Mysterious Taylor Swift Murals Featuring 'Error 321' Pop Up in Chicago Ahead of New Album Release

Days before the release of Taylor Swift's 11th studio album, 'The Tortured Poets Department,' enigmatic murals have appeared in Chicago, sparking widespread fan speculation and excitement.

Mysterious Taylor Swift Murals Featuring 'Error 321' Pop Up in Chicago Ahead of New Album Release
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CHICAGO — In anticipation of Taylor Swift's upcoming album, The Tortured Poets Department, set for release this Friday, mysterious murals have surfaced in Chicago, featuring cryptic messages that have engaged fans in a whirlwind of speculation. The murals, adorned with the text "TTPD" and Swift's favorite number "13," appeared just days before the album's release, and include a QR code linking to a teaser video marked with the phrase "Error 321."

This isn't the first time "Error 321" has intrigued fans; the phrase first made an appearance when Swift's website temporarily went dark just before she announced her new album at the 2024 Grammys. The outage displayed the error code alongside an anagram "red herring," hinting at Swift's penchant for playful misdirection in her promotional tactics.

The term "Error 321" generally indicates a communication error in technological contexts, which fans speculate could symbolize themes of miscommunication or misunderstanding in relationships—a recurring motif in Swift’s music. This theory is supported by the timing of the album release, nearly a year following Swift's split from long-time boyfriend Joe Alywn, suggesting the album could deeply explore themes of heartbreak and recovery.

Swift has heightened anticipation by curating playlists on Apple Music that correspond to the "five stages of heartbreak," each featuring songs from her extensive discography, categorized into denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Adding to the excitement, Swift recently unveiled the tracklist for The Tortured Poets Department, which includes 16 songs with special appearances by Florence and the Machine and Post Malone. The album, largely produced in collaboration with Jack Antonoff and possibly Aaron Dessner, promises to be a profound exploration of emotional landscapes that are quintessentially Swift.

As Friday approaches, fans are eagerly connecting the dots, piecing together every hint dropped by the pop megastar, readying themselves for what is poised to be another impactful addition to Taylor Swift's illustrious music career.