Taylor Swift debuted “Shake It Off” from her upcoming album and shared the new music video during her worldwide Yahoo live stream event on Monday. In front of a group of fans hand-picked to be in the studio, Swift revealed that she had three surprises to share. Up first was the announcement of her new single, “Shake It Off.” The song is pure pop and unlike anything Swift has recorded before.
“I’ve had to learn a pretty tough lesson in the past couple years that people can say whatever they want about at any time, and we cannot control that,” she said. “The only thing we can control is our reaction to that … You can either let it get to you … [or] you just shake it off.”
For her second surprise, Swift revealed her fifth studio album will be called 1989 and will hit stores October 27. “I’ve been working on a new album for two years,” she said. “I like to work on albums for two years because I feel like two years is enough time for you to grow and in the process of all of those changes that have happened in the past two years, my music changed.”
Swift confirmed that 1989 will be her first official pop album. Known for experimenting with her sound from album to album, the project was inspired by late ‘80s pop music. “I really loved the chances they were taking,” she said.
The final surprise of the live stream was the reveal of the video for “Shake It Off.” The video, directed by Mark Romanek, who also directed Johnny Cash’s “Hurt,” features Swift dancing alongside many styles of professional dancers.
“I wanted to tie this to this metaphor that I’ve been thinking about a lot,” she said. “My idea was that life itself and who people actually are all can be greatly reflected in how they dance, I mean, your willingness to dance.”
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