Taylor Swift says upcoming album, 'The Tortured Poets Department', was "a lifeline for me"

Publish Date
Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 6:00AM

Literally cannot believe we have the same 24hrs in a day as Taylor

Last year Tay was reminded how much writing lyrics gets her "through" the ups and downs of life whilst making the follow-up to 2022's 'Midnights' and confessed she was going through a lot (same tbh).

Speaking to fans at her Melbourne Cricket Ground concert on Friday she said in a clip shared to X/Twitter: "‘Tortured Poets’ is an album — I think more than any of my albums that I’ve ever made — I needed to make it. It was really a lifeline for me.”

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She continued: “Just the things I was going through and the things I was writing about.

“It kind of reminded me of why songwriting is something that actually gets me through my life, and I never had an album where I needed songwriting more than I needed it on ‘Tortured Poets.'”

Displaying a different album cover on the screen behind her, she explained: “I wanted to show you something tonight because we’ve got an alternate cover to ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ that nobody has seen and there’s an exclusive song on this vinyl called ‘The Bolter.'”

“This is called ‘The Bolter Edition.’ Look at that cover, it’s so tortured [and] so poetic. I wanted to show that to you here in Melbourne because you’ve just been the best that you could possibly be.”

Mother later shared the 17-song tracklist for the upcoming collection with an image of herself alongside writing that said: “I love you, it’s ruining my life.

“From the desk of Taylor Swift.”

The record features two collaborations, with Post Malone and Florence and the Machine, 'Fortnight' and ‘Florida!!!’, respectively.


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