Taylor Swift Announces Surprise New Album ‘Evermore’ — Everything You Need To Know
Did anyone else wake up this morning, check their phone and let out a scream?! Well, we sure did because
Did anyone else wake up this morning, check their phone and let out a scream?! Well, we sure did because Taylor Swift just dropped the bombshell announcement that her ninth studio album will be out tonight at midnight EST. Yep, we are just hours away from a whole batch of new songs from the singer, and we are seriously freaking out over the news!
“I’m elated to tell you that my ninth studio album, and Folklore’s sister record, will be out tonight at midnight eastern. It’s called Evermore,” Swift wrote on Twitter on Thursday, December 10.
I’m elated to tell you that my 9th studio album, and folklore’s sister record, will be out tonight at midnight eastern. It’s called evermore.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 10, 2020
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As fans know, the exciting news comes just months after she released her eighth LP, Folklore, which she also announced just hours before it came out. Seriously, what will she surprise us with next?! We’re not sure if we can take any more, TBH! But wait, what do we know so far about Evermore? Has Swift shared the track list for it yet? Will there be any collaborations? Did her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, write any tunes on it like he did on Folklore? What will the songs be about? And what else did the blonde beauty say about it? Not to worry, you guys, because we rounded up all the important details for you. Here’s everything you need to know…
Who Did Taylor Swift Work With On ‘Evermore?’
Swift worked with The National guitarist Aaron Dessner and music producer Jack Antonoff on the upcoming album, who, as fans know, she also worked with to make Folklore.
“To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs. To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the Folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’ve never done this before. In the past I’ve always treated albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the next one after an album was released. There was something different with Folklore. In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning.”
I’ve never done this before. In the past I’ve always treated albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the next one after an album was released. There was something different with folklore. In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 10, 2020
Did Joe Alwyn Write Any Songs On ‘Evermore?’
Yep. The 30-year-old continued, “And I loved creating these songs with Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, WB and Justin Vernon. We’ve also welcomed some new (and longtime) friends to our musical kitchen table this time around…”
So who is WB, you ask? And how do we know that Alwyn worked on it with her? Well WB actually stands for William Bowery, A.K.A. Alwyn’s pseudonym. For those who missed it, when Folklore first came out in July 2020, many fans were left confused when they saw Bowery’s named credited with writing two tracks — “Betty” and “Exile.” After a quick investigation, people started to notice that Bowery was not a real person, and they started to theorize about who it really was. Finally, during her recent concert movie, Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions, Swift confirmed that yes, Bowery is indeed her boyfriend.
“There’s been a lot of discussion about William Bowery and his identity. He’s not a real person,” she said during the film. “William Bowery is Joe, as we know. And Joe, Joe plays piano beautifully, and he’s always just playing and making things up and kind of creating things.”
She also explained how the song “Betty,” which is from a guy’s perspective, came to be! And it turns out, the British actor came up with the entire chorus that we know and love! Who knew he was such a good songwriter?!
“I just heard Joe singing the entire, fully formed chorus of ‘Betty’ from another room. And I just was like, ‘Hello,’” the “Cardigan” songstress recalled. “It was a step that we would never have taken because why would we have ever written a song together? This was the first time we had a conversation where I came in and I was like, ‘Hey, this could be really weird and we could hate this, so could we just, because we’re in quarantine and there’s nothing else going on, could we just try to see what it’s like if we write this song together?’”
What Will The Songs Be About?
As fans know, when Swift released Folklore, she made it clear that many of the songs weren’t actually about her real life.
“In isolation my imagination has run wild and this album is the result. I’ve told these stories to the best of my ability with all the love, wonder, and whimsy they deserve. Now it’s up to you to pass them down,” she explained when it first came out. “It started with imagery. Visuals popped into my mind and piqued my curiosity … Pretty soon these images in my head grew faces or names and became characters. I found myself not only writing my own stories, but also writing about or from the perspective of people I’ve never met, people I’ve known or those I wish I hadn’t.”
And the same applies to Evermore. She wrote on Twitter, “I loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales. I loved the ways you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies and epic tales of love lost and found into your lives. So I just kept writing them.”
I loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales. I loved the ways you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies and epic tales of love lost and found into your lives. So I just kept writing them.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 10, 2020
What Is The Track List For ‘Evermore?’
Evermore will have 15 songs on the standard edition, and two more on the deluxe edition. Here’s the full track list:
Ever since I was 13, I’ve been excited about turning 31 because it’s my lucky number backwards, which is why I wanted to surprise you with this now. You’ve all been so caring, supportive and thoughtful on my birthdays and so this time I thought I would give you something! pic.twitter.com/wATiVSTpuV— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 10, 2020
“Ever since I was 13, I’ve been excited about turning 31 because it’s my lucky number backwards, which is why I wanted to surprise you with this now. You’ve all been so caring, supportive and thoughtful on my birthdays and so this time I thought I would give you something!” the blonde beauty, whose birthday is on December 13, 2020, added. “I also know this holiday season will be a lonely one for most of us and if there are any of you out there who turn to music to cope with missing loved ones the way I do, this is for you.”
What Else Has Taylor Swift Been Up To Lately?
And this isn’t the only thing Swifties have to look forward to! Yep, get this — the musician is also re-recording her old songs at the moment, and we cannot wait to hear them!
For those who missed it, Swift has been embroiled in a feud with Scooter Braun and her old record label, Big Machine Records, for months now. When news hit the web that the music mogul (who manages Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande and more) had purchased Big Machine Records in June 2019 — which meant he now owned the rights to her old songs — she was not happy about it. The pop star took to Tumblr, where she posted a lengthy note and claimed that Braun and his clients had bullied her in the past. She also said that she was completely blindsided by the news that he had bought the rights to her old songs. Then, a few months later, Swift sent the entire world into a frenzy when she revealed that she had plans to re-record her old masters.
“It’s something I’m very excited about doing because my contract says that starting November 2020 — so next year — I can record albums one through five all over again,” she said on Good Morning America in August 2019. “I’m very excited about it. Because I just think that artists deserve to own their work. I just feel very passionately about that. Yeah, it’s next year. It’s right around the corner. I’m going to be busy. I’m really excited.”
One year later, after Swift won the award for Artist of the Year at the 2020 American Music Awards, a video flashed across the screen of the artist. In it, she explained that she couldn’t attend the event in person because she was busy working in the studio.
“The reason I’m not there tonight is, I’m actually rerecording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it. So it’s been amazing. And I can’t wait for you to hear it,” Swift explained.
And on December 2, 2020, she gave fans a preview of her re-recorded version of “Love Story!”
“OK, so while my new re-records are NOT done, my friend [Ryan Reynolds] asked me if he could use a snippet of one for a LOL-some commercial he wrote so… Here’s a sneak peak of ‘Love Story!’ Working hard to get the music to you soon!” she shared on Twitter.
Okay so while my new re-records are NOT done, my friend @VancityReynolds asked me if he could use a snippet of one for a LOLsome commercial he wrote so…here’s a sneak peak of Love Story! Working hard to get the music to you soon!! https://t.co/0vBFXxaRXR— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 2, 2020
Ugh, can it be midnight already?!