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Is this a sign that new Taylor Swift music may be released sometime soon? However, it looks like things are about to change. Others think that the 27-year-old may be taking a break from social media like her friend Ed Sheeran or that she's simply starting fresh on all the platforms.

The sudden absence of profile pictures-or in the case of her Tumblr and Instagram accounts, deletion of all past posts-suggests she is perhaps planning something big.

Taylor Swift blacked out her website and social media accounts on Friday, August 18, sparking speculation that new music is imminent. It has now been nearly three years since October 2014's 1989, so her fans are getting increasingly impatient. It's unclear if Swift's accounts had been hacked or if the moves were done in anticipation of the singer releasing a new recording.

While some speculated the star could be victim to a hack, most fans were sent into a frenzy wondering if it finally means Swift will drop a new album.

Taylor Swift with Ed Sheeran
Image caption Taylor Swift toured with Ed Sheeran

Brace yourselves. Taylor Swift is coming. It's totally possible Swift's social media was hacked, as hackers can do just about anything nowadays.

Meanwhile, it does appear Taylor is gearing up to reveal new material after fans spotted that her DIRECTV page has listed she will be appearing on Good Morning America.

"1989" sold a record 1.28 million copies during its first week of release in 2014, going on to win the Grammy for album of the year.

It also comes just days after she won a legal battle against DJ David Mueller, when a jury found he had groped her during a photo shoot.