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Taylor Swift Teases New Album “Midnights” At MTV Video Music Awards

Sunday night marked a historic night as Taylor Swift won the biggest award of the night, Video of the Year. 

Her music video for “All Too Well: The Short Film” marked Swift’s third win in the category after previously winning for her videos “Bad Blood” in 2015 and “You Need To Calm Down” in 2019. 

“I know with every second of this moment that we wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it weren’t for you, the fans because I wouldn’t be able to rerecord my albums if it weren’t for you,” said Swift.

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But along with the headlines covering her big win, she also surprised the world with the announcement that her next big album is on the way.

“I had sort of made up my mind that, if you were going to be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand-new album comes out Oct. 21. And I will tell you more at midnight…” Swift said as she wrapped up her acceptance speech.

At the stroke of midnight, Swift made the official announcement on social media of the arrival of her 10th studio album. 

Swift described the record as “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life. This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.”

“Midnights” marks Swift’s first full length album since her successful album “Folklore” which debuted in 2020 during the pandemic. 

Other than “Folklore,” the only other piece of original music that she released was the song “Carolina” which was featured in the movie “Where the Crawdads Sing.”

The new LP is set to contain 13 tracks within it. “Midnights” will contain fewer songs than her last releases contained. 

In 2020 when Swift dropped both “Folklore” and “Evermore,” both albums contained 16 and 15 songs on them respectively. 

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Her latest re-release of her 2012 album “Red” held 30 songs within the record. 

Upon the end of the announcement online, Swift mentioned “For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching — hoping that just maybe, when the clock strikes twelve … we’ll meet ourselves.”

Only time will tell what Swift means by what she is teasing about her newest release and fans can find out when the album drops at midnight on Oct.21.

“Midnights” is now available on pre-order on four different formats: vinyl, CD, cassette and as a digital album.

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MTV To Hold Socially Distanced VMAs At Barclays Center

The coronavirus pandemic has truly shut down the entertainment industry indefinitely. Television and movie studios have halted production on all projects, Broadway/major theater productions have been closed, and all major award shows cancelled; at least until now. This week BET managed to show the world that not only were award shows still possible in a virtual context, but could also be extremely successful. Now, other major shows are inspired to provide some entertainment to the nation while it endures such a difficult time. 

MTV’s annual Video Music Award show typically takes place the last week of August every year. A few weeks ago it was predicted that the VMAs would likely be either cancelled or digital, but recently, the city of New York announced that the show would be doing neither.

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Instead, the VMAs will be returning to New York City’s Barclays Center this August, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. In a news conference this week Cuomo claimed that the show would bring together music fans worldwide like it always does, and pay homage to the strength, spirit, and resilience of NYC and its residents. 

The show will also provide performances from artists in remote locations throughout all five boroughs of the city. Bruce Gillmer, the president of music, music talent, programming and events for ViacomCBS Media Networks, which produces the show, recently made a statement reacting to the news. 

“We’re elated to bring the 2020 ‘VMAs back to NYC, the cultural mecca of the world where music and entertainment are woven into the DNA.”

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Like most industries that have begun to reopen throughout the country, the VMA’s is going to have to endure some major adjustments in order to properly navigate hosting a whole award show during a global pandemic. MTV made a recent statement in which they claimed that the health and safety of all “artists, fans, industry, staff, and partners is of the utmost importance.” 

“Among the measures all parties involved have aligned to include extensive social distancing procedures, meaningful capacity limitations, the virtualization of components where possible, and limited capacity or no audience.”

MTV also claimed that the show’s producers and Barclays Center management has been closely working with state and local officials during the past few weeks and will continue to do so until the actual date of the show to ensure that all proper precautions are taken/followed. 

The VMAs will be the first event that the Barclays Center is hosting since the Covid-19 pandemic initially hit New York City. The center is ecstatic to be back in the game and has stated that they’re  “proud of the impact it will have on our Brooklyn community through the creation of local jobs,” referring to the hiring of additional employees to assist with the event, as well as local surrounding small businesses seeing an increase in foot traffic. 

MTV, Barclays, the state of New York, and all local/state officials will be working tirelessly for the next two months in anticipation of the show and ensuring it runs as smoothly and safely as possible.