Apparent leak of Taylor Swift “TTPD” album sparks online chaos

Social media platform X bans searches for "Taylor Swift leak" after the album’s alleged snippets were shared online.

Pop Culture & Art April 18, 2024
Taylor Swift in a lavender haze. Photo: Scott Legato/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

Just a day ahead of its release, Taylor Swift's highly anticipated album, The Tortured Poets Department, has apparently been leaked online.  

The social media platform X has banned searches for "Taylor Swift leak"  as snippets alleged to be from the album spread like wildfire.

Swifties are rallying to protect their idol. They're flooding social media with pleas to ignore the leaks and some claim they are even creating fake AI-generated tracks to confuse those actively seeking out the leaked content. Some fans are speculating it came from a Google drive containing the entire TTPD record.

This wouldn't be Swift's first rodeo with pre-release leaks. Her albums 1989, Reputation, and Lover all hit the internet before their official drops. The star has a history of employing extreme secrecy measures – dancers rehearsing to click tracks, songs locked in briefcases – but leaks keep happening.

The Tortured Poets Department's release is shrouded in even more mystery. Fans are deciphering cryptic QR codes, mysterious timers, and hints dropped by Swift herself. 

Could the album drop at 2 PM, a time referenced repeatedly?  Are fans in for a surprise double album release?

The chaos and Swiftie detective work are only adding to the hype of an already hotly anticipated album. Will this leak dampen the official release, or is it adding fuel to an already raging fire?


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