Countdown to ‘Midnights’: What we know about Taylor Swift’s new album
Taylor Swift announced plans to release the follow-up to 1989, titled Reputation, on Oct. 2. But what is the meaning behind the album, which she’s kept under wraps since it was first announced in July?
We’re two days away from its release on Nov. 29, and Reputation is coming to music outlets around the world today. On that morning, Swift will release her ninth full-length studio album. During a press event Tuesday, the singer and former Disney Channel star said her next project will be out on a Nov. 29 release date, and we know it will be in stores and digital formats in time for Thanksgiving.
On the subject of Nov. 29, she told fans in a video, “There’s no better place to release my album than right here in my hometown, in my heart, on Thanksgiving.”
Reputation was the third most-streamed album of last year, according to Billboard, and the top of the Billboard 200. The album, which will be available to download and stream throughout November, is produced by Taylor’s husband Joe Roth, and includes songs that include “You Belong with Me,” “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space” and “22” (via YouTube). It’s the first fully-remixed album since 2014’s Red.
So what does Reputation mean for Swift?
Let’s take a look at some of the album’s key songs, starting with “You Belong with Me,” which is the lead single and the first song to be released for the album. It’s an ode to the people Swift has in her life, a song with a message of self-love and acceptance that’s an absolute pop-punk anthem, so it could be a perfect fit for her new album.
“You Belong With Me” features vocals from Taylor, who is singing a capella over a drum and guitar beat.