ET. on MTV.

The 32-year-old pop superstar, who took home the trophy for Video of the Year for her 10-minute short film “All Too Well,” used her acceptance speech to tell fans that she will soon drop her 10th studio album.

Swift’s big reveal happened at the end of the three-hour ceremony, which took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. She disclosed the news, telling fans that her upcoming project will arrive before the holidays.

“I’m so honored to be recognized by such amazing artists and directors in this category. I want to say I’m so heartened by the fact that for the first time in VMA history, four of the directors nominated in the Video of the Year category are women,” Swift began.

“You guys. I’m just so proud of what we made. I know with every second of this moment that we wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it weren’t for you– the fans – because I wouldn’t be able to re-record my albums if it weren’t for you. You embolden me to do that. So, 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 Oct. 21,” Swift added, as the audience responded with thunderous applause.

Swift also told fans that she would withhold information surrounding the forthcoming project until after the awards ceremony.
“I will tell you more at Midnight,” she stated before walking off of the stage.

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Swift’s decision to save album details for after the VMA’s was a collective one as she later took to Instagram to confirm Midnights as the title for the album. She also shared the album will contain 13 tracks, and included the album cover art, which features a close-up image of her face and her striking a lighter.

Midnights, the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life, will be out October 21. Meet me at Midnight,” Swift captioned the photo.

“This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams,” she further detailed in a story on her Instagram page. “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.”

Swift’s Video of the Year award marks her third overall in the category – a record-breaking feat for the superstar. Swift has nabbed the same trophy for 2015’s “Bad Blood” and 2019’s “You Need to Calm Down.” This year, she received five nominations, including Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Long Form Video, and Video of the Year. Along with Video of the Year, she was awarded the trophy for Best Longform Video and Best Direction.

Swift is in the midst of re-recording her first six albums after the masters to those albums were sold when Scooter Braun purchased the singer-songwriter’s former record label.

Midnights will be Swift’s first new music of all-original material since 2020’s Folklore and Evermore.

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Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Music Mayhem, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.

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