Taylor Swift capped off what was easily the most anticipated album release of 2014 with a 30-minute concert atop a rooftop in New York City, surrounded by some of the world's most iconic skyscrapers.
One of them, the Empire State Building, actually lit up in sync with her set. I would've settled for the original Shea Stadium apple that slowly cranked its way out of a top hat every time the Mets hit a home run, but, then again, I don't have Taylor's projected first-week sales numbers to celebrate, so...
The 1989 Secret Session With iHeartRadio, streamed live on Monday (October 27) via Yahoo! Music, saw the "Shake It Off" singer performing a five-song set of her new material for a select group of audience members, each
handpicked #taylurked by Taylor herself.
For her fourth song, Taylor whipped out "Blank Space," a satirical track she co-wrote with Max Martin and Shellback in which she tries to reclaim the media narrative surrounding her personal life -- you know, that she's "needy" and "clingy" yet "can't make them stay."
"Although [the character the media created] may be fictional, it's actually sort of interesting," she told the crowd. In case you're 1989-deficient, listen to "Blank Space" below.
After thanking her army of Swifties ("You guys have been the most amazing factor in my entire life."), Taylor closed with -- what else -- "Shake It Off."