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  • Taylor Swift releases her new album
  • It includes 17 new songs.
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Taylor Swift released The Tortured Poets Department — her eleventh studio album — at midnight on Friday, April 19.

Taylor was focused on this album for two years and has said that it is her «most necessary» album, according to the EFE agency.

Swift announced the album on February 4 when she received the thirteenth Grammy of her career.

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A 2 a.m. surprise

PHOTO: Taylor Swift’s Instagram

Just as fans expected, Taylor Swift revealed a big surprise… a secret double album.

She shared it with fans on her official Instagram account.

«It’s a 2am surprise: The Tortured Poets Department is a secret DOUBLE secret album!» she wrote alongside a photo.

«I had written so much tortured poetry in the past 2 years and wanted to share it all with you, so here is the second installment of TTPD: The Anthology. 15 extra songs. And now the story isn’t mine anymore… it’s all yours.»

Taylor Swift shares a message after the release of her new album

Taylor Swift’s new album drops / PHOTO: Taylor Swift Instagram

Along with a series of five photos of herself, Taylor posted a new message following the release of her new album.

«The Tortured Poets Department. An anthology of new works that reflect events, opinions and sentiments from a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time, one that was both sensational and sorrowful in equal measure.

«This period of the author’s life is now over, the chapter closed and boarded up. There is nothing to avenge, no scores to settle once wounds have healed.

«And upon further reflection, a good number of them turned out to be self-inflicted. This writer is of the firm belief that our tears become holy in the form of ink on a page.

«Once we have spoken our saddest story, we can be free of it. And then all that’s left behind is the tortured poetry. THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT is out now.»

The cover of Taylor Swift’s new album

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PHOTO: Taylor Swift’s Instagram

Immediately afterwards, the 34-year-old singer published the cover on her social media.

Her most loyal fans were able to purchase it in pre-sale on the official website.

After that there was very little information about it.

However, Swift has spoken about it on her Eras Tour.

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During one of her most recent concerts in Melbourne, Australia, Swift said that the album was like «a lifeline» for her.

«I needed to do it. (…) It reminded me why writing songs is something that really helps me in life and I have never had an album where I have needed to write songs as much as on Tortured Poets,» said the ‘Willow’ singer.

On March 18, Apple Music allowed users to sign up for notifications about the new album.

Swift revealed that seven of the 16 songs that make up The Tortured Poets Department, plus an extra song, contain explicit language.

What songs are on TTPD?

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The release of the track list showed that TTPD contains incredible collaborations with artists like Post Malone.

Malone appeared on ‘Fortnite,’ the first song on the album.

Another collaboration is with the British indie rock band Florence + the Machine, led by Florence Welch, on the song ‘Florida!!!’

In addition, the album launch will be accompanied by a video that will be released on Friday at 01:00 GMT.

The number 2 and theories about Swift’s new album

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PHOTO: Taylor Swift’s Instagram

So far the singer has given very few details about her new album as her fans have looked for hidden meanings and symbols about TTPD.

There is a theory floating around on social media that the number two is one of the symbols that appears in the new project.

And Swift gave a peace sign during the release announcement at the Grammys, in addition to emphasizing that the album had taken two years to make.

Likewise, in the album’s Los Angeles pop-up store, the clocks in the library-like facility are set at two o’clock.

Another launch?

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Therefore, some of her fans speculated that Swift could be hinting at a possible 2 a.m. edition of The Tortured Poets Department.

She released a 3 a.m. edition of her album Midnights, which included seven new songs.

But others think that it could mean a second part of the Eras Tour, which in 2023 was the first tour to exceed $1 billion in revenue.

That year the singer also surpassed Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny as the most listened to artist of the year on Spotify.

Taylor Swift is breaking records

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Taylor also released the film, The Eras Tour, which broke records as the highest-grossing concert film of all timeat $261.7 million.

Swift also positioned herself as the first performer to win a fourth Grammy award for album of the year in 2024, for Midnights.

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