Halloween has come early this year

Yumnah Shoaib, Editor-in-Chief

With Halloween weeks away, many artists have been dropping treats almost as sweet as holiday candy. 

This year, October 21 holds significance in the pop culture world. The film, My Policeman starring the 2010 heartthrob, Harry Styles will be released that day; along with “Midnights” by Taylor Swift, and “The Car” by the popular rock band, Arctic Monkeys. Also worth mentioning is, media star Kim Kardashian will be celebrating her 42nd birthday on the same day.

Musical legend, Taylor Alison Swift announced during the 2022 VMA that she will be releasing her new album “Midnights” on October 21, 2022. While accepting an award for her short film, All Too Well (10 Minute Version) from her album, “Red (Taylor’s Version)”, Swift unveiled that Midnights is “a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams. The floors we pace and the demons we face.” It’s no secret Swift’s discography crosses genres and her narrative songwriting is often influenced by her own life. The album will consist of thirteen songs, which has been acknowledged as her lucky number through the fan base. In the weeks leading up to the release, Swift started a series of “Midnights Mayhem” in which she released the titles of her songs using a bingo roller machine filled with numbered ping pong balls that correspond to all 13 tracks on TS10. In anticipation of 13 days until the release, Swift released the rest of the track titles. The tracks include, “Lavender Haze,” “Maroon,” “Anti-Hero,” “Snow on the Beach [with Lana Del Rey],” “You’re On Your Own, Kid,” “Midnight Rain,” “Question…?,” “Vigilante S—,” “Bejeweled,” “Labyrinth,” “Karma,” “Sweet Nothing,” and “Mastermind.”Additionally, Swift released a calendar explicitly detailing a music video release for anti-hero and a mystery song release as well as guest appearances on talk shows. Since Swift’s most recent album “Evermore” (2021) was released mid-pandemic, it’s easy to say that fans are excited to continue the tradition that was last seen in 2019 after the release of “Lover”. 

Continuing the train of musical celebrations, Arctic Monkeys will be pushing their release “The Car”. The Sheffield-based indie rock band was among the first bands to gain mainstream attention through social media. The band consists of members, Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley, and Matt Helders. They are best known for songs, “I Wanna Be Yours”, and “505” from albums, “AM” and “Favorite Worst Nightmare”. The fan base ranges from all age groups, from gen z to boomers because of the lyrical genius they produce. Many students on campus have been eager for the release, since they released three songs, “There’d Better Be A Mirrorball” as well as “Body Paint” and ” I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am”. Both, There’d Better Be A Mirrorball and Body Paint have been accompanied by a music video. Additionally, the band has released a tour in the UK & Ireland from May 25 2023 to June 25, 2023. Surprisingly the band released on October 3rd that they will be doing a North American tour from August 25, 2023, starting in Minnesota, and ending on October 1, 2023, in Los Angeles playing at The Forum. Senior Danielle DeLeon has been an avid listener since the beginning of the 2020 quarantine. DeLeon said, “I am definitely planning on going, however, it is a little tough to decide which tickets to buy since I don’t exactly know my future plans for college. If I end up going out of state, I will most likely come back to LA for the concert or sell tickets and buy new ones for the city I reside in.” Needless to say, fans are extremely excited, especially those who have recently become fans. 

If you are interested in these releases, head over to your streaming service of choice on October 21 and give the albums a listen!