Taylor Swift surprises fans with her new album, Folklore

Taylor Swift has officially dropped her eighth studio album, Folklore. Along with the release of the album, Swift released a music video for one of her new songs, Cardigan, which she wrote and directed. As the Grammy winner previously told her fans, "The entire shoot was overseen by a medical inspector, everyone wore masks, stayed away from each other, and I even did my own hair, makeup, and styling." On July 23, Swift took to social media to surprise fans with Folklore. Along with a series of photos showing the 30-year-old star in the woods, she wrote, "Most of the things I had planned this summer didn't end up happening, but there is something I hadn't planned on that DID happen. Tonight, I'll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I've poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into," she continued that she wrote the songs in isolation amid the pandemic. Swift's new album consists of 16 songs on the standard edition. Eagle-eyed fans have already theorised that this is a pseudonym for Swift's longtime love, Joe Alwyn.