Taylor Swift is to release a "surprise" album of brand new music she created during lockdown on Friday.
The pop superstar, who dropped her last record Lover, last year, announced the shock release of a new collection, Folklore, on Thursday with a message to fans on Twitter.
"Surprise (hugging face emoji)," she wrote alongside a picture of its forest scene cover art, a statement and link to her store. "Tonight at midnight I'll be releasing my 8th studio album, folklore; an entire brand new album of songs I've poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into."
In her statement, the singer revealed she has used the need to stay at home during the Covid-19 pandemic to work on new material and has collaborated with The National rocker Aaron Dessner, who has co-written 11 of the 16 songs, Bon Iver, William Bowery and Jack Antonoff.
"Most of the things I had planned for this year didn't happen, but there is something I had planned that DID happen," she told fans in her announcement.
Describing why she is releasing new music now, the Bad Blood hitmaker added: "Before this year I would've probably overthought when to release this music at the 'perfect' time, but the times we're living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed.
"My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That's the kind of uncertainty that I can get on board with."