After weeks of cryptic clues on social media and a final round of teasing while making the rounds on the late night talk show circuit, Taylor Swift at last revealed concrete details about her new album while hosting her highly anticipated live stream on Aug. 18. Over the course of the broadcast, she made three major announcements, led by the confirmation that her new album, titled 1989, is scheduled to drop on Oct. 27. The release will be the vocalist’s fifth studio album, but according to Swift, 1989 will take the traditionally country-centered vocalist in a new musical direction.
The revealing of the new 2014 album comes just two months after the lengthy Taylor Swift tour in support of her 2012 album, Red, ended in Asia. According to Pollstar, the trek became the top grossing North American tour of 2013, earning more than $112 million, and the album it supported was an even bigger hit. Red was certified Platinum four times within three months of its release, and it spawned six Top 40 singles--including the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping track “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble,” which peaked at No. 2.
These previous pop-oriented hits seem to have steered the direction of Swift’s new material, especially her lead single off the new album, “Shake It Off.” The video for the new track premiered during the live stream on Aug. 18, and highlights Swift’s new, upbeat pop direction.
Swift will likely be jetting off on a new tour in support of her forthcoming release in the near future, but as of Aug. 19, no dates are confirmed. (Her last two tours have launched in February or March following the album release date.) The Pennsylvania native is currently scheduled to headline the first night of Las Vegas’ iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 19 with Coldplay, Zac Brown Band, Usher, and more. Prior to her Sin City appearance, Swift also is set to perform during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24 at the LA Forum in Inglewood, Calif. It will be the fourth time overall that Swift has taken the stage at the VMAs, but the first since 2012.
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