Taylor Swift’s Album Lover Leaks Ahead Of Release
While fans were jumping up and down with their face painted in glitter at Taylor Swift‘s Good Morning America summer concert, someone was busy uploading a leaked version of her upcoming album Lover even though it wasn’t set to release until midnight.
Though her singles “ME!”, “You Need To Calm Down,” and “The Archer,” as well as her song, “Lover” had been officially released by Tay this summer, all 18 tracks including “I Forgot That You Existed,” “Cruel Summer,” and “London Boy” dropped online during the early hours of the morning on August 22nd.
Now real Swifties have a tough decision to make: listen to the music they’ve been anxiously and patiently waiting for without Taylor’s permission or wait until the Grammy-winning artist drops the album in its entirety herself. For the most part, fans who’ve listened say that this is some of her best work yet, and the singles that she released for Lover don’t do the album justice. “Soon You’ll Get Better,” is a tearful tribute to her mom featuring The Dixie Chicks. The first track, “I Forgot You Existed” is a pop anthem for getting over someone who treated you poorly.
This isn’t the first time this has happened. Taylor’s 2017 album Reputation also leaked early. Even though Taylor’s moved onto a whole new record label and now *owns* this album (unlike her others), the big industry shift hasn’t protected her music from illegal uploading. When Reputation leaked, Taylor opted to officially release the whole album on Apple Music and Spotify — it’s unclear whether she’ll do the same for the Lover leak (but we hope she will to deter fans from streaming the leaked album).
Speaking of her new record deal, after much controversy over the masters to her first six albums being sold to Scooter Braun, Taylor told CBS that she does plan to re-record Taylor Swift through Reputation in order to undermine Scooter’s control of the music that catapulted her to fame. Additionally, she told GMA this morning that in November of 2020, she’ll legally be allowed to begin that process and get back in the studio for her first five albums: fan-favorites like Red and 1989. That doesn’t mean that Swifties have to wait over a year to stream their faves, it just means that the money from those streams will go to Big Machine, which is now partly owned by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber‘s manager, Scooter.
We’re just waiting to see what Taylor says about the leak.