The winner of the best album of the year, The Tortured Poets Department, is set to return to stores on April 19. This is expected to add excitement to the European tour dates of the acclaimed artist.
The artist’s announcement of a new album almost overshadowed their historic victory in the best album category of the year. At the Grammy Awards, where they received the trophy for their pop album Midnights, they surprised experts and fans by revealing that their new album, The Tortured Poets Department, would be released on April 19.
On stage, the artist, who has four Grammys for the album to their credit, surpassing the legends Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, or Stevie Wonder, said, “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” They added, “Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to do what I love so much! I’m blown away!” “It’s the 13th Grammy all sections combined that I receive. Thirteen is my lucky number. The vote by Academy members for the Grammy awards reflects the passion of my fans. I want to thank you by revealing a secret that I have been carrying for two years: my new album is coming. As soon as I’m backstage, I’ll upload its cover”.
The cover image of the album, which was revealed on social media, shows the 34-year-old singer lying on a bed in black and white. The image only reveals the bottom of their face.
Another image includes a few lines written by hand. It’s unclear if these are lyrics or the philosophy of the album. Will it be pop like its predecessor Midnights or folk like Evermore and Folklore? Will it talk about Taylor Swift’s new relationships, in the midst of a romance with athlete Travis Kelce?
Fans have been waiting for another record announcement
The album features the artist’s signature literary and gothic metaphors. It’s 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 president of the department of tortured poets: “Sincerely, The Chairman of the Tortured Poets Department”.
Swift had dressed according to this big news. She wore a Schiaparelli column dress, black gloves, and a Victorian-style choker necklace. This black and white outfit had reassured fans who were waiting for another announcement: the release of a new version of Taylor Swift’s iconic 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 like Ready… For It, Delicate.
The release of The Tortured Poets Department may bring good news for the European fans that Taylor Swift will visit on her tour The Eras Tour. This tour, a retrospective of twenty years of discography, captured in a documentary that was a hit at the American box office, resumes in February in Japan.