This week, we’re discussing Taylor Swift’s new album 'The Tortured Poets Department', which is already the most-streamed debut in Spotify history. Lilah is joined by music critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney and life-long Swiftie Taylor Nicole Rogers to discuss their picks for best and worst songs, whether Swift’s personal life gets in the way of the music, and where she’ll go next.


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Links (all FT links get you past the paywall):

– ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ is available now on all streaming platforms.

– Ludovic’s four-star review of the album is here:

– Listen to our episode on the Eras tour, ‘Can Taylor Swift get any bigger?’ here or by searching in this feed.

– Jo Ellison’s column from 2023, ‘Why I believe in Taylor Swift’:

More or Less:

– Ludovic wants more rap beef, like the one happening between Drake, Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar and more. You can read his article about the rap beef here.

– Taylor wants to see more summer pop bangers. Keep an eye out for Ludovic’s review of Dua Lipa’s upcoming album ‘Radical Optimism’, which lands next Friday.

– Follow Lilah on Instagram for some great springtime content.


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