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Taylor Swift's The Tortured Poets Department for YouTube Shorts

Taylor Swift’s ‘Fortnight’ era is upon us

Global Superstar Taylor Swift and YouTube took fans on an epic scavenger hunt this week leading into today’s release of “THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT,“ unlocking her first Short for new single “Fortnight (feat Post Malone)”

Taylor Swift's The Tortured Poets Department for YouTube Shorts

Earlier this week, Taylor Swift and YouTube took Swifties on a worldwide scavenger hunt leading into her “THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT” album drop, “Fortnight (feat Post Malone)” music video premiere, and #ForAFortnightChallenge launch on Shorts.

QR Code teasing Taylor Swift's new single Fortnight projected on a building in Sydney, Australia

The Hunt

Starting earlier this week, fans across New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Chicago, Mexico City, Berlin, Melbourne, Sydney, Paris, Montreal, Toronto, and São Paulo started to discover bespoke murals around their cities. Each image displayed a QR code that unlocked a YouTube Short with a clue - one letter each - that fans had to collectively unscramble. The ultimate reveal was the phrase - “for a fortnight” - that led to an announcement from Taylor via a YouTube Short confirming the first single on the album would be “Fortnight (feat. Post Malone).”

Directly after the premiere of the official music video, Swift dropped her first Short for the #ForAFortnightChallenge giving viewers 14 little glimpses of her everyday life.

What is the #ForAFortnightChallenge?

A fortnight is a unit of time equal to 14 days (or nights) and a lot can happen in that amount of time! This challenge is all about sharing your fortnight recap - 14 snippets of your life - in one single Short soundtracked to “Fortnight (feat Post Malone).” The 14 clips from 14 moments can reflect anything users want to share; it's all about having fun and connecting with one another!

Taylor Swift is one of the biggest artists in the world, boasting 57+ million subscribers on her official YouTube channel. She was the #5 most viewed artist in the US on YouTube in 2023 and has earned over 7.4 billion streams on her channel in the last 365 days. As the only artist in history to win 4 “Album of the Year” Grammys, Swift continues to make history time and time again with her music and more.

We can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in this new era, a lot can change in a fortnight…#ForAFortnightChallenge, only on YouTube.