‘Midnights:’ What to know about Taylor Swift’s upcoming album


Jessie Snooks

Taylor Swift performs for a large crowd while on tour for her album, “Reputation”.

Cole McAdams, Copy Editor

Taylor Swift’s upcoming album, ‘Midnights,’ has been a hot topic of choice recently, but with rumors and misinformation clouding the truth online, it’s important to understand what is really known about one of 2022’s most anticipated albums.

Every good story starts with a good introduction. In the case of Swift, it was her album announcement. On Aug. 8, 2022, Taylor Swift attended the MTV Video Music Awards and was nominated in four categories for her “All Too Well” short film which she released alongside her re-recording of her 2012 album, ‘Red’.

At the end of the show, Taylor won Video of the Year and in her acceptance speech, she announced her 10th studio album.

“I had sort of made up my mind that if you were going to be this generous and give us this,” Swift said, “I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand-new album comes out October 21st.”

Swift later told everyone the highly quotable sentence, “Meet me at Midnight,” and invited fans to a countdown to her album announcement, which was to be revealed at midnight (shocking).

Usually with the announcement of a new album – especially an announcement from the popular “Shake It Off” singer – rumors and misinformation spreading online are to be expected. One popular rumor that was circulating was the supposed track list for the album. Swift hasn’t revealed much of the track names, only announcing the name of track 13, ‘Mastermind,’ track eight, ‘Vigilante S**t’ and track seven, ‘Question.’  The online rumor stated that the band The 1975 would feature on a track on the album. This became such a popular rumor that the lead singer, Matt Healey, made a statement.

“I would love that! But unfortunately, FAKE NEWS,” Healy stated. But there’s a lot of other fan theories circulating about the album. One popular fan theory states that ‘Midnights’ is a ‘sister album’ to Swift’s 2019 pop album, ‘Lover’.

According to capitalfm.com, the theory states that “Swift’s tenth studio album is the ‘B-side’ to ‘Lover’the positive and uplifting album featured tracks like ‘Daylight’, a direct juxtaposition to the themes in the upcoming ‘Midnights.’”

Whether or not this theory is true, it certainly is a very fun tie-in to Swift’s previous works, the light and bubbly ‘Lover’ as opposed to the dark and moody tones of Midnights.

Now, it’s time to talk about actual information known about the “Love Story” artist’s upcoming album. When Swift announced ‘Midnights,’ she talked about the over-arching themes of the album and what the songs will mean.

In a social media post, Swift stated that “’Midnights’ is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams… stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life.”

A week after Swift announced the album, she announced limited edition vinyls for the album, ‘Midnights: Moonstone Blue Edition,’ ‘Midnights: Jade Green Edition,’ ‘Midnights: Blood Moon Edition’ and ‘Midnights: Mahogany Edition.’ Each one features a different cover, with the vinyl records themselves in unique colors as well.

Taylor Swift’s new album has fans excited. (Jessie Snooks)

According to Swift herself, “August may have slipped away but September brings three new special edition covers.” Swift also announced that the back of each cover will be a quarter of a clock. When one puts all four album vinyls together it creates a full clock that reads, “meet me at midnight.”

Two weeks after the announcement of the limited-edition vinyls, Taylor announced the Target exclusive, ‘Midnights: Lavender Edition,’ and billboard.com says that “there are going to be three bonus tracks on the CD version of the Lavender Edition.”

With this album being Swift’s first original album in two years after the release of her surprise albums ‘Folklore’ and ’Evermore’ in 2020, everyone should get hyped and not buy into misinformation about the singer-songwriter’s 10th studio album. Meet Taylor Swift at midnight on Oct. 21, 2022.