- Taylor Swift and boyfriend Joe Alwyn (opens in new tab) continued their songwriting partnership on Swift's surprise new album evermore (opens in new tab), which dropped at midnight.
- After receiving co-writing credits on two songs on folklore, Swift's previous album, Alwyn was credited on a further three on evermore.
- Alwyn was credited under his confirmed songwriting pseudonym: William Bowery. (opens in new tab)
Looks like Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn—sorry, William Bowery—have become quite the productive songwriting duo! After co-writing two songs on Swift's July album folklore (opens in new tab), Alwyn was credited on a further three songs on her surprise release evermore, which dropped at midnight. Under the pseudonym William Bowery, of course.
As Entertainment Tonight reports (opens in new tab), Alwyn received a co-writing credit on evermore tracks "champagne problems," "coney island" (featuring The National), and title track "evermore," which features Bon Iver. That's three more tracks to add to Alwyn/Bowery's discography, which formerly consisted of folklore songs "exile" and "betty."
Tonight the story continues, as the music video for “willow” drops at midnight eastern. pic.twitter.com/T3o0nsANpYDecember 10, 2020
When Swift first announced the impending release of evermore on Thursday, fans got very excited about the still she shared from the music video for "willow," in which she wears an ivory satin and lace gown and a floral headpiece. The Swifties' assumption? That Swift and Alwyn were engaged or even married, and all would be revealed when the album dropped.
I have no idea what will come next. I have no idea about a lot of things these days and so I’ve clung to the one thing that keeps me connected to you all. That thing always has and always will be music. And may it continue, evermore. evermore is out now: https://t.co/QYMUTL0IAj pic.twitter.com/tlSmahDkBiDecember 11, 2020
As Elle reports (opens in new tab), however, that didn't quite transpire. Swift explained in a subsequent tweet that evermore, like "sister record" folklore, conveyed both "imaginary" and "not imaginary tales," meaning it's difficult to read any lyrics as directly indicative of Swift and Alwyn's relationship status. "Before I knew it there were 17 tales, some of which are mirrored or intersecting with one another," Swift wrote about the album's inception.
Swifties desperate for an engagement might have to wait a bit longer, it seems—but honestly, isn't a fruitful songwriting partnership so much better?
Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.
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