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Rumors of a tenth album began soon after the release of Evermore after fans spotted the word “Woodvale” camouflaged in the background of artwork for Swift’s Folklore album, with the photo immediately going viral online. After Swift described Evermore as a “sister record” to Folklore, it was speculated that “Woodvale” could serve as a potential “brother” to the two albums.
During her Monday interview with Kimmel, Swift admitted she is aware of the “Woodvale” Easter egg and told Kimmel it was an accident.
“Okay, well, this takes a bit of explanation. So I tend to be sort of annoyingly secret agent-y about dropping clues and hints and Easter eggs,” Smith told Kimmel. “It’s very annoying but it’s fun for fans and it’s fun for me because they like to pick up on things… and then, sometimes I take it too far and I make a mistake.”
Swift explained that when she was making Folklore, which released in July, she “was too afraid to even unveil the title of the album to even my closest teammates and management” and so came up with a code name that had the same number of letters as Folklore, which was “Woodvale.” She mocked up the name on album covers to see how it would look, she added, before deciding she didn’t want to have an album title on the album cover. “And we forgot to take the fake code name off of one of them,” she added.
“This album is like the third season of Lost,” Kimmel joked. “People are finding clues where there aren’t them.”
Evermore had the code name “November,” Swift added, “but we remembered to take it off all the mockups of the album covers, so we learned our lesson.”
Following its release, Folklore, Swift’s ninth album, became the first to sell a million copies in the U.S. in 2020. Swift also received Grammy nominations for album of the year and pop vocal album, as well as song of the year and best pop solo performance nods for “cardigan.” Her song “exile,” featuring Bon Iver, is also up for best pop duo/group performance.
As in Folklore, for Evermore Swift continued to work with producer and The National guitarist Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver, who co-wrote and sings on one of the tracks. Swift’s frequent collaborator producer/songwriter/singer Jack Antonoff, also joined forces with the singer once again for the new album. William Bowery, who Swift revealed to be boyfriend Joe Alwyn, returns as a songwriter on some of the album’s songs as well.
The release of Evermore marked the first time Swift has continued an album era with a follow-up, complimentary album. “There was something different with Folklore. In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning,” she wrote in her announcement.
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