Taylor Swift announces new album The Tortured Poets Department at the Grammys

Taylor Swift
Swift's prize for Midnights was her 13th Grammy award

Taylor Swift has announced the arrival of her 11th studio album live on stage at the Grammy Awards.

The singer was collecting the prize for best pop vocal album, for Midnights, when she dropped the news.

"I want to say thank you to the fans by telling you a secret I've been keeping from you for the last two years," she said.

"Which is that my brand new album comes out April 19. It's called The Tortured Poets Department."

The star then went backstage and posted the cover art to her social media accounts.

"All's fair in love and poetry," she wrote in the caption, signing herself the "Chairman of The Tortured Poets Department".

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According to a listing her official website, the album will contain 16 tracks, with some editions containing a bonus song called The Manuscript.

No other song titles have been revealed.

The record follows the hugely successful Midnights, which sold 1.6 million copies in its first week in the US two years ago.

That record, which featured the singles Anti-Hero, Bejeweled and Karma, went on to win album of the year at the end of the Grammys ceremony - making Swift the first person to win the award four times.

She previously won in 2010 for Fearless, in 2016 for her pop crossover album 1989, and in 2021 for the lockdown-era project Folklore.

The arrival of a new album sent shockwaves through her fan community as it means there will be new material to add to the star's blockbuster Eras tour, which hits Europe this summer.

The concerts, which see Swift revisit each of her previous 10 albums, already run for over three hours.

'Tortured men'?

Meanwhile, eagle-eyed fans have already spotted that Swift's newest album has a link to her former boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.

In 2022, the English actor told Variety magazine he was part of a WhatsApp group called "The Tortured Man Club", along with fellow actors Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott.

"It hasn't had much use recently," Alwyn told the magazine,

"I feel like we're less tortured now," Mescal added.

The interview took place in December 2022 - around the same time that US media outlets reported that Swift and Alwyn had broken up.

Mescal was confirmed to have separated from his partner, the musician Phoebe Bridgers, shortly afterwards.