Last week, Taylor Swift finally gave us the information we've been waiting months for: Her highly anticipated seventh album, Lover, will be released on Aug. 23 and contains 18 tracks — more than any of her previous offerings.
Swift, however, has been uncharacteristically cryptic about her new music throughout this era. In fact, she's mainly communicated via Easter eggs and hidden details in her public appearances, live performances, and videos.
But now Jack Antonoff — one of the executive producers behind Swift's 1989 and Reputation albums — has dropped a massive hint that he may have worked with her on Lover, too.
On Wednesday, Antonoff shared a gallery of photos on Instagram alongside the caption, "June in film".
Midway through the gallery, a photo of Swift popped up. It showed her adopting this power stance in his recording studio.
Needless to say, fans lost their minds over the photo, and with good reason — some of Swift's best work has come from recording sessions with Antonoff.
However, another image in the gallery appeared to hint at the possible content of the music. In this photo, you can see a single dollar bill taped to a keyboard in the same studio.
Now, you probably remember that back in August 2017, Swift made headlines after suing a radio DJ who she said sexually assaulted her in 2013.
She then countersued for a single dollar, to serve as an "example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts".
Ten days after the verdict, Swift released the video for "Look What You Made Me Do." And in the scene where she's languishing in a bathtub filled with diamonds, a single dollar bill was placed in the shot as a nod to the court case.
The dollar bill has since become an important symbol for Swift fans. In fact, during her Reputation tour, fans at her show in Denver — the city in which the trial took place — held up dollar bills during her performance of "Long Live" and "New Year's Day".
So some fans were quick to connect the dots, suggesting that Swift and Antonoff were using the dollar bill as a visual reference while they worked on a song for Lover referencing the sexual assault trial — especially since she has already confirmed that the album has "political undertones."
However, others were confused by the images. The caption implied that they were taken in June, but we know that Lover has been complete since February. Some fans, therefore, wondered whether she and Antonoff were now working on music for a different project.
However, it could be that Swift is making last-minute additions to the album — something she hinted might happen during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in May.
Either way, it's all very intriguing, and I cannot wait to hear what Swift and Antonoff have recorded, whenever it materialises.
Ellie Woodward is acting celebrity editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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