While accepting the Moon Person for video of the year at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Taylor Swift, 32, announced her tenth original full-length studio album, Midnights, will drop on Oct. 21 via Republic Records.
Swift made the surprise announcement while accepting her prize for the night’s most coveted award, and credited her fans with helping inspire the winning video for “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).”
“I wouldn’t be able to re-record my albums if it weren’t for you. You embolden me to do that, and 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,” she told the audience.
The star also made note of the fact that for the first time in VMAs history, four of the directors nominated in the video of the year category were women, and said she was “heartened” by the accomplishment.
“I’m so honored to have been recognized alongside such amazing artists and directors in this category and I just want to say I’m so heartened by the fact that for the first time in VMA history, four of the directors nominated in the video of the year category are women,” she said. “You guys, I’m just so proud of what we made and 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.”
The forthcoming album marks Swift’s first full-length set of new material since 2021’s Evermore and first overall release since Red (Taylor’s Version), a re-recording of her fourth album, 2012’s Red, which spawned her latest Billboard Hot 100-topping hit single, “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).”
An extended version of a fan-favorite Red track, “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” was released in November 2021 alongside a 13-minute short film starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien. The video was up for five awards at the 2022 MTV VMAs.
Here is the announcement that she made, via her social media channels.
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