As Taylor Swift’s new album surpassed the Spotify record for most albums streamed in a single day, she thanked her fans for “doing something mind-blowing.”
Midnights, the pop megastar’s most recent album, was released on Friday.
Less than 24 hours later, the largest music streaming service declared online that the album had received the greatest number of streams in one day in the history of the service.
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“And before the clock could even strike midnight on October 22nd, Taylor Swift broke the record for the most-streamed album in a single day in Spotify history. Congratulations, taylorswift13,” the official account tweeted.
Reacting to the news, Swift wrote: “How did I get this lucky, having you guys out here doing something this mind-blowing?! Like what even just happened?!”
When Swift unexpectedly revealed the new album in the last seconds of the 2022 MTV VMAs in New Jersey in August, fans were taken aback.
Throughout her life, she has experienced “13 restless nights interspersed throughout my record,” which she has referred to as “a trip through terrors and lovely dreams.”
Her intimate indie lyricism from her two most recent albums, Folklore, and Evermore, is abandoned in favor of electronica, synth-pop, and occasionally even beats with hip-hop influences.
Swift and Jack Antonoff, the main singer of the rock band Bleachers, once again collaborated on the majority of the album’s songs.
In a post on her Instagram to mark the album’s release, she shared a photo of herself with her collaborators and singled out Antonoff as her “co-pilot”.
“He’s my friend for life (presumptuous I know but I stand by it) and we’ve been making music together for nearly a decade, HOWEVER … this is the first album we’ve done with just the two of us as main collaborators,” she wrote.
“We’d been toying with ideas and had written a few things we loved, but Midnights actually really coalesced and flowed out of us when our partners (both actors) did a film together in Panama.
“Jack and I found ourselves back in New York, alone, recording every night, staying up late and exploring old memories and midnights past.”
She continued: “Midnights is a collage of intensity, highs and lows, and ebbs and flows.
“Life can be dark, starry, cloudy, terrifying, electrifying, hot, cold, romantic, or lonely. Just like Midnights.”