Just when I thought I was out, Taylor Swift pulls me back in. During her Yahoo! live stream on Monday (August 18), the 24-year-old singer officially announced the existence of her fifth studio album, 1989 — out October 27 — and the LP’s lead single, “Shake It Off.”
The song is the VMA performer’s latest collaboration with Swedish producers Max Martin and Shellback, who both co-wrote and produced the Red singles “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and “22.” The decidedly country-less pop track is an infectious DGAF anthem, one that you’ll probably be shout-singing into a hairbrush by week’s end.
And because there was probably some superfan out there in Swiftieland who wasn’t sufficiently gasping for breath following those dual reveals, Taylor capped off the live stream with the world premiere of her “Shake It Off” video.
Directed by Mark Romanek, the clip explores the idea that, as Taylor put it: “You can tell who someone is by the way they dance.” Taylor chooses to explore this theme by throwing herself into the ring with a bunch of professional dancers trained in a variety of styles — you know, no pressure.
Taylor tackles the ballet world.
And pops and/or locks her way into “the robot.”
Who cares if Taylor can’t do it perfectly? She’s having fun, and that’s all that matters to her.
Oh, and as Taylor revealed during the live stream, those young people at the end of the video are actual Swifties. They somehow were able to keep their cameos a secret for two whole months. What devotion! What dedication! Beyoncé salutes you, one and all.
Well, that was all pretty overwhelming. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I’m still in shock. Up is down. Left is right. We are never, ever, ever getting back together — or are we? Halp.
If you think you can emotionally/spiritually/physically handle it, watch Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” video below.