The tenth album of international pop sensation Taylor Swift, Midnights, is about to be released, and anticipation is growing.
After the more alternative and introspective Folklore and Evermore from 2020, Swift’s first album of brand-new songs in nearly two years is set for release at midnight on Friday morning in the eastern US.
Online, a number of clips that seem to be from the album have already appeared.
Before being removed, the leaks originally appeared on the social media sites Twitter and TikTok, where more rips of poor quality later resurfaced.
Swift has said nothing regarding the authenticity of the leaks.
One popular Swift Facebook fan page alerted its followers: “Apparently the entire album has leaked and it’s all over Twitter and TikTok. So if you don’t want any spoilers stay off of those platforms.”
Swift fans – dubbed “Swifties” – had mixed opinions on the leaked music.
“I honestly didn’t expect her at all to continue with Folklore/Evermore,” one said. “While I’d didn’t think she’d be in full folklore mode forget, I was hoping for the more mature sound to be the main with the pop secondary,” another added.
“It’s the baby of Lover, Reputation, 1989 and a tiny bit of Evermore. Pop for sure,” one fan quipped.
Referencing US alt-pop singer Lana Del Rey and the sister trio Haim’s feature on the album, one woman noted: “I really don’t like how males can sing whole verses in Taylor songs and Haim and Lana had backing vocals.”
Late in August, Swift revealed the arrival of Midnights live on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards.
After winning the video of the year, the singer announced the album during her acceptance speech.
“I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand new album comes out 21 October. And I will tell you more at midnight,” she said.
Swift later described the 13-track album as “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life”.
“This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams,” she wrote. “The floors we pace and the demons we face. 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 12 … we’ll meet ourselves.”
In a TikTok series titled Midnights Mayhem With Me, Swift has been releasing track names at midnight in the days running up to the album’s release.
One of the best-selling albums of 2022 is probably going to be Midnights.