Midnights and More Music

Album and song releases to look forward to in the coming months


Photography by Sophia Ran '23

Design and graphics by Cathy Wang ’23

The date is August 28, 2022. Taylor Swift announces her new album during her Video of the Year acceptance speech at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards: the crowd bursts into applause, the internet starts buzzing with excitement, and everyone begins counting down the days until October 21, when Midnights will officially be released. 

Swift is known for including “easter eggs,” or hidden clues about her future music, in past songs, Instagram posts, music videos, and more. When Swift announced the new album during her acceptance speech at the VMAs, she did not announce the name. Many assumed based on her dress–which bore resemblance to the outfit she wore in the Look What You Made Me Do music video–Swift would announce the re-release of her sixth album, Reputation. However, the speech was followed by an Instagram post, announcing a completely new album entitled Midnights

The post featured the album cover and a photo describing the album as “a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.” The caption read: “Midnights, the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life, will be out October 21. Meet me at midnight.” 

Since then, there has been a flood of posts on both Swift’s personal account and @taylornation, an Instagram account run by her management team. This included a montage of videos collected during the making of the album, multiple posts naming and describing individual tracks, and more recently on October 7, a post revealing all 13 of Midnights’ tracks. 

As October 21 draws closer, fans have begun searching through Swift’s past albums, interviews, and social media posts for easter eggs that reveal anything about Midnights. One interesting theory has to do with the new artwork that now appears on Swift’s Spotify page: an animation of a clock ticking with the numbers in an array of colors. Some fans have speculated that each color on the clock correlates with an album, or with different “eras” in her life. 

But Midnights isn’t the only music that will be released this fall. In fact, many musical artists are announcing their plans to release singles or albums, or at least hinting at it. Before 2023 begins, we have lots of other new music to look forward to. Below is an overview of some other music being released in the near future.

While SZA has not announced an official date for the release of her new album (which is currently untitled), Top Dawg Entertainment President Terrence Henderson said in an interview with Vulture in early August, “SZA’s coming very, very soon. We pretty much have the album done…We know exactly when it’s coming out.”

Joji, who is mostly known for his popular songs Glimpse of You and Sanctuary, is releasing his third album SMITHEREENS on November 4th. Along with the album, fans will receive a “psychedelic and mind-bending” music video: “Joji’s first music video appearance in nearly 2 years,” according to MYX Global

Louis Tomlinson, ex-member of the world famous band One Direction, is releasing his sophomore album titled Faith in the Future on November 11. Tomlinson has also announced a Faith in the Future tour, with dates set for late 2023.

Midnights, SMITHEREENS, Faith in the Future, and SZA’s currently untitled album are merely a few of the music releases to come before the new year. For other albums to look forward to, visit Billboard’s 2022 Album Release Calendar.