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The album variants aren't the only way Swift is promoting her new record. She's also teamed up with Apple Music to curate five playlists based on the "stages of heartbreak," which have fans speculating the content of the new album. Spotify announced on April 15 that it is teaming up with Swift to give lucky Swifties in Los Angeles an in-person library pop-up celebrating the album's release.  Tortured Poets Department, The Tortured Poets Department, taylor swift new album


Plus what to know all of those variants, that alleged leak and which songs Taylor penned solo.


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As Swifties, a Taylor Swift album release week is a big deal for us. For the past few weeks, we've been analyzing social media posts, hunting for easter eggs and not-so-patiently biding our time until her latest album, The Tortured Poets Department, drops this Friday. 

The album variants aren't the only way Swift is promoting her new record. She's also teamed up with Apple Music to curate five playlists based on the "stages of heartbreak," which have fans speculating the content of the new album. Spotify announced on April 15 that it is teaming up with Swift to give lucky Swifties in Los Angeles an in-person library pop-up celebrating the album's release. 

Here's everything you need to know listening to The Tortured Poets Department. We'll update this story with any last-minute announcements and surprises that Swift undoubtedly has in store. For more, here's how to stream The Eras Tour concert film and the best music streaming services of 2024. 

You'll be able to stream The Tortured Poets Department on your streaming service of choice. Both Spotify and Apple Music subscribers will be able to stream the standard songs on the album at 12:00 a.m. on April 19, 2024. 

We don't know specifically when the bonus tracks will land on streaming, but they're currently available in CD and vinyl formats. Read below to each variant edition of the new album.

On April 18, just a day before the album was due to drop, the BBC reported that there had allegedly been a leak of Swift's latest album. The leak has not been confirmed or denied by Swift's camp, but fans online have encouraged one another not listen to the new album until the official release by Swift. 

In addition, X (formerly Twitter) has banned searches for "Taylor Swift leak', much like the platform did when AI-generated explicit images of Swift circulated earlier this year. 

While some fans online claimed to have listened to the leak, we recommend that you hold out for the official release of the album. Not only can leaks spoil the fun of an album release, but clicking on links advertising a leaked copy of the album might not be as safe as you think. Bad actors are likely to capitalize off fans' excitement for the album, and those links could potentially be dangerous viruses or explicit content. 

The Tortured Poets Department (affectionately called TTPD by fans) has 16 brand-new songs and four variant-specific bonus tracks. Post Malone and Florence and the Machine both appear on the album, and Swift teamed up with long-time friend Jack Antonoff and recent collaborator Aaron Dessner on her latest record. 

This record has several solo writing credits for Swift. My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys and Who's Afraid of Little Old Me were both penned solely by the superstar. 

The standard tracklist for the album is as follows:

1. Fortnight (featuring Post Malone)2. The Tortured Poets Department3. My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys4. Down Bad5. So Long, London6. But Daddy I Love Him7. Fresh Out the Slammer8. Florida!!! (featuring Florence + The Machine)9. Guilty as Sin?10. Who's Afraid of Little Old Me?11. I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can)12. Loml13. I Can Do It with a Broken Heart14. The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived15. The Alchemy16. Clara Bow

Confirmed bonus songs include The Bolter, The Albatross, The Black Dog and The Manuscript. These bonus tracks won't be as easy to find as you would expect. Swift has spread each bonus track across separate CD and vinyl releases. 

There are four confirmed variant editions of TTPD, named after the bonus track each will include: The Bolter, The Albatross, The Black Dog and The Manuscript. Swift has encouraged fans to preorder these editions from her website, but the CD and vinyl versions of the album are also available at Target.

The majority of the variant editions are available as CDs, including The Bolter, The Albatross and The Black Dog. The fourth variant edition, named after the bonus song The Manuscript, is available as a CD and on vinyl in "phantom clear" or "ghost white" only at Target. Swift also held preorders for vinyl bundles of the other variant editions (The Bolter, The Albatross and The Black Dog) that included a deluxe CD and cassette, but those were only available until April 12. 

In the meantime, you may hear clips of the bonus songs on TikTok as Swift recently agreed to allow some of her songs back on the app. Neither a representative for Universal Music Group or for Swift responded to CNET's request for comment when the bonus tracks will be available on streaming. 

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