The Story Behind ‘Fortnight’ By Taylor Swift and Post Malone

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The collab you never know you needed, Taylor Swift and Post Malone, has arrived with “Fortnight.”

On Thursday (April 18) afternoon, the “Lover” singer announced that “Fortnight” would be the debut lead single off of her new record, The Tortured Poets Department. Swift announced via social media that the track would include a music video dropping at 8 PM ET, just hours before the entire album would release.

“I’ve been such a huge fan of Post because of the writer he is, his musical experimentation and those melodies he creates that just stick in your head forever,” she tweeted. “I got to witness that magic come to life firsthand when we worked together on Fortnight. Honestly can’t wait for you guys to hear this song.”

When asked about the track by Zane Lowe, Post Malone said that Taylor Swift is “amazing” and that it’s “pretty cool” to join the Swiftie universe.

“She’s so sweet and so kind and talented,” Posty said of Swift. “She hit me up and said, let’s do it. And I was like, hell yeah.” Malone had not heard the finished product at the time and added that she is “pretty Fort Knox,” when it concerns her music.

Who Wrote ‘Fortnight’ By Taylor Swift and Post Malone?

The track was produced by Taylor Swift’s longtime collaborator, Jack Antonoff. According reports, Taylor Swift, Post Malone, and Jack Antonoff co-wrote “Fortnight” together.

Who Inspired ‘Fortnight’?

The inspiration behind Swift’s lead single has not been confirmed. Though Swifties put on their detective hats to theorize who the song could have been written about. The word itself means two weeks in British English. You’ll recall that Swift dated British actor Joe Alwyn for six years before breaking up in 2023. Fans believe that it involves something about two weeks in their past relationship.

How Did Taylor Swift and Post Malone Meet?

Taylor Swift and Post Malone have been friends for quite some time. They first met at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. They ran into each other backstage and Swift approached him. Malone told Howard Stern that she praised his track, “Better Now.”

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