Hey swifties, how are you all doing out there?
This morning has been a lot to handle. Taylor Swift announced her eighth studio album (and second album in the last 11 months) will be released Friday, July 24. Folklore will feature a collection of songs that Swift wrote over the last few months after being quarantined due to COVID-19.
Coincidentally, this weekend was the original date for Lover Fest, before it was canceled due to the virus. Eager to not leave her fans empty-handed, Swift will release the 16-song album at midnight.
Of course, the Swifties are… ecstatic, to say the least.
taylor swift really said drop everything now
— roxanne (@xannedominique) July 23, 2020
GOOD MORNING WE'RE REALLY GETTING TS8 IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS
— Twitter Music (@TwitterMusic) July 23, 2020
since taylor swift is dropping folklore tonight, swifties must cram all of our usual release Week activities into 14 hours
— kati (@katiorwhatever) July 23, 2020
This is by far the BEST NEWS I’ve heard all year. Thank you for once again letting us into your world through music. Your lyrics continue to change us and make us better. Love you, Taylor! ❤️❤️ https://t.co/DdBBpsSmPo
— Jordan Pruitt (@JordansBlog) July 23, 2020
Of course, a Taylor release isn’t complete without fan theories. Fans have been speculating that William Bowery, who is credited as a songwriter on the album, might be a pseudonym for her longtime boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
WILLIAM BOWERY theory
on oct 2016, taylor (w her squad) & alwyn were spotted in BOWERY hotel. (smth special mustve happened here, that's why she used d name "BOWERY" i guess?)
WILLIAM alwyn is literally joe alwyns great-grandpa. he was was composer, conductor, and music teacher pic.twitter.com/pDOaBieGgL
— devon (@taylowkey13) July 23, 2020
Other fans are speculating what certain songs will be about, like “Betty.”
can we take a minute to talk about the deluxe versions for taylor swift's new album?? "in the weeds", "meet me behind the mall", "betty's garden", "stolen lullabies", "hide-and-seek"… these names are so poetic and set the scene. i can't wait to hear taylor's lyrics AH #folklore pic.twitter.com/V82AzvBLYc
— A🏹| FOLKLORE TONIGHT (@dressromantics) July 23, 2020
— Taylor (@enchanted771) July 23, 2020
The music video for “Cardigan” will be released tonight, which Taylor wrote and directed herself, and even had medical experts on the scene to ensure they were being safe. Smart AND talented!
The music video for “cardigan” will premiere tonight, which I wrote/directed. A million thank you’s to my brilliant, bad ass video team – Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, producer Jil Hardin, executive producer Rebecca Skinner, AD Joe ‘Oz’ Osbourne pic.twitter.com/2hNXnzFbwY
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 23, 2020
We cannot wait to listen to the album and hear your reactions!
I was going to be productive but Taylor Swift said no
— STARs will be Freed in JAN 2021 (@starshynebrite) July 23, 2020
Featured image: @TaylorSwift on Instagram / Beth Garrabrant