Taylor Swift Dismissed Those "Woodvale" Surprise Album Rumors

Taylor Swift isn't releasing a third surprise album named "woodvale," she confirmed during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Monday.

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Swifties, but it turns out Taylor Swift isn't releasing a third surprise album titled woodvale after all. The rumors started when fans spotted the word "woodvale" hidden in the album art for folklore, and gathered steam when Swift dropped a second surprise album, evermore, last week—but alas, Swift appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, and revealed the hidden word was actually just a mistake.

"Basically, when I was making folklore, the album that came out back in July, I was too afraid to unveil the title of the album to even my closest teammates and management. I didn’t tell anyone the album title before it came out,” Swift said, as Variety reports. "I came up with a fake code name that had the same amount of letters as folklore, chose a random name, chose "woodvale," wanted to see how it would look on the album covers, mocked them up, and then decided, 'I don’t actually wanna have a title on the album covers,' and we forgot to take the fake code name off of one of them." Well, that's a very convincing, very disappointing explanation!

In fact, Swift could have triggered yet another round of fan speculation, since she used a decoy name for latest album evermore too. "evermore had a code name—it was 'November,'" Swift said. "But we remembered to take it off all the mock-ups of the album covers before we released them this time, so we learned our lesson."

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Emily Dixon
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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.