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The 5 Craziest Fan Theories About Taylor Swift’s New Album

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The VMAs were a busy affair this past weekend — Johnny Depp’s face even very oddly briefly appeared in a spacesuit — but the aftermath was dominated by the talk of one person: Taylor Swift.

While accepting the Video of the Year award for “All Too Well,” she announced her brand new album, Midnights, which is slated for release on October 21. This will be his 10th studio album overall, and his first new music since the 2020 duo. folklore and still.

“I couldn’t re-record my albums if it wasn’t for you,” she said in her speech. “You encouraged me to do it. And I had decided that if you were going to be so generous and give us this (prize), I thought it would be a fun time to tell you that my brand new album is coming out on October 21st. And I’ll tell you more at midnight.

Swift duly delivered more updates, revealing that the album has 13 tracks and is a “collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.”

And it’s safe to say that social media has been buzzing about the new album ever since. In just three days, literally hundreds of theories about Midnights appeared, ranging from the rather believable to downright absurd.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the best (and worst) theories about Taylor Swift’s next album. The internet really is a wild place.

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Thank you, TikTok

Ah, TikTok, you never fail to deliver on the conspiratorial front. TikTok user @amystateofgrace posted a video theorizing that the slightly different colors on the clock numbers on the singer’s website are helpful, meaning Midnights is going to be a ‘vaulted album’; in other words, all tracks on the album will be taken from Swift’s vast “vault” of unreleased material.

So, according to @amystateofgrace, every track on Midnights will come from the recording sessions of another Swift album. It’s complicated, but the best TikTok theories always are.

@amystateofgrace

Midnight Theory!!! 💙💜 #Midnights #TS10 #swifttok #swiftie4ever #greenscreen

♬ original sound – Amy (Taylor’s version)

sister act

Many other Swifties think that Midnights may be the sequel originally planned for Loverthe singer’s seventh studio album released in 2019. According to them, Midnights will act as the very late B-side of Lover, which also included songs called “Daylight”, which directly oppose the title of his new album. The theory goes that Lover was all about love and light, while Midnights will be about darkness and loneliness.

The return of the clock

This clock on Swift’s website has been thoroughly reviewed. Another social media theory posits that track titles might be named after the wee hours of the morning.

“WHAT IF tracks are hours/times???!! track 1: 1am & so on & track 13 goes to sleep (*meets itself*)!??!!? [sic]said a frantic tweet.

Quick exit

One theory that has left many fans in a state of panic is that Midnights might be Swift’s last album for a while. “Is anyone else petrified that this is his last album (other than reissues) the title midnight is like the end of a day it has 13 tracks about the nights” scattered throughout my life,'” one TikToker questioned. Considering Swift is at the peak of her powers, both critically and commercially, that’s probably unlikely.

@Oh wow

I’M SO AFRAID

♬ original sound – Summer (Taylor’s Version)

Kim and Kanye

And last but not least is that doozy: 13 is known to be Swift’s favorite number; 13 years ago, the singer was sadly interrupted on stage by Kanye West; 13 years later, she announces an album of 13 titles; Midnights is scheduled to be released on October 21, which happens to be Kim Kardashian’s birthday.

So the theory suggests that Swift, for some reason, really isn’t above the Ye incident from over a decade ago and plotted digital revenge. Tremendous.

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