Taylor Swift Announces The Title of the First ‘Midnights’ Song ‘Mastermind’

Taylor Swift is aware of her penchant for scattering clues across her social media and music for keen-eyed admirers to interpret and analyse. However, she is not doing it this time.

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She posted a TikTok first thing in September, at exactly midnight with the caption ‘Midnights Mayhem With Me,’ giving off a very cable-access vibe, to offer her fans some direct information. A gold lottery-ball cage with ping-pong balls labelled 1 to 13 next to the famous singer/songwriter, who was sitting in front of a brown crushed-velvet backdrop and wearing a mustard blazer, represented each song on her upcoming ‘Midnights’ album, which is due in October.

“I know I have a habit of dropping cryptic clues and easter eggs when giving you information about new music, and I’m not here to deny that, but I am here to defy that,” she says in the intro of the clip. “Welcome to a new series I’m calling ‘Midnights Mayhem With Me.’ I am going to be using this technologically advanced device to help me allow fate to decide exactly what track titles I’m going to be announcing and in what order.”

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She then draws the first ball out of the cage, and guess what? It’s Track 13, which is also Taylor Swift’s well-known lucky number.

“The first track I’m going to tell you about is Track 13, because of course,” she says with a smirk, before picking up a red phone and revealing into the receiver: “Track 13 is called ‘Mastermind.’”

“Midnights tracklist reveal!!” the TikTok video is captioned. “Introducing: Midnights Mayhem with Me.”

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Swift was recognised as the Songwriter-Artist of the Decade at the NSAI’s Nashville Songwriter Awards before the song’s title was made public. She gave a speech and then unexpectedly performed her 10-minute song ‘All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)’ for the audience.