Just when we thought the mayhem is over, Taylor Swift drops another surprise to her fans: a calendar that contains the schedule of “Midnights” release week, including the music video premiere of “Anti-Hero.”
Yes, you read that right. The music industry, once again, has surprised us. She never runs out of tricks up her sleeve, ‘no?
Ahead of the release of her 10th studio album, “Midnights,” the Grammy Award-winning artist uploaded a 30-second clip on TikTok showing the album’s release week schedule.
“Mark your calendars! Meet the Midnights Manifest,” her caption read.
@taylorswift Mark your calendars! Meet the Midnights Manifest 📜 #tsmidnights #swifttok #midnightsmanifest ♬ original sound – Taylor Swift
The schedule includes a release of a teaser trailer, “a special very chaotic surprise,” release of lyric videos, and talk show appearances, among others.
bless you Taylor Swift for giving us your whole promo schedule pic.twitter.com/llwbIdp2ue
— hannah | midnight sharp (@sippingaugust) October 17, 2022
We’ve become so feral with theories that Taylor Swift has to release a literal calendar showing her exact promo schedule.
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) October 17, 2022
But what made the Swifties sent into a frenzy was the mention of the music video premiere of her track, “Anti-Hero,” which appeared to be the lead single off her new album.
not taylor doing the anti-hero therapy challenge on youtube shorts AT 8AM! bc her ass is done with tiktok,,, literally what is next? LINKEDIN????
— meg (mary) | NYC release week (@cowboylikemeg) October 17, 2022
wait but if there's an anti hero teaser does this mean anti hero will be the first song on midnights we will hear 😳 YOU MEAN TO TELL ME I HAVE TO BE READY BY THURSDAY TO HEAR WHAT MIDNIGHTS SOUNDS LIKE??!?!
— eME!rald 🕰️ 🌙 (@hushmirrorball) October 17, 2022
Anti-hero being the lead single & music video, but described as her most vulnerable track ever penned, means we are getting THE tragic bops to end all tragic bops… oh my
— The Thrifty Swiftie (@ThriftySwifty13) October 17, 2022
anti-hero is supposed to be a vulnerable song about her insecurities and she wants us to do dance challenges to it😭 pic.twitter.com/8hXu6K6oAy
— . (@LAHXLLUClNATlON) October 17, 2022
i already knew anti-hero would destroy me but having anti-hero in music video form too???? better start looking into a therapist #CountdownToMidnighTS
— mary grace (midnights version) 🕰 (@missmirrorball_) October 17, 2022
ANTI HERO WILL HAVE A MUSIC VIDEO #ARIAsTaylorSwift pic.twitter.com/ANbxT2hkCx
— dr. tushar🧣 (@reputushion) October 17, 2022
“Anti-Hero” being the lead single of the album didn’t somehow come up as a surprise since Swift revealed that it’s one of her favorite songs she has written. According to the singer, the track tackles her insecurities.
“I really don’t think I’ve delved this far into my insecurities in this detail before,” Swift said in a video clip she posted on her Instagram account. “You know, I struggle a lot with the idea that my life has become unmanageably sized, and not to sound too dark, I just struggle with the idea of not feeling like a person.”
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The superstar went on to describe that the track is a “guided tour” of the things she tends to hate about herself.
“We all hate things about ourselves, and it’s all of those aspects of the things we dislike and like about ourselves that we have to come to terms with if we’re going to be this person,” she explained. “Yeah, I like ‘Anti-Hero’ a lot because I think it’s really honest.”
Other than the music video premiere of “Anti-Hero,” another thing caught Swifties’ attention. The music industry will also drop a second music video on October 25.
MIDNIGHTS ERA IS THE BEST ERA OMG TWO MUSIC VIDEOS IN THE SPAN OF 4 DAYS WTF
— Taylor Throwbacks🕛 (@ThrowbackTaylor) October 17, 2022
WE'RE GETTING TWO MUSIC VIDEOS!! pic.twitter.com/IsrxaOTNiD
— SWIFTs TikTok (@SwiftsTiktok) October 17, 2022
TWO MUSIC VIDEOS
YOUTUBE SHORTS DEAL
— Nils Sjöberg (fan acc.) (@icantunseeit) October 17, 2022
She held the phone upside down in Anti-hero and Vigilante shit tiktoks. The 2 MVs??
— Maddie 🕛 (@repsfolklore13) October 17, 2022
SO THE INVERTED PHONES ACTUALLY MEAN SINGLES 👀
ANTI HERO LEAD SINGLE!!!
VIGILANTE SH!T 2ND SINGLE pic.twitter.com/7oVf70vX9D
— Ajayy (@ajayysmidnights) October 17, 2022
As Swift didn’t give that much detail on which track from the album will be getting a music video treatment, her fans predicted that the second music video is for “Vigilante Sh*t.” This theory was made after many fans pointed out that during Swift’s “Midnights Mayhem with Me” series, the singer held the phone upside down when she revealed the track titles “Anti-Hero” and “Vigilante Sh*t.”
TWO MUSIC VIDEOS ANTIHERO AND VIGILANTE SH!T! THIS EXPLAINS THS UPSIDE DOWN PHONES pic.twitter.com/8WrFzx3w1s
— Taylor Throwbacks🕛 (@ThrowbackTaylor) October 17, 2022
hot take vigilante shit and anti-hero having the upside down phone just means that they’re both connected/parts of a saga since they both have superhero imagery
— shannon (vigilante version) (@holygroundsound) October 16, 2022
if anti hero is getting a music video it probably means vigilante shit is getting one too WHAT pic.twitter.com/1jbmiErukw
— Ron (@midnightstrack2) October 17, 2022
Well, leave it to us, Swifties, to find Easter eggs in everything Swift does.
“Midnights” is Swift’s 10th studio album which includes 13 new tracks, including “Lavender Haze,” “Snow on the Beach (featuring Lana Del Rey),” and “Karma,” among others. “Midnights” is set to be released on all streaming platforms on October 21.
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