Taylor Swift announces surprise new album to be released on 24 July

Taylor Swift has announced she will be dropping a surprise album, Folklore, on Friday.

The singer shared the news to Instagram on Thursday, explaining that she hadn't planned on doing so before the coronavirus lockdown.

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. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise.

Taylor Swift attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Taylor Swift attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. (Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

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"Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into."

The 30-year-old added that she "wrote and recorded" the album in isolation but it will feature collaborations with Bon Iver, The National guitarist Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff.

She went on: "Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world.

"That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys so much."

The 16-track record is her eighth studio album following on from 2019's Lover.

Swift added in a separate post that physical deluxe editions of the album will feature bonus track The Lakes.

In another message, the You Belong With Me hitmaker also shared that a music video for song Cardigan would also premiere on Friday, which she did her "own hair, makeup, and styling" for.

Swift was due to headline Glastonbury back in June, however, the event was cancelled. Organisers have said the festival will be back in 2021 but it is as of yet unclear if the line-up will stay the same.