Taylor Swift Makes History With ‘Folklore’ a Decade After Her ‘Speak Now’ Lead Single Leaked

by Jeremy Spirogis
Taylor Swift performs live on stage at Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands during her Speak Now World Tour on 7th March 2011.

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has completed it once more. Her eighth studio album, Folklore, has obtained each important reward and far fan acclaim, leading to important streams and gross sales. This comes 10 years after her first Speak Now single, “Mine,” debuted. Seemingly unconnected, the 2 occasions have one thing in frequent.

Taylor Swift’s album ‘Folklore’ debuted in July 2020

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Most of the issues I had deliberate this summer season didn’t find yourself occurring, however there’s something I hadn’t deliberate on that DID occur. And that factor is my eighth studio album, folklore. Surprise Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my total model new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, desires, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation however obtained to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine; @aarondessner (who has co-written or produced 11 of the 16 songs), @boniver (who co-wrote and was variety sufficient to sing on one with me), William Bowery (who co-wrote two with me) and @jackantonoff (who’s principally musical household at this level). Engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, combined by Serban Ghenea & Jon Low. The album pictures have been shot by the superb @bethgarrabrant. Before this 12 months I in all probability would’ve overthought when to launch this music on the ‘perfect’ time, however the occasions we’re dwelling in maintain reminding me that nothing is assured. My intestine is telling me that when you make one thing you’re keen on, you must simply put it out into the world. That’s the facet of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys a lot ♥️

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Swift shocked her followers when she launched Folklore and its lead single, “Cardigan,” lower than one 12 months after her earlier album, Lover. “Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into,” she shared hours earlier on social media. 

The normal album, launched digitally on July 24, 2020, contains 16 tracks, plus one bonus observe on the deluxe version. “Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed,” Swift continued.

It made an affect on the Billboard charts

Folklore and the lead single each took the highest spot on their respective charts within the first week eligible. “Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” debuts at No. 1 on this week’s #Hot100, formally making her the one artist in @billboardcharts historical past to debut at No. 1 on each the #Hot100 and #Billboard200 in the identical week,” the outlet wrote on social media.

Not solely did the album and “Cardigan” prime the charts, however different songs from Folklore made it on the Hot 100. With “The 1” touchdown at No. 4, Billboard shared on Instagram that Swift is “the first woman in @billboardcharts history to debut two songs in the top 5 of the chart in the same week.”

‘Mine’ debuted 10 years in the past

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This information got here on Monday, August 3, 2020. The subsequent day, August 4, marked the 10th anniversary of Swift’s lead single off her third studio album, “Mine.” It was additionally a success, debuting at No. Three and remaining on the Billboard Hot 100 for 23 weeks. However, this got here after a complication.

“Mine” was leaked a few weeks forward of its scheduled launch date, so it was despatched out to radio stations sooner than initially deliberate. And Swift is thought for her meticulous planning. “A leak is so out of my comfort zone, but it ended up good in the end,” she informed MTV on the time. “It made me so emotional that I started crying.”

‘Speak Now’ is Swift’s solely fully self-written album

Taylor Swift performs live on stage at Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands during her Speak Now World Tour on 7th March 2011.
Taylor Swift performs dwell on stage throughout her ‘Speak Now World Tour’ | Rob Verhorst/Redferns

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The single got here just a few months earlier than Speak Now’s October launch. What made the album distinctive is that, not like any of her others, Swift is credited as the only songwriter on each observe. Described as “a richer array of narratives” by Pop Matters, that is much like reward Swift has obtained for Folklore.

In reality, each lead album singles are, not like lots of her songs, primarily fictional. MTV reported (through Yahoo!) that Swift wrote “Mine” after “a guy that I just barely knew put his arm around me by the water, and I saw the entire relationship flash before my eyes.” Meanwhile, “Cardigan” is a part of the “teenage love triangle” that performs out over three Folklore tracks.

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