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Lover is the seventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift, released on August 23, 2019, through Republic Records.

Background[]

On March 11, 2018, at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Swift stated: "I just wanted to let you know, when there is new music, you will be the first to know."[3]

On October 9, at the American Music Awards, Swift stated: "I always look at albums as chapters in my life, 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."

On February 24, 2019, Swift teased the possibly of an upcoming release by sharing a photo through her social media.[4]

On June 13, Swift went live on Instagram and announced that her seventh studio album would be called Lover. During the same livestream, Swift announced that “You Need To Calm Down” would be released as the album's second single on the 14th.[5]

On August 16, Swift revealed the album's track listing.[6]

Singles[]

Promotional singles[]

Track listing[]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Forgot That You Existed"Taylor Swift • Louis Bell • Adam King FeeneySwift • Bell • Frank Dukes2:50
2."Cruel Summer"Swift • Jack Antonoff • Annie ClarkSwift • 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"SwiftSwift • Antonoff4:47
10."Death By A Thousand Cuts"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:18
11."London Boy"Swift • Antonoff • Cautious Clay • SounwaveSwift • Antonoff • Sounwave3:10
12."Soon You'll Get Better" (featuring The 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 • Bell • FeeneySwift • Bell • Dukes3:43
16."ME!" (featuring Brendon Urie)Swift • Little • UrieSwift • Little3:13
17."It's Nice To Have A Friend"Swift • Bell • FeeneySwift • Bell • Dukes2:30
18."Daylight"SwiftSwift • Antonoff4:53
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

The More Lover Chapter[]

The EP was released on March 17, 2023.

The More Lover Chapter
No.TitleLength
1."Cruel Summer"2:58
2."Lover"3:41
3."The Man"3:10
4."The Archer"3:31
5."All Of The Girls You Loved Before"3:41
Total length:17:02

Outtakes[]

Spotify streams[]

Standard edition
No. Song Streams
1. I Forgot That You Existed 342,794,281
2. Cruel Summer 2,281,658,676
3. Lover 1,448,953,568
4. The Man 780,876,168
5. The Archer 408,729,310
6. I Think He Knows 280,736,561
7. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince 393,035,167
8. Paper Rings 659,905,832
9. Cornelia Street 338,026,497
10. Death By A Thousand Cuts 292,941,495
11. London Boy 337,255,082
12. Soon You'll Get Better 146,969,559
13. False God 242,026,101
14. You Need To Calm Down 950,474,369
15. Afterglow 388,945,415
16. ME! 867,714,110
17. It's Nice To Have A Friend 134,781,419
18. Daylight 410,093,041
* Total streams 10,705,916,651
All Of The Girls You Loved Before
No. Song Streams
1. All Of The Girls You Loved Before 369,260,536

Booklet[]

Physical booklet[]

Promotional[]

Photoshoot[]

Main article: Lover photoshoot

Merchandise[]

Main article: Lover/Merchandise

Chart performance[]

Lover debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 867,000 units, of which 679,000 are pure sales, making Swift the first female artist to have six albums sell more than 500,000 copies in a single week. The album sold more copies than all the other 199 albums on the chart combined that week, the first album to achieve this feat since her own reputation in 2017. All 18 tracks from the album charted simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 breaking records such as the most simultaneous Hot 100 entries for a female artist and the most simultaneous Hot 100 debuts by a female artist. Lover was certified platinum by the RIAA, denoting one million equivalent album units earned.

Theories[]

  • 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 the 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.

Trivia[]

  • The album was originally set to be titled Daylight, but after writing "Lover", Swift decided to name the album after that song instead.

References[]

Lover
"I Forgot That You Existed" • "Cruel Summer" • "Lover" • "The Man" • "The Archer" • "I Think He Knows" • "Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince" • "Paper Rings" • "Cornelia Street" • "Death By A Thousand Cuts" • "London Boy" • "Soon You'll Get Better" • "False God" • "You Need To Calm Down" • "Afterglow" • "ME!" • "It's Nice To Have A Friend" • "Daylight"
The More Lover Chapter
"All Of The Girls You Loved Before"
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