Taylor Swift’s latest album, Folklore, has got everyone talking about who the mysterious artist credited on her latest album could be. And it turns out, it’s her new boyfriend!
Here’s what we know…
The self-titled album sold 39,000 copies in its first week… Not a bad job for an eighteen-year-old newbie writing her own cutesy material, right?
But her second album was the one that really catapulted her into stardom.
With hits like “Love Story” and “White Horse”, Taylor found herself at number 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
IMDB describes Swift as “a multi-Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter who, in 2010 at the age of 20, became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2011 Swift was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. She also has been named the American Music Awards Artist of the Year, as well as the Entertainer of the Year for both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, among many other accolades. As of this writing, she is also the top-selling digital artist in music history.”
There were a few bumps in the road, but she became a source of inspiration for other young women trying to get into the industry with their own content.
The journey hasn’t been an easy one, but Swift hardly discussed the dark side of the business, until very recently.
She seemed to get sick of keeping up the pretense that everything was okay when behind the scenes, she was struggling with aspects of her personal life.
We all know Taylor Swift is an amazing songwriter and music producer, but there’s one thing she doesn’t get enough credit for… And that’s her overall creative talents.
From “Wildest Dreams” to “Blank Space” to “You Need To Calm Down”, it’s hard to pick which one is the best.
With an all-star cast making cameo appearances throughout the 4-minute clip, it was hard not to become hooked.
And she received a lot of positive feedback for her efforts.
She, alongside Joseph Kahn and David Gould, directed the video.
The singer decided to put her creative skills to the test and it really paid off. “Bad Blood” has now been viewed over 1.3 billion times since it came out 4 years ago.
And after watching it, I am inclined to say that it is her best yet.
In her documentary, Miss Americana, she explained how women in the industry are expected to keep on reinventing themselves in order to stay relevant.
She wanted to stick with her original roots, promoting her hand-written love songs, but often found herself conforming to the standards.
In her early twenties, she moved from the country vibe into mainstream pop in order to further her career but it came at a cost.
As time passed, no matter how popular Taylor was, she quickly became one of the most hated artists on our screens and was subjected to immense torment by the media.
After spending years trying to resist the negative press, she ended up giving in to the “psycho” image that they kept promoting thinking it would save her from any further damage.
Instead, people branded her as “arrogant” and a “try-hard” and noticed her obvious attempts to stay relevant in the industry. At this point, it seemed as though she couldn’t do anything right.
And after a year of healing, she came back with a gentle vengeance. And that’s where her new music comes into play.
Another aspect of the documentary that she talked about was how she was forced to stay out of political issues, even ones that called her own morals into question.
However, it all got too much and she decided enough was enough.
Regardless of the advice she was given by her management, she decided she was going to use her music as her political voice, standing up for minority groups and the issue of inclusivity.
YNTCD is a song dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community and how they should be proud of their identity while OTY, a pretty new release, emphasizes how the youth have the power to promote political change.
And, in her latest song, she has used her platform again to speak out for the better.
In an unprecedented move, Taylor suddenly revealed the name, tracklist, and release date of the album all at once in a series of Instagram posts.
“Folklore will have sixteen songs on the standard edition, but the physical deluxe editions will include a bonus track called ‘The Lakes.’ Because this is my 8th studio album, I made 8 deluxe CD editions and 8 deluxe vinyl editions that are available for one week. Each deluxe edition has unique covers, photos, and artwork.”
Now it’s here, people are loving the acoustic folk record that Taylor wrote during quarantine…
Because it largely tells the stories of other people – both fictional and non-fictional.
“It started with imagery,” Taylor wrote in the album’s prologue. “Visuals that popped into my mind and piqued my curiosity … pretty soon these images in my head grew faces or names and became characters. I found myself not only writing my own stories, but also writing about or from the perspective of people I’ve never met, people I’ve known or those I wish I hadn’t.”
Track thirteen, “Epiphany.”
In the album’s prologue, Taylor mentions that her grandfather’s experience in the military was one of her reference points when thinking of themes and imagery for the album.
The song, which describes the experience of someone searching for an epiphany, opens with a scene from the battlefield, written from the experiences of her grandfather.
The lyrics read:
“Something med school did not cover/Someone’s daughter, someone’s mother/Holds your hand through plastic now/Doc, I think she’s crashing out/And some things you just can’t speak about.”
The song also ends with the sound of heavy thuds – perhaps emulating bombs – and the beeping noise of what appears to be a heart monitor.
“I want to thank @taylorswift13 for giving us ‘epiphany’ tonight. It’s incredibly therapeutic for those of us dealing with COVID firsthand.”
“I love how @taylorswift13 juxtaposes imagery of D-Day soldiers landing on the beaches at Normandy with imagery of doctors working through this COVID-19 pandemic. The lines, ‘But you dream of some epiphany / just one single glimpse of relief’ is a gut punch.”
Are we back in high school English?
Well, it turns out it’s her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.
Which sees the singer discussing her songs and the creation of Folklore.
There had been previous speculation from fans on whether it could be the English actor Swift has been with for 3 years.
Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions was released on Disney+ on Wednesday…
The singer talks through the journey behind her eighth album with producers Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner.
Although Antonoff and Dessner already knew. “William Bowery is Joe, as we know,” she told them.
As it turns out, Alwyn wrote the “entire piano part” on Exile and even originally sung the duet that Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon ended up recording.
“It was pretty obvious that it should be a duet because he’s got such a low voice and it sounded really good sung down there.”
“I was just, like, ‘Hello’,” she said. “It was a step that we would never have taken because, why would we have ever written a song together?”
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