By Arianna Santiago
At the 2022 VMA’s, Taylor Swift made a surprise announcement that she would be releasing a new album.
The news came as she won the Video of the Year award for her 10-minute short film “All to Well.” As she went on stage to accept the award, she started with what seemed to be a normal speech.
“I had sort of made up my mind that if you were gonna 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,” said Swift. “And I will tell you more at midnight.”
As implied, when midnight struck, Swift posted to all her social media platforms the album cover as well as a brief note as to what this album is and means to her.
The foreshadowing continued and it was found that the name of the new album is Midnights. In summary, it is a compilation of 13 ‘sleepless’ nights she has experienced throughout her life.
“This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.” said Swift.
Swift’s social media note ended with, “Meet me at midnight.”
Fans are relieved as the anticipation of a new album has been building up over the years.
“I am super excited considering when she dropped Taylor’s version of Red it was so good,” said senior public relations major Coralie Thybulle. “I’m definitely looking forward to what she’s doing next. I think it just cements her status as a major musical artist and is a testament to her career.”
When Swift announced that it is a brand new recorded album rather than a re-recording of her past record, it was exciting news for many fans to hear.
“I was originally thinking and hoping that she may announce a Taylor’s Version of one of her older albums, but I was blown away when she announced that it would be a brand new album with all new content,” said senior sociology major Joseph Dennis.
The name for the album Midnights isn’t surprising since in previous songs she has mentioned the phrase before.
According to Billboard, she has referenced the word midnight six times in her previous albums.