Taylor Swift Debunked a Viral Theory About Her Album12/15/2020
Last week, Taylor Swift dropped her latest album, evermore, to rave reviews from fans and critics alike — and, of course, plenty of fan conspiracy theories.
Along with speculation that Swift revealed friend Gigi Hadid's baby name on one of the tracks, fans were also convinced that evermore, a sister record to her album folklore, contained a hint at more music to come. In the black and white photo of evermore's album art, people spotted the word "woodvale" hidden in the trees. Since "woodvale" wasn't on the track list, they theorized that it was the name of another album.
However, Swift put an end to the guesswork during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday, explaining that the album art was just a mistake.
"Basically, when I was making folklore, the album that came out back in July, I was too afraid to unveil the title of the album to even my closest teammates and management. I didn’t tell anyone the album title before it came out," Swift said. "I came up with a fake code name that had the same amount of letters as folklore, chose a random name, chose 'woodvale,' wanted to see how it would look on the album covers, mocked them up, and then decided, 'I don’t actually wanna have a title on the album covers,' and we forgot to take the fake code name off of one of them."
"evermore had a code name—it was 'November,'" she added. "But we remembered to take it off all the mock-ups of the album covers before we released them this time, so we learned our lesson."
A perfectly reasonable explanation — though, of course, we wouldn't put it past Swift to put up a smoke screen to keep a surprise album a surprise if it is indeed happening. Only time will tell!
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