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Midnights is the tenth studio album by American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift, released on October 21, 2022, through Republic Records.

Background[]

Swift announced the arrival of new music at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards during her acceptance speech for Video of the Year.[1] Swift also mentioned that more information would be available at midnight that same night.

On August 28, 2022, Swift announced the title of her tenth studio album.[2] The album's cover art and release date were announced on the same day.

Following the award show, Swift's website received a redesign.[3] After the album announcement, new merchandise became available for preorder through her store.

On September 1, Swift revealed that there would be three additional album artworks available for purchase throughout the upcoming week.[4]

On September 13, Target announced that there would be a lavender edition of the album.[5]

On September 16, Taylor Nation announced that each limited edition CD and vinyl would be brought back on the social medias.

On September 21, Swift announced the name of each track on the standard edition of the album through TikTok in a series called Midnights Mayhem with Me.[6] Target revealed the name of each track on the lavender edition on October 13.

On October 20, a trailer for the album containing scenes from its music videos and the instrumental to "Mastermind" was shown during the third quarter of Thursday Night Football on Prime Video.

On October 21, after the standard edition of the album came out, Swift announced that an additional seven tracks would be released at 3am EST, in a digital-exclusive 3am edition.[7]

On May 24, 2023, Swift announced that there would be two new editions of Midnights released. The deluxe edition of the album, Midnights (The Til Dawn Edition) was released on May 25, 2023, and the Midnights (The Late Night Edition) was released on May 26, 2023 as an on-site exclusive for ticket holders at the East Rutherford shows of The Eras Tour.[8]

Midnights Mayhem with Me[]

On September 21, Swift began to release videos in a TikTok series called Midnights Mayhem with Me in order to reveal each track title on the standard edition of the album.

  • On September 21, Swift announced that the thirteenth track on Midnights would be titled "Mastermind" as episode one out of thirteen on Midnights Mayhem with Me.[9]
  • On September 23, Swift announced that the eighth track on Midnights would be titled "Vigilante Shit" as episode two out of thirteen.[10]
  • On September 26, Swift announced that the seventh track on Midnights would be titled "Question...?" as episode three out of thirteen.[11]
  • On September 28, Swift announced that the sixth track on Midnights would be titled "Midnight Rain" as episode four out of thirteen.[12]
  • On September 30, Swift announced that the second track on Midnights would be titled "Maroon" as episode five out of thirteen.[13]
  • On October 3, Swift announced that the third track on Midnights would be titled "Anti-Hero" as episode six out of thirteen.[14]
  • On October 5, Swift announced that the ninth track on Midnights would be titled "Bejeweled" as episode seven out of thirteen.[15]
  • On October 6, Swift announced that the eleventh track on Midnights would be titled "Karma" as episode eight out of thirteen.[16]
  • On October 7, Swift announced that the first track on Midnights would be titled "Lavender Haze" as episode nine out of thirteen.[17]
  • On October 7, Swift announced that the fifth track on Midnights would be titled "You're On Your Own, Kid" as episode ten out of thirteen.[18]
  • On October 7, Swift announced that the tenth track on Midnights would be titled "Labyrinth" as episode eleven out of thirteen.[19]
  • On October 7, Swift announced that the twelfth track on Midnights would be titled "Sweet Nothing" as episode twelve out of thirteen.[20]
  • On October 7, Swift announced that the fourth track on Midnights would be titled "Snow On The Beach" as episode thirteen out of thirteen.[21]

Singles[]

Promotional singles[]

Anti-Hero remixes[]

Lavender Haze remixes[]

Track listing[]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Lavender Haze"Taylor SwiftJack Antonoff • Sam Dew • Zoë Kravitz Mark Anthony Spears • Jahaan SweetSwift • Antonoff • Sweet • Braxton Cook • Sounwave3:22
2."Maroon"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:38
3."Anti-Hero"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:20
4."Snow On The Beach" (featuring Lana Del Rey)Swift • Antonoff • Del ReySwift • Antonoff4:16
5."You're On Your Own, Kid"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:14
6."Midnight Rain"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff2:54
7."Question...?"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:30
8."Vigilante Shit"SwiftSwift • Antonoff2:44
9."Bejeweled"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:14
10."Labyrinth"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff4:07
11."Karma"Swift • Antonoff • Spears • Sweet • Keanu TorresSwift • Antonoff • Cook • Keanu Beats • Sounwave3:24
12."Sweet Nothing"Swift • William BowerySwift • Antonoff3:08
13."Mastermind"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:11
Total length:44:02
Lavender Edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."Hits Different"Swift • Antonoff • Aaron DessnerSwift • Antonoff • Dessner3:54
15."You're On Your Own, Kid" (Strings Remix)Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:20
16."Sweet Nothing" (Piano Remix)Swift • BowerySwift • Antonoff3:28
Total length:54:52
3am Edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."The Great War"Swift • DessnerSwift • Dessner4:00
15."Bigger Than The Whole Sky"SwiftSwift • Antonoff3:38
16."Paris"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:16
17."High Infidelity"Swift • DessnerSwift • Dessner3:51
18."Glitch"Swift • Antonoff • Spears • DewSwift • Antonoff • Sounwave2:28
19."Would've, Could've, Should've"Swift • DessnerSwift • Dessner4:20
20."Dear Reader"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:45
Total length:01:09:41
The Til Dawn Edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
21."Hits Different"Swift • Antonoff • DessnerSwift • Antonoff • Dessner3:54
22."Snow On The Beach" (featuring More Lana Del Rey)Swift • Del Rey • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:50
23."Karma" (featuring Ice Spice)Swift • Ice Spice • Sounwave • Antonoff • Keanu Beats • Jahaan Sweet • RIOTUSASwift • Sounwave • Antonoff • Beats • Sweet • RIOTUSA3:22
Total length:01:21:26
The Late Night Edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."The Great War"Swift • DessnerSwift • Dessner4:00
15."Bigger Than The Whole Sky"SwiftSwift • Antonoff3:38
16."High Infidelity"Swift • DessnerSwift • Dessner3:51
17."Would've, Could've, Should've"Swift • DessnerSwift • Dessner4:20
18."Dear Reader"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:45
19."You're Losing Me" (From The Vault)Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff4:38
20."Snow On The Beach" (featuring more Lana Del Rey)Swift • Del Rey • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:50
21."Karma" (featuring Ice Spice)Swift • Spice • Sounwave • Antonoff • Beats • Sweet • RIOTUSASwift • Sounwave • Antonoff • Beats • Sweet • RIOTUSA3:22
Total length:01:15:26

Notes[]

  • The Apple Music version of the album has a message from Taylor describing Midnights.
  • With 'Midnights' release, Swift became the first artist in history to claim all top 10 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 in a single frame.
  • Midnights earned more than 1.578 million equivalent album units in the U.S. through its first week,
  • Midnights became Spotify's most-streamed album in a single day, with 185,581,612 streams.
  • "Anti-Hero" earned over 17.4 million plays in its first 24 hours on Spotify globally, becoming the biggest opening day for a song in the platform's history.
  • Midnights won Best Pop Vocal Album and Album Of The Year at the 2024 Grammy Awards, her second album to do so after 1989 in 2016.
  • Midnights also won Album Of The Year at the 2024 Grammy's, her 4th album to do so after Fearless in 2010, 1989 in 2016, and folklore in 2021.

Outtakes[]

Spotify streams[]

Standard edition
No. Song Streams
1. Lavender Haze 723,336,535
2. Maroon 465,407,515
3. Anti-Hero 1,593,408,910
4. Snow On The Beach 435,028,323
5. You're On Your Own, Kid 600,321,283
6. Midnight Rain 669,412,572
7. Question...? 301,204,933
8. Vigilante Shit 405,785,280
9. Bejeweled 548,091,930
10. Labyrinth 280,576,509
11. Karma 795,314,710
12. Sweet Nothing 280,255,947
13. Mastermind 351,083,897
3am edition
No. Song Streams
14. The Great War 284,814,310
15. Bigger Than The Whole Sky 186,539,718
16. Paris 186,420,309
17. High Infidelity 156,782,725
18. Glitch 124,822,631
19. Would've, Could've, Should've 273,117,763
20. Dear Reader 130,786,321
The Til Dawn edition
No. Song Streams
21. Hits Different 192,929,329
22. Snow On The Beach (feat. More Lana Del Rey) 191,111,761
23. Karma (feat. Ice Spice) 92,020,541
* Total streams 9,268,754,437
You're Losing Me (From The Vault)
No. Song Streams
1. You're Losing Me (From The Vault) 226,053,946

Booklet[]

Physical booklet (Lavender edition)[]

Digital booklet (Lavender edition)[]

Digital booklet (3am edition)[]

Promotional[]

Photoshoot[]

Main article: Midnights photoshoot

Physical copies[]

Interviews[]

Trivia[]

  • Each song on Midnights leaked in full on October 19, 2022.[28]
  • On October 22, 2022, Midnights broke a record on Spotify for becoming their most streamed album in a singular day, with 185,581,612 streams.[29]
  • Midnights became Swift's fourth explicit album, with the other three being folklore, evermore and Red (Taylor's Version).
  • When including the 3am version of the album and excluding Swift's re-recorded work, the album is Swift's second-longest studio album, being 20 tracks long, only behind The Tortured Poets Department, at 31 tracks.
  • The longest song on the album is "You're Losing Me", being four minutes and thirty-seven seconds (4:37) and the shortest song on the album is "Glitch", being two minutes and twenty-eight seconds (2:28).
  • Swift became the first artist in history to simultaneously occupy spots #1 through #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.[30]
  • Midnights earned more than 1.578 million equivalent album units in the U.S. through its first week.
  • "Anti-Hero" earned over 17.4 million plays in its first 24 hours on Spotify globally, becoming the biggest opening day for a song in the platform's history.
  • Messenger created a Midnights chat theme to celebrate the album.[31]

References[]

  1. https://youtu.be/GOBYdgz06Q8
  2. Twitter - Album announcement
  3. https://www.taylorswift.com/
  4. https://www.capitalfm.com/news/taylor-swift-midnights-album-covers-records/
  5. https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/news/bonus-tracks-on-target-exclusive-cd-version-of-taylor-swifts-midnights-album-revealed
  6. https://dailyresearchplot.com/2022/09/28/taylor-swift-revealed-3rd-song-title-from-midnights/
  7. https://www.instagram.com/p/Cj93WAAuMg3
  8. Announcement of two new Midnights editions
  9. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7145677990385454378
  10. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7146420178916511022
  11. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7147533441326648618
  12. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7148275619179089195
  13. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7149017727892458794
  14. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7150130762891775274
  15. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7150872887254191402
  16. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7151244297432665390
  17. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7151615415498591534
  18. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7151630812193082667
  19. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7151646097725984046
  20. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7151661571192671530
  21. https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7151677137337208110
  22. https://www.instagram.com/p/CkrJohnJ_jd/?igshid=NTc4MTIwNjQ2YQ==
  23. https://www.instagram.com/p/CkwTA-zShjT/?igshid=NTc4MTIwNjQ2YQ==
  24. https://www.instagram.com/p/CkyqLDxpNgU/?igshid=NTc4MTIwNjQ2YQ==
  25. https://www.instagram.com/p/CkyqLDxpNgU/?igshid=NTc4MTIwNjQ2YQ==
  26. https://www.instagram.com/reel/ClEeD73AzC4/?igshid=NTc4MTIwNjQ2YQ==
  27. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CoeC5QyAFIy/?igshid=NTc4MTIwNjQ2YQ==
  28. https://www.musictimes.com/articles/87487/20221019/taylor-swift-midnights-leak-swifties-panic-bury-album-online-before.htm
  29. https://mashable.com/article/taylor-swift-midnights-spotify-record
  30. https://www.cnet.com/culture/entertainment/taylor-swift-album-midnights-sweeps-all-10-top-spots-on-billboard-hot-100/
  31. https://messengernews.fb.com/2021/06/10/new-chat-themes-and-more-now-on-messenger/
Midnights
"Lavender Haze" • "Maroon" • "Anti-Hero" • "Snow On The Beach" • "You're On Your Own, Kid" • "Midnight Rain" • "Question...?" • "Vigilante Shit" • "Bejeweled" • "Labyrinth" • "Karma" • "Sweet Nothing" • "Mastermind"
Lavender Edition
"Hits Different" • "You're On Your Own, Kid" (Strings remix) • "Sweet Nothing" (Piano remix)
3am Edition
"The Great War" • "Bigger Than The Whole Sky" • "Paris" • "High Infidelity" • "Glitch" • "Would've, Could've, Should've" • "Dear Reader"
The Late Night Edition
"You're Losing Me" • "Snow On The Beach" (Feat. More Lana Del Rey) • "Karma" (Feat. Ice Spice)
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