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The Tortured Poet’s Department… the Anthology

Taylor Swift drops 15 bonus songs with TTPD
Alternate cover for Tortured Poets Department.
Photo Ashlyn Miller
Alternate cover for “Tortured Poet’s Department.”

At the 2024 Grammys, Taylor Swift announced she would be releasing her new album on April 19th of 2024. She was originally only supposed to release 16 songs in her new album at midnight, but to everyone’s surprise, she ended up releasing an extra 15 songs at 2 a.m. that morning. The second half of the album is known as “The Tortured Poets Department: the anthology”.

One of the more controversial songs, the 8th song on the expanded album, “thanK you aIMee” which spells out “KIM” in capital letters. This is obviously rumored to be referring to Kim Kardashian. I think that this was a very bold move of Swift but nothing unaccepted as she is known for her not so discrete “shady” lyrics. The conflict between Swift and Kardashian stems from the faked phone call in which Swift ‘gives consent’ for her likeness and name to be used in a derogatory way in Kanye West’s song “Famous”. Kim still has yet to respond to any backlash she may have received from people.

While most of the songs in this album are about Joe Alwyn who is past relationship of Swift, Swifts current boyfriend; Travis Kelce, does have two songs that supposedly were written about him. In the first part of the album the “The Alchemy” was supposedly written about Kelce as well as “So High School” from the anthology, with lyrics such as ” you know how to ball I know Aristotle” hinting towards Kelce’s football career.

My number one song from the anthology is 100% “Peter” because it reminds me a lot of her previous albums’ “Folklore” and “Red”; which are my favorite Taylor Swift albums. Coming in number two for my favorite anthology songs is “How did it end?”. Mainly due to the instrumental which reminds me a lot of another one of Swifts albums, “Evermore”, which is largely due to them sharing a producer, Aaron Dessner of The National.

The tortured poet’s department will forever have a long-term effect on her career with the album reaching 300 million streams on the first day alone. Nobody recognizes how intelligent and hard-working Swift is, to be able to create two albums while on tour is amazing. Not to mention for so long she had been hinting towards a double album the whole time from what she wore to her clever word play in her interviews. 



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Sofia Scott
Sofia Scott, Staff Writer
Sofia Scott is a junior at Robinson and a staff writer. This is her first year on the staff. For most of high school, Scott has wanted to join the Robinson newspaper staff. Now that she has the chance, she's excited to jumpstart her journalism career for the Knight Writers. "I've been wanting to take journalism for so long, but I always had a bunch of classes that I needed to take so I wasn't getting put into the class, but I finally got it," Scott said. Scott is excited to write stories that express her opinions in newspaper and allow her to interact with people around the school by interviewing people for stories and gaining their input for events. "I prefer to interview just because I actually like interacting with people and I feel like it's a fun way to do journalism. I just like interacting with people and interviewing them and getting their opinion, " Scott said. Outside of newspaper, she participates in numerous school clubs such as Knightmare and Student Government Association (SGA.) She plans to rejoin Knightmare this year and is eager to begin with her first year as an SGA member. As Sofia enters her last years of high school, she plans to attend college or trade school to become an esthetician, keeping in line with her interest in beauty and makeup. "I think I'm going to move towards going into psychology when I major in college, maybe later I go to a trade school or become like an esthetician or something like that because that stuff has always interested me," Scott said. (Profile by Whittaley Bowden)
Ashlyn Miller
Ashlyn Miller, Sports Editor
Ashlyn Miller is a junior at Robinson and the Sports Editor of Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff and first year as an editor. Miller's favorite part of journalism is taking photos of all of the sports at Robinson and improving her photography skills. "We don't exactly have press at Robinson so it's rewarding to me to take photos of people doing what they love," Miller said. Outside of the journalism room, Miller stays involved in school with an array of hobbies. She enjoys staying involved in school by participating in swimming, photography and orchestra. She enjoys playing the violin and loves learning new pieces. "If you're able to make the violin sound good, it's a such rewarding accomplishment for such a difficult instrument," Miller said. Miller also likes spending time with her dog in her past time. Out of cats or dogs, she instantaneously chose dogs. "I prefer dogs. I actually own a German Shepherd named Leia and she's the light of my life, but I have nothing against cats," Miller said. Prepared for the future, she plans to attend journalism school, preferably at Duke University and join their ROTC program.  Miller is passionate about media and sports although how competitive positions are. "I want to specialize in the media realm and possibly be a sports commentator for ESPN," Miller said. "I love watching, covering and even playing sports because of the environment that surrounds them and the gratification that comes with doing well." (Profile by Briana Garcia)
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