Taylor Swift has always had fun in her music videos. Whether she’s a geeky schoolgirl-turned-glamour queen in her VMA-winning video for “You Belong With Me” or a forlorn lover in a snow-covered farmhouse in her “Back to December” clip, Swift has always tried to show off different sides of herself.
Now she’s teaming up with MTV News for “MTV First: Taylor Swift,” where she’ll not only have an exclusive sit-down with our very own Sway, but also premiere the video for her Speak Now single “The Story of Us.”
It all kicks off on Tuesday, May 24, at 7:53 p.m. ET on MTV and MTV.com. Fans can tune in to see Swift introduce the video’s official premiere and speak with Sway live on-air. Sway and Taylor will then continue their chat for a 30-minute live stream on MTV.com. The singer will answer a few questions from fans too. Beginning on Friday (May 20), you can submit your pressing queries on MTV.com or via Twitter using @MTVNews (hashtag #AskTaylor).
This Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, the music video will debut online on MTV.com, VH1.com and MTV’s International Sites in 150+ territories, followed by a premiere on TeenNick at 10:56 p.m. ET. For those who can’t wait for the video premiere, a 30-second sneak peek of “The Story of Us” will air during VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live” on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT. The full video will also appear on “VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown” on Saturday, May 28, at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
“The Story of Us” is the fourth single from Swift’s chart-topping album. It follows “Mine,” “Back to December” and her country-tinged track “Mean.” As for this song, well, she explains that it was inspired by one awkward awards show encounter.
“That actually happened during what ended up inspiring the last song I wrote for this record called ’Story of Us,’ “Swift explained to MTV News last year about the song. “And I was at an awards show, and there was a guy there, obviously — it all starts there, doesn’t it? It was a guy I had been in a relationship with, falling out, then we end up at the same awards show,” she continued. “Both trying to act like we don’t care … both like, you know, chatting up the people next to us.”
After the incident, she knew there was enough emotion there to write a song. “Afterward, I just felt so empty, like we were both fighting this silent war of pretending we didn’t care that the other was there,” she said. “And I went home, and I wrote this song about it. And at that point, I had this gut feeling, and I knew the album was finished.”
Don’t miss the premiere of Taylor Swift’s “The Story of Us” video, on Tuesday, May 24, at 7:53 p.m. ET on MTV, followed by our live “MTV First” interview with Taylor Swift on MTV.com!