Taylor Swift fan spots sneaky Easter egg in surprise Folklore album announcement
Taylor Swift fans are losing their minds after the singer surprised them with news that she’s made an eighth album and it’s being released tonight
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a Taylor Swift fan for the last 11 years, it’s that every thing she does has meaning.
From Instagram posts to the clothes she wears, there are Easter eggs for new music and projects hidden everywhere.
So when the 30-year-old superstar announced she had made her eighth studio album during lockdown and she was releasing it out of the blue, it’s fair to say I was just a little bit stunned.
And I certainly wasn’t the only one left feeling this way.
Thousands of fans have taken to social media to share their shock over the news.
Fans were baffled by the lack of hints ahead of the album, with some admitting they thought the news was ‘fake’ at first.
“This all feels so strange that we didn’t have to watch a music video over and over again for Easter eggs or scan through Taylor Swift’s Instagram page for clues kajajajajs,” posted one confused fan.
Another joked: “You’re telling me that miss Taylor Alison Swift announced a new album without hiding easter eggs, or making us wait for months? somebody should check on her maybe it’s her way to tell us that she’s being kidnapped.”
However one clever fan has managed to spot a classic TS Easter egg in the announcement.
Twitter user Karina, who posts on @finalybreathe13, urged fans to take a closer look at the album’s release date – July 24th.
She said: “We really overlooked the date… 7+2+4 = Taylor Swift… clowned yet again.”
The numbers add up to 13, which die-hard Taylor Swift fans will know is the singer’s lucky number.
She’s previously explained why she loves the number so much, saying that whenever a 13 comes up in her life “it’s a good thing”.
Back in 2009, she told MTV: “I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first #1 song had a 13-second intro,” she said. “Every time I’ve won an award I’ve been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter.”
This just goes to show that the release isn’t quite as random as it may seem, some forethought definitely went into that date!
Determined Swifties are bound to keep searching for Easter eggs and clues, but the star’s own message seems to suggest they’ll have a hard time finding more of them.
The Lover singer admitted on Instagram that she usually spends ages deliberating the ‘perfect’ way to release an album – but decided not to do that this time.
She wrote: “Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my eight studio album, Folklore.
“Surprise. Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all my whims, dreams, fears and musings into.”
Taylor added: “Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed.
“My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world.”
The music video for Taylor’s new song Cardigan premieres tonight and the album, Folklore is released tomorrow.