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Lover
Taylor Swift - Lover.png
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
RecordedNovember 2018 – February 24, 2019
StudioElectric Lady Studios (New York City)
Length61:45
Label
Producer
Taylor Swift chronology
Reputation Stadium Tour Surprise Song Playlist
(2018)
Lover
(2019)
Taylor Swift studio album chronology
Reputation
(2017)
Lover
(2019)
Singles from Lover
  1. "Me!"
    Released: April 26, 2019
  2. "You Need to Calm Down"
    Released: June 14, 2019
  3. "Lover"
    Released: August 16, 2019

Lover is the upcoming seventh studio album and major-label debut by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It is scheduled to be released on August 23, 2019. The album is Swift's first release under Republic Records and Taylor Swift Productions. The lead single "Me!" featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco was released on April 26, 2019. The second single "You Need to Calm Down" was released on June 13, 2019. The title track was released as the third single on August 16, 2019. Aside from Urie, Lover also features a collaboration with the Dixie Chicks.

Background

Speculation of the album started on February 24, 2019, when Swift posted a photo of seven palm trees to her Instagram account,[1] which she later confirmed was the day she finished the album.[2] On April 13, Swift released a countdown on her official website, counting down to midnight EDT (UTC-04:00) on April 26.[3] At midnight, Swift released the album's lead single, "Me!" featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, along with its accompanying music video.[4] Swift encouraged fans to find hints about the album title in the video and many fans pointed out that at one point in the video, the word Lover appeared at the top of a building in the background.[5]

On June 13, 2019, Swift confirmed the album title in a livestream on Instagram, and that the album would be released on August 23, 2019.[6] The numbers of the release date (eight, two, and three) add up to 13, Swift's favorite number.[7] Swift also announced that the album's second single, "You Need to Calm Down", would be released the next day on June 14, followed by its music video three days later.[7] She described the album as a romantic one, stating that it was "not just simply thematically, like it's all love songs or something. The idea of something being romantic, it doesn't have to be a happy song. You can find romance in loneliness or sadness or going through things in your life... it just looks at those things through a romantic gaze."[6] In a Vogue interview published in September 2019, Swift described the album as a "love letter to love, in all of its maddening, passionate, exciting, enchanting, horrific, tragic, wonderful glory."[8]

Recording

The album was recorded in under three months, finishing on February 24, 2019.[2] Recording studios used for production of the album included Electric Lady Studios in New York City.[9]

Artwork

The album cover photo was shot by 24-year old Valheria Rocha, a Colombian artist.[10]

Release and promotion

Distribution

The album is scheduled to be released on August 23, 2019 by Republic Records. The standard edition will be released on CD and for digital download and streaming, and later in the month on cassette tape.[11] It is the first time Swift is releasing an album the initial release day for streaming and the first time she is selling an album directly on her website for digital download. The deluxe edition comes in four versions, each containing a CD, two bonus audio memos and a blank journal, with different bonus content of Swift's old diary entries, photos, and a poster.[12] The deluxe editions will be distributed exclusively by Target in the US,[13] and on Swift's official website globally.[14]

Promotion

A few weeks before the expected release of the album, Swift invited select group of fans to private listening parties called Secret Sessions, a tradition beginning with the album 1989 in 2014. Secret Sessions were held in London,[15] Nashville,[16] and Los Angeles.[17] Swift teamed up with iHeartRadio to release audio recordings of the Secret Sessions.[18]

Swift partnered with Amazon in the lead-up to the release, with Amazon featuring Lover designs on some of their cardboard delivery boxes.[19] On August 20, Swift released an exclusive playlist on Spotify, which will incrementally reveal lyrics from the album.[20] The next day, Swift unveiled a line of clothing and accessories designed in collaboration with designer Stella McCartney.[21]

On August 16, 2019, Swift announced the track listing of the album on her social media.[22]

Singles

The song "Me!" featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco serves as the album's lead single. It was released along with its accompanying music video on April 26, 2019.[4] The lyric video was released on May 1. The song broke several records, including the biggest single-week jump on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in its history.[23] It peaked at number two in the United States and in Canada,[23] while it debuted and peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.[24]

The second single, "You Need to Calm Down", was announced during Swift's album release livestream on Instagram on June 13, 2019, and was released on June 14, along with the lyric video.[6] The accompanying music video, which was released on June 17,[25] had special appearances from a variety of guests, most of whom are part of the LGBTQ+ community, including Ellen DeGeneres and RuPaul.[26][27] It debuted and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

At the 2019 Teen Choice Awards, Swift announced that the title track will be released as the third single on August 16, 2019.[28][29][30] On August 15, 2019, Swift announced on her social media that the music video for the song will premiere during a live Q&A session on YouTube a day before the album release, on August 22, 2019.[31]

Promotional singles

"The Archer" was released as the album's first promotional single on July 23, 2019.[32] Swift explained it would not be a single and it was meant to showcase a side of the album unseen by fans with the two singles; therefore, the song would not receive an accompanying music video. A lyric video was released on YouTube on the day the track was released.[33] It debuted at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the chart dated August 3, 2019.

Live performances

Swift promoted the album and its singles on several live performances. On May 1, 2019, Swift made the first live performance of the lead single "Me!" at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards with Brendon Urie at Las Vegas, Nevada.[34] Swift and Urie performed the song again at the season finale of the sixteenth season of The Voice on May 21.[35] Swift performed "Me!" solo at the finale of the fourteenth season of Germany's Next Top Model on May 22.[36] On May 24, she appeared on The Graham Norton Show as a musical guest, performing "Me!".[37] On May 25, Swift performed "Me!" at the quarter-finals of the eighth season of The Voice: la plus belle voix, the French edition of The Voice.[38]

On July 10, Swift headlined the Amazon Prime Day Concert 2019 in New York City, performing "Me!" and for the first time "You Need to Calm Down", as well as a selection of songs from her previous albums.[39] On August 22, the day before the album's release, Swift is scheduled to perform a concert at Central Park in New York City on Good Morning America, where she will perform new music from the album.[40][41] Swift is also expected to perform new music on a YouTube livestream later that day.[42] Swift is scheduled to perform at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on August 26, where she is nominated for twelve awards.[43]

Commercial performance

As of July 2019, Lover is the most pre-saved album by a female artist in its first day on Apple Music, totaling more than 178,600 pre-adds worldwide on the platform.[44][26] Lover also holds the record for most pre-added pop album in its first day worldwide, also on Apple Music.[44] On August 20, Variety, quoting Republic Records founder and chairman Monte Lipman, reported album presales worldwide was nearly one million.[45]

Track listing

The standard album is set to have 18 tracks. The Target deluxe editions are set to feature two songwriting audio memos from Swift.[6][46]

Standard edition[47]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Forgot That You Existed" 2:50
2."Cruel Summer" 2:58
3."Lover"Swift
  • Antonoff
  • Swift
3:41
4."The Man" 3:10
5."The Archer"
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
  • Antonoff
  • Swift
3:31
6."I Think He Knows"
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
 2:53
7."Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince"
  • Swift
  • Little
 3:54
8."Paper Rings"
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
 3:42
9."Cornelia Street"Swift 4:47
10."Death by a Thousand Cuts"
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
 3:18
11."London Boy" 3:10
12."Soon You'll Get Better" (featuring Dixie Chicks)
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
 3:21
13."False God"
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
 3:20
14."You Need to Calm Down"
  • Swift
  • Little
  • Little
  • Swift
2:51
15."Afterglow"
  • Swift
  • Bell
  • Feeney
 3:43
16."Me!" (featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco)
  • Swift
  • Little
  • Urie
  • Little
  • Swift
3:13
17."It's Nice to Have a Friend"
  • Swift
  • Bell
  • Feeney
 2:30
18."Daylight"Swift 4:53
Total length:61:45

Notes

  • "The Archer" contains an interpolation of the nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty".[48][49]
  • "Me!" is stylized in all caps.
  • The album version of "Me!" does not contain the lyrics "Hey, kids, spelling is fun!"[50]

Release history

Region Date Format(s) Edition(s) Label Ref.
Various August 23, 2019 Standard [51]
CD Deluxe [46]
United States August 30, 2019 Cassette tape Standard [52]

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