Taylor Swift's 'Tortured Poets' Album Is Here—Here's Everything to Know

Plus, all the Joe Alwyn, Matty Healy, and John Mayer (!) theories.

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The excitement for Taylor Swift’s 11th album has officially reached a fever pitch now that it's finally been released. Titled Tortured Poets Department, the “Cruel Summer” singer’s latest LP is breaking the internet (and streaming services) with buzzy tracks like “But Daddy I Love Him” and “I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can)." The new album, which briefly touches on Swift's break up with her longtime boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, also delves into her past romance with Matty Healy and appears to include her first song about Travis Kelce.

Swift, who’s currently enjoying a whirlwind romance with the Kansas City Chiefs tight end, announced that she was ready to drop new music with a surprise announcement at the Grammys. After winning Best Pop Vocal Album for her lauded Midnights on Feb. 4, the “Karma” star dispelled fan theories that a Reputation (Taylor’s Version) release was imminent and sent the Swiftdom into overdrive by revealing “a secret that I have been keeping for the last few years:" She was dropping brand new music in 2024.

Whether you were one of the diehard Swifties waiting for the album's release at midnight, or you’re a more casual fan, we did all the work for you and compiled everything to know about Tortured Poets Department, including which songs are rumored to be about Alwyn, Healy, Kelce, and more. Read on for the album's release date, tracklist, collaborations, song meanings, and more.

What was the release date for Tortured Poets Department?

The Tortured Poets Department dropped at midnight on Friday, April 19, followed by the surprise release of 15 extra tracks in a Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology LP.

In an Instagram post that coincided with the release, Swift called her new album "An anthology of new works that reflect events, opinions and sentiments from a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time - one that was both sensational and sorrowful in equal measure."

She shared she'd found closure from writing the album, continuing, "This period of the author’s life is now over, the chapter closed and boarded up. There is nothing to avenge, no scores to settle once wounds have healed. And upon further reflection, a good number of them turned out to be self-inflicted. This writer is of the firm belief that our tears become holy in the form of ink on a page. Once we have spoken our saddest story, we can be free of it. And then all that’s left behind is the tortured poetry."

Swift originally confirmed the timing of the release during her Grammys speech. Just moments after her surprise announcement, the “Cardigan” songstress shared artwork from the new album and a handwritten note which she signed off as the chairman of the “Tortured Poets Department” – a seeming reference to Alwyn’s “tortured man club” group chat with Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal, per E! News.

“And so I enter into evidence / My tarnished coat of arms / My muses, acquired like bruises / My talismans and charms / The tick, tick, tick of love bombs / My veins of pitch black ink / All’s fair in love and poetry…” she wrote in her Instagram post.

Swifties quickly deciphered that the release date could be throwing shade at Alwyn, as it was one year ago on that date that Swift had dinner with Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, and the couple promptly unfollowed the Birdy actor on Instagram.

What artists collaborated with Taylor Swift?

On Feb. 5, Swift shared another black-and-white promo image for her album, which had the words “I love you. It’s ruining my life” on it. At the time, it also revealed that Post Malone and Florence and the Machine would be collaborating with Swift on her tracks “Fortnight” and “Florida!!!” The singer also worked with longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff on the album.

What is the tracklist?

The Feb. 5 post also included the track names on her album, and on April 5, Swift revealed how long each song would be (sadly, there weren't any 10-minute-long “All Too Well” contenders on the new album).

  1. Fortnight (feat. Post Malone) 3:48

  2. The Tortured Poets Department 4:53

  3. My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys 3:23

  4. Down Bad 4:21

  5. So Long, London 4:22

  6. But Daddy I Love Him 5:40

  7. Fresh Out the Slammer 3:30

  8. Florida!!! (feat. Florence + the Machine) 3:35

  9. Guilty as Sin? 4:14

  10. Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me? 5:34

  11. I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can) 2:36

  12. loml 4:37

  13. I Can Do It With a Broken Heart 3:38

  14. The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived 4:05

  15. The Alchemy 3:16

  16. Clara Bow 3:36

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Are there any bonus songs on the album?

Swift released her The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology with 15 bonus tracks at 2 a.m. on April 19. The additional songs include:

  1. The Black Dog

  2. imgonnagetyouback

  3. The Albatross

  4. Chloe or Sam or Sophia or Marcus

  5. How Did It End?

  6. So High School

  7. I Hate It Here

  8. thanK you aiMee

  9. I Look in People's Windows

  10. The Prophecy

  11. Cassandra

  12. Peter

  13. Bolter

  14. Robin

  15. The Manuscript

Swift's The Anthology has already stirred up plenty of fan theories about whom each song is about. Swifties were here for the not-so-subtle reference to the "Karma" singer's feud with Kim Kardashian in "thanK you aiMee."

While most of Swift's Tortured Poets Department songs appeared to be inspired by her relationship with Alwyn and Healy, the singer appeared to step back into her Speak Now era with "The Manuscript," which fans are convinced is about Swift's brief romance with John Mayer.

What is Tortured Poets Department about?

After Swift shared her album’s name and the line, “All’s fair in love and poetry,” theories abounded that Tortured Poets Department would touch on the singer’s relationship and break up with Alwyn, especially with track names like "So Long, London" and "I Can Do It With A Broken Heart." However, upon the album's release, Swifties realized that Swift's short-lived romance with 1975 frontman Matt Healy appeared to be the main focus of numerous tracks including "Down Bad," "I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can), and "Fortnight."

Notably in "But Daddy I Love Him," an unbothered Swift pushed back on the disapproval many of her fans showed towards Healy while they were dating, singing, "I’ll tell you something right now / I’d rather burn my whole life down / Than listen to one more second of all this b*tching and moaning."

Are there any Easter Eggs on the album?

She also appeared to suggest that Healy ghosted her during their summer romance in "The Smallest Man That Ever Lived." Meanwhile, Swift's songs about Alwyn were comparatively few, albeit emotional. Along with the obvious break up anthem "So Long, London, " "loml" (loss of my life), and "I Can Do It With A Broken Heart" appear to reference her split after a long relationship with the actor.

There are also theories that the title song "The Tortured Poets Department" references Alwyn's group chat, the Tortured Mans Club.

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Swift's latest album focused mainly on her past relationships, but she also highlighted her current romance by writing her first songs about Kelce. Both "So High School" and the football-filled "The Alchemy" appear to be about her romance with the Kansas City tight end, and Swift even seemed to hint at seeming marriage in the future with the athlete. Referencing a 2016 game of Kiss, Marry, Kill that Kelce played, she sang in "So High School," "Are you gonna marry, kiss or kill me? Kill me. It's just a game, but really, really, I'm betting on all three for us two,

The “Invisible String” star previously said the album was something she “needed to make.”

During a Melbourne show on the Eras Tour, Swift told the audience, “Tortured Poets is an album — I think more than any of my albums that I’ve ever made — I needed to make it. It was really a lifeline for me. Just the things I was going through and the things I was writing about. It kind of reminded me of why songwriting was something that actually gets me through my life.”

Where can you listen to Tortured Poets Department?

Fans can stream Swift’s new album on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, Tidal, and YouTube Music now that Tortured Poets Department has been released.

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