For the past ten years, Taylor Swift has released an album like clockwork, every two years. So, we were sure October 2016 we would see her sixth studio album.
And then we didn’t.
Then she performed on some Super Bowl pre-show thing (I don’t really follow such events), where she performed “Better Man,” a song she wrote for Little Big Town, for the first time. When I heard Little Big Town’s performance, while Swift wasn’t singing in the recording, I could hear her because of her strong songwriting style. So, needless to say, I was super excited to see that performance.
It was also at this show where she apparently stated that this show was probably her only one for 2017, and that the people in the audience was at 100% of her tour.
Before we get sad, I have a theory.
Whenever Swift releases an album, it’s usually towards the end of the year and she doesn’t tour or perform in the year the album was released – the tour tends to be the year after. So, for instance, 1989 was released October 2014, and her associated performances all occurred in 2015. So, if she releases an album October 2017 – which I sincerely hope she does, and it sounds like she’s making one – then her tour wouldn’t occur until 2018.
An absence of a tour does not mean an absence of an album.
Swifties, there’s still hope!