Is a new Taylor Swift album on the way? It’s very likely that the singer-songwriter is gearing up for 2017 to be her year now that she scored a massive advertising deal with AT&T.
Taylor Swift’s fans usually get a new album every two years since her eponymous album, which was released in October 2006. However, Swift has been on her hiatus from making new music. It’s October, 2016, now, which means it’s two years later from October, 2014, when she released her last album, 1989, reports the Washington Post. So, when will Swift will drop her new album since she’s on an extended break? That break seems over now that she’s working on new music.
The “Shake It Off” singer usually drops a new single by the summer, leading up to her fall album release date. Other than Adele, Swift is the only artist who has the ability to sell a million albums in a week. Swift’s fans are so eager for a new album that they assumed Kelsea Ballerini’s new song, called “Roses,” sounded like Swift’s vocals. Ballerini took to Twitter to clear up any confusion and to quash the rumors that she’s not working with her friend and fellow country artist.
Swift’s friends, Gigi Hadid and Martha Hunt, have hinted that she’s back in the studio working on new music. According to the Washington Post’s thorough report, Swift could release a new album by Oct. 23, 2016, if she’s done with it. Swift has a lot of material to write about, from her relationships with Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston, along with her feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Could Swift pull a Beyoncé and drop a surprise album on her fans? Instead of releasing it on Tidal, she may make it an Apple Music exclusive. Swift may want to bypass the traditional press cycle of magazine interviews and talk shows leading up to a big album release, especially when she’ll be asked about her high-profiled relationships and celebrity feuds along with the criticism she’s received for it. Swift may just surprise everyone and let her music speak for itself, much like Beyoncé does.
Swift’s label president Scott Borchetta denied on Twitter that she’s not dropping new music anytime soon. Then he deleted his tweet, which means she could still have to plans to drop some new music soon. Other possible release dates include Oct. 24, 2016, to commemorate ten years of her music career, or on Nov. 13, 2016, since her favorite number is 13. Swift’s only concert date in 2016 is at the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix in Texas on Saturday, Oct. 22. So, does that mean she will perform a medley of her hits or some new music?
Well, according to a new report, Swift has announced she’s joining AT&T in a lucrative “multi-year, multi-faceted deal,” which includes performances and exclusive “content,” during another headlining performance at AT&T DIRECTV Super Saturday Night in Houston on Feb. 4, right before Super Bowl LI and Lady Gaga’s halftime show performance, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“We’re thrilled to reach a deal to bring Taylor and her unique talents to her fans and our customers in new and exclusive ways,” said John Stankey, CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group, in a statement. “And we’ve thrilled attendees during the Big Game weekend for the last 11 years with A-list parties and the hottest performing music artists around, so 2017 will be our very best. We’re excited to get event tickets into the hands of Taylor’s fans and exclusive content from the event to our customers and celebrate the combination of one of the world’s biggest artists with one of the world’s biggest sporting events.”
More details about Swift’s mega deal will be revealed “in the near future,” AT&T said.
The company first made the announcement on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and Swift responded with a photo of an AT&T jersey emblazoned with her favorite number, 13. “This is gonna be fun,” she tweeted, according to E! News.
— AT&T (@ATT) October 4, 2016
Thanks @ATT, this is gonna be fun pic.twitter.com/dS0qPTIutF
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 4, 2016
Whether or not Swift will debut new music is a secret for now. But with all these performances lined up, it looks like the singer has something up her sleeve. Do you think Swift will drop a surprise album? Sound off below in the comments section.
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