Taylor Swift has decided to stop her “habit of dropping cryptic clues and Easter eggs” by announcing the names of the songs on her next album Midnights in a new series of TikTok videos.
Swift revealed the series in a video she posted to TikTok on Wednesday shortly after midnight, dubbed Midnights Mayhem with Me. In the video, Swift utilizes a bingo roller machine with little, white Ping-Pong balls that are labeled to correspond with each of the album’s 13 songs.
In the song video, which features the singer standing in front of a brown velvet curtain backdrop with a matching blazer and golden bingo roller set to what seems like elevator music, Swift said that she is trying to “defy that” pattern of exploiting hidden hints to preview prior releases.
“I’m going to be using this technologically advanced device to help me allow fate to decide exactly what track titles I’m going to be announcing and in what order,” Swift says in the video, motioning toward the bingo roller cage. “In this cage are 13 Ping-Pong balls labeled 1 through 13, each representing a track on the Midnights album. So, let’s leave it up to fate.”
Swift used the number 13 often throughout her career and has long regarded it to be good for her, in part because she was born on December 13; she rolled the metal contraption over four times before a ball came out, indicating that the first track to be unveiled would be track number 13.
“The first track I’m going to tell you about… Track 13. Because of course,” Swift says in the video.
The artist revealed Track 13 as “Mastermind,” saying the name of the song into a vivid red landline phone as the clip came to a close.