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Taylor Swift surprises with extra tracks on ‘Tortured Poets Department’ album

At midnight ET, Swift unveiled her much-anticipated album "The Tortured Poets Department." The standard edition's 16-song tracklist was announced in February.

Taylor Swift packed a one-two punch early Friday morning, releasing two versions of her new album hours apart.

At midnight ET, Swift unveiled her much-anticipated album “The Tortured Poets Department.” The standard edition’s 16-song tracklist was announced in February.

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But two hours after the album’s arrival, Swift surprise-dropped a deluxe edition dubbed “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology,” which includes 31 songs.

Four of these were previously teased as vinyl-exclusive bonus tracks: “The Black Dog,” “The Albatross,” “The Bolter,” and “The Manuscript.” The remaining 11 had been kept hidden from fans.

Swift pulled off a similar “chaotic surprise” in 2022 when she released an extended version of “Midnights,” dubbed the “3am Edition,” in the early hours of the morning.

Earlier this week, rumors had swirled about Swift teasing a double album release due to photos of her flashing a peace sign and several other two-related clues. Swift’s website was later updated with a countdown to 2 a.m. ET, which confirmed the superstar had something up her sleeve.

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Still, the near-doubled length of “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology” managed to shock many Swifties online.

Like the standard edition of “The Tortured Poets Department,” all additional songs were written by Swift and coproduced with either Jack Antonoff or Aaron Dessner — save for “I Look in People’s Windows,” which Antonoff and Swift coproduced with Patrik Berger.

newly minted billionaire, Swift has spent the past 18 months displaying the level of economic power she holds. Her ongoing five-continent Eras Tour and the concert movie have contributed to her being the first musician to become a billionaire purely based on songs and shows. In March, in an effort to promote tourism, Singapore shelled out nearly $3 million per show to gain exclusivity to the Southeast Asian leg of her Eras Tour.