The album announcement, posted to Instagram, is the culmination of almost a year of media silence, interrupted only by brief promotional appearances and her recent victory in her Denver assault trial.
Finally, the third image reveals the forthcoming album's title, Reputation, along with the release date. "So Taylor Swift's album cover is trying to say that she distrusts the media?" the New Yorker's Doreen St. Félix wrote on Twitter. The first single off the album will also drop Thursday night. With her fifth album, the pop-focused 1989 (2014), she became the first act to have three albums sell a million copies within one week in the United States.
The "Reputation" reveal comes just days after the 27-year-old singer-songwriter won a much-publicized civil trial against a former Denver radio DJ who, a jury found, sexually assaulted the star during a meet-and-greet photo session in 2013. It's a likely reference to her many celebrity feuds, and how she's striking back after lying low. NY magazine's Select All reached out to the Swift camp to ask if the reveal, which began circulating on Twitter about an hour before the official announcement went live on Swift's Instagram, had anything to do with the sudden unveil.
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