By Joe Lynch for Billboard
It's really happening. After the long wait and numerous snake-related teases, Taylor Swift has confirmed her new album, "reputation", is coming Nov. 10. But fans won't have to
wait that long to hear new music from the pop queen – the first single drops Thursday (Aug. 24).
Swift also revealed the album cover art (shot by Mert & Marcus) for her sixth album via Instagram on Wednesday (Aug. 23).
Even though it's been nearly three years since Swift's "1989" - which won the "Album of the Year" Grammy - she hasn't been a stranger to the charts. Her 2016 Zayn duet "I Don't Wanna
Live Forever" from "Fifty Shades Darker" peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, just one spot shy of becoming her fifth No. 1.
But with anticipation building for a new Taylor Swift single since she wiped her social media accounts last Friday (Aug. 18), could this new single become her next No. 1 - potentially unseating
the historic No. 1 run of "Despacito" from Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber? We'll have to wait and see.
One thing is for sure: Swift is a blockbuster force. 2014's "1989", her fourth No. 1 album, became the fastest album to hit 5 million units since Usher's 2004 LP "Confessions". In its first
week alone, it moved 1.287 units, and her "1989 World Tour" netted $185.4 million. It produced three Hot 100 chart-toppers - "Bad Blood", "Blank Space" and "Shake It Off" - and when it
debuted on Spotify in June 2016, it did massive numbers. It's sold 6.06 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, and was the best-selling album in America for
2014 (and 2015's second best-selling album, behind Adele's "25").