Taylor Swift seems to be up to her old tricks on social media. Three days after scrubbing her accounts clean, Swift posted a mysterious video clip to her social media pages, giving fans hope of a forthcoming new album. Matt Sayles Associated Press
Taylor Swift seems to be up to her old tricks on social media. Three days after scrubbing her accounts clean, Swift posted a mysterious video clip to her social media pages, giving fans hope of a forthcoming new album. Matt Sayles Associated Press

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Taylor Swift tries to eclipse the eclipse with a (possible) tease of a new album

By Lisa Gutierrez

lgutierrez@kcstar.com

August 21, 2017 12:23 PM

Taylor Swift disappeared from social media three days ago. But she roared back with a vengeance Monday morning to give the solar eclipse a run for its viral money.

The pop star posted a mysterious, silent, 10-second video to her social media accounts that fans took as a tease to a forthcoming album. It would be her first full-length work since her 2014 monster hit, “1989.”

The clip seems to show some kind of tail — snake, dragon, cat?

Swift is known for using social media games to gin up anticipation for new projects.

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Guess she’s back?

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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 21, 2017

On Friday Swift freaked out her fans when her Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook and website went dark and she deleted all her Twitter and Instagram posts, according to People. Her profile photos also disappeared.

So either #TaylorSwift has been hacked across the board or we're about to get something special!!!! pic.twitter.com/xb6mjBlVW1

— Candace (@Candace_P22) August 18, 2017

Fans began passing around a conspiracy theory that Swift would release a new song at 1 p.m. central time Monday to coincide with the eclipse.

Joseph Kahn, who directed Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” video, fed the rumor mill with a tweet Monday morning that veered off the rails on a day when people have been warned not to look directly at the sun.

“In 30 minutes, as a show of power, Taylor Swift will blot out the sun.” Kahn tweeted.

In 30 minutes, as a show of power, @taylorswift13 will blot out the sun.

— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) August 21, 2017

Oops.

He followed up quickly with two more tweets warning fans not to take him “literally.”

Guys please don't look at the eclipse directly because of this tweet. Thanks.

— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) August 21, 2017

People shouldn't take my tweets literally, metaphorically, alliteratively, seriously, or ironically.

— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) August 21, 2017

Swifties were not amused.

yall know better than anyone how long we’ve been waiting yall KNEW we’d take your tweet completely literally cmon man dont play us like that

— paula (@swiftxforever) August 21, 2017

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— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 21, 2017

Federal jurors in Denver last week found that former Kansas City DJ David Mueller assaulted and battered Swift at a meet-and-greet in 2013.