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Taylor Swift Announces Imminent Release Of New Album 'Folklore'

Thursday, 23 July 2020 Written by Laura Johnson

Taylor Swift has announced a new album.

'Folklore' will be released at midnight Eastern Time tonight (July 23). It features collaborations with Aaron Dessner of the National, Bon Iver, William Bowery and Jack Antonoff — who's previously worked with the singer-songwriter on 2014's '1989', 2017's 'Reputation' and last year's 'Lover'.

Head below for a statement from Swift, the album's artwork and some comments from Dessner about the recording process during the coronavirus lockdown.

"Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise 🤗Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine; Aaron Dessner (who has co-written or produced 11 of the 16 songs), Bon Iver (who co-wrote and was kind enough to sing on one with me), William Bowery (who co-wrote two with me) and Jack Antonoff (who is basically musical family at this point). Engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, mixed by Serban Ghenea & Jon Low. The album photos were shot by the amazing Beth Garrabrant. Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys so much ♥️"

Swift's headline London show as part of this year's BST Hyde Park series has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, as has the rest of her Lover Fest Tour.

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