Taylor Swift “Midnights” Album Release


Taylor Swift “Midnights” Album Cover

Emily McCracken, Staff Writer

Since 2021, Taylor Swift has been re-recording her first six albums to gain complete ownership over them. In August of this year, Taylor Swift announced a brand-new album, Midnights, while accepting her record third “Video of the Year” trophy at the MTV Video Music Awards. “I was completely surprised. I was rooting for 1989 (Taylor’s Version) to come out next, but I was ecstatic she decided to release anything at all,” fan Sam Campolong states.

Ever since the announcement, Taylor has been dropping Easter eggs and revealing track list names through her own videos called “Midnights Mayhem,” which has left people with something to always look forward to while they wait. Her fans are very excited to discover this new era of music and the meanings behind the newly exposed song titles that released on October 21st.

When the tracks finally released at midnight, so did a surprise bonus deluxe version called Midnights (3am Edition), which made for a total of twenty tracks. “I was very surprised she released the deluxe version of albums with the 3am tracks, as the album was originally only prompted to have thirteen songs,” Olivia Rowles announces.

Taylor has been commenting on her inspiration behind the tracks over Instagram and other social media platforms as well. “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 writes.

Wherever you go, Swift fans are sure to be there, and Clearfield High School was especially thrilled to hear the new album for the first time. It also seems that fans were not expecting a pop genre. “Honestly, I had no clue this was going to be a pop album. I was truly expecting something more alternative rock since she likes to experiment with different sounds. When I heard Lavender Haze, it really set up the vibe for the rest of the album,” Sam Campolong describes.

Overall, the album is a record-breaking success. Midnights has sold more than one million records in its opening week, which hasn’t occurred since Swift’s own 1989 in 2017. It is also the most streamed album on Spotify within twenty-four hours. Swift also achieved her 11th number 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart!