Taylor Swift announces new album coming in October

Taylor Swift has announced she is releasing a new album in October.

While receiving the top honour at MTV’s annual Video Music Awards, the 32-year-old singer used her acceptance speech to announced that she will release a new album on 21 October.

“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,” she said, while accepting the best video award for her song All Too Well (10-minute version).

“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.”

This will be Swift’s 10th studio album, and her first made up of new songs since Evermore in December 2020. She released two re-recordings of previous albums, Fearless and Red last year, as part of her project to rerelease the six albums she made for the record label Big Machine. She started the project in order to regain ownership of her work, after music mogul Scooter Braun bought Swift’s former label in 2019 – and with it the master recordings of her back catalogue.

Swift has previously described the sale to Braun as her “worst-case scenario”, and has accused him of bullying her in his role as former manager of Kanye West and manager to Justin Bieber.

Last year Swift broke a record set 50 years ago by the Beatles, for the fastest accumulation of three No 1 albums in the UK. Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Folklore and Evermore all hit No 1 in the UK in the space of 259 days, beating the record of 364 days set by the Beatles between 1965 and 1966.

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