Taylor Swift announces surprise new 'folklore' special debuting at midnight

‘folklore: the long pond studio sessions’ will stream on Disney+.
November 24, 2020 12:33 p.m. EST
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Taylor Swift is sticking with her theme of surprise for her latest album folklore and has just announced that a concert film for the album will debut… tonight. folklore: the long pond studio sessions will begin streaming on Disney+ at 12:01 AM on Wednesday, November 25. Get your nap in now, Swifties.Swift announced the film on Twitter and Instagram, having some fun with math and working her lucky number 13 into the reveal. “Well it’s 11/24 and 24-11=13 so I’ve got an announcement” tweeted Swift. “You haven’t seen this film before. folklore: the long pond studio sessions will be out tonight at midnight.” The Grammy winner shared a trailer for the new film, which shows her performing songs from her eighth studio album along with co-writers Jack Antonoff, Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner. The foursome came together at the Long Pond Studio in New York, where Vernon and Dessner have previously recorded with their band The National.What makes this new film so special is that it shows the first time the four musicians have been in the same room together performing music from folklore. Recorded this summer, folklore was a distant collaboration, which meant the four musicians worked together while physically separate. “It’s an album that allows you to feel your feelings, and it’s a product of isolation,” says Swift in the trailer for the new film. “I was so glad that we did, because it turned out that everybody needed a good cry, as well as us.”[video_embed id='2083305']RELATED: Taylor Swift wins Artist of the Year but skips the AMAs [/video_embed]In July, Swift announced folklore in a similar way, giving fans only a few hours notice before dropping the intimate album filled with Easter eggs and personal revelations. Swift released the album's lead single “Cardigan” at the same time, dropping the song and music video, which she directed, on the same day as the album.On Sunday, Swift won Artist of the Year, Video of the Year for "Cardigan" and Favourite Female Pop/Rock Artist at the American Music Awards (stream now on CTV.ca and the CTV app). When Swift appeared on screen to accept the Artist of the Year honour, she confirmed that she has begun re-recording her first six albums. "The reason I'm not there tonight is I'm actually recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it," said Swift in a pre-taped acceptance speech. "So, it's been amazing, and I can't wait for you to hear it."
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In November, Swift became legally free to begin re-recording her old music. Swift announced her plans in 2019 shortly after manager Scooter Braun bought Big Machine Records, the label where Swift began her career, thus giving Braun ownership over the master recordings of Swift’s first six albums. Earlier this month, Swift announced that Braun had sold her masters in a deal rumoured to be worth around $450 million. In the new deal, Braun would continue to make money off the sale of Swift’s old music. As for Lover and folklore, they were recorded under Swift’s new deal with Republic Records. So, buy in bulk.Watch highlights from the 2020 American Music Awards on CTV.ca and the CTV app.[video_embed id='2083081']BEFORE YOU GO: Janet Hubert confronts Will Smith, saying his words caused her to ‘lose everything’ [/video_embed]

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