Taylor Swift Drops More Clues About Upcoming Album Following Secret Listening Party
By Jackie Willis
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Swifties are having a hard time keeping calm ahead of the release of Taylor Swift's next album.
On Monday, the 29-year-old singer posted a photo that inevitably had fans talking. The image is of her wrist, which is adorned with multiple bracelets and a cat-print scrunchie. In addition to a butterfly bracelet, the beaded accessories include several words: cat, Benji, proud, fearless and lover.
There is also speculation around the beads that are harder to make out; many fans believe she is wearing a bracelet spelling out the name of one of her cats, Meredith. Benji seems to be in reference to her cat Benjamin Button, so it's not too far-fetched to think she could be wearing the names of all of her felines around her wrist. She also has a cat named Olivia.
As for the other words, Swift's 2008 album was titled Fearless, and she recently announced that her upcoming album would be called Lover. "Lover is Fearless 2.0?" one fan reacted to the photo.
The word proud might be in reference to her most recent single, "You Need to Calm Down," which was released during Pride month as a pro-LGBTQ anthem.
These posts come after Swift hosted a number of secret listening parties on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee, for fans, many of whome took to take to social media to stir up even more speculation around her new music. According to a few Swifties on Twitter, the event lasted for 12 hours, with the last fans leaving at 5 a.m.
After the secret sessions, a suspected track listing for Lover started making the rounds. While it has not been confirmed that these are the songs, there are some clues that the list is legit. In Swift's "ME!" music video, the Dixie Chicks make a cameo, which could have been teasing that they team up for a song.
1) I Forgot You Existed
2) Cruel Summer
4) The Man
5) The Archer
6) I Think He Knows
7) The Americana and The Heartbreak Prince
8) Paper Rings
9) Cornelius Street
10) Soon You’ll Get Better (feat. Dixie Chicks)
11) Death By A Thousand Cuts
12) London Boy
13) False God
14) You Need To Calm Down
16) ME! (feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco)
17) It’s Nice To Have A Friend
The country music trio might not be the only women Swift is collaborating with on this album. There is some speculation that she is working with former frenemy Katy Perry and best friend Selena Gomez after a fan tweeted that she revealed this at a listening session. Like the Dixie Chicks, Perry appears in Swift's other recent music video for her song, "You Need to Calm Down."
Other fans are calling attention to the fact that Gomez has the word fearless in big letters in her Instagram description, and that is one of the words Swift chose to have featured on a bracelet.
In regard to what the album addresses, a fan who said they were at the event tweeted: "She was SO happy and she treated Lover as her final confirmation that she’s over what happened in the past and ready to move on."