Taylor Swift Announces New Album ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

5 February 2024 | 1:39 pm | Ellie Robinson

She announced it during her acceptance speech for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2024 Grammy Awards.

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Taylor Swift has announced her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, set for release in a little over two months.

She dropped the bomb during her acceptance speech for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2024 Grammy Awards, having taken out the gong for her 2022 album Midnights.

Swift said in her speech (as transcribed by Variety), “This is my 13th Grammy, which is my lucky number. I don’t know if I’ve ever told you that. I want to say thank you to the members of the Recording Academy for voting this way, but I know that the way that the Recording Academy voted is a direct reflection of the passion of the fans. So I want to say thank you to the fans by telling you a secret that I have been keeping from you for the last two years, which is that my brand-new album comes out April 19th. It’s called The Tortured Poets Department. I’m going to go and post the cover right now backstage. Thank you, I love you! Thank you!”

The modern pop icon stayed true to her promise, taking to social media with the album’s cover art and a handwritten letter, reading: “And so I enter into evidence, my tarnished coat of arms. My muses, acquired like bruises. My talismans and charms. The tick, tick, tick of love bombs. My veins of pitch black ink. All’s fair in love and poetry... Sincerely, The Chairman of The Tortured Poets Department.”

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Pre-orders for the album have already opened (get around them here), and the official listing clues us in on a little more of what we can expect from the release. For starters, the standard edition will feature 16 tracks, with physical editions also including a bonus track called The Manuscript. The album’s standard tracklisting is yet to be revealed.

The vinyl edition of The Tortured Poets Department will also come in a book-bound jacket with exclusive handwritten lyrics and never-before seen photos. There’s also a deluxe CD which is only available to pre-order for 72 hours, and in addition to its exclusive artwork, comes with a patch, a magnet, four collectible photo cards, and a “brass-toned department bookmark”.

The announcement comes ahead of the Australian leg of Swift’s Eras tour, which kicks off in Melbourne (Naarm) next Friday (February 16). Earlier today, a series of pop-up merch stores were announced to coincide with the run.

Meanwhile, a school is Brisbane shuffled its exam dates around to account for Swifties travelling interstate for the tour, while thousands have signed a petition to have G Flip open the shows.

For everything else you need to know about the Australian leg of the Eras tour, head here.

In other Taylor Swift news, the artist is rumoured to have another album release on the cards, teasing a re-recorded version of her 2017 album Reputation. It’ll follow last year’s Taylor’s Version reduxes of Speak Now and 1989.