To be a Swiftie is to be a super-sleuth. Taylor Swift has had one of the most hardcore and loyal fandoms, filled with people who grew up alongside Swift in each of her eras. Oh yeah, it’s a bit Swiftie Lingo, because each of her albums represents an era that’s closely tied to the energy of that album’s music tied to her looks, whether it’s her country moment or her dark lipsticks and glitter in the “reputation” era (via Forbes).
Being a Swift fan is more than just enjoying the music and her style. This is the thrill of the Easter egg hunt all year round. If you’re truly a die-hard fan, chances are you’re perfectly good at predicting every upcoming Swift album down to release date. While it can often seem like a strange rabbit hole on the internet, fans are often successful sleuths, and Swift herself has confirmed over the years that she likes to scatter tiny clues that allow truly engaged fans to track her plans long before she launches them into action. (via PopSugar).
In the world of Detective Swiftie work, it’s easy to get carried away and read too much into everything, as we’ve all witnessed with the elusive “Woodvale” album theory that never came to fruition (via NME). Well, one fan has broken down all the clues that indicate fans are getting a brand new album they’ve been stripped of in the post-“1989” era.
Fan theories surrounding the infamous album Karma
There have been some wild Taylor Swift fan theories over the years. After all, knowing that Swift is prone to dropping very subtle clues can very quickly lead to things spiraling out of control with fans drawing connections and conclusions that simply don’t exist. A running theory over the years alludes to fans having an album stolen between “1989” and “Reputation.”
Due to the feud between Swift and Kanye West, fans believe Swift was forced into hiding for a year before releasing her response to attacks on her character with the album “Reputation.” Fans believe this sadly happened as Swift began to stage a whole new era with her bleached hair and ’90s punk rock vibes (via Buzzfeed News). Focusing on certain clues throughout its music videos, fans believe the album was meant to be called “Karma,” and to this day, they mourn its loss and keep their fingers crossed that Swift will eventually release it. Well, TikToker @TheThriftySwiftie posted a few videos rounding up all the signs that fans are finally getting this album in 2023.
Swiftie predicts double album release
In a five-part video series on TikTok, the Swiftie breaks down past cues in music videos. According to her, one of Swift’s clues is in the music video for “The Man” with a wall of graffiti listing each of his albums with “Karma” written with them, or his singing on “Karma” while he is. locked in a safe. in “Look What You Made Me Do”. An even deeper clue that fans think is a clue is the lyric “I’m coming back stronger than a 90s trend” in the song “Willow,” which fans say alludes to the existing theory that the album was going to come with a 90s punk era after “1989” (via TikTok).
These theo released with “Karma” alongside the reissue of “1989: Taylor’s Version” this year. One of the clues is as subtle as a cake featuring two marks in Swift’s latest “I Bet You Think About Me” music video, which fans interpret to mean that two albums will be released.
Of course, this can often read as obsessive fans reading things a bit too much. But the truth is, it’s those very observant fans who have predicted Swift’s moves time and time again – so for a true Swiftie, that’s as good as confirmation.