"Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my 8th studio album, folklore; an entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into."

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Taylor Swift announced that she will be dropping her 8th studio album on Thursday night at midnight. The album, which is titled Folklore, comes as a complete surprise to many fans who had no idea it was even in the works.

On Twitter, the singer wrote, " Surprise. Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my 8th studio album, folklore; an entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into."

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On Instagram, she went into more detail about the album and the first single. She noted that collaborators on the album include Bon Iver, Aaron Dessner, and Jack Antonoff. "I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine," she wrote.  "Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys so much."

She also shared a shot from the video of the first single "Cardigan," which will also be released Thursday night. She added the caveat that the video was shot in isolation and that she did her own hair, makeup, and styling.

Swift was set to tour her album Lover in 2020 but canceled the dates in response to the coronavirus pandemic.