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Taylor Swift announces 9th studio album 'Evermore'

Singer Taylor Swift announced on Thursday, December 10, that she'd be dropping one more album in 2020, the "sister record" to Folklore, Evermore.

"To put it plainly, we just couldn't stop writing songs. To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in," said Swift, explaining her release.

Evermore, which will drop on December 11 (Philippine time) comes barely 5 months after Folklore dropped in July 2020.

"I've never done this before. In the past I've always treated albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the next one after an album was released. There was something different with Folklore. In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning. I loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales. I loved the ways you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies and epic tales of love lost and found into your lives. So I just kept writing them. And I loved creating these songs with Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, WB, and Justin Vernon. We've also welcomed some new (and longtime) friends to our musical kitchen table this time around," she added.

Evermore will have 15 tracks on the standard edition and 17 tracks on the deluxe physical edition. Three of the tracks include featured artists – "no body, no crime" with Haim, "coney island" with The National, and "evermore" with Bon Iver. Swift had worked with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and The National's Aaron Dessner for Folklore.

"Ever since I was 13, I've been excited about turning 31 because it's my lucky number backwards, which is why I wanted to surprise you with this now. You've all been so caring, supportive, and thoughtful on my birthdays and so this time I thought I would give you something! I also know this holiday season will be a lonely one for most of us and if there are any of you out there who turn to music to cope with missing loved ones the way I do, this is for you," added the Grammy-award winner.

A music video for "Willow," the first track in the album, is set to drop the same time the album does, at midnight eastern time (around 1 pm in the Philippines).

It's been a busy 2020 for Swift. She dropped Folklore in July, devoid of the usual buzz she creates before releasing an album or entering a new musical "era." The album has been received warmly by critics and fans alike, with many finding solace in its reflective, often sad songs as social interactions remain sparse during the coronavirus pandemic.

Swift has also been rerecording masters of her first 7 albums after failing to secure the original masters and getting into a row with Scooter Braun. Swift had teased the rerecorded version of the 2008 hit "Love Story" for a Match ad that came out on the accounts of her friend and actor Ryan Reynolds.

Folklore has been nominated for Album of the Year in the Grammy awards. – Rappler.com