It’s not a surprise that Taylor Swift’s surprise album, ‘Folklore’ has been taking over the world. Now her album has sold over 2 million copies in just the first week. And not only that, but it has also entered into being this year’s top-selling album.
Taylor surprised her fans by announcing the release of her album just 15 hours before actually releasing it. Folklore generated over 500 million streams across various platforms throughout its debut week. The album wasn’t just a surprise for her fans but also her record label, Republic Records. The record label announced last week that Folklore has sold over 1.3 million copies in just 24 hours.
It also broke the global streaming record on Spotify and Apple Music. Folklore generated 80.6 million streams on Spotify, setting a new benchmark on the platform for first-day streams by a female artist. Taylor also holds the record of debuting above 500,000 sales in the U.S., with the most albums.
Recently, it is revealed that Taylor’s record label, Republic Records, also did not know about it until after it was actually released Friday. The album was written and recorded while self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Taylor collaborated on 11 of the 16 new songs on the already hit album. It included multi-instrumentalist, Aaron Dessner of the indie rock band The National. The instrumentalist revealed little behind-the-scenes details in an interview with Pitchfork.
Dessner explains how he and Taylor kept their project a secret. He said there was no outside influence and nobody knew including Taylor’s record label. Dessner says they only knew hours before it was released. He further said, ‘For someone who’s been in this glaring spotlight for 15 years, it’s really liberating to have some privacy and work on her own terms. She deserves that.’
The instrumentalist also revealed how he wanted his friends to play on the record but he could not have Taylor’s vocals on them. Because then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore. He said, ‘In the end, I reached out to some wizards just to add bits, and that was nice. It was kind of fun’.
Before Taylor Swift released the album, fans took to social media to speculate a lot of different theories about her upcoming album. Taylor’s fans think that Joe Alwyn has co-written the songs of the album with the singer. The singer surprised her fans on Thursday morning claiming she will be releasing her album at midnight.
She took to Instagram and said a lot of things that she did plan did not happen and things she did not plan did happen. Taylor explained that the thing that did happen is her eighth studio album, Folklore. She wrote “Surprise!” and announced she will be releasing the album at midnight. The singer explained that she has put all her whims, dreams, fears, and musings into the album.
We can count on Swifties when we need information about Taylor or her albums. With a little bit of research, some fans claimed that Joe will be a part of this album in a unique way.