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Lover is the the seventh studio album by pop singer Taylor Swift. It was released on August 23, 2019.

Background, recording and release

On Jimmy Fallon, Taylor stated that she toyed around with naming the album Daylight, before she wrote “Lover”. On her Instagram live on June 13, 2019, Taylor announced that the album would be called Lover and that the second single, released on June 14, 2019 at midnight EST, is called "You Need to Calm Down". There are four deluxe editions of the album, which are available at Target. The deluxe editions include voice memos of two of her favorite songs from the album, “I Forgot That You Existed” and “Lover”.

Swift talked about the album at the 2018 American Music Awards: "I always look at albums as chapters in my life," she said:

And to the fans, I'm so happy that you like this one... But I have to be really honest with you about something: I'm even more excited about the next chapter.

She also stated at the iHeartRadio Music Awards:

I just wanted to let you know, when there is new music, you will be the first to know.

On February 24th, 2019, Taylor posted a photo of seven palm trees on her Instagram, which, in her Entertainment Weekly interview, she confirmed was posted on the date that she finished the album.

Taylor will tour worldwide in the first half of 2020.[1]

Singles

  • The first single off of Lover is titled "ME!." It was released on April 26, 2019, featuring Brendon Urie of the band Panic! At The Disco.  
  • The second single off of Lover is titled "You Need To Calm Down." It was released on June 14, 2019.  
  • The third single off Lover is titled "Lover" and was released on August 16, 2019. This was confirmed on Taylor’s Instagram live when she announced the album name, and the release date was confirmed on the Teen Choice Awards 2019.  

Tracklist

The tracklist was announced on Taylor’s social media on August 16, the same day as the release of the titular track, “Lover”.[2]
Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Forgot That You Existed"Taylor Swift, Frank Dukes, Louis BellSwift, Dukes, Bell2:50
2."Cruel Summer"Swift, St. Vincent, Jack AntonoffSwift, Antonoff2:58
3."Lover"SwiftSwift, Antonoff3:41
4."The Man"Swift, Joel LittleSwift, Little3:10
5."The Archer"Swift, AntonoffSwift, Antonoff3:31
6."I Think He Knows"Swift, AntonoffSwift, Antonoff2:53
7."Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince"Swift, LittleSwift, Little3:54
8."Paper Rings"Swift, AntonoffSwift, Antonoff3:42
9."Cornelia Street"SwiftSwift4:47
10."Death by a Thousand Cuts"Swift, AntonoffSwift, Antonoff3:18
11."London Boy"Swift, Sounwave, Antonoff, Cautious ClaySwift, Antonoff3:10
12."Soon You'll Get Better" (featuring Dixie Chicks)Swift, AntonoffSwift, Antonoff3:21
13."False God"Swift, AntonoffSwift, Antonoff3:20
14."You Need to Calm Down"Swift, LittleSwift, Little2:51
15."Afterglow"Swift, Dukes, BellSwift, Dukes, Bell2:43
16."ME!" (featuring Brendon Urie)Swift, Urie, LittleSwift, Little3:13
17."It's Nice to Have a Friend"Swift, Dukes, BellSwift, Dukes, Bell2:30
18."Daylight"SwiftSwift4:53
Total length:61:48
Deluxe edition
No.TitleLength
19."I Forgot That You Existed" (voice memo, piano/vocal)3:30
20."Lover" (voice memo, piano/vocal)5:39
Total length:70:57

Trivia

Theories

  • The album was expected to have a soft, aesthetic feel since her outfits, themes, and posts had been based around pastel colors and soft gradients.
  • It was speculated that the new album would have a butterfly/and or mermaid theme, much like the opposite of reputation's snake theme. The reason for this is that she had been posting about mermaids and butterflies a lot on her social media.
  • On April 13 she changed her layouts/website and left a cryptic April 26, date which fans suspected would be the release date of Lover's lead single, which, on April 25, 2019, was announced that the countdown was for the first single, "ME!". This was confirmed by Taylor herself during the NFL Draft on the channel ABC.
    • She changed her profile pictures on all social media sites to a pastel pink and blue sky and left a countdown on her website.
      • On her website, written in big letters, it said "TS". However, the text seems to represent mermaid scales/and or sequins, backing up the mermaid theory.

References

  1. https://www.destakjornal.com.br/diversao---arte/musica/detalhe/taylor-swift-inclui-brasil-na-proxima-turne-cantora-vem-em-2020
  2. https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/1162447632096272391?s=21
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