Taylor Swift's return is imminent, promising a busy�summer for listeners and patient Swifties alike.
The star announced her new album, "Lover," on social media�Thursday, as well as a new single titled "You Need To Calm Down."
An improvement on Swift's enjoyable yet overly earnest lead single "Me," "You Need to Calm Down" is cheekier and more understated, a more promising example of what fans can expect from her new record.
Set for release Aug. 23, the 18-track record�will also feature�the Brendon Urie-featuring "Me!"It's her first full-length album since 2017's "Reputation."
The album art, credited to "artistic genius" Valheria Rocha, features Swift in glittery rainbow technicolor a different color scheme than the icy melodrama of her 2017 album�"Reputation."�
"Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?" Swift sings on the new song, releasing an accompanying lyric video that makes it clear she's name-dropping�GLAAD, short for the powerful�Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization.
"Thank you @taylorswift13" the organization wrote to Swift on Twitter, posting�screenshots of GLAAD's mention in the lyric video.
Swift's new album's�artwork�matches the visual aesthetic of the bright, fantasy-filled music video for lead single "Me," as "You Need To Calm Down" advances�the trap-infused pop sound she sought on "Reputation" with a simplistic, booming beat, offering lyrics�like "shade never made anybody less gay" that nod to her LGBTQ fans while centering the song as an anti-hate anthem.
Released during Pride month in June,�"You Need To Calm Down" suggests that Swift is being more intentional in recognizing her�LGBTQ listeners.
Swift encouraged her fans'�Easter egg hunt�upon the "Me!" music video release by promising that the album's title was hidden somewhere in her next�video, with�eagle-eyed fans noticing the word "lover" emerge at one point in the clip.