Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated Lover album dropped at midnight and while it’s rare for an artist this big to be able to live up to their own hype, Swift has pulled off a seemingly unimaginable feat. Releasing her first album with Universal, Swift aimed for the bleachers, dropping 18 highly personal tracks that manage to expertly dip into all the genres that have influenced the 29-year-old singer while still sounding like quintessential TSwift.
The new album is Swift’s most personal yet, which is saying a lot for an artist who has always been fairly open in her music. Lover is the first album Swift owns, thanks to her new deal with Universal, and while the feud continues between Swift and Scooter Braun, it appears there’s one person Swift doesn’t want to fight with any longer. As part of the deluxe edition of Lover, Swift is releasing four options for fans. Each package includes entries from her diary and one package features a page from Swift’s diary about the first day she met Big Machine Records founder Scott Borchetta, who was the only label rep to agree to give Swift both a recording and a songwriting contract at age 15. We saw the letter and so did Borchetta and now our heart is warm.
Not only did Swift drop a new album, she also released the music video for “Lover” late on Thursday night and here’s what we know so far.
THE ‘LOVER’ VIDEO FEATURES SWIFT’S TOURMATES
Swift usually opts for a famous model or actor to play her love interest in her music videos, but in keeping with the personal nature of the title track, Swift instead chose close friend and backup dancer Christian Owens. “The leading man in this video is someone I have performed on stage with for years,” Swift revealed during her YouTube live session on Thursday. “[He was the] leading man in the ‘King of My Heart’ performance every night on the Reputation tour. Every night I could see how expressive he is and just how heroic and what an amazing actor he is as well.” In addition to Owens, the dreamy dollhouse video also includes Swift’s backup singers in the party scene.
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FANS THINK SWIFT IS READY TO START A FAMILY
The video for “Lover” ends with Swift and Owens spending Christmas morning with a little girl who plays the couple’s daughter. While we know that Swift loves to drop Easter eggs in her videos, we don’t think this means the pop star is pregnant. Swift also played a mom in her videos for “Mine” and “Everything Has Changed” and while she’s great at keeping secrets, we don’t think she’s been hiding a kid since the first video came out in 2010, but could be hinting that she’s ready to take on the role IRL.
IDRIS ELBA MAKES A CAMEO
Sorry Swifties. While some fans thought Taylor’s love letter to London and more specifically, English boyfriend Joe Alwyn, included a cameo by the actor at the top of the track, it’s actually Idris Elba. We know future-James-Bond’s voice anywhere. The clip was taken from one of Elba’s appearances on The Late Late Show With James Corden, which means Swift featured two of her Cats co-stars on Lover. Sorta.
THERE’S A CANADIAN CONNECTION
Swift spends most of Lover with her 1989 co-creator Jack Antonoff, but for a handful of tracks, specifically the cheeky “I Forgot That You Existed,” the remorseful “Afterglow” and the airy “It’s Nice To Have A Friend,” Swift teamed up with writers and producers Louis Bell and Frank Dukes. Best known for his work with Drake, The Weeknd, and Camila Cabello, Toronto native Dukes has his fingerprints all over Lover. Oh Canada!
TAYLOR IS DONE WITH HER RED ERA
The JK Rowling of the pop world, Swift’s seventh album is filled with references to earlier albums (seven Harry Potter books, seven TS albums, so much magic in both). But it seems that Swift is moving away from her Red days, which she proclaims in Lover’s final track “Daylight.” Aside from the title track, this is the only song Swift wrote completely on her own and you know what that means–it’s all about le BF. Referencing a line from her 2012 song “Red,” Swift sings “I once believed love would be burning red / But it’s golden.” You know, like Joe Alwyn’s hair. So much symbolism!
We can’t wait to see what Taylor Swift pulls out for her performance at the 2019 MTV VMAs, hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco, on Monday, August 26 at 8 p.m. ET.