Saturday, May 25, 2024

(Listen) Here’s Taylor Swift’s Surprise “Folklore” Album with Big Hit “Betty,” Fancy Video and Some Lyrics Maybe By Her Actor Boyfriend


Well, here it is: Taylor Swift’s surprise album, Folklore, along with a video for the first single, “Cardigan.” Button up! The National are primary collaborators, along with Jack Antonoff, Bon Iver, and Taylor’s boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn, whose pen name is William Bowery. Presented as a spontaneous project, “Folklore” is marketed within an inch of its life. You can whittle away the hours listening to it. Since there were no press links, it’s news to us.

“Folklore” will be eligible for Grammy Awards this year. “Lover” was last year, but was snubbed completely as payback for Taylor making waves about her song rights being sold. But she’s got Grammys, so hey.

The big hit on the album comes toward the end. It’s called “Betty” and you almost think it’s a girl crushing on a girl in high school. But it’s 17 year old James who is having trouble saying goodbye to Betty. Sounds like a 70s single, opens with a harmonica, and it’s a story. Fans will be singing along to this for the rest of their lives.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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