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If a new Taylor Swift album announcement was on your Grammys 2024 bingo card, congratulations! At the Grammys, she announced that TS11 is coming soon and it is called The Tortured Poets Department.
“This is my 13th Grammy, which is my lucky number, I don’t know if I’ve ever told you,” she said in her Grammys speech after winning Best Pop Vocal Album. She added that she wanted to say thank you to the fans “by telling you a secret that I have been keeping for the last few years.” The secret: The Tortured Poets Department, her 11th album, is coming soon.
The news comes after fan theories galore that reputation (Taylor's Version) was on the docket for the Grammys. And then the realization that it was a misdirect — “red herring” trended, an unscrambled clue from her website, which was “down” as a bit. She definitely pulled it off.
Below, find out everything you need to know about The Tortured Poets Department, including release date, tracklist, bonus track “The Bolter," and more.
When is Taylor Swift's The Tortured Poets Department coming out?
Swift's 11th album, The Tortured Poets Department, already has a release date since there's little she loves more than a protracted album rollout. The record will hit stores and streaming on April 19, 2024 — a date that some fans noted is exactly one year to the day since Swift went out to a well-publicized dinner with Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, and the couple unfollowed her ex Joe Alwyn immediately after.
What is Tortured Poets Department about? Do we have an album cover? Or a genre?
So we don't have a ton of info about the album yet — though some are already hoping for a “slutty folklore” — but we do have an album cover. On Instagram on Grammy night, Swift shared a very Ariana Grande-esque image of Swift lying on a bed with the album title in a serif font. In lieu of a typical longer album-related caption, she wrote simply, “All’s fair in love and poetry...”
A second slide featured an artist statement of sorts: “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… Sincerely, The Chairman of The Tortured Poets Department.”
How many songs are on The Tortured Poets Department's tracklist?
Originally, it was announced that The Tortured Poets Department would have 17 tracks total, 16 regular plus one bonus track called “The Manuscript.” However, on February 16, Swift announced an extra bonus song titled “The Bolter.”
On February 5, Swift dropped the whole tracklist, which includes features with Post Malone and Florence + the Machine and is broken up into sides.
Side A: Fortnight (feat. Post Malone) / The Tortured Poets Department / My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys / Down Bad. Side B: So Long, London / But Daddy I Love Him / Fresh Out the Slammer / Florida!!! (Florence + the Machine). Side C: Guilty as Sin? / Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me? / I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can) / loml. Side D: I Can Do It With a Broken Heart / The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived / The Alchemy / Clara Bow.
Gigi Hadid also teased what could be lyrics (or simply a fan exclamation) posting “HERE LIES TREASURES ….!!!!” on Instagram over a photo of the album cover.
Swift announced first “The Bolter” during the Melbourne stop of her Eras Tour. She later took to social media to confirm the track would be part of a new exclusive edition of the album, available for a limited time on her website. The song announcement was accompanied by an alternative cover art, which you can see below:
How do I buy/stream Taylor Swift's The Tortured Poets Department?
The Tortured Poets Department is already available for pre-order on Taylor Swift's website. Special vinyl, CD, and cassette versions are for sale as usual, shipping around release week. You can also pre-save the record on streaming services. The vinyl will feature a “collectible 24-page book-bound jacket with three handwritten lyrics unique to this vinyl and never-before-seen photos," while the CD has a 10 x 10 double-sided poster.
The Tortured Poets Department will be Taylor Swift's 11th album and follows the critical and commercial success of Midnights and her ongoing global tour, the Eras Tour. It's notable that she said this is a secret that has been kept for years, so clearly, a lot of planning is going into these releases…who knows what else she has up her sleeve?
This story will be updated as more information about Taylor Swift's The Tortured Poets Department becomes available.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue
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