Evermore (stylized in all lowercase) is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released on December 11, 2020, through Republic Records, less than five months after Swift’s eighth studio album, Folklore (2020). As a product of Swift’s extended collaboration with her Folklore producer Aaron Dessner, Evermore is a thematic sequel to its predecessor, both being surprise albums announced hours before release. Swift described Evermore as a “sister album” to Folklore.
Expanding on its predecessor’s indie/folk sound, Evermore is a wintry alternative rock and chamber rock album built around sparse arrangements of fingerpicked guitars, smooth pianos and strings. Its lyricism revolves around both fictitious and non-fictitious themes of love, marriage, infidelity, noir and grief, detailed in form of impressionist storytelling and third-person narratives. It features guest appearances from American bands Bon Iver, Haim, and the National. Evermore received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised its character dynamics and experimental production, with many dubbing it a contrasting companion to Folklore. Evermore appeared on many year-end best music lists of 2020.
Evermore reached number-one in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It opened atop the Billboard 200, making Swift the first woman in American history to amass eight consecutive number-one debuting albums. All 15 of the album’s tracks entered the Billboard Hot 100 in the same week, with the lead single, “Willow”, becoming her seventh number-one single on the chart. Swift became the first act to simultaneously debut atop both Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts twice. She also broke the record for the fastest female artist to garner six number-one albums in the UK, and the shortest span for a female artist to collect two number-one albums in Australia. Republic Records reported more than a million copies of Evermore sold in its first week globally.