This announcement almost eclipsed his historic coronation in the best album of the year category. Receiving the trophy on the Grammy Awards stage for her work on the pop Midnights, Taylor Swift took experts and fans by surprise by revealing that she would release a new album on April 19: The Tortured Poets Department. Or in VF, “the department of tortured poets”... Quite a program!
“I would like to tell you that this is the best moment of my life, but I also feel happy when I finish a song,” confided on stage the one who with four Grammys for the album to her credit surpasses the legends Frank Sinatra , Paul Simon or Stevie Wonder. “Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to do what I love so much! I'm blown away!” “This is the 13th Grammy across all sections that I have received. Thirteen is my lucky number. The vote of the members of the Academy of Grammy awards reflects the passion of my fans. I want to thank you by revealing a secret that I've been carrying for two years: my new album is coming. As soon as I'm backstage, I put his cover online.
Of which act. The social networks of the 34-year-old singer, who confirms that she is a seasoned and cunning communicator, revealed a black and white cover showing the singer lying on a bed. The framing just revealing the bottom of his face.
Another vignette contains a few handwritten lines. Lyrics ? The philosophy of this album? Will it be pop like its predecessor Midnights or folk like Evermore and Folklore? Will he talk about the new loves of Taylor Swift, in the middle of a romance with the athlete Travis Kelce?
In any case, we find there the composer's signature literary and gothic metaphors. It is about muses, coats of arms, blueprints, talismans, veins filled with black ink. “To love as to poetry,” she declaims. “And so I enter into evidence / My tarnished coat of arms / My muses, acquired like bruises / My talismans and charms / The tick, tick, tick of love bombs / My veins of pitch black ink / All's fair in love and poetry… » Before signing the chairman of the tortured poets department: “Sincerely, The Chairman of the Tortured Poets Department”.
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Taylor Swift had adapted her wardrobe to this big news. A Schiaparelli column dress, black gloves and a Victorian-style choker necklace. This black and white silhouette had, until this scoop, reassured fans on another track. The Swifties community has been waiting for another announcement for weeks: that of the release of a new version of Taylor Swift's cult album, Reputation. This is the last record, released on the Big Record label bought by Scooter Brown, which the singer must re-record again to recover the rights to her hits Ready... For It, Delicate.
The emergence of The Tortured Poets Department perhaps bodes nice surprises for the European public that Taylor Swift will visit in the spring as part of the superlative The Eras Tour. This retrospective of twenty years of discography, captured in a documentary which panicked the American box office, resumes in February in Japan.