Taylor Swift has today (16) shared ‘Lover,’ the title track from her new album, which follows on 23 August as the follow-up to 2017’s Reputation. Swift teased the release of the song, which she co-produced with Grammy Award-winning Jack Antonoff, during her speech at the Teen Choice Awards last Sunday.
The slow-paced track has a relaxed and personal feel and marks something of a return to Swift’s country roots. It’s being seen as the superstar singer-songwriter’s reflection on her relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn. The lyric “I’ve loved you for three summers now” is attracting particular media attention, as the couple have been together since 2016. She also sings: “My heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue. All’s well that ends well, to end up with you.”
Swift announced yesterday (15) that a video for ‘Lover’ has been filmed, and will premiere next Thursday (22), just ahead of the album release, during a live Q&A session on YouTube. The new single follows the June appearance of ‘You Need To Calm Down,’ which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, as did the first single from the new project, ‘Me!’. In July, a promo-only track, ‘The Archer,’ also debuted.
Lover will be Swift’s first release for Taylor Swift Productions via Republic Records, and her seventh studio set in total. In July, the album became the most pre-saved release by a female artist in Apple Music history.
North Londoner Alwyn, 28, has appeared in such films as Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk in 2016 and The Favourite in 2018. He’s due to play Bob Cratchit in a new BBC series interpretation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, to air in December this year. Written by Steven Knight and directed by Nick Murphy, it will also star Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Andy Serkis among others.