Taylor Swift Announces Surprise New Album at Grammys

Fans had been expecting a re-release announcement, instead got a new release
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2024 10:13 PM CST
Taylor Swift Uses Grammys Speech to Announce Surprise Album
Taylor Swift accepts the award for best pop vocal album for "Midnights" during the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Taylor Swift won best pop vocal album for Midnights at Sunday's Grammy Awards, and used her acceptance speech to reveal a "secret" she said she's been keeping for two years: She's coming out with a new album April 19. "It's called The Tortured Poets Department," Swift said. "I'm gonna go and post the cover right now backstage." The cover of the forthcoming album did indeed show up on Instagram shortly thereafter, captioned, "All's fair in love and poetry..." As People notes, best pop vocal album was Swift's 13th Grammy win, and 13 is the pop star's lucky number. Fans were particularly shocked by the news considering many had been speculating Swift might announce the release of Reputation (Taylor's Version), the highly anticipated re-release of her 2017 album.

USA Today reports that in the hours leading up to the Grammys, Swift's website appeared to go down, but the "error messages" that showed up on the apparently crashed site were clearly clues—with many believing they pointed to the Reputation re-release. Instead, following Swift's announcement, her site came back up re-branded for her upcoming new album, with Tortured Poets Department pre-orders available. Glamour reports Swift has long been hinting at what many assumed was Reputation (TV), but it turns out all her "Reputation-coded" outfits and other moves were actually red herrings (which was one of the phrases included on her site's fake error message).

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