It has been two years since fans were treated to a new Taylor Swift album, and now, speculation about a 2016 project from the famous pop star has started circulating online. There are theories claiming that after 2014’s “1989,” the 26-year-old singer is about to pull a Beyonc and release a surprise album on Apple Music this month.
Swift has had quite a year as the singer went through two very public breakups over the past few months, and a leaked footage released by Kim Kardashian West made some people question Swift’s motives. According to The Washington Post, the “Shake It Off” singer might release a surprise album on Apple Music to prevent any questions about Calvin Harris, Tom Hiddleston, and the Wests from coming up at magazine cover interviews and talk shows leading up to a big album release.
It was also claimed that fans will likely see the album this month. While Swift’s label president, Scott Borchetta, has previously denied on Twitter that the new album is coming out in October, the website reports that Borchetta has deleted the tweet, suggesting that a new album could be released within this month. It was also pointed out that majority of Swift’s albums were released in October, with the exception of “Fearless” which dropped on Nov. 11, 2008.
It was indicated that there is a possibility that the album could be released on a Sunday. The Post believes that a Sunday release would be the best time to dominate the entertainment news cycle as internet traffic usually spikes on a Monday when people are back at work.
As for an exact release date, the report claims that Swift’s affinity for the number 13 may dictate her 2016 album’s launch date. The website speculates that the “Bad Blood” hitmaker will release the album on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, because the digits (1+0+2+3+2+0+1+6) add up to 13. It was also said that should the singer choose to release the album after the elections, the next album release date is going to be on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.