Taylor Swift's Lavender Haze music video sparks new theories about her next release
New York, New York - Taylor Swift has dropped another Midnights music video, and Swifties are up to their usual antics as they break down every Easter egg that may hint at the singer's next moves!
The 33-year-old took fans by surprise on Thursday with the announcement that a video for Lavender Haze would be dropping at midnight.
The lavish, '70s-inspired video was written and directed by Swift. The Anti-Hero artist has confirmed that the track is about her longtime boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, telling fans that it's all about ignoring outside negativity to protect your true love.
The music video sees Swift caught up in the "lavender haze" alongside her love interest, played by transgender activist and model Laith Ashley.
As always, the video contained an array of subtle nods that Swifties suspect might give a hint as to what the singer has in store next.
Did Taylor Swift hint at her next re-recording in the Lavender Haze video?
The Lavender Haze music vid kicks off with what appears to be a reference to one of Swift's earliest hits, Our Song.
Both videos begin with a shot of the singer's toes, which are painted with blue nail polish.
Another scene from the new video also mimics Swift's 2007 track, Our Song. In both videos, Swift is seen lying on a bed of flowers.
If you analyze these details with the usual Swiftie logic, Taylor Swift (Taylor's Version) might be on the way sooner than we think.
The new video has also provided plenty of fuel for the most popular re-recording theory right now, which suggests that Speak Now (Taylor's Version) will be the cardigan singer's next re-release.
The koi fish seen in the video pays homage to the koi fish design featured on one of the guitars Swift used during her Speak Now tour. Some Swifties have theorized that the walls being knocked down in the Lavender Haze video represent the transition to the Speak Now (Taylor's Version) era, as the space beyond is filled with koi fish.
The koi fish actually appear in all three Midnights music videos that have been released, and Speak Now is Swift's third album, so – you get the idea.
Was Lavender Haze originally the lead single for Taylor Swift's Midnights?
Interestingly, the vast majority of Easter eggs found in the video actually reference other Midnights tracks rather than songs from her other albums.
The plethora of Midnights nods have led some fans to speculate that Lavender Haze was originally intended to be the lead single instead of Anti-Hero.
While Midnights was released all at once, it's possible that Lavender Haze, had it been the lead single, may have been originally set for release before the full album dropped.
Clearly, Anti-Hero was the right choice, as the song has helped Swift solidify Midnights' success on the charts, but Lavender Haze and its music video could have been a fun preview for Swifties to obsess over before the complete record was released.
Other Midnights Easter eggs include a forecast of "midnight rain" on the screen during a scene that also features her love interest as the weatherman on the TV, nodding to a lyric from the Midnights track Karma: "Karma is the guy on the screen, coming straight home to me."
A vinyl record titled Mastermind is seen on the floor, while incense is found on the shelf with the records, referencing the line, "We were cleaning incense off your vinyl shelf," from Maroon.
Of course, only Queen Tay knows what's coming next, but Swifties will continue to theorize in the meantime.
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