Taylor Swift’s Midnights vinyl. (Image courtesy: Emily Blais)

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift’s latest musical project, “Midnights,” was released on October 21. It is the long-awaited first new album to be released since “Evermore” (2020), bringing her collection to ten albums.

The artist hyped up her fans in a social media post, stating, “Midnights, the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life, will be out October 21. Meet me at midnight.”

Swift revealed the titles of her songs in a mini-series, “Midnights Mayhem With Me,” that can be found on the Instagram account @taylornation.

The album contains thirteen songs, with musical artist Lana Del Rey being featured in her fourth track, “Snow On The Beach.” She also released a “3am Edition,” which offers twenty songs. In addition, her Target exclusive “Lavender Edition” offers three bonus tracks for listeners to enjoy.

“I think ‘Midnights’ is Taylor’s best album she has created, lyrically and musically,” said Dolores Perry (’24). “My favorite song is ‘Anti-Hero’ [because] it has a catchy, upbeat melody that I cannot get out of my head.”

On October 31, Swift made history by filling the top 10 slots on the Billboard Hot 100, with her number one song being “Anti-Hero.”

“I think that Taylor filling up the Billboard Top Ten is a huge accomplishment and a great legacy she has created for many new artists who are trying to get into the music industry,” said Perry.

During the summer of 2022, the artist released her single, “Carolina” (2022), which was featured in the film adapted from Delia Owen’s “Where the Crawdads Sing” (2018). It was only a matter of time before Swift dazzled her fans with the release of a full album containing fresh, original music.

For the past couple of years, Swift has been releasing her Taylor’s Version albums, including “Fearless: Taylor’s Version” (2021) and “Red: Taylor’s Version” (2021), along with rerecorded singles “Wildest Dreams” (2021) and “This Love” (2022). This is in accordance with the deal she made with her previous record label, Big Machine Records, after her rights of ownership for her first six albums were taken away.

“When Taylor was not given the option to purchase her own music, [it] left me so sad for her since she has worked so hard to own and write the music that she created in the first place,” said Perry. “My favorite album I am waiting for is ‘1989.’ My favorite songs are between ‘Out of the Woods’ and ‘Bad Blood.’ These two songs are both catchy and both have very popular music videos. I am excited to hear what her new version of this album would sound like.”

Now the only question that remains is, what is Swift’s next move? Fans of the artist (Swifties) can only speculate if she is planning to release a new rendition of either “Speak Now” (2010) or “1989” (2014). All Swifties can do is continue to watch out for clues the singer-songwriter may drop.

While fans wait for her next collection of music, they also have something else to look forward to; Swift recently announced her upcoming tour, The Eras Tour.

“I am thrilled about the new concert. When the album first came out, I told my boyfriend that she is going to announce a huge tour since she hadn’t in over four years,” said Perry, who also stated that she will be signing up for presale tickets upon announcement.

SNHUdent Swifties can look forward to her upcoming tour. For now, her latest album and other musical works can be listened to on streaming services or downloaded from the iTunes store.