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Taylor Swift’s 2am Surprise Is a Secret Double Album of ‘Tortured Poets’: Stream It Now

The final, sprawling edition comes in at 31 songs, and more than two hours of playing time.

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Taylor Swift

Beth Garrabrant

Surprise! Taylor Swift gave night owls a bonus when she dropped the secret, second part of The Tortured Poets Department.

Swift had teased a mysterious 2am countdown ahead of the conventional midnight release of Tortured Poets. For Swifties, it was worth the wait as the collection extended by an additional 15 songs.


“It’s a 2am surprise: The Tortured Poets Department is a secret DOUBLE album,” writes Swift on Instagram. “I’d written so much tortured poetry in the past 2 years and wanted to share it all with you, so here’s the second installment of TTPD: The Anthology. 15 extra songs. And now the story isn’t mine anymore… it’s all yours.”

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The final, sprawling edition comes in at 31 songs, and more than two hours of playing time.

If three is the magic number, two is a godsend for Swifties, many of whom have noticed that their idol has been waving the number 2 in their faces for weeks. Her Tortured Poets Spotify library installation in Los Angeles featured a peace-sign statuette, and Swift herself flashed two fingers on camera at the 2024 Grammys when she first announced her new record. The clocks at the library pop-up and in her cryptic “Fortnight” music video announcement from earlier this week have all been set to 2 o’clock, and the star tweeted Wednesday, “✌️days til THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT.”

Swift’s stamina is hard to beat. Tortured Poets is her fifth studio album in less than five years, a period that has also included four re-recorded Taylor’s Version albums. So, make that nine full length recordings since the months prior to the pandemic. Her epic The Eras Tour is currently on a break, and will restart next month for a summer stadium run across the U.K. and Europe.

TayTay announcedThe Tortured Poets Department at the 2024 Grammy Awards in February, where she won album of the year for a record fourth time, with Midnights, her 10th studio effort. In the same month, Swift collected the IFPI’s Global Recording Artist award for a fourth time, also a record.

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Stream The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology in full below.

This article was first published by Billboard U.S.

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Iron Butterfly's Doug Ingle performs at the Fillmore East on February 1, 1969 in New York City.
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