Swifties know all too well that when Taylor has an announcement to make, she's not doing it half-heartedly. Choosing her moment carefully and tactfully, she knows how to storm the headlines with her latest updates. Deciding to announce her upcoming album, Midnight, while on stage to accept the MTV VMA Award for the All Too Well 'Video of the Year,' was right on brand for Miss Swift. And we loved her even more for it. If you somehow missed this momentous moment in music history, here are all the important details you need.
"I wouldn't be able to re-record my albums if it weren't for you," Swift thanked her fans as part of her acceptance speech. "You emboldened me to do that. And I had made up my mind that if you were going to be this generous and give us this [award], I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you..." she teased to the audience's hysterical cheering. "....that my brand new album comes out Oct. 21. And I will tell you more at midnight."
Later that night, as always true to her word, Taylor delivered on the content. Alongside an image of her flicking on a lighter, she teased the 13 tracks to appear on the album, keeping them unnamed at this point. "This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams," a second image read. "The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching - hoping that just maybe when the clock strikes twelve … we'll meet ourselves."
This album marks Swift's 10th studio album, delivering us new music after 2 long, hard years. During this time, Taylor has kept herself more than busy, re-recording and re-releasing Fearless (Taylor's Version) and Red (Taylor's Version) - both previous albums she chose to re-record for personal ownership. Her song, Carolina, appears on the soundtrack for Where the Crawdads Sing, released this summer, and she then went and received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from NYU! It's not easy being Taylor Swift! Stay tuned for more tea on her latest project.