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THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT

April 19, 2024

THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT is Taylor’s eleventh studio album, released on April 19, 2024, through Republic Records. She conceived the record shortly after finishing work on her tenth album, Midnights (2022), and continued developing it while embarking on “The Eras Tour” in 2023. It features collaborations with the American rapper Post Malone and the English indie rock band Florence + The Machine.
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Background and Announcement

On February 4, 2024, Taylor won the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Vocal Album” at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards for her tenth studio album, Midnights (2022). In her acceptance speech for the former, she revealed a new studio album she had kept secret the past two years, titled THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT, would be released on April 19, 2024. A post on her social media channels immediately went live, revealing the album’s cover art by photographer Beth Garrabrant, along with a photo of a handwritten note.

Three days later, Taylor played her first show on “The Eras Tour” in 2024. While talking to the crowd in Tokyo, she revealed a little bit of information about her upcoming album:

«I’ve been keeping it a secret for awhile, because I’ve been working on TORTURED POETS since right after I turned in Midnights. You turn in an album months in advance, so you can make vinyls, which are the best. I started working on it immediately after that. And I’ve been working on it for about two years. I kept working on it throughout the US tour, and when it was perfect in my opinion, when it was good enough for you, I finished it. And I am so, so excited that soon you’ll get to hear it! Soon, we’ll get to experience that together. And I’m just over the moon about the fact that you guys care about my music. It still blows my mind. I love doing this. I know I keep saying that, but that’s because it’s true. Everyone’s like, ‘Why do you make so many albums?’ I’m like, ‘Man, because I love it! I love it so much!’»

The album, which also contains the bonus track “The Manuscript” in its physical format, became available for pre-order at the same time, alongside a collectible deluxe CD. The next day, Taylor revealed the track list on her social media accounts, including collaborations with American rapper Post Malone on the opening track “Fortnight” and English indie rock band Florence + The Machine on “Florida!!!“. On February 16, 2024, she announced an additional bonus track called “The Bolter” along with its bonus edition during a “The Eras Tour” show in Melbourne:

«This album, this new one, TORTURED POETS, is an album that I think, more than any of my albums that I’ve ever made, I needed to make it. It was really a lifeline for me, just the things I was going through, and the things I was writing about. It kind of reminded me of why songwriting is something that actually gets me through my life. And I’ve never had an album where I needed songwriting more than I’d needed it on TORTURED POETS

Artwork

The album cover was photographed by Beth Garrabrant. She had been the photographer responsible for Taylor’s album artwork since folklore (2020).
General Information
ArtistTaylor Swift
ReleasedApril 19, 2024
Recorded2022-2023
StudiosAudu (Brooklyn)
Big Mercy (New York City)
Conway Recording (Hollywood)
The Dwelling (New York City)
Electric Lady (New York City)
Electric Feel (Los Angeles)
Esplanade (New Orleans)
Hutchinson Sound (Brooklyn)
Long Pond (Hudson Valley)
Miloco (London)
Narwhal (Chicago)
Pleasure Hill (Portland)
Prime Recording (Nashville)
Rue Boyer (Paris)
Smilo Sound (Orcas Island)
Tiny Telephone (Oakland)
GenreSynth-Pop
Folk
Length65:08 (Standard Edition)
57:13 (The Anthology)
122:21 (Double Album)
LabelRepublic Records
Producers
Taylor Swift
Jack Antonoff
Aaron Dessner
Patrik Berger
TAYLOR SWIFT CHRONOLOGY
1989 (Taylor’s Version) [2023]THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT (2024)
Epilogue
Album Certification
"4x Platinum" certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. Signifying 4,000,000 units sold.
Album Announcement
Tracklist
STANDARD EDITION
Album Artwork
The Tortured Poets Era

The Tortured Poets Department Songs

Taylor's Discography