Taylor Swift announces new “Midnights” album, set to release in October


Sally Zhu

An illustration of the album cover of Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” album, set to release on Oct. 21. Swift announced this new album during her acceptance speech for Video of the Year at the Video Music Awards in August.

by Chayce Milheim and Lavanya Subramanian

Popular artist Taylor Swift announced her tenth studio album “Midnights,” set to release on Oct. 21, at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Aug. 28. 

Swift won the VMAs’ prestigious award, Video of the Year for her “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)” self-directed music video, which she released on Nov. 12, with her re-recording of her “Red” album. In her acceptance speech, she surprised fans in the audience and at home with her new album announcement. 

“I know with every second of this moment that we wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it weren’t for you, the fans,” Swift said in her award acceptance speech. “I had sort of made up my mind that if you were going to be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand new album comes out October 21. And I will tell you more at midnight.”

True to her claim, Swift’s album title and cover became public at midnight Eastern time, with posts on her Instagram, Twitter and YouTube accounts announcing the release of “Midnights.” 

“This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams,” Swift said in an Instagram story after her initial announcement. “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.”

Fan reactions to Swift’s announcement quickly exploded all over social media. For many Swifties — the endearing name for her fans — this announcement was especially exciting because of how long-awaited it has been. Since her last two albums, “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” and “Red (Taylor’s Version)” were both re-recordings of previous albums, fans were expecting her next release to be the same, making the promise of new songs all the sweeter.

Upper school computer science teacher Swati Mittal has been a fan of Swift since college, when she discovered the “Fearless” album. For her, Swift’s simple but catchy style became an accessible way for her to relate to various hardships Swift wrote about in her music.

“I grew up in India,” Mittal said. “Her language and accent are so easy to understand, and that’s how [my love for her music] started. It’s not rapping. It’s easy lyrics [that are] easy to understand, and I enjoyed it.”

Along with Mittal, Keira Chang (9) has also been a fan of Swift for many years; in fact, her love for the artist began with her parents, who were already fans before she was born. Keira heard about the upcoming “Midnights” album through Swift’s Instagram post and is eagerly anticipating its release in October.

“I feel like whatever she makes, it’s gonna be good,” Keira said. “Her lyrics [are] always really well put together.”