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|Released||October 21, 2022|
|Taylor Swift chronology|
|Singles from Midnights|
Midnights is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released on October 21, 2022, via Republic Records. It was announced at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, marking Swift's first new body of work since her 2020 alternative folk albums, Folklore and Evermore. A concept album about nocturnal ruminations, Midnights was written and produced by Swift with longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff.
Inspired by Swift's "sleepless nights", Midnights contains confessional yet cryptic lyrics, exploring anxiety, insecurity, self-criticism, self-awareness, insomnia, and self-confidence. Expanding on the synth-pop sound of Swift's previous pop projects, the album experiments with electronica, dream pop, bedroom pop, and chill-out music styles. The songs are characterized by subtle grooves, vintage synthesizers, drum machine, and hip hop/R&B rhythms. Swift unveiled the standard track list on a TikTok series called Midnights Mayhem with Me from September 21 to October 7, 2022, and surprise-released seven bonus tracks.
Midnights received critical acclaim for its restrained production, candid songwriting and vocal cadences. Critics dubbed the album a career concoction, incorporating references to and elements from Swift's previous albums, and placed it in best-albums rankings of 2022. It was commercially successful across all formats of music consumption and broke a string of records globally; publications dubbed the ubiquitous success a testament to Swift's cultural impact and longevity. It achieved the Spotify feat for the most single-day streams of an album and topped the charts in 28 territories. In the United States, it opened with over 1.5 million units, logged Swift's 11th number-one on the Billboard 200, the largest vinyl sales week of the 21st century, and became the best-selling album of 2022.
The album spawned 10 top-ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100—the most for any album—in the same week. The lead single "Anti-Hero" scored Swift her ninth number-one song in the US and topped the charts in 14 other territories; fellow tracks such as "Lavender Haze", "Maroon", "Snow on the Beach" featuring Lana Del Rey, "Midnight Rain", and "Bejeweled" also achieved high positions internationally. To support Midnights along with her other albums, Swift has embarked on the Eras Tour in 2023; an overwhelming demand for the tickets crashed its Ticketmaster pre-sale.
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