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Inside The Tortured Poets Department | A look at the Taylor Swift X Spotify pop-up in Los Angeles this week

With a mere few sleeps left until the release of her new album, what have fans in Los Angeles experienced with Taylor Swift’s pop-up at The Grove?

Taylor Swift has collaborated with Spotify for a special pop-up event at The Grove in Los Angeles to promote her upcoming album, "The Tortured Poets Department." The exhibit features a "library installation" curated specifically for the album, showcasing various clues and Easter eggs related to Swift's new music.

The pop-up display includes an open book revealing new lyrics such as "One less temptress. One less dagger to sharpen," and "Even statues crumble if they’re made to wait." Additionally, the exhibit features books authored exclusively by Taylor Swift, with titles corresponding to tracks on the upcoming album, such as "Down Bad," "But Daddy I Love Him," "Clara Bow," and "The Bolter."

The album title, "The Tortured Poets Department," appears to reference a boys-only group text Swift's ex-boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, had, titled "The Tortured Man Club," suggesting that the album may delve into the details of their breakup. Other clues within the exhibit, such as a library card catalogue with 72 boxes (potentially symbolizing the six years Swift and Alwyn were together), sculptures representing Diana of Ephesus, and pens (quill and feather) hinting at dark and melancholy themes, further add to the intrigue surrounding the album.

Fans have been analysing the exhibit for additional clues and symbolism, including push pins marking Florida (the name of one of the new tracks), notebooks with "Us" written on them (a possible reference to Swift's song "The Story of Us"), and dried flowers, including lavender, potentially symbolizing the end of her relationship with Alwyn.

The exhibit prominently features Swift's birthday (December 13) and the album's release date (April 19), as well as references to specific times and symbols of freedom, possibly reflecting Swift's emotional journey and personal growth since her breakup with Alwyn in April 2023.

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