Nobody’s gonna accuse Taylor Swift of stealing Lana Del Rey’s laptop and poetry, and not just because Lana is featured on a track called Snow On The Beach on Taylor’s new album. According to Billboard, Taylor’s been subtly and not-so-subtly leaking lyrics from her upcoming album Midnights for months. So even if Taylor had stolen Lana’s shit, she’s laid down a paper trail that proves two separate artists can create similarly moody, melancholic drivel independently. With Midnights fast approaching (it drops at midnight tonight), Swifties across the globe were tipped off by Spotify on Twitter to look to the skies at midnight (what can’t she do?!) to catch a glimpse of a lyric from Midnights emblazoned on billboards from Mexico City, Mexico to Wuhan, China.
Billboard says the lyric that lit up the night skies over London, New York, São Paulo, and beyond, “Breathe in, breath through, breathe deep, breathe out,” were hinted at months ago in Dr. Swift’s NYU commencement speech in May when she was awarded an honorary doctorate in Corporate Stunting. If certainly wasn’t in pulmonology! Sounds to me like she’s describing an asthma attack.
Taylor Swift‘s newest lyric reveal has Swifties all but hyperventilating. Unveiled with a billboard located in Mexico City — the latest of several spontaneous light-up signs planted by the pop star in cities all over the world — a line from one of the songs off Midnights was confirmed to be one very sneakily teased by Swift five months ago during her commencement speech for New York University.
Those words may sound familiar to those who tuned in to the speech Swift gave at NYU’s spring commencement ceremony, at which she was presented with an honorary doctorate in fine arts. At the end of her 20-minute address, she delivered the line as a simple piece of advice to graduates — before quipping, “I’m a doctor now, so I know how breathing works” — without giving any sign to Swifties that they’d just unknowingly heard lyrics to an album they didn’t even know existed yet.
Earlier in the speech, the singer-songwriter also said, “Scary news is, you’re on your own now. Cool news is, you’re on your own now.” Sounds eerily similar to the title of Midnights track five, “You’re on Your Own, Kid,” doesn’t it?
Sure, I guess. It’s not how I’d like to receive my lung cancer diagnosis, but she is a doctor now, so who am I to argue?
New Billboard from "Midnights", out this friday 21st!!! pic.twitter.com/khtGiDMa1J
— Taylor Swift Charts (@TaylorSwiftChar) October 20, 2022
— TaylorSwiftPage (@swiftpage13) October 17, 2022
— TaylorSwiftPage (@swiftpage13) October 20, 2022
Dr. Swift is also teasing some “secret projects” she’s been working on “for a very long time” and wants us to “meet her” “during the 3rd quarter of Thursday Night Football,” suggesting that people were right to speculate she might have some involvement with Super Bowl LVII. Plus, she has another “chaotic surprise” in store for us. Again, not something you want to hear from your doctor.
On release day, she’ll premiere a music video for lead single “Anti-Hero” and treat fans to a “special very chaotic surprise,” as she shared in a recent Instagram post. Later, she’ll make appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Graham Norton Show, and drop a second music video for a still unidentified song.
I can think of at least one person who will be wide awake at midnight, and not just because he probably hasn’t slept in months. I’m sure Kanye West is going to be glued to Spotify (if he hasn’t been banned yet) ready to smash that Play button at the stroke of twelve to see if Dr. Swift follows up with her rumored plan to drop a diss track she was working on with Dr. Drake (that’s what Drake asks all his basketball buds to call him, bless his heart). But Lana’s out of luck if she wants to be sure Taylor wasn’t the one who stole her laptop. Taylor did steal her signature cat eye after all. But there’s no way Lana’s gonna be able to stay up late enough to catch a thief. Midnights is way past her bedtime.