Taylor Swift used one of her two Grammy acceptance speeches Sunday night to reveal plans for her new album — but she had a backup plan for the announcement in case she went home empty-handed.
On Wednesday, Taylor kicked off her Eras Tour in Asia, and explained to a sold-out crowd at Japan’s Tokyo Dome that they would have been the first to know about The Tortured Poets Department had she not won a Grammy.
“I thought, ‘Okay, so if I’m lucky enough to go up there and win a title tonight, I’m going to do it. I’m just going to announce my new album.’ And luckily, it finally happened,” said the singer, as seen in fan footage from her first show in Tokyo.
“My backup plan is, I’ll do it tonight in Tokyo. But thanks to you and your support, I was lucky enough to win a Grammy and tell you about it on the Grammy stage.”
Later in his speech, the pop superstar noted that he began work on The Tortured Poets Department immediately following the release of his 2022 album, Midnights.Taylor Swift on stage in Tokyo
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There is no doubt that Taylor’s artistic output was prolific. Department of Tormented Poets will be his fourth studio album since 2020, during which time he also released four re-recorded versions of his previous albums.
By comparison, Beyoncé – seen by many as Swift’s only contemporary peer in terms of record sales and cultural impact – has released one album, 2022’s Renaissance, as well as the musical film Black Is King, in the same time frame.
To critics who feel she’s released too much music, Taylor gave a short answer.
“Everyone asks, ‘Why are you making so many albums?’ I was like, ‘Wow, because I love it. I really like it,’” he said. “I’m having fun. Leave me alone.”
Due for release on April 19, The Tortured Poets Department will feature 16 new songs, including collaborations with Post Malone and Florence and the Machine.