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Taylor Swift reveals new version of ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ album

by Joanna Deala

SURPRISES from Taylor Swift just keep on coming, but Swifties aren’t complaining.

On Friday, the 34-year-old pop superstar unveiled another detail about her forthcoming album “The Tortured Poets Department,” and it’s a new version featuring a bonus track called “The Bolter.”

She dropped the news in a social media post, showing the alternate cover of her new album. It features the phrase, “You don’t get to tell me about sad.”

“File Name: The Bolter,” the singer-songwriter wrote in the caption.

The first version has the phrase “I love you, it’s ruining my life” on its album cover. It features a bonus track called “The Manuscript.”

Swift also revealed the alternate album cover during the continuation of her headline-making Eras Tour in Australia, making the crowd erupt with screams.

In a clip shared by a TikTok user, Swift could be heard talking about “The Tortured Poets Department,” which she said reminded her of how important songwriting is to her life.

“Tortured Poets is an album that I think more than any of my albums that I’ve ever made, I needed to make it. It was really a lifeline for me,” she told the audience.

She continued, “Just the things I was going through, the things I was writing about, it kind of reminded me of why songwriting is something that actually gets me through my life.”

Swift emphasized, “I’ve never had an album where I needed songwriting more than I needed it on Tortured Poets.”


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The 14-time Grammy winner surprised her fans with the announcement about her forthcoming album during her acceptance speech for her Best Pop Vocal Album award for “Midnights.” 

Swift revealed this as several Swifties speculated that she would release a re-recording of her “Reputation” album after her sudden change of monochrome profile pictures on her social media accounts.

During her speech, the “Anti-Hero” singer thanked her fans by surprising them with the announcement of her forthcoming album, a secret she had been keeping from Swifties for two years.

About ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

“The Tortured Poets Department” is Swift’s 11th studio album, following “Midnights” in 2022.

Swift has unveiled the official tracklist for the album which is divided into four “sides.”

Side A includes “Fortnight,” “The Tortured Poets Department,” “My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys,” and “Down Bad.” Tracks in Side B are “So Long, London,” “But Daddy I Love Him,” “Fresh Out the Slammer,” and “Florida!!!”

Side C has “Guilty as Sin?” “Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?” “I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can),” and “loml.” Meanwhile, Side D has “I Can Do It With a Broken Heart,” “The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived,” “The Alchemy,” and “Clara Bow.”

The first and second versions of the album have “The Manuscript” and “The Bolter” as bonus tracks, respectively.

Swift also featured other artists in her forthcoming album, including Post Malone for “Fortnight” and Florence and the Machine for “Florida!!!”

“The Tortured Poets Department” is scheduled for release on April 19, 2024.



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