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Taylor Swift's Surprise Albums ✨

Updated: Jun 30, 2022

Written by: Emily Hume

The entertainment industry definitely threw some surprises our way during 2020, but maybe the biggest shock of all was Taylor Swift dropping not one, but TWO new albums! The first album got us through the end of the cruel summer, but the second album was the ultimate surprise! It was exactly what we needed to boost our spirits as we slipped into our cardigans to finish out 2020! 🎉

On July 23rd 2020, Taylor Swift sent her fans, and most of the music industry, into an absolute frenzie by announcing that she was dropping her eighth studio album at midnight that night! In the days prior, she had been posting pictures of the woods, which we all know now was her folklore album cover. While we all had our suspicions, none of us were prepared for the album to drop THAT NIGHT. This left Swifties with only hours to prepare for this album, and it brought fans from all over the world together. 🌎

The amazing album folklore was released on July 24th, 2020, and the deluxe version is seventeen songs that pull you through all different emotions. It was of course created with the help of Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, but there was one other name that really got the attention of fans. On the songs “exile,” which features Bon Iver, and “betty,” there was a writer named William Bowery. Fans soon began to theorize who this mystery writer was considering that he had no previous writing credits. Seeing how the year has been for most people, fans were wondering if these songs were written by none other than who Taylor Swift was most likely quarantining with - her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. 💘

As Ms. Swift began promoting and discussing the process of writing and creating this album, she did finally reveal in her Disney+ documentary Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions that William Bowery was Joe Alwyn! For the song “exile,” not only did Joe write the opening lyrics, but he also wrote the entire piano piece. As for the song “betty,” Taylor says that she heard Joe singing the chorus in another room, and she was immediately entranced! The process of writing together was something new for the couple, but we are SO thankful for the music they created! 🎹

The surprises for Swift’s fans were only just beginning. Not only had Swift kept fans busy with new merch items and collections of how she sees the songs fitting together, but she had been keeping more secrets from her fans as well!