Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch 'Had a Hell of a Time' Working on 'Florida!!!' with Taylor Swift

Welch appeared on a B-Side track titled "Florida!!!" on Taylor Swift's brand-new album 'The Tortured Poets Department'

<p>Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty; Gilbert Flores/Billboard via Getty</p> Florence and the Machine

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Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch; Taylor Swift

Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch is celebrating the release of The Tortured Poets Department.

On Friday, April 19, the "Dog Days Are Over" artist, 37, celebrated the release of Taylor Swift's newest album with a post on social media.

Reflecting on her collaboration with the pop megastar on their track "Florida!!!" on the 16-song album, the Florence and the Machine frontwoman wrote on Instagram: "Me and my ghosts we had a hell of a time 🖤 @taylorswift Honoured to be in this department."

Alongside it, she shared a written note with letterhead that said "Florence Welch Department of Hurricanes and Haunted Lace Florida" with what appears to be a backdrop of a body of water and trees with a moving image of lyrics from the song."

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<p>Florence Welch/Instagram</p> Florence Welch's Instagram Stories

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Florence Welch's Instagram Stories

On the track, Welch and Swift sing about the devastation of a breakup and making plans to relocate to Florida and start anew.

"I need to forget, so take me to Florida / I've got some regrets, I'll bury them in Florida / Tell me I'm despicable, say it's unforgivable / At least the dolls are beautiful, f--- me up, Florida," the duo sing on the track.

The pair are longtime friends — they have a mutual friend in Blake Lively and have been spotted hanging out many times — but this marks the first occasion that they've collaborated on a musical project.

In 2015, Swift sang the "Dog Days Are Over" singer's praises to Billboard, giving the outlet a quote about her musical prowess in a profile.

“What sets Florence apart? Everything,” Swift told Billboard at the time. “Every time I’ve been around her, she is the most magnetic person in the room — surrounded by people who are fascinated by the idea of being near her. But when she meets people, she pays them a warm compliment and immediately disarms them. There are very few people I’ve met in my life who are truly electric, and Florence is one of them.”

“She’s the most fun person to dance with at a party, but then five minutes later you find yourself sitting on the stairs with her having an in-depth conversation about love and heartbreak,” Swift continued.

<p>ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty</p> Taylor Swift at the Grammys in Los Angeles on February 4, 2024


Taylor Swift at the Grammys in Los Angeles on February 4, 2024

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In the same interview, Welch said that that Swift had helped her to become more comfortable putting her own life experiences into her music.

“Taylor said that you must sing about what’s happening in your life.” Welch said.

Swift first made the surprise announcement that she was releasing her eleventh studio album during her acceptance speech for best pop vocal album for Midnights at the 2024 Grammy Awards (which also marked her 13th Grammy award, famously her lucky number).

During the speech, she thanked her fans for their support of her 10th album, Midnights, and said she wanted to repay them by telling them a secret she’s been keeping for two years: the details of her brand-new album.

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The day after the album's announcement, Swift unveiled the official tracklist for the album. Side A includes “Fortnight," featuring Post Malone, “The Tortured Poets Department,” “My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys,” and “Down Bad.” The songs on Side B are “So Long, London,” “But Daddy I Love Him” and “Fresh Out the Slammer.”

The Tortured Poets Department is out now.

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