Bonus tracks, new video, a Spotify crash: Swift’s ‘Midnights’ is full of surprises
For a decade, Swift wrote her heart out on her debut album, “Come-To-Jesus,” a song from then-unreleased new material. For a decade, she wrote her heart out on her debut album, “Come-To-Jesus,” a song from then-unreleased new material. Photo: Michael Vadon Photo: Michael Vadon Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close All new Swift: ‘Midnights’ is full of surprises 1 / 10 Back to Gallery
It’s been 10 years since Swift first released the breakthrough song “You Belong with Me” and its accompanying video. The album became instant radio gold, reaching No. 1 in its second week on iTunes, helping Swift (and her label) earn millions of dollars.
And in the decade since, Swift has gone on to write and tour with Drake, write and tour with Miley Cyrus and become a household name. She’s been named No. 1 in Billboard’s Top 100 Global Artist poll and this year is being honored by the Library of Congress as “The World’s Most Important Record Label.”
But like her debut, her follow-up album has been a roller-coaster ride. “Midnights and Dreams” is an eclectic collection of songs from a wide variety of genres, touching on everything from soul to country to hip-hop, and its lead single, “You Belong with Me,” is an almost perfect song. There have been countless arguments about the quality of the album and the best way to present it, but the fact remains that Swift’s career has been nothing short of extraordinary.
On March 10, Swift will celebrate 10 years of releasing the album “Midnights and Dreams,” which is now available for streaming and purchase in a number of digital stores, and she is in the studio to record new songs. But