Taylor Swift's Lover album: Track list, release date, clues and theories

13 June 2019, 23:02 | Updated: 14 June 2019, 09:39

Katie Louise Smith

By Katie Louise Smith

Here's every single clue Taylor Swift has given about 'Lover' - which will be released on August 23rd.

The time is upon us. TS7 is coming. After an incredible record breaking era with her sixth studio album Reputation, Taylor Swift is back and she's teasing new music and the most elaborate web of cryptic clues the music industry has ever seen.

Taylor has been hinting at TS7 for a very long time. In fact, she's probably been dropping subtle clues as far back as the start of the Reputation era if these incredible fan theories are true.

22 genius easter eggs and references in Taylor Swift's 'ME!' video

Taylor dropped the first single from the album called 'ME!' featuring Brendon Urie on April 25th alongside a music video that contained so! many! clues! about her upcoming album - including the name, which has now been revealed as 'Lover'.

On June 13th, Taylor revealed that the next single from the album would be called 'You Need To Calm Down' which was also referenced at the start of the 'ME!' video. The album will also now be released on August 23rd and will have 18 songs.

Here's everything you need to know about Taylor Swift's Lover album, including the track list, clues in music videos and everything in between.

Taylor Swift Lover album cover has been revealed
Taylor Swift Lover album cover has been revealed. Picture: Republic / Taylor Swift Productions, Inc

Taylor Swift Lover release date - When will be the album drop?

There's a question we're all dying to know the answer to - and now it's been revealed. Taylor's seventh album will be called Lover. (Yep, it was right there in plain sight in the 'ME!' video.)

What is the name of Taylor Swift's seventh album?

The name of Taylor Swift's seventh album will be... DRUMROLL PLEASE... Lover.

Before the final reveal, there were several theories about the name of the album and even though these are all obviously now wrong, that doesn't mean they might not be song titles instead...

Back in May 2018, Taylor appeared at the Billboard Music Awards dressed in a pastel pink embellished gown. Hidden on the dress was the world 'Eternal', leading fans to start speculating how the word could be linked to her next era. Ms Taylor Alison Swift does nothing by coincidence, after all.

Taylor Swift Lover track list - what are the song titles? Hoe many songs are on the track list?

There will be 18 songs on Lover, making the new album one of Taylor's longest. "That's more songs than I've ever had before," she said in an Instagram livestream.

So far, two song titles have been revealed. Here is the full tracklist, with the name of every song we know so far:

TRACK 1

TRACK 2

TRACK 3

TRACK 4

TRACK 5

TRACK 6

TRACK 7

TRACK 8

TRACK 9

TRACK 10

TRACK 11

TRACK 12

TRACK 13

TRACK 14 - You Need To Calm Down (2:51)

TRACK 15

TRACK 16 - ME! ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco (3:13)

TRACK 17

TRACK 18

Who will feature on the album?

So far, there's no word on who else will feature on the album but there's been a lot of speculation about the Dixie Chicks - who made a sneaky cameo appearance in the 'ME!' video.

Brendon Urie, of course, was the first feature to be revealed but whether or not there's anymore... time will tell.

Taylor Swift Lover album cover - What does it look like?

It looks like THIS and it's stunning. The photo was shot by Valheria Rocha.

What will the theme and aesthetic of the next album be?

Say goodbye to the snakeskin - it looks like Taylor is going for a full pastel colour palette consisting of baby blues, blush pinks and pale yellows.

Fans have also spotted two other threads that could hint toward the vibe or aesthetic of the album: Palm trees and butterflies.

Since the end of the Reputation era, Taylor seems to have adopted the palm tree in a lot of her content. When she posted a picture of the palm trees in the very first hint at a new era on Instagram, fans began diving deeper into her recent appearances to find more clues.

In terms of how the album will sound, Taylor revealed that "this album in tone is very romantic—and not just simply thematically, like it's all love songs or something because I think that the idea of being romantic, it doesn't have to be a happy song. I think you can find romance in loneliness or sadness or going through conflict or dealing with things in your life. I think it just looks at these things with a very romantic gaze."

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They found palm trees on the khaki jacket she wore in a Reputation photoshoot, palm trees stitched into the embroidery design on her Billboard Music Awards dress and, perhaps more impressively, sleuthed her leaving her apartment on the way to the studio, wearing palm tree print, ON WORLD SNAKE DAY.

In fact, the hints at the palm tree print go back even further... right back to the start of the Reputation era. In the video for 'Look What You Made Me Do', you may recall several different Taylors standing in a line in front of the TS6 plane. There's also one standing on the wing that we hadn't seen before - wearing a palm tree print playsuit. Was she Vacation Taylor? A future iteration of Coachella Taylor? Or was she Lover Taylor?

Taylor Swift's palm tree print alter ego in LWYMD video
Taylor Swift's palm tree print alter ego in LWYMD video. Picture: Big Machine

The butterfly motif has also popped up several times in recent months too. Taylor wore Sophia Webster butterfly heels to the iHeartRadio music awards. She also added a butterfly onto the front of Todrick Hall's birthday card - along with the instantly recognisable wax seal that also features in the heavily-laden with clues official calendar.

What other clues has Taylor Swift dropped about her next album?

Before she began teasing the new era, Taylor shared an image of herself on Instagram playing Scrabble with her mum, Andrea. The caption on the photo read: “let the games BEGIN”

Why is that important? National Scrabble Day is on April 13th.

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Let the games BEGIN.

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Taylor's entire Instagram account is now a mine field for teasers and clues - from pastels, bejewelled hearts, tulle dresses and nail varnish.

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Taylor Swift Instagram. Picture: Taylor Swift via Instagram