The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards marked an eventful night for Taylor Swift, who in turn treated her fans to the announcement of her new album, Midnight. Accepting the award for Video of the Year for her short film ‘All Too Well’ (10-minute version), Swift made history as the first artist to win the top-honor three times, and the first to win it for a video directed without a collaborator.
As the 32-year-old took to the stage to accept the award, she gave a heartfelt speech that also unveiled her 10th studio album’s release date, October 21. “I’m so honored to have been recognized alongside such amazing artists and directors in this category, and I just want to say I’m so heartened by the fact that, for the first time in VMA history, four of the directors nominated in the Video of the Year category are women,” she began in her speech. “You guys, I’m just so proud of what we made, and I know that every second of this moment that we wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it weren’t for you, the fans,” added Swift. “Because I wouldn’t be able to re-record my album [Red (Taylor’s Version)] if it weren’t for you. You emboldened me to do that. And I had sort of made up my mind that if you were going to be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand new album comes out October 21st. And I will tell you more at midnight.”
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Unsuprisingly, Swift’s official website crashed at midnight as her legion of supportive fans headed there for more news. On her social media accounts, the singer shared the album’s official title, with its cover art, and also revealed that it would have 13 tracks, representing her lucky number. Describing the album as “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life,” Swift wrote, “This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams. 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.”
While Swift is currently in the midst of re-recording her work and is yet to release the ‘Taylor’s Version’ of her albums, 1989 and Reputation, her latest album, Midnight, will feature tracks that are completely new.