Timeless.com was registered to Taylor Swift, leading many to believe that "Timeless" will be the name of her first single, or will at least figure into the album in some other way. Crucially, and savvily, the release date is after the cutoff for 2018 Grammy consideration, extending its lifespan into the following year like Swift albums before it. Swift also confirmed that she would release an as-yet-untitled first single on Thursday evening.
But while she hasn't released music lately, that doesn't mean that Swift has been out of the public eye.
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Take, for example, the album cover for the record, which depicts Swift in grayscale, clad in a distressed sweatshirt against a backdrop of manufactured newspaper headlines.
In the aftermath of the announcement, fans and commenters haven't ceased speculating about what the new album might bring.
With 2012's "Red" and 2014's "1989", she made a dramatic shift away from country music.
Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter who is one of the most popular contemporary female recording artists.