Taylor Swift The Tortured Poets Department: Release date, tracklist, theories and news
3 March 2024, 13:53 | Updated: 3 March 2024, 13:56
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When is Taylor Swift releasing The Tortured Poets Department? Here's everything we know about her new album TS11 and which producers and songwriters are involved in it.
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As a Swiftie, you always have to stay alert for new Taylor Swift music. One day you'll be minding your own business listening to Lover, the next Taylor will announce that she's releasing Folklore. Months ago by, and she'll just randomly drop another album called Evermore. Oh, and then she'll surprise us and announce an album called Midnights at the MTV VMAs.
Well, now Taylor has shocked us all again by announcing that TS11 is called The Tortured Poets Department and it's coming out in April 2024. Yes, while fans thought that Taylor was going to announce Reputation (Taylor's Version) at the Grammys, she hoodwinked us all in the best way possible by announcing a completely new album.
So when is The Tortured Poets Department coming out and who did Taylor work on the album with? Here's every single thing we know about her new album so far including the release date, tracklist, theories and much more.
When will Taylor Swift release The Tortured Poets Department?
After announcing the album during her speech for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2024 Grammys, Taylor took to Instagram to unveil the cover art and release date. Alongside the black and white cover, Taylor wrote: "All’s fair in love and poetry... New album THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT. Out April 19."
Yes. You read that correctly. Taylor is dropping a completely new album in just over two months and you can already pre-order physical versions of the album on her website. As it stands there is a CD, a casette, a vinyl, a digital album and a collector's edition deluxe CD.
Prices range between $11.99 and $34.99.
What is Taylor Swift's The Tortured Poets Department tracklist?
Taylor unveiled the official The Tortured Poets Department tracklist the day after the 2024 Grammys. The album features 16 tracks with some pretty wild titles and collabirations with Post Malone and Florence + The Machine.
So far, Taylor also announced 3 bonus tracks which will be exclusive to each individual vinyl.
- Fortnight (feat. Post Malone)
- The Tortured Poets Department
- My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys
- Down Bad
- So Long, London
- But Daddy I Love Him
- Fresh Out the Slammer
- Florida!!! (featuring Florence + the Machine)
- Guilty as Sin?
- Who's Afraid of Little Old Me?
- I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can)
- I Can Do It With a Broken Heart
- The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived
- The Alchemy
- Clara Bow
Taylor has announced three different versions of The Tortured Poets Department so far. Each vinyl variant will include an exclusive bonus track.
- Version 1 will feature an exclusive bonus song called 'The Manuscript'.
- Version 2 will feature an exclusive bonus song called 'The Bolter'.
- Version 3 will feature an exclusive bonus song called 'The Albatross'.
- Version 4 will feature an exclusive bonus song called 'The Black Dog'.
Who did Taylor Swift write The Tortured Poets Department with?
There is currently no official word on Taylor Swift's The Tortured Poets Department collaborators so it's unclear if she's done the album with her longterm co-writers and producers or brought new people into the fold. However, there is a fan theory that she's made pretty much the whole album with her close friend and collaborator Aaron Dessner.
After making Folklore and Evermore with both Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff, Taylor made Midnights almost solely with Jack. Could she have switched approaches for TS11 and done a full album with Aaron? There's nothing to confirm this, other than the fact that Taylor was in the studio with Aaron in November 2023.
Someone who does appear to be involved with the album though is Louis Bell who Taylor worked with on Lover ('I Forgot That You Exist', 'Afterglow', 'It's Nice to Have a Friend'). He shared Post Malone's post about the album on Instagram stories.
Louis has previously worked on songs like Halsey's 'Without Me', Lana Del Rey's 'Fuck It, I Love You' and Post Malone's 'Circles'. An album with Louis and Aaron Dessner? I'm listening.
maybe she made midnights with jack because she was making all of the tortured poets department with aaron. makes you think.— paige hettinger (@404paigenotfnd) February 5, 2024
louis bell just posted this on his story (he also worked on aotgylb, iftye, afterglow, and inthaf) pic.twitter.com/Qs0YeaAwws— maddux ⸆⸉ (@reptrackeleven) February 6, 2024
What has Taylor Swift said about The Tortured Poets Department?
At the first date of the Asian leg of The Eras Tour (Feb 7), Taylor opened up about The Tortured Poets Department and when she started working on it. She said: "I’ve been working on Tortured Poets since right after I turned in Midnights…I’ve been working on it for about two years, I kept working on it throughout the US tour."
Taylor continued: "When it was perfect in my opinion, when it was good enough for you, I finished it. And I'm so so excited that soon you'll get to hear it, soon we’ll get to experience it together."
Speaking on stage in Melbourne, she explained that the album was a record she "needed" to make.
"Tortured Poets is an album — I think more than any of my albums that I’ve ever made — I needed to make it," she told the crowd. "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 was something that actually gets me through my life."
📹 | Taylor Swift on TTPD #TokyoTSTheErasTour— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) February 7, 2024
“I’ve been working on Tortured Poets since right after I turned in Midnights …I’ve been working on it for about two years, I worked on it throughout the US tour …soon we’ll get to hear it together.”
As for the vibe of the album, Taylor's boyfriend Travis Kelce has told reporters a little bit about it. He said: "I have heard some of it, yes. And it is unbelievable. I can't wait for her to shake up the world when it finally drops."
We'll let you know as soon as Taylor reveals more.
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