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Famous singer and fourteen-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift announced in February while accepting her Grammy for her album “Midnights,” that she has had an album in the works for two years that will be released April 19th named “The Tortured Poets Department,” making this her 11th album studio. Many suspect she started working on this album either late 2021 or early 2022.

The album “The Tortured Poets Department” was dropped Thursday late afternoon with a tracklist of sixteen songs, but it was not till hours later that it was revealed that it was a double album drop with an additional fifteen songs. The tracklist of this album is as follows:

– Fortnight (Ft. Post Malone)
– The Tortured Poets Department
-My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys
-Down Bad
-So Long, London
-But Daddy I Love Him
-Fresh Out The Slammer
-Florida!!! (Ft. Florence + the Machine)
-Guilty as Sin?
-Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?
-I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can)
-I Can Do It With A Broken Hear
-The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived
-The Alchemy
-Clara Bow

This album contains songs for all five stages of grief, and many of her fans believe some of her songs are inspired by her ex, Joe Alwyn, whom Taylor dated for around six years until their break in April of 2023. Along with this, others speculate that some of her songs must also have been directed towards her current boyfriend, Travis Kelce. According to Wikipedia, “‘ She described The Tortured Poets Department as her “lifeline” album, conceived as a culmination of her imperative songwriting. It contains 31 songs across its two volumes, with the American rapper Post Malone featuring on the opening track and lead single, “Fortnight,” and the English indie rock band Florence and the Machine on the track “Florida!!!’.” This album was co-written with Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner alongside Taylor. Many songs within this album contain mid-tempo songs driven by synthesizers and drum machines alongside organic instruments such as piano and guitar. Its subject matter focuses on Swift’s psyche, exploring her outlook on her public and private lives using introspective storytelling. Themes of sorrow, self-awareness, delusion, melodrama, and humor characterize the lyrical content. Journalists described the album’s visual aesthetic as dark academia.

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Vanessa Hernandez, Reporter
Vanessa is a senior and is involved in the Academy of Health Sciences. She’s a first-year staff member of The Orange & Green. She enjoys reading in her free time or listening to music. Vanessa is also involved in many clubs on campus; she enjoys trying new things to challenge herself. Vanessa is also a participant in Link Crew here at Porterville High. 

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