Did Taylor Swift Confirm She’s Already Moved on To Her Next Project Post-‘Folklore’?

Months after musician Taylor Swift released her hit 2020 album Folklore, a concert film on Disney+ may have marked the end of its era. While some fans are still holding out for another music video, a comment made in December 2020 interview could mean that she’s ready to move on to a new project.

Taylor Swift released ‘Folklore’ in 2020

Following her 2019 album, Lover, Swift had planned to tour. But the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic changed that. “Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen,” she announced in July 2020. “And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore.”

Folklore arrived on July 24, 2020. The album, comprised of 16 tracks (plus one bonus track), debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. It’s nominated for Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards and topped the list of best 2020 albums for publications such as Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, and Billboard.

The album is unique because she didn’t ‘attack’ it

Taylor Swift performs during the TIME 100 Gala 2019 Dinner on April 23, 2019 in New York City.
Taylor Swift performs during the TIME 100 Gala 2019 Dinner on April 23, 2019, in New York City. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

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As one of Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year, Swift discussed the making of Folklore and her love for the album. “I have this weird thing that I do when I create something where in order to create the next thing I kind of, in my head, attack the previous thing,” she explained of her response to past albums.

“I don’t love that I do that but it is the thing that has kept me pivoting to another world every time I make an album,” Swift continued. “But with this one, I just still love it. I’m so proud of it. And so that feels very foreign to me. That doesn’t feel like a normal experience that I’ve had with releasing albums.”

Swift also teased a new music video

Though seemingly innocuous, Swift saying, “I just still love it” about Folklore could be an Easter egg. After all, she’s known for being very cautious about what she says in interviews. And, as one fan pointed out, there are nine trees in her tweet to the LA Times regarding its ranking of Folklore. Does that mean TS9 is coming?

Another apparent off-hand comment in the EW interview sparked conversation. Swift mentioned, “I was on a video shoot, but I was directing,” when she learned Joe Biden won the presidential election in November 2020. If it’s not a Folklore single, has she already moved onto another album’s first music video?

Is she referring to re-recording her masters?

While nothing in the music industry is set in stone (a fact that’s more obvious than ever in 2020), it’s hard to imagine that Swift is pulling an Ariana Grande and planning to release three albums in three consecutive years. But there is another project her fans are aware of: She’s re-recording her masters.

‘I have recently begun re-recording my older music and it has already proven to be both exciting and creatively fulfilling,” Swift wrote in November 2020, after the announcement that Scooter Braun had sold her masters. “I have plenty of surprises in store,” she added. Perhaps that’s what she means by “pivoting” this time around.