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Midnights Era


Just as August was coming to and end, Taylor shocked the music world by announcing a very well-kept secret at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. “I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand new album comes out October 21. And I will tell you more at midnight.” A few minutes later, she dropped her note about her milestone tenth studio album, Midnights, with a photo of her cradling her head in her hands, with a touch-tone phone, a Rolodex, and two empty ashtrays. A new era had begun.

Taylor dropped off the radar this year, while making Midnights. When she made a rare public appearance in June at the Tribeca Film Festival, to present her short film for “All Too Well,” she got her biggest laugh when she admitted, “People often greatly underestimate how much I will inconvenience myself to prove a point.”

Midnights is the biggest mystery in the music world right now. A whole month after its annoucement, and all fans can do is ask questions, even though Taylor keeps sprinkling hints and clues like glitter eye-shadow every couple of days. The fan folklore is getting deeper and deeper as Swiftologists are trying to decode them. But: Nobody will know a thing until October 21, when Taylor will come down from her mountain-top with the New Tay-stament.

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Songwriter-Artist of the Decade

Ahead of the release of her new album, Taylor was named the “Songwriter-Artist of the Decade” for her work in the 2010s by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). The decade award is metrics-driven, determined by chart success and the writer’s percentage of songwriting credit on each hit. On September 20, she gave a 13-minute speech at the NSAI 2022 Nashville Songwriter Awards, which took place at Nashville’s storied Ryman Auditorium. She discussed her history as a songwriter, the way she categorizes the songs she writes, and her process of re-recording her first six albums.

«I’m up here receiving this beautiful award for a decade of work, and I can’t possibly explain how nice that feels. Because the way I see it, this is an award that celebrates a culmination of moments. Challenges. Gauntlets laid down. Albums I’m proud of. Triumphs. Strokes of luck or misfortune. Loud, embarrassing errors and the subsequent recovery from those mistakes, and the lessons learned from all of it. This award celebrates my family and my co-writers and my team. My friends and my fiercest fans and my harshest detractors and everyone who entered my life or left it. Because when it comes to my songwriting and my life, they are one and the same.»

Taylor Swift
Before closing out her speech, she also said: “Writing songs is my life’s work and my hobby and my never-ending thrill. I am moved beyond words that you, my peers, decided to honour me in this way for work I’d still be doing if I had never been recognized for it. […] Writing songs is a calling, and getting to call it your career makes you very lucky. You have to be grateful every day for it, and all the people who thought your words might be worth listening to. This town [Nashville] is the school that taught me that. To be honoured by you means more than any genre of my lyrics could ever say. Thank you.”
Taylor Swift for Midnights (2022)
Taylor Swift for Midnights (2022)
General Information
Associated AlbumMidnights
Beginning of EraAugust 2022
End of Era
StyleNeutral colors
Glitter eyeshadow
Taylor’s Version Era (2021-2022)Midnights Era (2022-present)
Midnights Era

Midnights (2022)

Midnights Songs

Taylor's Discography