Taylor Swift’s new album, The Tortured Poets Department, is dropping in just a few months, and news/theories/Easter eggs are breaking faster than you can scream HER MIND at random members of your family who are beseeching you to calm down. Here is literally everything we know about the album so far, and yes: We will be updating this as more intel breaks.
The Album Drops April 19, and the Date Is...Significant
Taylor confirmed the release date while collecting her 13th Grammy Award, saying, “My brand-new album comes out April 19. It’s called The Tortured Poets Department. I’m gonna go and post the cover right now backstage.”
The April 19 release date has multiple reference points and appears to be connected to Taylor’s ex Joe Alwyn due to it being the day Taylor went to dinner with Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds and they proceeded to unfollow him.
so austin and ryan both unfollowed joe today, interesting… pic.twitter.com/Mm2rW179qR
— Ron (@midnightstrack2) April 20, 2023
April 19 is also considered the date the American Revolution began (reminder that Taylor—aka Miss Americana—and Joe spent time in England and one of her tracks is “So Long, London”) as well as “Poetry and the Creative Mind Day.”
The Album Title Might Be a Reference to Joe Alwyn’s Group Chat
It took Swifties literally five minutes to realize The Tortured Poets Department could be a reference to Joe Alwyn’s WhatsApp group with Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott called “The Tortured Man Club.” Unconfirmed, but lol if true.
Joe Alwyn and Paul Mescal have a WhatsApp group with Andrew Scott called "The Tortured Man Club."
"It hasn't had much use recently," Alwyn says.
"I feel like we're less tortured now," Mescal quips. https://t.co/CSai4ScQpz pic.twitter.com/veCp1ZdFsD— Variety (@Variety) December 15, 2022
We Have Some (Potential) Lyrics
Taylor posted lyrics (or possibly a note?) on Instagram, reading:
“And so I enter into evidence
My tarnished coat of arms
My muses, acquired like bruises,
My talismans and charms
The tick tick tick of love bombs
My veins of pitch black ink
All’s fair in love and poetry,
The Chairman of the Tortured Poets Department”The Track List Has Everyone Thinking This Is a Breakup Album
’Kay, so Taylor dropped the track list on Instagram after it leaked on TikTok:
Fortnight (feat. Post Malone)
The Tortured Poets Department
My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys
So Long, London
But Daddy I Love Him
Fresh Out the Slammer
Florida!!! (Florence + the Machine)
Guilty as Sin?
Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?
I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can)
I Can Do It With a Broken Heart
The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived
Bonus Track: The Manuscript
And fans immediately jumped to conclusions that the album is about Joe based on some of the song titles:
from ‘london boy’ to ‘so long london’ pic.twitter.com/IQOCh87fVC
— tushar (@reputushion) February 6, 2024
— lyss♛ 5/12 the eras tour (@lyssmadison13) February 6, 2024
FYI, the Daily Mail spoke to a source who said, “If it is a dis album, that is shady. He helped her with song writing on her past album so it will really come as a shock to him if she talks about their breakup, as it is something he has not spoken of at all. Regardless of what she does, he will still not respond because he has removed himself from her narrative and is very glad he did.”
There's Also a Deluxe Bonus Track That Could Potentially Be Tied to Joe
File Name: The Bolter 🤍
Pre-order the new edition of THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT with an exclusive bonus track for a limited time on my website nowhttps://t.co/BAtr2MpPIs
📷: Beth Garrabrant pic.twitter.com/wSc9keZ1aZ— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 16, 2024
During one of her Eras Tour shows in Melbourne, Australia, Taylor revealed some new info about The Tortured Poets Department, including a new cover for the album and a bonus track called "The Bolter." Fans immediately took to Twitter with their theories, and most of them pointed back to Taylor's relationship with Joe thanks to a clip of them *literally* sprinting from paparazzi into a black car.
— GINA 🌙✨ (@whatamind13) February 16, 2024
Others theorized that the track's title could tie back to folklore (like, actual stories, not Tay's 2020 album):
If the symbol of “The Bolter” is a hare running then I think this could be important.
In folklore, farmers would burn the stubble fo their crops in the fields to regenerate the earth into spring, and hares would often be seen to run into the flames, yet not be burned and be… pic.twitter.com/irQsrY68P4— ellie 🏼 (@ellie_elizabet) February 16, 2024
Either way, consider us tuned in to the track, which is only available on a limited edition version of The Tortured Poets Department.
“But Daddy I Love Him” Might Be About Harry Styles
Obviously, “But Daddy I Love Him” is a line from Disney’s original animated The Little Mermaid, but it also happens to be a shirt Harry Styles wore once upon a time:
— Harry Styles Fashion Archive (@hsfasharchive) March 1, 2020
Which has fans thinking the song is either about (or features) Harry:
BUT DADDY I LOVE HIM? IS THIS A MOTHERFUCKING HARRY STYLES REFERENCE? pic.twitter.com/kBKMf57LOv
— agos lvs cata 🏁 (@longstorysabs) February 6, 2024
— katieᴴ²⁸ (@tinysunlouis) February 6, 2024
You Can Pre-Order the Album, Cassette, and CD
Depending on how you choose to purchase The Tortured Poets Department, you’re in for some fun treats. Example? The record comes with a collectible 24-page book-bound jacket, unique handwritten lyrics, and never-before-seen photos.
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