Taylor Swift's latest album, Folklore, has got everyone talking about who the mysterious artist credited on her latest album could be. And it turns out, it's her new boyfriend!
Here's what we know...
Since her debut album back in 2006, Taylor Swift has captured the hearts of millions.
via: Getty ImagesThe self-titled album sold 39,000 copies in its first week... Not a bad job for an eighteen-year-old newbie writing her own cutesy material, right?
But her second album was the one that really catapulted her into stardom.
And, fast forward ten years, she has now achieved accolades that only artists dream about.
via: GettyIMDB describes Swift as "a multi-Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter who, in 2010 at the age of 20, became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2011 Swift was named Billboard's Woman of the Year. She also has been named the American Music Awards Artist of the Year, as well as the Entertainer of the Year for both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, among many other accolades. As of this writing, she is also the top-selling digital artist in music history."
So, it's safe to say that she has well and truly cemented herself in the industry.There were a few bumps in the road, but she became a source of inspiration for other young women trying to get into the industry with their own content.
However, where there is good, there is always bad.The journey hasn't been an easy one, but Swift hardly discussed the dark side of the business, until very recently. She seemed to get sick of keeping up the pretense that everything was okay when behind the scenes, she was struggling with aspects of her personal life.
But even though those difficult times, she managed to produce some quality content.
via: YouTubeWe all know Taylor Swift is an amazing songwriter and music producer, but there's one thing she doesn't get enough credit for... And that's her overall creative talents.
Her self-directed music videos are visually amazing.
via: YouTubeFrom "Wildest Dreams" to "Blank Space" to "You Need To Calm Down", it's hard to pick which one is the best.
Remember when the release of "Bad Blood" took things to a whole new level?
With an all-star cast making cameo appearances throughout the 4-minute clip, it was hard not to become hooked.And don't even get me started on the visuals... They were amazing.
And she received a lot of positive feedback for her efforts.
via: YouTubeShe, alongside Joseph Kahn and David Gould, directed the video. The singer decided to put her creative skills to the test and it really paid off. "Bad Blood" has now been viewed over 1.3 billion times since it came out 4 years ago.
In the music video for "The Man", she took full creative control...
via: YouTubeAnd after watching it, I am inclined to say that it is her best yet.
The singer has taken reinvention to a whole new level...
via: YouTubeIn her documentary, Miss Americana, she explained how women in the industry are expected to keep on reinventing themselves in order to stay relevant.
And she explained how that came at a cost to her...
via: YouTubeShe wanted to stick with her original roots, promoting her hand-written love songs, but often found herself conforming to the standards. In her early twenties, she moved from the country vibe into mainstream pop in order to further her career but it came at a cost.
The headlines started becoming more and more negative.
via: YouTubeAs time passed, no matter how popular Taylor was, she quickly became one of the most hated artists on our screens and was subjected to immense torment by the media.
But you know what they say: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
via: YouTubeAfter spending years trying to resist the negative press, she ended up giving in to the "psycho" image that they kept promoting thinking it would save her from any further damage.
But in fact, it did the complete opposite.
So, it was time to take a break...
via: YouTubeAnd after a year of healing, she came back with a gentle vengeance. And that's where her new music comes into play.
She decided that it was time to use her voice...
via: YouTubeAnother aspect of the documentary that she talked about was how she was forced to stay out of political issues, even ones that called her own morals into question.
There was so much she wanted to say... But she didn't.
via: YouTubeHowever, it all got too much and she decided enough was enough. Regardless of the advice she was given by her management, she decided she was going to use her music as her political voice, standing up for minority groups and the issue of inclusivity.
And we saw examples of this in "You Need To Calm Down" and "Only The Young."
via: YouTubeYNTCD is a song dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community and how they should be proud of their identity while OTY, a pretty new release, emphasizes how the youth have the power to promote political change.
And, in her latest song, she has used her platform again to speak out for the better.
Now it's here, people are loving the acoustic folk record that Taylor wrote during quarantine...
But there's one song that stands out amongst the rest...Track thirteen, "Epiphany." In the album's prologue, Taylor mentions that her grandfather's experience in the military was one of her reference points when thinking of themes and imagery for the album.
The lyrics are beautiful.The song, which describes the experience of someone searching for an epiphany, opens with a scene from the battlefield, written from the experiences of her grandfather.
But some people think she's referencing the coronavirus pandemic, too.The lyrics read: "Something med school did not cover/Someone's daughter, someone's mother/Holds your hand through plastic now/Doc, I think she's crashing out/And some things you just can't speak about."
Many people believe these lyrics are a direct acknowledgment to the sacrifice frontline workers have made during the pandemic...The song also ends with the sound of heavy thuds - perhaps emulating bombs - and the beeping noise of what appears to be a heart monitor.
People have been taking to Twitter to commend the singer for her moving song...
I want to thank @taylorswift13 for giving us “epiphany” tonight. It’a incredibly therapeutic for those of us dealing with COVID firsthand.— Joyridewheee (@Joyridewheee)1595570426.0
Fans have wasted no time in diving into the analysis of her lyrics...
Oof, “Epiphany.” I love how @taylorswift13 juxtaposes imagery of D-Day soldiers landing on the beaches at Normandy… https://t.co/7BkueoTAtF— Ratify the ERA pls | Phil (Taylor’s Version) (@Ratify the ERA pls | Phil (Taylor’s Version))1595574626.0