Lover is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released on August 23, 2019, through Republic Records, and is her first album release after her departure from Big Machine Records, which resulted in a highly publicized dispute. Upon completing her 2018 Reputation Stadium Tour to support her previous album Reputation (2017), Swift recorded Lover with producers Jack Antonoff, Joel Little, Louis Bell, and Frank Dukes from November 2018 to February 2019. She was motivated by the love she felt from fans while touring, which helped her recover her mental health after the controversies leading up to Reputation. Swift conceived Lover as a "love letter to love", taking inspiration from her personal life and newfound artistic freedom.
Compared to the dark, heavy, hip hop-influenced tones of Reputation, Lover's brighter sound draws mostly from electropop, pop rock, and synth-pop, with melodies characterized by atmospheric synthesizers, mid-tempo rhythms, and acoustic instruments. The songs incorporate eclectic styles ranging from country and folk to funk and bubblegum pop; they explore emotions such as infatuation, commitment, lust, and heartache; a few discuss contemporary American political issues like LGBT rights and feminism.
Swift, who had secluded herself from media attention after Reputation's release, embarked on an extensive promotional campaign for Lover through television shows, magazine covers, and press interviews. Lover's cover art and visual aesthetic feature bright pastel colors. Three singles were released—"Me!" featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, "You Need to Calm Down", "Lover", and "The Man"—the first three of which charted in the top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100. Swift also played City of Lover, an one-day concert in Paris, on September 9, 2019. Lover was Swift's sixth-consecutive album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200. It also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Mexico, the UK, and elsewhere, and sold 3.2 million copies in 2019, becoming the year's best-selling studio album.
The album received positive reviews from music critics, who praised its emotional maturity and free-spirited sound, though some took issue with its disparate musical styles, calling it inconsistent. Many publications included the album in their lists ranking the best albums of 2019. At the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2020, Lover was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album; the title track was nominated for Song of the Year and "You Need to Calm Down" was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance. The album won Favorite Pop/Rock Album at the American Music Awards of 2019, and its singles won four MTV Video Music Awards.
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