Taylor Swift surprises fans with secret double album reveal

Taylor Swift has surprised her fans by revealing her new record 'The Tortured Poets Department' is actually a "secret double album" with a second instalment of 15 extra songs being released at the same time.

Taylor Swift has surprised fans by revealing her new record 'The Tortured Poets Department' is actually a "secret double album".

The 34-year-old pop superstar released her 11th studio record 'The Tortured Poets Department' at midnight on Friday (19.04.24) and just hours later, Taylor dropped a bombshell by announcing she's adding a second instalment of 15 extra songs to make it an "Anthology".

In a post on social media, Taylor wrote: "It’s a 2am surprise: 'The Tortured Poets Department' is a secret DOUBLE album.

"I’d written so much tortured poetry in the past 2 years and wanted to share it all with you, so here’s the second installment of 'TTPD: The Anthology'. 15 extra songs. And now the story isn’t mine anymore … it’s all yours."

The extra release means the album now clocks in at 31 songs including 'The Manuscript', 'The Bolter', The Albatross' and 'The Black Dog' which were the bonus tracks included on vinyl versions of the record.

Taylor went on to explain the double album reflects a period of her life that's "now over" and she insisted she has "no scores to settle once wounds have healed" - with many speculating many of the songs explore her doomed relationship with actor Joe Alwyn and her brief romance with Matty Healy.

In a post on Instagram, Taylor wrote: "'The Tortured Poets Department'. An anthology of new works that reflect events, opinions and sentiments from a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time - one that was both sensational and sorrowful in equal measure.

"This period of the author’s life is now over, the chapter closed and boarded up. There is nothing to avenge, no scores to settle once wounds have healed.

"And upon further reflection, a good number of them turned out to be self-inflicted. This writer is of the firm belief that our tears become holy in the form of ink on a page. Once we have spoken our saddest story, we can be free of it.

"And then all that’s left behind is the tortured poetry."

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