Counting Down to TS7: 4 Clues That Taylor Swift is Releasing Her Next Album & 4 Predictions Based on Her Social Media Teasers

 

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Taylor Swift is counting down to 4/26. // Screen shot captured via taylorswift.com

 

If you’ve read my blog or follow me on social media at all, then you’ve probably figured out that I’m a pretty big Taylor Swift fan.

And if you know me in real life and have texted me recently (Hi Brenna!), then you know I was freaking out when I saw the notification from Miss T-Swizzle about new music coming on 4/26. And that I’ve been freaking out about everything she’s teased since.

Palm trees, butterflies, and pretty pastel colors, oh my! Plus, what is she hinting at?

Here are four clues that Taylor is getting ready to release her next album and four of my predictions about TS7:

 

First, Taylor is definitely releasing an album this year.

Despite many rumors, Taylor isn’t getting ready to announce her engagement to her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. I also doubt she’s going to launch another app like The Swift Life. (Especially when she wound up shutting it down). A new fragrance? Maybe, but it’s a stretch. (The last time she released a fragrance was in 2013 ). Logically then, the only obvious thing left is new music, and according to Perez Hilton, Taylor told him that her next album would be out before she turns 30 in December backstage before she played the Rose Bowl on her reputation Stadium Tour. Taylor also mentioned how excited she was for “the next chapter” of her career at the American Music Awards this past October, which prompted the initial talk of TS7. (Watch the video below).

 

Second, Universal Music Group and Republic Records are promoting Taylor’s 4/26 countdown.

Taylor’s contract with her former label, Big Machine Records expired in November. Upon becoming a free agent, she chose to sign with Universal Music Group and Republic Records, where she’ll own all her master recordings going forward. Now this seems obvious, but why would her new label promote her social media teasers if she wasn’t releasing new music? They wouldn’t. That means the first single from TS7 is, in fact, coming in less than two weeks!

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Third, Taylor said she’d let her fans know when she’s going to release new music.

And she did. Three times, actually. First, in her 2019 calendar where April 13th is stamped; second, at the iHeart Radio Awards during her acceptance speech for Tour of the Year (watch the video below); and finally, in her “30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30” piece published in ELLE under item #26, which reads, “I make countdowns for things I’m excited about.Pretty clever, huh?

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Fourth, Taylor’s updated her social media avatars and bios.

When Taylor teased her sixth studio album, reputation, she blacked out all of her social media channels, eventually posting the now iconic snake video series associated with the LP’s explosive first single, “Look What You Made Me Do.” (In doing so, she even overshadowed the solar eclipse). This time around, she’s changed her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr avatars to a plain pastel background and has edited her profile bios to simply read “4.26.” One era ends, and another begins. (Insert tears here).

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Okay, great. So, what about the actual teasers she’s been posting?

This is where things get tricky and a host of fan theories drive all kinds of ideas about the album and its sound. However, thanks to what photos Taylor’s shared thus far, there are at least some definite confirmations about TS7’s overall feel.

1) The TS7 era is all about pastels.

A stark contrast to reputation, TS7 is all about soft pinks, blues, and yellows. The bright feel of the era is closely connected to the idea that Taylor’s “doing better than [she] ever was” (as expressed on reputation track #14, “Call It What You Want“), so I’m pretty confident we, as fans, can expect more love songs.

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2) Genre-wise, TS7 might fall in between country and pop, or it might be something entirely unique.

Looking at the photo of the seven palm trees Taylor posted on Instagram back in February, the first four trees are situated on the left (Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, and RED, Taylor’s country albums), while the next two trees are situated on the right (1989 and reputation, Taylor’s pop albums). This is followed by a single tree positioned directly in the middle (TS7). Of course, we won’t know for sure until the album drops.

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3) Thematically, TS7 could be centered around victory or growth.

Along with the image of the palm trees–which is a symbol of victory–the recurring image for the TS7 era has been butterflies. (Taylor even wore butterfly shoes to the iHeart Radio Awards a month ago–see the photo below ). With that in mind, the theme of TS7 could be growth or change. After all, butterflies do symbolize metamorphosis. Similarly, butterflies can also represent the idea of resurrection, which Taylor has previously iterated on reputation lyrics like, “Honey, I rose up from the dead/I do it all the time” on “Look What You Made Me Do” and “Is this the end of all the endings?/My broken bones are mending” on “King of My Heart.” I’ll admit, this is the part I’m most excited for. Knowing what a talented lyricist Taylor is, I can’t wait to hear how she’ll put her most recent experiences and feelings into song on TS7.

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4) The photo teasers Taylor’s been posting could create a larger image.

Thus far, Taylor’s shared photos of a pink heart pendant; a yellow coat; a pink dress; her cats, Meredith and Olivia (no disrespect to the ladies, but I’m not sure how they fit); and what looks like a blue dress. Assuming she’s going to continue posting a teaser–or two–every day until 4/26, then perhaps she’ll keep alternating the color pattern–remember: pink, blue, and yellow pastels–and have the pink images match up with each other, the yellow image match up with another yellow image, and the blue image match up with another blue image until all the photos create one larger photo. On the flip side, maybe each image is its own entity and the series will collectively make up the album art for TS7. Or maybe they’re all stills from a music video photoshoot. Either way, I’m sure Tay Tay will answer that for us in a little less than nine days. ; )

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So, until then, I–and many other Swifties–will keep theorizing. I’ll also keep obsessively refreshing Taylor’s Instagram feed for more clues.

If you’re a Taylor Swift fan, what are your TS7 theories? What are you most excited for?

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What is NaPoWriMo? + 8 Tips for Participating (With GIFs!)

Fact: April is National Poetry Writing Month.

To celebrate, both amateur and established wordsmiths take on the annual NaPoWriMo challenge of writing a poem a day for the entire month. Then at the completion of the challenge, each participant has thirty poems to continue editing, shelve, or choose to send out for potential publication.

The task is arduous, yet fun. Exhilarating. Mind-boggling. Valuable. Revelatory. It can also be a bit overwhelming if you’ve never done it before.

Interested in trying it out, but don’t know where to start? Want advice on the best way to approach NaPoWriMo? Here are a few tips I’ve compiled based on my own experiences with this 30-day writing challenge:

First, practice beforehand if you can. I participated in NaPoWriMo for the first time in 2016. In order to gauge the level of difficulty it’d require, I wrote a poem a day every day in December 2015. It was extremely daunting at first, but after a while, it got easier. I also learned that I could participate for real in April with confidence because I’d done it before and succeeded.

Two, know that you won’t be satisfied with every poem you write. If you’re writing a poem a day for thirty days, not every poem is going to be your best. Some days, you’ll be excited to write and you’ll produce something great. Others, you won’t be inspired and you’ll scrawl out anything just to meet your quota. (I know I have). And guess what? That’s okay. The object of NaPoWriMo isn’t to write a bunch of poems that would make Shakespeare envious. It’s about consistently building and refining your craft and developing your voice as a writer. Half of your poems might be great and half might not. Write anyway.

Third, do what works for you. Some NaPoWriMo-ers search for writing prompts to help guide them and what topics they want to write about. Some don’t. (I personally fall into the latter category). With that in mind, I advise you to do what you feel will work best for you. And if you don’t have a preference either way, try mixing things up and using both techniques. It’ll definitely make your experience that much more interesting and memorable.

Fourth, decide what medium you want to use. Would you rather write out each poem in your journal or notebook? What about typing your poems in a Word document or a series of posts to share on your writing blog? Again, this is all personal preference. If you have a writing blog, but don’t want to share your poems until you’ve edited them more, keep them on your computer or in your notebook. If you’re ready to share them with the world, then post away. (Pro Tip: NaPoWriMo is a big deal on Tumblr. If you want to share your poems there, use the tags #napowrimo, #spilledink, and #poetry, and you can connect with fellow participants and read their work. They can also read yours–a win win).

Fifth, acknowledge that you’re going to feel like giving up. Whether it hits you on day 5, day 15, or day 28, know that it’ll happen at some point. It doesn’t matter if you’re participating for the first time or the twentieth time, NaPoWriMo is draining, both physically and emotionally. Do all you can to keep pushing through to the end and remind yourself what it is you’re trying to accomplish. Something else that also helps me is telling myself that I’m taking the entire month of May off and 1) not writing anything or 2) writing very few things. A large part of NaPoWriMo is perseverance. Don’t quit.

Sixth, if you do give up, know that it’s not the end. I participated in NaPoWriMo for the first time in 2016. I enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t wait for my second go-around in 2017. That year, I had a nine-month-old puppy. I was also maintaining a volunteer gig in PR and was still trying to land my first post-grad job.  I started the challenge but only made it to day 10 because I had a lot of other things going on. Of course I was bummed that I had to quit–I didn’t want to–but it helped prepare me that much more for the next year. In 2018, my puppy was nearing two years old, and I had my first post-grad job. And guess what? I made it to the end of NaPoWriMo. (!!!)

Seventh, have fun. I continually reiterate how important it is to have fun when you’re writing. It enriches your experience that much more and motivates you to keep learning how to become a better storyteller.  NaPoWriMo is the same. Yes, it can be draining and stressful at times. However, I firmly believe that the fun outweighs the stress if you stay open-minded. It’s not some kind of writing torture designed to make you miserable. It’s actually quite the opposite. I speak from experience when I say that I’m continually reminded how beneficial NaPoWriMo is to me as a writer. Plus, it’s really cool to look through the poems I wrote each year and note how much my style has evolved and how I’ve improved. It can be the same for you.

Finally, congratulate yourself when you reach the end. You did it! You made it! Before you start sorting through what you’ve written and decide to edit some things or send your poems out for potential publication, treat yourself to a celebratory cup of coffee, a good night’s sleep and an entire month–or two–off from writing. You have a lot to be proud of! : )

Have you ever participated in NaPoWriMo? What was your experience like? What tips can you offer your fellow wordsmiths?

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