Taylor Swift Reveals Why She Named Her Album ‘Lover’ and What It Was Almost Called

Taylor Swift’s new album, Lover, almost had an entirely different name, but her fans can agree that Lover was the right call. Find out why she changed her mind from her original idea, Daylight.

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Swift shared her original album name

The singer sat down with Ryan Seacrest for an interview on his On Air With Ryan Seacrest radio show, where the host asked her if it’s harder to name albums or come up with song titles.

Swift shared, “They’re both pretty easy for me, but… it’s always different. Like, with Reputation, I came up with the album name before I even wrote song number one for that album, but with this one, I was halfway into writing the songs before I wrote the song ‘Lover.’ That’s the song I wrote alone and it was one of those songs that just freely — I just somehow wrote this song really quickly in the middle of the night at my piano — and all of a sudden I knew that was the title of the album.”

She noted that she “almost called the album Daylight,” explaining that it’s “the name of another song on the record, but I felt like that was a little too on the nose because Reputation was such a dark, like evening-nighttime-city album, and I thought that calling the next album Daylight would be too obvious and it’s such a love album.”

In the end, the title she landed on was perfect for the album’s message, as she explained: “It’s an album about all different forms of love. Even when love hurts, this album is about the full spectrum that love makes us feel, so I was like, this album is definitely going to be called Lover.”

Swift doesn’t have a tour planned… yet

When asked if she will be announcing a tour soon, Swift shared that nothing is planned yet, but she has some ideas, with hopes of doing something different.

Swift told Seacrest: “I’m not quite sure what we’re doing with touring because with this album, I was so full-on planning this album release and directing the videos and putting all these different clues in these videos and trying to make this album release experience the most fun one for my fans, that I didn’t wanna plan what we’re gonna do in terms of live and I don’t want to do the same thing every time because I don’t want my life to feel like I’m on a treadmill.”

She shared that she’s waiting to figure it out, noting, “I don’t want to feel like I have to do the same thing every single time. I definitely want to play this album live for a lot of people. I definitely want to give fans an opportunity and give me the opportunity to vibe with them on these songs in a live setting and see them sing the words back, but I don’t really know exactly what way that’s going to happen.”