Sunday, June 16, 2024

Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” is Her First Release Not To Have a Physical CD, It’s Just for Downloads and Streaming


Here’s a first that’s a little alarming for people of a certain age: Taylor Swift’s new album, “Folklore,” has no physical product. There is no CD or LP so far for this album.

“Folklore” comes only digitally– as a download or on streaming services. But if you want to pop it into your car, home stereo, or turntable, forget it.

That hasn’t stopped her fans, who may not know what those things are anyway. On iTunes, Swift’s entire catalog including the clean and explicit versions of “Folklore” are in the top 100. Most of the tracks from the album are on the singles chart as well.

It’s not like there wasn’t enough time to make CDs. There was enough time make a whole merchandise site! But CD’s are expensive. Why make them if you don’t have to?

Will there ever be a CD or LP of “Folklore”? Maybe an LP that will retail high around $20 bucks. But so far there’s no indication on amazon that one is coming, or a CD. If you want one that badly, I guess make it home from your download. (Do people still do that?)


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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