While the rest of the world was in lockdown over the last few months, Taylor Swift got busy writing songs and surprised fans with a new album that dropped on 24 July.
Swift tweeted that Folklore, her eighth studio album, would comprise 16 songs that, “I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into.”
“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,” said the 30 year-old. “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,” added the singer-songwriter.
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In isolation my imagination has run wild and this album is the result, a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness. Picking up a pen was my way of escaping into fantasy, history, and memory. 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. folklore is out now. 📷: Beth Garrabrant
The album includes collaborations with indie folk group Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of rock band The National. Out of the 16 songs in the album, Dessner co-wrote or produced 11 of them. The megastar’s last album, Lover, was released in August 2019.
Very very honored to be a part of @taylorswift13’s album ‘Folklore’. Shout out to @aaron_dessner for always being the great connector! Listen to “Exile” and the full album; available now everywhere. pic.twitter.com/WZlTXMDTj2
— Bon Iver (@boniver) July 24, 2020
Since Folklore‘s debut, Forbes reports that the pop star’s eighth studio album took off with over 80 million global Spotify streams, the biggest album debut for a female artist in Spotify history and the biggest streaming debut in 2020. In comparison, Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next hit 70.2 million streams last year. Insiders are touting Folklore to be the one to surpass sales on even Swift’s last album, Lover, which sold 867,000 units.
If all goes to plan, Folklore would be Swift’s seventh consecutive album to have made it to number one on Billboard 200.
Source: AFP Relax News, Forbes