Meet us at midnight


Yumnah Shoaib

Senior Kiara Aguilar listening to Taylor Swift’s hit song, Anti-Hero.

Pop sensation Taylor Swift has been going off the charts after her recent album drop Midnights, and Midnights (3 am Edition). 

Swift has been a pop icon for years and will continue to be known for many things, including her feminism portrayed in her music, the appeal to young girls, and people alike, and more recently her debacle with Ticketmaster/Live Nation. 

Even with a presale code, tickets sold out in mere seconds for her Eras Tour on November 15, 2022, and many people reported waiting in ticket lines for hours and leaving without tickets. This was due to bots infiltrating the system, and selling tickets for outrageous prices of up to 20,000. Those who did secure tickets were forced to pay heavy fees even though the original tickets were supposed to be affordable. Senior, Larissa Arteaga, a long-time Swiftie said, “I wanted tickets, but the resale price is too high for me.” A lawsuit against Ticketmaster resulted from the whole situation, making millions of fans happy to see those responsible held accountable. For fans that didn’t get tickets, don’t fret. Many radio stations are holding raffles for tickets, and on platforms like Twitter, fans are reselling their tickets for the price they bought them.

The trial against Ticketmaster was held Tuesday, January 24. Throughout the entirety of the trial attorneys, both Republican and Democratic stood on the side of Swift and even quoted her lyrics in their testimonies. One remark made by Republican Senator Mike Lee has gone viral, in which he said, “To be honest, I had hoped as of a few months ago to get the gavel back, but, once again, she’s cheer captain and I’m on the bleachers. Nice of Taylor Swift to have written a song about this very situation.” This reference to “You Belong With Me” from the album Fearless and others relating to Midnights, 1989, Red, and Reputation has left fans laughing about the situation, and although much hasn’t been resolved Ticketmaster has apologized and Swifties around the country are getting a sort of justice. 

Assuming this was the end media had died down up until the morning of the 26 when Taylor Nation and Swift’s social media accounts revealed that there will be a third music video for Midnights. The song chosen is track one, “Lavender Haze”. In Swift’s words this song is “I guess theoretically when you’re in the lavender haze, you’ll do anything to stay there and not let people bring you down off of that cloud. I think a lot of people have to deal with this now because we live in the era of social media and if the world finds out you’re in love with somebody, they’re gonna weigh in on it.” She goes on to say, “Like my relationship for six years, we’ve had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff and we just ignore it. So this song is about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff.”

It’s no secret that students on campus have been buzzing about this announcement. Some students have been wearing their merchandise in support, others taking it to social media to post about the announcement, and some simply enjoying this new “haze” of announcements.