It’s really happening. After the long wait and numerous snake-related teases, Taylor Swift has confirmed her new album, Reputation, is coming Nov. 10. But fans won’t have to wait that long to hear new music from the pop queen – the first single drops Thursday (Aug. 24).
Swift also revealed the album cover art (shot by Mert & Marcus) for her sixth album via Instagram on Wednesday (Aug. 23).
Even though it’s been nearly three years since Swift’s 1989 — which won the Album of the Year Grammy — she hasn’t been a stranger to the charts. Her 2016 Zayn duet “I Don’t Want to Live Forever” from Fifty Shades Darker peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, just one spot shy of becoming her fifth No. 1. But with anticipation building for a new Taylor Swift single since she wiped her social media accounts last Friday (Aug. 18), could this new single become her next No. 1 — potentially unseating the historic No. 1 run of “Despacito” from Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber? We’ll have to wait and see.
One thing is for sure: Swift is a blockbuster force. 2014’s 1989, her fourth No. 1 album, became the fastest album to hit 5 million units since Usher’s 2004 LP Confessions. In its first week alone, it moved 1.287 units, and her 1989 World Tour netted $185.4 million. It produced three Hot 100 chart-toppers — “Bad Blood,” “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off” — and when it debuted on Spotify in June 2016, it did massive numbers. It’s sold 6.06 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, and was the best-selling album in America for 2014 (and 2015’s second best-selling album, behind Adele’s 25).