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Taylor Swift’s fans think the Reputation track list may reveal an engagement

Text: Zoe Weiner

November 9, 2017

The countdown to Reputation is on (T-Minus 24 hours until November 10, people) with Taylor Swift only stoking the fire more by posting the album’s entire track list to her Instagram account on Tuesday.

In addition to the four singles she’s already released — ‘Look what you made me do,’ ‘Ready for it,’ ‘Gorgeous,’ and ‘Call it what you want‘ — the record will feature 11 other songs, including “I Did Something Bad” (a possible Kim/Kanye-related track?), “King of my Heart” (another Alwyn-inspired love song?), and ‘End game,’ which features Ed Sheeran and Future.

As with all things Reputation-related, this latest announcement has left Swift fans in a panic/Tumblr dark hole. Mainly, the track that really has people losing it and concocting fan theories is #15, titled ‘New Year’s Day.’ Two intense theories have emerged on social media, one involving T.Swift’s ex Harry Styles, and the other involving her current beau, British actor Joe Alwyn.

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First up, the Styles theory: According to sources, ‘New Year’s Day’ may be a reference to Swift and Style’s breakup during the 2012 holiday season. The couple, who began dating in October of that year, planned to ring in the New Year together in the British Virgin Islands, but Swift ended up flying back to U.S. three days early. A source told The Daily Mail at the time, “they were on holiday and had an almighty row,” which resulted in their breakup and the photo seen ’round the world of T. Swift looking really, really sad on a boat.

While the title of the song does seem telling, would Taylor really be singing about a breakup that happened five years ago? Especially after several songs on 1989 seemed to address her romance with Styles? Haylor fans can only hope.

Next, and (arguably more out-there) the Alwyn theory: Fans believe that ‘New Year’s Day’ will be the pair’s official engagement announcement. It’s not totally clear as to why this speculation has emerged, but it would definitely be a very Swift-ian way to share the news with the world.

Of course there are still other theories floating around out there — like that ‘Don’t blame me’ is about Taylor’s ongoing feud with Katy Perry, or that the writing on the left side of her face means that the album is “her side of the story vs. the media’s” — but we’ll just have to wait until Friday to see what’s true and what’s in our wildest dreams.

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