“You need to calm down. You’re being too loud.” It seems that Taylor Swift preemptively heard the screams of Swifties around the world freaking out about her upcoming album, Lover. The 29-year-old songstress has been teasing her highly-anticipated, seventh, studio album for months now, but yesterday she finally shared concrete details about it. Let’s take a look at everything we know about Lover thus far.
What’s in a name? A lot when you’re dealing with Swift, who has become the queen of dropping easter eggs this year. Many fans correctly predicted the title of the new album when she dropped a major hint in an interview promoting the video for “ME!”. But just what can we expect from an album called lover? Lots of romantic vibes Swift confessed in an Instagram live video on Thursday evening.
“This album, in tone, it’s very romantic and not just simply thematically, like it’s all love songs or something. I think the idea of something being romantic, it doesn’t have to be a happy song. I think you can find romance in loneliness or sadness or going through a conflict or dealing with things in your life. I think it just kind of looks at those things with a very romantic gaze.” the “You Belong With Me” singer explained.
But there’s more to Lover than romance. Swift has stated very openly that she’s not shying away from being political in this new album. “I definitely think there are political undertones in the new music I made. I’m not planning to stop encouraging young people to vote and to try to get them to talk about what’s going on in our country. I think that’s one of the most important things I could do.” the 29-year-old admitted.
We are absolutely starting to see evidence of Swift getting political in both of her new songs. “ME!” was packed to the brim of bright, bold, colors and the few times she had performed it, the singer has practically created a rainbow on stage. This images and color palettes gave a nod to the LGBTQ community. However, in “You Need To Calm Down”, Swift is blatantly showing her support of LGBTQ people and their rights by shutting down those with homophobic beliefs.
You Need To Calm Down
In the lyrics for the new song, Swift is openly judging those who wrongly judge others. “Shade never made anybody less gay” and “Why be mad when you could be GLAAD?” are two of the standout lyrics from the new song. GLAAD, of course, is referring to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Swift has been actively and openly supporting the LGBTQ community in the midst of Pride Month and it looks like her music is following suit. And, since the singer is so incredibly strategic and intentional with her music, it hasn’t escaped our notice that she chose to release “You Need to Calm Down” on Donald Trump’s birthday.
The music video for You Need To Calm Down will release on Good Morning America on Monday, June 17 and Swift has promised fans that it is worth the wait. “There’s a lot that I’ve been excited about for so long, and I just wanted to wait for the right time to tell you things,” she said excitedly to fans.
Featuring 18 songs in total, Lover will be available in four, different, deluxe editions. Though Lover is now available for preorder, it won’t officially release until August 23. Honestly, true Swifties should’ve seen that date coming from a mile away. 8+2+3=13, which is Swift’s all-time favorite number. She has professed her love for the number 13 for years. The songwriter was born on the thirteenth of December, and the thirteenth song on each of her albums is always her favorite song on the record.
We’ve got a lot of time to kill between now and the new album. But something tells us that Swift will keep us on our toes for the next few months. Until then, keep calm and carry on.
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