TAYLOR SWIFT reveals new album, ‘Lover’ cover art and release date
You need to calm down — Taylor Swift officially announced her new album.
“Lover,” her seventh full-length release, is coming out Aug. 23. Swift also announced that
the second single from the album, “You Need to Calm Down,” will drop at midnight Friday.
Swift leaked the highly anticipated news — and her new rainbow-drenched cover art — on
Twitter and Instagram posts and an Instagram Live chat on Thursday.
“Can’t wait for you to hear this,” Swift wrote.
Fans began speculating that Swift was releasing a new set of songs — and a new version
of herself when her social media began to turn to pastel hues. Swift is known for leaving
breadcrumb hints in anticipation of her music.
Swift said this album will have a “romantic” vibe to it.
Swifties can expect a music video for the song on June 17, which will debut on “Good
According to Swift’s live chat, “Lover” will feature 18 new tracks. Four deluxe versions of
the work will be available at Target (which Swift has partnered with in the past) stores.
The first single from the album, “ME,” came out on April 26. The happy pop hit featured
Brendon Urie from “Panic! At the Disco.”
The giddy aesthetic is a sharp departure from her last album, “reputation,” which released
in 2017. Swift staged herself in dark, bold clothes and featured much harder images on her
social at that time.
She’s since clearly changed her tune, which many speculate is because of her under-wraps romance with British actor Joe Alwyn (“The Favorite”). The two began seeing each
other in 2016.
Want to cop her cheery vibes? You can — Swift also announced that she’s releasing a
fashion collaborate with designer Stella McCartney that’s inspired by “Lover.”
MADAME X grants Madonna her ninth leader on the Billboard 200
She last led the list in 2012, with MDNA. Here’s a look at all of Madonna’s No. 1 albums: Madame X, MDNA, Hard Candy (2008), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005), American Life (2003), Music (2000), Like a Prayer (1989), True Blue (1986) and Like a Virgin (1985). Madonna continues to have the second-most No. 1 albums among female artists, trailing only Barbra Streisand, who has 11. Among all acts, The Beatles have the most No. 1s, with 19. They are followed by Jay-Z (14), Streisand and Bruce Springsteen (both with 11), Elvis Presley (10), Eminem, Garth Brooks, Madonna and The Rolling Stones (all with nine).
Madonna is a frequent visitor to the top 10 of the Billboard 200, having notched at least four top 10 albums in each of the last four decades (‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s and ‘10s). Madame X marks her 22nd top 10, and fourth of the ‘10s. Earlier in the decade, she reached the region with her last studio effort, Rebel Heart (No. 2 in 2015), MDNA (No. 1, 2012) and the live album Sticky & Sweet Tour (No. 10, 2010).
Madame X’s debut week was comprised of 90,000 in album sales, which is the fourth-largest sales week for an album in 2019 by a woman. The album’s sales were bolstered by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the Queen of Pop’s upcoming theater tour (starting on Sept. 12 in New York at Brooklyn’s Howard Gilman Opera House), as well as an array of merchandise/album bundles sold via her official website.