Taylor Swift has made a few genre jumps throughout her career. Following the release of her fifth album 1989, Swift said goodbye to her country roots and forged a path in mainstream pop.
Then, earlier this year, she transitioned into the alternative genre with folklore. Now, it’s more clear than ever that Swift is taking this alternative classification and running with it. Last week, she surprise-released her second album in 2020 evermore.
Now, a new TikTok has proven just how versatile Swift’s songwriting truly is. This week, TikTok user @1cabeau shared their pop punk cover of “betty,” off of folklore. “betty” is one of Swift’s most country-sounding songs in recent years. However, @1cabeau infuses bouncy drums and heavy electric guitars to truly transform the track into the ultimate pop punk hit.
“Have you ever wondered what ‘betty’ from folklore would sound like if it was a pop punk song? Yeah me too.”
@1cabeauwelcome to pop punk swift tok ##GoodMorning ##taylorswift ##folklore ##swifttok ##poppunk ##punk ##cover♬ original sound – 1Cabeau
In other Taylor Swift news, the singer recently debunked a massive theory floating around the internet. Swift is known for her clever and sneaky ways of incorporating Easter eggs and clues in her music and on social media. So, it came as no surprise when fans began theorizing a third surprise album may be in the works.
The original cover art for folklore has the word “woodvale” hidden deep in the artwork. Many fans believed this was Swift’s way of hinting that another surprise album could be released soon.
Taylor, sweetie. If you are about to drop another surprise album called woodvale in a couple of months, you and I are going to need to have some words cause I can’t memorize this many lyrics. #evermorealbum pic.twitter.com/STHtQToVaH
— braden ⁷🦋 (@armynator_7) December 11, 2020
HOLD ON, WHEN YOU SEARCH “woodvale” IT’S SHOWING TAYLOR, WHAT WAS THE DAMN REASON pic.twitter.com/UUuRUtSdFf
— Martyna 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 (@breakble_heaven) December 13, 2020
why taylor swift is releasing ‘woodvale’; a thread: pic.twitter.com/wqey6dbRv7
— ryan (@wiIIowpov) December 11, 2020
However, it turns out that the “woodvale” clue was actually a mistake. This week, Swift revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live that woodvale was originally the fake title for folklore. The title was used on mockups of the album artwork so the LP’s actual name wouldn’t get leaked before its release. However, Swift and her team forgot to go back and remove the font before releasing folklore.
Taylor Swift’s full Jimmy Kimmel Live interview explaining the woodvale rumor and “betty” are available to stream below.
What are your reactions to the “betty” pop punk cover? Did you think Taylor Swift was going to release an album called woodvale? Let us know in the comments below.