Taylor Swift wakes the world with Midnights


Photo by Salem Lacy

Taylor Swift’s latest release tops the charts and makes for a great listen.

Salem Lacy, Vice Editor

Taylor Swift has put out yet another album, breaking her own previous record with 185 streams on the album’s release day. 

After creating two indie-folk melancholy albums “Folklore” and “Evermore” in 2020, she returns to her roots with a pop album. This is Swift’s biggest debut yet, selling 3.38 million album copies within the first week, making her the first artist in history to occupy the entire U.S. Top 10 charts. She now holds the record for being the only artist in history to sell at least a million copies in a single week, for 5 different albums.

Swift announced the new album at the 2022 VMAs, during her acceptance speech for the Video of the Year award, which she won for her self directed film: “All Too Well: The Short Film.” She revealed her new album along with its release date, telling fans she’ll give them more information at midnight. 

“I had sort of made up my mind that, if you were going to be this generous, and give us this, (the award) 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,” Swift said on stage.

Sure enough, Swift took to Instagram at midnight announcing the album’s name. She spoke in detail about the album, revealing that the album revolves around her ‘midnight thoughts.’ Swift said the 13 songs on the album are “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life.” The album “Midnights” is entirely about self reflection.

She released 7 more new tracks at 3am, three hours after the original album was released. “Midnights (3am Edition)” is the extended version of Swift’s tenth studio album. Some have called the new album Taylor Swift’s “mixed tape album,” reflecting on how all of the songs seem very different from each other as opposed to her past albums.