Taylor Swift shakes the world once again with new album “Midnights”


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Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” album cover.

Faith Casey, Editor

Global popstar Taylor Swift released her tenth studio album “Midnights” on Oct. 21. “Midnights” was announced to a shocked crowd while receiving an award at the 2022 VMAs.

A story of 13 sleepless nights, Swift shared moments throughout her life with this pop and alternative album.

Known for her hidden easter eggs, fans such as sophomore CC Depascale rushed to the scene, predicting anything they could about the upcoming album. 

“I was expecting the 13 tracks initially, and I also was thinking it would be more of a ‘Folklore’ or ‘Evermore’ vibe,” Depascale said.

Swift slowly revealed “Midnights” track titles through a TikTok series called “Midnights Mayhem with Me”. Teasing her fans, Swift announced a new track title with every video. 

On the final episode of the series, she announced her last song title and shook fans with a surprise collaboration with popstar Lana Del Ray. 

“Midnights” differed from Swift’s previous albums “Folklore” and “Evermore” with its pop flare.

“‘Midnights’ is a mix of ‘Reputation’, ‘1989’ and ‘Lover’, but it also has a darker pop vibe,” Depascale explained. “It’s very out of Swift’s zone, but so good and so her at the same time.”

Senior Kate Gorczyk is also a fan of Taylor Swift and her work. 

“‘Midnights’ is fabulous. Swift’s songwriting is just incredible. There is not a single skip,” Gorczyk said. 

Not everyone enjoys “Midnights” as much as Depascale and Gorczyk, however. In a poll of ten students from Loudoun Valley, 30% said they  aren’t fans of the album. 

Differing opinions surrounding the album may be plastered across social media, but Taylor Swift has broken records. “Midnights” became Spotify’s most streamed album in one day, and Swift the most streamed artist in one day.

With new music videos, merch and rumors of concerts, it doesn’t seem like Taylor Swift will be out of the spotlight anytime soon.