The album, Midnights, will be Swift’s tenth studio album and has been described by the singer as telling the stories of “13 sleepless nights scattered throughout [her] life”.
Swift had made the announcement after winning the prestigious best video award for ‘All Too Well (10-Minute Version)’. The win made her the only artist in history to be awarded the prize three times, having won for ‘Bad Blood’ and ‘You Need To Calm Down’ in 2015 and 2019, respectively.
The video, which stars Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink, also won awards for best direction and best longform video, marking an impressive night for Swift.
Upon scooping the top prize of the night, Swift described being “so honoured”, and praised her fan’s support through the re-recording of her albums Fearless and Red, both released last year, as part of a bid to regain control of her back catalogue.
“I’m just so proud of what we made,” she said, “and with every second of this moment and we wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it wasn’t for the fans… I wouldn’t be able to re-record my albums if it wasn’t for you… you emboldened me to do that.”
The singer is currently undergoing the re-recording of her first five albums in total, after a lengthy and very public dispute with the music mogul Scooter Braun – who she claimed “bullied” her for years and who sold the rights to her albums to an investment fund in a $300 million deal.
Swift’s plans to re-record and thereby regain control of the rights to her music appears to be paying off with her versions of both Fearless and Red jumping to number one in both the UK, USA and elsewhere.
Midnights, the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life, will be out October 21. Meet me at midnight.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 29, 2022
And whilst fans of Swift – known, of course, as Swifties – await those further re-recordings, they’ve now been gifted the news of an entirely new record.
Explaining the prospect of Midnights further on Twitter, Swift put out a message which says: “We lie awake in love and in fear, in turmoil and in tears.
“We stare at walls and drink until they speak back. We twist in our self-made cages and pray that we aren’t – right this minute – about to make some fateful life-altering mistake.
“This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.
“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 currently ranks alongside Kylie Minogue as a female solo artist to have eight official UK number one albums – they both still trail Madonna, however, who has an impressive 12.