Taylor Swift Announces New Album, Blasts Trolls in New Single

Taylor Swift dazzled fans with her single, "Me!" Even before she made peace with Katy Perry, we knew that she had an album coming.

Now, she's confirmed the news with a welcome announcement.

We know how many tracks it has. We know the release date. And we know the album's title: Lover.

Taylor Swift Performs "Me" at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards

On Wednesday, Taylor teased her fan across social media platforms to keep an eye out for some news at 5pm EST on Thursday.

Fans were overwhelmed by enthusiasm and excitement.

Those who tuned in to Taylor's Instagram Live were not disappointed.

She announced her brand new album.

As we mentioned, it is called Lover.

Taylor Swift announces Lover album 2019 instagram live

"I don't know how long it takes people to get on the livestream," Taylor admits. "But hi! Thank you for doing it!"

She tells her fans that there is a lot of symbolic significance to details about the album, such as its release date on August 23.

And while she says that the 18-track album will be "romantic" in nature, she doesn't want fans to jump to conclusions.

"It doesn't have to be a happy song," Taylor clarifies.

"I think that you can find romance in loneliness or sadness or going through a conflict or dealing with things in your life," she suggests.

That makes a lot of sense.

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At midnight, Taylor went ahead and released a song from this, her seventh studio album.

The song, "I Think That You Need to Calm Down," targets both social media trolls and meatspace bigots.

Lyrics like "you say it in the street/that's a knockout/but you say it in a tweet/that's a cop out" clearly target online harassment.

These are people who feel empowered by anonymity and seek to inflict their cruelest thoughts upon famous strangers to make themselves feel good.

And of course, "'Cause shade never made anybody less gay" is a thoroughly unambiguous lyric targeting homophobes.

Taylor Swift Performs "Me" With Dancers and Pillows

June is Pride Month after all -- her song is very timely.

So far, only the lyric video is available on YouTube, which is great for those of us who can't hear lyrics to save our lives.

The actual music video for "You Need To Calm Down" is scheduled to debut on Monday, June 17.

Though it will of course be available on YouTube, the music video wil actually premiere on Good Morning America.

This is the second song from Lover that fans are getting to hear.

The first, of course, was "Me!" which she performed live with Panic at the Disco!'s Brendon Urie.

Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie Perform "Me" at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards

It is clear that, with Lover, Taylor is continuing her rebirth.

Her 1989 album brought her mainstream success on an unprecedented level.

For a year and a half, her name and face and music were absolutely everywhere -- which is when overexposure reared its ugly head.

The more you show yourself, the more that some people itch to see you "canceled."

When ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris took shots at her on Twitter, Kim Kardashian seized her chance, uploading carefully edited recordings of Taylor on the phone.

Taylor dropped off the face of the planet after this defeat, only to resurface in autumn of 2017 to exact her revenge with the top-selling Reputation album.

At the Billboard Music Awards

We are over the moon that Taylor's coming out with a new album.

It's certainly reassuring to fans -- particularly older fans -- that Taylor's "romantic" album isn't just about relationships, romance, and breakups.

There's more to life, and Taylor knows that.

We can't wait to hear the full album -- and it's coming this summer.

August 23 can't get here quickly enough!