Midnights is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released on October 21, 2022, via Republic Records. Announced at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, the album marks Swift's first body of new work since her 2020 alternative folk albums, Folklore and Evermore. Midnights is a concept album about nocturnal contemplations, written and produced by Swift with longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff.
Inspired by the "sleepless nights" of Swift's life, Midnights contains confessional yet cryptic lyrics, exploring anxiety, insecurity, self-criticism, self-awareness, insomnia, and self-confidence. Expanding on the synth-pop sound of Swift's previous pop records, the album experiments with electronica, dream pop, bedroom pop, and chill-out music styles. The songs are characterized by subtle grooves, vintage synthesizers, drum machine, and hip hop/R&B rhythms. Swift unveiled the track list on a TikTok series called Midnights Mayhem with Me from September 21 to October 7, 2022, and surprise-released seven bonus tracks three hours after the album's release.
Breaking numerous records globally, Midnights was a major commercial success across all formats of music consumption. It achieved the Spotify feat for the most single-day streams of an album and topped the charts in 30 territories, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it opened with over 1.5 million units, became 2022's fastest and best-selling album, logged the largest vinyl sales week of the 21st century, and marked Swift's 11th number-one album on the Billboard 200. The album spawned 10 top-ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100—the most for any album—in the same week. The lead single "Anti-Hero" scored Swift her ninth number-one song in the US and topped the charts in 14 other territories; fellow tracks "Lavender Haze", "Maroon", "Snow on the Beach" featuring Lana Del Rey, and "Bejeweled" also achieved top-tier positions internationally.
Midnights was met with widespread critical acclaim for its restrained production, candid songwriting, and vocal cadences. Media publications dubbed the album's success a testament to Swift's status as the leading pop star of the modern era. To support Midnights along with her other albums, Swift will embark on the Eras Tour in 2023, but overwhelming demand for its tickets crashed the Ticketmaster pre-sale.
Artist: Taylor Swift
Label: Republic Records
Format: LP, Album, Special Edition
Country: USA & Europe
Label: Republic Records
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Indie Pop, Electro, Synth-pop, Vocal
A1 Lavender Haze
A4 Snow On The Beach
A5 You're On Your Own, Kid
A6 Midnight Rain
B8 Vigilante Shit
B12 Sweet Nothing